Elizabeth and Dennis planned their destination wedding at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia all the way from Florida. Thanks to the amazing hands-on service by Private Events Director, Shay Rybin and her Banquet Captain Jennifer, and all the wedding professionals involved…the wedding was practically flawless!
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Enjoy these video clips of a real wedding in Williamsburg VA at Ford’s Colony. The wedding recessional, great Aunt Sue dancing to “Celebration”, “Apache” and of course, “Uptown Funk”! Lots of fun by everyone!
The original plan was to have the ceremony outside by the pond, but 24 hours before the wedding the forecast was very iffy to say the least. Because of this, the decision was made to go with the rain plan and have the ceremony inside the dining room. It’s a good thing, because during the time of the ceremony it was raining buckets outside.
First Dance:“At Last” by Etta James Father/Daughter Dance:“I Loved Her First” by Heartland Groom/Sister Dance:“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
How does a girl from Fredericksburg, Virginia who is the oldest of 6, meet a boy from Philadelphia who is the baby of 7? Naturally, they meet in Naples, Florida! They had their first date on April 22, 2014 at Miller’s ale House. And even though it was love at first sight…they didn’t get engaged until about a year and a half later.
And before they could get engaged….Dennis had to muster up the nerve to call Elizabeth’s parents and ask for their blessing.
Which they granted.
So…in their apartment, with their only witness being their fur baby, Franklin….who is a miniature schnauzer….Dennis popped the question on November 14, 2015.
These two truly compliment each other…Dennis is neat and tidy…while Elizabeth admits that she is a little messy and unorganized. Elizabeth knows lots of random useless trivia facts…while Dennis has street smarts and common sense. She is emotional, boisterous and loud while Dennis is calm and more reserved.
But at the end of the day, they balance each other out, and bring out the best in each other…unless, of course… they begin debating whose sports teams are the best.
He loves the Philadelphia Eagles…and her heart is with the Washington Redskins.
Dennis loves the Phillies and Elizabeth is a die-hard Yankees fan.
Of course, they both agree on their mutual love of the Penn State Nittany Lions.
They love good food and laughter, and now on the three year anniversary of their first date…in front of their family and friends…they are beginning a new chapter in their lives….and now it’s time for their first dance as husband and wife
Wedding Ceremony in the Dining Room at Ford’s Colony
It was raining and it was cold, so we had to implement the “rain plan”, but everyone helped by cooperating and adjusting as we moved the ceremony to shelter. Spirits were very high and you could feel the love as Jennifer & Drake celebrated their nuptials at a private home in Chincoteague Island. It was BEAUTIFUL!
Surprise Best Man Speech
When you’re in the military, deployment can often interfere with wedding plans. Drake, our groom knew this could happen. But what he wasn’t expecting was emergency surgery causing a problem. But as they say….if you want to make God laugh….make plans. So…several months before the wedding, Drake learned his best man needed surgery and would not be able to attend the wedding. So he figured that he just wouldn’t get to hear a Best Man Speech.
He was wrong!
I suggested to his wife Jenn, that she surprise her husband with a video recorded in advance. We kept it a secret for months.
By the time the video finished playing for all their guests…you could hear a pin drop.
It was perfect!
Dancing & Craziness!
Jennifer and Drake rented a private home, which meant the party went very late into the evening…and into the morning!
One of the BEST moments of the evening was when two gentlemen decided to implement an impromptu game of invisible “Double Dutch” jump rope. Guests were “jumping in” and showing off their dance moves while avoiding the invisible ropes. And then…..after a moment of “brainstorming”, my assistant and I agreed on the following tune…..wait for it…..
Too many pictures under the influence to be shared publicly….but enjoy this glimpse.
Review that was shared on The Knot and Wedding Wire
(Kudos to my wedding day assistant and former bride, Liz, who wanted to explore the possibility of being a wedding planner. She worked extra hard to make the day successful! I couldn’t have done it without her. Her reaction the following day…..#respect! )
Williamsburg Lodge Weddings are as hometown as one can get, and for local couple Meg & Scott, who decided to celebrate their marriage in the heart of the historic area, it was the perfect setting! And of course, they had the best local Wedding DJ ever, Liz Daley!!!!
The beautiful Colony Room…set up for almost 300 people!
How does a courtship begin in a small town like Williamsburg? It starts at birth! Back in 1990, at Williamsburg Community Hospital – Megan came into this world, and little did she know that just over a year later, Scott, the man destined to be her husband, would also be born in that very same hospital.
They kind of always knew “OF” each other their whole lives. Their parents were friends. They had the same friends. Scott just figured Megan was out of his league.
Then one day in high school… a friend said to Scott, “ Why don’t you ever say “Hi” to Megan when we walk by every day?” “It hurts her feelings!” So the very next day, Scott said “Hi”…and Megan smiled back and blushed with embarrassment. And acccording to Megan…. “Scott had her at “Hi”!
Dating: Their first date was at Starbucks after a soccer game with friends, and they fell in love Starbucks ….and each other!
They share many of the same memories…Junior/Senior Prom, The Cheese Shop, and multiple trips to the Outer Banks!
Then….the high school sweethearts became long distance partners as they each went away to college. But their love was destined to lead to marriage.
The Proposal: Scott was ready to propose, so he called his mom to help him find the ring. He was scared to death that someone would see him in the jewelry store and ruin his planned surprise.
Within 15 minutes he had exactly what he wanted. Then he had to call the credit card company and tell them it was OK.
And…As Scott was driving back to Richmond, he called Megan’s father and said, “ You have no choice…I have the ring and I am marrying your daughter”. Then he called his friends and they began planning the bachelor party!
The plan was to propose on the doorstop in front of their first home together. But, Megan’s online class was running late and she doesn’t like to open doors. Especially when peep holes are covered by Halloween decorations.
So….while down on one knee…Scott knocked on the door. No response. He knocked again. No response.
At that point, Megan texted Scott and said… it’s late….When will you be home….someone keeps knocking on the door and I’m not going to open it.
Scott reassured her it would be OK to open the door and that is when she saw him down on one knee with flowers, balloons and champagne!
Megan dropped her phone and stared at Scott with her mouth wide open.
When she came back down to earth…Scott said, “ Will You Marry me?” and Megan said, “YES!” And now today in front of friends and family they are beginning a new chapter in their lives……a continuation of a love that started long ago.
First Dance: “Better Together” by Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga (special mix)
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For their first dance as husband and wife at their Petersburg Virginia Wedding, Jennifer and Wood chose “Tangled up in You” by Aaron Lewis. And yes, Wood is wearing a kilt….and evidently, he was wearing it, shall we say…in the traditional manner.
Parent Dances: Jennifer chose “My Girl” to dance with her father, and Wood chose “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney to dance with his mother.
Jennifer and Wood wanted their reception to be laid back without many of the tired traditions. Mission Accomplished. The afternoon was a complete success!
Stevie Wonder- Isn’t She Lovely Fleetwood Mac – you make loving fun Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up Toby Keith – Red Solo Cup Cheap Trick – I Want you to Want Me Unchained melody A Thousand Years Could I Have This Dance
Bride & Groom’s Entrance Song: “Will You be There” by Michael Jackson First Dance:“I Wanna Grow Old With You” (extended version) Father/Daughter Dance:“God Only Knows” by Beach Boys Mother/Son Dance:“You are my Sunshine” by Bing Crosby