Devon and Dan infuse their Charlottesville wedding with special touches that hint at her hometown, their courtship, and their desire to have an elegant and subtly preppy celebration of their love.
Stationer Cheree Berry, for whom the bride now serves as a consultant, created all of the paper elements for the wedding, from the save-the-dates to the signage on the getaway car.
The save-the-date, a square mini book, sets the tone for the wedding. Disclosing the story of how the couple met in a whimsical, fairy-tale manner, it begins with "Once upon a time." (The "Happily Ever After" comes with the wedding program.)
Page by page, the save-the-date continues with Devon and Dan's love story: "There was a Virginia horse race. And at the race, there was a boy with a tie. It was navy and pink, and striped. One-part classic, one-part fun... just like the boy. At the race, there was also a girl, who spotted the tie, before she spotted the boy. She liked the look of the tie. She loved the look of the boy. They laughed. And cheered. And celebrated the race. He asked her out. She said yes. Two years later... she still likes the tie. But she loves the boy. He popped the question. She said yes. Let's laugh and cheer and celebrate with them... as they tie the knot."
The back of the booklet points to the pink ribbon holding it together and explains "We're tying the knot."
The letterpressed invitation features the calligraphy of Elizabeth Porcher Jones and is backed with a pink-and-navy-striped card stock that mirrors the fabled tie. The inner and outer envelopes feature stars stamped on the front, hinting at the subtle fairy-tale aspect of the couple's wedding. The inner envelope, lined with navy-and-ivory-striped paper, is stamped in soft pink with "Virginia is for lovers" by the back flap.
Devon and Dan welcome their out-of-town guests with a box of delicious Virginia treats: apple donuts from a nearby orchard, sparkling cider from a neighboring winery, homemade pumpkin bread baked by the mother of the bride, kettle corn from a local popcorn maker, and a note from the couple, designed by Cheree Berry
Devon's sister, Rachael, carries a bouquet that mimics the bride's monochromatic blooms, but in a punchy magenta palette that matches her dress.
Devon, a fan of arts and crafts, treated her bridesmaids to a flower arranging class the day before the wedding. The girls learned how to make bouquets, and each made her own to carry in the wedding. Later, the bouquets serve double-duty as decor during the cocktail hour: they are placed in glass vessels, with a calligraphed tag for each bridesmaid attached.
Charlottesville is a fitting choice in location, since the bride attended the University of Virginia. The area has also become meaningful to the groom over the time the couple has dated.
To further personalize the ceremony, Devon's family minister traveled from Maryland to serve as the officiant.
Two hundred guests witness the 5 p.m. ceremony, held in a stunning church with a balcony and large organ pipes. Beehive Events created ribboned garlands of white peegee hydrangeas, Casablanca lilies, roses, and magnolia blossoms and suspended them from the door frame of the church, across the altar, and along the pews.
Guests are transported to the Farmington Country Club for the reception. There, they enjoy traditional Southern touches such as ham and cheese biscuits, cocktails, and croquet on the lawn. Hoping to capture their personalities, the couple worked with Washington, D.C.-based planner Aimee Dominick of A. Dominick Events and local planner Easton Events to execute their vision of a classic dinner party with preppy touches.
The multi-course dinner incorporates traditional Southern fare with the bride's hometown favorites. A chilled gazpacho with a cheese straw (a Southern staple) kicks off the courses; Maryland crab cakes served with sweet potatoes and broccoli rabe follow. A trio of sorbets in mini cones are a sweet ending to the summery meal.