Real Wedding: Lauren and Michael

These former high school athletes sprinted toward love, but took their time to get to the altar.
Real Wedding: Lauren and Michael
All photographs by Ever After Visuals.

Lauren Cartee and Michael Nunley met while both were on their high school track team; she thought he was “handsome and kindhearted,” and he found her “beautiful, intelligent, and unique.” A first date at the zoo marked the start of a blissful eight-year relationship before Michael, a customer service manager, popped the question. He surprised Lauren, a marketing coordinator, by proposing at the National Harbor pier, overlooking the water. Afterward, they had a special dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s and a night’s stay at the Gaylord Hotel. A romantic wedding followed a year later.


Photographer/Photo Booth: Ever After Visuals

Officiant: Reverend Lance Orndorff

Venue/Caterer: Airlie

Event Coordinator: Amanda Smith, White Pumpkin

Bride’s Gown: Badgley Mischka 

Hair: Tina Gibson and Jessica Thomas with The Hair Garage

Makeup: Groom’s aunt Vivian Turnelle

Groom’s Tux: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse

Cake/Cake Pops: Farazon, Cupcake Novelties

Cake Flavors: Red velvet for the cake; white chocolate with cranberry and orange and cookies and cream for cake pops

Cake Topper: Cherry Red Toppers

Florist: Barbara Von Elm with Growing Wild Floral Company and groom’s aunt Dena Nevarez

Flowers: Orange, white, and purple calla lilies, orange and red hypericum berries, pincushion protea, bells of Ireland, purple and orange roses, white gladiolas, curly willow, and safari sunset

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

Entertainment/Lighting: John Caniford, JJDJ Entertainment

Ceremony Music: Perfect Harmony String Ensemble

Flautist: Eileen Martin

Invitations: Dena Nevarez 

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “My mother’s veil and pearls from her wedding dress, and the head piece, which was handmade by my grandmother.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: His Spectator shoes 

Biggest Surprise: “How nervous Michael was before the ceremony.  Thankfully we chose to have first-look photos beforehand, which helped calm both our nerves.”

Wedding Favors: ChillBalls and ChillRocks

Wedding Theme: Classic

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic, family, friends, memorable

Where They Currently Live: Sterling, Virginia

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