offbeat northern virginia wedding

Colva & Jake’s Intimate, Rad Northern Virginia Wedding at Liberty Tavern

Images: Chris Ferenzi Photography

I thought I would be able to finally start running again yesterday, but this cold is STILL hanging around and between the tundra temps & WIND, it just didn’t happen. But I haven’t run in a WEEK now and I need to run 10 miles in a 3 weeks, so it HAS to happen today. So please send me all the motivation you can spare. For today though, we have an ADORABLE intimate wedding that has so many pops of fun, and the most chill engagement story ever. Plus I am in love with the bride’s ink (of course) & the bright colors for the reception. Take it away!

We met on OkCupid, in Spring 2012. We pretty immediately realized that we both worked at Georgetown and lived within a mile of each other. We’ve known each other since April 2012, were together from about May 2013, and really together from March 2014. It happened in stages.

Jake proposed. We were at Chipotle on M St having lunch and discussing the impending nuptials of two of our very good friends. I articulated that I thought it was a good idea for them to get married, as they met all the criteria I find reasonable for determining if a relationship works. Jake asked me what I thought those things were: That the people are adults, not nearly adults, or freshly adults. That they have faced some challenges together, and overcame those. They have lived together and shared a limited space. They have met each others friends and families.

Jake then said that based on these criteria we should get married. He initially wanted to do it that weekend, but I intervened and expressed that what he was really thinking about was engagement.

We then went to Forever21 on M St and bought a pack of 9 fashion rings for $5, and then walked back to campus where Jake got down on one knee in front of the statue of John Carroll (the founder of Georgetown) and asked me to marry him. Students and tour groups cheered, and I’m sure it looked very well planned to everyone who saw it.

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Capitol Wedding: Tess & Joe’s Offbeat, Dr. Seuss Inspired Virginia Wedding

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”  – Dr. Seuss

No truer words have ever been spoken, or I guess in this case, written. I love so much about this Dr. Seuss quote, and so did Tess & Joe. So much so, that they decided to base their entire Northern Virginia wedding upon Dr. Seuss and his quote about mutual weirdness and love. This offbeat wedding feature has a ton of color, fun, love, and CANDY. Just wait until you see their Dr. Seuss inspired candy display!!

A special thanks to the amazing Leo Druker Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this feature possible!

Tess & Joe’s Offbeat and Colorful, Dr. Seuss Inspired Northern Virginia Wedding in Manassas

Other Vendors:

Catering: Helga’s Catering

Cake Designer:  Edibles Incredible

Brooch Bouquets: Always & Forever Brooch Bouquets

Corsages & Boutonnieres: Songs from the Garden Etsy Shop

 How they met:

Joe and I met through a mutual friend. . . of sorts. We were both invited to the same football get-together on Facebook. I love football, so why not? For Joe, my picture on the “invite list” was reason enough to attend. A cute girl who loves football and doesn’t mind hanging out with “the boys?” Must be a keeper. He introduced himself at the party and the rest is history. We began dating a week later, and three years later we were married.

^uh how much do i LOVE Tess’ striped & funky socks?!

The proposal!

Joe’s proposal is quite the story. Being the gentleman that he is, he knew that he would have to ask my parents for their permission for my hand in marriage. The week before Valentine’s Day my mother sent Joe a text with some tips on gifts for me (i.e., my hints). He responded back with a text message stating he needed to talk to my parents about a gift he had planned. (By the way, my mother still has that text message saved on her cell phone.) To keep me out of the loop, my parents came down to our house for a visit. We had been tackling routine homeowner maintenance issues and Joe made me think that there might be “squirrels” in our attic. As my mother and I sat inside talking girl talk, Joe took my Dad outside to “look for squirrels” and at that time asked for my hand in marriage. He told Dad that he had big plans for the next day, Valentine’s Day, for proposing (candlelight dinner, flowers, the works), and was delighted when my Dad told him that he and my Mom were in total agreement.

My parents left an hour later and less than twenty minutes later, on February 13th, Joe came running down the stairs, got down on one knee next to my La-Z-Boy chair and asked me to marry him. He was so excited he did not want to wait another 24 hours to give me my ring. No muss, no fuss, just the two of us. And it was absolutely perfect.

 We decided on an October 2012 date. My Mom and I sat down and while we knew the date dictated Fall, Joe and I were not big fans of orange/yellow/magenta/pumpkins/corn stalk themes. I settled on a “Enchanted Forest” theme and set out to gather ornate antique bronze leaf patterned table lanterns,patchwork pumpkins, moss and felted acorns for table centerpieces. Silk flower bouquet and boutonniere samples were made up in my favorite colors, shades of plum and apple green.

Something was off. I liked the concept but not so much. What really bothered my Mom was Joe saying, “Do whatever you want.” She wanted him to be as enthusiastic about the planning as we were.

 I sat down one evening to search the Internet for wedding vow ideas. Several examples of Dr. Seuss rhyming vows popped up. Taking it one step further, I Googled “Seuss” and “love.” The following appeared:

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”

That was it. This fit Joe and I to a “T.” Joe loved it. With a bit of trepidation I approached my Mom with the idea of a Dr. Seuss wedding. She was thrilled that we had found something we truly felt was “us” and the “Enchanted Forest” disappeared. We hit the books and found that Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” was a popular springboard for life changing events:

Congratulations !Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!A wedding was born.

 Click inside for the rest of Tess & Joe’s amazing, offbeat Dr. Seuss wedding from Leo Druker Photography. You won’t want to miss the bright colors that adorned every corner of the reception venue!

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