Megan and Zach’s Virginia wedding from Marcella Treybig Photography takes handmade to an entirely new level. With the bride being a graphic designer and the groom a chef, you know this is going to be a beautifully crafted day! They carried their appreciation for handcrafts and the natural world throughout the day, from their stationery to their tree planting ceremony. I’ll let Megan divulge the rest of the handiwork that went into their day, and this is just part one!

Bouquets and Shoes

From Megan: During the planning process, I referred to our theme as “artisanal romance.” The entire wedding was an evolutionary process. Going after a rustic look and feel, I initially wanted to have the wedding in a barn (I had a dream about this with strung lights and all). But as things go, it didn’t work out. Whitehall Manor proved to be the right fit for our timeline, guests and budget. I suppose the only initial idea I had that truly made it through was that I wore red cowgirl boots, which inspired the red accents in our palette.

Red Wedding Bouquets Personalized Wedding Dress

My favorite memory has to be the last few minutes before it all began, looking out onto the ceremony site from the bridal room window to see all of the friends and family from throughout our lives filling the chairs. I remember wondering out loud what Zach was thinking, standing up there at the altar, but just out of my line of sight. I was a bundle of nerves and emotion, but it was a magical feeling.

Virginia Bride Getting Ready

Whitehall Manor Wedding Ceremony

Whitehall Manor Wedding Ceremonies

Using the pear tree metaphor, we infused our appreciation for the natural world and the fact that we both make things with our hands, into our wedding. Zach is a chef. And as a graphic designer, I’m very interested in all forms of media. I used everything from paper and stitch to letterpress to stop-motion animation, to convey who we are as individuals and as a couple. Beginning with the Save the Date, we introduced the “We make a great pair” metaphor with a stop motion animation, where we stood in front of a chalkboard drawing of the tree and tossed things representing who we are onto its branches. At the end of the video we grow a pear in our hands and hang it on the tree.

(Check out their save-the-date video right here! )

Creative Wedding Invitation

The invitations came next, and were a combination of paste paper and letterpress printing on plantable seed paper. I created a design inspired by Victorian era posters and worked with Porridge Papers to have it letterpressed on handmade paper filled with various herb seeds.

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Wedding Direction Sign

Hanging Ceremony Decor Outdoor Whitehall Manor Wedding Ceremony

Here Comes the Bride Sign

Whitehall Manor Tree Planting Wedding Ceremony

Unique Tree Planting Ceremony

During the ceremony, we planted a bay laurel tree to stand as our ritual. Besides being a reference to our culinary and locavore interests, this also served as a symbol of the cultivation of our relationship, and the future growth we anticipate.

Virginia Tree planting Ceremony Tree Planting Ceremony

Tree Planting Ceremony in Virginia

Whitehall Manor Wedding Tree Planting Ceremony Tree Planting Wedding Ceremony

Our most favored detail is probably a tie between our bay tree and the writing of our vows. Our little bay is a warm reminder of how far we’ve come, and also that we have a lot of growing to do. Our vows were very personal and surprisingly similar. Writing vows is stressful. We both wanted to get them just right. But the challenge was worth it in the end.

Red and White Wedding Ceremony

Whitehall Manor Wedding Ceremony in Virginia

Whitehall Manor Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Navy and Red Bridesmaid Attire

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Megan and Zach’s wedding:

Venue: Historic Whitehall Manor
Photography: Marcella Treybig Photography
Videography: Bella Bride Films
Floral Designer: Affordable Arrangements
Officiant: Bill Cochran, Say I Do Your Way
DJ: Randy Platts, MSE Productions
Dress: Liancarlo, purchased at Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan
Transportation: Point to Point

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Photo Credits: Marcella Treybig Photography

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