Get your Thursday going with this adorable vineyard wedding from Terra Dawn Photography. When Terra’s name popped up into my inbox ~ I was excited. She gets SUCH cool clients in the DC area AND her photography rocks – so I always win when I see Terra’s name.

Today‘s Real Capitol Wedding features Kari & Ross

Kari & Ross were married this past September at the Sharp Rock Vineyard, in Sperryville VA. The couple used lots of Etsy vendors and garnered a ton of help from family and friends to execute their beautiful wedding. I think you will really enjoy this one and all it’s details ~ including an amazing story from Terra about how insanely laid-back Kari was as a bride ….

Terra shares:

Kari and Ross are probably some of the most kind people I have ever met in my life.  They are nothing but relaxed, giving, loving people.

Kari’s stunning dress is from Essence of Australia D988 from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection


Kari’s earrings were also from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection and her gold, ruby ring was her late grandmother‘s. Truly touching and such a beautiful memory to have on you while you get married!

Ok … now it is on to the funniest story Terra shared about Kari & Ross’s big day ….

On their wedding day, Kari and Ross decided to do a “first look session” with me before their wedding started.  Ross was due to be in a certain place near where Kari was getting ready at 3pm.  (Kari would be able to see him through her bridal suite window).  3:15 rolled around and Ross did not appear.  Poor Kari was looking out her window WAITING for him to walk over the hill!! So finally, we decided that I should go and find out what was keeping him. Remember…they got married at a vineyard.  *sigh*

When I found Ross, he was smiling and laughing and playing Monopoly Cards (and drinking a nice glass of Merlot) with his best man!  He won the round (in 20 seconds under my stern glare) and I ushered him out the door to get ready and meet his bride.  Yeah….you read that right.  HE WASN’T EVEN DRESSED!!  He was playing cards in his button down short sleeve shirt!
Read more for the Kari’s reaction and the rest of the gorgeous pictures from this beautiful & sweet Virginian, vineyard wedding!

When I walked back into the bridal suite to gently inform the nervous Kari, her response was:
Kari: “He was drinking wine, wasn’t he?”
Me: “Umm…maybe?”
Kari: “He was playing Monopoly Cards, wasn’t he?”
Me: Silence.

Oh….she’s gooooood.  :D  She just smiled and ten minutes later we had Ross where he was supposed to be and one happy bride ready to meet him.  I’d say if they can plan a wedding with that being the only glitch….they are going to have one amazing future.

Seriously, Kari might just be the most relaxed bride in the universe ~ if Andy did that to me ….. I don’t even think I can type on my blog what I would have done to him! ;-p

I really like using the two first name initials instead of just the new last name initial for the cake topper. Such a better reflection of the two individuals being joined, IMO.

Congratulations Kari & Ross!!! We wish you many, many years of life, laughter, and happiness!

A very special thank you again to Terra Dawn Photography for sharing her insights, story, and of course, her beautiful images with us!


PhotographerTerra Dawn Photography
Earrings – from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection
Gold ruby ring – My late grandmother’s
Shoes – Nina Shoes “Culver”
Garter – GarterLady on Etsy
Hair flower OliniFloral on Etsy
Ross’ suit – Joseph Abboud
Flowers – Village Flowers
Hair and Make-up – Salon Emage
Caterer – Pepper’s Grill (dishes and napkins supplied)
Bridesmaids’ dress – J. Crew, Sophia in Vintage Blue
Matron of honor purse – fosterkadedesigns on Etsy
Bridesmaids’ purse – GraceyBags on Etsy
Some of the special details of our day were provided by our friends:
DJ – our iPod with our friend Owen managing
Invitations – designed by friend/designer/photographer Lindsay Tendler,
Home brew by Ross’ roommate at the time Jeremy
Dinner wine selected by my high school friend Barrett who is a sommelier
Officiant – our friend Derek who works for a church in Baltimore


  1. P.S. I photograph TONS of in love couples every year….but this may be the most “in love” couple I’ve ever had. Not even kidding. They are amazing.

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