Mia & Sean’s Multicultural, Virginia Barn Wedding at Weatherlea Farms

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  • October 09, 2015

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Image: Andrew Morrell Photography via Two Bright Lights

I was REALLY hoping to get my first edition of #CapRoTherapy up this week, but this cold just WON’T QUIT. So I haven’t been able to get my stuff together. But for this Friday instead, I have a beautiful, multicultural Virginia barn wedding for you. Really not a bad trade-off in my opinion ;) Hope you all have a GREAT weekend! Andy, Evie, Sadie & I are NJ bound for some Fall fun, and to be wedding guests at my good friend’s wedding. Should be a good one (minus this cold still hanging around!!!). Happy weekend Romancers.

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Sean and I wanted to have a non-traditional, relaxed but fun wedding gathering and we found that opportunity at WeatherLea Farms. We fell in love with the venue on our first visit – the spatial layout, the owner’s flexibility with us using her barn as well as more ground, which added great flow to our event.

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The colors were difficult to settle on and, I didn’t really feel particular about keeping to the theme, but I tried to make the table settings, invitations, and other things that stand out dusty pink & navy! We wanted pink and white flowers to fit in with the rustic event & the color scheme, so went for the pink monochromatic bunch as well as white baby’s breath (I LOVE baby’s breath) from Costco.

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My best friends Andrea (maid of honor) and Isis (bridesmaid) stood by my side, while Sean’s brother Ian and two of his closest friends Drew and Jeff stood by his. Our officiant was a great friend of ours/my childhood friend. I’ve know Ishan Chadha since we were about 10 years old and we’ve been friends ever since. When he met Sean and then again once he knew we were getting married he repeatedly stated he wanted to do a speech. Neither Sean nor I is religious so we were wondering how we would perform the ceremony and then it occurred to us that Ishan could give the most important speech of all!

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He was super excited and went through the process of getting his officiant’s license in VA for us (he lives in NYC), which we didn’t think would be possible given their strict laws, but he made it happen!

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There was a lot of DIY for this event, we were busy! Sean’s mom Katharine (Kass) made our amazingly delicious and beautiful wedding (carrot) cake. I made floral/grapevine wreaths to hang in the barn, I made a photo garland to put by our card/gift table, I made the card box, Sean cut the wood slabs that were our centerpiece vases. Sean’s mom and I decorated mason jars with lace and/or burlap for the centerpieces and aisle. I placed sand or flowers in the mason jars with LED tea lights. My cousins helped set the flower arrangements, since we ordered bulk flowers from Costco, and table arrangements while I was getting ready.

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My cousin Jessie from Katzi Designs designed our invitations and thank you cards, which Sean and I pasted and wrapped lace around. We also stamped the back of all the envelopes with a two person bike, to keep with the theme of our save the date cards. I made our flower girl baskets. I wrote out all the window panes and blackboards with a friend. Our cocktail vessels were mason jars, which people could claim by writing their name on the heats that a friend and I had strung on twine and wrapped around the jars. These jars were also our thank you gifts.

Sean and his friend Drew put together a photobooth – Sean built the photobooth out of PVC pipe and wraped it in black burlap. Drew rigged a raspberry connected to a canon and then programmed it to time out 4 shots (color indicator for each shot) once the button was hit, the shots were all stitched together and uploaded to the cloud for people to download immediately. Each picture had our name and date wedding banner. The booth and props were awesome.

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Aside from Ishan performing the ceremony and Kass making the cake, we had a band (19th St Band), which was awesome! Since 1/2 of my family is from India, my flower girls (my Indian nieces) wore their lengha choli’s as they walked down the aisle. We cut the cake with a machete wrapped in pink ribbon! We had a bubble send off at the end of the night!

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