After Nicole and Rudy’s sweet and fun outdoor wedding ceremony from Kristen Gardner Photography their reception kicked off with a “mint for each other” mojito bar. As guests entered the intimate reception, they were greeted with a perfectly rustic-meets-elegant seating chart, calligraphed on an old window. And at the end of the night, they left with a sweet sendoff — red velvet whoopie pies. Yum!

Weddings at Whitehall Manor Whitehall Manor Bride and Groom

From Nicole: We wanted our wedding to be a “relaxed rustic” party!

Whitehall Manor Virginia Wedding Reception Venue Window Pane Wedding Seating Chart

Window Seating Chart for Weddings

Wedding Mojitos

Chalkboard Wedding Bar Sign

Green and White Weddings

Eat Drink and Be Married Cocktail Napkins

White Hydrangea Centerpieces

Simple Green and White Wedding Decor Green and White Tiered Wedding Cake

Virginia Wedding First Dance

Virginia Wedding Speeches

Nicole’s advice to other DC-area couples:

I think my only advice would be keep calm and carry on- and hire a day of coordinator! It was 100% worth the money. Who wants to set up their own reception?! I used Wedding Wire reviews like they were a rule book of who you can and can’t trust! I feel like I had the most amazing vendors, and it is because of that research that we had them. Also, try to enjoy those small details at your wedding that you thought were just SO important to have!

Whoopie Pie Wedding Favors

 The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Nicole and Rudy’s wedding:

Venue: Whitehall Manor
Photography: Kristen Gardner Photography
Wedding Planner: Kelley Cannon Events
Floral Designer: Twinbrook Florist
Ceremony Music: Gracenotes
DJ: Everything Entertainment
Cake: Cake Dreams
Desserts: French Confection
Hair: KC Felton
Makeup: Le Mariee
Dress: Love Couture Bridal
Suits: Men’s Warehouse

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: Kristen Gardner Photography

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