Orchard Wedding by Ashley Monogue
After reading about AnnMarie and Philip's proposal story I knew that their relationship was built around strong community. AnnMarie tells the story like this: "I thought I was having a girl's day with my then-roommates. We ended up at a local Mexican restaurant where both of our families were. My dad handed me a letter (from Philip) that began a scavenger hunt through our dating life in Houston where at each location was a different set of friends, and a clue to the next place! I ended up in Bayou Bend Gardens when Philip was waiting for me. There he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, and I said, 'Absolutely; of course!'"
I love the way Philip included both of their families and all of their friends into such a special moment. They were standing beside them as AnnMarie made the decision to marry Philip and their wedding day was no different. When I asked AnnMarie her favorite memory of their wedding day she replied, "The whole weekend was incredible - just to have all of our loved ones in the same place was something I'll treasure forever."
Their wedding day was unforgettable not only because of the love they have for each other, but because of the love that surrounds them through their family and friends. "Something that's been a common thread in our relationship is that "it takes a village." Our special day would not have been everything it was without the endless overflow of help, coordination, and support of our family and friends. "