Real Wedding: Laura and Robert

This couple’s romance began with a road trip.

Laura and Robert on their wedding day on April 21, 2014. All photographs by Spence Photographics.

They say you really get to know someone when you travel with them. That was the case with Laura Gorog and Robert Walburn, who connected while on a road trip to North Carolina. “I was going down to visit my sister, and Rob was going down to visit her boyfriend” (now husband), a good friend of Rob’s, Laura explains. “They suggested that we drive together, so we did.” That first trip led to several more, and within six months Laura and Rob had begun dating.

When it came to the proposal, almost five years later, Rob, a restaurant manager, knew it would be a challenge to catch Laura by surprise. “I am never surprised, so he had to pop the question in a way that was not obvious,” says Laura, an executive team lead. “One night I was driving home from a night out with the girls, and he was waiting outside for me. He got on one knee and asked me to marry him.” Six months later they were married in a spring-inspired celebration at the Stone Manor Country Club in Maryland.


Photographer: David Spence, Spence Photographics

Venue: Stone Manor Country Club

Bride’s Gown: Blu by Mori Lee, the Bridal Boutique

Makeup: MAC Cosmetics, Montgomery Mall

Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Caterer: Carriage House Catering

Cake: Rivka Alvial (also a bridesmaid), BlackSalt Restaurant

Cake Flavors: Strawberry shortcake with Chambord and marzipan with amaretto

Florist: Ory Custom Florals & Decor

Flowers: Pink peonies, milva orange garden roses, orange pincushion proteas, orange mokara orchids, deep Champagne garden roses, dark pink ranculuses, and white lisianthuses

Music/Entertainment: DJ Chris, Unique Dreams Entertainment

First Dance Song: “To Make You Feel My Love,” by Bob Dylan

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Redskins Garter: Garters by Kristi, Etsy

Fingerprint Guest Book: Fancy Prints, Etsy

Bride’s Favorite Detail: Floral arrangements

Groom’s Favorite Detail: Mason jars

Biggest Surprise: “How calm we both were the day of the wedding. I was on the way to the venue with a full face of makeup, and my tire popped—and I fixed it right on the side of the road. We were not going to let anything get us down,” says Laura.

Favors: “We had Mason jars that had everyone’s name and table number on it as a wedding favor. That was also their drinking glass for the night.”

Theme: Gray and coral

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Fun, simplistic, entertaining, lively

Honeymoon Spot: “Williamsburg for four days, and we’ll be taking our actual honeymoon on our one-year anniversary.”

Where They Currently Live: Frederick, Maryland