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Rustic Wedding at Merriweather Manor

You know what I love? Couples who aren’t afraid to infuse a little dose of whimsy – alongside elegant tradition – into their big day. And even better when Roberts & Co. Events are orchestrating all the pretty effortlessly behind-the-scenes. Audra Wrisley captured every moment of this beautifully bespoke day, and the film from Shaking Hands? Let’s just say it’s an absolute must.


From Tabitha, from Roberts & Co… Samantha and Steve wanted to infuse their light hearted personality to create a wedding with a fun atmosphere plus the formality they thought such a momentous occasion deserved. They chose Merriweather Manor for their reception site because of the open air floor plan and the beautiful views of Loudon County and the natural fall foliage. The couple had hoped that Steve’s family, arriving from Ireland, would be able to experience the beauty that the area had to offer.

Even though it had been a drizzly and rainy morning, Samantha was all smiles throughout the entire day, and kept up her excitement as time creeped closer to the ceremony. In a few moments where the rains paused, the couple was married on the terrace surrounded by their closest friends and family, with their dog Reese escorting the groom out to the alter. The Bride wore a custom gown that featured antique lace and details throughout the neckline and scalloped hemline.

We wanted to create a lush and clean design palate using navy, evergreen, and cream with mixtures of more natural colors such as tan and grey to keep it feelings clean and crisp. The beautiful florals from Shelly at B. Florals were all textured, romantic, and lush in shades of creams and greens throughout. The bride carried a bouquet of garden roses, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and freesia. Upon entering the ceremony, guests were greeted with toss bags of roses petals and a large hand designed program to showcase the bridal party all stars, and a special memorial for Steve’s mother who recently had passed away.

The couple really wanted guests to feel at home and also in the spirit of the big day, so specialty fall cocktails were created along with warm passed appetizers on trays that matched the overall decor of the wedding. Each seat was marked for guests with a fun popper that contained bubbles, a personalized note from the bride and groom, fun accessories, and had the guests names in calligraphy on the front. A mixture of tall and low centerpieces were scattered on the long family style tables that were covered in a textured tan linen from DC Rentals. Food was very important to the couple, so they had a plated dinner for guests and had a plethora of yummy desserts from the caterer as well as the local favorite- Georgetown Cupcakes. The couple lit memory lanterns for their missing loved ones, and made sure to include an Irish favorite for the grooms family, a bar cart filled with Whiskey and Cigars. They partied late into the night with a sendoff of warm passed pretzels and to go treats.

Photography: Audra Wrisley | Videography: Shaking Hands | Floral Design: B Floral Design | Cake: Simply Desserts | Cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcakes | Bridesmaids Dresses: Blush Bridal | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | DJ: Mixing Maryland | Officiant: Amber King, A King's Celebration | Bridal Gown: I Do, I Do Bridal | Event Coordinator/Designer: Roberts & Co. Event Planning | Photo Booth: Silly Shotz | Poppers, Menu, Escort Sign: Roberts & Co Event Planning | Pretzels: The Pretzel Bakery | Rentals: DC Rentals | Venue: Merriweather Manor

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Historic Leesburg Fall Engagement Session

You know what I love most about this engagement session? It’s like going for a walk with two of the cutest lovebirds around. I feel like a sweet peppy song should be playing as I look through each of Vicki Grafton Photography’s images. Definitely the recipe to a happy, happy morning!

From the photographer… Maggie and Brad’s engagement session took place in the cute historic downtown of Leesburg, Virginia. The place they call home and where Brad works as a chiropractor at his families practice. They strolled around town admiring the old houses and stopping at familiar spots along the way and we ended their fall shoot at a nearby Morven Park where their family frequently visits with their dogs.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Dress: Anthropologie

Rust Manor Wedding

This, my friends, is one crazy romantic wedding.  A sort of Father of the Bride meets all kinds of awesome affair that is literally bursting with beautiful details styled by Events In The City and florals from Sweet Root Village that are the epitome of pretty.  In other words?  It’s a non-stop day of lovely, and you can see every drop-dead gorgeous moment captured by Elisa Bricker right here in the full gallery.

From Elisa Bricker… The bride is an interior design student, and the groom is Director of Major Gifts for a classical liberal arts college in Northern Virginia. They met for the first time in Washington, DC through mutual friends. They were engaged on Valentine’s Day at the Jefferson Memorial at midnight and engaged just five months.

From Events In The City… A wedding that would be filled with romance, commitment, and interest. Joanna wanted to create an environment that melded multiple textures, colors, and, of course, her beloved family and friends. We partnered muted colors and romantic florals with contemporary patterns, fringe, and melodies.

The wedding took place on July 20th at the tranquil historic Rust Manor House in Leesburg, Virginia. Almost each and every vendor selected had long-lasting relationships with the bride and groom which created a relaxed and natural evening, just as each bride hopes for. All of the custom fan like programs, escort cards, and perfectly tailored menu cards were created by Deleted Spaces Creative. Sweet Root Village designed loose organic and perfectly pigmented florals that appeared to be straight out of a romance novel.

We chose to create an up-beat and interactive cocktail hour full of yard games, quiet nooks to catch up with long distance friends, and home made touches such as chalkboard signs to direct their guests to the next fun-filled activity. As the music filled the air guests were welcomed into an enchanting tent where they would enjoy creative and tasty culinary treats by Chef Kevin’s Catering. The music stayed lively all night and it was not un-common to see guests rubbing their aching dancing feet. When a break was needed from the dance floor a line at the photo booth provided by Elisa Bricker was unwavering.

As the evening came to a close a farewell for our bride and groom was expected. Rather then parading through an on set of sparklers, our groom Jonathan Carden gallantly scooped his lovely new bride up in his arms and carried her to their get away vehicle. It was the perfect close to an un-questionably perfect evening!

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Event Design: Events In The City | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Cake: The Cake Boutique | Reception Venue: Rust Manor | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Paper Suite: Deleted Space Creative | Rentals: DC Rental | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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