Today, we are celebrating the elegant and the simple when it comes to weddings in Virginia! Ruta and Erik exchanged vows under a beautiful tent in Mount Vernon, Virginia at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, where they were surrounded by friends, loved ones, and lots of sophisticated wedding details. They chose to not stress about the details of their wedding and let it all unfold naturally and everything turned out beautifully – just as it should! Their Virginia wedding was dripping with chic wedding attire, including, of course, the blushing bride and her bridesmaid wearing a daring and darkly colored bridesmaid dress. The groom and groomsmen donned smart tuxedos to round out the group and all looked dashing and handsome in their wedding day attire. But, sometimes it’s the personal details that matter most in a wedding. In Ruta and Erik’s case, the bride’s bouquet was given a very special and meaningful touch by a dear friend. You’ll have to keep reading to find out what! With colors of blue, white and even pops of silver, the elegance that the couple wanted to surrounded themselves with on their wedding seemed effortless. And with such a stunning wedding ceremony site, little else was needed to dress up the  weddingday before guests headed inside to celebrate, which you’ll see a little later. A big thanks to Washington DC area wedding photographer, Lelia Marie Photography, for sharing Ruta and Erik’s gorgeous Virginia wedding ceremony with us!

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From the bride: We wanted to have an intimate wedding surrounded by our closest friends and family. The celebration of our love was the most important vision in mind. We focused on elegance and simplicity when it came to our wedding style. The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant was a perfect wedding venue for just that. In the summer, besides its historical charm, the Inn is surrounded by a picturesque landscape full of trees, flowers and greenery. Therefore, not much additional décor was needed. Our official wedding colors were majolica blue, warm olive and slate. We tried to stick to these colors throughout our wedding décor, but if other shades of blue, green or silver emerged as we were planning the wedding, we embraced them as well. Most importantly, we made an effort not to stress ourselves by getting wrapped up in the wedding details, but rather worked together and enjoyed the process of planning, which eventually lead to our special day.

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My Nantucket friend made a special touch to my bridal bouquet. She brought green Rue leaves from Nantucket and placed them on my bridal bouquet as green fillers. Rue, or Ruta in Lithuanian, is a national Lithuanian herb symbolizing purity. In old days it was a common tradition in Lithuanian weddings for virgin brides to wear rue at their weddings. Ruta also happens to be my given name.

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The main priority of our wedding was to have a very special celebration to remember. Therefore, we spent time to find a wedding photographer we really liked, who specialized in outdoor wedding photography. It was also very important for us to find a wedding venue within a drivable distance from Washington DC, which had both wedding ceremony and reception sites in one place and served quality food.

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Congratulations to Ruta and Erik!  Thank you for sharing your sweet, tented wedding ceremony with us! Stay tuned, up next we’re sharing their white wedding reception in Mount Vernon with you!

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

Photography: Lelia Marie Photography
Stationery: Vista Print, Wedding Paper Divas, Shutterfly
Floral Designer: Sunshine Gardening Inc.
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Gilda’s Beauty
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals – Syle 9000
Bridal Salon: The Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang tuxedo
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant
Officiant: James Burch
C ake & Favors: Patisserie Poupon
Flowers: Costco + DIY

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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