In this episode of the Calvert County Lifestyle podcast i’m joined by Val Mayer of Home Town Real Estate, but that’s not what we are talking about today. Val organized a community wedding for a local Huntingtown couple and this episode details how the how process came about and the generosity of the Calvert County community and the people and businesses that showed their support. Here is a list of all the businesses and individuals that participated.
C & F Mortgage – Brian Mayer
Calvert Resources – Valerie Nowottnick
Crow Entertainment – Brian “Crow” McDaniel
End Hunger – Caroline Allie
Justin Time Photography – Justin Howes
Home Town Real Estate – Val Mayer
Maertens Fine Jewelry – Heather Maertens
Natural Looks By Victoria – Victoria Ronan
Radiant Vintage – Carrie Hermman
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You are listening to the yourcalvert.com Calvert county lifestyle podcast episode number 6. So this podcast is a little different from every other podcast we’ve done so far in that this is our first inspirational podcast, showing just how amazing the Calvert county community is. We’re gonna talk with Val Mayer who’s a real estate agent, but that’s not what she’s talking about in this episode. She’s wearing a different hat today, more of an organizer that brought about and put on this amazing event that we’re gonna call the community wedding. I don’t want to give away any more details now so you’ll have to wait until later in the episode until we interview Val, and I’ll let her explain it in greater depth.
Welcome to the Calvert county lifestyle podcast by yourcalvert.com. The original podcast exclusively for calver county and dedicated to help you get the most from the place you love to play or call home. Listen for the latest events, food and drink reviews, business and real estate updates, interesting interviews and more. Now here’s your host, clif bridegum.
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Hey yall, how ya doin?
So Val, I’ve heard a lot of chatter out in the community about this community wedding and I just wanted to find out more about it and how it came to be and found out you’re the organizer, so tell us a little about the background and how exactly did this happen or this formation begin?
Sure clif, it’s something I’m so passionate about, I’m so excited that so many people in our community want to be a part of this and want to know more about it. It’s a local couple, her name is Sarah Dexter and she’s from hunting town. Her fiancée is actually not from here, he was raised in Cambodia; his parents were missionaries. I was invited to their wedding, they’re college students in Lynchburg Virginia due to graduate the first week of May. They had saved, they worked, they saved their money, put together a small wedding fund for themselves and they found a dream destination in Lynchburg, in a beautiful winery setting. When they came to me recently and said hey you know, we know you’ve got the invite for our wedding, we’ve since decided to call the wedding off, and I’m like, what? You know. There’s something I missed here?
What happened? Did you just get uninvited?
So I said you know, I hope everything’s okay, and they said yes, we’ve had the amazing opportunity was brought to us to be a part of a missions trip in Israel and we just didn’t have the financial needs or means to do both a wedding and the trip to Israel, so we thought it was more important to go to Israel on this missions trip than have the fancy wedding that we had hoped for. So we then decided to host the wedding at our parents’ home in hunting town so that’s how it all started. Once I heard the story. So I knew that I had a few photographer friends on facebook, and I decided to surprise the couple and reach out on facebook. I blocked the couple so they couldn’t see the post. Yeah, I love facebook for things like that. And reached out and say they told a little background and said is there any photographer that could surprise this couple, this is what they’re doing, with a free session for their wedding at their parents’ home? I immediately got response, which I thought was amazing, and we ended up on just in time photography, they said I’m available that day, I’d love to be a part of this, and I thought that was so cool. Immediately upon seeing the post, crow entertainment, Brian crow says, hey wait a minute, you’re not gonna be a part of this without us. We want some of this. This is good stuff. And jumps on board immediately and says we wanna give this couple the best reception ever. Count us in. and I just, I couldn’t believe it, I said this is so cool. After that, floral expressions in Owings comes on and says can we do anything for the bride, does she have her bouquet, and I’m like, as a matter of fact, no she doesn’t. yeah, and they said well we would be homered to be part of this, and not only are they making the bridal bouquet, but also the cake topper, which by the way, has graciously been donated, the entire cupcake tree, along with the cake topper by end hunger culinary school. Caroline alley heads that up with revered Hahn of Chesapeake church, and they’re training students for culinary positions, and they said this is an amazing opportunity for us to put our students in the community since it’s a community effort, we would love to be a part of it. it’s just unbelievable.
That’s amazing. So end hunger jumped in and took it as an opportunity to teach their students.
Wow, that’s amazing.
