Kelsey and Justin were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Warren, Va. followed by a reception at Morais Vineyards and Winery in Bealeton, Va. on October 26. “We knew we wanted to have a big wedding with a small feel, so finding a quaint Virginia winery with a room to fill our 200+ guest list was a challenge,” Kelsey said. “We ended up with about 165 and it was a perfect fit.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while her ‘maids donned taupe chiffon floor-length halter dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, succulents, and berries. The groom wore a black three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “After not seeing my husband all day and overcoming and almost dress fiasco that caused me to be 15 minutes late to our ceremony, I could not wait to walk down the aisle,” she said. Guests were escorted to their seats with mason jars. A chalkboard sign displayed, “Bring your jar to your seat and we’ll bring you something good to eat. Tables were surrounded by gold chiavari chairs, covered in neutral linens and napkins, and decorated with glass centerpieces and wooden numbers. Following dinner and dancing, a three-tiered buttercream frosted cake was served. The newlyweds’ best advice for engaged couples, who will soon tie the knot? “Just do what feels right to you and don’t stress out trying to out-do the person before you,” Kelsey said. “Every wedding is perfectly unique.”
As a former bride, I found centerpieces to be one of the biggest projects every bride faces. With the era of “DIY” brides in full swing, there is a lot expected of you! Do you go with a florist and leave it at that, or do you take on the task of creating several (at least 10) tables worth of decor, to tie your wedding together and for an extra something for guests to take home.
Sunflower Dude and I decided to incorporate Disney into the wedding, we got engaged in Disney World and went there for our honeymoon, to put it simply, we are a Disney family. On the other hand, we were having a rustic, fall wedding with burlap for miles. We decided to separate the venue into four sections: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios (MGM) and Animal Kingdom, of course! Then in each “land” we created some of our favorite places, rides and restaurants into tables!
How did you all incorporate something you love into your wedding? How did you decide on centerpieces? I’d love to know!
Hello Buds! I have a pretty cute story about how me and FH found our venue. It all started last fall when I took him to the apple orchard I always visited with my family when I was a girl. After our successful apple picking endeavor, FH could not stop talking about how much he loved the place. It is kind of like a little piece of country in our big ol’ city. A nice breath of fresh air.
We purchased our apples, got into the car and headed down the road when we came to a stop. Our jaws fell open when we saw a handful of young women walking across the street into the historic Smith Barn in matching, tea-length green dresses followed shortly after by a woman in a strapless, sparkling white ballgown! This was a bridal party, crossing the street right in front of our eyes. Sunflower Dude and I turned to each other and had an unspoken moment where we made the decision. THIS was where we wanted to get married. This place was perfect.
The next day, after a night of Googling, Yelping, and whatever other way we could get information on this barn, we called the event coordinator, Tammy. She had an opening that weekend where we could go into the barn and get a feel for the place, as well as find out pricing and any open dates that they may have had left. The inside of the barn was just as gorgeous, if not more, than the outside. She told us a little story of a bride who wanted to hang up Christmas lights inside the barn, and they accommodated her.
We just took a trip to visit our number one venue! We are pretty sure this place has everything we want as far as holding a ceremony and reception, as well as accommodating our guests!
We met with the woman who was to show us around, and we followed her to the barn and farmhouse in a remote location. This is a huge plus for us, as we hope to have an outdoor wedding, we know that we will remain mostly undisturbed. We are driving down a small country road, and looking up, at the top of the hill is this adorable farmhouse and barn.