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rockstar in the ranks

i mentioned awhile back that groomsman liam exhibits his stellar singing voice in a group called the silent critics along with our college bestie ryan. the group has expanded to include drummer benjy, basist drew and guitarist phil. our mary wash friends (and most of other friends) are no strangers to their brilliance so i’m thrilled to give them a little wedding blog love as they launch their new video for dissonance filmed in none other than nyc. as one of many someones who have been following these guys since they teamed up and started playing tiny holes in the wall in fredericksburg i’m kind of bursting with pride to see the shots of them surrounded in times square.

seriously amazing stuff, boys. it’s only just beginning!

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bridal party intros: the brady girls


{nellie, lillian & claire may 2010}

i get a little misty writing this intro for three of the most important little ladies in my life! nellie, claire, and lillian brady (along with their parents) are the reason why i carry such fond memories of fredericksburg throughout my college years. essentially, bridesmaid lindsey’s mom worked with the girls’ aunt beth in williamsburg and made the connection between several broke child-loving college girls and the busy brady family in need of sitters. this was our freshman year at mary wash and lindsey started sitting for them on ocassion back when nellie was just a little under a year old. when lindsey and i became roomies sophomore year, the brady brood had grown to two with the addition of claire (baby churr as nellie used to call her) and they needed reinforcements! i started watching the girls in tandem with lindsey while claire was a newborn and then on my own once she got a little older. their parents, sarah and brent, opened their home and were very much my fredericksburg family for which i will be forever grateful.


{clockwise from top left: me with nellie 2003, claire & nellie (holding lillian) in nyc 2006, the brady family christmas card 2007, nellie and claire 2002}

after we graduated college, miss lillian came along as a welcome third (and final) baby girl. even after lindsey and i moved to northern virginia, we remained close with the brady’s often taking on long-term sitting jobs. it’s been ten years now that i’ve known the brady’s and they have known steve since day 1 (nellie blew our cover when he came over to visit once while i was babysitting!).

{steve with nellie, steve with claire 2002/2003}

these days, the girls are almost 9 (claire’s birthday is in august), 10 (nellie will be 11 before our wedding day!) and lillian turned 4 in march. we always stop at their house when we are driving through fredericksburg and kate even got to meet their clan in may and snapped a family photo! on 11/27, nellie and claire will be serving as junior bridesmaids, and lillian will be flanking shannon as a second flower girl. having all three girls be a part of our wedding and the entire family in tow on the big day is a total dream.

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crazy eights

today marks eight years since steve and i launched a little romance over a lunch date at ruby tuesday. technically the date was a thank you from me for his help in building several pieces of target furniture for me and bridesmaid lindsey the night before (in reality we all just drank way too much wine and i don’t think any furniture was actually built) but steve paid for lunch and the rest is history. not sure either of us thought we’d be walking down the aisle in 2010!

we felt our last dating anniversary was the perfect occasion to post just a few of the pictures from our engagement session with kate. we traveled to bull run in manassas a few weeks ago for a pre-sunset photoshoot. kate made us feel so comfortable, showering us with encouragement and compliments along the way. these are some of our favorites but if you’d like to stare at us some more, you can view a bunch more on facebook or the entire gallery in all of its glory here : )

{all photos credited to the talented and fabulous kate headley}

to any and all who have supported us over these last eight years, we love and appreciate you so much. we’ll be celebrating with dinner at zengo and dessert at co co sala followed by a meet up with bridesmaid alana and her hubby jon after the dave matthew’s concert at nats stadium.

happy weekend!

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six months to go!

{tug of war via brooklyn bride}

it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating thanksgiving and one year to the big day. i am finding it even harder to believe that we are knocking at june’s door and next week it will be one year that we’ve been engaged! it’s all pretty crazy but we are getting more and more excited to creep closer to 11-27. to celebrate hitting the six month mark, we are spending the afternoon and evening with the incredible kate headley in fredericksburg for our engagement shoot. so here’s hoping for sunshine today (fingers crossed!), smooth sailing from here until november, and happily ever after.

ps – no, that is not us up above, but one of the more adorable series of e-shots i’ve seen. and i’ve been studying engagement sessions pretty intently lately so i would know : )

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a night to remember

steve and i celebrated our engagement with 40 of our closest friends last weekend in fredericksburg. the murrays were our gracious hosts for an amazing party and a fantastic time had by all! from the yummy food to the touching slide show, it was truly overwhelming to be in the presence of so many people who love and support us. we can’t thank everyone enough who made the trip to come and toast our upcoming wedding! we feel like we’ve officially kicked off the season leading up to 11/27 and are so excited for more get togethers along the way.

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bridal party intros: lee

groomsman william lee murray met steve at their highschool state all-star soccer game (where steve was MVP, as he would like to remind lee). they would later be literally reconnected during freshman soccer initiation at mary washington college when they were tied together wearing women’s underwear and lee (apparently) drank all the beer for their team of two. flash forward nine years to last october when we were lucky enough to be a part of lee’s wedding celebration to his beautiful bride karli. we adore them both as people and as friends and feel quite blessed to have the unofficial mayor and first lady of fredericksburg, va participate in our wedding day.

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a ring in the rain

six months ago today steve lured me down to fredericksburg, home of our alma mater mary washington, with the promise of dinner with friends. little did i know said friends were actually not in town and he had cooked up a surprise with bridesmaid/bestie/college roomie-who’s-been-there-since-night-one, lindsey! i was told we got down to f’burg too early for our (fake) dinner plans so steve suggested a walk on campus to kill some time. we were having a blast reminiscing about our days as undergrads and i was clueless as ever that anything out of the ordinary was about to happen. mid-stroll down campus walk in the pouring rain we ducked into the amphitheater you see up above where it was miraculously dry thanks to all of that tree cover.  wonderful things were said, steve got down on one knee, and the rest is history.

these first six months have absolutely flown and we are looking forward to taking our awesome photog, kate headley, back to mary wash and adorable downtown fredericksburg for engagement photos sometime in the next six months so stay tuned!

ps – kate is launching a beautiful new website which we can’t wait to see!

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