Gabe and Heather have known each other since they were 12 years old when they met at a church function in Indiana. They dated for some time, but eventually went their separate ways and Heather moved to California at 18. Years later thanks to social networking, Heather found Gabe on Facebook and they instantly became more than just "facebook friends." They reunited and found that those old sparks from their teenage days had never died--talk about romantic! Taking that they were always meant to be, Heather moved from California to be closer to Gabe, who is on active duty in the Army, stationed in the Washington, D.C. area. They are expecting their first child together, a boy, who they intend to name Ethan Joseph (love that name!), in August. Gabe and Heather made the most of their sweet and simple wedding by using the gorgeous gardens at The Carlyle House Historic Park in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia as the backdrop for their ceremony, which can be used for free as long as there are no private events going on at the same time. (A really great option for brides planning a small, intimate gathering and looking to keep their costs down.) Their ceremony was attended by family, friends, and coworkers who later joined the newlyweds at The Charthouse for delicious seafood and dessert, which by the way, if you haven't tried their Hot Chocolate Lava Cake, you are seriously missing out!
Being pregnant on your wedding day doesn't mean you can't still be stunning and feel amazing in your dress. Heather found the perfect maternity dress with a gorgeous and lacy keyhole back from David's Bridal, which looked amazing in her photographs! She carried a sweet bouquet of sunflowers and daisies, put together by Lake Ridge Florist.
Please enjoy some of my favorites from their sweet day. Their story is scheduled to be featured this week on United With Love, a blog for local wedding inspiration in the Washington DC area, so keep an eye out :)