When you have a Virginia wedding reception setting as lovely as the Belmont Country Club, there’s no denying that romance rules the day! Oh wait, did you see Tracy and John’s outdoor wedding ceremony yet?? Go back and check that out first! With a soft color palette of pewter, blush and peach, a divine floral design and romantic details set the tone for this celebration captured by Birds of a Feather Photography. Tracy and John even gave their guests a taste of the season with their fall-inspired and DIY wedding favors – apple butter. (And if you’re looking to do something similar, check out our DIY apple butter wedding recipe, too!)
From Tracy: My main priorities were the location, the food and our guests experience. Our families live all over the U.S. so we needed a location that wasn’t inconvenient for our guests. And, we wanted our ceremony and reception to be in the same location, so it was easy for everyone. Also, I come from an Italian family, so food was very important; I really think the food and fun make or break an event. And, it helped that our DJ was amazing and he was able to keep everyone dancing all night long!
The only DIY project we attempted was our favors. We decided to go with apple butter to give a little taste of fall and it went with our apple orchard engagement session and signature apple drink.
Tracy’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
If you are a bride-on-a-budget, look at vendors in more rural areas at least 30 miles outside the city of DC. I found that when I did this vendors were able to price less. Also, look for vendors that may work out of their homes, because they don’t have to add additional costs to cover office expenses.
Thank you so much Tracy and John for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Venue: Belmont Country Club
Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography
Floral Design: MelleFleur
Bridal Dress and Veil: LeReve Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair and Makeup: Modern Concepts Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Banks
Linens: BBJ Linens
Cake: Cakes by Carolyn
Lighting and Music: JJDJ Entertainment
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Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather Photography