David and Veronica gained more than just an education from Drexel University.
The pair met as graduate students at the Philadelphia university shortly after Veronica moved to the city. “It was the start of my first year and I didn’t know many people, so when a friend invited me to a party, I didn’t mind going solo” shares Veronica. When she entered the party, David was perched by the window and of course – Veronica caught his eye. Shortly after, he asked their mutual friend for the 411 on the mystery girl. “He waited till a girl left the seat next to me to come strike up conversation. In fact, he took her seat!” says Veronica.
The couple ended up chatting for the rest of the party and afterward took a walk around the neighborhood. The blissful duo reveled in the newness of getting to know one another while trading jokes and sharing lots of laughter. “At one point we had a true nerd moment and traded eyeglasses to see which of us had the worse vision. Very dorky, I know” says Veronica (actually, we find that moment so adorable!) Eventually, David walked Veronica to her apartment and asked if they could keep in touch – and that was the start of their epic romance!
Now the duo have shared “I-do’s” in a fun wedding that featured several special nods to the City of Brotherly Love and the alma mater that united them, including their blue and yellow color scheme – which happen to be Drexel’s school colors!
Peruse on for more for more excerpts from this fun-loving couple’s love story while viewing their visuals from euphoric wedding day perfectly captured by Coterie member and photographer, Terri Baskin.
Bride: Veronica Marché Miller Jamison
Groom: David Jamison IV, PhD
Occupations: Veronica: Illustrator and owner of Veronica Marche Illustration & Design | David: Assistant Professor of Engineering, Villanova University
Wedding date: 8/01/2015
Wedding location: Davio’s in Philadelphia, PA
Tell us about the proposal!
Veronica: David proposed to me on the night of my graduate fashion show at Drexel. For weeks, I had been so consumed with finishing my collection for graduation that I didn’t notice anything else going on around me. Turns out it was the perfect opportunity for him to shop for a ring! The night of the fashion show was a whirlwind, with family and friends coming into to town to celebrate and support.
When the show was over, David managed to pull me away from the hubbub and walked me to a spot outside where we could be alone. “How does it feel to finished?” he asked me. “Amazing,” I said. “Well,” he said — and this is where he pulled me close — “Now that you’ve finished with one chapter of your life, how would you like to start a new one with me?” He presented me with the ring and I almost passed out. I had no idea he was going to propose! Once I collected myself, I said “Yes!” and smothered him with hugs and kisses. We spent the rest of the night sharing the news and celebrating with our family and friends.
Describe your wedding dress! What was wedding shopping like for you?
My wedding dress was a soft, mermaid style dress, with an illusion neckline, a lace bodice and layers of tulle in the skirt. It was floaty and easy, and was the perfect complement to our sunny, daytime wedding in the city. Even though I started dress shopping rather late (April, for an August wedding!) it turned out to be a breeze. I went to David’s Bridal because I knew they’d be able to handle the tight timeline, and the first dress the associate showed to me turned out to be the one!
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
Both of us have a deep love for music (David is a drummer, and I grew up with father who worked as a disc jockey), so that was a major part of our wedding. We wanted to celebrate with our favorite R&B, hip-hop and neo-soul tunes, and that’s exactly what we did. Swag surfin’ happened too, and it was great!
Bridesmaids & Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids: Quirky totebags by Emily McDowell Studio, personalized coffee mugs and notecards. | Groomsmen: Personalized Philadelphia Eagles paraphernalia
Favorite item on the menu: Spicy sausage rigatoni
First dance song: “You Put A Move On My Heart” by Tamia
What is your best memory from your wedding?
My favorite memory was the mother-son dance! David and his mom surprised everyone when they showed out with a choreographed dance routine to Stevie Wonder’s “As.” It was absolutely one of the most exciting and joyful parts of the day.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Be a team. Resolve not to fight over the wedding – it’s a big occasion, but ultimately the little details are not worth arguments with your beloved. We decided early on that we would not let wedding planning get between us, and I think that ultimately helped us focus on the most important aspect of it all – the fact that our wedding day is really just the first day of our marriage, and that we wanted to begin our life together with a solid foundation.
Venue & Catering: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Floral Arrangements: Nature’s Gallery Florist
Cake: Tiffany’s Bakery
Photography: Terri Baskin Photography
Programs, Decorations & Paper Goods: Greetings by Cristine
Music: DJ Nat TurnerTables (Gabe Carryon)
Jewelry: Giannini Jewelers
Bride’s Attire: Dress | David’s Bridal | Veil & Headpiece: Handmade by the Bride!
Bridesmaids’ Attire: J. Crew
Groom’s Attire: Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Custom shirt: Indochino | Accessories: Nordstrom
Groom’s Tailoring: Centofanti Tailors