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Rustic Chic Wedding at Riverside On The Potomac

From the sparkly touches (hello Vera Wang ‘maids dresses and Louboutin‘s!) to the gorgeous setting to the quiet moments in between, this rustic chic affair had me at the first swoon-filled glance. Laura Gordon has captivated every ounce of my being with her beautiful imagery and thanks to the dream team of vendors, including Floral And BloomEvents By Sofia and Paisley & Jade, the details are endlessly dreamy—take a peek for yourself!

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Summer
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride…While Carl and I consider ourselves city-dwellers, when we got engaged we both knew we wanted a wedding that was away from our busy DC city lives and in a beautiful setting that would be filled with details that best describe us: modern, classic, romantic and rustic. We were fortunate enough to find a venue and form a team of vendors that were able to deliver just that – and our day could not have been more perfect!

We chose a charming, equestrian farm venue in Virginia surrounded by horses and rolling hills. Blushes and gold blended into a beautiful color palette that gave off the romantic, modern and classic feel we were going for against a rustic backdrop .

Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of our wedding day was our outdoor ceremony . We rented an antique, white hutch from Paisley and Jade, which served as our alter against the lush, green backdrop of the farm. Our ceremony involved so many of our closest friends and family – one of my younger sisters sang a beautiful acapela solo, Carl’s Dad and brother walked him down the aisle, and my matron of honor designed and made our wedding fan programs. My Dad is an ordained minister, so we had him read bible passages in Spanish and give us his blessing alongside our officiant. It was so special to us both to have him up there with us. One of the most meaningful vendors to us was our live painter, whom we had as a way to commemorate Carl’s mother who is deceased and was an art teacher. It’s a painting we will forever cherish!

Through the process of planning, I was extremely indecisive because of the endless options that come with being a bride. So, I opted for a few choices instead of settling on just one. For example, I had two different style dresses for my bridesmaids because I just couldn’t decide on one that would suit all of their tastes. While Taylor and Hov made our beautiful wooden invitations, our day-of paper goods were designed and made by matron of honor (my older sister). I chose a floral design for the ceremony, while going with a more equestrian design for our menu cards and they both turned out perfectly. I loved that our paper goods didn’t all match, it provided a fun surprise for each little event in the day.

Fluffy Thoughts bakery created the most delicious and beautiful cake of 3 different flavors, again, because I couldn’t decide on just one of their delicious flavor options. Rachel, of Floral and Bloom, was the most patient soul with my indecisive bride brain . She worked with us to create beautiful arrangements that fulfilled both of our desires for small blush-family florals and taller, rustic babies breath bombs to play off the 65 foot ceiling in the barn. Lastly, I had two different dresses instead of just one. For most of the day, I chose to wear a classic lace, open-back Katie May gown which I then had further customized with satin buttons and crinoline from Green & Blue Studio in DC. At the end of the reception and for our sparkler exit, I changed into a short and feminine Sherri Hill dress that allowed me to dance the last few songs more comfortably. Choosing multiple options was one of the best things we could have done. We went with what we loved even if it meant things weren’t overly matchy-matchy.

Other details from our wedding day included DIY projects we tackled throughout the months and even days leading up to our wedding – we scoured thrift shops for picture frames, vases, ornate mirrors and candle holders and spray painted them gold to match our color palette. We visited local wine shops to collect wooden wine boxes and sanded and stained a dozen of them which were then uses to line our ceremony alter and decor throughout the barn. We distressed a dresser we found for free and used it for our water station. We spray painted toy horses gold, and Julie from Sandpiper and Co., provided beautiful calligraphy place cards for each guest. With the help of one of our neighbors, we sanded and painted large standing wooden letters spelling LOVE, which served as a fun photo opportunity for us and our guests.

At the end of the night, Carl surprised me with a gelato stand. This meant so much to me, as we often do date nights and “dessert before dinner” with gelato since our early days of dating. Pitango gelato was the perfect treat to top off the night before our sparkler exit.

We were so blessed to have the amazing support of our families and friends, and the creative direction of Laura Gordon and her amazing photography talents. We were so amazed by the group vendors who worked as a team to make our dream wedding a reality. Because of their collaboration and seamless execution, we will never forget the best day of our lives!

