Let us introduce you to our next happy couple, Lola Hall & Henry Collins. These two lovebirds have known each other for as long as they can remember. Both born into military families that grew up next door, on base where their families were stationed. Lola grew up surrounded by boys. She was one of four in her immediate family and the other three were older brothers. There was never any doubt, however, who was in charge in that household. Baby sister Lola had her way every day.
Henry was an only child and was immediately folded into the Hall family brood. Being a few years older than Lola, Henry’s first connection to her was through her brother, his best friend Jamie. Many nights Henry was found sitting at the dinner table with the entire Hall Family, working on school projects and destroying the enemy in the latest video game the boys had convinced their mother they needed.
Lola wasn’t the girly girl type. She would be side by side with the boys, exploring the nearby woods, digging in the mud, capturing tadpoles and creating alternate universes to play around in. Henry and Lola’s brothers never minded her hanging around, especially when they needed a nimble little body to sneak in and grab snacks without being detected by their moms.
Years later, Henry graduated high school and opted to be college roommates with Lola’s big brother Jamie at the University of Virginia. Whahoowa! Lola often found her way to Charlottesville for weekend festivities of football games and tailgating. She would soon follow in her family’s tradition of attending UVA and found having her big brother and Henry around very comforting for a new freshman.
After the all the classes, studying, exploring Charlottesville and few times of switching majors. They both graduated and opted to backpack around South America together for a summer. The trip was exhilarating, educational and eye opening to what was to come in both their lives.
They arrived back in Norfolk together and inseparable. Henry started a non-profit to support education and relief efforts in third world countries and Lola decided to work directly with a group of artisan woman she had encountered in Peru. Her vision was to create a business that showcases their handmade bags and jewelry and is be able to give proceeds directly back to the village. Together they were an unstoppable force for good.
Through all the ups and downs of a start-up business Lola and Henry continued to stay focused on their families, their passion to do good and their commitment to each other. Proposing and planning a wedding was not something that was openly discussed. They were both very happy and felt no pressure to add one more thing to their very long “To-Do” lists. It wasn’t until they were given some sad news they Henry knew what he had to do. Lola’s father was diagnosed with cancer and the family knew it would be a big battle. Henry knew Lola always dreamed of her Father walking her down the aisle, he in his Navy Whites and her in some flowing gown. Her father was so much a part of his life as it was hers.
Henry found the perfect ring, not flashy, but eclectic. He invited the entire original naval base gang over for a cook out and after a few rounds of hamburgers and corn hole surrounded by family and friends, he got down on one knee and asked his sweet Lola to spend the rest of her life with him. Completely caught off guard Lola screamed YES! YES! YES! so everyone heard her.
The wedding planning moved fast to ensure Lola’s father was in good health for the big day. They opted for an afternoon wedding that was classic but not formal. Navy, white as a nod to both naval families with hints of greens to incorporate their love of the outdoors.
The events leading up to Lola and Henry’s wedding were fun-filled, and sentimental. Lola’s maid of honor made her bridal shower extra special by having guests fill out their best wishes on a keepsake letterpress card set. Lola was touched by the sweet gift, and cried when she read them.
The groomsmen organized a golf trip for Henry to Hilton Head, South Carolina – Henry’s favorite place to golf. As a thank you for all of his help during the wedding, Henry gave Jamie (Lola’s brother and Henry’s best man) a set of letterpress golf notes and of course some Titleist golf balls.
On the day of the wedding, Lola gave her father a letterpress Captain note set. Because he had been stationed a few times away from his family, Mr. Hall developed a habit of writing notes to her and her brothers, so she knew that he would appreciate them. With the gift, she wrote a heartfelt thank you note to him, thanking him for raising her to be strong, and also for his strength in giving his only daughter away on her wedding day. He truly was her anchor.
Lola wanted her father to know how much she cherished the moments she had with him – especially walking down the aisle. He was very proud of her.
After the wedding, Lola and Henry had a romantic honeymoon in the beach city of Barcelona, Spain to practice again speaking Spanish.