We’re kicking off your Monday with a gorgeous wedding in Virginia from The Happy Couple Wedding Photography that is chock full of awesome details! While Evie and Aaron’s french bulldog Gus tried to steal the show, there were many other special elements that gave him a run for his money! I’m particularly in love with the Virginia puzzle piece on Aaron’s boutonniere and the hanging floral arrangements above their very personal ceremony. Can you pick a favorite detail (Don’t forget about their wedding reception, up next!)!? Bet you can’t!
From Evie: I wanted a theme that was truly representative of Aaron and my backgrounds and our unique personalities. I am originally California, but moved to Washington DC at a young age. Aaron spent all of his rearing years in a very small town in South Western Virginia. Just as as marriage is a blend of two worlds, so too, did I want our wedding location and theme to be a blend of our roots. I worked for Marriott at the time of the wedding and came across their only bed and breakfast, The Marriott Ranch. The Marriott family spends Thanksgiving and other holidays on this historic, 7 bedroom, 4200 acre property. It’s stunning yet simplistic. This was the perfect classy, yet rustic venue to blend our unique tastes with Aaron’s Southern roots.
Once we had the rustic-chic theme in place, I took it by storm in every planned detail of the wedding. The theme came together magically with the burlap linens on the tables, the cowboys boots the guests wore at the reception, the floral centerpieces in vintage Mason jars, and the 1931 State of Virginia puzzle piece broach I had made into Aaron’s boutonniere. As for colors, I went with navy blue, and tan (burlap colored) with pops of summer pinks and oranges to spice it up.
Silly as it may sound, our number one priority was to make sure we had a venue that would allow our beloved French Bulldog, Gus, to be a part of our ceremony. He ended up being one of Aaron’s groomsmen. Gus is a member of our family and we wanted to make sure he was able to be a part of our day as well.
Aaron and I do not have a strong organized religion that we adhere to. However we are very spiritual people. Since our guests made up a melting pot of belief systems, we wanted something non-denominational, but still spoke to the importance and gravity of marriage. Prior to my mother’s passing from breast cancer in 2000, she requested a very close, female friend of our family to take a maternal role in my life going forward. Lani has been a strong female voice and a wonderful role model for me as I’ve grown from a teenager to a woman. In remembering my mother on this special day and in keeping with the non-denominational nature of our day, I couldn’t think of a better person to have conducted our ceremony. She carried out our wishes beautifully with a poignant and meaningful service for everyone there.
My favorite memory from the day was sitting in my dress all dolled up with Aaron beside me on the couch with my twin baby nephews in our laps. Our bridal party and immediate family was in this room with us drinking champagne after the ceremony concluded. I was so at peace in that simple moment with them. I couldn’t have thought of a better moment in my life to be marrying my dearest friend and to have all the most darling people in my life surrounding me.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Evie and Aaron’s wedding:
Venue: Marriott Ranch
Photographer: The Happy Couple Wedding Photography
Videographer: Well Spun Weddings Films
Floral Designer: Country Way
Cake: Market Salamander
Officiant: Lanette Graves
DJ: DJ Beach, Sound Cloud
Bridal Attire: Love Couture Bridal
Mens’ Suits: Jos. A Bank
Hair & Make-Up: O’HAIR Salon+Spa
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Photo Credits: The Happy Couple Wedding Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights