Today’s beautiful spring wedding in Virginia from Photos by Mandi incorporates military traditions in a beautiful outdoor setting, all with an unexpected twist. Kaylie and Adam drew quite a bit of inspiration, particularly when it came to the color palette, from the City of Lights and Chanel. From the attire to the reception linens and floral elements, pink, black, and ivory served as the color story for the day. In a nod to both the wedding venue and Adam’s love of history, vintage-inspired details also made an appearance throughout the day, from literary centerpieces to vintage handkerchiefs given as presents to parents and members of the bridal party.
From Kaylie: Our color palette was Chanel-inspired: pale pink, black, and ivory. The bridesmaids chose their own black dresses and carried a bouquet of pink flowers. The tables were covered in black and pink fabrics. My dress color was antique ivory. We made sure the guys looked fabulous in black and pink, as well. With Leesburg being a town full of antique shops and my husband being a History major, we thought vintage/antique touches would be meaningful. The venue itself dates back to the 1770s! Since we honeymooned in Paris, we also wanted some Parisian-inspired touches. We were married outside with a lot of natural sunlight and lush flowers/greenery and the sparklers were an ode to the City of Lights!
I couldn’t possibly pick just one favorite detail from our wedding day, but one of the top ones is simply my bouquet of pink peonies. It was *perfect* – romantic, lush, pink, and Southern.
My husband is an Active Duty Marine, so the U.S. Marine Corps featured as a detail throughout the wedding. While antique shopping in Leesburg before the wedding, I found a peach vintage ladies’ handkerchief holder from the 1940s that had the USMC emblem on the front. It was such a cool piece of history to begin with, but also very personal as I was about to marry my Marine! I used the holder to keep the handkerchiefs I gave my mother and father as gifts. We also cut our wedding cake with my father-in-law’s sword. (He served in the Marine Corps and Navy.)
It was important to us that we held our wedding in Leesburg. We were married in the town where my grandmother and best friend live and near where I went to high school. It’s also a great region for Virginia wine – another love of ours!
My mother’s wedding dress had a single button at the neck and I had it removed and sewn onto my dress, tucked just under my brooch/bow so only we knew it was there. It was a way to have a little piece of her with me as I went down the aisle (she’s not deceased, but only my father walked me down). My childhood minister (who is also a Virginia Tech Hokie like we are!) married us.
We are both bibliophiles, so our reception tables had stacks of vintage books that related to things we love. There were vintage Italian and Indian cookbooks, and Henry Bernard Shaw and theatre books since Adam proposed on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center after seeing “My Fair Lady.”
My favorite memory (aside from saying our vows) is probably when we took a minute to stand on the sidelines, just the two of us, and take in all the love and support that was around us. We stood on the veranda at the top of the Birkby House and looked at all of our friends/family dancing, socializing, laughing, hugging – and then at how beautiful the whole scene was. It was so awesome to be holding my husband’s hand and knowing that all those people would support us from that day forward in our marriage.
The following Virginia and Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Kaylie and Adam’s wedding:
Venue: Thomas Birkby House
Photography: Photos by Mandi
Catering: RSVP Catering
Floral Design: Heaven on Earth Wedding Flowers
Bridal Attire and Veil: Jeanette’s Bridal
Alterations: Angie Cavallero, 703.830.0634
Cake: A Piece of Cake, 571.333.6826
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Candy Buffet: Metro Candy
Alcohol: Total Wine & More
Hair and Make Up: Perry Warren
DJ: Kirkabee Deejays
Rentals: Capital Party Rentals
Custom Handkerchiefs: Molly and Mom
Photo Credits: Photos by Mandi