As the weather starts to warm up here in the Washington DC area, I’m starting to miss the crisp, cool days of autumn (I know, I know we just got through the worst winter ever!), and Valerie and Jason’s vineyard wedding in Virginia just may have triggered those nostalgic feelings! Did you see their outdoor wedding ceremony at the vineyard?? Be sure to check that out first. The crisp colors, captured by Brett Simpson Photography, warm me right up, and I just love the idea of making homemade strawberry jam favors for your guests. (And if you’re planning on making jam favors, be sure to check out our free printable wedding favor jar labels!)

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From Valerie: The reception hall was a converted barn on a mountainside overlooking a beautiful valley and vineyard. The decorations incorporated a rustic charm to accentuate the colors of fall and the vineyard we were apart of.

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Some of our handmade and personal details included sunglasses on each ceremony seat with tags saying “Don’t be blinded by our love 10.19.13”, 4-ounce jars of strawberry jam at each place setting made by me with tags reading “Jammed packed with Love”, and glow sticks on the dance floor for the guest to enjoy next to a sign which read “You lite up our day now light up our night.”

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Our signature drink was a hot or cold apple cider spiked with rum named the “Mason Dixon” due to the fact that the groom’s family was from the north and the bride’s from the south.

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Valerie’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:

Take time for yourselves! Your wedding day is all about the two of you as a couple, make sure you get what you want from it, the wedding process can be stressful at times but at the end of the day you are marrying the one you love. Your engagement will fly by no matter how long it is and your wedding day will be over before you know it. Take the time to cherish these moments and enjoy your new life as husband and wife

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Thank you so much Valerie and Jason for sharing your wedding ceremony with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Bluemont Vineyard
Officiant: Barry Bryson
Day-Of Event Décor: Kathleen of Elegant Momentz
Day-Of Coordination: Genevieve of Bluemont Vineyard
Photography: Brett Simpson Photography
Videography: Villatoro Productions
Stationery: Magnet Street
Floral Design: Affordable Arrangements
Bridal Attire: Ava Laurénne Bride
Headpiece: Etsy
Hair: Krystal of Bridal Beauty Associates
Makeup: Beauty by Sue
Bridesmaids Attire: WToo from Ann’s Boutique
Groom and Groomsmen Attire + Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
Music: Black Tie Entertainment
Catering: Savoir Fare Limited
Dessert: Sugardust Cookies & Cake
Favors: DIY
Transportation: Virginia Rides

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Photo Credit: Brett Simpson Photography

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