Images: Andrea Rodway
It’s been embarrasingly long since I’ve blogged a real wedding, but I am excited to share Jeannie & Chris’ self-submitted, intimate Alexandria Virginia wedding with you today! With just 65 guests, 6 months to plan, and a $25K budget, Jeannie & Chris threw a beautiful, fun affair that stayed true to their personalities and love of DC. They’ve also shared some AWESOME advice for other couples looking to plan a wedding on the faster side of things, without hiring a planner to execute! Take it away guys!
Why we chose an intimate wedding:
We got engaged in June of 2016 and knew we wanted to get married sooner rather than later. In the DC area, larger wedding venues often have waitlists over a year long. As much as we would have loved to have a large wedding, it would be too expensive in the DC area and we would have to wait a long time to reserve a venue. We considered a Caribbean destination wedding but realized many of our relatives could not travel that distance and many of our close friends would not come because of Zika virus. We had to prioritize; the most important thing to us was to celebrate our day with our closest friends and family. Most of our families would need to travel so we wanted a location that was convenient and could also double as mini-vacation for out of towners.
Why we chose the Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria:
We really wanted our wedding ceremony and reception to be in the same location so that guests could start celebrating immediately after the ceremony. The Morrison House also offered complete wedding packages that included all catering, an open bar, and even a beautiful cake from Fluffy Thoughts bakery. We felt like the Morrison décor reflected both of our styles: traditional with elegant and modern accents. We immediately booked the venue when we saw it was available on Veteran’s Day. We were fortunate to enjoy a Friday discount on the wedding package. The Morrison House was the perfect location and size for our small guest list and the all-inclusive wedding package made for stress-free planning. Our photographer, Andrea Rodway, took us to picture-perfect cobblestone alleys and streets in Old Town for our first look and portraits.