Surprise! We are back with part two of Christie and Jeremiah’s winery wedding in Virginia! Yes, Christie, you get two features on your beautiful wedding! (Remember that this sweet groom is surprising his beautiful bride with today’s real wedding feature!) Christie and Jeremiah wed at a stunning outdoor vineyard wedding ceremony at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA. In case you missed it, click here to see more of their wedding ceremony after the skies parted and stopped the rain! Once the knot was tied, their wedding guests and wedding party headed to a cocktail hour to enjoy a family fun round of corn hole before moving inside of the barn for their rustic vineyard wedding reception. Their celebration was filled with personal wedding details, like DIY mason jar wedding favors, and nods to their faith throughout on custom signs. Of course there were winery details as well, like cute escort cards cut into wine bottle corks for their wedding guests to find their table assignments. My favorite personal touch? The groom tossing her wedding garter from he barn’s second story window with it wrapped around a football! What a fun idea and we’re pretty sure the guys loved it too! Instead of a big wedding cake, the wedding night ended with a sweet treat food truck that rolled up to serve their guests. A special thanks to Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography and team for sharing Christie and Jeremiah’s Virginia winery wedding with us!
From the groom: Well, my number one wedding priority was to marry the love of my life and make sure that everyone of our guests knew how amazing our love for one another was! In addition to that, our other main wedding priorities were to have a welcoming, relaxing and intimate wedding with our closest family and friends. We know at times it can be hard for some guests to loosen up at weddings, so we tried our best to have a very laid back and stress free environment filled with lots of love. Lastly, as I met Christie at church in Virginia back in 2013, we made it a priority for our wedding guests to know how much our faith means to us and our family.
My wife and I had a lot of personal touches at our wedding that we either made together or had some of our friends help us with. To name a few, we created a bio board out of old windows that gave a background on the wedding party and our relationship to them, which the guests loved. We also had one of our friends help us build a wooden cross that we put behind the alter, which really brought a personal touch to our wedding as our Christian faith is what really brought us together. We also built a corn hole set out of scratch from Home Depot, which was a lot of fun to design. Lastly, we made mason jar cookie favors that consisted of the dry ingredients for cookie dough, so the guests could take something sweat home. Instead of a lavish cake, we had a Sweet FROG truck for dessert!
Advice from the groom to other Washington DC area couples:
Enjoy the wedding planning process as much as you can. Don’t stress on the little petty details. Your guests are there to celebrate your ceremony and wedding, not how perfectly everything times up or looks. At the end of the day you’re there to say, “I do” to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and that’s all that matters.
I am surprised at how fast it all really goes. Don’t take anything for granted, enjoy every single moment you get with your spouse, family and friends on your special day.
Congratulations to Christie and Jeremiah! Thank you for sharing your beautifully rustic vineyard wedding reception with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography
Second Photographers: Bethany Drawbaugh and Virgil Stephens
Transportation: United Bus Charter
Bridal Shoes: TOMS
Headpiece/Veil: Megan Lurty via Etsy (Flower Crown)
Groomsmen Attire: OWNONLY CUSTOM SUITS
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Stone Tower Winery
Officiant: Pastor Karl Records
Ceremony Music: Dustin Wharton
Caterer: Food 4 Thought Catering
Reception Music: DJ Lauren Bobby
Dessert Food Truck: Sweet FROG
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Photo Credits: Nancy Anderson Cordell Photography
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