This is how you start the week in style, lovelies: with a crazy gorgeous wedding that mixes travel-inspired details with Mexican flair and a whole lot of pretty. One that is set against the breathtaking backdrop known as the Inn At Westwood Farm, boasts soft mint hues and one gorgeous moment after another captured by Vicki Grafton. Erase those Monday blues in the full gallery.
From Vicki Grafton… Michelle and Thom were married at the Inn at Westwood Farm on June 29, 2013. Their wedding had a travel and adventure theme since Thom and Michelle both spent time growing up abroad and love to travel. They were also just about to start their next adventure; moving to East Africa a few weeks after their wedding day.
Bride’s favorite detail: Personalized papel picado flags for the tables and papel picado flags hanging around the event. “I wanted there to be some Mexican flair to the wedding to incorporate that part of my heritage (my mom is from Guadalajara and that’s where my parents met). I took Thom to Mexico last year to meet my family and that’s where we got the idea – walking the streets of San Miguel de Allende on Mexico’s Independence Day. We even joked about having two weddings like my Mom did – one in Mexico and one in the US. Alas, that never happened!”
Biggest Surprise of Wedding: “My mom surprised us by booking a mariachi band for the cocktail hour. It set such a festive and lively tone for the wedding; which was SO much fun. They even led us into the tent and we spontaneously on the spot changed our first dance to mariachi music. We skipped and twirled around the dance floor with huge smiles on our faces – surrounded by our friends clapping and cheering. We were both thinking, ‘I can’t believe this is happening right now!’ What a better way to start a life of adventure and spontaneity – just making stuff up as we go and loving it all the way. Amazing memory.”
Place Names/Cards for the Tables: “We came up with cities/places that have a special meaning to us for the tables. We wrote the descriptions and tried to bring some humor and story telling into the mix to entertain our guests – many of whom were connected to the places. They were a mix of personal stories with Lonely Planet-style descriptions of neighborhoods we lived in – like Bloomingdale or Capitol Hill – to places we had lived in or where our family was from – like Portland, Oregon or Guadalajara, Mexico. We wanted to keep the theme of travel so our “guest book” was an old Atlas that was special to Thom’s father. It was given to him during his first year at the Naval Academy in 1958. We displayed it and asked guests to fill out cards with suggestions for places we should travel—a specific hotel, restaurant, city, or country. Granted, some of the maps were a little out of date, but that kept people interest. We can’t wait to start going to all these amazing places together.”
Photography: Vicki Grafton | Coordinator: McBride Events | Floral Design: Petals And Hedges | Wedding Dress: Alyne Brida | Invitations: Paper Source | Catering: Beggar’s Banquet Catering | Makeup Artist: Abegail Burts, Chanel At Sak’s In Richmond | Hair Stylist: Lara G Bridger, LGB Hair Designs | Entertainment: Mariachi Ay, Ay Ay | DJ: DJ Wayne Smith From Choice Entertainment | Officiant: St. Martin's Catholic Church (in Washington, DC), Deacon Bobby White | Wedding Venue: Inn At Westwood Farm | Churros: Carpe Donut | Dress Alterations: Blush Bridal | Grooms Tux: Vera Wang | Papel Picado Logo For Wedding: Ginny Hart