S: October 18, 2013
BC: "It feels as if you have always been there and I have always loved you. I just didn't know how to find you."
FC: _______________________________________________ | _______________________________________________ | MR. & MRS. ROBERSON | O C T O B E R 1 8 t h, 2 0 1 3
1: OUR WEDDING DAY
2: the details
3: It was very important to us that we incorporated many important aspects of our lives into the traditions and decor of our wedding. We spent months hand-painting beach themed decorative items, passed our rings through the pews of the church so each person in attendance could give us their personal blessing, and Blake's firefighter gear appeared throughout the day. Meghan also wore an antique crystal necklace originally owned by her great-grandmother, which was passed down to her from her Granny, who passed away just two weeks before the wedding. These personal components were extremely important to us and made our day so special.
4: Wedding Prep | The ladies met for brunch the morning of the wedding, laughing and sharing stories over mimosas and chocolate covered strawberries. They traveled from all over the country to stand by Meghan's side.
6: Blake and his groomsmen met at Toppers Barber Shop to get straight shaves and a trim. The barber shop was such a great location and even featured firefighter photography and a vintage helmet. It was the perfect spot to spend some time with the guys before the wedding festivities. | Toppers
7: Groom & His men | the
8: first look
9: Before the craziness of the day began, we met at the docks of Rudee Inlet to spend a few precious minutes together. Meghan gave Blake a journal she had been writing for him since the day they were engaged... a book of love letters written throughout their engagement. There may have been a few tears shed as they looked through the first few pages, where Meghan had included thoughts and writings from their first few days and weeks of dating. The last entry in the journal was a copy of Meghan's vows that she would say just a few short hours later at their ceremony.
10: R u d e e I n l e t
14: t h e G R O O M S M E N
17: t h e B R I D E S M A I D S
18: B R I D E S M A I D S Blair Nelson - Marianne Hartquist Tiffany Kellam - Whitney Gwaltney | G R O O M S M E N Brent Gann - Kyle Billips Tyler Hulock - Cameron Gwaltney
20: C E R E M O N Y | Tabernacle United Methodist Church Sandbridge Road
21: On June 15th 2011 we were on our way to a trip to San Francisco. To my surprise, Alex stopped the car at the lookout near the golden gate bridge, came around to my side, opened the door, walked me down to the beach, got down on one knee and proposed. I cried and of course said yes! | Using the basic outline from our pastor's standard ceremony script, we added readings, selections, and passages from other ceremony samples and included our individually written vows to create a very personalized wedding ceremony. We were later told that there wasn't a dry eye in the house during the reading of our vows. From Cameron singing "our song" during the processional to Blair's heartfelt prayer near the end of the ceremony, it was perfect in every way.
22: the VOWS | People always ask us how we met and they're astonished to hear that we met on an online dating site. They usually say "What are the chances?" especially when we've lived in the same area and visited the same places for years without ever meeting. When people rely on chance to determine their future, it probably is a wonder that two people who are so perfect for one another would meet in such an unlikely way. But I know it wasn't just chance that brought us together. It was something much more. My parents have been praying for you since the day I was born and I have spent a good portion of my adult life praying that God would give me a clear path directly to you. It may have taken a few years and a few wrong turns, but finally I walked right into your life with one very long email and a 2.5 hour drive to the Outer Banks and as my friends and family will tell you, I never once looked back. The thing I have learned about relationships is that while long-lasting relationships take work, love is supposed to be easy like it was always meant to be. And maybe that's because we were. It feels as if you have always been there and I have always loved you, I just didn't know how to find you. | Almost a year and a half ago, I responded to a message that would forever change my life. I knew from the first moment that there was something special between us - you were The One. From that day on, I've strived to be the man you deserve. I promise each and every day to tell you by actions and words how absolutely incredible you are. I promise to always be a shoulder to lean on and an open ear. I promise to be with you on our best days and there for you on your worst days. I promise to support all your future goals and dreams, and never stop video chatting with you aT the fire station before bed. I vow to provide financially, physically, and emotionally to us and the growth of our family. You are my best friend and soulmate. I love you, Meghan and I promise to give you at least 50 good ones. | So today, on October 18th, 2013 I will make you these promises: I promise to be faithful to you, always holding you in the highest regard and never speaking disrespectfully to you or about you. I promise to make you laugh and never go to bed angry, to trust and value your opinions and allow you to be the leader of our home. I will support your decisions and stand by you in times of hardship and pain. I promise to always be your best friend and never your enemy. I promise to always tell you "I love you" before we say goodbye. If God gives us the chance, I promise to stick by you for 50 good ones and help keep your child-like love of Christmas alive year after year... and again in July. I promise to make the bed, even when you're at the fire station and learn how to cook at least a few meals so our children won't starve. I promise to raise our children in a Godly home where they will be loved, supported, cherished, and treasured. And to always choose happiness. You always call me your girl and I will forever be your girl. | HERS | HIS
23: the kiss ringing the wedding bell
24: our getaway firetruck | We rode away from the ceremony as husband and wife on a vintage 1965 firetruck that was loaned to us from the Chesapeake Fire Department. The truck was complete with a wooden ladder, antique fire extinguisher, and we rode jumpseat all the way to the reception while other drivers on the road honked and waved at us on our way. It was such a special time to have together before the big party!
