John and Emily are married!! There was a lot of sweet anticipation leading up to this day. These two were so excited to become husband and wife and now they are officially Mr. and Mrs. Winkler! John and Emily tied the knot under the weeping willow trees on a beautiful summer day at Pond View Farm. There were many tears of happiness in the crowd as John and Emily shared their vows! It was a wonderful celebration.
One of the most special parts of this day was that Emily's cousin Kate and her husband Tim were married on this same day 11 years ago. How fun that they now share an Anniversary?! It was adorable to watch Kate and Tim's kids walk down the aisle and celebrate with John and Emily.
Here is their love story from Emily's perspective!
John and I were about a year in the making. Shortly after starting my new job, my boss who knew I was single mentioned her son had a "nice" friend. Sure, it peaked my interest but I have dated and searched high and low for my prince charming and in Baltimore no guy is ever just "nice". I politely declined, unsure if it was good to mix business with pleasure and went on about my way! But for some reason he always stayed in the back of my mind, and I always wondered if she would bring him up to me again, perhaps at a time I would finally agree to go out! I really never heard about him again for months until he was helping out at said boss' sons house. He was still "nice" John who was single, had his own home, and a wonderful job. Bonus points for being a huge Orioles and Ravens fan! I was once again in her office complaining about the dating scene in Baltimore. It was at this point my boss said that was it. She was giving John my number. John texted me on Valentines day for the first time. Even wished me a Happy Valentines Day which I was super thoughtful, and bold! We went out that Saturday and it was just one of those when you know, you know moments. We had an awesome first date talking all night. And we couldn't wait to see each other again. I think i knew right away he was the one, but after he met my mom and saw how much she adored him too, that sealed the deal I was smitten.
And the proposal!
Well apparently John had the ring in our house for 3 weeks!! We had discussed a timeline somewhat (I am in grad school so trying to balance both wedding and school seemed a little difficult so wanted to plan ....and lets be real I am 100% a total planner and control freak), so I kind of knew it was coming but when and how exactly totally was up to John! My birthday came and went and so came Friday night dinner just the two of us. Again, no ring. By 4:00 pm Saturday I had it in my head it really wasn't happening that weekend, John was just acting way too normal and calm. Off we went to meet up with my family at McFauls for my birthday dinner, a place we always go. We got out at the valet and as I headed to the side entrance, THAT WE ALWAYS GO IN... Johns arm was directing me towards the front entrance. To which I was saying no, no we go in the side! (control freak again). I then looked over and noticed the McFauls sign was lit up and by the lights were two champagne glasses and a bottle of champagne. At this point it is all a bit of a blur, and lots of happy tears, but John got down on one knee and asked "Will you marry me" with the biggest smile on his face. I am pretty sure I said yes! As we hugged, our families both came out to greet us and hug us. I knew my family would be there but it was a total surprise his family would join too! After dinner as we made our way to the bar area, they had setup another surprise. All of my closest girlfriends and more of my family had joined to celebrate. Needless to say they left this control freak speechless and crying happy tears yet again. Definitely the best night of my life where I can firmly say all my dreams came true...and can only imagine how amazing our wedding will be!
Enjoy these images from John and Emily's special day!
What a perfect day! It was an honor to capture your wedding and your sister Missy's wedding last year! You have an amazing family. Want to see another romantic summer Pond View Farm wedding? Check out Taylor and Courtney's wedding day!
Wedding Dress: Betsy Robinson
Florist: Steelcut Flower Co.
Wedding Venue: Pond View Farm
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Valerie Hammer
DJ or Band: JD White Productions
Videographer: Skipper Films
Cake: Flavor Cupcakery
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mumu
Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Banks