Happy Monday everyone! I’m so in love with today’s wedding in Virginia – and really, what’s not to love? Gorgeous venue, a couple that are cute as a button, and meaningful details hand picked by the bride and groom to continue family traditions and share their love with their friends and family. Emily and Colin worked with Felicia from Celebrations Made Simple to bring their country chic wedding vision to reality, and photographer Ethan Yang captured all of the emotion of the day in his beautiful images.
From Emily: Our wedding theme was “country chic,” which started as a joke when we decided to use burlap table runners. However, the idea ended up having a life of its own! We incorporated rustic and elegant details throughout our wedding: mason jars for votives and flowers, bakers twine and clothespins to display family photos, yellow and white striped straws during cocktail hour, and buttons used at every opportunity.
I carried an embroidered handkerchief from Colin’s aunt down the aisle (for my “happy tears” as she said!), and my bouquet was wrapped with a piece of my mother’s wedding dress. One particularly important detail for me: I wore a blue sapphire ring that my grandmother wore on my mother’s wedding day. It was my “something blue.”
Perhaps the most notable personal touch of the day was our officiant. We were married by a close friend of my husband’s family. He has known Colin’s family for decades, and was thrilled to perform our wedding ceremony. He took the time to speak about us as individuals and as a couple, and gave our guests a glimpse into our relationship.
There was so much consideration and attention to detail that went into our wedding. We wanted our personalities to come through in every detail. At the end of the day, I believe that our guests had an intimate experience where they truly saw who we are and what we love.
My favorite memory from the day was during a brief moment alone before the reception. Colin and I snuck away to share a quick kiss right after our ceremony. I was so excited to be married, I raised my arms and said “We’re married!” I loved that moment, and I’m so glad that Ethan captured our excitement in a photograph.
We incorporated lots of family touches throughout the wedding. We displayed family wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day, placed over the fireplace during our reception. We also served Colin’s grandmother’s sweet tea recipe before the ceremony, and cut the cake with Colin’s family’s antique silver cake knife. My parents were married at Jordan Winery in California in 1981, and all of the wine served at our wedding was furnished by Jordan wines as a nod to my parents.
Emily’s advice for other DC-area couples: Just pick what you love! If you keep making decisions based on what you love, everything will come together.
The following Washington, DC area wedding professionals contributed to Emily and Colin’s wedding:
Event Planning: Celebrations Made Simple
Venue and Catering: Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, Virginia
Photography: Ethan Yang Photography
Floral Design: My Wedding Flowers
DJ: DJ on the Side
Cake: Market Salamander
Bridal Attire: Ana Be Bridal Boutique in Denver, Colorado
Photo Credits: Ethan Yang Photography