Picture Italian music, the smell of garlic and freshly baked bread in the air, a nice glass of wine, and a gorgeous plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Who wouldn’t fall in love? It worked for Lady & The Tramp, and it worked for Autumn & Justin. These two lovebirds met while working at Olive Garden. Justin told us a bit more about their love story, “Autumn was a server and I was her busser. Her first day she spent an hour trying to find me to tip me out even though I did not clean any of her tables (I was outside cleaning the parking lot)…
…Later we were at a party with people from work and my ride didn’t want to take me home that night so she offered to give me a ride back. Both of these first times meeting showed me that she was a genuinely caring person that was willing to go out of her way to help someone.”
After getting to know each other through work, Autumn & Justin soon took the next step in their relationship. “Fast forward a bit and my roommate left and Autumn was looking to find a place to live. She ended up moving in and our relationship grew from there. We have spent the last 12 years by each other’s side and I am excited to spend the rest of my years doing the same.”
These two love spending time hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with their sweet pups and then winding down at a winery in the evening. Autumn tells us that their personalities balance each other out with Justin being more shy and reserved and her being a bit more outgoing. So it was a surprise when Justin made a large gesture in front of a lot of people…
“We got engaged at Mount Ida Winery. It was with a group of our friends that were all in on surprising me. It was a total surprise because Justin is a very shy and reserved person so I never imagined he would do it in front of friends and he made sure both of our dogs were there as well.”
Initially, Autumn & Justin wanted to elope in Colorado. But, after taking engagement photos at Glencliff Manor, they loved the venue so much that they decided to plan an intimate ceremony with their closest family and friends.
Autumn wanted a bohemian romantic feel for her wedding day. She said, “our main goal is to have a party of love and celebration to have a good time.” To achieve this romantic, relaxed, party vibe, Autumn & Justin primarily relied on the venue to guide their decor choices. Glencliff’s gardens provided the perfect romantic backdrop, and Autumn was able to pull the colors from the flowers in the garden to use in other little details.
Glencliff’s catering team created a delicious spread of food for the party.
The couple also set up a dog treat table (kind of like candy but for dogs) at their reception since all pups were welcome to celebrate with their owners.
We love a great bridesmaid’s pre-glam shot. The floral robes Autumn gifted each bridesmaid were perfect for her bohemian-romantic vibe.
In addition to the bridesmaids & groomsmen, Autumn & Justin selected their beloved (chocolate lab) pups Herbert & Endo as their flower girl and ring bearer.
Before the ceremony, Autumn & Justin spent time giving each other special gifts. Autumn gifted Justin a pair of socks with the pup’s faces on them and a gorgeous watch.
We loved Autumn’s special touches to her outfit for their wedding photos. These unique accessories made their photos even more memorable.
The couple was married at 5 pm in the gardens at Glencliff Manor.
Just look at Justin’s face as Autumn’s dad walked her down the aisle.
Justin’s dad Rob performed the ceremony as Herbert and Endo stood by.
We love the look on Justin’s best man’s face as the couple shares their first kiss.
Autumn & Justin didn’t want to fill their wedding with the traditional (expected) activities. Instead, their goal was to have the evening be more of a party and celebration with less emphasis on them and more on the event.
After 12 years together, Autumn & Justin’s wedding party was one for the books! Congrats to Autumn, Justin, Herbert, & Endo on celebrating their new adventures together.
Wedding Coordinator/Event Planner: Glencliff Manor
Venue: Glencliff Manor
Florist: Glencliff Manor
Caterer: Glencliff Manor
Cake Artist: Glencliff Manor
Officiant: Rob Gilshire (Groom’s Dad)
Makeup: Ashley Ancheta
Hair: Jessica Comiskey
Wedding Dress: Amanda’s Touch Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Groom’s Suit: Specialty
To see Autumn & Justin’s full engagement gallery, click here.
To see Autumn & Justin’s full wedding gallery, click here.