We’re back for your second dose of fall fabulousness today with Michelle and Mark’s reception from Roberts & Co. Events. (Be sure to check out their bi-lingual wedding ceremony outside.) I love that Michelle always wanted to wear orange wellies for a few fun shots at her wedding, and that she did just that! Once they moved inside, it was more fun with fall and lots of local wine. I don’t often say this, but their cake display may have just been too fantastic to eat – fondant leaves and all!
From Michelle: Since being outdoors is something we love to do so much we wanted a venue where we could get married outside and host our reception that would provide a great plan A and B for any potential inclement weather. We were also looking for something that would feel cozy and almost vineyard like. Sunset Crest Manor was the perfect find for us, we had an amazing outdoor wedding that was private and cozy. On the property there is a manor house which really showed off beautiful architecture and luxury that would be enjoyed by our guest during the cocktail hour. It also has great event space that looks and feels like a barn that has been uprated to host parties and events.
One of my personal favorite details were my orange wellies I bought for our outdoor photo session. For the fall you can never be over prepared for weather. I always had this idea of bright orange wellies to keep me comfortable and dry while taking out outdoor pictures. I love my photos of these.
The escort cards and table “names” were a really fun DIY project that took a long time to make but was well worth it, we felt it displayed the pride of these hard working local wineries that produce some amazing wines we enjoy constantly.
We love wine tasting Virginia wines. So we brought our favorite Virginia wineries to our venue. We featured 4 Virginia wines as part of our bar menu and we named each table at the reception after a particular wine from some of our favorite wineries. Mark has Celiac and because of that he cannot consume gluten. This led us to work directly with Chef Cornell to create a gluten free menu that was a fusion of Latin cuisine and fall flavors/colors, which tied our theme together to this aspect of our wedding. We also brought the outdoors in through our centerpieces and cake and cupcake stands that featured tree trunk bases to display them.
Michelle’s advice to other DC-area couples:
I’m a firm believer that hiring a wedding planner or day of coordinator is an absolute must if your venue doesn’t have one. An event planner can help you stay on budget, get recommendation for vendors and take care of anything you would normally not be aware of, it is their job after all to make your wedding day a beautiful successful and stress free day to remember. Make your wedding about you (the couple) it should reflect your personalities, heritage, and love. This will help you figure out what your priorities are and make sure that your vision and theme reflect you. Finally, enjoy the process and take it all in. Communicate and grow with each other, and the process will be less stressful and much more enjoyable.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Michelle and Mark’s wedding:
Wedding Planning: Roberts & Co. Events
Photographer: Kristi Odom Photography
Venue: Sunset Crest Manor
DJ: Cheryl, Elan–DJ.com
Floral Designer: Affordable Arrangements
Hair: Hair by Diane
Make Up: H&M Artistry with Norma Vidaurre
Caterer: Basikneads Catering
Cupcakes: Hello Cupcake
Cake: Nisha Tiwari, 202-210-3361
Guest Transportation: Dulles Limousine, LLC
Guest Welcome Dinner: Vintage 50
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Photo Credits: Kristi Odom Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights