Colleen is our Bella Bride of the Week! Colleen was married last August in Kilmarnock, VA. We loved the simplicity and elegance of her big day. Congratulations Colleen!
When and where was your wedding?
8/6/11 in Kilmarnock, VA at Grace Episcopal Church. The reception was held at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club.
How did you and your fiance meet/ how did he propose?
We met on Jan. 2, 2010 at a camp reunion for St. George’s Camp through the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. He proposed on Christmas Day 2010 on the beach at my parent’s house in White Stone, VA. My grandfather had died a week earlier and he made sure that my grandmother was there that morning to share in the excitement!
How would you describe your style, and how did you incorporate it into your wedding?
Simple with a kind of rustic elegance. We had signs made by my cousin all over that had words on them that evoke the feeling of love… Believe, sing, dance, hope, love. My bridesmaids wore necklaces with these words on them by Laurel Denise Jewelry. We also had mason jars with these signs on them that lined the aisle. We got married outside under a beautiful crape myrtle tree and then had lemonade on the lawn after the ceremony.
How did you pick your dress/ know it was “the one?”
It was the first time that I’d been to Bella Rosa for my own wedding dress shopping and I actually went alone! I thought it would be fun to just try some dresses on during your sample sale. Much to my surprise, the first dress I tried on was perfect! I called one of my bridesmaids that live in Richmond and told her she needed to come see this dress! She confirmed that she thought it was “the one”. The next day, I got my mom and my mother-in-law to come take a look and my mother-in-law brought her veil that I was planning to wear and it was all just too perfect together! We laughed, we cried and we were sold on the dress. :)
What was your favorite moment at your wedding?
My favorite moment of the wedding was right before the ceremony when I was able to laugh and talk with my dad. All day long, every time anyone mentioned his name or I saw him, I would start to cry and I had finally composed myself! Then we got to walk down the aisle together and seeing Haden for the first time that day was just an amazing and overwhelming feeling of happiness that this day was finally here! I guess that’s 2 moments wrapped into one, but those 5-10 minutes of the day were just wonderful to me!
Was there anything special or unique about your wedding that made it different?
1. We kept things simple and I think the mason jars with the sayings was different and “us”.
2. We also had the ring bearers hold little adirondack chairs with gerber daisies that held our rings and guests signed adirondack chairs. Adirondack chairs are special to us because they are on all the porches at the place where we went to camp!
3. We also had a fun rice crispy treat sandcastle at the reception to go along with our wedding venue being near the river and the Bay and beaches!
If you could pass on one piece of wisdom to future brides, what would it be?
Stay calm and don’t sweat the small stuff! I know it’s easier said than done. :)
Congratulations Colleen and happy one year! We are so glad to have you as a Bella Bride :)
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