Jennifer and Caroline were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on September 20. “We were looking for a rustic venue somewhere in between Northern Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina where most of our guests were coming from,” Jennifer said. “Our awesome wedding planner, Allison Barnes, found The Vintager Inn. It was not only in the perfect location, about halfway, but also it had everything and more that we were looking for. The landscape and scenery were amazing, and we knew this was something that our family and friends would love. We also knew with good weather that this would be an unforgettable place. The main barn opened up to this picture-perfect view at sunset. Our guests are still raving about it.” One bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the other bride wore a halter v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a braided updo. Both wore matching orange Converse tennis shoes! Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. Groomsmen wore white button-up shirts and dark gray pants, accessorized with a tie and suspenders. All 150 guests were greeted with a tandem bicycle directing the way. “Our ceremony was extremely unique to us,” she said. “We wrote the ceremony and had one of our best friends marry us (she did an amazing job for someone that had never done this before). The script was filled with love and laughter. We took turns sharing some of the things that made us fall in love with each other (all things sweet and hilarious) followed by the hand unity, our vows, and a kiss.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter. “We did a fiesta theme for cocktail hour, including a mariachi band, taco bar with tequila shots, and passed taquitos and mini tacos.” Tables were decorated with gray linens, orange napkins, mason jar centerpieces, vintage bottles filled with paper hearts, and pictures from throughout their relationship, surrounded by black chiavari chairs. “There are so many but the moments that stuck out the most were our first look, our guests arriving as we secretly looked on, and realizing later that evening that we were actually married,” Jennifer said. In lieu of a cake, there was cake pops and cupcakes served concluding dinner. Fun fact: they were also favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t worry about making other people happy that day,” she said. “The day is about you and to celebrate the love between you and your partner. As long as you two are happy and everyone sees that, everyone will be happy that day too.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of glow sticks, and jetted off to their honeymoon in Aruba.
Sarah and Matthew were married in a ceremony at Emmanuel Episcopal Church followed by a reception at Cobbler Mountain Cellars Winery in Delaplane, Va. on October 24. “They told us if we had it Friday evening, they would close the winery to the public for us,” Sarah said. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with lace capped sleeves, keyhole back, and silk skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept updo, sash, and a pair of jeweled high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long orange chiffon dresses with illusion halter necklines and carried bouquets of calla lilies and lily grass. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 16 witnessing. The couple exited amongst a sea of lavender. Fun fact: it symbolizes devotion. “Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long Will I Love You’ was our first dance song,” she said. “Matthew took voice lessons and spent a weekend in New York recording his own version of it at his best man’s recording studio. His best man, Barry, brought in a full band and spent hours editing. The final product was played at the reception. Barry took the wave form of Matthew’s voice singing the last line of the song and made that the cover of the CD. He also had the same image printed and framed for us too.” Tables were decorated with white linens and napkins, silver charger plates atop burlap runners, tall, overflowing, centerpieces filled with string lights, assorted pumpkins and gourds, wine cork place cards, and boxed macarons, which served double-duty as favors. A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlywed’s best advice? “Invite the people you really want to spend time with,” Sarah said. “Having a small reception and being able to sit at one table and have conversations with everyone was really special.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon.
Caitlin and Matthew were married at The Birkby House, Thomas in Leesburg, Va. on May 10. “It had a beautiful courtyard and garden,” Caitlin said. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, pearl necklace, jeweled sash, and a pair of TOMS wedges, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink mix ‘n’ matched chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and stock. “The moment before my Dad was getting ready to walk me down the aisle,” she said. “Even though Matthew and I were technically already married (and had been for over two years), my heart was beating out of my chest with excitement, joy, and insane happiness that Matthew and I were going to celebrate ‘us’ with everyone that we love.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 130 witnessing. Everyone were escorted to their seats via paper airplanes. “The seating chart/ombre paper airplane ‘art piece’ could not have been possible without the assistance of my husband,” Caitlin said. “He helped engineer the whole display, fold more than 100, and drafted his groomsmen the day off to set it up without my supervision. It was amazing!” Inside the tent, draped with fabric, and hung with crystal chandeliers, tables were decorated with white linens, vintage vase and vessel centerpieces, books, chalkboard numbers, and mercury glass votive candles. Dinner was buffet style, including a Southern slider station. “I was able to surprise my dad and Matthew with a cigar and whiskey bar,” she said. “It was just a small way I could show how much they both mean to me and that the wedding day is just as much for the groom as it is the bride.” In lieu of a traditional guest book, wooden hearts were signed with well-wishes. Donations were taken in place of favors for Troops Direct and Hope For The Warriors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Spend a little extra for great vendors,” Caitlin said. “If you do, you’ll have the piece of mind that everything will turn out better than you expected. Sometimes that’s even better than just how you planned.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Hawaii.
