October 8, 2022

Zion Springs - Hamilton, VA

October 8, 2022

Zion Springs - Hamilton, VA

Our Story

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Cornhole and a Failed Date

On a sunny day in 2014, Lauren and Jason met because of two things: cornhole and a failed date.

Their friends, Emily and Sean, had recently gone on a date, which didn’t go very well, so they decided to stay friends. (Young people are hard to come by in the Florida Keys!) One weekend, Emily invited Sean and his roommate, Lauren, to a corn hole tournament hosted by Pigeon Key. That night, when Lauren met Jason—the guy with the green eyes and the rolled-up khakis—it was all over!

Return to Paradise

Fast forward six years and the Florida Keys became the backdrop to the next stage of Lauren and Jason’s journey together!

Anyone who knows Lauren, knows that her happy place is Pigeon Key. Jason’s home for his six years in the Florida Keys, Pigeon Key is a five acre island smack dab in the middle of paradise! After years of being away from their favorite place and their favorite people, Jason and Lauren planned a two week visit to the island and their best friend, Casey.

Of all the adventures and experiences on their “Return to Paradise” list, number one was dock bed! The name says it all! Just as you can imagine, Lauren and Jason’s favorite way to stargaze was from the comfort of a mattress out on the Pigeon Key dock. Nothing could be more perfect than falling asleep under the stars, listening to the waves and waking up to the sunrise!
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"And she said YES!"

Well, six years after their very first dock bed, Jason and Lauren dragged that same mattress out to the dock again. It was shaping up to be another beautiful night until the wind stopped and the mosquitos descended upon them! Tolerating the mosquitos for as long as they could, Lauren and Jason finally gave into the annoyance around 2 am. However, just before retreating back into the safety of the house, Jason rolled over, pulled an engagement ring from under the covers and asked Lauren to marry him! After five minutes of shock and disbelief, Lauren finally got it together enough to answer him with a “I love you” and a “YES!” And so, at 2 am on January 4th, 2021, surrounded by mosquitos, stars and paradise, Jason and Lauren finally got engaged! They spent the next few days calling their family and friends, celebrating their engagement and soaking up the Florida sun! There could not have been a more perfect way to start the next stage of their relationship than on a dock in the Florida Keys.

Accommodations

We have a couple hotel rooms blocked off at the below locations. Staying at one of these two locations will help us coordinate pick up and drop off with shuttles!

Clarion Hotel
726 E Market Street,
Leesburg, VA 20176
Clarion Hotel
117 Fort Evans Rd NE,
Leesburg, VA 20176
Clarion Hotel
115 Fort Evans Rd NE,
Leesburg, VA 20176

Shuttles

As mentioned above staying at one of the reserved hotel blocks will allow us to coordinate shuttles to bring you to and from Zion Springs. When you fill out the RSVP just confirm your desire for shuttle services and enter your phone number. We will send you a text on the wedding day to let you know exactly when the shuttle will be arriving at your hotel!

Bringing Pittsburgh to Virginia

We are excited to continue the tradition of the Pittsburgh Cookie Table! We encourage your family to bring a dozen of your favorite cookies in an effort to bring a little hometown love to our wedding. Additionally, we ask that you provide a list of ingredients so that our guests with food allergies can make the best cookie choices. When you arrive at the ceremony, there will be a designated table for you to drop off your cookies and they will be displayed for all to eat during our reception! Thank you so much for your cookie love! We can't wait to see all of your favorite treats combined together at our wedding.

For the history of the cookie table, and recipe ideas, please feel free to follow this link.

Wedding Timeline

Pre-Ceremony Mixer

4:00pm

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Ceremony

7:00pm

Cocktail Hour

6:00pm

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Dinner

7:00pm

First Dance

8:00pm

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Cookie Table & Desserts

9:00pm

Sparkler Send Off

10:00pm

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RSVP

Coming Soon!

Registry

 
Zola
 

Directions to Zion Springs

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Photos

 
 

Wedding Party

Bridesmaid One

Bridesmaid Two

Bridesmaid Three

Bridesmaid Four

Bridesmaid Five


Groomsmen One

Groomsmen Two

Groomsmen Three

Groomsmen Four

Groomsmen Five