Matthew & Ayana


Our Story

Matthew “Nicky” Thurston and I have been friends since middle school despite the fact we attended two different schools. Occasional texts were exchanged and a couple of mutual gaming nights on Xbox live until we began to spend more time together my freshman and his sophomore year at Orange County High School.

It wasn’t until the latter of the 2010-2011 basketball season that we had our first “date”. It began as a joke, when I was headed to go bowling with my Mom and two brothers, Brandon and Lucas when Nicky texted me, “Can I go haha?”. Luckily, our parents had become acquainted with each other by sitting together at a number of basketball games (often speculating whether the two of us were dating or not), so a simple phone call between our moms was all we needed.

8 years worth of beautiful memories later, we have been blessed enough to help each other tackle adulthood, travel outside of the country together, and cheer and pray for each other through major life events.

On December 21, 2018 Nicky popped the question at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, a location the two of us often enjoyed during the holiday season while I was a student at VCU. He coordinated with a few of my closest friends and sorority sisters to come up with the proposal of my dreams. With our parents present and all of the beauty of the garden, I said YES!

Now, we are walking into our second year of marriage with God at the center of it all!









The Venue

The Day Of

The ceremony and reception will take place at the same venue. Parking is readily available on the premises. We will broadcast for our virtual guests on this platform the day of. A timeline will be shared as we get closer so please check back frequently for updates. We are praying for a wonderful day to celebrate our union!

Event Details

Date: 20 August 2022
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: 11409 Marsh Rd, Bealeton, VA 22712, USA


The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” – Genesis 2:18 NIV 


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Covid Precaution

Guests either have the choice of providing proof of vaccination prior to our event via email or may show their vaccination card upon entry to the reception area. Guests who are not vaccinated are asked to provide a negative test result from a test administered 48 hours prior to the event. The result may be forwarded via email on August 17th or shown upon entry to the reception area.

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