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The Golden Hour: The couple was finishing up making their rounds during the reception when their photographer suggested taking sunset photos on the venue’s balcony. “It was totally unplanned, but those turned out being our best pictures,” Megan says. (Photo by Imani Fine Art Photography)
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Wild Thing: Megan wanted floral arrangements that combined wildflowers and seasonal flowers, so her bouquet featured pink and peach garden roses, green hydrangeas and ferns. (Photo by Imani Fine Art Photography)
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Flower Child: The bride opted for a flower crown in lieu of a veil to reflect her Bohemian vision. Florist Lori Tate created it for her. (Photo by Imani Fine Art Photography)
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Blushing Bride: The bridesmaids wore long, flowing gowns in various shades of the blush color scheme. Megan had them choose dresses to fit their own unique budgets and styles. (Photo by Imani Fine Art Photography)
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Modern Design: The couple chose their venue for its contemporary décor accented with huge floor-to-ceiling windows. (Photo by Imani Fine Art Photography)
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Dressed to Impress: The bride opted for a two-piece ensemble featuring an off-the-shoulder lace crop top and a floor-length skirt. She ordered it from Australian boutique Grace Loves Lace without even trying it on. (Photo by Imani Fine Art Photography)
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Enjoying the Scenery: Guests, including groomsman Nick and his date Whitney, loved taking in breathtaking views of VMFA’s grounds from the balcony. (Photo by Imani Fine Art Photography)
Megan Swinson and Kevin Coyle met through mutual friends while attending Christopher Newport University. Nine years later, Kevin made a spur of the moment decision to ask Megan to be his wife. In one day, he called her mother for permission, bought a ring and waited for Megan to come home before proposing in the kitchen of the house they had just bought together.
The relaxed couple opted for an elegant-yet-simple summertime wedding and resisted the urge to “perfect every detail.” The outdoor ceremony held at Church Hill’s Reed Square was accented with light pink and green wildflowers and simple white pom poms hanging from the trees.
As frequent visitors to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the couple chose to have the reception at VMFA’s Amuse restaurant, where guests mingled and dined by candlelight on heavy hors d’oeuvres including mushrooms with crabmeat, beef tenderloin, roasted vegetables with herb goat cheese, Greek lamb meatballs, a pasta bar and more.
The bride and groom had their first dance to Ruby and the Romantics’ “Our Day Will Come,” which was chosen only two days before the wedding. “Amy Winehouse does a cover of the song that I absolutely love, so we listened to the original and finally agreed to go with it,” Megan says. “I also loved my dance with my dad because I had never seen him dance until then!”
The bride honored her Argentinian heritage by serving Tres Leches cake from Kuba Kuba. Additionally, one of her favorite moments of the night occurred when she turned around to see her grandparents dancing the tango. “They had flown in all the way from Argentina, so it was really touching to see them having so much fun in a way that honors our culture,” Megan says.
CAKE: Kuba Kuba
CATERING: Amuse at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
WEDDING COORDINATOR: Nicole Mimms
FLOWERS: Lori Tate with Eden’s Floral Designs
MAKEUP/HAIR: Avenue 42