Luxe Chic Wedding at The Merion in Cinnaminson, NJ | Whitney & Richard | August 13, 2016

Brides Full Name Whitney Marie Hopkins
Grooms Full Name Richard David Strong

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
We saw each other for the first time when I (Whitney) was at his job for a work visit. I was with my colleague, who said she knew him, which was perfect, so I asked her to call him after we left and give him my number. She did and he called me the next day. Despite not meeting that first time we saw each other, we remembered each other and have been dating ever since!

Ricky asked Whitney to go to a paint studio for a date night – when the original plan was to go eat at their favorite Mexican Restaurant. He asked her to do a competition, so they both put on their paint gear and posted the backs of their easels together, so they couldn’t see what the other one was painting!

Whitney was starving, and because of that, her creative juices weren’t flowing too well…so she painted a taco. Genius! It was time for Ricky to present his piece, and he painted…WILL YOU MARRY ME!


Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
My dress was a pear and beaded bodice sweetheart gown with detachable drop sleeves! Wedding shopping was so easy, one of my flower girls was with me, and picked it for me!

Culture: Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?
The ceremony – even though there were 200 people there, it literally felt like it was just he and I. I loved the family communion also.

The unchoregraphed “Swag Surf” dance from the guests was my favorite from the reception!

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Don’t stress. You’re paying way too much money to have anxiety. Don’t let anything get to you and try to relax the entire day.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:
Bridesmaids – Robes, Monogrammed Slippers, Bridal Squad sleepwear, Earrings, Necklace
Groomsmen – Monogrammed Leather Shaving Kit Bags

Favorite item on the menu:
Ribeye! Also, the cake was everythanggggggg 🙂

First dance song:
We had 3 LOL!
1. Never Felt This Way – Alicia Keys version
2. Promise To Love – Kem
3. Saving My Love For You – Kem


photography by Kanayo Adibe Photography


Photography: Kanayo Adibe Photography
Videography: Yamean Studios Films
Coordination: Trilogy Event Design
Florist: Alisha Simone – Elegant Event Flowers and Decor
Cake: The Merion
Photo Booth: Lux Photobooth
Makeup: Jacen Bowman – Shades of Jacen
Hair: Haddonfield United Methodist Church
Wedding Dress: Robinsons Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters
Entertainment: DJ Premonition – Cubie Coleman