Riverside on the Potomac is one of the best barn wedding venues in Virginia, and made for the perfect backdrop to Tracey and Davids rustic Virginia wedding. The couple chose to tie the knot in the fall, as it is Tracey’s favorite season. They paired a color story of rich reds, burnt orange, and natural elements like handmade centerpiece wooden boxes that the groom actually made himself! They were married in a catholic ceremony at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Ashburn before having guests join them for dinner and dancing at the reception. The couple infused the ambiance with carefully designed projects to enhance the decor of the barn. We really loved the large fall wreaths and signage on the reception property that helped guide guests to each part of the wedding day.  A gracious thank you to Kelly Ewell Photography for sending us Tracey and Davids rustic fall wedding ceremony and reception!

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From the Bride: I took a piece of my mother, 2 grandmothers, the groom’s mother, 2 grandmothers and his great grandmothers wedding dresses and made a patch which was sewn in the underside of my wedding dress.

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The bride carried a hand tied bouquet from B. Floral design overflowing with rich burgundy dahlias that were sourced from a local dahlia farm in Northern Virginia. The florist mixed the dahlias with scabiosa pods, garden roses, astilbe, and sweetheart roses to create fall texture with rich tones.

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Advice from the couple: The advice we tell everyone is to pick a date to stop all the planning and prep of any new projects. You can get stuck on all those little details. Ours was 2 weeks before the wedding day. We decided if it wasn’t done by then, it’s not necessary. Enjoy the excitement building up to the big day! We also planned well in advance a final “date night” the week before the wedding. We went to our favorite restaurant in the city the Saturday before the weekend.

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The couple loved the laid back atmosphere of Riverside on the Potomac, and wanted guests to feel that they were at a relaxed home party mixed with a traditional wedding. They offered a selection of local and favorite beers along with custom created coozies to double as wedding favors.

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When working with a catering company, couples have the opportunity to custom choose all of the reception linens, place settings, and chairs. Tracey and David worked with DC Rentals through Spilled Milk Catering and chose Lace Cut Base plates and Arctic Damask linens to layer on a crisp white table setting to make the rich florals pop in the center of each table. Each guest was also greeted to their place setting with locally sourced honey and thank you notes to start the reception.

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Main priorities and splurges for the wedding: Lots of dancing! We did not want wallflowers so a good DJ was important, we hired Bruce Pike from Bruce Pike Productions and our dance floor stayed packed. Our biggest splurge was transportation. We provided full transportation to both the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception to ensure our guests could have a good time without worrying about driving.

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Congratulations to Tracey and David! Thank you for sharing your rustic fall Virginia countryside wedding with us!

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

Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Photography: Kelly Ewell Photography
Beauty: SaS Salon
Ceremony Location: St. Theresa Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Riverside on the Potomac
Wedding Planner: Roberts & Co. Events
Hotel Block: Embassy Suites Leesburg
Floral Designer: B. Floral Design
Bridal Gown Salon: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique
DJ: Bruce Pike Productions
Rentals: DC Rental
Cake/Dessert: Mamas Donut Bites
Bridesmaids Attire: Rosalins Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Mens Warhorse
Transportation: KV Limo
Rehearsal Dinner Location: 101 Constitution Avenue
Videography: FOMO Multimedia 

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: Kelly Ewell Photography

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