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Margaret Ellen Bride | Megan and Andrew's Pensacola Wedding

Dr. Megan Priddy began 2019 with a bang by marrying Andrew Hock on January 25, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. The two married at Old Christ Church and celebrated with a reception to follow at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce. Megan wore a gorgeous long sleeve Martina Liana wedding dress paired with a Sara Gabriel veil that was perfect for her winter wedding. Take a look at this gorgeous wedding captured by the lovely Perla Martinez Photography.

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How did you meet your groom?

Andrew and I met on Match in the fall of 2017. We began dating after a few weeks of emails and phone calls back and forth.

How did Andrew POP the question?

We were in Dallas, TX for a volleyball tournament that Andrew was competing in when he proposed. He took me on a day date to the botanical gardens in Dallas between volleyball matches on the first day of tournament play. We walked through the gardens for about half an hour before we came to a roped off section where our favorite artist was playing over the speakers and a framed collage of our photographs was sitting on a park bench. Andrew told me how much he loved me before getting down on one knee to ask me to be his wife. Of course I said yes! His family and friends were hiding out at the gardens waiting for him to propose. He had also hired a photographer for the proposal as well. We celebrated the rest of that weekend with family and friends!

What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?

Choosing the venues with Andrew! We love historic downtown Pensacola, so it was fun to explore different potential sites for our rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception together.

What is your favorite memory from the wedding day?

Our first dance! We decided to take lessons ahead of time and we had so much fun practicing together for the last few weeks leading up to our wedding. When it was go time, dancing with him felt so natural and we could relax and enjoy the experience without worrying about the next step.

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What is one piece of advice you would give someone preparing for their wedding day?

Use an app like Zola or The Knot to keep yourself organized and on track with all of the to-do items for your wedding! This was clutch for me in not procrastinating and keeping my stress level down so I could enjoy the process.

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Why did you choose Margaret Ellen Bridal? How did you know your dress was "the one"?

I loved the quality of the dresses at Margaret Ellen. They were beautiful and made me feel elegant. I appreciated the one on one appointment with Maggie as well. We all knew my dress was “the one” when I came out of the fitting room and Andrew’s niece started crying and whispered to her mom, I think that should be her dress! When her mom told us what she had said we all started crying and I didn’t try on another dress. I had found the wedding dress I had always envisioned.

Megan and Andrew honeymooned aboard a Norwegian Cruise and visited the wonderful destinations of Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Belize and Mexico.

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Photographer: Perla Martinez Photography

Videographer: Lother & Co.

Venue(s): Old Christ Church and Museum of Commerce

Florist: Chrissy Helvenston

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Southern Frills Weddings and Events | Kelly Rhodes

Caterer: Culinary Productions

Hair/Makeup Artist: Epic Salon

Cake: Publix Bakery

Reception Band/DJ: Niel Zanthos

Invitations: Zazzle

Officiant: Pastor John Benaquis

Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Margaret Ellen Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses Designer and Store Where Purchased: Lulu’s

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Seamstress: Kathleen Cooper

Other: Dance Floor and Lighting by Supposey

Margaret Ellen bride | MRS. Kelly Thornton

The sweetest native of New York, Kelly McGowan, stepped foot into our little slice of paradise this past August with her cousin and aunt, and we are so thankful she did! Dressing Kelly for her special day was such an honor. Kelly chose a Martina Liana gown while adding the matching veil to complete her look. Kelly married Scott Thornton at Tyler Gardens in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Their day was beautifully captured and truly shows their love for another.

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How did you and Scott meet?

We have known each other since 2nd grade!

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How did Scott POP the question and ask you to be his forever?

Scott took me to Allentown Rose Garden where he had a friend hiding to take pictures as he got down on one knee in front of a beautiful rose archway.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone preparing for their wedding day?

HAVE FUN WITH IT and always remember it is YOUR wedding, nobody else’s. Please yourself, not what everyone else wants :)

Why did you choose Margaret Ellen Bridal? How did you know your dress was “the one”?

Once I put on the veil, I knew that was it. I got all the feels!! :D

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Photographer: Liz Waterman Photography

Venue: Tyler Garden

Florist: Bloom de Fleur

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Open Aire Affairs

Caterer: Piccolo

Hair/Makeup Artist: Rosa Marchiano

Reception DJ: Capcee

Wedding Dress and Veil: Martina Liana

Officiant: Father Charles Magee

Megan and Nick's Panama City, FL Wedding

Megan was one of the first brides to find her dress at Margaret Ellen Bridal after our opening last winter. She fell in love with a long sleeve, fit and flare Martina Liana gown. Despite getting married in July in Florida, the dress couldn't be beat. I love when brides don't let their venue, time of year, or others’ opinions persuade them on what type of dress is “correct”. Girls dream of this vert important dress. Whatever it is that makes one feel beautiful and like a bride should go with that feeling. Megan did just that and is still in love with her beautiful wedding dress. She paired her gown with her mother’s veil, adding a special touch from the past.

Megan and Nick were married on July 28, 2018 at Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church in Panama City, Florida. They celebrated with friends and family at their reception held at the infamous Shrimp Boat. It is evident of the love these two share.

How did you meet your groom?

In January 2017, while in training at Keesler Air Force Base. I did not like Nick at first, but when some of our friends made a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, we clicked and fell in love.

How did Nick ask you to become his wife?

We were in Savannah, Georgia for the night. While on the Riverwalk, Nick proposed.

What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?

Everything to do with my dress!

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What is your favorite memory from the wedding day?

The ceremony was beautiful. We kept whispering to each other the whole time.

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What is one piece of advice you would give someone preparing for their wedding day?

Do what makes you happy! It's your wedding, not every person who gives unwanted advice.

Why did you choose Margaret Ellen Bridal? How did you know your dress was "the one"?

I wanted to feel special when I got my dress. Maggie made me feel like a princess. My dress caught my eye right when we walked in, and I tried it on just for fun. I loved it!

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Megan and Nick honeymooned where they met in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Photographer: TK Photography: Trudy Koelstra

Venue: St. Dominic’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue: The Shrimp Boat

Florist: One Stop Flowers/// Made by the bride’s mother

Caterer: The Shrimp Boat

Hair/Makeup: Rachel Howell- D’Salon

Cake: Sugar Boogers

Reception DJ: DJ Rad

Invitations: Minted

Officiant: Father Luke Farabaugh

Dress: Martina Liana

Seamstress: Kathleen Cooper