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May 7, 2022

Zion Springs - Hamilton, VA

May 14, 2022

Zion Springs - Hamilton, VA

Our Story

Our Story

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The First Meeting (As told by Shawn)

There they were, gathered in the courtyard of the Rice estate. A light summer breeze rustled the trees, but nothing else stirred as the weight of what was to happen settled on the combatants*. Shawn stood there in a wide stance, one arm behind his back and the other raised before him mockingly. "I warn you, my fighting style is unsurpassed," he said. "We shall see," she responds with a flurry of blows forcing Shawn to weave in and out of her attacks. Laughing, Shawn arrogantly pulls out his phone to respond to texts as if he is not in the heat of battle. "I will defeat you with one hand," he exclaims as Caroline delivers the fatal blow with the grace of a bread-hungry swan. A loud crack echoes off the surrounding walls as both parties look at the shattered device in embarrassment with no inkling of the fact they would be wed eleven years later. One year later, after their first kiss, Caroline would ask him to prom with an eloquent "oh good, will you go to prom with me now?" The stage was set.
*The two were playing a playground game called Ninja.

The Journey

Five years, two colleges, and 41,188 miles of driving back and forth later (we calculated!), Shawn and Caroline were reunited in their home state of Virginia. Shortly after, they moved in together in a cozy apartment in Fairfax, excited to make up for the long-distance and time spent apart, but fate was not on their side. Two years and two cats (Yoshi and Bowser) later, Caroline finally stopped traveling 5 days a week for work. The couple was excited to finally be in the same state once again. This time it would hold, and the couple purchased their first home in Herndon, VA in 2019.
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The Ask

On September 12, 2020, with the new puppy, Vega, barking in the background, their friends and family surprised Caroline by filing into their backyard. To the Disney short "Lava," Shawn got on one knee, a red and blue ring pop in his hands, and said, "Will you marry me?" She cried in response and proffered a hidden ring pop of her own to Shawn, and there was much rejoicing. Neither party actually remembers the event - it was all just a happy blur.

The Now

This has brought us all here (to this website specifically). After 10 years of dating, we are excited to celebrate the beginning of our newest chapter with you!

RSVP

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Coming Soon!
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Accommodations

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Accommodations

We have rooms blocked off at the below location.

Staying here will help us coordinate pick up and drop off with shuttles!

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1500 East Market Street,
Leesburg, VA, 20176

Registry

Registry

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Wedding Timeline

Wedding Timeline

Pre-Ceremony Mixer

5:30pm

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Ceremony

6:30pm

Cocktail Hour

7:00pm

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Dinner

8:15pm

First Dance

9:00pm

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Cake Cutting

10:00pm

Sparkler Send Off

11:00pm

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Photos

Photos

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Directions to Zion Springs

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Directions to Zion Springs

Zion Springs is a rustic barn wedding venue located on a 24-acre farm outside of Hamilton, Virginia. This luxury bed and breakfast and vineyard nestled in a breathtaking stream-fed valley offers everything you need for your perfect wedding celebration.