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Georgia Railroad Museum Wedding: Staci & Marissa

Donna Von Bruening, Photographer

April 30, 2016

When Marissa’s dog, Paco, was diagnosed with lymphoma, she brought him to an oncology department, and to veterinary technician, Staci. Paco and Staci bonded immediately. When Staci would go to get other patients, Paco would let out a scream that Marissa said she had never heard from him and try to run to Staci.

The oncology department treated him for a year and a half. During that time, Marissa was traveling a lot for work and didn’t want to leave Paco at a boarding facility, so Staci started pet sitting for her. After Paco passed, they started to hang out occasionally and eventually started dating. Staci likes to say that Paco picked her out for Marissa and that his illness was meant to bring them together.
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer

Both Marissa and Staci proposed. Staci went first. She lit a bunch of candles all over the house and spelled out “Forever?” in flowers on their bed. The dot on the question mark was the ring box. Marissa, having no clue what was going on, came home from work and started playing with the dog. Then she noticed all of the candles and, although she quickly became a “blubbering fool,” Staci finally managed to ask, “Will you marry me?”

Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Marissa proposed a few days after Staci’s birthday. She came home from work and set up a scavenger hunt around the house. The very last clue was a big balloon and with a ring as the weight. She got down on one knee and asked Staci to marry her all over again!
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Both brides loved the industrial look of their venue. The railroad museum didn’t need much decoration because it was beautiful itself. Their planning process was long, but helpful people surrounded them. Their photographer referred them to their planner who was amazing at helping them find all of the right vendors and staying on task.
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Staci’s favorite wedding day memory was seeing Marissa for the first time. She took her breath away. They did a first look, which gave them a few minutes to be alone and take in the moment.
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Both brides were so grateful to have everyone they loved at their wedding with them. Their guests traveled to be a part of their day. It meant so much to them.
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer
Staci and Marissa would highly recommend that other engaged couples get a wedding planner, even if it just for the day of the wedding. “It allows you to not have to worry about anything on your big day except getting ready and spending time with your bridal party,” said Staci. She added, “It is a lot of work, so be ready for that. It is all well worth it though!”
Donna Von Bruening, Photographer

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Photographer: Donna Von Bruening, Photographer // Event Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum // Planner: From This Day Forward Weddings & Events

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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