It was at a restaurant where Sophia first crossed paths with the best friend of her future husband.
Convincing Sophia that she had to meet David, she gave his friend her number to pass along. After their initial phone conversations, David and Sophia arranged for a group date. The date was filled with good vibes and deep conversation. David was “stunned” by Sophia, “impressed by her knowledge,” and enjoyed how much their life visions were aligned. Sophia fondly recalls how “handsome” he was with a “beautiful smile,” being even more “impressed by his calm demeanor and deep voice.” The attraction between them was certainly palpable and only continued to grow from that moment on.
After three years of a loving and supportive relationship, David decided it was time to make their love forever with a proposal of marriage. The perfect opportunity presented itself during Sophia’s birthday celebration. With a houseful of family and friends, the energy of the atmosphere created the ideal setting to write the next chapter of their love story. After blowing out the candles on her cake, David got down on one knee, looked into the eyes of the love of his life, and said, “I don’t know what you wished for but, will you be my wife?”
Sophia and David’s intimate riverside ceremony was hosted at the beautiful Occoquan Regional Park in Virginia. The Bride was gorgeous in a custom Barbara Kavchok gown with organza overskirt and completed with a vintage glam birdcage veil. In a picture-perfect setting, Sophia met David at the altar where they took their first steps as husband and wife towards happily ever after.
Best Memories: The ceremony was breathtaking. I remember being overwhelmed with gratefulness. Everything was perfect, including the weather, pastor, guests, string trio, etc. I am blessed!
Advice for Engaged Couples: Hire an amazing wedding planner so you can enjoy your moment in time. The day will come and go too fast to be stressed!
Wedding Planning & Design: Perfect Planning Events
Bridal Salon: Soliloquy Bridal
Bride’s Attire: Barbara Kavchok
Groom’s Salon: House of Jonlei Atelier
Groom’s Attire: Miguel Wilson
Officiant: Bertram Hinton Jr. of Bethel Temple Faith Church – Concord, North Carolina
Venue: The River View at Occoquan
Caterer: The River View at Occoquan
Florist: BCG Events
Photographer: Judah Avenue Photography
Videographer: Slumped Films
Music/Band/DJ: Cory Copeland (DJ 32), Taiwan Norris
Ceremony Musician: Bialeks Music/Rockville Strings
Emcee: Tiffany Davis
Cakes: Edibles Incredible
Hair Stylist: LaTanya Porter
Makeup Artist: Tyra Williams
Transportation: Vintage Limoz
Invitations/Stationery/Menus: Perfect Planning Events
Rentals (Linens, Chargers): DC Rentals
Rentals (Glassware): Table Manners
Rentals (pipe and drape): The Light Source Company
Rentals (furniture): White Glove Rentals
Lighting: The Light Source Company
Gobo Design: Dreamcatcher Stationery
Stage Wrapping: The Light Source Company
Clear Acrylic Chairs: Lush Couture Rentals
Calligraphy Signage (Seating Chart, Ten Commandments of Marriage signage):