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
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