Brian and Sara met for a simple drinks date, which turned into a long night of talking and a whirlwind romance that neither saw coming! After dating for about a year, Brian decided to propose by hanging a ring on their dog Sophie’s collar. He used Sara’s late mother’s diamond to create a one of a kind heirloom engagement ring. And well, it’s no surprise, Sara said yes!

The planning of their Loudoun County wedding then went into full force. Brian wanted a large affair in a rural setting surrounded by nature, whereas Sara wanted a small wedding at an elegant setting such as a country club. The couple chose Riverside on the Potomac in Northern Virginia and they began mixing rustic and elegant in the design plans to create the perfect pairing. Both the bride and groom had lost their mothers, so they created a variety of sentimental pieces to add to the day, some of which included a table filled with special quotes and pictures and a mother son dance that honored all the “mothers” who have helped raise them. Sara’s good friends made mini desserts for all the guests to enjoy and the band played for hours while every single guest danced. Thank you to Designed Perfectly Events and Timmester Photography for sharing this beautiful Virginia wedding with us today!

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Riverside on the Potomac Virginia wedding - Timmester Photography (18)From the Bride: “Brian wanted a rustic wedding that was in a nature setting. I wanted your black tie country club wedding–talk about opposites! We settled on a formal affair in a rustic setting with a beautiful scenic background. I liked more blush/muted colors with some pops of navy so our flowers were mainly pinks, greens and whites, table clothes neutral and gold and small pops of navy throughout–such as in the escort wall and bridesmaids dresses. The colors of the wedding were gold and navy.Riverside on the Potomac Virginia wedding - Timmester Photography (19) Riverside on the Potomac Virginia wedding - Timmester Photography (22) Riverside on the Potomac Virginia wedding - Timmester Photography (24) Riverside on the Potomac Virginia wedding - Timmester Photography (23) Riverside on the Potomac Virginia wedding - Timmester Photography (28) Riverside on the Potomac Virginia wedding - Timmester Photography (30)

“We skipped a cake and a first dance. I’m not one for the “traditional” wedding formalities or all attention on me (a hard one when it comes to weddings 🙂 )! A friend of ours made hundreds of bite sized desserts for us to share with our guests–talk about amazing friends! We splurged on the band, the food and the flowers. Good music and good food makes a good party.

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“Brian and I lost our moms several years ago so it was important to us to somehow incorporate them into the wedding. At the ceremony we had our fathers come up to each light a candle in honor of our mothers while the song “the prayer” played in the background. At the cocktail hour, we had a table set with pictures of our mothers plus other close family members who had passed. I found meaningful quotes and my friend helped me to print them on rustic materials (such as an old wooden crate) to display amongst the pictures. My favorite quote was, “we didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” At the reception we did a special mother son dance where we called up all the women in our lives who have helped to fill the roll of mom since our mothers have passed. Each got to dance briefly with Brian while the song “never alone” played in the background. It was a fun and touching way to remember our mothers while also recognizing those who have been so good to us.
As for cultural touches, Brian is catholic an I’m Jewish so we decided to have both a Rabbi and a Priest at the ceremony. They worked great together and we got a ton of compliments from each side saying how they learned so much about the others faith.

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Advice from the couple: Just remember to have fun throughout the evening. There is always something that will not be just as you expected, but try to concentrate on the stuff that goes right. And…hire a good wedding planner. Mine was amazing and I never even knew what was going wrong at the time.

Also, a piece of advice I got before the wedding–‘at some point in the night, just stand back and look at all the people, love and fun in the room.’ It really was amazing to step away for a minute and see the joy of the day. ”

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Congratulations to Sara and Brian! Thank you for sharing your Riverside on the Potomac wedding with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Photographer: Timmester Photography
Wedding Planner: Designed Perfectly Events
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Floral Designer: Kallmyer Custom Florals
Hair and Makeup Team: Blushin Beauty
Pergola Rental: Sammys Rental
Bridal Salon: Betsy Robinson Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Venue: Riverside on the Potomac
Lighting & Draping: a2z Music Factory
Ceremony Music: Tryos Ensemble
Band: Doug Segree Band
Laser Cut Signage: The Virginia Artisans
Invitations: InterPRINTations
DC Rentals: DC Rental

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: Timmester Photography

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