Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Whimsical Woodend Wedding {Ginny & Chris}

Although September proved to be a challenge for us weather wise, Ginny and Chris got blessed with a beautiful day for a ceremony and reception at Woodend Sanctuary!  The beautiful, classic venue was perfect for the vision they wanted to create!

When I first met Ginny (and later on Chris), I fell in love with them as a couple!  They are quirky, real, and obviously so in love!  A wedding planner’s dream come true!  Ginny and I found our common ground- both James Madison University alums!  I loved all the wonderful touches that she wanted to add to make her event unique and perfectly reflective of the couple’s relationship! 

We got Ginny and Chris ready at the Bethesda Doubletree which is so convenient to the venue!

One of my favorite touches were the programs, which were created by Lilypad Weddings (as well as the invitations, programs, escort cards, and table numbers)!  They listed each of their wedding party along with their superhero power- a nod to Chris’s love for comics!  It was great to read all the descriptions and hear the giggles in the crowd as guests read through the program!

Woodend is a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos!  Chris and Ginny took a ton of pictures in the grove with the talented Emily Johnston Anderson Photography who came all the way from New York to capture these moments! 

Cocktail hour was held outside with cornhole games to keep the crowd moving!  I love this shot of one of the ring bearers taking a break from the party!  Windows Catering served delicious nibbles and yummy cocktails outside on the portico!

We moved under the tent for dinner and were treated to red wine braised boneless short ribs or harvest chicken! Yum!  Christopher from Amaryllis created beautiful arrangements for the different tables.  Ginny and Chris both work in the publishing industry in New York and had been collecting a variety of 1st editions from vintage bookstores which were arranged with small turquoise vases filled with seasonal flowers.  The other tables were birdcages overflowing with flowers coupled with some mason jars holding smaller arrangements.

Mike from MyDeejay kept the dance floor going after dinner and toasts (which were some of the best I have ever heard)! 

Not to mention, a spirited cake cutting!

All in all- a beautiful night for a stunning couple! 

Thanks to Emily Johnston Anderson for sharing the beautiful images!
Congratulations Ginny and Chris!!