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Mary Cait and Chad | Virginia Cliffe Inn

I don’t even know where to start this post – I’m still running on adrenaline from Mary Cait and Chad’s wedding this weekend!

Fun fact – this was one of two weddings I have EVER shot where I hadn’t met the bride in advance!  I was a little nervous because we’d only communicated through email a few times and didn’t know what to expect.  If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you know my relationships with my brides are very important to me and I work hard to gain their trust.  Mary Cait and Chad flew in from Chicago the Thursday before the wedding so there wasn’t any time for a face to face!   But, honestly, when I walked into the room to meet her for the first time I felt like I was meeting an old friend and the wedding will go down as one of my all time favorites.

From the sentimental trinkets chosen to represent grandparents (a beautiful gold cricket pin and a miniature ladybug) to the custom designed gown created by a friend of the groom, each detail was carefully selected with love!  If I could sum it up in only one word I would describe it as abundant.  Abundant in love, family, friends and FUN!  I shared so many laughs I felt like I was a part of the family by the time I was ready to leave.   Here’s just a brief sneak peek of the happiness.

(Scroll down to the end to read their love story in Mary Cait’s words.)

 

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I love this venue!  Every time I see the owner, Janice, I just wanted to hug her!

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I wish I could take credit for this bridesmaids picture – Mary Cait’s fabulous ladies set this up for me before I even arrived!  Her girls were so amazing and helpful  I wish I could hire them out for EVERY wedding!

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Mary Cait’s dress had a surprise – her full skirt slipped off to reveal a gorgeous cocktail gown!  (FYI:  It also had POCKETS!  Swooning!)

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I don’t cry at weddings often, but when I do it’s when the Mom presents her daughter with such a thoughtful gift to represent a grandparent.

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How We Met

We each signed up for a subscription to Match in order to find someone to date. Mary Cait had been messaging several guys, but was most interested in one, Chad, who only sent replies once every day or two and therefore did not appear as interested. Chad’s profile was all about wanting to find someone to be friends with for the rest of his life, and had a fantastic beard in his pictures, so Mary Cait was very intrigued.

Chad finally asked Mary Cait out for sushi. Chad had such a long day at work, he almost cancelled the date altogether, but thought he ought to go out anyway. Mary Cait was slightly apprehensive because she had yet to find any place in Richmond that had good sushi and it was her first Match date. Little did she know, she ended up at the best sushi place in Richmond on the best first date of her life (duh!).

We had such an amazing time talking, but there was a line out the door for tables, so we decided to take a ride over to Libbie Hill Park to keep talking. Chad thought Mary Cait’s car was very dirty, but thought she was too captivating to care. We sat on a bench at the park chatting until sunset, not wanting the night to end. The rest is, as they say, history.

The Proposal

It was the last weekend in July and we were throwing a house warming party. Although we had discussed getting engaged and had even shopped for rings together, Mary Cait had no idea that Chad was going to propose that day. We had invited our friends and family over for the party, and Mary Cait was just so happy to have everyone there. Chad called everyone’s attention to thank them for coming and being there with us. Then, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him and Mary Cait said “Yes, of course!” It was a great day that became even more wonderful!!

 

The Vendor Team

Venue:  Virginia Cliffe Inn | Glen Allen, VA
Photography:  Michelle Kuzmick Photography
Planning and Florals:  Marylee Marmer Events
Caterer:  Goodrich Gourmet
Cake:  The Mixing Bowl
Hair and Make-up: FBJ Weddings
Transportation:  Taylor’s Classic Travels
DJ: Bunn DJ Company
Custom Gown by:   Kelsy Dominic
Grooms Attire:  Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Bands:  Diamonds Direct
Engagement ring:  Custom Design by Artem Mouradkanian

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