Real Wedding: Jessica and 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)

Bride’s Gown: Alma Novia, Le Reve Bridal

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

Invitations: Juliepatoolie’s 

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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