No detail was overlooked during the planning of Becky and Will’s breathtaking wedding day. With notes of Southern charm and classic romance sprinkled throughout, their day could not have been more perfectly suited for the couple. From the elegant bridal details down to the detail on the couple’s champagne glasses, the day was impeccable from start to finish. Their venue, Long Branch Historic House, was charming and secluded nestled in the rolling hills of northern Virginia, just miles from Maryland and West Virginia.
Family heirlooms played a large role in the bride’s accessories. She dawned her grandmother’s earrings, ring, and bracelet. Her veil was her mother’s from her parents’ wedding day as well. The lace on the edge of the veil was a perfect accent for the intricate detail of the lace on her dress.
Becky and Will shared an intimate first look in a private rose garden on the property. Their first look and portraits would not have been complete without their sweet pups joining us! Belle and Biscuit were on their best behavior, wearing flower collars to celebrate their parents’ big day tying the knot!
Throughout the ceremony, I noticed more and more of the ladies in attendance sporting large hats and fascinators with florals attached. The bride’s mother had requested that they be worn! It was appropriate as their wedding day was also the day of the final Triple Crown race at Belmont Stakes and many retired racehorses take up residence on the Long Branch property as well. The bright colors and big hats added to that Southern charm that characterized the whole day. They were married by a lifelong friend of Becky’s family, and it was so sweet to witness both Becky and Will’s families support and encourage them on their big day. The tears in both mothers’ eyes were heartfelt and joyful.
The reception began and the guests were greeted with their place cards on a refinished shutter that was crafted by the bride’s father. Each table was crowned with a blue and white porcelain piece that belongs to the bride’s mother. They were filled with beautiful florals and accented with citruses to add an additional pop of color.
Becky’s father’s heartfelt welcome to the guests brought the entire night together by noting the sweet relationship between Becky and Will. They share a love of travel, which is apparent by their proposal story. Will proposed to Becky at the Punta Carena Lighthouse on the island of Capri in Italy! The bride and groom danced their first dance oh so gracefully in the manner they had practiced to “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles to commemorate the place they met and began dating.
Once dinner was served, the party started! I have never attended a wedding with such enthusiastic and non-stop dancing. The dance floor didn’t get a rest all night!
Their night was concluded with a beautiful exit where the guests waved silver pom-poms to send the newlyweds off to their next adventure!
VENUE: Long Branch Historic House and Farm
COORDINATOR: Felicia Owens-Smith
CAKE ARTIST: Jason Reaves at Market Salamander
BAND/DJ: The DJ Connection& Heather Butler at Newtown Music
MAKE-UP & HAIR: SAS Studio and Salon
CATERING: Shirley’s Catering
BRIDESMAIDS DRESS: The Dessy Group
TUXES: Men’s Wearhouse
STATIONERY: Peach and Paperie