Remember this adorable couple? Well they’ve since gone and got married and their wedding is just AMAZING. Completely handmade, one of a kind, and set in a super awesome offbeat Northern Virginia wedding venue – a coffee shop!! Clarendon dwellers and other NoVa folk alike will instantly recognize their venue – it’s Northside Social, but all readers will be able to appreciate the time and thought this couple put into their wedding day! It was really no wonder that Green Wedding Shoes picked it up first, and we are happy to share it again with you all.
Thanks to Love By Serena and the lovely couple, we have a TON of details and information to share on this truly unique wedding and make sure you make it to the end to see their seriously rad wedding highlight video from Caravan. It’s one of the BEST highlight reels I have seen. Like ever.
Chris & Misato’s Handmade, Creative Virginia Wedding at a Coffee Shop
Photography: Love By Serena | Bride’s Gown: LM Collection at Bloomingdales | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie | Catering: Northside Social | Cake: Sophie Camp with Northside Social | Favors/Centerpieces/Decorations: DIY | Flowers: Potomac Floral Wholesale & DIY | Hair: Keiko Goto from Ozuki Salon | Makeup: Akea from Sephora | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Men’s Attire: Banana Republic, Express & Topman | Music: DIY Playlist | Shoes: Nine West | Stationery: DIY | Wedding Rings: Designed by Bride, handmade for each other | Videography: Caravan | Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Misato is originally from Japan and has been in living in the U.S. for the past 10 years. She has background in Fine Arts (focus: metal working and jewelry making). She currently works as a Display Coordinator for Anthropologie. Chris grew up in the Northern Virginia area and currently works in the culinary field at a delicious restaurant in Arlington, VA (Lyon Hall). Misato and Chris had their wedding celebration this past August, but were officially married for about 2 years before the celebration (her entire family flew in from Japan for the event).
From Misato, the bride:
As many couples do, we went through lots and lots of wedding website and pictures trying to come up with ideas, but we realized that we wanted the wedding to be simple and easy going, just like who we are (and we were running out of time!). We love blue, yellow, green, rustic neutral, and animals so we used that as our theme.
I LOVE this detail about their handmade wedding rings ^
Our wedding bands are made by each other with the casting of Red string. In some Asian countries, it is believed that people who are meant to be together are connected by red string. So when we got married summer of 2010, we tied a red string on each others ring finger. We used that string to make our wedding bands to be connected by red string forever.
But before the dress, decor, music, guest list, flower and so on, our first priority was the food! Northside Social and its sister restaurant Lyon Hall and Liberty Tavern make cheeses, sausages, and charcuteries in house and they are one of our favorite restaurant in the DC area.
Click inside for SO MUCH MORE of this super awesome, alternative & handmade Virginia wedding!