Real Wedding: Jessica and Jordan

This Virginia couple tied the knot in a wedding inspired by love birds.

All photographs by Rachel May Photography.

It took Jordan Stone only five months to find a soulmate in Jessica Deen. The two met through mutual friends in North Carolina where Jordan, who is in the Air Force, was home one weekend from base, and where Jessica was living at the time. The two instantly connected over dinner and a movie date, and the couple started seriously dating. A proposal came when the couple went down to Virginia Beach to spend the weekend with Jessica’s best friend, Brittany, and her boyfriend, Michael. “While Jordan distracted me, Brittany and Michael went and set up a blanket, candles, pictures of us, flowers, and a message in a bottle on the beach before sunset,” says Jessica, an exercise coordinator and personal trainer. “As we were walking down the boardwalk, Jordan led me to the spot where he then proposed.” A wedding followed 10 months later in Leesburg, Virginia.


Photographer: Rachel May Photography

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Leesburg Community Church

Wedding Reception Venue/ Caterers: Lansdowne Resort

Event Coordinator: Ashlee Virginia Events

Bride’s Gown: Watters, Ann’s Boutique

Hair Dresser/ Makeup Artist: Michelle Carmichael, Positive Image Salon

Groom’s Tux: Black by Vera Wang, Men’s Wearhouse

Cake/ Cupcakes: Cravings Cupcakery

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes Flavors: Fresh strawberry, red velvet, lemon custard, and peanut butter ganache

Cake Topper: Strawberries and Cream

Wedding Cocktail: Cranberry Kiss

Florist: Petals & Hedges

Wedding Flowers: Periwinkle and white hydrangeas, roses, lots of greenery, and ranunculus 

Music/Entertainment: MSE Productions for the ceremony and Chris Laich for the reception

First Dance Song: “You and I” by Michael Buble

Uplighting: Chris Laich

Invitations: Hawthorne House

Calligraphy: Maghon Walker, All She Wrote Notes

Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “Our gorgeous flowers and cake table. I thought the display was adorable!”

Groom’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “The violin and piano duet from our ceremony and our Caribbean tourist exit outfits.”

Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: “We surprised our guests by changing out of our wedding attire and leaving in Caribbean tourist clothes and sunglasses.”

Wedding Favors: “Our favors were bird seed hearts with our wedding date and names on a tag.”

Special décor details: “Handmade love birds wedding cake topper and our lace cake inspired by my mom’s wedding dress,” says Jessica.

Wedding Theme: Love birds

Four Words that Describe the Wedding: Unforgettable, amazing, special, incredible

Honeymoon Spot: Montego Bay, Jamaica 

Where the Couple Currently Live: Lorton, Virginia