Happy Tuesday! Paulette and Matthew were married in Virginia…on a farm! Between the animals roaming around, wildflowers everywhere, and strawberry shortcake for dessert, I’m not sure what I love more!? Red Shoes Photography was there to capture the beauty and joy of Paulette and Matt’s wedding. Also, if you are thinking about DIY-ing your flowers, then you’ll want to take note of Paulette’s work! She and her family came together at a local floral farm to arrange their flowers themselves! I must say, I’m impressed! She also has lots of great tips for how she and Matthew saved money and personalized their wedding!
From Paulette: We wanted our wedding to feel like a little peek into our life on the weekends – unfussy, casual and incorporating the outdoors. Matt and I got engaged in an old farm house and hope to own a farm of our own one day, so after seeing a venue with an old barn, it felt like the perfect backdrop. I loved the idea of the contrast between things like century old wood and silver platters.
From Paulette: Just down the road from our wedding venue, there was a pick-your-own-flower farm. We decided to skip professional flowers and do them ourselves. My mom and a few friends came with me to pick buckets of flowers and help arrange them the day before the wedding. They came out beautifully, were a perfect match for the venue and it was such a fun afternoon with my friends. We spent about $100 on the 15 arrangements that hung along the aisle and I was thrilled with them. My mom bought geraniums and covered the pots in burlap and ribbon for table centerpieces, another $100.
From Paulette: Our friends and family came up with a ton of thoughtful touches, many of them were surprises that day. Our good friend’s bluegrass band, Big Chimney played during the ceremony – we go to their concerts any time they are in town, and had our first date at a fiddle festival, so it was a special touch for us.
From Paulette: My favorite and most distinct memory of the day was walking down the aisle, looking at our family, friends and Matt and feeling more love and joy directed at me than I had ever felt in my life. It was overwhelming and deeply moving. I remember every second of the ceremony, we had written our own vows and it was a bit less traditional – we incorporated friends and family that represented friendship, family, parenthood and our hopes to live a purposeful life together. I had hoped that our ceremony would represent us, feel personal and unique, and I so enjoyed watching it unfold with Matt.
Thank you so much Paulette and Matthew for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! Don’t forget to come back in a little bit to see their reception. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Venue: WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard
Officiant: Malcolm Baldwin
Ceremony Music: Big Chimney
Photography: Red Shoes Photography
Wedding Planner: Marygrace Galston
Stationery: A la Carte Studio
Hair & Makeup: Immortal Beloved (Lauren)
Bride’s Dress: JLM Couture from Adrienne’s Bridal
Headpiece: Lisa Shaub
Bride’s Jewelry: Borrowed from mother
Groom’s Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke Custom Tailor
Groom’s Shoes: RM Williams
Rentals: Select Event Rentals
Catering: Grandale Farm
Cake: Cowbell Kitchen
Reception Music: A friend was DJ, music choices were Paulette & Matthew’s
Sound for Ceremony & Reception: Avivia Rentals
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Photo Credits: Red Shoes Photography
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