Every story has two sides, and how Brittney and Mario met is no different. They each jokingly share the “real” story on their first interactions. One thing they agree on is the location, which was the practice field at Winston-Salem State University. He played football there and she was a student athletic trainer.

According to Brittney, “Mario was pretty much hooked since that first day I stepped onto the practice field. So hooked, he even decided to major in Exercise Science and made sure that our schedules were almost identical. I soon caught on!” Mario shares his tale, “I had a feeling Brittney had a thing for me, because I would look up and she was always just gazing at me. She really made her intentions known when it came time for the football players to be stretched, hydrated, or our wrist to be taped. That’s when I noticed that she would run my way every time. Once, Brittney even volunteered to take me to the hospital to get X-rays for an injury just so we could spend quality time together. That was the beginning of our everlasting love!”

Fitting with an everlasting love is a romantic Valentine’s Day proposal. Mario planned a day full of quality time from hiking at Hanging Rock State Park to an intimate dinner at Maggiano’s. “After a lovely dinner, we headed back to his place. Once we got there, he asked me to wait in the car. Of course, I was not too thrilled because I was so exhausted from our long hike earlier that day. Finally, he asked me to come inside. To my surprise, when I walked through the door I saw a candlelit room and Mario on one knee! I will never forget the loving look on his face when he asked me to marry him,” Brittney said.

The couple both agreed they wanted a beautiful, but modest wedding. They decided the three must-haves at their wedding would be the cake, food and music. One tip she shares: “It’s sometimes better to buy than to rent. A lot of times one can find better deals online than what the rental place is offering.”

Their 220 guests joined the couple for a day of happiness and celebration. The couple agreed there was an amazing outpour of love and support that day from their family and friends.

Mario reminisces, “I remember Brittney’s smile walking down the aisle. She has a beautiful smile every day, but on that particular day it was different. She was so excited to marry me, as I was to her.” Meanwhile, Brittney shares, “What I remember most about our wedding was our first dance. It was the one time that I was able to take it all in and we could hold each other for the first time as a married couple. We had a fog machine that made it feel as if we were the only two people in the room.”

Brittney and Mario might share different first meeting stories, but they do wholeheartedly agree their wedding was unforgettable and joyous occasion.

The Couple: Brittney Sadler, second-grade teacher, and Mario Dawson, financial planner with North Western Mutual

Number of Guests: 220

Venue: Ardmore Baptist Church and Bermuda Run Country Club

Colors: Burgundy, navy, blush, rose gold and gold

Favors: Cigars and personalized matches

First Dance Song: “You and I” by John Legend

Special Touch: A fog machine on the dance floor.

Advice For Brides: “If someone is offering to help you in any way, take it! Those tedious jobs, like stuffing invitation envelopes or putting together welcome boxes for your out-of-town guests, are the things you can delegate to those willing to help.”

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VENDORS

Florist: Beverly’s Flowers and Gifts

Caterer: Bermuda Run Country Club

Hair & Makeup: Contour Kiss for makeup and hair by Corey Paul’s Hair Studio

Dress Designer: Eve by Milady

Wedding Dress Boutique: Park Avenue Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Dresses by: Hayley Paige Occasions

Guys Suits/tuxes: Christopher’s Formal Wear

Photographer: Jodie Brim Photography

Videographer: Sugar Shack Films

Cupcakes/Cake: Edible Artistry

Dessert Bar: Sweet Somethings by Shawana

Invitations: Gifts and Paper on Plaza

Officiant: Don Gordan

Rings: Neil Lane (bride) & Black Tungsten (groom)

Bartenders: Bermuda Run

Music: Absolute Celebrations

Event Rentals: Party Reflections

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