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Real Wedding Stories

Love at First Flight: Abigail & David

Meeting the love of your life at a bustling airport is what many people dream of, and for Abigail and David their dream came true. Parris & Co Events brings us this timeless wedding for a love that knows no distance.

When a young Abigail and David set out on their journey to Israel, they had no idea they'd meet their soulmate. It was July 6, 2010 when they arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport for The Jerusalem Journey (TJJ). They were 16-year-old students and complete strangers, but they wouldn't be for long. Abigail - affectionately known as Abby - recalls being taken by a handsome young man. He was dashing in navy chinos and a light blue button down shirt, and she was swept by his "hello." David had no qualms about showing his interest right away and asked Abby if she'd sit with him on the plane. Abby declined, not because she wasn't interested in him but because she needed to play it cool. By takeoff, it was clear that the two would spend the next four weeks not only immersing themselves in their faith and culture, but also immersing themselves in the journey of love.

Following the TJJ, Abigail made a trip to Kansas City to meet David's family and have their first official date. North Italia would serve as the setting for the date, and though they were five-years shy of the legal drinking age they still managed to be intoxicated by one another.

"What is that outfit?" was the question Abby asked on the day they'd get engaged. She was taken aback by how dressed up David was on what seemed like a regular morning. They had spent the weekend in Napa Valley with family and decided to add an additional day to drive up Highway 1. "I have a meeting before we leave and I need to look presentable," David replied, trying his best not to give anything away. Abby kept prying though, asking about his outfit, wondering why he was wearing the same navy chinos and blue button down from the first time they met at JFK twelve years prior. He saved them all this time in anticipation of the day he'd ask her to marry him, a day he knew would come from the moment he laid eyes on her.

That afternoon as they drove up the highway, the couple stopped in Morro Bay for an early dinner and entertainment. After dinner they made their way to Montana de Pro State Park to watch the sunset. They walked along the bluffs, and found themselves descending on a rocky beach just taking everything in. And as the sun fell below the horizon, David turned to Abby, got on one knee, and asked her to marry him.


The couple had an elegant wedding at Westwind Hills in Pacific, MO. Planned and designed by Parris & Co Events, the wedding's unique details seamlessly blended with the couple's timeless aesthetic. Abby was stunning in a Vivienne Westwood gown, and David looked debonaire in a black and white tuxedo courtesy of Suit Supply.

Second Twin Stationery designed a wedding newspaper with the couple as its cover story, a nod to their playfulness and love for the classics. The event decor was sophisticated, leaving plenty of room for exuberant notes that outlined Abby and David's essence. It was a day of joy, family, and most of all, proof that love truly knows no distance.

Planning & Design - Parris & Co Events
Venue - Westwind Hills
Photographer - Elise Dunn Photography
Videography - Lauren Michele Productions
Bridal Gown - Vivienne Westwood via Loho Bride
Bridal Shoes - Gianvito Rossi
Groom's Suit - Suit Supply
Staging, Flooring, Chuppah - All Seasons Linen
Hair & Makeup Artists - Salon Marosie; Tina Hamby
Florist - Belli Fiori
Stationery & Wedding Menus - Second Twin Stationery
Wedding Newspapers - Second Twin Stationery
Linens - BBJ La Tavola
Chargers - World Market
Table numbers and Place Cards - Mojave Maker
Catering & Desserts - Calliers Catering
Midnight Snack - Ess-a-Bagel
Photo Booth - Fete Booth
Entertainment - Dirty Muggs
String Quartet - Landolfi String Quartet
Transportation - Luxury Bus Rental USA
Hotel - Ritz Carlton, St. Louis; Le Méridien Hotels
Breakfast - I Love Juice Bar
Coffee Bar - Bean Sprout Coffee Co.
Lunch - Brown Jerry's Blues, Brews, and Barbecue

Written By - Tiffany Lewars