Bride and groom showing off ring and henna
Aurelia Studios
Date: 
Monday, December 16, 2019

Bright Sunday Brunch Wedding

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Megan and Gabriel had met in high school through mutual friends. Gabriel had even dated a good friend of Megan's. After high school, they didn't keep in touch or but social media become good friends again. After going through photos and status updates of both of their lives, they began chatting and decided to reunite for dinner. They have been inseparable ever since! During the first year of Megan and Gabriel dating, he had taken her out to a local garden that does a big Christmas light show. They even made it an annual tradition to start the Christmas season. The year that Gabriel proposed happened to be the coldest winter they had experienced, and Megan was in no mood to be outside in it. Gabriel kept pushing how he wanted to go see the lights and how important it was to him, so Megan decided to go. After they had gotten to their favorite spot, he dropped down to one knee and proposed. 
 

For their wedding, both Megan and Gabriel wanted something simple and easy. They wanted to stay true to their budget but also keep the event fun for their guests. They decided to get married on a Sunday and have a brunch themed wedding. The colors for their wedding were pale pink with accents of gold and dark grey. The location of their wedding was at a local cultural arts center and they decided to keep the decorations minimal and to display the local artwork instead. It was important to keep food and beverages high on the list and the photographer. For the food, they went with a local catering company and for beverages had a mimosa bar and coffee bar.  
 

For attire, they also wanted to keep it very simple but comfortable. The bridal gown was the first one that Megan had tried on and decided it was the one. Gabriel wore a simple grey suit with pink accents to compliment the bridesmaid's dresses. The bridal party wore floor-length light pink dresses with gold embellishments and the groomsmen wore a dark grey suit with pink accents. The floral arrangements were made by Megan's aunt and turned out perfect. The cake came from a local bakery and was a standard wedding cake. Gabriel's father is from Libya so they both wanted to honor those family traditions. They surprised him by getting henna on Megan and her bridesmaids. They also did an Arabic wedding blessing to start the reception.  
 

Megan and Gabriel would like to let future brides and grooms know, “THIS IS YOUR DAY. Make sure that you get everything you want out of the day because you only get one. We had to be very firm with our wants and needs and we ended up getting exactly what we wanted. I love looking at our pictures and each detail was honoring of our families becoming one but held true to who we are as a couple.” Another great advice they wanted to let readers know was to make a list of the top three things that mean the most to you for your wedding day and make those a priority. Once those decisions are made it was easy to vote for something in or out for the wedding.  

 

Photography: Aurelia Studios | Ceremony Venue: Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center | Reception Venue: Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center | Stationery: Faye Street Studios | Catering: A Sharper Palate | Hair: Pearls and Perfection | Makeup: Pearls and Perfection | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Veil: David's Bridal | Submitted via: Matchology

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