A rehearsal dinner at The Local and a Bodo’s brunch on The Lawn bookended Courtney and Shaun’s Charlottesville-centric nuptials. And the rest? Well that was focused locally, too.
“We wanted the wedding to highlight everything we love about Charlottesville, and that guided nearly every decision we made,” Courtney said. “It made it really easy to plan the wedding, because we knew all of our favorite things and just had to figure out how to work them in!”
The couple held their wedding and reception at The Jefferson Theater, where they had many of their early dates. They served beer from Starr Hill, and had worked with the bartenders at Blue Light Grill to come up with a signature cocktail based on their favorite drink, an old-fashioned.
Before the ceremony, Courtney and Shaun had their first look at the C&O’s downstairs bar, another of their favorite places, and then walked along the Downtown Mall, stopping to take photos at a few other spots like the Free Speech Wall and the C-VILLE Weekly office.
Back at the Jefferson, General Manager and Director of Special Events Collean Laney had filled each of the venue’s poster cases with old posters from concerts Courtney and Shaun had been to together—some even with autographs!
Said Courtney, “It was amazing, not only to realize that we had seen more shows than there was space for posters, but also to look back at concerts that happened three years before.”
Courtney Marello and Shaun Bockert
August 4, 2012
Photographer: Joyeuse Photography
Ceremony and reception venue: The Jefferson Theater
Officiant: Josh Wheeler
Catering: The C&O
Flowers: Blue Ridge Floral Designs
Cake: Albemarle Baking Company
Music: Jason Reynolds (DJ)
Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew
Hair and makeup: Moxie
Photo booth: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company
Love and learn
Courtney and Shaun met within the first few days of orientation at UVA’s School of Law. They had most of their classes together, and Shaun started organizing group outings to local concerts. Said Courtney, “And I took the bait.”