There are a few things we learned about our bride Heather, in today’s Raspberry Plain Manor Wedding. She loves dance, loved ones, photography, her now husband and The Capitals. Every single one of these things are incorporated into their wedding day. The moment guests entered the Virginia wedding estate, they knew it would be a perfect day! For starters, on June 15th in Virginia… it wasn’t hot. Check the box for a positive start to the day. Being a wedding photographer herself, the bride knows the importance of a schedule and stuck to it all day! Ryan and Heather had a sweet first look and the day went off without a hitch from there. They shared their love and vows in front of a room full of friends and family. Once made official, it was time to party. Ryan and Heather LOVE the Washington Capitals. How do you pull off the ultimate wedding surprise? Have Slapshot enter the wedding reception to greet all the guests. This is a great way to incorporate DC into your big day. Thank you to Carly Rehberg Photography for sharing their Raspberry Plain Manor with us today.
Whats your proposal story? “Ryan originally wanted to purpose at a Capitals hockey game. He could not get to my dad in time to do that. He did not want to purpose until he talked to my father in person. Ryan knew my grandmother who was 92 at the time really meant a lot to me. When we planned on visiting her with my dad (after he finally got to talk to him in person) he also let my grandma know what he was going to do. Ryan took me to a special place in Chesapeake Beach, Md. in front of the water where my grandfather had a special brick for being in the military (Ryan is in the military as well). Ryan purposed by his brick and where my grandmother could see it all happen as well as my dad. I had no idea he had it planned. I was completely taken away and excited. “
What was your wedding vision? “My vision for our wedding was for it to be beautiful and comfortable. I photograph weddings and really wanted to go to a venue that I had never been to before. Ryan loves historic areas, that was very important to have a piece of what he loves involved. We went to a bunch of venues together and we both fell in love with Raspberry Plain Manor. It had wonderful staff, areas for photos inside and outside. The groom and bridal suite were perfect! It had easy access for any elderly as well.
The colors we picked were a steel blue, light pink, light green, with a touch of gray and accent of gold. We picked those just because they were light and airy. It felt perfect for a summer wedding”
The special traditions we did: “I had my grandmother’s brooch on my bouquet (other family members used the same one when they got married) We did had a special candle for the unity candle. During the reception – We did this thing (that we have done at many weddings) called “tie limbo” where two groomsmen tie their ties together and guests do the limbo. We also had – Slapshot the Washington Capitals mascot come to the beginning of the reception. This was more of a tradition for Ryan and I as the Washington Capitals brought us together and we really wanted a touch of the Capitals at our wedding somehow.”
Advice for couples planning “Our advice for couples planning their wedding would be to take your time, do your research, if you have family/ friends that have knowledge with signs, flowers, etc. ask for their help and advice. For decor such as frames, signs, candle holders; choose ones you can reuse in your home. Selling your used wedding decor you won’t use after is very smart- people are always looking for things. Take a step back and think what are the things you remember the most about weddings. Don’t stress on the little things…As long as you and your guests enjoy the time celebrating two people becoming one, that is what truly matters.”
The following Washington DC wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Photography: Carley Rehberg Photography | Venue: Raspberry Plain Manor | Event Planning: Iconic Event | Floral: Meghan Easterday | Stationery: Minted | Videography: Britany Sulcer | Wedding Cake: I Want Pretty Cakes Inc | Beauty: Best Face Forward | Catering: Gala Cuisine | Bakery: Capitol Chocolate Fountains | DJ: Jasen Vigiantti | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Keds for Kate Spade | Veil: veils for brides | Headpiece: Vivid Bridal Boutique | Wedding Dress: Vivid Bridal Boutique | Submitted via: Matchology