You know that we are usually all about the big city weddings here in DC, but not today! I hope that you are ready to get your rustic on, because we are headed to the deep forest for a super special wedding in rural Virginia! Mary Beth and Chris had a camp wedding in rural Orkney Springs, Virginia where the pair exchanged wedding vows and the bride had attended summer camp as a kid! Thus, this rustic Washington DC area wedding became a chic country wedding – something the couple inspired to create using bright colors (like yellow!) and all the woods around them. The wedding location, Shrine Mont, was home to both their wedding ceremony and reception, and luckily the rain parted just in time for the pair to say “I do” outdoors in the forest! The pair incorporated lots of personal touches, including a shout out to for having connected them on their journey together. Just as fun are all of the rustic wedding details throughout the wedding day, my favorite being the baby’s breath down the wedding ceremony aisle and the bride’s beautiful lace wedding dressA special thanks to their photographer, Holland Photo Arts, and Washington DC area wedding planner, Bellwether Events, for sharing Mary Beth and Chris’ country wedding with us!


From the bride: We wanted to share our wedding day with the people we love at the place we love! We had a traditional wedding ceremony at the outdoor shrine (chapel) at Shrine Mont, the Retreat and Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, in Orkney Springs, VA, where the bride attended summer camp as a child. This setting inspired a “colorful sophisticated country” vision for our special day.

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The bride’s grandmother passed away shortly after we got engaged. We incorporated her favorite flower, gardenia, into the bridal bouquet and wrapped the bouquet in her handkerchief.

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It was sprinkling rain throughout the wedding day, and we weren’t 100% sure we’d be able to have our wedding ceremony outside in the chapel as planned. We decided to proceed as planned, and just as I started to walk down the aisle and saw Chris for the first time, the rain stopped completely.

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Congratulations to Mary Beth and Chris!  Thank you for sharing your Virginia camp wedding ceremony with us!  Stay tuned for their rustic and colorful wedding reception up next!

The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photography: Holland Photo Arts
Videographer: Ian’s Creations
Wedding Planner + Design: Bellwether Events
Stationery: William Arthur
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Shrine Mont
Caterer: Harvest Moon
Florals: Countrypolitan Mercantile (no longer doing events)
Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau
Bridal Salon: Hitched
Officiant: The Rev. Ann Gillespie & The Rev. Gail Epes
Ceremony Music: Mr. Jason Abel
Linens: La Tavola
Band: Walrus
Cake: Cakes by Rachel
Lighting: Blue Ridge Lighting

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

Photo Credits: Holland Photo Arts

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