On a warm early June day in 2017, Kathryn and Chris were married at an exquisite private farm in Warrenton, Virginia. The bride looked classically timeless and elegant in a white ball gown and the groom looked dapper in a black tuxedo. Nearly 200 friends and family members joined in black tie attire to watch this young couple exchange vows overlooking the rolling hills and horse pastures, sip cocktails poolside, dine under a chandelier-lit tent situated over the private tennis courts and dance the night away to the sounds of the live band. As the sun set, the still hum of the night felt very much like an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel—“among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars (The Great Gatsby).”
That’s the basic information—and even those details far from dry. I wish I could transport you all back in time to Kathryn and Chris’ wedding! This bride came to me after seeing my work featured on Style Me Pretty. Kathryn is perfectly polished yet approachable, which made me appreciate her instantly, but I fell even more in love when I met her fiancé and entire family at their venue walk-through.
I was admittedly nervous when she said she was getting married at a private home—sometimes this poses logistical challenges. But this private Warrenton residence rivals even the finest of wedding venues. The gardens in themselves are meticulously maintained, the home was equipped with a fully outfitted caterer’s kitchen, and the horse stables are nicer than my first several apartments. The poolside cocktail hour was another area of concern for me (people drinking around water usually creates an unwanted splash) but the space around the pool was more than enough for everyone to seamlessly flow. The stone path that led from the pool to the tennis courts confirmed my inklings that this private home was built to host parties, not unlike the home of Jay Gatsby.
Kathryn and Chris are humble and approachable. Their wedding was a perfect extension of them. I love how they incorporated their family and friends into their wedding day because it spoke to their values. From the officiant who was a friend, to the matron of honor—the bride’s childhood best friend who adorably fell in love with and married the bride’s big brother—to the father of the groom who doubled as the best man, it was clear that this group shared good times together over many decades. Even the farm hand, who was very much a family friend, turned out to make his famous guacamole at the request of the bride. I always, always love the Father of the Bride’s speech and this FOB’s toast remains one of my favorites. Please brides, let your dad speak! As an outsider (borderline interloper, in this case) at your wedding, toasts are a great way for me to get to know my clients personally. Guests also appreciate those little glimpses into your personal lives and who you are today.
While I handled the timing and little details, I was not alone in creating this most perfect day that spoke to Kathryn and Chris as a married couple. Thank you to these fabulous vendors for joining me. And happy soon to be one-year anniversary to Kathryn and Chris! I had fun reliving your day while writing this.
Band | Bachelor Boys Band
Catering | A La Carte Catering
Cake | Wegman’s
Florals | DIY, family friend
HMUA | Brooke Williams
Photography | Courage & Co Photography
Planner | Becca Bee Events
Transportation | Point to Point Limo