Caroline and Justin’s Love Story: From Coffee Dates to Forever
Caroline and Justin’s love story began at Virginia Tech, where they met as swimmers on the swim team. As fate would have it, they had been swimming at the same meets for years but only crossed paths in college. Caroline started inviting Justin for coffee between classes, and soon, their coffee dates became a regular affair. After several weeks and countless hints that Justin missed, they finally had the “so, what are we?” conversation that marked the beginning of their 7-year journey together.
What Caroline loves most about Justin is his unwavering support and loyalty to everyone he cares about. Justin, on the other hand, admires Caroline’s ability to captivate him with her words, and he could listen to her talk for hours on end.
The Perfect Proposal at Libby Hill Park
When it came time to propose, Justin knew he wanted to do it at Libby Hill Park. The couple had previously enjoyed a photoshoot there, and the park held special memories for them. Justin decided to hire a photographer to capture the surprise proposal in its entirety, and the result was nothing short of magical.
A Winter Wonderland Wedding at The Estate at River Run
The couple envisioned a winter wonderland-themed wedding and chose The Estate at River Run as their venue. The Estate’s beauty, with its sweeping staircases, bluestone terrace, and breathtaking view of the James River, created the perfect setting for their big day.
Wedding Planning and Coordination: Stacy Burleson
Caroline and Justin knew they needed a wedding planner who could bring their vision to life. They were thrilled to work with Stacy Burleson who helped them with every detail, ensuring their day would be unforgettable.
Bridal Beauty: Island Glow
Caroline and her bridesmaids looked stunning thanks to the talented team at Island Glow. They provided both makeup and hair services, ensuring the bridal party looked flawless throughout the day.
Capturing the Day: EmmiClaire Photography
As their wedding day approached, Caroline and Justin were excited to work with EmmiClaire Photography again. They knew that the talented photographers would perfectly capture the essence of their love story and the magic of their wedding day.
Timeless Wedding Attire
Memorable Reception and Entertainment
The wedding reception was brought to life by DJ Bill Gilliam, ensuring everyone had a fantastic time on the dance floor. The couple’s carefully chosen invitations and stationery from Minted added a personal touch to their wedding.
Beautiful Floral Arrangements
The wedding décor was enhanced by the stunning floral arrangements created by Starry Night Events. Their designs added an extra touch of elegance to the magical winter theme.
Delectable Food and Drinks: Groovin’ Gourmets and Incredible Edibles
The food at Caroline and Justin’s wedding was nothing short of amazing, thanks to Groovin’ Gourmets. The couple chose a buffet and a dessert bar from Incredible Edibles to offer their guests a variety of delicious options. The hot cider station before the ceremony and the hot chocolate bar at the reception were delightful additions that kept everyone warm and cozy throughout the event.
A First Dance to Remember
Caroline and Justin wanted to surprise their guests with a choreographed first dance. Their well-rehearsed routine left everyone in awe and was one of the highlights of the evening.
A Memorable Wedding Day
Caroline’s favorite moment of the day was when they exchanged personal vows during their first look before the ceremony. Justin’s favorite part was their first kiss after the ceremony – a moment that stayed in his mind all night.
A Celebration of Love
The couple’s love story, from their coffee dates to their magical winter wedding, is a testament to the power of love and commitment. Surrounded by friends and family, Caroline and Justin celebrated their love and embarked on a new chapter in their lives.
Book Your Dream Wedding Photography with EmmiClaire Photography
If you’re inspired by Caroline and Justin’s beautiful winter wedding and want to capture your own love story in stunning detail, consider booking EmmiClaire Photography for your special day. The photographers will ensure that every moment is preserved for you to cherish for a lifetime.
Discover the Best Wedding Vendors for Your Big Day
Planning your dream wedding? Check out these amazing vendors who helped make Caroline and Justin’s day unforgettable:
- Venue: The Estate at River Run
- Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stacy Burleson
- Makeup and Hair: Island Glow
- Florist: Starry Night Events
- Desserts: Incredible Edibles
- Caterer: Groovin’ Gourmets
- Wedding Dress: Caryn’s Bridals
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
- Suits: Generation Tux
- DJ: DJ Bill Gilliam
- Invitations and Other Stationary: Minted
Remember, the perfect wedding day starts with the right team of vendors who can bring your vision to life. Begin planning your dream wedding today!