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.”
Taylor and Daniel were married at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on August 3. “We knew we wanted to get married on a farm and have the receptioin in a barn,” Taylor said. “The fact that when we pulled up and saw not only the beautiful river, horses running in the fields, and the barn was still being used as a barn, filled with hay, more horses, absolutely not ready for a wedding (we were the first ones to find the place), we knew it was the one. It was ‘untouched’ and smelled like a barn, couldn’t get more real then that! Most would have turned away immediately, but we knew we had found something special.” The bride wore a custom-designed lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin yellow dresses and carried wildflower bouquets of sunflowers, dahlias, roses, and craspedia balls. Even though the day started off rainy, it cleared up just in time when guests arrived. Taylor’s favorite moment? “Turning the corner of the aisle and seeing each other’s faces for the first time all day, both grinning from ear-t0-ear,” she said. After all, forever was about to begin with Trooper, their pup. Following the not-a-dry-eye ceremony, the newlyweds took a few moments to themselves. “Just look around,” Taylor said. “Notice and take in all the people, who love you both and came to see you start your lives together. Just 3 minutes will make you appreciate the day that much more.” The reception kicked off with a chalkboard sign that said, “Here’s your glass for the night. Fill it to the rim with whatever tastes right.” It served double-duty as favors in addition to seed bulbs. Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lace doilies, and surrouned by mix ‘n’ matched chiavari and cross back chairs. “We even surprised my grandparents with their own weding cake with their topper from their 60th anniversary /vow renewal and a dance to the song they actually danced to at their wedding,” Taylor said. “Because it was their 67th anniversary, one of the main reasons why we picked our date.”
Ashley and Matthew were married at Mount Valley Farm in Orange, Va. on June 7. “It was convenient and even in the winer time it was beautiful,” Ashley said. The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with beaded lace appliques, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a white jacket, silver vest, and black pants, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder mint chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, gerbera daisies, succulents, and olive branches. Guests were greeted with a metal bicycle with balloons, milk glass jar crates, vintage trunks and suitcases, and washboards. Notice the transportation was a tractor and hayride trailer? “Our vows were very traditional,” she said. “But for some reason as Matt was saying his, I became very emotional, and I didn’t expect that kind of reaction from myself.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t stress over the details,” she said. “In the end, the important thing is that you have married the person you love.” Dinner and dancing followed inside the tented reception with Southern BBQ fare such as prime rib, grilled chicken, and cheesy potatoes. Yum! Tables were decorated with peach linens, mason jar and wine bottle centerpieces, and antique oil lamps. “Old family pieces were used everywhere,” Ashley said. The super-sweet dessert display not only had a cake but lots and lots of cupcakes topper with raspberries. And ice cream too!
Hannah and Jonathan were married at Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va. on May 24. “The venue reminded me of where I grew up. When we saw the barn it just fit. It had originally resided on a working dairy farm that was the next town over from ours. They dismantled the barn piece-by-piece and put it back together once it got to the museum. It was incredibly unique in that it was octagonal shaped.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a matching solid tie. Bridesmaids wore long gray and mint chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, and baby’s breath. “I am a huge family person,” she said. “I really wanted to have them be a part of the wedding as much as I could. Rather than having the traditional setup of girls on one side and guys on the other, we alternated it so that our siblings stood next to us. Not only that, but my brother carried our late grandma’s Bible with our rings down the aisle. It was very special. We loved her dearly, and it was heartbreaking not to have her there.” After they were announced husband and wife, it was official. Guests were asked write well wishes on pieces of fabric for a quest quilt. “A sweet lady from our church put it together, and we didn’t see the front of it until the day of,” Hannah said. “We will cherish it forever!” Reception tables were decorated with lace doily runners, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and picture frame chalkboard numbers. “Finding all the vintage china was definitely one of my favorite details,” she said. “They were all so very pretty in their own right, and we had such a great time together looking for them.” In lieu of favors, red maple and dogwood trees were given out to watch their love grow from afar. “Since the beginning of our relationship, we’ve been blown away by how much we were made for each other and how much we were meant to be together . . . we put together a slideshow of us from infancy to where we are today. It played while we dance to ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlisle.”
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.”