Carly and Jonathan’s October wedding in Virginia from Ever After Visuals was definitely a family (and friends) affair: they had over 300 guests and were lucky to have many of their guests help out with elements of the wedding from the invitations to their wedding cake!  Carly and Jonathan chose a fall-inspired color palette of red, orange, and gold, made even more beautiful with the rustic setting of Hartwood House just outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Carly and Jonathan wanted a traditional wedding from start to finish, beginning with the church ceremony officiated by Jonathan’s father!

From Carly: Our wedding was very traditional from beginning to end.  Since it was held in the fall, we embraced many of the fall colors, like burgundy, orange, and gold.

Our entire wedding day was filled with memories of friends and family.  My father-in-law is a pastor and we were blessed to have him marry us.  We also had friends and family who provided music at the ceremony and reception, designed and created our invitations, ceremony programs, and place cards, made our wedding cake, and made home-made truffles for our wedding favors.

My favorite memory of our wedding day was being surrounded by so many friends and family.  One thing that stands out to me is a funny moment that occurred during our portrait session.  We were attempting to have a special kiss underneath my veil; however, as soon as we started to kiss, the veil flew off of my head and landed on my husband’s head.  Every time I see that sequence of photos in my wedding album, I can’t help but crack a smile.

My husband comes from a very large family, and his father is also pastor of a fairly large church.  We decided early on that we would splurge on our photographer, but would try to keep the reception costs down in order to invite as many people as possible.  We were blessed to be able to have 300 people attend our wedding!

The following Virginia wedding vendors contributed to Carly and Jonathan’s wedding:

Reception Venue & Catering: Hartwood House
Photography: Ever After Visuals
Floral Design: Creations by LD, (540) 752-0511
Reception DJ: DJ by Harry, (540) 846-4465
Bridal Party Attire: Moni’s Bridal Boutique
Tuxedos: A Formal Affair

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

Photo Credits: Ever After Visuals

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