Liz and Zach were married at King Family Vineyards in Charlottesville, Va. on April 26. “We were looking for a beautiful ceremony and reception space all-in-one, but it was very important to us to find a venue that had just as beautiful of a setting for our ceremony if it were to rain,” Liz said. “After seeing some pictures of indoor ceremonies at King Family Vineyards, we knew it was ours.” The bride wore a strapless ball gown, accessorized with a floor-length veil and a statement necklace, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a solid bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long blush chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and snapdragons. Fun fact: Liz also designed the invitations! “The moment before walking down the aisle is what stands out the most,” she said. “I was weirdly calm throughout the entire day of our wedding until I was standing at the double doors about to go outside. I was arm-in-arm with my dad. I could feel his pulse and my pulse at the same time and was lookout out at all of our family and friends waiting to watch us get married. It was an indescribable feeling!” Following, guests were direction inside for the reception. Tables were decorated with chevron patterned runners, mercury glass vase centerpieces, and candles. “I loved all our flowers,” Liz said. “Our cake table too.” A dessert display featured the two-tiered cake and cupcakes, which served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds best advice? “Hire a planner!” she said. “They will keep you sane during planning and relaxed on the day of.”
Julie and Steven were married at Clover Forest Plantation in Goochland, Va. on September 14. “It reminded me of the house I grew up in,” Julie said. “They were both built during the same time period, so I felt right in my comfort zone.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a layered skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Notice the polka dots? “They were on the bodice of my wedding gown, which inspired me to use this pattern in other parts of the decor like the invitations, linens, and even the paper straws,” she said. Fun fact: Julie is a graphic designer! Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and seeded eucalyptus. “The ceremony location had a beautiful pergola that overlooked a private lake for us to say our ‘I do’s’ underneath,” Julie said. “It had an overall romantic, Southern charm to it. Having our dog, Madison, as the flower girl was really important to both of us. We had a little flower collar made for her and had a ‘maid walk her down the aisle.” Guests were asked to write well wishes and advice on cards for the new Mr. and Mrs. Tables were decorated with gray linens, pink napkins, and mini pots filled with succulents. “Steven’s brother, Michael, performed ‘Thank You’ by Led Zepplin on his guitar for our first dance,” she said. “This unique song means a lot, and we thought it was special to hear it played live. It also took some attention off of us while we were dancing, since we ran out of time to practice.”
Meaghan and Matt were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Frederick, Md. followed by an indoor barn reception at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on April 24.”Riverside on the Potomac is a working farm, and when we were greeted by roaming dogs, tons of horses, and the charming owner, Suzi, riding her golf cart, I fell in love with it’s authenticity,” Meaghan said. “I wanted our wedding to have a very natural and organic vibe to it, and this venue totally delivered.” The bride wore a strapless sheath wedding gown with satin corset bodice and a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a blue tie. “Our bridal party all picked their own ensembles, which we didn’t see until the day-of,” she said. “Of course, we gave them some parameters, but it was still so amazing to see it all come together so seamlessly. We wanted to be sensitive to both their budgets and personal styles, and the result was a mismatched group that still somehow looked totally cohesive. They carried bouquets of baby’s breath too! The couple even opted to do a first look. “It was a game changer in terms of my anxiety levels,” Meaghan said. “I couldn’t sleep, eat, talk, etc., and I was nervous to my stomach about my walk down the aisle. As soon as I saw Matt, it all vanished, and I felt confident, serene, and ready for game time.” How did they celebrate post-recessional? Playing lawn games! Reception tables were decorated with antique brown vases and vessels, wooden block numbers, and gold votive candles. “Our band was amazing, and the dance floor was packed from the first to the last song,” she said. “I loved that it was filled with guests of every generation, singing along to songs that everyone knew. In fact, people got so in to it that Matt and I even wound up crowd surfing at one point — a truly unforgettable moment.”
Candace and Jason were married at The Yacht Club at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach, Va. on April 19. “Honestly, everything about the venue was gorgeous!” Candace said. “It had me at hello, but if I had to pick one thing about it, it would have been the water.” The bride wore a satin mermaid wedding gown with crystal beading on the front and back, accessorized with a drop dangling earrings and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a white tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids looked oh-so lovely in their blush long crinkle chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and peonies wrapped in teal fabric around the stems. The ceremony was set up like a half moon so each and every guest could see. Notice at the end of the aisle the wooden “This is how our story begins” sign? The way Jason’s face looked when I walked down the aisle was all I needed,” she said. “I felt like, in those two moments, there wasn’t anyone else around, and it was just him and I in our own little world.” Following the nuptials, the newlyweds released doves. “It was very important to me to remember our loved ones who couldn’t be there,” Candace said. Inside the ballroom, reception tables were decorated with chevron runners, lanterns, candles, and of course, starfish picture frames. Plus, just look at the cake! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Alicia and Aaron were married at Murray Hill Events in Leesburg, Va. on September 7. “It had everything we were looking for,” Alicia said. “Murray Hill is a gorgeous estate that overlooks the Potomac River, and it felt like it was in the middle of nowhere but still very close to civilization.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pearl necklace and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a pink tie. “The pink tie started out as a joke, but when we became increasingly frustrated that we couldn’t find champagne ties that we liked, it became less of a joke and more of an option,” she said. Bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, eucalyptuses, and lavender. Following the nuptials, guests were directed to the barn where they found their seats on a vintage window panel. “The drapes and lighting used to the ceiling was the one thing that my mom insisted on,” Alicia said. “And she was right, it looked stunning.” There was even a popcorn bar! The newlyweds’ favorite moment though? “When Aaron and I danced the last dance together,” she said. “It was ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young that we played because his father really wanted to hear that at our wedding.”