There are two things we can learn from Logyn Vignola and Ryan Gatterdam’s super sweet wedding: 1) Never give up on the ones you love, and 2) a sunny summertime wedding in Virginia is always, always a good idea. Take a look at how these Virginia Tech lovebirds fulfilled both in the photos below by Hay Alexandra Photography.
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Logyn’s first impression of Ryan—that he was loud, cocky, full of himself—wasn’t the best. She first spotted him through a hole in her friend Zach’s dorm room closet that opened into another rom, where Ryan, shirtless, was shouting at a video game. Nonetheless, when Ryan spotted her with Zach, he knew he was interested. He pursued Logyn, and she eventually agreed to go out with him, though they would remain just friends through the rest of college. After graduation, Logyn moved to Arlington, where Ryan, ever persistent, would drive to visit her every week. Finally, they started dating. A year later, they moved in together, and four years after they bought a house, then a dog.
Though Ryan had her father’s permission and a ring, when Logyn made it clear she wasn’t ready to get married, Ryan knew he’d have to be patient. Three years later, the waiting paid off: Ryan reached out to her father once more to reconfirm his blessing. When Logyn’s dad asked if Ryan thought she’d finally say yes, Ryan replied, “It took me seven years to swoon her, but I’m pretty sure she’s in this for the long haul.” He then set up an elaborate proposal, involving Logyn’s mother as a hidden photographer and inviting all of their closest friends for a surprise party to celebrate afterwards.
Less than a year later, Ryan and Logyn wed at a rustic, sunlight-filled celebration in Chantilly. A close friend served as officiant, Logyn’s mother made the wood sign guestbook, and Ryan wore a ring on his right hand that had been passed down through the family on their wedding day for years.
After a stunning ceremony overlooking the countryside, party goers sipped Champagne and peach schnapps cocktails at the navy and peach-toned reception. The bride and groom danced to Zach Brown Band’s “Loving You Easy” before it was time to depart, a honeymoon in Aruba on the horizon.
Venue: Sunset Crest Manor | Photographer: Hay Alexandra Photography | Event Coordinator: Marjie Blassey | Bride’s Gown: Enzoani, Elegance by Roya | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic | Hair Dresser: Erica Joshua, PR at Partners | Makeup Artist: Blend Makeup Artistry | Caterers & Cake: Culinary Delights by Feist | Florist: J Morris Flowers | Transportation: Ramjay Inc. | Music/Entertainment: Dream Day DJs | Invitations: Minted | Chalkboard Signs: Laura Murphy