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.
Brittney and Matthew were married at The Trivium in Forest, Va. on September 13. “I had always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding, but I also have a very Type A personality and had to have a venue that had an indoor location we could move to if it rained,” Brittney said. “The Trivium had several locations to choose from . . . the whole venue has a Southern charm about it that I just fell in love with and knew that no matter where our ceremony ended up being there, it would be beautiful without us really having to do anything to it.” The bride wore a strapless beaded a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, floor-length veil, and a pair of bow platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore short one-shoulder navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, calla lilies, berries, and seeded eucalyptus. “I made the decision to not wear my mother’s wedding gown, but she gave me the option to do whatever I wanted with it,” she said. “Our caterer also did our flowers and their creativity blew me away. My dress had lace on it, so they took the lace from one of my mother’s sleeves and wrapped it around the stem of my bouquet.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. “There are so many, from our first look to our first dance, there are multiple moments through the course of the day I play over and over in my mind,” Brittney said. “I think my favorite is when Matt and I said our personal vows. We did the traditional vows, but I also wanted us to exchange personal vows to each other. I remember listening to Matt read his and hearing all these things he was telling me that I knew were truly from his heart. During that moment, it was like it was just the two of us alone expressing our love for each other and really did get lost in what we were sharing.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with checkered linens, white napkins, gold charger plates, and pumpkin centerpieces surrouned by chiavari chairs. In addition to a three-tiered ribbon cake topped with a rhinestone H, there was also a groom’s cake shaped like a dog in a Penn State football jersey. “He absolutely loved the surprise!” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the process,” Brittney said. “You’re going to get stressed out and something (maybe several things) is going to go wrong, but it’s okay. Don’t let it ruin your experience. All through my planning, I kept saying at the end of the day, I was going to be married and that’s what mattered, and all I really had to have to make that happen was my husband-to-be, a pastor, and a marriage license.”
Tiffany and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at University of Virginia’s historic chapel followed by an outdoor reception at the Colonnade Club’s garden in Charlottesville, Va. on June 15. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, an ivory sash, and a pair of nude peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, dahlias, and greenery. “The most memorable moment was right before our ceremony,” Andrew said. “We had decided not to do a first look, but we had worked with our photographer to take photos right before it started without either of us seeing each other. The whole process worked out so well that it really heightened the sense of anticipation for the both of us. When we both saw each other as Tiffany walked down the aisle, we were both struck with emotions.” Guests were directed through campus to the reception via chalkboard arrows. Tables were decorated with tan linens, lace runners, mason jar centerpieces, and mini blueberry pies at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. Signature drinks were old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottles! By evening, the trees were glowing with string lights as everyone, young and old, danced in the grass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t feel that you have to do it yourself,” he said. “Accept from family and friends, especially as you get closer to the day of your wedding.”
Lindsay and Edward were married in a traditional ceremony at the University of Virginia Chapel, followed by a reception and Korean tea ceremony at The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Va., on March 15. The bride looked lovely in a strapless a-line gown and a detailed updo. She carried a bright bouquet of ranunculuses, sweet peas, and amaryllis. Her ‘maids donned long gray v-neck dresses with white shawls. The groom and his men looked dapper in traditional black tuxedos. After tying the knot in front of 100 close friends and family in the U.Va Chapel, guests made their way to The Clifton Inn to celebrate. “We immediately fell in love with The Clifton Inn for its intimacy and warmth,” Lindsay said. “We wanted our wedding to be an intimate occasion with family and friends, where everyone would feel elegant yet comfortable.” Guests were escorted to long banquet tables covered with white linens and were greeted by toy bicycle place card holders with their names. Each table featured a bright floral centerpiece similar to the bride’s bouquet. Family and friends enjoyed passed appetizers and had a choice of three entrees for dinner. Following their first dance, Lindsay and Edward changed into a different set of clothes for the tea ceremony, a Korean wedding tradition. Lindsay’s favorite moment of the day was when they had a moment alone beforehand. “We had few minutes to celebrate and reflect our day for the first time as husband and wife,” she said. “It was a precious moment.” Guests ended the night enjoying a four-tier white cake. Overall Lindsay and Edward had a memorable evening that was a perfect blend of both their cultures.
Crystal and Drew were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on August 2. “The whole ambiance of the venue is very laid back, yet elegant, which is really what made us say yes to the venue,” Crystal explained. “We ultimately wanted a venue that reflected our relationship and personalities.” The bride looked lovely in a strapless lace fitted gown with a bejeweled belt. She styled her hair in loose waves and carried a romantic bouquet of pink garden roses, white amaryllis, and greenery. Her ‘maids donned short mint-colored v-neck dresses. The groom and his men wore tan three-piece suits and mint bow ties. Crystal and Drew tied the knot in the elegant barn in front of their 110 guests. There were various games set up on the lawn outside, from corn hole to life-size Jenga (which was made by the bride’s father and step-mother). At the reception, family and friends dined at round tables with white linens in the elegant barn. Each table featured floral mason jar centerpieces and gold candles. After dinner guests indulged in a variety of cupcake flavors such as key lime pie, red velvet, and apple pie. Yum! Crystal and Drew shared a special moment near the end of the reception. “We chose to have our guests exit the reception to prepare for the sparkler exit outside,” Crystal said. “As guests left the reception barn, Drew and I shared one last dance together, just the two of us. The moment was so perfect because we finally had the chance to reflect on our perfect day.” Talk about a heart-warming ending to their wedding day. Crystal recommends that engaged couples try to keep their big day in perspective. “If particular events on your wedding day do not play out exactly how you expected, relax and take a moment to really ask yourself if it will matter when you look back at it 10 years from now.”