I wanted our wedding to be classic, timeless, and fun. We were really looking for the perfect mixture of class, style, and comfort. It was important that every aspect of our wedding be "us." We brought elements of our relationship into each part of the wedding. For example, one of our favorite hobbies is spending the day hiking and wine tasting with our friends. The first vineyard we ever went to was Veritas Vineyards, so our venue actually picked us. When we were at JMU, we always went to Klines Dairy Bar for the "flavor of the week" on Thursdays. Our favorite flavor is black raspberry. Not to mention, when Alex took me on my scavenger hunt, one of the stops was Klines and the flavor of the week was black raspberry! So, we served black raspberry and chocolate ice cream from Klines at our wedding. Also, we've always collected our wine corks in mason jars, so incorporating hundreds of mason jars into our wedding was also a must. When picking our music, we knew our recessional would be to Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" because the song is special to us. When it came to my dress, I never buy dresses or skirts unless they have pockets so it was non-negotiable that my dress have pockets as well.
A funny story regarding our inspiration has to do with the grooms cake. One random night at dinner Alex blurts out, "Hey, I know what we should do for centerpieces!" "Ok..." (meanwhile they've been figured out months prior). "Let's have a pumpkin carving contest and put the winning pumpkins on the tables!" Well, he got his pumpkin... in cake form! In the end, sticking with inspirations from our own lives is what has made the day a living, breathing memory.
We work part time as selectors for DC Teaching Fellows, a program that trains professionals and recent college grads to become highly effective teachers in DC public schools.
We met spring of our junior year in undergrad at a mutual friend's birthday party. After realizing that we ran in the same circle of friends without ever meeting each other, we decided immediately that there was something important about our friendship. Within the final two weeks of the semester, we saw each other daily. During finals week, Alex planned our first actual date to Crabtree Falls, the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, to hike for the afternoon. As luck would have it, I had an internship around the corner from Alex's house that summer and the rest is history. Four quick years later, Alex was scheming for an epic 10-day scavenger hunt where we visited all of the places that were important to us -- ending back at Crabtree Falls with a proposal.
My mom is responsible for so many aspects of our wedding. She saw my vision clearer than even I did. First, she did all of the florals, which was a huge gift. My bouquet has a special spot in my heart because my mom cared for the flowers, picked out each flower herself, and hand-tied it. The final product was better than anything I could have dreamed. Instead of carrying rings, my little "ring bearer" cousin carried a sign that said "YAY!" that my mom also made. Each centerpiece was made of decorated mason jars and unique lace doilies that we collected from around the house and from different antique stores. Instead of hiring a videographer, we had a close friend walk around with a video camera and interview our guests. It was raw, uncut, and very silly. He has footage of memories that would have never been caught by a professional. For the more traditional aspect of videography, we had my uncle capture the big events of the day on video.
Right before our wedding, we both graduated from grad school. Then, we were caught in the hustle of last-minute wedding plans. Since we are teachers, we waited until Thanksgiving break to go on our honeymoon (to Costa Rica -- I highly recommend!). By the time we returned, it was Christmas! We are just now settling back into a normal routine. This is the first time in our relationship that we haven't been in school and we haven't had to plan for a big event. It's incredible! We're relishing in our newfound leisure time. What's next for us is a whole lot of boring! When people ask us about having kids, we laugh and remind them that we've got plenty of them in our classrooms each day! Our future is going to have to wait for us because we're going to take our time being newlyweds!
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