Meet the Couple: Jennifer & Chad

There are some people you meet in life you never want to forget. Jennifer is one of those people. She came to me through falling in love with this stunning wedding and immediately, I felt like we have been friends for a long time. She is bubbly, sweet, and is an big time encourager. She and Chad's wedding at Williamsburg Winery is going to be meaningful, Christ-centered, and will celebrate the start of their new (and highly anticiapated!) life together!

They have quite the love story. Young love, a time apart, sweet reunion. I'll let them share in their own words...

How did the two of you meet?
Jennifer: Oh, the history we have! 7th grade is where it all began. He stared at me in Mr. Door’s civics class. I was intrigued by his humor and sincerity, even as a teenager.
Chad: I don’t remember the first time we met exactly. It was sometime during 7th grade. I fell pretty quick and hard. It took her quite a bit longer. I did everything I could to have some type of interaction with her during the day. I would like to think my hard work and persistence paid off.  

What has been the best part about being engaged?
Jennifer: The comfort of knowing Chad will forever be by my side.
Chad: One of my favorite parts of being engaged has been when Jennifer and I dream about what our life is going to be like in the future or things we hope to accomplish as a couple.

What is your favorite quality about one another?
Jennifer: Chad is an undercover sweetheart, and I love that about him. I say undercover because he has never been the type of guy full of grand gestures or large expressions of love. However, he expresses his love for people in such a sweet way. He’s going to be such a good dad.
Chad:  My favorite quality about Jennifer is her heart. She has the most beautiful, loving and thoughtful heart of anyone that I have ever met.

What are you most excited for on your wedding day?
Jennifer: I am most excited for the ceremony! I cannot wait to see Chad’s sweet face as I walk down the aisle, with my parents on either side of me. I cannot wait to hear the beautiful music and to feel the love from everyone in the room. I look forward to sharing communion with Chad, my family, and friends. And, I cannot wait to say vows to Chad and become his forever person.
Chad:  I am really looking forward to the moment where we can look one another in the eye and say, “We did it!"

If you had to pick a word for your relationship, what would it be?
Jennifer: Optimism. When Chad and I tackle the world together, we have been able to see the good in humans, situations, and each other. We lean on each other for comfort, empathy, and support during moments of joy and sadness. Having one another as a constant cheerleader and partner, I know the future will be bright.
Chad: Team. I feel like Jennifer and I are meant for one another. I feel like we bring out the best in each other, we push one another and we have a great time through it all. 

Three dreams/goals for your marriage?
Jennifer:

1.     To cherish our time together and focus on the positives in life and one another.

2.     To grow together, while embracing the other’s individual journey.

3.     To embark on an adventure together that serves others. I’m not sure what this will look like – potentially medical missions, volunteering together, or even opening a non-profit one day.

Chad:

I want to continue to fall in love with her a little more each day. I want to be her very best friend for the rest of her life. I want Jennifer and I to make a positive impact on the people and world around us. 

 I love this one from waaaay back!

I love this one from waaaay back!

Jennifer and Chad, I am SO EXCITED for the two of you! Thank you for letting me be part of your special day! It is going to ROCK!!!!

Meet the Couple: Meghan & Zach

I've been waiting for this wedding for almost a YEAR! Meghan and Zach are getting married this weekend at Norfolk Botanical Garden! Joining me will be Chef by Design, the Bachelor Boys, Courtney Inghram, Valerie Demo....basically a dream come true wedding for little ol' me. 

Take a few minutes to learn more about this ADORABLE pair. They have been together since high school and I'm not lying when I say their love makes me giggly. ps- Their reception is in the same room as their junior prom. Bless.

How did you meet?
We met in high school (in Chemistry class :) ). We were friends for a long time, and then decided to go to the winter dance together. We started dating in February of 2009 (or as much as you can “date” as a 16 year old haha). We kept dating through high school, and decided to try long distance in college. We made it through four long years stronger than when we started, and closer than ever. We lived in San Diego for almost 2 years, and moved back to Virginia when Zach’s San Diego based company moved us to their new location here.

What has been the best part about being engaged?
Sharing our love with friends & family. We have loved having excuses to see long distance friends and family that we haven’t seen in far too long. It’s been nice to be able to see so many people we love so many times this year!

What is your favorite quality about one another?
Meghan’s favorite quality about Zach: that he is thoughtful and a thinker. He is so sweet- he always remembers anniversaries, brings me flowers, surprises me with breakfast in bed, thanks me when I do little things around the house. He is also a deep thinker, very passionate, always trying to find the best solution to a problem whether at home or work, and he inspires me to be my best every day.
Zach’s favorite quality about Meghan: Her positive and optimistic outlook on all things. She always sees the best in people and seeks to uplift and make happy everyone around her. She faces new adventures and challenges eagerly and head on, with a contagious positive attitude. Her exuberance always keep us optimistic and dreaming. 

