Images: Olivia Jacob Photography
Happy Thursday Romancers! Loving the pops of color and personal touches (thanks to Lula Mae Events) in today’s real Virginia wedding feature. A down to earth couple, with an adorable wedding, at a gorgeous venue in DC – I’ll take it! Kelly and Alex met at a Fourth of July party in 2010 and quickly became friends. They spent the next six years camping, hiking, cooking together, and adopting an adorable kitty who loves to play dress-up. Check out all the details and pictures from their big day below.
Alex and I first met at a Fourth of July party in 2010, through a mutual friend, Elise (a bridesmaid and the wedding officiant!). Alex and I became part of the same group of friends in DC, and over the next few years, we bonded over our shared love of good food, football and spending time outdoors camping and hiking. Somewhere along the way, I developed a crush on Alex. Although it took Alex a bit longer to realize that he felt the same way, we started dating Memorial Day weekend of 2013 and have been inseparable ever since.In April 2016, Alex and I went hiking in Virginia at one of our favorite spots — Old Rag, a 10-mile hike with an amazing view at the summit. After eating a picnic lunch, Alex proposed and I said “Are you serious?!?” quickly followed
The whole day was magical, but the first look was an extra special moment for us. After months of planning and anticipation — and a busy morning of getting ready — to finally be able to see each other on our wedding day, in our wedding attire, was really emotional. We also loved being able to spend time taking photos together before the ceremony — it felt like we were in our own little world!
One of the most important things for us was for our wedding day to be a truly joyful celebration, and for the whole day to feel “like us.” Early on in the planning process, we found a colorful, polka dot invitation suite on Etsy that we loved (I’m known for my love of polka dots!). We used the invitation suite as inspiration for many other elements of the decor and to help set a fun and colorful, yet still elegant, style for the day.