Erin and Jeremy were married a few months ago, in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Erin wrote us such a beautiful description of their love story and their wedding, we wanted to share her words:
After growing up in PA, I ended up moving to VA for a job opportunity consulting for the government. I had no family or friends in the area and so I signed up for a kickball league with some of my co-workers so that I could meet new people. At one of the games, we played a team whose star kicker was getting ready to knock the ball out of the park. Unfortunately the kick did not go as planned as it veered off at an angle to hit the wall before ricocheting and hitting the runner out before he was able to make it to first base. Instead of getting upset, he just laughed with all of the other players before going to the side line. His attitude and light heartedness made me smile and after the game we started talking. We went on a few dates before making it official. Who knew that after being completely embarrassed he would end up finding his future wife.
We dated for 4.5 years before he finally proposed on a rainy Saturday evening in October, only 2 weeks after we had moved in together. Our families were extremely excited and were ready to start planning this big event, however we held off on starting to plan to allow ourselves to enjoy the glow of being newly engaged.
Once we had started planning, the biggest item was finding the venue and the date. We looked at 13 venues before selecting Whitehall Estate in Bluemont, VA. Even though I wasn’t getting married in PA, the atmosphere of Whitehall made me feel at home.
After the venue was booked, we started looking for dresses. I had an idea of what I wanted – A-line, strapless, sweetheart neckline, beading on the bodice, and something light and breezy. After visiting a few places we had started to see a trend and my vision of my dress started to change. While yes I did maintain my A-line, sweetheart, everything else had changed. I realized I absolutely loved the boat neckline with an allusion/sheerness between the dress and the neck line.
When I tried on my Justin Alexander dress at first I wasn’t sure – it wasn’t the dress I had originally envisioned with lace and no beading, however I felt so comfortable and at ease in the dress. When I went out to show the dress for my family and friends I knew it was the dress based on all of their reactions. They saw what I didn’t see originally – the elegance, romance, and southern charm. I felt a warm rush of emotions before I finally said yes to the dress. Although it didn’t have my beading, I was able to add a customized belt (amazingly designed by Diana the seamstress) to finish the look.
I loved having the support of my family with me because they were the ones that made me see the light and I am so happy they did. At the wedding everyone was absolutely blown away by how beautiful the dress was and how well it fit into our theme and our venue. It came together perfectly.
The best part of the wedding was celebrating with everyone and having both of our families together. I had all of my nieces and nephews in the wedding and both of my brother-in-law’s performed musical numbers. It was a family affair and we have received so many compliments for how well everything came together.
Congratulations Erin and Jeremy!