25: It's Here!
28: The Bride's Family
30: The Groom's Family
32: the N E W L Y W E D S
38: the water table We really wanted our wedding reception to be a representation of our lives in Virginia Beach: casual, easy going, and FUN! We chose a venue just two blocks from our house. which overlooks Rudee Inlet and our guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset view over the water during cocktail hour. We worked for months buying, painting, and making all of the decorations then added a phenomenal caterer, Skinny Dip and cookie bar, photobooth filled with crazy props, late night s'mores station, and a live band. Virginia Beach themed items were spread throughout the room including custom hats at the photobooth, tourist-themed vintage suitcases with "Roberson" luggage tags, hand-painted surfboard escort cards, and a guestbook of vintage Virginia Beach postcards.
40: first dance
41: After months of shag dance lessons at the Upper Deck over the summer, we really wanted to show off our new moves. After a romantic swing around the dance floor while the band played Van Morrison's "These are the Days", the band cut to a classic shag song "With This Ring" and Blake spun Meghan around the dance floor for a twist on the first dance tradition.
42: Mother Son Dance
43: Father Daughter Dance | Throwing tradition to the wind, Meghan and her dad performed a surprise karaoke rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody with the help of Knate and Cameron. The performance was complete with harmonious opera singing, an epic air-guitar solo by Dad, and interpretive dance!
44: Strictly Bizzness Our band was a hit for our guests of all ages. Cameron's jaw practically dropped when he saw them as he walked into the reception and Knate's first words to us were "Where did you find these guys???" They had nearly everyone on the dance floor all night long!
46: Dancing the night away!
48: T O A S T S
49: C A K E c u t t i n g
51: Garter T O S S Perhaps the best surprise of the night was the garter toss. The band started playing "It's Getting Hot in Here" and the whole room went dark but Blake was nowhere to be found. Then, there was a break in the crowd standing all around the dance floor, and all you could see was a firefighter helmet and a flashlight. Blake crawled all the way across the dance floor in the near-pitch black while the lighting team changed the lights from orange to red and the band transitioned into "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix. Meghan had NO IDEA that was coming and by the look on her face, you can tell she was definitely surprised by that one!
54: Just a few days before the wedding, we met with the leader of the band and when he heard that Dad plays guitar and used to play in a rock bands, he insisted on doing a jam session during the reception. They didn't really have enough time to plan anything, so at the reception they just decided to wing it. While Dad was putting the guitar over his shoulder, he asked Steve what key they were playing in and that's about all the information he had before enacting the greatest wedding guitar solo ever on the face of the earth. | None of us had ever seen Dad play like that before, not even Mom! He had the entire place cheering on their feet. Cameron, who didn't cry at all during the entire wedding ceremony, was crying by the end of Dad's solo! | BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE1
56: s' m o r e s B A R | Even after a delicious dinner, an open, bar, Skinny dip and cookies station, and wedding cake, our guests LOVED the late night s'mores bar. We had every type of s'more we could come up with including cookies and cream, grasshoppers, nutter butters, and the classic original. It was definitely a big hit!
57: and they lived happily ever after