From the brides delicate Modern Trousseau bridal gown, to the bright cheery coral and peach bouquet, we immediately smiled when we first saw today’s Virginia real wedding. Andrea and Jeremy were married last spring at The Woodlands at Algonkian, with a large emphasis on creating a meaningful and loving ceremony that combined their two faiths. Jeremy was raised Jewish and the bride Christian, so they wanted an inclusive interfaith wedding ceremony that honored both of their upbringings and families. The couple decided to take a course with the Interfaith Families Project that was led by the officiant, Reverend Julia Jarvis, as well as by Rabbi Harold White. They spent time selecting different traditions for their ceremony, including signing a Ketubah beforehand and a rose ceremony with the mothers to include both families within the program. Fortunately, the weather held out allowing for an outdoor ceremony, but the skies opened up during cocktail hour. The couple embraced the rain and ventured out for fun photos on the grounds (always remember to have an umbrella handy if the weather is dicey)! We loved the personal details intertwined in the reception including hand painted table numbers, scripted escort cards, and a delicious gluten free wedding cake. Thank you to Kristen Gardner Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!
From the Bride: I wore jewelry that was meaningful to me. For the ceremony I wore a pearl necklace Jeremy had given to me and pearl earrings I had gotten in Hawaii. On my wrist I wore a bracelet given to me by my aunt, another from my grandmother, and a third was borrowed from my bridesmaid. During the reception, I switched out my earrings and necklace for more bling, which were gifts from my mom, her sisters, and my grandmother.
I never thought I would want a veil, and yet I ended up with a floor length veil and I LOVED it. When wedding dress shopping, try things on- even if it’s just to appease your mom! (She was the one who wanted the veil to start with!) Dress shopping wasn’t easy for me, but I found a beautiful dress from Hitched. I had an “almost” dress first, and people were very complimentary, but when I showed them pictures of the dress from Hitched, everyone raved about it and said, “That is so you!” My advice is to go with whatever is “so you.”
We spent time selecting different traditions for our ceremony as well as deciding on our vows. My father walked me down the aisle to “It’s a Wonderful World.” Originally, he had wanted that to be our father-daughter dance song — but Jeremy had wanted it to be our first dance song and they both told me that on the same day! This way, I was able to share that song with both of them to begin the ceremony.
We included a chuppah, a gift from Jeremy’s parents, under which we were married as well as a ketubah. We did a rose ceremony where our mothers came forward to give us each a rose, which we then put into a shared vase to represent our families being joined. My mom also sang the song “More” during the ceremony, which is a song she would sing to me as she tucked me into bed at night as a little girl. We had two readings during the ceremony, a passage from the Song of Solomon from the Bible, and a native American blessing. We concluded the ceremony with a prayer, a kiss, and a cheer of “Mazel Tov!”
Did you have a hashtag? #times36infinities
The idea of “36 infinities” comes from a joining of two things that happened when we first started dating. During our very first in-person conversation we discovered we lived on the same street — 36th Street! Unbelievably, we were easily no more than a five minute walk from each other. Yep, it took the Internet for me to meet “the boy next door.” So, the number 36 is significant for us. Secondly, the summer we began dating AT&T aired a commercial with kids getting interviewed and one of the kids answers “infinity PLUS infinity!” and the host replied something like, “No! Infinity TIMES infinity.Obviously “I love YOU more” wasn’t going to cut it anymore and we started adding some version of “times infinity” at the end. At least our hashtag isn’t titled: #timesinfinitytotheinfinitithpowerinfinitytimes!
Personal touches: As an artist, I painted the flowers on our wedding invitation suite and on our programs. My mom, also an artist, painted each of the table numbers on little canvases. I also hand lettered and painted each of the place cards as well as the menu. My mom created an alternative guestbook by constructing a “wishing tree” by hand where guests could write and hang advice or wishes for us on its branches.
Advice from the couple: I recommend hiring a wedding planner! I am a very organized person, so the idea of planning a wedding seemed totally doable for me. And, logistically, it was. However, a wedding planner can also help manage unanticipated aspects and deal with vendors. Even without a planner, I found our print shop Paper Source, live musician Chris Wyton, bakery The Happy Tart, wedding dress boutique Htiched, and photographer Kristen Gardner to be professionals of the highest caliber and couldn’t recommend them enough!
Congratulations to Andrea and Jeremy! Thank you for sharing your cheery spring Virginia wedding with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Kristen Gardner
Stationery: Paper Source and Bride
Floral Designer: Petals and Promises
Makeup Artist: The Makeup Chic
Bride’s Attire: Modern Trousseau
Bridal Shop: Hitched
Jewelry: Ali Christine Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Vineyard Vines
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Woodlands at Algonkian
Officiant: Reverend Julia Jarvis
Ceremony Music: Chris Wyton
Catering: Blue Heron Catering
Cake: Happy Tart Bakery
Honeymoon Location: Hawaii
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Photo Credits: Kristen Gardner Photography