So remember when I went out to Leesburg, VA a few weekends ago to not only witness the beaautiful nuptials of Corrie & Tim, but live-tweet their wedding too!? Well, in case you didn’t catch the live-tweet, fret not, today’s real Virginia wedding feature is going to be chocked full of tidbits from our live-tweet, along with a TON of Corrie’s personal details and stories from the day. All this, masterfully captured by one of my favorite, Washington DC area wedding photographers, Luke Eshleman.
[yes, Corrie is a bride in chucks & yes i am losing my shiz over it]
Corrie & Tim’s fabulous Leesburg, VA wedding at the Thomas Birkby House, was truly unique and 100% them. From the music selections (Mumford & Sons, Dropkick Murphys, Say Anything (!!!!!)), to the Shakespearean theme (“Much Ado About Nothing“), and the social-media elements woven throughout the day, Corrie & Tim put their hearts, soul, and personality into their wedding, and it’s plain as day to see. They also happen to be two of the NICEST people I have ever met, so I cannot wait to share their beautiful home-grown Virginia wedding with you.
*Warning*: between the details from Corrie, some of my own Tweets & Twitpics from the day, and all the gorgeous pics from Luke, it was just impossible to scale this down, so I had to make it a two-parter. However, I don’t think you will mind in the least...
Corrie explains how her and Tim ended up at the Thomas Birkby House in Leesburg, VA for their wedding venue:
When I started planning the wedding, I initially wanted a rural barn wedding in the fall with DIY touches and a casual feel, but that was nixed by logistical concerns: like bathrooms, travel distance, hotel accommodations, degree of difficulty for the elderly, etc. I started looking at venues and eventually looked at what must have been every location ever that had a semblance of outdoor space. January of this year rolled around and venues were starting to be booked up for the fall. Eventually I gave in to some parental pressure and went with the Birkby House over a phone call and agreed to the only open date – July 23rd – in an effort to get the whole stressful thing over and done with.
My shot of the Thomas Birkby House
Corrie’s beautiful dress from Moni’s Bridal Boutique
This shot inside the old house of Tim getting ready is SO cool. I love the angle.
I just couldnt get behind the idea of spending $1000 on flowers that would wilt and die, so I had my bridesmaids carry white parasols instead of bouquets (useful in the July heat) and my mom ran over to Wegman‘s the morning of the wedding and picked up a pre-made natural looking flower bundle and wrapped it with ribbon for my bouquet (I wanted something to toss!).
A seriously sensible bride – I love it. Happy to find someone that felt like I did about flowers!
Click inside for the rest of this amazing, real Leesburg, VA wedding at the Thomas Birkby House!
Once I had a date and a venue I proceeded to go about choosing all of the other elements for a wedding. I was immediately overwhelmed with all of the different options and looks and things I could do. I have very eclectic taste but wanted to do something simple and inexpensive. I needed a single point of inspiration to base my ideas around and hold the whole experience together.
My venue, the Thomas Birkby House, is a historical home in old town Leesburg, VA with a strong colonial feel to it. Colonial things make me think of England which always brings me to Shakespeare and the theatre. I have a strong background in theatre and loved the idea of bringing in theatrical elements to the wedding. Weddings are also a huge fuss over a simple formal ceremony. So my “theme” for the wedding became my favorite Shakespearean play “Much Ado About Nothing”.
I love Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation and so began to pull from it’s color palette and style. White and tan became my “colors” and I incorporated simple elements like ribbon streamers, parasols, and sandalwood fans into the decor. I styled the program after a playbill and included quotes from the play on the back of it.
Corrie’s Playbill themed Wedding Programs
Which, to my utter surprise, included me in it!!
So, I returned the favor…with my crappy Blackberry phone camera…
Corrie’s awesome & natural (& budget-friendly) Wegman‘s bridal bouquet in action!
(PS – I was right! Their recessional song was the ever-awesome, Dropkick Murphy’s cover of Amazing Grace)
Wooo! You did it!
And then I just HAD to sneak upstairs to say hi to Corrie & Tim!
Love these two :) You guys rock.
Be sure to come back tomorrow morning for more pictures, details, twitpics & tweets in Part-2 of Corrie & Tim’s beautiful Leesburg, VA wedding by Luke Eshleman Photography!