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All in the Details: Meghan’s gown from Bridal Elegance was the first dress she tried on. The ruched top with sweetheart neckline flows into an A-line skirt, belted with a diamond band and accented with jeweled buttons down the back. (Photo by Katelyn James)
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Grand Affair: Meghan and Philip’s ceremony was the first ever held in front of the Science Museum. The couple originally wanted to have their ceremony behind the museum with a view of the train tracks, but the space wasn’t available, so they opted to try something different. (Photo by Katelyn James)
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Baby You’re a Firework: As guests waved sparklers, they were more powerful than intended. “They started shooting off sparks halfway through,” Meghan laughs. “We were definitely running and hoping our clothes wouldn’t catch fire.” (Photo by Katelyn James)
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Happy Feet: The bride’s shoes served as her “something old.” She'd previously worn the silver peep-toe heels at her brother’s wedding. (Photo by Katelyn James)
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Come One, Come All: A few of the groom’s cousins enjoyed mingling with family at the reception. The wedding included guests who traveled from around the globe. (Photo by Katelyn James)
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Matching Maids: Bridesmaids wore flowing floor-length gowns from David’s Bridal in the color “spa.” (Photo by Katelyn James)
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Daddy’s Girl: Meghan and her father danced to “When You Come Back Down” by Nickel Creek. “We laughed through the entire dance because it’s pretty strange to have a whole room of people staring at you,” she says. (Photo by Katelyn James)
Philip Bissoon’s proposal to Meghan Tinney was grand in more ways than one. The pair, who met while working at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill during college, took a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon while visiting Las Vegas. When they landed, Philip asked another couple to take their picture. He then got down on one knee, making the moment even more memorable.
The couple opted for a simple yet elegant summertime affair at the Science Museum of Virginia in August. The building’s grand façade served as the main focal point for the outdoor ceremony, which included wedding programs that converted into handheld fans to keep guests cool in the humidity. Meghan carried a bouquet of yellow and white roses with green bud accents, while her bridesmaids carried yellow bouquets handmade by her mother.
The indoor reception was held in the museum’s Rotunda beneath the spectacular five-story dome. Table décor included glass tiles with vases of water and floating candles. Guests dined on hors d’oeuvres such as mini crab cakes and sliced Brie, followed by buffet dinner stations that included chicken, beef, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad with strawberries, Gorgonzola and walnuts.
Not even a slight snafu with their entertainment could disrupt Meghan and Philip’s big day. The morning of the wedding, the cocktail-hour musician informed Meghan’s father he could no longer make it. With some quick switches and moving of equipment, the couple’s DJ from Shaner Productions played for both the cocktail hour and reception. “Luckily, I had no idea any of this was going on,” Meghan says. “I’m grateful to have such dependable friends and family.”
Though Meghan says she was skeptical about doing a first look with her groom before the wedding, it ended up being their favorite part of the day. “It gave us time to enjoy each other’s company,” Meghan says. “I’m so happy we could laugh and relax before everything started.”
CAKE: The Gourmand Bakery
Catering: Goodrich Gourmet
WEDDING COORDINATOR: Anna Burke
FLOWERS: Strange’s Florists
HAIR: Ahead of Hair