Their love story as told by Bryan:
We first met each other on the very first college weekend at UVA. Maggie, who was visiting a friend at the time, had no idea she would be building some of the strongest relationships she’d have today. I, who had not long finished unpacking and organizing my first dorm room, meandered on over to the common area to make new friends. It was there that the two of us met for the first time. Leaving our first encounter, I remember going back to my best friend and roommate at the time saying “now that’s the type of girl I’d like to date.” Every time Maggie visited that first year, we found ourselves flirting with one another. Whether I was on the lobby level doing laundry or upstairs in the common area playing video games, I always teased her about her frequent visits.
That following year, Maggie decided to transfer to UVA to pursue a career in education. By then, neither Maggie nor I ever expected our paths to cross again. After all, our relationship was nothing more than a couple of encounters in the halls. However, on one fateful, early October afternoon, our paths crossed once more. We immediately recognized one another and our friendship rekindled. Over the next couple of months, we were always spotted together. I, the studious one, spent many of my nights in the library where Maggie often kept company. Sometimes, I think we spent more time sharing music than actually studying. From there, I quickly began to fall for her. Much to my dismay, it was just not the right time for her. Her friends frequently recall her saying, “I want to marry him, I just don’t want to date him.” As a guy head over heels for a girl, this is not exactly what I wanted to hear. Fortunately, I was persistent. During that summer, I went on a study abroad. When she felt the absence in her heart, she knew she could no longer delay the inevitable. In early September 2013, we finally began seeing one another, nearly two years from our first interaction. The rest, as they say, was history. There were many moments along the way that pointed us in the direction of love; from the night I ran miles to take care of her on the night that she got sick to the time she helped throw my 21st birthday party. Our relationship today is first and foremost a friendship built from years of great memories and hours of laughter.
There are many things that I love about Maggie. Perhaps it’s her jubilant personality, her radiating charisma, or her sheer desire to enjoy the present that I find so charming. I love the sound of her laugh. I love the way she dances. I love her confidence. I love that she speaks her mind and I love how she’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes. Above all else, what I love most about Maggie are her sincere appreciation for family, her loyalty, and her genuine selflessness when others are in need. She believes in the importance of family no matter how big or small. I know that, no matter what, through thick and thin, Maggie will always be right there by my side supporting me all the way. She is the person I turn to first whenever I need help or I’m feeling down. She is always there to make my day. She is, without question, the one person I can see spending the rest of my life with.
Ceremony Venue | UVA Chapel
Reception Venue | Spring Creek Golf Club
Dress | Maggie Sottero
Florals | Floral Images Design Studios
Hair + Makeup | Charlottesville Makeup Artist
DJ | Sound Enforcement
Ceremony Musician | Silver Leaf String Quartet
Catering | Spring Creek Golf Club
Cake + Desserts | Sweethaus
Invitations | The Dandelion Patch
Lighting + Rentals | MS Events
Photobooth | Photobooth Charlottesville
Favors | Kernal Encore
Bridesmaid Dresses | Alfred Angelo
Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse