I am so thrilled to share this rustic Riverside on the Potomac barn wedding with you all! A week ago today, Ashley and Christopher were married at one of my favorite VA wedding venues and it was such an incredible day. I have just loved working with Ashley and Chris from the very first time these two emailed me about my availability, up through documenting their engagement and now having finally witnessed them become husband and wife. Not only did they write their own personal vows to each other, they also wrote most of the ceremony themselves and I really feel it was one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing. These two also put a TON of DIY-elbow grease into this wedding which you’ll definitely see in the insane length of this blog post (seriously – my apologies in advance!), but they both put so much thought and preparation into the decor and details and I really wanted to showcase their hard work here. All signage, favors, guest check in table (card box, guest letter, & canvas), center pieces and table numbers, custom shot ski, apple cider table, bar stir sticks, bathroom baskets, ceremony reserved tags, hand cut wood stumps going up the stairs to cocktail hour, wood hourglass at ceremony, and photo cuff links for the father were all DIY. Yowza! That is quite a lot of projects they set up for themselves but they are both uber talented and it definitely created a wedding that was reflective of them.
Their whole day went off without a hitch and everyone had such a blast. The amazing Bachelor Boys band did such a phenomenal job and kept the party up and dancing all night! You’ll see in the reception photos below just how much fun everyone had. One of my favorite moments of their day was when the Bachelor Boys band sang with adjusted lyrics to Macy Gray’s “I Try”, changing the line “My world crumbles when you are not near” to “I wear goggles when you are not near” during Ashley and her dad’s father/daughter dance. This was an inside thing between them (and I laughed at it because years ago I, too, had always thought Macy Gray was saying the very same line to that song!). The bridal party handed out goggles to all of the wedding guests to wear as Ashley and her dad shared their father daughter dance together and it was pretty stinkin adorable, especially since Ashley and Christopher had actually met because of a swim team and were donating all of the goggles to their local swim team after the wedding. I also have to quickly mention that Ashley and Christopher take the cake (or pie, in their case, since they didn’t do cake ;o) for officially winning the newly-married-couple-who-was-on-the-dance-floor-dancing-together-the-longest-at-their-wedding award. Those two danced together for so long that night! Their custom DIY shotski was also such a hit because their friends and family took shots off of it all night and it was super entertaining for everyone.
Ashley and Christopher, I just adore you two and have really enjoyed my time getting to play a small part in such an amazing time in your lives and the start of this new adventure for you both. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me to be there with you guys and I hope so much that you enjoy looking back on your day! Enjoy some of my many favorites! #HereComeTheMorelands. XO.
The awesome vendors who made this day possible:
An enormous thank you goes out to Lissa Ryan Photography for photographing this wedding with me! | Ceremony + Reception: Riverside on the Potomac | Florist: Blooming Arts by Kirsten | Hair and Makeup: Jamie D’Agostino | Catering: Canapés (Mike Delphey)| Day of Coordinator: Ashley Wilson | Band: The Bachelor Boys | Pies: Canapés (Mike Delphey) | Officiant: Capital Ceremonies, A.C. Warden | Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero Couture, Couture by Posh Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Groomsmen and Groom Attire: Mens Wearhouse, Ties from The Tie Bar, All white shoes from Under Armour | Invitations: Made by the bride and groom | All signage, pinecone firestarter favors, guest check-in table (card box, guest letter, & canvas), centerpieces and table numbers, shot ski, apple cider table, bar stir sticks, bathroom baskets, ceremony reserved tags, handcut wood stumps, wood hourglass at ceremony, and photo cuff links for the fathers were all DIY by the bride and groom!
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