Does Sarah’s blue lace dress still have you under it’s spell!? Ok, me too! But, now that they have moved to Virginia from their wedding ceremony in DC, let’s check out their reception too, as captured by Megan Evans Photography! It was a casual outdoor celebration, picnic style! Homemade decor and even homemade desserts, I love that this couple had so many talented friends and family members helping them to craft their perfect day.
From Sarah: We knew we wanted a laid-back, fun wedding with great food and drinks. That was our baseline. Because we picked a farmhouse for the reception, we decided on a simple, picnic-type feel. River Farm is the headquarters for the American Horticultural Society and the grounds are just beautiful so we decided to use mason jars and candles for the table centerpieces instead of flowers.
We chose not to have a seated dinner and opted for food stations so guests could come and go and choose to eat at tables on the covered patio or on benches out on the grounds. We also had bocce ball and corn-hole to round out the casual, picnic feel.
My mom’s best friend, my sister, my cousin and I made the mason jar lanterns that we hung from the patio tent and the mason jar candle centerpieces for the tables. Alex made the corn-hole sets and we filled a bookcase in the farmhouse with about 30 different family photos from both sides of our family, some of which were of great, great grandparents!
My favorite memory is sitting on the rocking chairs with Alex on the front porch of River Farm. The photographer was taking pictures of us. I think it was the first time that day that I sat down and felt totally relaxed with my new husband by my side.
Alex’s mom was born and raised in Greece so she made two different Greek desserts for our dessert table and my Dad made our wedding cake. My favorite detail was the cake table and the dessert table. My Dad’s cake surrounded by all the bridesmaids’ flowers and Alex’s Mom’s desserts on display for everyone to enjoy. They worked really hard to do that and it really helped make the wedding unique and special.
Sarah’s advice to other DC-area couples:
There are so many amazing venues to have your reception in the DC-metro area. Spend the time searching for the one that’s going to make you feel like it was made especially for your wedding. Also, throw tradition out the window. Do what you feel like and really make it your wedding. Lastly, let others help you plan the wedding. It is a completely overwhelming experience to plan a big affair like that, especially if you work full time. DELEGATE! I highly recommend getting a wedding planner. It is totally worth the money. They handle all the details and if something goes wrong the day of the wedding, it’s not your problem to worry about it, if you even find out something went wrong at all. We worked with a day-of wedding planner.
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Sarah and Alex’s wedding:
Ceremony Venue: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church
Reception Venue: River Farm
Caterer: Avalon Caterers International
Photographer: Megan Evans Photography
Wedding Planner: Sarah Obenour, Engaging Affairs
Floral Designer: Personal Friend
Reception Music: Bialek Music
Stationery: Amy Chandler Design
Transportation: International Limo
Hair + Makeup: Hair Gallery
Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom by Paris Fashion LLC
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Photo Credits: Megan Evans Photography