May 26, 2012
How They Met
Amy and Charles worked across the hall from one another on the 7th floor of the Virginia General Assembly building. Even though Amy could see Charles from her desk, it took them two weeks to start talking. They became fast friends when Amy lost her Blackberry charger and Charles always had one available. They kept each other sane through their hectic workdays, and when the legislative session ended, Amy and Charles continued to spend together. Now Amy says, “I simply can’t imagine a day in my life without him.”
When it comes to their sweet engagement story, Amy tells it best: “A few days after Christmas in 2010, Charles and I went to visit my parents in Chicago. I was excited to head into the city to spend the day exploring and enjoying the fun things we had planned for the day. Little did I know I was just feet away from the ring the entire day!
I had really been looking forward to the outdoor ice rink in Millennium Park. While I tried to cancel this stop several times that day due to changed times and cold weather, Charles somehow got me to the rink, in skates and around we went. Neither of us will be professional skaters any time soon, but Charles wanted to be sure we got a picture and asked me to wait in the middle of the rink for him while he handed off the camera. Unknown to me, my life was about to change, and Charles shakily returned and dropped to one knee.
While the whole proposal was a blur of me anxiously waiting to get to say yes, I stood there in disbelief that it was really happening. After getting my winter glove off and the ring on, I quickly nixed any more skating so we could enjoy the moment and share the good news!”
Amy and Charles chose a rustic southern theme with blue and pink accents for their wedding. They didn’t want to overshadow the lush gardens and classic brick walls of the Historic Mankin Mansion, so the couple chose simple decorations such as floating candles in mason jars, wine cork place card holders and mostly white centerpieces with curly willow filling the bottoms and pops of blue and pink flowers.
Though they kept their décor simple, Amy and Charles fit in many personal touches that made their wedding special. Amy gifted Charles a bourbon-shaped groom’s cake, but the sweets didn’t end there! They also provided a candy buffet full of unique pink and blue candies. At the end of the evening, Amy and Charles’ guests showered them with sparklers as they exited the reception.
We love a good groom’s cake!
After waiting over a year to officially tie the knot, Amy and Charles note their long walk down the aisle seeing their friends and family as the most special moment of the day.
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