Happy Monday everyone!  Today we’re continuing with one of our favorite graphic details – stripes! – with this gorgeous preppy wedding from The Observatory.  Jessica and Brad chose a classic pink and green color palette for their wedding in Virginia and infused it with plenty of stripes and their own personal touches for a unique and memorable event.  Jessica and Brad’s ceremony took place at the Fort Belvoir chapel, where Jessica’s parents had been married forty years before!  One of my favorite details: Jessica wore her grandmother’s wedding dress for the ceremony, with her proud grandmother looking on as she walked down the aisle.

From Jessica: Brad and I wanted a theme that reflected our personalities: classy, preppy, and downright fun.  Our colors were green and pink, we used some of summer’s most gorgeous flowers: snowball and pink dusted hydrangeas, white freesia, with accents of variegated geranium leaves.  I wore my Grandmother’s wedding dress; a gorgeous 1940s champagne silk gown with antique lace cap sleeves, some of the lace dates back to my great-grandmother’s wedding dress.

My bridesmaids wore J Crew dresses and I changed into a Lula Kate cocktail dress for the dancing! Brad and his groomsmen looked quite dapper in their pink seersucker bow ties.

I had a ton of fun with all my DIY projects!  From the wedding programs, to the menus, to the J+B letters adorning the trees!  We also both come from big and loving Catholic families so getting married in a church was a must.  My parents actually were married at the Fort Belvoir chapel forty years prior – so it meant a lot to us to be married at the same venue (even if the George Washington stained glass windows were a bit overpowering).

Food, wine, family and friends were a big part of our wedding.  Duane Keller, our caterer, created an original menu for us, combining Brad’s Texas favorites like barbeque brisket sliders and my east coast upbringing with delightful crab cakes and corn succotash.  Yum!  We searched for a venue that would give us flexibility with caterers for that reason.  Collingwood Estate was very accommodating.  Our photographer, Rachel Spiegel from The Observatory did an amazing job of capturing our day.  I love her attention to detail.

I loved our green/white striped table runners (my Mother made those, a labor of love) – they added such a cheerful touch.  We had so much fun with our old fashion photobooth.  My older brother ordered it as a surprise and it really was such a delight for all!

Jessica’s advice to other DC-area brides:

My best piece of advice for other brides, be true to yourself and have fun!  It’s such an exciting time in your life, enjoy it!  With that said, a budget is a wonderful thing and will keep your planning in check.

Brad and I could not have imagined a more magical wedding day.  We still smile ear to ear when we think about it!  And now we get to hang out together for the rest of our lives.  Who could ask for more?

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Jessica and Brad’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Collingwood Estate, Alexandria, Virginia
Photography: The Observatory
Floral Design: Darla’s Flowers
Catering: Chef Duane Keller, Bird Dog Catering, 571-225-4790
Bridal Attire: My Grandmother’s wedding dress!  It fit me perfectly, no alterations besides some lace reconstruction.
Reception Attire: Lula Kate from Bella Bridesmaid

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

Photo Credits: The Observatory

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