Happy Monday everyone!  We’re starting the week off with a gorgeous and totally unique wedding in Virginia from Cicely and Jason at Procopio Photography.  Melissa and Eddie were married at the lovely Marriott Ranch overlooking Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains, with a stunning wedding full of vintage and DIY elements that perfectly represented Melissa and Eddie’s unique sense of style.

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From Melissa: We really wanted to do as much ourselves as we could, or support artists by buying handmade items.  For our rings we had an incredible Cowichan artist in Canada, Joe Jack, make them by hand.  I searched everywhere for rings but didn’t find any that I loved until I saw Joe’s work.  Eddie and I both love traditional Coast Salish style art so when we found his work we were instantly smitten.  I am in love with our rings!

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Both Eddie and I wanted a really informal feeling for the wedding.  I never wanted to have a fancy wedding with a ball gown.  We kept it fun  and light and let people dress in clothes they were comfortable with.  I love weddings in which the bridesmaids don’t match and I think that concept is more fun anyway because it lets the girls choose dresses that suit their personality and that they will wear again.  So I decided to tell my girls to find a cream dress and brown boots that they liked.

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My bouquet was made out of balsa wood by a really awesome artist I found online who does such neat designs.  We just had our florist add in some live leaves to soften up the look of it.

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I love the way Melissa’s turquoise necklace brings out her stunning blue eyes!

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Melissa is a photography teacher and Eddie makes hand crafted banjos – so they’re quite the artsy couple.  Melissa and Eddie designed their own wedding invitations with a design focus on the large tree under which their ceremony would eventually take place.  Melissa and Eddie chose Marriott Ranch in large part for the beautiful trees on the property; they were really proud of the final invitation and excited about getting married under a big old tree.

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Melissa loves Native American style jewelry; she was thrilled to find a coordinating turquoise necklace for herself and a belt buckle for Eddie.

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For the guys we knew we didn’t want suits or tuxes because it would feel too stuffy for an outdoor ranch wedding (and my dad was more than willing to forgo the suit for a pair of dark jeans and a blazer!).  All the guys were told to pick a pair of boots, jeans and a shirt on their own, and then they each ordered the same vest to bring a little bit of continuity to their look.  I bought a bunch of vintage handkerchiefs on Etsy so that they could each pick one out on the day of the wedding for their vest pocket.

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The first look!

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As far as decorations, we just kept everything in a nice warm earthy palette of browns and creams with lots of textures.  The venue was so great looking, we didn’t need to go overboard with decorating.  For the table runners, we just picked up some burlap from the hardware store to cut into strips.  Our florist was great – I wanted all the flowers to look more like wildflower bunches and to keep the colors in whites and warm yellows and so she had tons of great suggestions as to what plants to use.  For the tables I just collected tons and tons of mismatched bottles, jars and milkglass vases from thrift stores so that there could be little wildflower groupings running along the tables.  Everything came out exactly as I had described to her so I would totally recommend her!

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Our entire food selection was all vegetarian and IT WAS DELICIOUS!  We wanted a meal that again, went with the natural, outdoor vibe of the wedding so we went with a lot of comfort foods: veggie chili, jalapeno cornbread, tons of grilled vegetables, salads, baked beans, and a few really delicious things during the cocktail hour like an apple butternut squash soup.  Everyone kept talking about how great the food was and how filling it was (which we wanted since a lot of guests aren’t vegetarian and we didn’t want them to feel like they weren’t satisfied).  Having the big grills out there with the veggies being made as we were eating them was a great touch – who doesn’t love food right off the grill?!  Mmmmmmm…..

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The band we chose was great – they played lots of oldies and songs that everyone loves and they kept people dancing all night.  Eddie makes banjos and so he played a few songs with them which was such fun.

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Congratulations Melissa and Eddie – thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us!

The following DC-area wedding vendors contributed to Melissa and Eddie’s wedding:

Venue, Catering, and Rentals: Marriott Ranch
Photography: Procopio Photography
Reception Band: The Bopcats via Sam Hill Bands
Bridal Bouquet: Krislyn Design
Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone, purchased from Gamberdella Bridal Salon
Flowers: The Flower Center
Cakes + Cupcakes: Cupcake Heaven
Cake Topper: Etsy
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Invitations: DIY

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington DC-area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful weddings!

Photo Credit: Procopio Photography

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