Local Love: Black Tie Elegance at Harrison Opera House
Photography by Amanda Hedgepeth Photography
Who: Brittney Williams, law student, and Malcolm Marbley, project manager engineer.
When: Aug. 2, 2014
Where: Harrison Opera House, Norfolk.
Where They Met: Malcolm and Brittney met at a party through mutual friend and groomsmen, Brian. “We kind of just ran into each other; it was a flirty exchange,” Brittney says. After hitting the dance floor together, they left the party without exchanging numbers. A few days later Brian asked Brittany’s permission to give her number to her future husband. Once she obliged, Malcolm called her the next day.
The Engagement: The day after Brittney’s birthday, she drove from Charlotte, N.C. to Chesapeake to spend a weekend with Malcolm and their friends. She arrived at his mother’s house to wait for him. But she then began to receive instructions from Malcolm to come meet him. “As I’m leaving I say bye to his mom, Ms. Valerie, and she looks at me a little funny and says, ‘Will you be back?’ I now know that her funny look was probably because I was not dressed for a proposal, and she knew it was coming!” Brittney recounts. Once she arrived at a hotel, Malcolm gave her a room number. She opened the door to a candlelit room with birthday balloons and champagne. Still clueless and distraught from the long day, he began to tell her how much he loved her before revealing a ring. “I immediately started laughing, and said ‘Are you serious?’” Brittany says. “I then reached over...laughing and crying and responded, ‘I almost ruined it.’ Of course I said yes!”
Wedding Wishes: “The most important element to me was the black tie dress code. It is so rare that our families get together, and even rarer for us to get dressed up for a night out. I wanted our wedding to be an event that everyone would remember for years,” Brittany says.
Editorial compiled by Anne Leonard
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Dress: Casablanca gown from Maya Couture, Norfolk
Bouquet: Norfolk Wholesale Floral
Ceremony Music: Bridesmaid Ivy Williams sang “A Couple of Forevers” by Chrisette Michele
Reception Music: Malcolm’s childhood friend DJ Scino
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