We’re back with part two of Marija and Mike’s fall wedding. Check out their church ceremony if you missed it, then head with us to a private estate for a reception filled with handmade details (like those skeleton key escort cards!), Italian flair and a little bit of cake smashing. It goes without saying this group had fun celebrating such a beautiful wedding, so much so that they didn’t even notice when the guests of honor snuck away for a few private photo ops with Deb Lindsey Photography after dinner!
From Marija: I had always envisioned my wedding would be very romantic with a rustic twist. I wanted a lot of candle light, Frank Sinatra playing in a beautiful garden where we would serve hor d’oeuvres, and an old manor as the back drop to our tented reception. I pictured deep eggplant colors complimented by champagne, ivory, and green accents. When I got engaged to my husband Mike, who is from Italian decent, I had so much fun brainstorming on how I could maintain my vision yet add an Italian flair to the evening. When we went to visit Stoke, a historic estate in Middleburg, VA, we absolutely fell in love. It was everything I had imagined, and the gorgeous pergola that covered the walkways by the garden reminded us of our travels in Tuscany, and sealed the deal. The pergola was covered in vines and twinkling lights with huge columns on either side of the walkway. It looked like a fairytale.
For the reception at Stoke, we had all of the pathways and stone walls lined with torches, lights in the trees and bushes, and large candle centerpieces on half of the tables, with the remaining tables displaying floral centerpieces that matched the colors in the bouquets. All of the tables were named after trees native to Virginia, such as sycamore and chestnut, and they were all marked by cards with an antique look.
Shortly after dinner had ended, we decided to throw in some Italian tradition by having a sambuca toast. It was so unique and fun. The staff passed out shot glasses containing sambuca and three coffee beans that symbolized health, happiness, and prosperity.
My favorite detail was the overall ambiance created by the reception site. The rustic feel that the old manor house provided, along with the boxwood garden and candle light throughout the property provided the romantic feel I was looking for on our big day. And one of my favorite memories of my wedding is when our photographer, Deb Lindsey, stole us away after dinner for some romantic pictures in the pergola. I remember looking into the tent to find that not a single person was sitting down. Everyone was having so much fun, and dancing the night away!
Marija’s advice to other DC-area couples:
My biggest piece of advice (though easier said than done) would be to not over think every little detail and stress too much over your big day. Sometimes it really helped when we would take a step back and remember what the day was really about.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Marija and Mike’s wedding:
Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church
Reception Venue: Stoke Farm (private family estate)
Caterer: Six Star Catering
Floral Designer: Country Way
Photographer: Deb Lindsey Photography
Bakery: Hollin Hall Pastry Shop
Band: The Venture Rays
Calligrapher: Lettering by Lynne
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Photo Credits: Deb Lindsey Photography
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