Ah, spring weddings.  Becca and Tim’s stunning late April wedding from Michelle Lindsay Photography features some of my absolute favorite flowers – lilacs, anemones, tulips, and ranunculus – all in the most beautiful shades of purple and orange!  Becca and Tim were married in a lovely outdoor ceremony at Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Maryland.  The Mansion was perfect for the low key garden soirée vibe that Becca and Tim envisioned for their wedding.

From Becca: We wanted our wedding to be elegant, but not stuffy – the kind of party that we would actually have in our own home.  We knew we wanted to be married outside and Glenview’s gardens were perfect.  The way mansion is set up – with couches and coffee tables – lent itself to our low key vibe.  We kept the guest list relatively small because we wanted to be surrounded by the people who we love most and have been a constant presence in our lives.  It was really special to have 120 of the most significant people in our lives all in one place at the same time.

We chose a color palette of purples and oranges – bright, bold colors. My bouquet and shoes were both purple and popped next to my gown.  My maid of honor wore a purple dress of her own choosing.  The guys all wore their own navy suits and Tim and I provided them with matching purple and orange ties.  We wanted our friends and family to look like themselves, not like we had dressed them up.

I knew I wanted purple shoes and saw the perfect pair in a magazine.  When I went to the store to inquire about them I was told “We only have one pair.  They’re 7.5”  My size!  It was fate.  Because I am a high heel wimp, I changed into my cowboy boots during the reception to make sure I would have no problems dancing.

I wore my mother’s wedding band on my right hand as my something borrowed and I walked down the aisle to the same song my mom and dad used for their processional, Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary.  Our wedding date was also Tim’s parents’ 34th anniversary.  We chose to honor our parents during the ceremony, noting that they represent 66 years of marriage and serve as great examples of the kind of life we want to build together.

We decorated the coffee tables and mantle with family photos to make it feel more like home.

I’m a firm believer that good food and drinks are what make or break a party.  Our caterer completely understood the laid back atmosphere we wanted to create.  The informal buffet dinner allowed everyone to mix and mingle.  Likewise, we did not want a timed schedule of events for the night, rather for the transition from drinks to dinner to dancing to happen organically.

Becca’s advice for other DC-area couples:

Remember that whatever happens, at the end of the day you will be married.  It’s so easy to get muddled down with details!  Find vendors that understand your vision and then let them do their jobs.  We gave guidance, not direction, to our vendors and I think it took a lot of pressure off everyone.  I told our florist that I wanted in-season flowers in bright colors, and was blown away by how well she made that happen.  Make sure you are comfortable with your photographer; you will have better pictures if you are at ease.  If you don’t have a wedding planner, hire a day-of coordinator – they will ensure that everything runs smoothly so that you can relax and enjoy your day.

The following Washington, DC wedding vendors contributed to Becca and Tim’s wedding:

Venue: Glenview Mansion
Photography: Michelle Lindsay Photography
Catering: Ken’s Creative Kitchen
Floral Design: LynnVale Studios
Cake: Victoria’s Cakery
Alcohol: Ye Old Spirit Shop
Stationery: Hawthorne House Fine Paper
Officiant: AC Warden
Ceremony Musicians: Beau Soir Ensemble
Reception Band: Night Music
Bridal Attire:Rosa Clara “Aire Barcelone” from White Swan Bridal Boutique
Favors: Shilling Chocolatier

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 Credits: Michelle Lindsay Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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