I first met up with Carrie and Dan earlier this year at one of my favorite haunts, Crystal City’s Good Stuff Eatery, to discuss their wedding while we enjoyed some amazingly delicious shakes.
Their selected venue was beautiful. Spring Hill, a privately-owned farm in Warrenton, Virginia offers sweeping views of over 1,700 acres of marvelous landscape. Amazingly enough, their wedding was one of the very few, if not the only, weddings that has taken place here.
It had been raining almost nonstop for days, and everyone was crossing their fingers and hoping that the rain that was sprinkling down on them would hold off once the wedding day rolled around. Luckily, a few hours before the ceremony the rain finally let up and the couple was able to walk down the aisle under sunny skies.
Adorned in a gorgeous Amsale gown and surrounded by a sea of glowing bridesmaids, each of which had chosen their own unique dress, Carrie looked stunning as she prepared to exchange vows with her husband-to-be.
After the beautifully quaint ceremony came to a close, we hopped into a golf cart and zoomed off to snap portraits of the newlyweds. I had previously spotted a lovely archway of trees and immediately knew that I had to capture Carrie and Dan in front of this stunning backdrop. From there we took a series of photos in a few other choice locations across the grounds. Then, the couple returned to the cocktail hour festivities.
The “garden party” reception had a decidedly rustic vibe, which paired perfectly with cute details like photos of their grandparents wedding day and delicious bites, including amazing barbecue dishes from Old Blue BBQ and a tantalizing cake station.
It was undoubtedly a hit with guests. Highlighted by her 90-year-old grandmother dropping her cane to dance to Bruce Springsteen on the grass dance floor.
All in all, this wedding was a great success! It was an honor to be able to witness the love and the joy firsthand and I wish Carrie and Dan all the best!