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A Story of Love and Resilience | Spring Williamsburg Winery Wedding

bride and groom embracing

After Mara lost her first husband, it was two years before she was ready to date again. A friend set her up on a blind date with Matt in March of 2016. That first blind date ended up being her last. She fell in love with Matt, and he proposed to her behind the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg the following spring.

Mara and Matt were married on March 24, 2018 in Williamsburg, VA. The morning of the wedding they participated in the D.O.G. St. 5K run. They then had a gorgeous Catholic ceremony at Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and a lively reception at Williamsburg Winery.

Bride and groom participating in DoG Street Walk 5k
bride applying mascara on her wedding day
woman buttoning the back of the bride's dress
groom putting on his suit
bride walking down the aisle with her parents at Catholic Church
bride and groom smiling at each other before walking down the aisle
bride and groom looking up from checkered tile in the church
bride and groom dancing together amongst the greenery
bride and groom sitting together and smiling
hand tied textured bouquet with eucalyptus, nutmeg spray roses, champagne roses, and chocolate lisianthus
bride and groom posing in front of rich greenery
bride twirling in her dress on a gravel road

A Bride’s Resilience 

Mara is one of the spunkiest brides I have ever worked with. She has a contagious zest for life and an energy you can just see radiating from her wedding photos. Moreover, Mara has a spirit of resilience that we can all look up to during these trying times.

Just a few weeks after her beautiful wedding, Mara’s father got sick. He was then hospitalized, and his family learned that he had cancer that had spread throughout his body. He died a month later, on Mara’s birthday.

Mara has suffered a great deal of loss in her life. Yet, she remains a bright light who takes every moment to love her people well. She understands how finite this life is, yet she chooses to see goodness and beauty even in the midst of pain. She is a picture of resilience, and we would all be wise to look to her example as we face difficult circumstances.

bride holding her richly colored bouquet in the forest
bride standing behind groom holding onto his arms
bride and groom walking hand in hand on gravel road
bride kissing the groom outside in the forest

The Wedding Florals

Mara’s personality shines through in her choice of wedding florals. Her hand-tied textured bouquet featured gorgeous contrasts of light and dark colors. The greenery was composed of eucalyptus, boginia foliage, Italian ruscus and curly willow. For florals, we incorporated white bouvardia, nutmeg spray roses, champagne roses and carnations, chocolate lisianthus, white ranunculus, and honey flair hypericum berry. We wrapped the bouquet with ivory ribbon and draped Japonica in the front.

hand tied textured bouquet featuring draping Japonica
groom hugging a friend inside the Catholic church
bride walking down the aisle with her parents
bride and groom dancing under string lights at Williamsburg Winery
bride posing in elegant beaded gown in front of forest
bride and groom holding drinks and smiling during reception
bride embracing her father and stepfather at the Williamsburg Winery reception
bride and groom kissing in front of the altar inside Catholic church


Ceremony Venue: National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham  | Reception Venue: Williamsburg Winery  | Photographer: Danny Gorman Photography  | Dress: Sorelle’s Bridal Salon  | Groom’s Attire: Daniel’s of Morgantown  | Baker: Kadi Bakes  | Wedding Planner: Two River Events  | Band: Bachelor Boys Band

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