Photography: Laura Gordon | Videography: SGD Editing | Event Planning: Events By Sofia | Floral Design: Floral And Bloom | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Invitations: Taylor And Hov | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White House | Black Market | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vera Wang | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Calligraphy: Sandpiper And Co. | Groom's Attire: Geoffrey Lewis | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Wedding Venue: Riverside On The Potomac | Gelato Stand: Pitango Gelato | Makeup And Hair: Shauné Hayes Makeup + Hair Artists | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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Fresh & Romantic Leesburg Wedding

My cure for a rainy, autumn day like today? Loads of luscious blooms from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers and a happy pink and green combo that’ll leave you aching for a warm summer day. It comes in the form of these cheerful captures from Abby Jiu Photography, and beyond the lovely, is a sweet layer of tradition folded in—including the delicately beautiful lace veil worn by the Bride’s great-great-grandmother. See it all here.

From Holly Heider Chapple FlowersA lovely, sentimental summer event, Sally Roberts and Andrew Boardman’s nuptials were held in picturesque Leesburg, Virginia. Beautifully realized in pale pinks and soft yellows, the affair was gorgeously styled and heartwarmingly personal. All of the bridesmaids and groomsmen were sisters and brothers of the bride and groom and the flower girls were a delightful little train of nieces. Additionally, Sally’s exquisite veil was a family heirloom. First worn by Sally’s great-great-grandmother in 1804, the veil has been passed down through generations, worn by over 17 brides- and counting!

From The Bride & Groom…We met at love at first sight, of course! Andrew and Sally met on the first day of class during their freshman year of college. Andrew arrived to class five minutes late, and after scanning the 300-person lecture hall, he noticed a beautiful girl at the front of the classroom. Completely mesmerized and determined to meet her, Andrew walked all the way down the aisle to the front of the classroom, sat next to her, and introduced himself – this was the very first time Andrew and Sally met. It turns out that eight years later, it would be her walking down an aisle past hundreds of people to stand next to him at the wedding altar!

Our favorite part of the day was ringing the church bell immediately after the wedding ceremony. It was a very special moment for us not only because it was the first thing we did together as a married couple, but it was also symbolic of us proclaiming our lifelong love and marriage to the world – via wedding bells!

After the engagement, we conducted exhaustive research on where and when to have our wedding – from warm weather beach destinations to a winter wedding at a lodge in the mountains. But what we quickly realized is, the most important aspect of our wedding planning didn’t revolve around the glitz and glamour, but rather ensuring that as many of our guests could be able to attend as possible. Since the majority of our families live in Northern Virginia, we decided to have the wedding in Sally’s hometown of Leesburg, VA, allowing all 250 of our family members and closest friends to attend. What made this extra special is that the ceremony was held in the church where Sally was baptized, and the reception was held at Sally’s parents’ house, where she was raised. The wedding was nothing short of spectacular. Planning all the minute details of a home wedding took an enormous amount of time and attention, but the experience mimicked one of the Roberts family’s favorite movies, Father of the Bride.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Stationery: Dandelion Patch | Ceremony Venue: St. James Church Of Leesburg | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Caterer: Paula Kiley | Makeup Artist: Jan Scott | Groomsmen's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bridal Boutique: Hannelores's | Bridal Gown: Rivini | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade

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Elegant Lansdowne Resort Wedding

If I had to describe my perfect wedding vision, it would be simple, elegant details surrounded by a whole lotta love. This Bride, accomplished that and so much more—and I admire her for it. She genuinely enjoyed her planning process, because she started with the mindset that her perfect wedding was more about a feeling, an emotion, than any pretty detail. And that right there my dears, is the most beautiful thing of all. See every moment of love in the gallery from Katie DeLorme.

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Summer
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ChurchResort
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Many women have already dreamed and planned, and even pinterested (a new adverb?!) every detail of their perfect wedding by the time they are engaged. However, I was not one of those women. I had no idea what I wanted. As I began to seriously consider what my perfect wedding would be, I realized that the ‘perfect wedding’ was not so much about the venue or flowers or even a dress, though those details definitely helped, but was more about a feeling, an emotion. My perfect wedding vision was about capturing a moment of pure glee and revelry. I surrounded my day with details that embodied enchantment and merriment.

I hand painted and lettered each of our twenty table numbers to match the invitations and menus. I also ensured that the flowers, including tea roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and dahlias were in soft hues of pinks, giving a cozy romantic feel to the reception space in conjunction with the up-lighting and dark wood details of the dining area and foyer cocktail space. Additionally, framed messages adorned the bar area, informing guests that we highly encouraged their full enjoyment of libations and would be thoroughly photographing each moment for future entertainment.

