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Chesapeake Real Wedding: Elizabeth and Robbie at Historic London Town and Gardens

Sep 30, 2011 08:13PM ● By Anonymous

What's Up? Weddings: How did Robbie propose?
Elizabeth: Robbie won a trip through work to Orlando, Florida, the weekend before Thanksgiving. We stayed at the luxurious Portofino Italy resort, which was only a few miles from Universal Studios.

On the second day that we were there, after a long day of riding rides, Robbie proposed to me. We were in our  hotel room looking out at the beautiful view of the water and Universal, when Robbie dropped down on one knee and popped the question. I, of course, said yes and began to cry once Robbie told me that the week before he had driven 4 hours to her dad's store in Parksley, Virginia, and had asked for his permission. He then stopped at her grandparent's house in Salisbury and asked my Grandfather (*Poppy) if he had his permission to marry his first grandchild.

The evening after the proposal,we had a romantic, very fancy dinner at The Palms and celebrated with a bunch of our friends that were also there. It was PERFECT!

WUW: Where was the wedding held?
Elizabeth: We had a Catholic Ceremony at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in West River, Maryland (approxinately 10 miles outside of Annapolis).  The reception was held at Historic London Town and Gardens. Cocktail hour from 4:30-5:30 and reception, which included buffet dinner, traditional dances, toasts, cake, garter, and bouquet followed.


WUW: How did you choose this venue?
Elizabeth: We knew that we wanted to have our reception somewhere on the water. We went to look at it and knew right away that this was the perfect spot. It had everything we wanted. Located right on the Scenic South River and trails and gardens to walk through -- it's beautiful. 

We really liked the fact that we knew we could get so many great wedding pictures there and a great variety of different shots, which we did. We walked around all over for over an hour when we first got there taking pictures by the water, on the docks, walking through the gardens and trails, in a gazebo, and so much more. The place is so pretty that we didn't even have to do much decorating. It almost seems as if decorating too much would take away from its natural beauty. We also wanted to have our guests stay in downtown Annapolis for the weekend as a mini vacation, so it was close to there (only 6 miles).

WUW: What was your favorite part of the day?
Elizabeth: The whole day was just absolutely perfect and special. Everything went smoothly and I could not have asked for a better day. The weather was perfect, 80 degrees and mix of sun and clouds.

My favorite part about the day would have to be the special moments in both our ceremony and reception that we included my daughter Bethany. Bethany is 8 years old and was my flower girl. Robbie is not her birth father, but he came into her life when she was 3 and she calls him "dad."  They share a very special connection that I can't even begin to explain. He loves her truly unconditionally as if she was his own and that to me is everything i was looking for. For us, the wedding day was more of a joining and becoming a family, not just us becoming married.  During the ceremony after we said our vows, Bethany and Robbie had special vows to each other, where Robbie dropped to one knee and after the vows were said, he presented her with a birthstone and engraved necklace that he then placed around her neck.  She then hugged him (which was totally spontaneous) which made it even more special. They both had tears in their eyes( as well as the entire church) and you could just feel how special that moment between them really was. 

We also incorporated  a special family dance into our dances. After the first dance, and the father/daughter and mother/son dances, we then had a family dance which was Me, Robbie, and Bethany dancing together to the Martina Bride song "In my Daughters Eyes," which has such a huge impact on me because I was a single mom and had Bethany at 19 and she really did save me! I didn't notice at the time, but afterward I found out that the entire room was in tears and many people came up to me and told me that they were honored to be apart and witness such special moments throughout our day.  Those moments stand out as they truly were special and the most meaningful part of our day.

WUW: Tell us about your wedding dress.
Elizabeth: I LOVED my dress (which all brides should). It was a Maggie Sottero dress and the style was "Roma." It was gorgeous with beading and lots of sparkle on top, with a poofy bottom. I actually saw it online and picked it out as one I wanted to try on. My list of must-try-ons were over 30 dresses. I contacted Schers Bridal in Pocomoke City, Maryland (I grew up there and got all my homecoming and prom dresses there and knew this would be where I would get my wedding dress from as well -- they're wonderful!) It was the very first dress I tried on, and I knew it was the one! I tried on about 10 other dresses, but nothing compared to the first one. I really felt like a princess and knew this was the one!!!!!! I love it and was soooo sad when I had to take it off after my wedding. I would wear it every day if I could.

WUW: Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Elizabeth: We are actually doing a two-part honeymoon. We went to Williamsburg, Virginia, for three  days after our wedding. Stayed in a romantic Bed and Breakfast and did the winery tour and went out to nice dinners and just pretty much relaxed.  It was nice to not have to get on a plane and travel right away. It was super relaxing and just what we needed. 

In November (the week of Thanksgiving), we will be taking our second and main trip to Key West, Florida, for a week. It will be nice to leave Maryland when it is cold here and go somewhere warm. Plus even though our wedding day was 3 months ago, we have had something to look forward to and were very excited to get to go and have another nice and romantic honeymoon.

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Robbie!