Ryan and Amanda attended the same high school. They are sure they had probably crossed paths on a few occasions, but it wasn’t until a school Ocean City trip that they officially met. They first spoke to each other at the pool where they ended up being partners in a game of chicken. They were unbeatable (which I think could be foreshadowing to their forever love). It was about a year after the trip that they started dating and both mentioned they just knew all along that they had found “The One”. Is that so sweet or what?!
Ryan took her back to where they shared their first date. (No, not the pool in Ocean City!) Their first REAL date, at The King and Queen’s seat where Tuck Everlasting was filmed. On their first date, they watched the sunset. But this time around Ryan woke Amanda up when it was still dark to hike to the King and Queen’s seat to watch sunrise. After being told the park hadn’t opened yet, the nice man cleaning the grounds let them in a little early. As amanda tells it:
“It took nearly 20 minutes but we made it out to the seat. I walked out to the edge of the seat to look over the edge and he asked me what I was looking at, I told him I was looking at the sunrise and beauty around us, and he said ” Why don’t you look at me?” when I turned around he was on one knee.”
Amanda and Ryan were married at The Vineyards of Mary’s Meadow in Darlington, Maryland. We had hoped the rain would hold off for the ceremony, but in the typical 2018 fashion… it didn’t. But that didn’t stop them from marrying their best friend. The ceremony was moved into the lower level of the barn, the groomsmen all teamed together to move the arbor inside, and they were married with a beautiful stone backdrop. We were happy to see the weather cleared up following the ceremony and allowed us to take their portraits outside. I was thankful Amanda and her bridesmaids were willing to brave the chilly day and wet grounds to capture some gorgeous photos.
The newlyweds switched it up a little and were announced into cocktail hour instead of the reception. They shared their first dance in the barn and asked their family and friends to join them halfway through. What a fun way to include all of your favorite people in a special moment. Make sure you check out the gorgeous reception decor Amanda had, from gold doilies and cursive names to individually jarred varieties of hot chocolate and lattes. I just loved everything about their fall barn wedding!
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. White!
Photographer: Valerie Michelle Photography
Venue: Vineyards of Mary’s Meadow
Caterer: Beefalo Bob’s
DJ: The Solution Entertainment
Florals: Flowers by Dene
Hair: Ligaya Williams