Welcome back to the second half of Lauren and Troy’s wedding in Virginia. Cozy elegance meets the outdoors in this pretty little fête captured by Stephanie Ascari Photography. (But before you go on, make sure to take a peek at their traditional wedding ceremony first!) With a dreamy neutral color palette, food trucks and plenty o’ apple cider donuts thrown in for good measure, this intimate celebration is definitely a new favorite of mine.

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From Lauren: For the reception venue, I wanted to find a place that was already beautiful and full of character. For me, the Pink House in the Village of Waterford (now a private residence) was immediately that. I loved the terraced gardens and the rustic European furnishings. It was an ideal place to create the comfortable and intimate atmosphere that we desired.

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My mother, who is an incredible gardener, thoughtfully made our guest favors. She hand-stamped little jute drawstring bags and stuffed them full of plant bulbs.

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My husband’s mother was a talented chef and I currently work in a French patisserie in Paris – food is important to us. So, good food was a priority for us and we wanted our guests to have fun too. For that reason, we chose to have a food truck wedding. Our guests enjoyed overflowing Maine lobster rolls and Cape Cod potato chips for dinner. I wanted to give our guests a traditionally upscale ingredient like lobster albeit in a casual form.

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Later in the evening, Matt with Carpe Donuts delighted everyone by making apple cider donuts rolled in cinnamon sugar and serving Italian-style hot chocolate and coffee. I also surprised my husband with a custom cake for us to cut into. It was a chocolate sponge cake with espresso crème and hazelnut frosting decorated with French macarons; the French macarons were a nod to his marriage proposal to me in Paris.

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

Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast a few days before our wedding. Expect that something(s) unexpected will happen and when it does try to be flexible and calmly let some of your details fall away. Remember that your wedding is about a marriage. Also, I highly recommend doing a “first look.” I enjoyed having that special moment for just the two of us and it was also hugely convenient logistically. Further, seeing each other again as I was walking down the aisle was still a completely different special moment.

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Thank you so much Lauren and Troy for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Ceremony Venue: Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church
Officiant: Father Peffley
Reception Venue: Private Residence
Photography: Stephanie Ascari Photography
Floral Design: Rick’s Flowers
Stationery: Style Wonk
Bridal Attire: Watters from Betsey Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Hair: Image Salon and Boutique
Makeup: Blend
Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew
Groom’s Attire: J.Crew
Groom’s Accessories: Burberry
Rentals: Capital Party Rentals
Catering: Red Hook Lobster Pound
Cake: Market Salamander
Donuts: Carpe Donuts
Band: The Honeybirds of Sam Hill Bands

For more vendors, please visit our Washington DC area wedding vendor guide and for even more local ideas visit our wedding inspiration galleries or check out our other Washington DC area real wedding features.

Photo Credits: Stephanie Ascari Photography

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