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Anna + Elias | Madison, Virginia | Early Mountain Vineyard - Love Stories TV

October
16
2016
Anna & Elias

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From The Bride:

How They Met
from Anna’s perspective…
After Elias got out of the Marine Corps., he took on his first civilian job at Florida Atlantic University. I just so happened to be going to school there and working in an adjacent office as a student employee. After a few conversations we learned that we were both pretty avid runners and lived really close to each other. Figuring we already shared running routes, we decided that being running buddies wouldn’t be such a bad idea (This may have been more my idea because I hated running long distances by myself.)!

We call our first 10 or so runs together our “first dates” because we ran for about an hour, stopped for ice cream, and then Elias would run me home before running back to his place. After hours of chit-chat and getting to know each other while running around the coast of South Florida, Elias asked me on our first “real (not running) date” and we’ve been twitterpated ever since!

How Elias Proposed
from Elias’ perspective…
About a month into knowing Anna I was sure that I had never met anyone like her and that something big was going to happen. I knew I was in love and that I should do something about it, but I’m also dumb so I didn’t right away. About 2 years later, Anna and I took a trip to Philadelphia and I spent the entire weekend wondering why she wasn’t my wife yet; daring myself to just get down on a knee to propose with only a smile and a promise. I made it through that weekend, but I immediately started saving, thinking about proposals, and researching rings. During this same period, Anna and I made it into the Marine Corps Marathon and in a eureka moment I became set on making that the day I asked her. We had logged 1000s of miles on the hot road together and there is no one I would ever want to suffer and succed with more. I got the family in on the plan and flew her dad up for the day. We started the race that morning and I nervously checked the ring in my back pocket every few steps for 26.15 miles. Once we saw my parents on the side of the race, I faked a cramp and finally made the leap. Anna said yes and I officially became the luckiest guy in the world. Maybe I’m not that dumb after all.

  • Cake: Albermarle Baking Company
  • Ceremony Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard
  • Cinematographer: Citrus Ceremonies
  • Dress: Theia Couture
  • Flowers: Whimsical Floral
  • Groom: Calvin Klein
  • Hair: First Look Artistry
  • Makeup: First Look Artistry
  • Music: DJ Paula Shrum
  • Officiant: Gay Lee Einstein
  • Photographer: Stephanie Messick
  • Reception Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard
  • Shoes: miumiu
Wedding Team
Early Mountain Vineyard
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Albermarle Baking Company
Wedding Cake Designer
Calvin Klein
Groom's Suit Designer
Citrus Ceremonies
Wedding Videographer
DJ Paula Shrum
Wedding Bands & DJs
First Look Artistry
Makeup Artist
Miu Miu
Bride's Shoes Designer
Stephanie Messick
Photographer
Zola
Registry
Wedding Vibe
October
16
2016
Anna & Elias

NEXT
VIDEO
NEXT VIDEO  

From The Bride:

How They Met
from Anna’s perspective…
After Elias got out of the Marine Corps., he took on his first civilian job at Florida Atlantic University. I just so happened to be going to school there and working in an adjacent office as a student employee. After a few conversations we learned that we were both pretty avid runners and lived really close to each other. Figuring we already shared running routes, we decided that being running buddies wouldn’t be such a bad idea (This may have been more my idea because I hated running long distances by myself.)!

We call our first 10 or so runs together our “first dates” because we ran for about an hour, stopped for ice cream, and then Elias would run me home before running back to his place. After hours of chit-chat and getting to know each other while running around the coast of South Florida, Elias asked me on our first “real (not running) date” and we’ve been twitterpated ever since!

How Elias Proposed
from Elias’ perspective…
About a month into knowing Anna I was sure that I had never met anyone like her and that something big was going to happen. I knew I was in love and that I should do something about it, but I’m also dumb so I didn’t right away. About 2 years later, Anna and I took a trip to Philadelphia and I spent the entire weekend wondering why she wasn’t my wife yet; daring myself to just get down on a knee to propose with only a smile and a promise. I made it through that weekend, but I immediately started saving, thinking about proposals, and researching rings. During this same period, Anna and I made it into the Marine Corps Marathon and in a eureka moment I became set on making that the day I asked her. We had logged 1000s of miles on the hot road together and there is no one I would ever want to suffer and succed with more. I got the family in on the plan and flew her dad up for the day. We started the race that morning and I nervously checked the ring in my back pocket every few steps for 26.15 miles. Once we saw my parents on the side of the race, I faked a cramp and finally made the leap. Anna said yes and I officially became the luckiest guy in the world. Maybe I’m not that dumb after all.

  • Cake: Albermarle Baking Company
  • Ceremony Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard
  • Cinematographer: Citrus Ceremonies
  • Dress: Theia Couture
  • Flowers: Whimsical Floral
  • Groom: Calvin Klein
  • Hair: First Look Artistry
  • Makeup: First Look Artistry
  • Music: DJ Paula Shrum
  • Officiant: Gay Lee Einstein
  • Photographer: Stephanie Messick
  • Reception Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard
  • Shoes: miumiu
Wedding Team
Early Mountain Vineyard
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Albermarle Baking Company
Wedding Cake Designer
Calvin Klein
Groom's Suit Designer
Citrus Ceremonies
Wedding Videographer
DJ Paula Shrum
Wedding Bands & DJs
First Look Artistry
Makeup Artist
Miu Miu
Bride's Shoes Designer
Stephanie Messick
Photographer
Zola
Registry
Wedding Vibe