Real Wedding: Rachel + James

When I think of my childhood, there is one smiling face that shows up in more than half of my memories and that is the face of my friend Rachel. Our friendship has been nothing short of adventurous: from riding ATVs up north with no helmets and watching her cousin bite worms in half in order to “fish better” to staying up ungodly hours of the night to watch trash TV to cruising the Caribbean twice to witnessing drug busts in the nation’s capital to acting as one another’s wedding Plus One’s to surviving puberty, high school, and a number of break ups, we have done so much together!

Needless to say, when Rach texted me one January morning to tell me she was now engaged to her high school sweetheart, my heart was bursting! Not only because IT WAS ABOUT TIME, but also because our conversation turned to wedding plans and logistics. As an event coordinator at the Winery still, I started to cry when she took me up on my offer to host her intimate nuptials at my venue AND allow me to help coordinate the Big Day.

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Real Wedding: Rebecca + Walt

Okay, guys, I have been waiting since the beginning of November to bring this lovely couple to your reading space! Rebecca and Walt’s wedding was the most entertaining and most adorable one I had the pleasure of assisting with during my time at Shadowland. Not only were they the sweetest people to the staff, but their ideas and creativeness are ridiculous! Just take a look for yourself…

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Real Wedding: Michele + Vaughn

I am beyond excited! This is the first wedding I can feature that I actually helped to manage! Michele and Vaughn were our November 8, 2014 bride and groom at Shadowland. I had previously met Michele during a Whirlpool Corporation luncheon during the summer which she administered.  I knew to expect a fun and happenin’ wedding once I met her; Michele was all smiles and laughs. It warmed my heart to see how deeply in love her and Vaughn were. From the MOH speech expressing their friendship-turned-romance, to the playful cutting of the cake, and finally the numerous dances shared on the ballroom floor, it was a great party for all. I wish this couple only the happiest of marriages!

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Real Wedding: Mindi + Adam

Do you know what makes me really happy? Seeing smiles on people’s faces. Especially when those smiles are as genuine as those of the couple you’re about to witness! Mindi and Adam were married at Shadowland in September, and I was privileged enough to be apart of the set up for their wedding. Though their photographs don’t do too much in terms of decor, I’m inspired by the pure love that is apparent on the couple’s faces!

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Real Wedding: Tiffany + Jason

Perhaps some of you remember my post on Positivity in Real Life… If not, the post told of my experience working a wedding back in September about a bride who did not let some traumatic life events ruin her attitude during her wedding. I am happy to announce that her wedding photographer is a dear friend of my venue and shared some pictures of the Big Day. Is this not one of the most darling weddings you have ever witnessed?

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Real Wedding: Kerri + Michael

I was asked to feature my second Real Wedding on the Shadowland blog, and I would like to share it with you! Kerri and Michael held a small, vintage wedding with a prohibition theme at my venue last summer. Even though I was not yet on staff, I am blown away by how adorable this wedding was! Let it be inspiration for any of you budding lovebirds!!

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Real Wedding: Samantha + Scott

I am so happy to present this post to you. Not only because it is my first featured Real Wedding on the Shadowland blog which I helped debut mid-May, but also because the bride and maid of honor were girls with whom I graduated high school. It is such a blessing to see people from my past leading loving lives! All the best, Sami and Scott!

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