Oh welcome our first gorgeous wedding of 2016! A stunning intimate American-Jamaican wedding in a gorgeous flower garden wedding in Virginia, USA,
Some of you may recognise the lovely Heather and Andrew from their brilliant engagement shoot in Politics and Prose.
A beautiful intimate celebration with their nearest and dearest, no bridesmaids, no groomsmen, just with the perfect pure nature of Wollam Gardens Flower Farm, Jeffersonton as their backdrop.
Captured perfectly again by the super talented Katch Silva this wedding oozes such purity and love. Enjoy it.
It’s been such a joy editing this wedding for you, from the personal vows to jumping the broom. Beautiful Heather wearing a perfect soft pink Watters two piece dress (and boots!) and handsome groom Andrew in a dashing tuxedo and trendy kicks. This couple ooze their own style and chose to celebrate their wedding in their own gorgeous way. Over to the happy couple for their rundown…
We chose Katch Silva as our photographer. She was the most amazing person to work with. She is friendly, professional, funny, and laid-back. We worked with her for both our engagement and wedding photos and we would recommend her to everyone!! She has a great eye for detail and captures emotions beautifully.
Andrew proposed on Christmas morning while we were watching the film: A Christmas Carol, the George C Scott version. One of the many reasons, I love Christmas. (Nu Bride: You can read the full proposal story here!)
Andrew and I decided from the beginning that we would make this day about us and honour our vision of a laid back family day with good food and laughter. We accomplished that.
We love to throw a good party. We like to make sure all of our family and friends feel welcome and appreciated. We took time after the ceremony to go row by row and hug each of our guests. We also decided to cut each slice of cake and hand it to each of our guests. It was a great time to be good hosts and once again say “thank you for your love and support”.
We decided not have bridesmaids/groomsmen because for us, we had a small wedding and the people we invited are our community and we did not feel the need to further designate people to stand with us. We were surrounded by the people who support us in our life and love. It was important to us to reinforce the bonds of our community on our wedding day
I loved when Andrew put the flowers in my hair before I got into my gown. It is just a testament of how patient and gentle he is with me. He cares for me so completely…
After lots of research, I chose Jo Trimmer, a fantastic make-up artist out of Leesburg, Virginia to do my wedding make up.
I chose a Watters “Carina” lace corset and “Ahsan” tulle skirt, I ended up wearing my combat boots lol because it was raining and muddy. (Nu Bride: brilliant lol!)
We had a day of coordinator by the name of Jasmine Smith of Just for the Day . I did a great job planning the wedding in the months leading up to the big day but having Jasmine present for the day of the wedding was one of the best decisions we made. She is FANTASTIC. Organised, professional, friendly, and works well under pressure. I would happily recommend her! Money well spent
The first time my dad saw me in my gown and gave me a hug. I started crying instantly!
The First Look
The first look happened in one of the green houses on the property. I walked in and touched Andrew’s shoulder and we hugged. He made a joke that made me laugh and we enjoyed another 10 minutes of holding hands and taking photos. It gave us a chance to squash our nervousness and have an intimate moment to say I love you. Surprisingly, I did not cry.
I chose to have my brother and Dad walk me down the aisle because they have been a constant support system for me since I was a kid.
They give me much-needed honest advice on being a grown up in a relationship. I would not be where I am today in my relationship, if it wasn’t for one or both of them giving me a reality check numerous times when I was over (or under) reacting.
My dad is the BEST role model for the way a man should treat a woman. A true gentleman and romantic.
He is the man that reminds his friends and neighbours to give their wives gifts and flowers on mother’s day because it the most important job and severely under appreciated.
My mother passed away when I was in college and they (my brother and dad) are really the only family I have left. I didn’t leave my brother’s side for about 6 months or so after our mom passed away. My brother is my best friend. It didn’t feel right to not have him by my side to help give me away. I talk to my dad and brother numerous times a week, so it just felt right. (Nu Bride: Perfect)
I loved our ceremony. Andrew’s vows were beautiful. We framed our vows after the wedding and hung them on a wall that we pass by often. My favorite section of his vows:
Finally, after 262,504,639.501 seconds I can realise that time is far from flat, but a multifaceted gem glinting in the ever shifting light of perspective, so that 262,504,639.501 seconds is actually 525,009,279.002 seconds because it would be truly short-sighted to not to acknowledge that our timeline together is comprised of both your perspective and my perspective.
Knowing this I can promise here and now, for better or worse, in sickness and in health to love you as your husband as we walk forward from this point in time.
Nu Brides: TEARS!
One of the funniest moments was when a bee got stuck in the tulle of my gown. After the ceremony (yes, it was there the entire ceremony and my brother did not tell me for fear I would squeal and run!) (Nu Bride: NOOOOO!) a group of family worked together to get the bee out of my skirt. Thank God for all the layers of tulle. (Nu Bride: LOL!)
The flowers were done by our venue Wollam Gardens as they are a working flower farm. I purchased and organised our décor mostly from Etsy.
We did not have any favours, instead we donated to a few of our favourite local charities and we printed our programs ourselves on recycled paper.
We ordered our cakes from our local grocery store and they did a great job. We had six different flavours, including red velvet, carrot, double fudge, chocolate with raspberry, and coconut. DELICIOUS!
For our first dance we chose You and I by Local Natives.
Andrew’s mom and best friend baked cookies for our wedding and we had a cookie table. This is a Pennsylvania tradition that I loved. Everyone got to take cookies with them at the end of the night.
Challenges and Triumphs
You can’t make everyone happy, no matter how hard you try. My brother is still upset me with that we did a first look, even though my dad did not want us to. But as husband and wife, we will have to make decisions that others don’t agree with and that is part of being an adult and in a long-term relationship. The wedding was a good example of what life will be like, making decisions.
Triumphs: We had delicious affordable food that people are still talking about. It wasn’t fancy: it was barbecue on bamboo plates but people are still asking about the brisket and cornbread!
Also, people made friends at our wedding. My graduate school advisor and one of my best friends got together for lunch the other day! (Nu Bride: lovely!)
Tip for Other Couples
Honour yourselves and what you want.
Remember to make time for yourselves to just relax and NOT talk about the wedding.
It is important to take a break from wedding planning, for your sanity and the health of your relationship. Also, the wedding is just one day in a lifetime of memories together. Maintain perspective. And finally, if you don’t like a “tradition” that is common in weddings, don’t do it.
It is ok to break the mould and do something different. We didn’t have a bridesmaids or groomsmen. I did not toss my bouquet or wear a garter belt. Andrew and I spent the night together, the night before our wedding. IT worked for US and that is what matters.
Nu Bride: Love this advice! Thank you for for sharing your wedding and following Nu Bride on your beautiful journey to I do. With much love.
Venue: Wollam Gardens Flower Farm, Jeffersonton, Virginia
Photography: Katch Silva
Planner: Just for the Day