Welcome back to today’s fall rustic wedding celebration! Alexa and Ben celebrated their wedding in Maryland at the rustic Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg where they also exchanged their wedding vows. If you missed their beautiful outdoor fall wedding ceremony, be sure to check it out here. Their DIY-clad big day was filled with natural wedding details, beautiful fall colors and even a contribution to the groom and groomsmen by grandma! Alexa and Ben wanted to celebrate their wedding with a big party, so finding such a special wedding location was key. They adorned their wedding venue with small decor elements and rustic touches that fit the location and their personal style flawlessly. It’s the cute bride and groom cake toppers and the perfectly executed sparkler sendoff that I adore most! Big thanks to the talented wedding planing team at Candy+Co. Events and photography from Pangtography for sharing Alexa and Ben’s magical wedding celebration with us!
From the bride: Our main wedding day priorities were accommodating a large number of people and still having good food at the wedding reception. Our wedding took place at a large barbecue catering facility, which fit our theme and wedding priorities perfectly. Our cousin created artwork for our wedding stationery suite and a large poster for our guest book. Our table runners, faux clocks of bridesmaids, old windows with childhood pictures, and wedding center pieces were all handmade. My grandmother also made incredible paper flower bouquets and boutonniÃ¨res.
Advice for other Washington DC area couples from the bride:
Plan early for your wedding venue! A year ahead was barely enough time for us. Get creative with wedding venue ideas, there’s a lot out there.
Tapering down a wedding guest list is hard work! Set a goal and try to stick to it. Most of the money spent is directly related to your guest count.
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Bride’s Dress: Watters Jacinda from Love Couture Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Pink Toms
Jewelry: Family heirlooms and J. Crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters crinkle chiffon
Bridesmaid Shoes: Cream Toms
Groom’s Suit: Handmade and tailored suit local
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Groomsmen Attire: Asos
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Smokey Glen Farm
Ceremony Music: Drymill Road
Favors: Evergreen saplings
Officiant: Christ Church Vienna
Floral + Decor: LeRoy French Flowers
Cake/Desserts: The Happy Tart
Wedding Planner: Candy+Co. Events
Hair: Kindle & Boom
Transportations: Limos Inc.
Rehearsal Dinner + Hotel Block: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
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: Pangtography