I know you are probably distracted by Carley Rehberg Photography’s shot of that amazing bouquet below, but look up here for just a second! Beth and Aaron’s Virginia wedding sprinkled with creative, DIY details that you won’t want to miss. The bride herself designed the invitations herself and had lots of help from family and friends creating the rest of the day. Where DIY wasn’t possible, it was a priority for Beth and Aaron to work with small, independent business and this especially shines in their reception, next! Their wedding had a pinch of vintage, a dash of rustic and a pop of color. Just how I like ’em!
From Beth: I would describe our wedding as a reflection of us – a little traditional, a little creative, and very meaningful. Aaron’s first thought about weddings (before we were even engaged) was that it’d be cool to have Southern barbecue as the menu (and I agreed!). We wanted the decor to be pretty, yet laid back, so people could have a good time. We played off the rustic feel of the venue by using burlap runners and chalkboard details. The main wedding color was inspired by the aqua mason jars I fell in love with years ago (and were used throughout) – it’s such a nice color for summer. We thought the aqua paired with green brought a modern touch to some of the vintage/rustic decor we used.
The most important thing was for our family and friends to feel welcomed. Most of our family and friends had to travel to celebrate the day with us, so we wanted to make sure they enjoyed themselves. Secondly, we wanted to use as many local and/or small business vendors as possible. We even found a local micro-brewery in Fredericksburg to provide the beer for the reception and a florist outside Charlottesville that uses mainly locally sourced flowers.
walking back up the aisle with my arm in Aaron’s at the end of the ceremony. There was this feeling of the wedding planning being over and the living our lives together beginning as we exited the room. I’d have to say I don’t know if I’d ever been as happy as in that moment!
The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Beth and Aaron’s wedding:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Stevenson Ridge
Caterer: Caroline Street Catering
Photographer: Carley Rehberg Photography
Wedding Party Flowers: Sugar Magnolias
Ceremony + Reception Flowers: DIY by Family and Friends
Officiant: Pastor Shawn Smith, Hartwood Presbyterian Church
Ceremony Violinist: Megan Bevill
DJ | Bryan Small
Beer: Blue and Gray Brewing Company
Cake: Simply Sweet
Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Saunders
Invitations: Designed by the Bride
Bride’s Dress: Watters, purchased at Ann’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Tommy Hilfiger
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Photo Credits: Carley Rehberg Photography