Wedding Wednesday: The Bartley Wedding

The Bartley Wedding | November 5, 2016 | Photography by: Noah Magnifico - Photographer

Matt and Shannon met thanks to match.com, and just in the nick of time, as Shannon had debated giving up online dating. Matt sent her a message that quickly led to a first date on St. Patrick's Day. Matt won her over on her birthday, later in April, with flowers and a gift along with a donation to one of her favorite charities. A year and a half later, Matt wanted to surprise her with a proposal. Matt, a choir director, invited Shannon to his group's Christmas production, where she was called up at the end of the show and given a mug with an inside joke. While opening the gift, Matt snuck on stage behind his cast and they parted to reveal him. While a student sang "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You," Matt launched into his commitment to her and his desire to be with her always. Shannon said yes before he'd even finished asking.

The couple's favorite wedding day memory took place during the ceremony when they tied their unity braid, which was attached to a large cross. It was a special item for them because it was handmade by a good friend, and a great symbol of their intentions to keep God in their relationship. Because Matt is a vocal director, he hand-selected a few students to perform as a small choir during the moment. The newlyweds wanted a fall theme, with rich colors in the decor and flowers. Shannon's mother walked her down the aisle, while Shannon's sister was her Matron of Honor. Matt's father was his best man, while their pastor has been Matt's mentor for over twenty years. Because their first date was on St. Patrick's Day, guests received scratch lottery tickets as favors, with a personalized "lucky in love" stamp and thanks on each envelope. Because Matt is a big fan of socks, he picked out a pair for each of his groomsmen, and wore his own Virginia Tech socks to support the team on football game day. He also bought personalized ammunition cans for the boys, stored with snacks and other goodies to get through the day. Matt also made the centerpieces, with artificial pumpkins and flowers that would later be used in their own home during the fall season.

Make sure to see more of the Bartley wedding on page 92 of bridebook!

Photography: Noah Magnifico - Photographer
Dress: David's Bridal
Florist: Flowers & Things
Venue: The Kyle House
Caterer: Schaal's Catering
Jewelry: Fink's Jewelers
Attendants' Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa - Nicholette Austin-Vassallo
Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa - Kayla Short