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Date March 30, 2019 Occupations Lora is a clinical child psychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Jerrod works in finance for PRA Health Sciences in Charlottesville, Virginia. Crossed Paths The two met when Lora relocated to Charlottesville for grad school in 2013. One of Lora’s friends from Durham, Lance Sanders, shared the number of a man he knew in the area, Rhison Anderson, in case Lora needed help moving in. Lora had no intention of calling someone she had never met, but her parents insisted she reach out. Rhison brought Jerrod, whose initial reluctance to help move in someone he’d never met quickly disappeared when he saw Lora. He left his phone number for her “in case of an emergency.” No emergency came up, and Jerrod eventually invited Lora to attend a UVA football game with him. The couple started dating in 2014. The Proposal On Jan. 19, 2018, Lora was just kicking off a weekend-long birthday celebration in Washington, D.C. That Friday night, Lora, Jerrod, and her closest friends and family were at the MGM Casino when someone suggested that everyone go outside for a group picture. After taking the photo, everyone moved away as Jerrod dropped down on one knee to propose. Lora cried tears of joy, in disbelief that Jerrod pulled off such a big surprise.
The Big Day The ceremony was held at the bride’s home church, Covenant Presbyterian. A brunch reception followed at The Cotton Room, with flowers provided by Ninth Street Flowers. Maggie Lewis, Durham native and owner of The Lather Lounge, styled hair for Lora, her maid of honor and two bridesmaids. Adrienne Barnes of Beyond Imagination Wedding & Event Planning helped plan the day. Her Favorite Detail Lora says that their decision to have a brunch reception meant their wedding day started before dawn, with the first bridesmaid getting her makeup applied at 4:30 a.m. Despite the very early start, she and Jerrod spent all afternoon dancing to DJ Double J’s beats alongside their friends and family.
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