Wedding Wednesday: The O'Shea Wedding

The O'Shea Wedding | September 27, 2014 | Photography by Kathy Taylor Scott

Steve and Amber met while both working for the same small consulting firm. They started off as just friends, but, as time passed, their relationship became something much more.

On a Wednesday night in June, Steve planned a picnic for him and Amber at their favorite park: The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA. The weather was perfect, the park was unusually empty, and Steve decided to propose. Amber said yes, and the couple went home to tell their friends and family the great news.

Amber and Steve both wanted a laid-back wedding, and there were plenty of personal touches that made the celebration distinct. Braeloch, the venue, was large and ideal for dancing and mingling. There were no assigned seats; rather, guests ate a buffet-style feast from Wildwood and sat together at long tables. The wedding cakes were customized to reflect Steve and Amber's interests. The main cake had an overall "baseball" theme because of the couple's love for baseball. The smaller cakes were embellished with Amber and Steve's favorite team logos--for her, the Atlanta Braves, and for him, the Philadelphia Phillies. Additionally, all of the centerpieces were DIY creations.

Music was ultimately one of the most important parts of the wedding for the couple. Their first dance was to "You've Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story as a nod to their time spent as friends before they started dating. Amber danced with her dad to "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John, and Steve and his mom danced to "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel. The Bridesmaids walked down the aisle to "All I Ask of You" from the Phantom of the Opera Score, and the entire night was full of dancing and laughing to a variety of music played by the couple's DJ. During the last song, everyone got up and joined in a group dance. Amber and Steve's lively soundtrack created many fun moments and lasting memories for the couple to carry with them.

Be sure to see the O'Shea wedding on page 96 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Kathy Taylor Scott
Dress: Allure Bridal from Proms, Pageants and Pretty Things
Florist: George's Flowers
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Venue: Braeloch
Caterer: Wildwood Smokehouse
Planner: Maggee Dorsey
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendant's Dresses: Alfred Sung from Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Country Hair Salon
Transportation: Mountain Valley Transportation