Not even a blizzard could stop us from getting married!


As is our yearly tradition– Get Wythe It is sharing Williamsburg and William & Mary Law School love stories. See last year’s posts here and here.

by Haley Morton Haines, Class of 2017

My name is Haley Morton Haines, and I’m a third year law student at the College of William & Mary Law School. My husband is Matthew Haines, and he is a sergeant in the Marine Corps. On Saturday, January 7, we got married… in the snow… in front of the Governor’s Palace!

We planned to get married on that day with just a marriage commissioner and a photographer friend present. It wasn’t until a few days before the ceremony that we found out a huge snowstorm was going to hit Hampton Roads. We came up with a few backup plans, but ultimately decided it would make a great story to get married in the snow. Gary, our marriage commissioner, encouraged the idea, which made us even more excited to go for it!

Afterward, we spent the evening at the Williamsburg Inn, and the incredible staff made the weekend even more meaningful for us.

Matt and I met two years ago while he was stationed in Norfolk, and we’ve been together ever since. Though he moved to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina soon after we met, he spent many weekends visiting me in Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg was the natural location for our ceremony. I’ve gone running down DoG Street more times than I can count, and Matt and I spent our first dates walking around  the Historic Areas. Now, the Governor’s Palace will forever be special to us.

Thank you for allowing us to share our story! And thank you to my dear friend, Devon Humphreys, another third year law student. When I asked her the morning of the storm if she’d come take pictures, she immediately bundled up and got to Colonial Williamsburg before I did!

Reposted with permission from the author from

Read another news article about the wedding here.