Cattleya & Chris’s Wedding at Virginia’s Rust Manor House

Cattleya & Chris’s Wedding at Virginia’s Rust Manor House

Even though Cattleya & Chris’s wedding was held on the July 4 holiday, no extra fireworks were needed for this fun-loving, sweet and motorcycle-riding couple. Theirs was a very family-centric, intimate event and they even had a close friend serve as officiant. While there was a little rain earlier in the day, it merely sprinkled a bit during their first look, and after just a few clouds during the ceremony, the sun made a glorious appearance in the misty haze just in time for some beautiful portraits around the historic manor’s grounds. Lather that evening, it was fun hanging out with all the kids (and kid-thinking adults) getting their fill on some late night Summer s’mores. Yum! All in all, we can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate the Fourth.

Check out a few of our favorite moments and details below, then check out their full gallery. The password is Cattleya’s maiden name and is case-sensitive. Bonus points for correct spelling.

The fantastic team:
Venue: Rust Manor House
Catering: Great Blue Heron
Florist: Jennifer Morris

Bill’s faves of Anne’s:

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Anne’s faves of Bill’s:

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Some lovely details:

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Forest wedding ceremony

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Wedding cake with Pinky & the Brain

Dear c&c,

Some of the moments we truly loved during your wedding include: How calm you both were while it was raining during your getting ready, as if there was nary a care in the world (there really wasn’t). Your cake toppers representing your nicknames for each other. (Although we can’t remember who was Pinky and who was the Brain.) Cat, when you finished getting dressed, that look of utter love your mom had on her face. Your “rain? what rain?” feeling you had during your first look. Including your grandma in the ceremony via FaceTime (we think she had a pretty good view)! Chris, your wedding ring designed to look like motorcycle tread. The huge smiles of, “We did it!” right after you kissed as your guests applauded. Pinky reaching in vain for the Brain, as it tumbled over the side of the cake after your cake cutting. And not technically a moment, but man, choosing between all those amazing homemade cakes, pies and S’mores was really, really hard. (Had to go for the S’mores in case you were wondering. Wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without them!)

Congratulations, you two and we wish you many, many fun loving Fourths in the future!

xoxo,
….a&b

 

Katie & Dustin’s Colorado Plains Wedding

Katie & Dustin’s Colorado Plains Wedding

Colorado, in a way, is like California–separated by region and geography. We’re based at the foothills, with toes in both the plains and the mountains–just the way we like it. When we met Katie and her family, their plan was to wed on a plot of land Katie and Dustin had just purchased, the custom-built arbor the first structure to be placed on land which will eventually support their house and home.

What was that old saying, April showers bring May flowers? Well, in Colorado those showers continued through May, making their land a bit of a mudfest. Thankfully Dustin’s family came to the rescue, offering their barn as a backup spot for the ceremony. There was even more legacy built in, as K&D’s getaway car, a gorgeous red Chevelle, was the same car Dustin’s parents drove to the hospital when Dustin was born. Moreover, it was great to see our good friend Rachel supplying some beautiful flowers that fit their event just perfectly.

Since this was an intimate wedding and Anne was otherwise engaged, just Bill documented K&D’s celebration. Enjoy some of our favorite moments from the day below, and their full gallery here. The password is Katie’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

Ceremony venue: Private farm
Reception venue: Pelican Lakes Country Club
Florist: Aflorae
Band: Harly’s V-Rods
Baker: Me Oh My Pie
Hair & make-up: Jeannie Guitierez

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Dear k&d,

Some of my favorite moments from your day include: Watching the smile on your face grow by the minute, Katie, as your friends arrived during your getting ready. Laughing while putting rings on each other’s fingers. Getting a huge (and really tight) hug from your grandma right after the ceremony. Spinning out on the grass (oops!) on your way to the country club. Your sister’s performing as Beyonce–a great way to start the reception. Watching all your family and friends dance hard to hard rock, wishing the evening would never end.

It was fun, and I’m so glad I could be a part of it, thank you!

xoxo,
(a&)b