We’re back with part two of Meredith and Lewis’ farm wedding from Tracy Timmester Photography at WeatherLea Farm in Loudoun County Virginia. Did you see their laid-back wedding ceremony? They turned the venue’s barn into an elegant reception of blues and greens. Having both lived in China, they incorporated the perfect symbol into their wedding, the symbol for double happiness. They also infused a few fall details and some unbelievable local pies (I speak from experience!).
From Meredith: Both my husband and I have spent time living in China – and we knew that we would be heading back to live in Beijing a year after our wedding – so we wanted to incorporate some elements from China into our celebration. For years, I have been collecting blue and white porcelain jars with the Chinese double happiness symbol painted on the outside. The double happiness symbol is used for wedding decorations in China because it represents the idea that when two people are married their lives are connected and they are doubly happy. The blue and white jars set the tone for our wedding colors: our flowers were blue, white, and green; my bridesmaids wore blue dresses; the groomsmen wore blue sports coats; and we used blue and white plates as accents for dinner and dessert.
Our priorities for the reception were definitely the meal and the music. For our food, we tried to highlight regional cuisine and seasonal items (for example, Maryland rockfish, locally raised beef short ribs, fresh corn, and seasonal roast vegetables). As well, we selected a catering company that followed sustainable practices and sourced locally grown produce. For dessert, we knew we wanted to serve pie, and we found a small, local country store that baked home-made apple and mixed berry pies (in fact, it was our florist’s father who baked the pies!).
Meredith’s advice to other DC-area couples:
Finding a knowledgeable – and locally based – coordinator was indispensable. Laura Ritchie was an amazing resource for my mother and me during the whole planning process – from suggesting vendors to finding creative extra touches for our venue – and it would have been extremely difficult to pull everything together in a unique venue without Laura and her team.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Meredith and Lewis’ wedding:
Venue: WeatherLea Farm
Wedding Coordinator: Laura Ritchie, Events in the City
Photographer: Tracy Timmester Photography
Floral Designer: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Band: Naked Mountain Boys
Reception Band: ‘Round Midnight
Rentals: DC Rental
Wedding Stationery: Dandelion Patch
Wedding Attire: Mariella’s Creations
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nuova Vita
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Photo Credits: Tracy Timmester Photography