Brews and I Do’s—does it get any better than that? We had a blast hanging out with engaged couples (and their supportive friends!) at Hardywood Craft Brewery in Richmond, Virginia last week. After mixing and mingling while noshing on free pizza and beer, attendees got all their wedding planning questions answered by WeddingWire Editor Sarah Zlotnick and Julia Define of Down the Aisle Events, LLC. A great time was had by all! Scroll down for more details from the night.
Hardywood Craft Brewery provided the perfect backdrop for the first of many newly-engaged WeddingWire gatherings in Richmond. From the handsome wooden bars to the delicious ales on tap, the brewery’s Tasting Room is the perfect spot for a casual engagement party or rehearsal dinner.
Pizza Tonight provided a truly delicious assortment of pies for the evening, all of which they baked on sight—in a portable wood burning oven they brought to the venue!
While they were hanging out, guests added any and all wedding planning questions to white boards posted around the room. “Momzillas”, getting ruthless while cutting the guest list . . . no topic was off-limits!
One by one the white board questions were called out, and wedding experts Julia Define of Down the Aisle Events, LLC (a Harrisonburg, VA-based wedding planning company, pictured) and Sarah Zlotnick of WeddingWire were on hand to weigh-in. Couples also got tips on big ways to save money and plan efficiently.
WeddingWire staffers hanging out after the fun! Richmond Community Manager Jamie (center) can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in attending future events in the area.
We’re looking forward to having many more WeddingWire events in Richmond and across the country in the coming months! Special thanks to Rutsen Eagle Photography for capturing the event.
Haley and Matthew were married in a traditional church ceremony at Aldersgate United Methodist followed by a reception at Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va. on January 4. “I had my sweet sixteen birthday party in the same venue, which Matthew had attended,” Haley said. “We were familiar with it and were excited to have another special event there. Our ceremony took place in the church I was baptized and grew up in and also the church where my parents were married exactly 28 years earlier. There was never a second thought about where our ceremony would be held.” The bride wore a satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with lace straps, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, faux fur shawl, and a pair of Mary Jane high heels, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies, berries, tulips, and seeded eucalyptus. “Matthew and I were both overwhelmed with joy during our ceremony when we served each of our family and friends communion,” she said. “It was the most personal and intimate moments we had with each of the guests, and we will never forget that feeling of God blessing our marriage and providing us an amazing amount of support.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated minimally with white linens and floating tea candles filled with cranberries and magnolia leaves. “All of our vendors were somehow related to us,” Haley said. “Our amazing photographer, Anna Grace Paulovkin, is the sister of one of our groomsmen, one of my aunts designed our invitations, another aunt helped coordinate and decorate, another aunt did the flowers, a best friend made our cake, the list goes on! We did a map theme throughout and labeled our tables by places we have visited together. This was one of my favorite details because it gave everyone a little glimpse into our lives.” In lieu of a guest book, advice was written down and placed into a vintage suitcase. A mini cake was cut and served for dessert as well as an assortment of cupcakes too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “It is your wedding, listen to the advice of others and be respectful, but in the end, it is your day,” she said. “Do what you want to do. The best advice I was given was to pay attention! I am an over-organizer, so I had delegated everything I wanted to be done to others, who I trusted very much, so that I didn’t worry about the details.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of ribbon wands.