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Allison and Aaron are set to be married in a beautiful waterfront ceremony at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in August. Sadly, Boris, their French Bulldog will not be able to make an appearance on their wedding day so we made sure he made an appearance here!

I am so excited to work with these two! For now, get to know their love story and keep an eye out for their wedding post!

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How did you two meet? 

Aaron and I were introduced by a mutual friend who worked with Aaron. She thought we would be a great match and showed Aaron my Facebook at work. The rest is history! She is also going to officiate our wedding 🙂

How did he propose? 

Aaron proposed at our favorite hiking trail trail in Shenandoah, Compton’s peak. He had known for a year since the last time we had been there that he was going to propose at that spot. Throughout the year, we visited that same overlook with both set’s of our parents when they came down to visit, and have photos to document all of our trips up there that year, leading up the engagement!

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What has been your favorite part of wedding planning? 

My favorite part of wedding planning has all of the little special details. It’s brought me back to little notes between us, locations that are special to us, and all the little nuances that make our relationship OURS. You don’t realize until you start customizing, how many moments you forget about that you will eventually want to incorporate into your day (for example, our tables are all street names of the special places in our lives).

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What is one piece of advice you can give to a bride planning her wedding right now? 

The best advice I would give is to follow your gut and personalize the things that make YOU happy. If you step back and remember its your day, all of those little ideas you pinned or circled in a magazine will turn into something that is uniquely yours as a couple. Whether it’s DIY, or something off Etsy, if it means something to you, it will mean something to your guests, too.

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?

I am most looking forward to putting my feet up in our hotel room after the wedding, and eating cheesecake/drinking champagne with my new husband 🙂

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Is it wrong that I have been looking forward to this wedding since August of 2015 even though Ally and Nick didn’t get engaged until 2016? You see, Ally is the younger sister to Gary; the dapper groom in this slam dunk of a wedding from 2015. Ally’s mother told me during one of our meetings that at the end of Kelly and Gary’s wedding Ally knew she would be hiring me for her wedding. Do you want to know the best compliment I have ever received? That one, right there.

Ally and Nick were an absolute dream to work with for their wedding! Nothing phased them! Ally truly was the most chill bride. Both Ally and her mom have such great sense of style so I knew this wedding day would be gorgeous. They.did.not.disappoint. Chic gown, lush greenery florals, pops of blue and greek key pattern. I think the best part of this wedding day was the family. I love them all! I actually told Ally’s parents to have more children so I could plan their weddings too. (Note: they said no) I was more than a little sad to say “goodbye” to the Kiley’s. Looks like I will just have to invite myself over for lunch one day! 😉

Reception Venue & Catering: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Ceremony: Naval Academy Chapel

Photographer: Carly Arwine Photography

Florals: Flower Follies

Band: Affirmative Groove

Invites and Paper Products: Just Ink on Paper

Hair: Behind the Veil

Make-up: The Make-up Chic

Transportation: Towne Transport

Cake: Sarah Garner

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Ok I have teased you for months about this wedding and now I am SO excited to finally share it. This wedding was literally a labor of love as there were so many parts and pieces to coordinate. The bride had a vision all along of creating a cozy vintage garden and I truly believe we did just that! We mixed lovely velvet linens with champagne drapery, greenery with hand painted signs, a vintage inspired seating chart, programs created with hand drawn pictures of the bride and groom and so much more!  I don’t think there was a single detail NOT thought of for this wedding. The bride wanted a greenery chandelier over the dance floor. The only way to do that was to construct an entire system to hang this chandelier from–friends, Event Pro is amazing. I gave them crude drawings and zero understanding of physics yet they delivered 10 fold. Actually, every single vendor for this wedding was amazing–surrounding yourself with good people allows for some beautiful results.

This wedding was in January and it was a COLD day. So cold. But Brett and Matt were total troopers taking pictures outside…in the snow. It was just enough of a dusting to perfectly compliment their winter wedding. I am going to let the photos speak for themselves because they will tell the story better than I ever could!

