It was kind of a gloomy, rainy weekend here in the Washington DC area, but today’s featured wedding in Virginia is anything but gloomy, as it is a wedding celebration of bright colors with even bigger smiles! Sarah and David wanted a simple and stress free Washington DC area wedding filled with love and laughter and they got just that! With the help of their wedding planner, Simplicity Events by Johanna, many of their details were taken care off, allowing the couple to relax on their wedding day. Selecting the Airlie Center as their wedding venue, in Warrenton, Virginia, a place where they could hold all of their wedding events in one location, made for easy maneuvering and simple solutions to their big day dilemmas. The groom also got involved in the wedding planning process of this big day, which you know we love! Their wedding color palette of navy blue and bright yellow was selected in part, because blue is David’s favorite color. The colors pop in the indoor wedding ceremony, which was designed with the feeling of a garden inside. The bride and groom looked stunning when they said “I do” as the little ring bearers announced them as husband and wife! A special thanks to their Washington DC area wedding photographer, Lelia Marie Photography, for sharing Sarah and David’s bright and cheerful big day with us!

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From the bride: I wanted our big day to be very simple. I don’t love over the top, crazy fancy events where you feel like you can’t touch anything or you’ll mess it up. I wanted a laid back atmosphere for our wedding that still felt elegant. Blue is our favorite color, so we decided on blue with accents of yellow to brighten the color palette for our spring wedding.

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The most important thing to me for our wedding was my bridal dress. It was really the only thing that I was worried about making a decision on. I wanted to make sure it was perfect. As for everything else, it was a pretty laid back process. i mostly wanted to make sure that my guests would be comfortable and that they would have a great time enjoying the events that weekend. We chose Airlie specifically because they could accommodate all of our guests and and hold our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in the same location.

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We chose to splurge on a beautiful string quartet for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and it made my husband so happy – it was worth it! It really added something extra to have live music for the wedding ceremony. {Editor’s note: Read our recent advice article on having string musicians at your wedding ceremony. } We also splurged on plantable wedding invitations. They were seed paper that you could plant and they grow wild flowers. I know a lot of my wedding guests thought it was very neat and planted them in their spring gardens.

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Congratulations to Sarah and David! Thank you for sharing your navy blue and yellow Virginia wedding with us! Stay tuned, up next you’ll see there playful and preppy wedding reception.

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

Photography: Lelia Marie Photography
Wedding Planner: Simplicity Events by Johanna
Stationery: Staccato
Floral Designer: Shelley’s Floral Enterprise
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Enlightened Styles
Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander
Bridal Salon: Blush Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Jewelry: Swarovski
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group
Bridal Party Accessories: Southern Gates
Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang – Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Caterer: Airlie Center
Ceremony Music: String Attack – MSE Productions
Reception Music: DJ Randy – MSE Productions
Cake/Dessert: Eloise’s Pastries
Favors: Monogrammed Cookies – Eloise’s Pastries
Koozies: Etsy (Christine Meahan)

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: Lelia Marie Photography

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