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Real Bridal Session Wednesday: Raven & RJ

Today’s real Virginia weddings tale comes to us from a couple who tied the knot in 2022, after knowing each other over 10 years.

“We meet at church over 10 years ago. Both of us were really involved in a lot of ministries, one common one was youth group where we really got close. Technically our first date was a good friend’s wedding. However, I loved one of our earliest dates at a nice restaurant called Zenadora. We both got dressed up, RJ borrowed a nice sports car from a friend, and we hit the town for food and gelato for dinner. We dated for 2 years before getting engaged!”

The Scoop:

Bride: Raven, Driver and assistant manager, Point 2 Point with FexEd

Groom: RJ, Manager/travel manager, Point 2 Point with FedEx Ground

Engagement date: May 21,2021

Wedding date: May 21, 2022

“Our proposal was all by the moment. RJ had the ring for a while before popping the question. One day he decided he was going to ask, and he requested all of our friends and family to come hang out with us at a place called Bottles in Waynesboro. I didn’t think that anything special was going to happen because we often did spontaneously ask our friends to come hang out. But once everyone got there, we were having fun playing some games and that night was trivia night. So we all went outside to watch, as the host asked the three contestants 10 questions, 9 from him and 1 from the audience. Well somehow, they got me on the stage and played trivia. When the 9 questions were asked, the host turned to the audience and asked for a volunteer with a question. Everyone pushed for RJ to ask the special question that changed our life.”

During the shoot, Raven notes, “Any time Rachel needed me to laugh, she told RJ to whisper something in my ear to make me smile or laugh. My goofball of a husband picked the most random things such as chimichangas, or pineapple. I definitely wasn’t expecting that!”

Raven leaves fellow brides with these thoughts: “It’s not going to go perfectly. Pick the top two things that mean a lot to you and your husband and let the rest be. Remember the main goal is to have a great time with your friends and family celebrating you and your soon-to-be (or now) husband.”


Photographer: Rachel Jordan

Bride’s Rings: Rocky’s Gold, Silver & Antiques

Groom’s Ring: Gift from a friend

Hair & Makeup: Bride and bridesmaids

Makeup supplies: Ulta

The author: rita

Rita Juanita Pike is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane around the world. Rita has taken inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.

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