I know– I’m not supposed to have favorites. And I truly, truly love so many of the weddings featured on these (virtual) pages. But this one is super special. Not only was I a part of this incredible day (as an assistant to Meghan of Shindig and Jennifer Carroll throughout Annie & Walt’s planning process and on the day), but I’ve become such soulmates with this couple– pouring over these images, even on my birthday, is all I want to do!
Just trust me– if any wedding sparks inspiration and excitement in you, this is it. Every single detail, every single image– there is so much love here!! Annie and Walt, your day is my favorite. And you two are pretty cool, too.
Our love story: Walt and I met at first year orientation at the University of Virginia. Immediately, we bonded over jokes about dorm room décor and Thomas Jefferson. We were friends our first year and started dating our second year, after braving Hurricane Isabel together in Brown College. After graduation, Walt moved to Chicago for work and I moved to Boston for grad school, and we did long-distance for three years. (The airline industry must have loved us.) When Walt got into grad school at BU, we were finally in the same time zone again and got engaged a little over a year later.
The proposal: Walt suggested we go out to dinner one evening mid-week. I woke up that morning and asked if we could cancel– I just wasn’t feeling a night out– but after spending a beautiful June day trapped in a cubicle, I didn’t feel like sitting at home and suggested we still go out. (I had no idea I’d almost foiled his plan!) Of course, I insisted on nothing fancy; it was only a Wednesday night, after all.
The proposal cont: We went to an Israeli restaurant nearby and then to a favorite café for coffee and dessert. It was a beautiful evening, so we walked around our neighborhood, including a lovely square near our apartment with lots of beautiful old trees. Walt mentioned that he loved how even small things like going on a walk felt special because we were together, and how he hoped we would always take walks together. He pulled the ring out of his pocket and got down on one knee, totally surprising me.
“Wow” moment: A couple of different “wow” moments stand out for me. We did a ‘first look,’ which gave me major butterflies. Suddenly it was all real– we were together and we were getting married. Then later, at the reception, Meghan showed us the ballroom before anyone of our guests entered. It was amazing seeing everything we’d imagined and talked about for a year suddenly come to life– and be even better than we could have imagined!
Favorite project: Our wedding was library-themed, so it was fun to plan all the bookish décor details—table numbers based on the Dewey Decimal system, library card seating cards, “book” invitations, etc. Thankfully, the Shindig team was just as enthusiastic about the theme as we were, which made the whole wedding planning process so fun.
First dance song: This Will Be Our Year by the Zombies.
Groom’s favorite moment: Cookie tables are a big thing in my hometown of Pittsburgh, and to honor that tradition, Meghan arranged for a table of amazing cookies (complete with glasses of regular and Kahlua-spiked “Grown-Up” milk) to appear near the reception hall while the guests were all distracted by the bouquet toss.
The cover for the cookie table was a “cloth” made up (by Meghan) of stitched-together pages from children’s’ books, and it had one particular touch that absolutely stole the show. Annie had recently found out that her first book, a young-adult novel, had been picked up for publication, and without her knowledge, Meghan contacted me to get a copy of the digital document. When the cookie table and its cloth were revealed, the first page of Annie’s to-be-published book was right there in the center, and the look of surprise and elation when she recognized it still rates as my second-favorite moment of the entire day (beaten narrowly by the whole getting-married part).
Our day was: Joyous, literary, loved
images by Cramer Photo
Planning and Wedding Design: Shindig Weddings and Events
The dress: Blue by Enzoani, from The House of Brides
Veil, shawl, shoes, necklace/bracelet: The House of Brides
Bridesmaid dresses: LulaKate, from Bella Bridesmaid
Walt’s/groomsmen suits: Jos. A Bank
Walt/groomsmen ties: Brooks Brothers
Invitations and save-the-dates: Jennifer Lane
Hair/makeup: Face Value Salon
Organist: Brian Dean Sousa
Ceremony soloist: Heather Hightower
Ceremony choir: The University Singers, directed by Michael Slon
Flowers: Pat’s Floral Designs
Rental Furniture: Pat’s Floral Designs and American Furniture Rental
Lighting/Drapery: Blue Ridge LIght Forms
Catering: Farmington Country Club
Cookies: Farmington and One Creative Cookie
Ceremony: St. Thomas Aquinas
Transportation: Camryn Limo and UTS
Photography: Cramer Photo
Videography: Blue Sky Films
Cake: Maliha Creations
Rentals: Festive Fare
DJ: Derek Tobler
Calligraphy and design: If So Inklined