Denny and Joy tied the knot at the gorgeous venue Pond View Farm in White Hall, Maryland. Before the ceremony, they shared letters with each other without seeing each other. They were so excited to get the day started! A little while later under the shady willow trees, Denny and Joy exchanged tearful vows and beautiful promises to one another. It was a wonderful ceremony!
Pond View Farm is an awesome venue because the ceremony and reception take place at the same location! After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktail hour and corn hole on the lawn. We had a blast taking bride and groom portraits with the cattle in the background and on the dock of the lake. Denny and Joy have a zest for life and sweet love for each other.
Here is their love story!
Denny and Joy met at a college party at 'the wrestling house' at George Mason University. It was Joy's first weekend of college and her lacrosse teammates decided to go meet some other student-athletes. It was August 23, 2008, which just so happened to be Denny's 19th birthday. As Denny was celebrating with his wrestling teammates, he locked eyes with Joy, invited her over for a drink with them, and the rest is history! They continued to run into each other at the field house, the weight room, study hall, or anywhere that a busy college student-athlete could be found. They began dating 2 weeks later and have been inseparable ever since!!
June 12, 2015 began with a long hike on Billy Goat trail in Great Falls, VA. It was Joy's birthday week, so per usual, Denny was treating her to whatever she wanted to do all week (okay month) long! After a much needed nap, Denny took Joy to Reston Town Center for drinks and a movie. Assuming that it was the movie theater in the town center, Joy headed towards the theater after happy hour, but Denny led her back to the car.
As they pulled up and walked into University Mall theater (George Mason's discount theater where they had their first date), Denny ordered two tickets to Ironman. Unsure if it was a really weird coincidence or a belated birthday present that the same movie they had seen on their first date almost 7 years ago was playing, Joy couldn't think too long before they were rushed into the theater because they were late! As the movie ended and the credits began to roll, Joy's name popped up in a heart and slowly the words 'Will you marry me?' began typing out. Her jaw dropped and she turned to Denny who was now on one knee and said "are you serious?!"
After the shock of the most amazing proposal ever began to dissolve, Joy of course said yes, which was captured by 3 friends that had been wearing baseball hats and sitting in the front of the dark theater the entire movie. As if this weren't enough, Denny organized a surprise engagement party back at their house in Reston. This was the perfect ending to their dating life and the most amazing beginning to their future!
The celebration continued with dancing and intense cake smashing with a grand finale at the end of the night. Joy's family surprised the newlyweds with an old car to leave the wedding in. What a fun surprise!
Enjoy these images from Denny & Joy's big day!
Congrats you two, you really are MINT to be!! Want to see another wedding? Check out Tommy and Emily's romantic wedding at Elkridge Furnace Inn!
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Florist: Flowers by Priscilla
Ceremony Venue: Pond View Farm
Hair & Makeup: Lauren Oberlin
DJ: DJ Orlando
Cake: Morgan Phillips Cakes
Catering: Pond View Farm Pit Crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Ceremony Doors: The Green Door