Real Wedding: Megan and Joe

A rainy proposal led to a wedding day filled with handmade details and a custom gown.

Megan and Joe on their wedding day on September 22, 2012. All photographs by Kate Triano.

Despite going to rival high schools within ten miles of each other in Virginia, Megan Lowers and Joe Scanlan didn’t meet until after college when they were introduced by mutual friends. “I thought Joe was cute, but not much fun because he was in the middle of studying for his CPA,” says Megan, a registered nurse. But as soon as Joe passed his last CPA exam, the couple found their groove.

When Joe, now a senior financial analyst, decided to propose a year and a half later, he chose their favorite Loudoun County vineyard as the setting to pop the question. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate, and a heavy downpour ruined Joe’s plans for a scenic outdoor proposal. They then set off for dinner at Joe’s parents’ house—where his family, unaware of the thwarted plans, expected to find the duo already betrothed. With the pressure on, in a spur-of-the-moment gesture, Joe pulled the car over on a country road on the way to the house. “He asked me to get out to look at something,” says Megan, “but then he got down on his knee, outside in the rain, and proposed!”

Fortunately, there was no rain at the couple’s fall wedding, which followed 18 months later at Murray Hill.


Photographer: Kate Triano

Wedding Venue: Murray Hill 

Event Coordinator: Lauren McWilliams, Atrendy Wedding 

Bride’s Gown: Custom-made by Kim Trombly, Kim’s Kreations

Groom’s Suit: J.Crew

Makeup: Bobbi Brown counter, Bloomingdale’s

Caterer: Tuscarora Mill

Wedding Cocktail: John Daley

Cake: Cake from Tastefully Treated, cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake

Wedding Cake Flavors: Chocolate chip with vanilla buttercream cake, and red velvet, cookies and cream, chocolate peanut butter swirl, and caramel apple cupcakes

Florist: Holly Heider Chapple

Wedding Flowers: Dahlias, red James Story orchids, orange and green coxcomb, craspedia, succulents, ranunculuses, amaranthus, scabiosa pods, celosia tips, Gerbera daisies, and fiddlehead ferns. “I wanted flowers that were loaded with texture and had unique elements,” says the bride. “My bouquet featured burlap ribbon that Holly found in Holland! All of the flowers were so full and luscious and completely embodied the theme of the wedding.”

Music/Entertainment: Rollex, Moonlit in the Sun

First Dance Song: “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton

Invitations: Sarah Reed, Dodeline Design

Cigar Bar: CF Dominicana Events

Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “My dress and headpiece, the barn decor, and the flowers.”

Groom’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “The band and the cigar bar.”

Wedding Favors: Georgetown Cupcake, a candy bar, and a cigar bar and lounge

Special Decor Details: Burlap draping and Edison lights, burlap balls, burlap and chevron runners, custom dinner napkins, custom cocktail napkins, and signature drinks served in Mason jars

Wedding Theme: Rustic Virginia wedding with fall colors

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Fall, rustic, traditional, and fun!

Honeymoon Spot: Nevis, West Indies

Where They Currently Live: Ashburn, VA