Radiantly happy is the best way to describe how Mandy looked on her big day! When we received Mandy and Nick’s wedding day images from their photographer Misty Rodda, we couldn’t get over how unbelievably luminous she looked. We know that all couples are happy and typically enjoy their wedding, but with today’s Virginia real wedding couple, you can feel their love beaming off the pages of their photo album. They were married in a sweet Christian outside ceremony in front of a beautiful floral cross that overlooked the rolling hills of Loudoun County at Shadow Creek earlier this spring. With the weeks of rain that had been wrecking havoc on wedding plans, they were able to get through and still host the nuptials outside, which was very important to the couple. We loved all of the textured bridal party bouquets, soft blush accents, and killer decorative signs that could be seen throughout the day. We wish them both years of happiness and thank you to Mandy and Nick for allowing us to share their wedding day with our readers!

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From the Bride:The vision for our wedding really stemmed from the beautiful venue we chose, Shadow Creek. Even though it is a barn venue, the structure itself is so much more than that. We wanted to work off of the classic features the venue had and incorporate lots of pink details. My main goal was to keep it classy and chic while still embracing the rustic elements of the venue without going too country.

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It was the best day ever! I wish I could relive it. Also, 1. if you have it in your budget get a Photobooth. It was a huge hit! I’m still hearing about it from guests weeks later. 2. Have your planner or maid of honor pack up two slices of your wedding cake for you. I had a friend suggest this to me. My husband and I ate it on the plane to Mexico for our honeymoon. After being on a grueling wedding diet it was heavenly!

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We had a few things that were really important to us when it came to wedding planning. We wanted to go above and beyond when it came to the photographer since we will have these photos forever! Misty Rodda of Misty Rodda Photography went above and beyond to get all the photos I was dreaming of. We also added a videographer and it was the best money I ever spent; it is so special to have that footage to look back on and show my future children one day. I also felt it was very important to choose an established DJ as they really make or break the party aspect of the wedding. We worked closely with them on song choices and the schedule of the reception, which really helped the flow of the day.

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The garter I wore on my wedding day was very special to me. It was my something old, borrowed, and blue and belonged to my grandmother who wore it on her wedding day to my grandfather in 1953. We also rented a beautiful restored cross from a local pastor who does restorations. I had always dreamed of getting married in a church but once I saw Shadow Creek’s ceremony space I knew it was meant to be. I was so beyond pleased with how it turned; I think it added so much both visually and spiritually to our ceremony.” 

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Advice from the Bride: My only advice to those in the planning stages would just be to enjoy the day, soak up the moments you can with your new spouse, and have fun! Some things, like weather, are really out of your control and stressing about it only makes it worse. Also, I highly recommend a day of coordinator; it really allows you, and those close to you to focus on relaxing and enjoying your special day. For Brides, if you don’t already have an Etsy account, make one ASAP! They have some of the cutest wedding products and the largest selection anywhere.

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Congratulations to Mandy and Nick! Thank you for sharing your sweet Virginia Shadow Creek wedding with us!

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

Videography: Erin Sellers Video Scrapbooks
Photography: Misty Rodda
Hair Stylist: Updo Specialist LLC / Makeup Artist: Faces by Zoe
Venue: Shadow Creek Weddings and Events
Stationery: Minted
Wedding Coordinator / Floral Designer: Dragonfly Weddings and Events
Calligraphy: Leah Letters
Bridal Salon: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal Gown & Veil : Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta
Bridesmaid Attire: Jim Heljm at Soliloquy Bridal
Catering & Rentals: R&R Catering
Officiant: Ron Petrella
Entertainment and Lighting: Dominion Wedding Entertainment
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Wedding Cake: Sweets by E
Ceremony cross Rental: Pastor Jasons Restorations
Honeymoon: Riviera Maya Mexico

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: Misty Rodda

 

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