Sometimes, even in a crowded room, persistence pays off. Such was the case for Kyle Strayer, who three years ago was staffing a booth at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas, just across the aisle from a booth under the charge of Lalaine (Lally) Gruttemeyer. Though it was a bustling convention over several days with a steady stream of attendees, nothing could keep Kyle from noticing Lally. He asked her out while the two were still in Vegas, and though she declined, they kept in contact after each returned home, he to Erie, Pennsylvania, she to Newport News, Virginia.
Eventually they got together, shortening the miles of their long-distance relationship by often meeting halfway between the two cities, including at a little vineyard near Leesburg. “Bluemont was where we really got to know each other and fall in love,” says Lally, a portfolio manager at a bank in Erie, so it made sense that they would return to their favorite winery to be married. Their celebration was filled with personal touches, from handwritten vows to heartfelt toasts from family and friends to bountiful floral arrangements. “It was the most incredible day of my life,” says Kyle.
➸ The Details
Groom’s suit: Jos. A. Bank
Event Planner: Pam Barefoot, Atrendy Wedding
Flowers: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
Caterer: Savoir Faire Limited
Transportation: Fleet Transportation
Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty
Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper
Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design
Popsicle Stand: Pleasant Pops
Rentals: Paisley & Jade
Honeymoon: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Where they currently live: Erie, PA