I know I wasn’t the only little girl dreaming of the ultimate fairytale wedding, am I right? A ballgown wedding dress, a horse-drawn carriage and, of course, a handsome Prince Charming by your side. Well, today we have a (double!) treat for the fairytale lovers! Cristina and Pedro’s wedding in Virginia truly encompassed every magical element of a fairytale wedding and more! We not only have video of this vineyard affair from Thomas Bowen Films, but also the gorgeous photography from Kristi Odom to share as well! Prepare yourself!

If you have any trouble viewing the video, you can find the link right here.

From Cristina: Our wedding was what you expect a fairytale wedding to be including a horse drawn carriage with a volumes dress, except, it was spiced up with lots of personality and not in a ballroom with heavy drapery and over sized chandlers. We had a fall wedding, but didn’t want to fall into the traditional color scheme of browns, oranges and burgundy. I love bold colors so we had French Navy and Mustard Yellow as our colors.  I didn’t force our colors on the day. If our colors didn’t fit, I picked something else.  For example, my bouquet was filled with dahlias, which come in a soft pink and I loved it. I didn’t want my bouquet to be white like my dress and blend in.


My mom’s gift to us was a horse and carriage. We got out of the limo and in front of the vineyard was the horse and carriage. I just about fell over. It was the perfect compliment to our fairytale wedding. We road all around the vineyard together. It was the only time that we had alone (aside from when our photographer was snapping away pictures with us) that we could really enjoy the moment. As jam packed as the day was, I was happy we got a little time just the two of us to enjoy the moment.

Cristina’s advice to DC-area couples: The first advice I always give people is: get a wedding planner. I had the pleasure of working with Laura Ritchie from Events in the City. When you break down all her hard work of planning, organizing and eliminating stress, her cost was minimal. She kept me on budget and even helped me save money. I found the best way to stay on budget was create a list of top 3 most important things, not 4 or 5…just 3. For example, our three were:  venue hours, photography and catering. Other things were less important to me, so I couldn’t justify paying more than what I had budgeted for it if it didn’t fall in our price range.

The following Washington, D.C. area wedding vendors contributed to Cristina and Pedro’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue: St. Leo the Great Church
Reception Venue: Morais Vineyard
Photography: Kristi Odom Photography
Videography: Thomas Bowen Films
Planning, Coordination & Design: Events in the City
Caterer: Columbus Grill
Transportation: Chariots For Hire
Floral Design: Brookhill Florist
DJ: Ricky Fernandez
Hair: Elegant Hair by Giselle
Makeup: Faces by SAM

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: Kristi Odom Photography : Video Credits: Thomas Bowen Films

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