Washington Weddings: The Alexanders Hold a Norfolk Love Affair

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Bride: Jay Ell Alexander, 26, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Groom: Christopher Alexander, 29, Elementary School Teacher

Wedding Date: October 19, 2013

Wedding Theme:  The Alexanders held “A Norfolk Love Affair,” a classic and traditional ceremony and reception, at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk (820 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, Va.) and Vista Point (1754 Massey Hughes Drive), respectively. The street names from their Norfolk neighborhood were adorned on the reception tables, which featured clean and contemporary colors such as blues, grays and purples.

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How They Met: Jay Ell and Christopher have known each other since elementary school, living just two blocks away from each other. Still, they both moved from Virginia to attend college. In 2008, after Jay Ell graduated from college, the pair  were both back home for a Labor Day weekend party. After flirting with each other in the club, they exchanged numbers, and five years later they walked down the aisle.

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The Alexanders had 28 people (wow!) in their wedding party: one best man, two maids of honor, 11 groomsmen, 10 bridesmaids, one flower girl and ring bearer along with a bell ringer. The wedding party also honored a member of the Alexanders’ family, who is currently serving in the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan. He was also named an honorary best man.

How Jay Ell Knew Christopher Was “The One”: I knew Chris was the one because he accepted me flaws and all, and we absolutely just click. He makes me feel safe, secure, and loved, and he always puts a smile on my face. We can always tell when something is wrong with each, and what to do to make everything okay.

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For brides- and grooms-to-be, here are The Alexander’s vendors to help you plan your special day:

Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Shop: Maya Couture (Norfolk)
Hair: Virtue Hair Salon (Virginia Beach)
Bride’s Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Reception Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Tuxedo Rental: Maya Couture
Make Up Artist: Brandy Page and Rosalyn Harris
Wedding Designer/Floral: Vivid Expressions, LLC
Wedding Day Of Coordinator: Angela’s Elegant Events
Photographer: Dragon Studio Photography
Videographer: Delta Studio Productions
Lighting: Blue Steel Pro Lighting
Chair Covers: Hampton Roads Event Services
Photo Booth: Hampton Roads Event Services
DJ: Untouchable Entertainment Group
Cake: Gourmet Cake Shoppe
Cake Pops: Reesee Ruffin Crocker
Transportation: Southside Ground Transportation
Stationary: Red Orange Designs and Yes You May Stationery

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Photo Credit: Dragon Studio Photography