After the I Do’s at their Virginia wedding ceremony were said and done, Beth and Aaron’s reception from Carley Rehberg Photography, kicked off with the groom’s famous lemonade (spiked this time!), and that wasn’t the only handcrafted specialty in the room! I’ll let Beth explain the ins and outs of their DIY details below, but let’s just say many friends and family members lent their talents and specialties to the day! I’m particularly fond of the favors, boxes filled with homemade treats. You know I love a good, edible favor. But before the favors were passed, guests enjoyed the vintage decor, the Southern inspired menu and, of course, celebrating the beginning of these newlywed’s future!
One of my favorite memories from the day is the preparation for the wedding. I stayed in one of Stevenson Ridge’s cottages the night before the wedding. The morning of the wedding, I had my parents, bridesmaids, future mother-in-law, and a few friends all there helping me with last minute projects – the house was a flurry of activity – from making table arrangements to filling the names in the chalkboard seating chart – and I loved every minute of it. It meant so much to have all these people I loved in one room and working so hard to help me have a lovely day.
Aaron is from Virginia and I’ve always loved all things Southern, so we decided to have a bit of a vintage, Southern feel to the wedding. The dinner menu included strawberry salad, pulled pork sliders, smoked brisket, mac and cheese and cornbread. Aaron is known for his homemade lemonade, so he made a giant batch and we spiked it with vodka as one of our two signature drinks (for the second, I made mint julep sweet tea, but the lemonade was definitely the show stopper!) We also had a Virginia Tech groom’s cake in honor of Aaron’s alma mater.
There are so many aspects I love about our table arrangements – the aqua mason jars and vintage books I collected, the flower arrangements my bridesmaids put together the morning of the wedding, the bakery box favors filled with goodies my mom made in the days leading up to the wedding and the burlap table runners my future mother-in-law sewed for me (she even made me a special one with ruffles for the head table, which I stamped with my new monogram and intend to keep).
Beth’s advice to other DC-area couples:
Create a schedule for yourself so you slowly accomplish all the tasks you need to leading up to the day. We got all the big stuff done fairly early, but for the rest of the details, I’d stress myself out worrying about accomplishing them without having a set plan to finish them. Aaron really helped me the last month or two by writing out a weekly schedule of what needed to get done that week. Don’t be afraid to look outside of DC for your wedding venue – your family and friends are coming to support and celebrate with you and probably won’t mind a day trip to do so. If I hadn’t, I never would have found Stevenson Ridge.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Beth and Aaron’s wedding:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Stevenson Ridge
Caterer: Caroline Street Catering
Photographer: Carley Rehberg Photography
Wedding Party Flowers: Sugar Magnolias
Ceremony + Reception Flowers: DIY by Family and Friends
Officiant: Pastor Shawn Smith, Hartwood Presbyterian Church
Ceremony Violinist: Megan Bevill
DJ | Bryan Small
Beer: Blue and Gray Brewing Company
Cake: Simply Sweet
Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Saunders
Invitations: Designed by the Bride
Bride’s Dress: Watters, purchased at Ann’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Tommy Hilfiger
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Photo Credits: Carley Rehberg Photography