This wedding was actually not Kassie and Richard’s first choice; the original plan was to hold the ceremony at the beautiful King St Garden in the heart of Alexandria. Unfortunately, the rain that day forced them to take on their plan B. The ceremony was pushed back 2 hours and moved indoors to the Torpedo Factory, the industrial wedding venue planned for their reception. Despite all of this, Kassie and Richard’s enthusiasm and happiness were steadfast. Honestly, we think their plan B was pretty darn good. We are loving this industrial chic rainy Torpedo Factory wedding.
The bride says her inspiration came from spring in DC and their waterfront venue. Ivory and blush with a pop of pink, lots of greenery, and navy blue with champagne were the colors they chose. With the waterfront venue, the couple chose to incorporate a slight nautical theme through navy accents and candle lit lanterns scattered throughout the ceremony and reception. They also had bistro lights strung across the entire first floor of the venue, adding a romantic touch to the industrial space.
Other design elements included cool black and white invitations, wood signage and chairs, acrylic table numbers with white scripting, ivory linens with a hint of shine and rose gold and gold accents in between. Their wedding signature cocktail was the Moscow Mule so the wedding favors were copper mugs. What a great idea! Not only does it allow for guests to enjoy the cocktail authentically, but it’s also a fab take home! Thank you to NST Pictures for sharing this Torpedo Factory wedding with us today!
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions? Katelyn loved her Pandora bracelet, so I used three charms from her bracelet and tied to my bouquet (an elephant, a cross and an angel). My family is very Italian so for the rehearsal dinner, we picked an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Old Town called Il Porto. As a special, new tradition, I had both my mother and my father walk me down the aisle.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Just try to take a step back and take it all in. Especially on your wedding day but even through the planning process. It is such a fun time and you feel so much love from friends and family. So do your best to enjoy it and don’t sweat the small stuff. Just remember that you are marrying your person surrounded by everyone you love and that is truly what matters.
What were your favorite parts of the day? It actually poured down rain our entire wedding weekend. It was considered the “rainiest” weekend DC had seen in a long time. I was obviously upset because our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour were supposed to be outside. However it turned into some pretty fun memories and cloudy weather makes for great photos! I had purchased 20+ umbrellas for bridal party and family. I joked the whole weekend “make sure you don’t forget your umbrella.” Although we were originally bummed, the ceremony was very intimate and beautiful. The weather was initially disappointing but ended up making great memories and photos! We ended up taking pictures at the iconic Alexandria memorial – George Washington Masonic Memorial – and the photos are so amazing and it sheltered us from the rain!
What did you do for favors? My cousin made 150 elephant buttercream frosted sugar cookies for dessert and my mother brought them from Michigan. My younger sister, Katelyn, passed away 2 years ago and we tried to tie her into our day as much as we could. She was both a phenomenal baker and loved elephants so we used the cookies as a way to remember her. We added a tag to each one saying ‘In loving memory’ and explained the meaning. We also tied her memory and story into our ceremony and our vows as well. Our relationship began shortly after she was diagnosed as terminally ill. Not only was he a huge support system for me, but was also so amazing to her!
The following Washington DC Wedding professionals contributed to this rainy Alexandria wedding:
Photography: Suzanne Jakes Photography | Event Planning: Confetti Events | Floral: Love Blooms DC | Catering: Main Events Catering | Videography: NST Pictures | Entertainment: Adam “DJ LUCCIO” Carluccio | Beauty: MAB Artistry | Lighting: John Farr Lighting | Invitations: Minted | Cookies: Cakes by Stephanie | Guitarist: Chris Wyton | Officiant: Dan Iten | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander Signature | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Shoes: Gucci | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom’s Attire: Jos A Bank | Wedding Ring: Ascot Diamonds | Submitted via: Matchology