HOW DID YOU MEET? We were introduced through mutual friends. Our first date was a double date with those same friends at National Harbour. After dinner at Grace's Mandarin, John was still too shy to talk to Jenn so we were put on a ferris wheel ride together on the Capital Wheel to break the ice!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Jenn works as a consultant and was on a full travel schedule, only back on Friday night to Sunday morning. On the weekend of March 19th, John said he planned a date night which really meant dinner in DC. It was cold and rainy and Jenn almost cancelled it. However, since he made an effort to make reservations, we ended up going. The entire night, John had ice cold hands and Jenn kept asking him if he was catching a cold. He barely ate dinner and, unbeknownst to Jenn who ate everything in sight, was very very nervous. After dinner, we went home and John dragged her down the stairs to the basement saying he needed to show her something he got. He took her out to the backyard deck and to Jenn's surprise, it was meticulously decorated with deck lights, fairly lights, flower petals, and words that said marry me. All those years of watching the bachelor and bachelorette really paid off for John. He said a whole bunch of words which Jenn didn't hear and got down on one knee and asked her to marry him... which Jenn also did not hear. After a long pause, Jenn figured out there must've been a questioned asked and tentatively said... yes? Suddenly friends popped out of all the dark corners of the forest to congratulate the two. Literally. There was shocking amount of people involved in staging the proposal. This was the biggest surprise ever as Jenn never saw it coming... at all. The amount of effort and details John put into the proposal still shocks many people to this day.
TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I wanted something light for a summer wedding as well as something that felt romantic and soft. The laser cut lace from the top half of the dress fit in perfectly with the vineyard setting and the soft layers of the skirt gave an airy feel yet with enough structure from the horsehair to show the depth in layers. I originally wanted a heavier and more layered Lazaro dress but as soon as I tried this on, I was sold. The dress was so much lighter and comfortable and I realised that would match the atmosphere of the wedding. I also sent pictures of the two dresses to get Kate and Aimee's opinions as they knew the vision I had for the wedding and they both loved the Hayley Paige dress more. One thing I did do was change the entire back of the dress-normally the halo gown has lace appliques and a strappier look on the back. I worked with my seamstress at Love Couture Bridal (Rockville, MD), to simplify the back and leave two straps going down in a "V" for a more flattering and minimal look.