Real Wedding: Jessica & Hunter
This couple’s rustic wedding almost got derailed by Hurricane Sandy.Bride Jessica steals a kiss from the groom Hunter before their wedding reception at the Rosemont Manor. All photographs by Vicki Grafton Photography.
It wasn’t the seating chart or the first dance on the mind of Jessica Conlon on her October wedding day to Hunter Morrow. “The biggest surprise—or more like relief—was that we dodged Hurricane Sandy! Our wedding took place the night before the big storm hit,” says Jessica, a sixth-grade teacher.
Jessica met the Hunter, a network security engineer, when they were introduced by Hunter’s cousin. They hit it off right away, and had their first date watching football at Jessica’s house. “He could see I had exhausted my football vocabulary by halftime, so he suggested we take a walk downtown to get some tea,” says Jessica.
After a New Year’s Eve proposal, the couple choose the rustic setting of the historic Rosemont Manor for their fall wedding. The bride wore an elegant strapless dress paired with a lace cover-up and a birdcage veil. The reception overflowed with DIY details, from the framed table numbers to the paper flowers used as wall decor. A dessert bar and a cigar and cordial bar added his-and-hers touches to the reception. Glittering lights shone overhead as the couple stepped out on the floor for their first dance to OneRepublic’s “All This Time.”
Photographer: Vicki Grafton Photography
Wedding Date: October 27, 2012
Wedding Venue: Rosemont Manor
Groom’s Favorite Detail: The full cigar and cordial bar that was set up after dinner
Bride’s Favorite Detail: Our warm, lovely colors (cameo pink, black, and gold)
Groom’s Tux: La Strada
Hair: Sana Hair Design
Makeup: Olivia Wirt
Event Coordinator: Michael Haymaker, Rosemont Manor
Caterers: Celebrations Catering
Cake: Mercedes Campos-Bockman, Customcakebites
Wedding Cake Flavors: Red velvet, vanilla, and chocolate cake pops
Florist: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
Wedding Flowers: Crème de leche dahlias, Sahara roses, cream roses, gold-painted hydrangeas and berries, and a beautiful ribbon treatment
Music/Entertainment: Black Tie DJs
First Dance Song: “All This Time” by OneRepublic
Wedding Theme: Black-tie dance party
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Joyful, warm, exhilarating, us
Honeymoon Spot: To be determined this summer!
Where They Currently Live: Leesburg, Virginia
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