Project Wedding: A Million Thanks

At the risk of sounding like a broken record- I am grateful.

Just over a month ago, we revisited the story of Kayleigh and Brian on the Illuminate blog and within 48 hours, my inbox was flooded with emails from across Virginia and beyond, wishing to donate to Brian’s Memorial Tree at Maymont. It was just amazing to hear from so many people- from wedding pros who assisted at Kayleigh and Brian’s wedding to old friends (my freshmen year RA at JMU and her family!) and colleagues. I’m happy to report that as of today, we’ve brought it over $1,400.  This amount will not only take care of Brian’s final wishes, but also allow the family to build on that by potentially creating an additional memorial at the park in his name.

There are no words for how thrilled and honored I am to know so many gracious and generous spirits.

I’d like to take a moment now, to recognize those who took the time to reach out during this busy time of year and donate to this incredibly worthy cause:

By Invitation Only
Cakes by Graham
Emily Hudspeth, Hair Design & Make-Up Artist
Erin Conley
EW Moore Accounting
Flower Girls
Heavenly Haven Productions
IK Catering
Lisa Gray
Meghan McSweeney Photography
Petites Bouchees
Quarterman Photography
Rubies and Pearls, An Occasion to Remember
Shayna Walker
Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
Sue Conley
Travis and Rachel Whetzel

If there is anyone I have missed,please contact me ASAP so I may update this list. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding marketing and wedding pr firm OFD Consulting. She is the exclusive wedding pr columnist to wedding marketing journal WedLock magazine and is a highly sought after speaker in the wedding industry. She loves ruffle table runners and Royal Wedding Tchotchkes. To learn how OFD Consulting can assist you with your wedding marketing and wedding pr, please contact us today.


Meghan Ely

Regarded as one of the leading wedding publicists in the US, Meghan Ely combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR. She has earned coverage for her clients with the New York Times, People, Brides, Bridal Guide, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, CNN Money, and more. She is a WeddingPro Expert and long-time contributor to and