I still can’t believe it. after that, we had heather martin of martin’s fine jewelry which as you know, she is just loved, does a lot of volunteer work, her jewelry is just amazing, and she comes aboard and sent a private message do the couples have their rings, and I said, no heather, they don’t. and she said well I would just honored to have the opportunity to give this couple their rings. And I just couldn’t believe this. And I said, I just, you know, to me god is so good and it’s just amazing. Then colony south hotel, which is an upper end hotel, it’s got some prestige associated with it and there’s always big banquets at the hotel and it’s beautiful, they send me a message and say we want to honor this couple, we’d like to give them the honeymoon suite the night of the wedding. So as you can see, the list goes on and on, I mean, then we have Carrie Herman from radiant vintage jewelry says please allow me to give the bride her jewelry for the day, I want to dress her in earrings, necklace, bracelets, make her look good. Ronan as you know, a huge advocate in our community, also does, she’s a makeup artist, a fantastic makeup artist, says I would like the opportunity to do the bride’s makeup for the day, on her special day. So we have her doing that as well. The big big big one, as I told you earlier, in the interview, they had at their location was in Lynchburg Virginia at a gorgeous mountaintop winery. I reached out to a friend of a friend. She didn’t want any recognition, but I’m going to give it to her. I know a lot of people which would give your people a call over a parago winery and just see if you could set up a meeting, just an opportunity to see what they think of maybe hosting the wedding. She did, they said they agreed to speak to me, I talked to the man through Kate, Kate took it to the owners, the owners said we’re in, let’s do this, so we have the amazing parago winery in off of maple road in st. Leonard giving us the dream destination. They’ll be married in this beautiful winery, it’s just unbelievable. End hunger, in addition to the cake tree, the cake and the cupcake tree are now also doing the catering. So they will have their students in full dress cooking and serving, it’s just.
That’s fantastic. That’s a great opportunity for them to do it. Show people how to go about hosting an event.
Absolutely. We still, the community, I knew we lived in a fabulous place, I was born and raised here. And I’ve always seen, it’s been a very giving community and place to live, but being a part of it and actually putting it together for me has been a blessing, to me, I feel like it’s a blessing to be apart of something like this. To me it’s the ultimate self sacrifice; to give up your wedding for children anywhere, but you know, especially children in Israel, the bride is there, the bride to be is actually there now. So we’ve been communicating with her back and forth limitedly through facebook and other social media. She’ll be home soon and it’s exciting to be a part of this and she cried. She cried when seeing this, and it’s just amazing, also I do have to, I’d like to give my husband a shoutout, Bryan Mayer of C&F mortgage is giving a monetary gift to any area that’s needed to make up for anything that we might be missing within the.
Odds and ends.
Yes. We still need, if anyone’s out there, that is available, we’re still looking for tables and chairs, and tents. One big tent would work, but we’re still looking for that if anyone’s interested in helping me please contact me at 410-610-4752.
And I too would go ahead and like to thank you for starting this whole process. Allowing it to become what it is.
Thank you, I really appreciate that, again, for me, it’s just an honor to be a part of it. I look forward to finding other opportunities to serving others. To me that’s what makes a community and the world go around.
Alright Val, so before we close out I’m going to go ahead and cover all those people that have helped out in this effort here. We have C&F mortgage, brain Mayer, we have Brian McDaniel of crow entertainment and his team. Formal expression, that’s alt and his wife. Natural looks by Victoria Ronan, end hunger, Caroline alien and reverend Hahn. Radiant vintage, Carrie Herman, martin’s fine jewelry, that’s heather martin, colony south parago, Valery not grove of Calgary resources, and of course my guest Val Mayer of hometown real estate. Do you have any final comments you’d like to say before we close out?
Yes, one of the biggest helps here that you forgot was yourself. I just want to give you a big shout out, clif, because you’ve taken time out of your day to volunteer your services and this is so awesome, if you’ve not been to his studio, you’re missing out. It’s amazing. I feel like I’m in New York City or something. This is crazy. And just thank you so much because you’re getting the word out about Jake and Sarah and the amazing commitment that they gave to these children in Israel and gave up their wedding and you’re getting the word out on these businesses and the people in these businesses, and the community they’ve given up their time and money to be a part of this. And it’s just, it’s so important that this gets out, day in day out we hear bad news and this is just so, it’s so nice and wonderful for all of us to get a chance to experience this. You may not be a part of it, but you’re a part of it by listening and knowing, so thank you so much clif, again your business, could you please tell them what your business is?
There you go, Your Calvert. So I thank you again clif, we really appreciate the time and the effort.
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