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Grace Louise Burns & Matthew Scott Fritchie

Wedding Date: July 5, 2014

What They Do: Grace, 29, is a Math and psychology teacher at Martin County High School. Matthew, 35, works for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office as an officer in the Community Oriented Policing division.

How They Met: The couple met in the summer of 2007 while Grace was celebrating her brother’s birthday at Duffy’s Sports Grill in Stuart. A mutual friend introduced Grace to Matthew, and the two talked for the entire evening. The next night, the couple talked for three hours on the phone, and every night after that for two weeks. “And the rest is history,” Grace says.

On The Proposal: Matthew proposed to Grace in October 2008. After asking Grace’s dad for his blessing, Matthew asked Grace and his daughter Skylar to sit down on the couch. He then left and came back, got on one knee and proposed. “He said he wanted Sky there because she was a part of our world and our life too,” Grace says.

On selecting their ceremony and reception site: The bride says that surprisingly, the venue, the dress, music and everything else didn’t matter to the couple. “But everything turned out so much [better] than I could have imagined... God intervened,” Grace says. Grace’s dad, who is a pastor, married the couple at the 7 Mermaids River House in downtown Stuart. “The venue was absolutely perfect and ideal,” Grace says. “It was dreamy.”

On the theme for the wedding: The couple went together to buy their boots and outfits for the wedding just two days before the ceremony. Grace picked blue-and-white-themed dresses for her sisters and her daughters. “Our wedding was picture perfect,” she says. “I’m so thankful I didn’t have stress or worry. I had everything I wanted and so much more. My dad married us, my mom got me ready, I wore my memere’s [grandmother’s] ring – the clock ring – and my family was there.”

Special moments: Grace says one of the memorable moments during the day was when her mom put the veil on her. “It was so heartfelt and I could see her looking at her baby all grown up. It brought us both to tears,” Grace says. The bride also added that all of the girls and her brother prayed before the ceremony. “It meant the world to me that God could be at the center of our wedding,” she says. Grace also says that her husband’s smile was magical when he saw her for the first time. “He had the sweetest, most sincerely happy smile,” she remembers.

Ceremony: 7 Mermaids River House

Celebration Dinner: Duffy’s Sports Grill in Stuart

Gown Designer: David’s Bridal

Music: Provided by 7 Mermaids River House

Cake: Publix Bakery

Photographer: Kristen Browning, of Kristen Browning Photography 

Groom’s ATTIRE & Bride’s boots: JC Western Wear