Venue & Catering: Springfield Manor (Carriage House Catering)

Photography: Brittany Thomas Photography 

Videography: Adora Films

Florals: Amanda Veronee

Event Production: Event Pro

Rentals: Vintage Affairs & White Glove Rentals 

Escort Card Display: 2Hands Studio

Band: Vinyl Rhino

Cakes: Angel Cakes 

Lighting: WoW Event Lighting

Hair & Make-up: Glam Bridal Beauty

Invites: Paper in the Park

Programs, Guest Book, Snapchat Filter: Miss Design Berry

Signage: BeauTied Affair

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I am SO excited to get this wedding season started. My brides and grooms have such great taste not only in style but the overall atmosphere they are creating for their guests. They say your vibe attracts your tribe and I think I can say the same for clients! I am so fortunate to have super chill brides this year & one of them is definitely my girl Becca. I don’t think I have seen one feather ruffled on this girl since we started working together. All she cares about is marrying Josh and you know what, she gets it! Remember, this day is so much bigger than the details–plan a marriage more beautiful than your wedding day! <3

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How did you two meet?
Tinder (Ahh – maybe we should make something up!) Our first date was brunch at Citrus in Virginia Beach on Memorial Day weekend 2014. Both of us had just recently moved there for work and I didn’t really know anyone yet. After a super long brunch, we went and spent the rest of the day at the beach hanging out. It was a totally different and fun first date – we were inseparable from that moment on.
How did he propose?
Josh deployed 6 months after I moved to San Diego and was supposed to be home in May. A few weeks before he was scheduled to come home, he was told that he would be staying for the remainder of the deployment and wouldn’t be home until August. Obviously, I was kind of bummed about it! When we found out he’d be in Hawaii for the majority of the summer, we booked a flight for me to come out over 4th of July weekend. Little did I know, Josh had purchased the ring several months earlier in San Diego and was just waiting to come home to pick it up! My friend, Tyler, was going to Hawaii at the same time to visit her husband so she went and picked up the ring and brought it out to him. I had no idea she had it in her purse during the entire flight! I was hoping it would happen but really wasn’t sure and once it had been a few days, I assumed that it wouldn’t be happening. He ended up proposing at the top of the mountain when we were on a beautiful hike on July 3rd. The views were incredible!
What are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?
Seeing Josh for the first time! I can’t wait to have a moment together before the ceremony and reception where it is just the two of us. I just can’t wait to marry him!
What is one piece of advice you would provide to brides-to-be?
Number your RSVP cards! And always remember it’s just one big party, no need to get too stressed over the little things. I think, overall, I’ve been a pretty low stress bride and part of that is because I refused to let it take over every waking day. Just as I keep my work life separate from my home life, I designated certain times that would be spent on wedding planning. I have to admit though, Etsy has sucked me in a few too many times…
What is going to be your favorite aspect of married life?
Getting to create a beautiful life with my favorite person in the world. Josh just keeps me laughing all day long
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For those of you who followed along or reached out since my last infertility post, thank you. You have no idea how much your kind words, “me too”s, prayers, love and support mean to me. In some ways I feel like I was given this journey for a reason; I have turned into my own form of Mama Bear to many woman going through this awful ride too. It is immensely healing to talk to other woman with the same hopeless feeling. For those of you outside this circle you might think that is depressing but there is so much community around the empty womb.

I debated sharing “this part” of our journey. I have wrestled with it for days but I eventually came to the conclusion that it felt right to share. After our diagnosis of unexplained infertility we did LOTS of soul searching. Are we testing God’s will by moving forward with fertility treatments was the question I kept repeating over and over. We took a break from doctors appointments for 6 months and changed our insurance to the only plan that partially covered fertility treatments.

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On Monday I had my first IUI procedure. The last three days have been long, so, so long. I have kept busy with meetings and coffee dates but always in the back of my mind I am thinking “is the fertilized egg implanting yet?” “Has the egg even been fertilized yet?” “What if this fails?” “How will I ever pick myself up after that?” I will shamelessly admit I have cried, at some point, every day since the procedure (and I will probably continue that trend). This procedure has a 12.4% success rate for us. 12.4%, do you know how small that is? How many drugs, blood draws, ultrasounds, and sleepless nights I have had? All for 12.4%. But in that tiny number is a glimmer of hope. I want to be included in that very small number of success stories.

I will have a pretty awesome pregnancy announcement if this works but if you don’t see it, please be nice to my feelings and don’t ask. So, I just have a simple ask, if you are the praying type just ask God to have his will done. That is a huge shift I am trying to have in all this chaos. Thy will be done. His plans are so much bigger than mine.

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