With the chill of winter in the air, I am all about the autumn warmth of Erin and Daniel’s wedding in Virginia. (But before you go on, I insist you check out their outdoor wedding ceremony first!) It’s chock-full of rustic details from the DIY burlap pockets for utensils to the to the wood chargers crafted for each place setting. You’ll be pinning these pretty images from their Bluemont Vineyard wedding to your Pinterest board all afternoon—I promise! Cynthia Shipp Photography snapped up all the goodies and you can see it all right here…
From Erin: When we were planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted it to be a fun and care free. We wanted to balance a timeless elegant feel befitting a wedding with the openhearted love and joy that Dan and I feel when we are together. We had to make decisions about where we wanted to spend our money and where we wanted to DIY. We chose to splurge on food and drink.
In addition to the yummy wedding cake, we also had a dessert table filled with desserts baked by our family in honor of our Italian heritage including three recipes passed down from departed loved ones – Italian Sesame Cookies for my Great-Grandmother, Pizzelle Cookies for Dan’s Grandmother, and Cannoli for my Grandmother & Grandfather. Fittingly, we also used our dessert table to display wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents.
Each place setting had a burlap silverware pocket that was sewn by my mother and accented with lace and ribbon that matched the invitations. And the wood chargers used in the center pieces were hand crafted by the Daniel’s father.
Erin’s wedding planning advice for other DC-area couples:
One of the best things about our wedding was the individuality we put into it. Together with our vendors we were able to put together a memorable day unique to us that all our guests seemed to enjoy wholeheartedly. We would encourage any couple planning their wedding to make the day their own. There are lots of traditions, lots of obligations, and lots of feedback whether you want it or not, but in the end, the day is a representation of the bride and groom and should express their love and life together. People left our wedding smiling and saying, “that was so Dan and Erin.” What more could we have wanted?
Thank you so much Erin and Daniel for sharing your wedding reception with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Venue: Bluemont Vineyard
Officiant: Rev. Regina Maria Cross
Photographer: Cynthia Shipp Photography
Videographer: David Wardrick
Floral Design: Country Way
Invitations: DIY and printed at Athletic House
Bridal Attire: Allure Bridals from Posh Bridal
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Veil: USA Bride
Jewelry: Colonial Jewelers
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Fink Inc.
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Posh Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Posh Bridal
Ceremony Music: Anita Hartsock
Catering: Savoir Fare Limited
Cake: Sugardust Cookies & Cake
Transportation: A Touch of Class Limousines
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 Credit: Cynthia Shipp Photography