What are you most excited for on your wedding day?
Meghan: Seeing Zach’s face when he sees me!
Zach: Seeing Meghan walk down the aisle, sharing our love with such a great group of people

If you had to pick a word for your relationship, what would it be?
Mac’n'cheese

Three dreams/goals for your marriage?
1. Mature and evolve as individuals and together. Strengthen both our marriage and our friendship.
2. Always be grateful for each other.
3. Dream together. 

 Photos by  Valerie Demo

Photos by Valerie Demo

Tune in on Saturday to see what is sure to be a BEAUTIFUL (and hot!!) day! Congrats, you two! Thank you for letting me be part of the best day ever!

Meet the Couple: Jamie & Bert

Jamie and Bert are getting married this Saturday at Norfolk Botanical Garden. It is going to be so hot, but I know it will still be the most beautiful day! They have an amazing vendor team!!!

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Jamie found me through the NBG Preferred Vendors list. She contacted me about TWO months ago! This is probably my fastest turnaround for a wedding yet, but I've so enjoyed getting to know her. During our consultation, she told me her fiance's name and I paused. I thought to myself, "Bert isn't a very common name" and low and behold, he was, in fact, the very same Bert, older brother to one of my childhood best friends! Small world! So, not only will I get to see these to pledge their life and love to one another, but I get to reunite with a wonderful family who meant so much to me in my youth.

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Learn more about the happy couple! And enjoy some of their engagement photos from Caitlin Gerres Photography! :)

How did the two of you meet?
We met on eHarmony.

What has been the best part about being engaged?
Planning the next chapter of our lives together.  We're looking at it like an adventure that only the two of us will be on.

What is your favorite quality about one another? 
Jamie - I love how funny and easy going he is. 
Bert - She makes me want to be a better person.

What are you most excited for on your wedding day? 
Seeing each other.  We both said the same thing. :) 

If you had to pick a word for your relationship, what would it be?
Harmonious

Three dreams/goals for your marriage?
To have a successful, loving relationship. 
To be unselfish and serve each others needs. 
To have kids.  

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Thanks, Jamie and Bert, for sharing! 

Meet the Couple: Casey & Christos

It's officially wedding season!!!! I am sooooo excited to kick it off with this fun, spirited couple, Casey and Chris! The two will be married on April 1st at New Kent Winery! They hired me right before June was born, so I basically know them as well as I know my own daughter. Right, guys? Lol...maybe not quite, but I am a big fan of theirs. Enjoy learning more about them! 

This is super fun because they both gave me their own answers. Haha! 

How did you guys meet?

CASEY: We, actually, met online. We had both come out of long term relationships with people we knew it wouldn't work out with. Neither of us were expecting to find anything promising...like its online dating, what kind of people really use those kind of things? Chris messaged me, I messaged back-we hit it off and there wasn't a day after that we didn't talk. Heck, after our first date, I think there was like 2 days we didn't see each other. We just always wanted to be around each other, even if it was just taking a walk or going to the grocery store Sunday to get ready for the next work week.

CHRIS: I found her one day, actually at work on lunch. I sent her a message and was excited to see that she wrote me back. After that we started messaging and texting. I very quickly asked her on a date for the next day. I was very happy she agreed. AND it was the best first date. We literally talked for hours...like 5 on a bench...later where I proposed.

What is the best part about being engaged?

CASEY: For me, the best part of being engaged is knowing that you will have forever with that person. Chris and I both come from divorced parents but somehow both have been instilled with the value of marriage is forever. Marriage is a lifetime commitment that you make with another person. Being engaged and going through so many things together has challenged us. Being able to overcome those things as a couple reassures you that you are a team. Ups and downs, twists and turns happen, but then the thought is, would I want to go through those things with anyone else? No. When I'm upset and frustrated, Chris makes a stupid joke that makes me laugh and gets me out of my funk. Its so great to know that I will always have someone who compliments me and makes a perfect team.

CHRIS: I enjoy spending every available moment with Casey. Being there for her, being with her, helping her, making her laugh, and supporting her. It is exciting because we look forward to our future and planning a family and what could lie ahead. The steps we have made in our engagement, buying a house, renovating a house, living together, and planning a wedding have prepared us to be ready to move forward to marriage.

What is your favorite quality about one another?

