Petar and Rebecca’s love story began as work colleagues when they worked at McFadden’s Bar in downtown DC over 7 years ago. He had just moved to the DC area from South Carolina, and the bride decided to put down roots in the city after attending the University of Maryland. Ever since their courtship began they have been pretty much inseparable! They wanted to bring a little of the groom’s southern charm to a Virginia vineyard wedding location as well as making it as comfortable and enjoyable to their guests as possible. The couple fell in love with Early Mountain Vineyard in Charlottesville as soon as they saw it. One thing that really stood out to them was that they could have a beautiful ceremony location either using their indoor or outdoor garden space, which came into play given the wedding day weather plans! They had a friend officiate the ceremony, incorporated a variety of unique food stations for a more casual dinner, and infused a rustic chic décor element to the reception to keep the day feeling personal. The couple worked with the fabulous planning team at A. Dominick Events when designing their wedding and they added personal touches throughout including a “meant to bee” theme with mini honey favors for guests that came from the bride’s family bee hives. We loved the way they incorporated a rustic atmosphere within their reception with a mixture of farm tables and rounds complimented by loosely textured florals and wine bottle table numbers. Thank you to A. Dominick Events for sharing this charming wedding with us!

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From the Bride: “I knew for a while that I wanted to get married at a vineyard. We fell in love with Early Mountain the second we saw it and I wanted to incorporate the winery theme into our wedding. My favorite color is purple and I thought this would be a great fit for a fall winery wedding, so I had my bridesmaid’s choose dresses in shades of purple and the groomsmen wore dark grey to match. Petar is from Charleston, SC and we wanted to bring some southern charm to our wedding with a touch of rustic elegance. We also used the theme “meant to bee” throughout our wedding, in the invitations, signage and favors.”

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“Don’t stress about the weather! Easier said then done, trust me. Our wedding forecast was 100% rain. I was upset about it the whole week leading up to the big day. When we woke up, there were clouds which eventually turned to sun and we were able to get ALL of our pictures outside, exactly how we wanted it. Everything ends up working out, even if it’s hard to see it in the moment.”

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“Etsy and Pinterest were my best friends! Every unique detail that I brought to life came from inspiration that I found on Pinterest.”

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“My favorite memory is walking into the reception room with Petar before anyone else got to see it. It looked absolutely amazing, exactly what we had pictured. I think both of our mouths dropped to the floor. I remember kissing and being so excited – ready to enjoy our party!”

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“Our good friend made our invitation suite for us, as well as all of the signage throughout our wedding. This really added a personal touch because she’s been there since the beginning of our relationship. She’s an amazingly talented designer and we were so happy with the result. She created a really unique feel to our wedding that we will never forget. Going along with our “meant to bee” theme, my parents hand filled mini honey bears with honey straight from their bee hives. They were the cutest favors!”

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“One of the main priorities for our wedding was the food. We are not a “formal” couple, and have never been a fan of plated sit down dinners. We wanted to incorporate our style into our wedding and chose to do a station reception. We definitely splurged on the food and it was worth every penny. People are still telling us it’s the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding!”

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Tips from the couple: “Hire a planner! I am a very organized person in general, and have experience planning events, but I could not imagine doing this without A. Dominick Events. From the vendor recommendations, to the detailed advice, and knowing that everything was taken care of day of – that was priceless.”

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Thank you so much Rebecca and Petar for sharing your rustic southern charm vineyard wedding with us. The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard
Wedding Planner: A Dominck Events
Photography: Alisandra Photo
Invitations: Type A Invitations
Videography: Dolce Studio Films
Floral Design: Tourterelle Floral
Bridal Salon: Hitched SalonAnna Maier
Beauty: Studio FBJ
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Lula Kate
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Ceremony & Reception Entertainment: DJ Tobler
Rentals and Lighting: The AV company
Catering: Occasions Caterers
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Rachel
Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linens
Transportation: Albermarle Limousine
Honeymoon: Key West, Florida

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