Real Wedding: Lauren & Michael
These former high school athletes sprinted toward love, but took their time to get to the altar.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
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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