My most memorable moment happened when my new husband surprised his mother during their first dance. He had pre-arranged with the DJ to have their song interrupted by Congo music. He proceeded to pull guests out of their seats and have them join the line. Within just a few minutes, practically the entire room was participating!!! I will never forget look of bemusement turned delight on my mother-in-laws face when Andrew surprised her.

Our first dance was to John Legend’s All of Me featuring violinist Lindsey Stirling. We had spent a lot of time researching first dance music. After many discussions we could not reach a consensus while in the car shortly after, this song came on the radio. We both silently listened. Once it was over, we made simultaneous eye contact and knew that this was the song for us. The addition of Lindsey Stirling makes the music particularly beautiful. Friends and relatives who know us well commented on how we could not have found a more appropriate song!

Our menu featured the most delicious salad of organic greens, dried summer fruit, and candied pecans with a goat cheese crouton and champagne and tarragon vinaigrette. The entree options were marinated and grilled NY strip steak with green peppercorn and brandy jus or chicken wellington, pan seared chicken breast, wilted spinach, and roasted mushrooms wrapped in a flaky puff pastry. Both were served with yukon mashed potatoes and summer squash, zucchini, and carrots.

Our wedding cake was made by a local baker our family has been using for years. It included a raspberry filling layered between layers of chocolate cake iced with white chocolate butter cream. It was the same cake from my bridal shower!

At the end of the night, we surprised our guests with a local food truck specializing in pizza. Everyone was shocked and loved the pizza which also came with Gatorade! It was a perfect way to end the evening of high energy dancing.

I handmade all my save-the-dates and invitations. I stamped, embossed, and assembled them. I also did all of the calligraphy on both the inner and outer envelopes. Hand making them was a great experience and allowed me to create the invitation of my dreams with luxurious papers at a price I could afford. I also made all of the wedding favors. I infused regular sugar with hundreds of whole vanilla beans that I split and scrapped. The sugar turned out to be both beautiful and delicious, I use it in my coffee every morning now! I filled clear glass corked bottles and tagged them with each guest’s name as well as a personalized embossed label. They acted as place cards as well. The table numbers were hand painted and lettered as well and the bar signs were also DIY. In the restrooms I made guest baskets including a range of items from glow sticks to toiletries, they were a huge hit! I also made our hand lettered seating chart which was displayed during cocktail hour.

My advice would be to stay organized. Especially if you are in school and working full time. I was only able to keep my sanity due to exceptional organizational skills, I kept a designated planner/date book. Additionally, utilize those dedicated friends!! If they are offering, then take them up on it. Trust me, you can not do it all alone. Finally, ask those same friends about recommended vendors, I believe word of mouth from a trusted friend over any online review. I found my amazing photographer and florist through the endorsements of friends.

While my wedding day had many amazing elements, I am still hands down absolutely smitten in LOVE with my dress. I never wanted a ball gown, I wanted a mermaid. I know it sounds ridiculous, but something about that huge ball gown made me feel like the most special, powerful woman in the world that day. I felt extraordinary. Everything about it from the day it picked me out, with my mother and mother-in-law, to the day after the wedding when I boxed it up and shipped it off for preservation was amazing. At the risk of sounding cliche, I hope my future daughter will one day walk down the aisle in the same dress.

I loved all the DIY aspects of planning. Sitting around the dining room table with my girlfriends at all hours of the day and night are memories I will not soon forget. They were my rock. Choosing the DIY option allowed us to expand our guest list and throw an amazing celebration. Plus, who doesn’t love having wedding crafts take over their home?! There were definitely some hiccups along the way, but planning was truly a breeze.

Photography: Katie DeLorme | Floral Design: J. Morris Flowers | Wedding Gown: Lazaro From Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake: Victoria's Cakery | Church: Our Lady Of Hope; Potomac Falls, Va | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Caterer: Landsdowne Resort And Spa | DJ: My Deejay | Transportation: Dulles Limosines | Bridesmaid Gifts: Silk & More | Flower Girl Dresses: Olivia Kate Couture | Golf Resort: Lansdowne Resort | Guest Book: Danae Blackburn | Late Night Snack: DC Slices Food Truck | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Alfred Angelo | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse

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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.

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Fall
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Manor

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 | Venue: Merriweather Manor | 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

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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