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Judith & Will’s Gorgeous, Handmade Fall Wedding in Warrenton, VA

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Images: Ben & Sophia Photography

Judith & Will’s handmade Fall wedding in Virginia was completely crafted with love and help from family and friends. Judith, the bride, made a ton of the details, but her family is equally as crafty – with her Aunt helping to do all the floral arrangements (bouquet included!) and her sister styled hair. They both decided on the wedding venue location because of how close to family and friends it was and because it gave an intimate close feel for their wedding day.

Sit back and relax and enjoy a TON of details from Judith & Will’s DIY Virginia wedding!

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My sister-in-law, Ali Kirby, is very artistic, so she put together some color schemes so we could get a better idea of what colors go together. I knew I wanted some rich colors because our wedding was going to be in the fall, so I was thinking deep red or purples. (Absolutely no orange.

We banned all things fall themed and the groomsmen hid all pumpkins that were decorating the venue). We ended up choosing purple because I found a bridesmaid dress that I really liked (almost got one for myself…) and purple seemed to go well with it. We stuck with that color, but everything that we ended up using was a different shade. The flowers in my bouquet, the napkins on the table, the groomsmen’s ties, the bridesmaid’s shoes, the printing on the invitations, the wines that were served were all different shades of purple, but it just kind of seemed to work. Besides purple, our other color was gray. William had purchased a gray suit for a friend’s wedding a few months prior to ours and really liked the look of it (even though he ended up choosing to wear a blue suit) Our groomsmen wore gray suits and the bridesmaid’s dresses had gray lace on them. And then that’s pretty much where the gray stopped.

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I also made hangers for my bridesmaid with their names on them. I saw some on Etsy that I really liked, but didn’t want to pay 200 dollars for a handful of hangers. I practiced a few times bending the wire into letters and then made a hanger for each bridesmaid to hang their dress on the day of. A friend of mine did my makeup the morning of and a bridesmaid did my hair. Seeing all of the projects come together and all the work that our friends and family put into getting things ready, made the day extra special for me and William.

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Our wedding would not have happened if we did not have such wonderful friends and family to help us out. My aunt Tina was always the one with the plan. Once I got engaged, she invited me and my mom down to her house to start brainstorming. She also came with me to look at wedding dresses, visited the venue with me and my parents, and came down a day early to help with wedding decorations. She started her own board on Pinterest and put lots of ideas together for us to look at. She was also the one who did the flowers for our wedding. She came with my mom and me to a wholesale florist for an afternoon and we went through and picked out what type of flowers I wanted for the bouquets, table center pieces and decorations. She was a main driving force behind all things wedding related.

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Katie & Andy’s DIY Backyard Woodland Wedding in Virginia

Katie & Andy fell in love with the house that Katie’s grandfather built. The house is set within the tranquility of Great Falls and you will all soon see why Katie & Andy picked this place as their wedding venue. Not only is the house GORGEOUS, but Katie spent her childhood in this house – learning to bake, garden, and spend time with family. This venue held so much family emotion and history, it made for a PERFECT backdrop for their wedding day. Thanks to Douglas Pettway for this real Virginia wedding.

Katie & Andy’s DIY Backyard Woodland Wedding in Virginia

DIY Virginia backyard wedding

Photographer: Douglas Pettway | Venue: Grandparents house/backyard | Cake: Tea Time Delicacies | DJ: Friend | Catering: Tea Time Delicacies | Flowers: Tonya at Occasional Flowers | Hair/Makeup: Paola Rios | Shoes: DSW (Nina) | Dress: Jeanettes Bridal | Centerpieces: DIYed by Groom

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She spent much of her childhood there learning to cook, garden, and grow vegetables. Their house was always the location where the family got together for holidays, birthdays, and weekend dinners. When Katie met Andy, he also feel in love with the beauty the tranquility of the rare property in Great Falls. Katie’s grandfather built the house and designed all of the landscaping. They alone take care of the garden with no outside help for the last 48 years. They are two of the hardest working people we know and it is reflected in their property.  Their house has always been so special to us that it was the obvious, and the only place we considered for our wedding.

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Their house is also the place where Andy proposed. Katie thought she was going over to help work in the garden but Andy surprised her by planning a proposal with friends and family.

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We choose purples, yellows, and greens as our colors after we decided to get married in the spring. We thought they would complement the outdoor spring colors: the foliage, the flowers, and the green buds on the trees.

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Capitol Wedding: Shannon & Jeremy’s Purple Fairy Tale Wedding at Murray Hill in Leesburg, VA

Today’s Washington, DC area wedding feature is somewhat dreamlike and totally fairy tale inspired.  Shannon & Jeremy used a mix of rustic details with shades of purple to create a stunning wedding at the gorgeous, historic Murray Hill in Leesburg, VA.  The entire wedding was captured by Softbox Media Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights].

Shannon & Jeremy’s Rustic, Fairy Tale Wedding at Murray Hill in Leesburg, VA.


Floral Designer:  Twinbrook Floral Design
Caterer: Savoire Fare
Event Planner: A Sweet Soiree
Dress Designer:  Galina Signature
Equipment Rentals:  Capital Party Rentals
Event Venue:  Murray Hill

About the couple:

He’s a Caps fan from VA, she’s a Pen’s fan from Pittsburgh but they don’t let that get in the way of their love! In fact, they even celebrate it!

The wedding was a the gorgeous historic Murray Hill in Leesburg, VA and Courtney of A Sweet Soiree really helped them to roll out some amazing details.

Perhaps my favorite part of the ceremony was the Oathing Stone. The bride and groom and guests were all given stones to hold. In Celtic tradition, you hold these stones during the ceremony and all your well wishes for the couple are said to permeate the stone.

At the end, you deposit them in a beautiful urn for the couple to take home with them where they’ll be surrounded by all the love and prayers of their guests for their married lives!

^love this unique wedding ceremony idea!

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