CASEY: Why is it when we read this question, we both began to laugh? My favorite quality about Chris is... gosh this is tough. Not because I cant think of one, but because I cant choose just one. Can I pick 2? I would say Chris' sense of humor and caring nature. Sometimes Chris' sense of humor can makes me laugh and can pick me up from a bad mood or  a long day.It also makes for a very entertaining life. I also appreciate his caring nature. Chris is very protective and even gets upset about things that don't bother me, especially when he feels other people aren't treating me right or being considerate of me. Although sometimes I have to talk him down, I know he will always have my best interest at heart. 

CHRIS: I learned about my favorite quality of Casey's before we even went on our first date. We were talking about our upcoming first date at a really nice restaurant and she jokes she would wear sweatpants for an opposing NFL team. Laughing out loud, I joked back that she wouldn't be able to sit at the same table and she replied that she would just stand up on the table and yell across to me. At that point, I knew she had a great sense of humor and she was a real person. A down to earth person. There is never a dull moment with us.

What are you most excited about on your wedding day?

CASEY: The thing I'm looking forward to the most about our wedding day is sharing our day with our friends and family. I cant wait to actually be married. To be Chris' wife. Its just a different feeling. When you know you are meant to be with someone there's nothing else to think about. It's a feeling that's hard to explain unless you just feel it. Sure, Chris and I have our ups and downs, but truly when they say "when you find the person you're suppose to be with, you'll know"- its true. To be able to share that with our family and friends who support us, is just invaluable. 

CHRIS: I'm really excited about just seeing her in her wedding dress walking to me, taking in the whole experience of being married.

One word to describe your relationship.

This one was tough for us. I think we both went symbolic.

CASEY: Flower. Flowers grow and bloom under the optimal conditions. Once they bloom, you need to provide care and nurturing to your flower. Like a relationship, there are things you will have to work on and provide for each other at different stages and situations in your relationship/life. Each flower has its own beauty and will live forever if taken care of and cherished.

CHRIS: Diamond. Diamonds are beautiful and one of the hardest materials in the world. They are resilient and can polished and cared for to maintain their beauty. They last forever but they don't come without flaws. The thing with a diamond is, their beauty well outweighs their flaws. 

Three dreams/goals for your marriage.

1. Raise a family. Whatever that may be for us, but definitely to raise our children as our parents raised us and instill our values in our children.

2. Work continuously on our relationship and show affection to each other as we grow old, not losing the meaning of love in busy lives.

3. Always work as a team. Life throws curve balls and gives you lemons- continuously support each other! Home runs and lemonade :)

Uuuggghhh....SO CUTE! You guys, I LOVED this post and can't wait to see you two tie the knot on Saturday!! So glad to be of help to you on your wedding day! xoxo

Photo: Sharon Elizabeth Photography - Ashley Acey

Shea & Adam | Meet the Couple

I have been waiting for this wedding ALL YEAR! Ever since Elyse and Chris got married in March, Adam and Shea have been on my mind constantly! Adam is Elyse's brother. I remember talking to them during Elyse and Chris' reception and they told me they were so happy they hired me. I guess maybe I was doing my usual run-around-like-a-crazy-person thing and that impressed them, not sure, BUT I was excited they were excited. Their wedding at the Woman's Club of Portsmouth is going to be SO GORGEOUS! Basically, their bridal party will be the most fit ever - most of them are super active at the Crossfit gym where Adam coaches. I'm doing their florals and think you'll really love what we have planned! 

Enjoy learning about this super sweet couple! Beautiful photos from the amazing We Are the Mitchells!

How did the two of you meet?
At the gym. Adam is the head coach at the gym I joined.

What has been the best part about being engaged?
We unexpectedly bought a house six months in to being engaged, so we have had a lot of fun with projects and decorating. We have really spent a lot of time making it our own.

Shea, what do you like most about Adam?
I love how humble and selfless he is. No matter what the situation is or who the person is, he is always willing to help them. Adam never hesitates to put others before himself. He also has the biggest heart of anyone I know.

Adam, what do you like most about Shea?
The thing I love most about Shea is how genuinely and lovingly she cares for others.  She pours her heart into everything she does.  Never thinking of herself first, she would do anything for anyone in need.  I have never met such a kind and loving soul.  

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?
We are so excited to share our special day with all of our family and friends. We can't wait to start this next chapter of life together.

If you had to pick a word for your relationship, what would it be?
Simple. From the day we started dated, everything has been so simple and so natural.

Three dreams/goals for your marriage.
1. Start a family
2. Build a strong faith based foundation for our children to live by.
3. Continue to be a light and positive influence to our family, friends, and others we will meet along the way.

Ah, they are a breath of fresh air! Check back next week for my behind the scenes recap of their big day! And follow along with my Instagram story at instagram.com/sterlingdawn. xoxo