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Tate & Julie’s Whimsical Orange & Green Wedding in Fairfax, VA

I’ve been super pumped to share this whimsical orange & green Virginia wedding from Kelly Ewell Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] ever since it dropped in my inbox. I fell in love with the fun colors, the bride donning chucks, and all the awesomely fun details they included at there reception – namely legos at the tables for guests to have fun with! The venue was also pretty freaking cool – a library!! A pretty perfect option for couples looking for offbeat, intimate wedding venues in Northern Virginia!

Plus, any wedding that makes mention to Mighty Ducks – certainly sounds like my kind of wedding ;)

Tate & Julie’s Whimsical, Orange & Green Wedding in Fairfax, VA

Vendors:

Catering: RR Catering

Venue: Old Town Hall

The proposal story:

Tate & Julie enjoy geocaching, which involves finding hidden containers using GPS coordinates. They decided to go out to search for a particularly tough cache that they hadn’t been able to find before.

Once they got out to look, they broke off in different directions. Julie was certain she was looking in the right spot, but Tate kept telling her that it was 25 yards further up.

As Julie got closer she saw the cache sitting in a tree trunk. She opened it and started looking through the contents when Tate pointed out a folded up piece of paper that said “Read Me“.

The note was a story about a boy and a girl who liked to go on adventures together and eventually fell in love.

The end of the story trailed off without an official ending, so Julie looked over to Tate a little confused.

It was then that she saw Tate down on one knee with a ring in his hand.

It had been a story about them and Tate had left it there the night before, so he finished off the story by asking if she would marry him. Of course Julie said yes!

Freaking LOVE this proposal story!! Click inside to see the rest of this awesome Virginia wedding ~ including games at the reception [legos!], an AWESOME & offbeat wedding invitation, and paper flower centerpieces!

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Capitol Inspiration: Rachel & Wesley’s Handmade, DIY Offbeat Hot Pink & Orange Wedding!

I shared a sneak peak on my Facebook wall yesterday of today’s offbeat wedding inspiration post. But the shot really didn’t do this amazing, 100% DIY wedding justice. The couple opted for a laid-back, backyard wedding – but they did not hold back on amazing, handmade details. The bright orange and hot-pink color scheme has me reeling, especially with the inclusion of the colors in the bride’s handmade dress.

A special thanks to Gambol Photography for submitting this AWE-inducing offbeat wedding to me, and to Two Bright Lights for making it possible!

Happy Inspiration Friday everyone. Let’s get it on.

Rachel & Wesley’s Offbeat DIY Backyard Wedding in Hot Pink & Orange

From Gambol Photography:

Rachel & Wesley’s wedding was to die for. The best part? 100% handmade, DIY goodness.

The happy couple opted for a backyard, family-oriented affair with sweet, intimate details that expressed their truly unique relationship and personalities. The whole family pitched in to create, craft and collect items to decorate and light up the ceremony and reception space.

love the mismatched, hot pink & orange patterned bridesmaids dresses

and these summery, hot pink and orange bouquets are GORGEOUS

The groom’s dad owns a beautiful home right on the ocean in Elizabeth City, NC, so that served beautifully as the ceremony and reception venue for the big day.

Rachel & Wesley themselves are so photogenic naturally, but their genuine love and adoration for each other just begs emotion and warm fuzzies from everyone they come in contact with.

It’s so obvious how smitten they are about one another, and that kind of crazy love is so refreshing and precious to witness!

So true – just LOOK at this look that Rachel is throwing Wesley. You can literally see the love in her eyes.

the “we just got married” bride fist pump – always a favorite shot of mine :)

Click inside for the rest (and believe me, you will) of these awesome, offbeat DIY backyard wedding pictures – including the most awesome alternative guest book idea EVER.

Stella & Terence’s Irish & English Inspired Northern Virginia Wedding

A groom from Ireland & a bride from Wiltshire [a Southerner!], England – throwing a DIY, handmade wedding in Northern Virginia. I think I love everything about the sentence I just typed.

Douglas Pettway Photography dropped this stunner of a wedding in my Two Bright Lights inbox, and the minute I got the details from Stella – I was smitten. Terence & Stella used a TON of DIY, borrowed, thrifted, & low-budget purchases to create the wedding of their dreams. They also relied heavily on my 4th DIY Wedding Tip, having friends & family volunteer a lot of time & talent to their wedding. I know you will love this one :)

Terence & Stella’s Handmade, Budget-Friendly Northern Virginia Wedding

About the couple:

Terence and Stella met at the 21st birthday party of a mutual friend in Terence’s hometown of Limerick, Ireland in 2001. They started dating the following year, while Stella was at University in Liverpool. After a few years in a long-distance relationship, Terence moved to England, and in 2006 they began their American adventure by moving to the DC area. Terence is an engineer in the aerospace industry, and Stella is an interior designer. They live in Sterling, VA with their Alaskan Malamute, Madra.

Stella tried on lots of dresses in stores and finally found one she liked that was way over budget. So she searched online and found a vendor to recreate the dress for a third of the cost.

Since it was still winter, darker rich colours seemed more appropriate, but we still wanted to have some fun, and to get away from the typical winter wedding colours, so we paired navy dresses with orange shoes for our ladies outfits, the bride wore blue shoes, and we used cream, blue and orange flowers to tie things together elsewhere.

Looking for a barn wedding venue in Northern Virginia? Coomber Hall sounds amazing! The couple shares why they chose it as their wedding venue:

 We knew we wanted an older venue, but struggled to find a place that would allow us to fit all our guests in one room without using a marquee (it was a February wedding), and to have flexibility while still having charm and authenticity. Stella’s step-mother came across the civil war era venue Coomber Hall and emailed a link to her. Once we visited, we knew it would be perfect, and it was only a couple of miles from St Joseph’s church where the ceremony was taking place. The estate has a gorgeous old house which backs to a pair of barns – one derelict, one renovated and used as a school of music, dance venue and now wedding venue.

I love this detail about the yellow car they used for the wedding:

A friend volunteered to drive from Baltimore with their daughter’s pre-restoration 1967 Chevy Impala to use as the wedding car. As huge fans of the tv show ‘Supernatural’, it was the couple’s dream car!

Click inside for the rest of Stella & Terence’s handmade, family-run Northern Virginia wedding ~ with lots more details on their DIY projects!

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