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A beautiful UVA Wedding – Katelynn & Chad

Chad and Katelynn met, as a lot of couples now seem to, on Tinder! She was in Charlottesville, VA attending the University of Virginia and he was in Charlottesville as a recruiter for the US Army.

In August of 2017 Chad got stationed in Georgia. Katelynn always said thatg she wasn’t going to move with him unless she had a ring on her finger. But come August 2nd, she was in her car following him and a U-Haul trailer down I-95 to Georgia. Little did she know, he had a plan to propose as soon as they got to their new house they had recently purchased together. He had asked his sister and brother in law to set up rose petals and candles in the empty living room for when they walked in. But, when they got there a few hours before Chad and Katelynn they realised that the house was infested with fleas since it had been vacant for a few months and needed immediate attention. So plan B was put into effect and Chad took Katelynn to a park in their neighborhood, got down on one knee, told her about their flea infested house, and then asked her to marry him!

Chad was being deployed a few months later. They had a small wedding ceremony in November of 2017 with their immediate family in Savannah, GA. They spent 9 months of their first year of marriage on opposite sides of the world. Katelynn and Chad fought through the challenges of living on separate continents, and came out stronger, steadfast in their love for each other. When he got back, they had a large wedding in VA to celebrate!

Ever since Katelynn was a student at UVA, she wanted to have her wedding at the UVA Chapel. “I always thought it was beautiful and it had a special place in my heart since I worshipped there many Wednesday nights in college. I wanted a classic wedding with a serious, heart felt ceremony with a HUGE party after.” UVA Chapel was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful wedding day! The sun was shining on the UVA campus, and all of the amazing architecture and greenery (even in the middle of winter!!) is awe inspiring. The pillars and marble in the Rotunda made for the most elegant background! 

Katelynn wanted her dress to be simple and elegant. She did not want lace or bling. She asked Chad if he wanted to wear his military dress uniform but he said no he wanted to wear a regular suit because he “didn’t want to take the attention off the bride.” It was March and the weather was starting to turn to spring so they thought purple and gray were appropriate choices.  The bride maids dresses had a little lace to offset Katelynn’s simple and elegant dress.

When asked what they cared about when it came to planning their wedding day, the only thing that Chad said was he wanted an open bar! Katelynn had three things she really cared about. “1) UVA Chapel, 2) People to dance aka a good DJ, 3) open bar”

They decided not to buy an “expensive fancy cake”, instead they had Smith Island cakes which are native to the peninsula Katelynn is from in Virginia.

Can you believe Katelynn’s bouquet is DIY? They bought flowers in bulk from Sams Club and her mom, Mother in law, and maid of honor put them all together in a hotel room. The room was FULL of flowers, from the entire bathtub, sink, buckets all over the floor, etc. They had a great time putting them together even though none of them had done anything like it before. They turned out great!

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Photography: The Kents Photography // Ceremony Venue: UVA Chapel // Reception Venue: UVA Alumni House // DJ: Soundmaster DJ // Stationery: Shutterfly // Videography: Alexa Connelly // Wedding Cake: Becca’s Cakes and More // Catering: Blue Ridge Cafe // Hair & Makeup: Serendipity Hair Salon // Wedding Dress & Veil: Allure Bridals // Groom’s Attire: Jims Formal Wear // Bride’s Shoes: Nina // Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie // Submitted via: Matchology

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