Edited by Rachel Jones
Friends since age 16, Ashley DiPofi and Jake Young didn’t start dating until seven years later. Two years and one apartment later, the couple knew they were ready for marriage and took a day trip to Joyce’s Fine Jewelry to design something sparkly for Ashley. Jake still wanted the proposal to be a surprise, so he waited one month before greeting Ashley in their apartment with red roses, Champagne, and her custom-designed ring! Keeping a classic theme, the couple decorated the day in ivory, champagne, and touches of black. “If you ask Jake, he’d say our colors were black and gold,” Ashley says with a laugh. “The groomsmen all wore Pirates hats the day of the wedding with black tuxedos and champagne-colored vests.” Under the high arches of The Great Hall, the couple impressed their 135 guests with a first dance to Dave Matthews Band’s “You and Me.” Ashley names the moment as a very special memory, as her younger sister, Alissa, helped with the choreography. “Everyone tells you to take it all in because the day will go so fast, and it truly does,” Ashley reflects. “If you can take a few minutes to yourself every so often and watch your guests, parents, family, and husband having a blast, the day is all worth it.” — Erin Powell
Photographs from Josh Mariana Photography.
Second chances can change your life. Lyric Clark and Colin Doolan would agree, as they took a break from dating when Lyric moved overseas and Colin moved south for work. But, they decided to reignite their relationship several years later when they both found themselves in the Washington, D.C., area again. When the time was right, Colin surprised his sweetheart with a beautiful bouquet. Cleverly hidden among the flowers, inside of a small Easter egg, was a gorgeous engagement ring, completely designed by Colin himself. A geologist by trade, Colin used his knowledge of unique stones to design her ring from two natural Alexandrites, which change from emerald green to ruby red in different lighting, centered around a beautiful Solasfera diamond. Lyric and Colin shared their equally beautiful love with 30 friends and family members at the Heinz Chapel ceremony and The Capital Grille reception. Lyric enjoyed the intimate celebration and encourages other brides to not feel pressured to plan an extravagant wedding. “Be upfront that you want to keep your wedding small and economical, and don’t get too tied up in the details,” Lyric says. “Let awesome moms and sisters-in-law help with planning, and have a blast!” — Katie Piscopio
Photograph from Lokmer Photography, Inc.
Lokmer Photography, Inc., recently won the WeddingWire Couples Choice Award for 2015, recognizing the studio among the top five percent of wedding professionals nationwide!
Thanks to mutual friends in high school, Amy Cornwall and Jim Sadowski have written their own love story. The couple first married in their 20s, yet a subsequent divorce and years apart couldn’t stop their love for each other. Twenty years later, Jim whisked Amy away to Paris with their daughters, Kayleigh and Hannah. The next chapter in their love story began as Jim proposed to his sweetheart under the Eiffel Tower. “God brought us back together to rekindle our romance,” says Amy. The bride — who stunned in a tulle and organza, fit and flare gown with a textured, swirling rosette skirt — and groom united their love in front of 120 friends and family members at Shady Elms Farm. The reception at the same space incorporated their memories from the city of love with hints of a Parisian theme and a color scheme of cream, blush, and silver. The couple’s romantic honeymoon in Paris next year will make for the perfect way to continue the love and excitement shared on their beautiful wedding day. — K.P.
Photograph from Ashley Giffin.