Joseph Sullivan Photography East Lynn Farm.
Alicia Cooper is a wedding planner with Tina Lane Events. This fall, she had the opportunity to be Mother of the Bride when her daughter, Cheryl, wed Franco Salguero at East Lynn Farm. We spoke with Alicia about the couple’s love story and some of the touches that made her daughter’s big day fabulous.
Meet Cheryl & Franco
They met at BMW of Alexandria, in Alexandria, VA. Cheryl was working in their customer service department and Franco was working as a BMW technician. After they admired each other from afar for a few months, and hanging out in groups, their first official date was for a Valentine’s Day dinner. That was in 2013…they’ve been inseparable ever since.
Franco is an avid motorcycle rider and all winter long he told Cheryl that he couldn’t wait for the weather to turn warmer so he could go for a long ride. Cheryl and Franco made plans to see the Cherry Blossom Trees along the National Mall. The weather was turning warmer, so he was going to go for a ride and then meet Cheryl on top of the Pentagon City Mall parking garage after his ride and they would take the Metro into DC.
When she arrived, she pulled up next to his Suzuki GSXR and he met her with a kiss. He asked her if she would like to see his route and he handed her his GPS. What Cheryl didn’t realize is that Franco had just completed a 3-day, 1100+ mile ride across Virginia to spell out the words, “MARRY ME” on his GPS! To honor his creative and romantic proposal, the motorcycle was prominently displayed at the wedding ceremony site with a photo of the GPS map alongside it.
The reception was family style, featuring produce, meat and flowers from the farm. That weekend, Cheryl and some members of her bridal party picked flowers for the bouquets and centerpieces. We used the farm’s chairs, tables, and eco chic décor for the reception.
For the table centerpieces, we wanted to showcase something that reflected Cheryl’s love for literature and Franco’s appreciation for machines. On each table there was a double-sided picture frame, one side with literary quotes, the other side with inventions and illustrations by Leonardo De Vinci. We also used books to elevate a mercury jar full of East Lynn Farm’s beautiful flowers.
The sun was shining brightly as the guests turned to see Cheryl and her Daddy walking down the aisle, and quiet gasps rippled throughout the crowd. When they reached the end of the aisle and her Daddy put her hand into Franco’s, the sun went behind the clouds, adjusting the light for the ceremony. During the closing prayer, as our tear-filled eyes were closed, we could feel the warmth of the sun coming back out again, shining down on the newlyweds as they kissed and departed. The photographer captured those moments beautifully, but it will remain in my memory forever.
You should work with good vendors who you trust to take care of things behind the scenes so you can enjoy yourself. Here are the vendors that Cheryl and Franco chose:
Venue: East Lynn Farm, www.eastlynnfarm.com
Photographer: Josef Sullivan
Caterer: Six Star Events
Pies: The Little Apple Pastry Shop
Makeup: Izzy B Makeup
Hair: PSC Hair Artistry
Wedding Dress: Martin McCrea Couture
Wedding Day Coordinator: Stylish Planning by VFS
Bridal Party Accommodations: Inn at East Lynn
Bridal Family Weekend Accommodations: Serene Manor Bed and Breakfast
Josef Sullivan Photography East Lynn Farm