Bride: Margaret “Bradley” Kilmartin
Groom: Casey Kilmartin
Wedding gown style: 1G027
Wedding date: May 12th, 2012
Boutique purchased: The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel
Location: Scottsville, VA
Photographer: Andrea Hubbell Photography
First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? We met at a sushi restaurant here in Charlottesville. I was with some girlfriends eating dinner, and he was with some friends at the bar. One of the guys that Casey was with is a mutual friend of ours, and he introduced us. It was definitely an instant attraction- we were pretty much inseparable for the next several hours. At the end of the night, we exchanged numbers and began dating seriously after that.
How did he propose? Tell us the story! It was a hot July day and Casey suggested we take the canoe out on a nearby lake. I thought nothing of it, as this was a typical weekend activity for the two of us. We were swimming around when he pulled a jewelry box made from two shells (his grandmother’s) out of the water and proposed right there in the middle of the lake. Apparently he had kept the ring in the pocket of his life vest for a couple of months that summer, waiting for the right moment.
Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? I was scouring the internet for dresses and when I first happened upon my dress. I knew right away I had to try it on- it was like nothing else I had seen so far. As soon as my bridal consultant zipped up the dress, there was no doubt in my mind that it was the one. It was beyond perfect for me, the venue, the style of the wedding, everything! And yes, I cried.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? The inspiration for our wedding was my grandmother, whom I am named after. I was lucky enough to have her engagement ring passed down to me, and it served as sort of a muse for my wedding day. We were married in the church where she grew up going with her family, which meant so much to me. As for the ceremony, we wanted the vibe to be rustic/country with a sort of vintage-elegance tied in.
Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how? Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours? My mother-in-law passed down a beautiful gold bangle bracelet with sapphires that Casey’s dad gave her when Casey was born. It counted as my old and blue. My oldest friends (they are twins ) let me borrow an exquisite pair of earrings that belonged to their mother who died our senior year of high school. Lending me their mom’s earrings on my wedding day meant more than they’ll ever know. For the “something new”, Casey surprised me with a gorgeous diamond necklace that my bridesmaids gave me right before the ceremony.
What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Go with your gut! If there is any doubt at all, keep looking. Also, I think it’s important to really listen to yourself and no one else. People will always have their opinions, but what it comes down to is how you feel in the dress.
What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? I have two: Exchanging the rings during the ceremony was really a special moment for me. It was then that it really hit me- I am getting married to the love of my life! Another favorite part of the day was at the ceremony. It was the last song of the night, “Don’t Bring Me Down” by the Beatles, played by our ridiculously talented band; we were all dancing and belting out the lyrics. It was such an amazing moment, I will never forget it!