PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS JORIANN
Bride: Meredith Hunt
Groom: Matthew DeAtley
Wedding Date: January 2, 2016
Ceremony Venue: Saint Edward Roman Catholic Church
From the romantic significance of the portrait site to the engraved knife used to cut the cake, Palm Beach native Meredith Hunt’s January wedding to Matthew DeAtley abounded in deeply personal details. The couple wed at the bride’s childhood church, Saint Edward Roman Catholic Church in Palm Beach, with cocktails and reception following at The Beach Club.
Meredith and Matthew met in August 2011 during the bride’s first week of classes at William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia, where the groom was a second-year law student. After a year and a half of chance meetings at school and the gym, Meredith and Matthew had their first date at a local coffee shop and were “instantly smitten.”
On October 12, 2014, Matthew proposed at the Botanical Gardens of The Society of the Four Arts with a family heirloom diamond from his stepfather, and when it came to choosing a wedding portrait location, the pair didn’t hesitate.
“Taking our wedding portraits where Matthew proposed was certainly an ‘of course’ decision,” Meredith says. “I am an immensely sentimental person and planned every detail of my wedding with an emphasis on meaning, tradition, and family. As a little girl, I had seen numerous beautiful brides taking pictures at The Society of the Four Arts, and I dreamt of the day when I would get to do the same. Matthew proposing there only made this location more special to me.”
The personal details continued when the two chose a legal theme for their wedding – an appropriate and unique representation of the couple.
“Law-related details were a natural choice,” Meredith says. “Law school brought us together, Matthew is a real estate finance lawyer, I am a mergers and acquisitions lawyer, and my father, my most influential role model, is the general counsel of a public company.”
The themed details included custom laser-cut escort cards in the shape of the scales of justice, the couple’s favorite Supreme Court cases as table names, and a custom wedding duogram that included ribbons in the shape of a silcrow (§), which is the typographical character used to refer to a section of a legal code.
In addition, guests could sip a signature cocktail called “Better Wythe You” – in honor of their law school’s full name, William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law – and were greeted at the reception’s entrance by an antique iron and crystal scales of justice draped in flowers.
Another theme dispersed throughout the wedding was the couple’s four-year-old Maltese-Yorkie, Blaire.
“She frequented the law school library and law school events, and I’m well known for being quite obsessed with her, so incorporating her into our wedding day was a must,” Meredith says. Blaire served as Meredith’s “dog of honor,” and her image appears on the church lawn in the commissioned watercolor envelope liners.
In terms of decor, Meredith’s favorite detail was the personal touch added to the bouquets and boutonnieres. Each bridesmaid and groomsman had a charm representing the state in which they met the bride or groom, and the couple had a Virginia charm pinned to their bouquet and boutonniere. Meredith’s bouquet also had two antique locket charms pinned to it, housing pictures of her grandparents.
However, Meredith’s favorite item at the wedding was the knife used to cut the cake – the same knife her parents used more than 34 years ago to cut their wedding cake. The knife is engraved with both couples’ monograms and wedding dates.
“My parents’ marriage is the ultimate example of selfless devotion, boundless bliss, and unconditional love, which has been so inspirational to Matthew and me,” Meredith says.
- Reception Venue: The Beach Club, Palm Beach
- Wedding Planners: Jenna Smith of Your Sparkling Event and Jaime Mucciolo of LoveGrace Weddings + Events
- Cake: The Diva-Licious Cake House
- Flowers and Décor: Dalsimer Atlas Events
- Bridal Gown: “Daisy,” Zuhair Murad from Ever After
- Bridal Jewelry: Maison Maurice of Palm Beach and family heirlooms
- Groom Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren Black Label
- Live Event Painter: Nancy Spelman
- Custom Escort Cards: Papel Couture
- Custom Engraved Stationary Suite: The Wedding Library