Real Wedding: Marlysa and John

Love at first sight led to a ceremony full of sweet details.

Marlysa and John at their September 7, 2012, wedding at the Meridian House. All photographs by Love Life Images.

It was love at first sight for Marlysa Lohr and John Connolly when the two spotted each other across the room at Clarendon Ballroom. “Both of us couldn’t keep our eyes off each other, although Marlysa was the first to make a move,” says John, an internet marketing entrepreneur. A first date at Centreville’s Sweetwater Tavern led to the discovery of mutual interests, not the least of which includes their love of a good pizza.

When it came to the proposal, Marlysa came home from work one day to find John down on one knee. “He was dressed to the nines, rose petals permeating the room, and with a gorgeous ring in his hand,” says Marlysa, a communications specialist. A “Southern vintage” themed wedding with an outdoor ceremony followed on September 7, 2012, at the über-romantic Meridian House. Not much has changed since the couple’s first fateful meeting— the bride and the groom still only had eyes for each other.


Photographer: Jennifer Domenick, Love Life Images

Venue: Meridian House

Officiant: John Park

Event Coordinator: Jessica, Simply Chic Events

Bride’s Gown: Victoria Nicole

Groom’s Tux: Calvin Klein

Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona

Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn, Faces by Liz

Caterer: Well-Dunn Catering

Signature Cocktail: Rosemary lemonade and peach iced tea

Cake Flavors: Tupelo honey and almond cake with white chocolate ganache

Cake: Kendall Barrett, Kendall’s Cakes

Florist: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design

Flowers: Lisianthuses, hydrangeas, tulips, stock, and sweet peas

Music/Entertainment: Dan Goldman, Bialek’s Music

First Dance Song: “Gravity” by Coldplay

Invitations: Minted

Lighting: SRO

Favorite Wedding Detail: Hanging mirror with “Forever Starts Today” inscription

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: “Our first look. Both of us didn’t think it was possible to love someone else as much as we did in that very emotional moment. It was as if time had stopped around us and nothing mattered as much as sharing our joy and bliss for preparing to take the next step in our journey together.”

Wedding Theme: Southern vintage

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: There is only one word we can think of: serendipity

Honeymoon Spot: Bedford Springs, PA, and Atlantic City, NJ

Where They Currently Live: Woodbridge, VA