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Camesá McConnell and Bryant Turner wed in May of 2018 at Fauquier Springs Country Club in Virginia.

Camesá McConnell and Bryant Turner were first introduced to one another by Bryant’s cousin in August of 2005. Camesá casually mentioned her interest in Bryant to his cousin, noting that he was a “well-dressed man with a beautiful smile.” Bryant subtly slipped Camesá’s phone number to his cousin and nearly thirteen years later the couple married at Fauquier Springs Country Club in Warrenton, Virginia.

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For their first date the two stuck to the time-old dinner and a movie routine. They both knew immediately that they had found the one.

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Fast forward twelve years and Bryant decided it was time to pop the question. On the night of Camesá’s birthday, Bryant organized a dinner at one of the couple’s favorite restaurants and invited members from both he and Camesá’s families. Towards the end of the meal, Bryant handed Camesá a giant box with two cards labeled “1” and “2,” to be opened in order. In the second card, Bryant asked Camesá to marry him. With Bryant down on one knee and their loved ones cheering her on, Camesá happily said yes.

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Prior to the reception, guests indulged in the delicious lineup of hors d’oeuvres which included sliced beef tenderloin on garlic crostini with Bearnaise aioli, bruschetta served with goat cheese on baked Italian crostini, and raspberry and almond brie. For the main course the couple opted for a dinner buffet, offering grilled salmon and chicken with bacon-roasted red potatoes and wild rice with pecans.

At the end of the night guests could create their own favor bags from the candy table that Camesá’s mother prepared for the event, and pose for pictures on a set created by the couple’s planner. For the fun-loving couple, their wedding day was everything they hoped for—a celebration of family, love, and God.

“The atmosphere was of love and celebration,” said Camesá. “That set the tone for the entire day of festivities.”

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After their special day, the newlyweds jetted off to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for their honeymoon getaway. 

The Details:

Photographer: Leandra Brown / Venue: Fauquier Springs Country Club / Event Coordinator: Antonia Baker Experience / Florist: Everlasting Flowers / Invitations: Ayden’s Lab / Caterers: Fauquier Springs Country Club / Cake: Cakes by Pat / Hair: Rhonda Latney from J’s Hair Design / Makeup Artist: Shanelle Squire / Bride’s Attire: Ava Laurenne, Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Attire: Better Menswear of Richmond / Entertainment: Shadz of Soul / Soloist: Jerel Crockett / Event Rentals: Memorable Moments / Floral Wall Designer: Vernita Stewart Designs

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Natalie Colonna

Natalie is an Editorial Fellow at Washingtonian Weddings. She is a senior Media Studies student at The Catholic University of America in DC.