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Meghan Herlihy & Jon Pfotenhauer
By Katie Bianco | Photo: Photography by Michelle Lindsay | October 27, 2016
June 13, 2015 | St. John Neumann Catholic Church, The Salamander Resort
Meghan and Jon’s classic high-school-sweethearts love story started at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Va., and extended throughout their college years—she at William & Mary, he at University of Virginia—and culminated with a Valentine’s Day weekend proposal during Meghan’s senior year. Friends first, the pair started dating during Meghan’s junior year and continued through college. The proposal came the day after Valentine’s Day because the ring got caught in transit, thanks to a snowstorm. After a covert meeting with a courier at a local Five Guys, Jon proposed at Williamsburg’s Eagles Restaurant.
With strong ties to two Virginia universities, the pair wanted to pay tribute to where their love story unfolded. Instead of numbers, tables were named after places at UVA and William & Mary. The cocktail hour included games of cornhole with both school’s logos painted on the boards.
The day was most definitely a family affair. Jon’s grandfather, a Lutheran minister, married Meghan and Jon. The wedding date was the same as Meghan’s paternal grandparents and great grandparents years before—and her dad incorporated her great-great grandfather’s wedding speech into his own toast. After dinner and dancing, the couple handed out their favorite cookies—oatmeal chocolate chip for her, snickerdoodle for him—before heading to their honeymoon at a villa in St. Bart’s.
WHAT THEY LEARNED
“Have a day-of kit with safety pins and other emergency items. The shoulder of my dress split about 10 minutes into the reception. We ended up trying to tape it.. Jon was running all over the hotel trying to find a safety pin, which finally worked,” says Meghan.
Wedding Planner Kelley Freeman for Carte Blanche Events, carteblanche-events.com
Flowers Yellow Door Floral Designs, yellowdoor.com
Videographer In Depth Photo and Video, indepthphotovideo.com
Bridal Gown Tara Keely, jlmcouture.com
Bride’s Shoes Badgley Mischka, badgleymischka.com
Bride’s Hair and Makeup Shary Wemple, 301.602.1178
Groom’s Suit Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com
Bridesmaids Dresses Josephine dress, BHLDN, bhldn.com
Wedding Rings Bride - C. Gonshor from John Hartmann at Martin & Martin Jewelers (Chicago); Groom - Benchmark from Midtown Jewelers
Invitations The Write Image, twio.com
Catering/Cake Salamander Resort, salamanderresort.com
Band Nation, elanartists.com
Favors Kendall’s Cakes, kendallscakes.com
Linen Rentals Capital Party Rentals, classicpartyrentals.com