During the busy wedding season I get some many great couples to work with it’s impossible to blog about all of them right after their wedding. This week I wanted to share a lovely wedding filled with dancing, rhyme, and family that touched my heart. Ali and Casey are one of those couples that everyone wants to know. Ali seems to fill every room she walks into with happiness, so it’s easy to see why Casey wanted to spend every day of his life with her. Their wedding took place last August on a lovely sunny day at Wild Rose Weddings in Arlington. This charming garden venue was perfect for the couple’s country DIY style event. Some of my favorite parts of this wedding were the details. