When images from Melanie Mauer Photography hit our inbox, we immediately jump for joy. Somehow she always lands the most incredible couples and we just know that her images will radiate love and warmth. Emily + Chris were no exception and we are totally swooning over their Keeneland wedding. Melody Rodgers with Refined Social Events just happened to be the brides bestie and made sure that all details were perfect. From the classic florals, to the elegant stationery suite, this wedding takes “swoon worthy” to a new level.
Love Story: You always think you’ll meet your husband through the traditional way of family/friends or while you’re in a social setting. However, times have changed and that doesn’t happen as often. I always laugh when someone asks where we met because I own it and am proud to say we met online. Chris on the other hand, would just say “out” – then he would look at me and smile knowing I was about to tell the truth. As I tell my single friends in their mid-30s, “I give online dating hope!” The first time I met Chris, I knew he was “the one”! I sent my matrons of honor, Cortney and Melody, a text on our first date that I think this may be it. Fast forward 11 months later, we were engaged. Chris knew I didn’t want a public engagement so he proposed in our apartment in Arlington then had reservations in DC at our favorite restaurant, Fiola Mare. That weekend we met my parents at the Greenbrier to celebrate then on to Puerto Rico to relax and take in all the excitement! 9 months later we married!
Favorite moment from the wedding day: This is a tough question because there were so many favorite parts of the day: hanging out all day with our siblings and best friends; our first look; walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Chris at the other end; having my nephews be a part of the day. But, I think the best part was the reception. We were able to let loose and enjoying laughing and dancing with friends and family. Thanks to my best friend, designer and planner, Melody Rodgers, I had a very thorough timeline that allowed us to greet all the guest but also enjoy ourselves especially on the dance floor. I would not change a single thing about the evening.
What advice would you give brides to be currently planning their special day? Have fun! Take a step back and take it all in! The best thing I did was have a very thorough timeline which we gave to each vendor. In that timeline I built in that we would be done greeting our guest 2 hours before the reception ended so we could be on the dance floor and have fun with our friends and family. That was the best decision I made because I remember every second of our day and felt I was able to have fun and enjoy myself with my husband.
Were there any special details apart of your decor, dress or ceremony? My wedding was beyond special because my matron of honor, Melody Rodgers of Refined Social Events, and Kyle Rogers of Canvas Event Furniture, designed and decorated my wedding and reception. Melody had her work cut out for her because she knew what my spring/summer wedding would look like and I threw her a curve ball when I told her I was getting married in January. Her design and decor were absolutely perfect and were spot on to fit my personality and style. The only other thing I would add that I loved that we took the details on the back of my dress and incorporated them into the design of the cake. Martine’s pastries design was absolutely gorgeous and was an exact replica of the back of my dress.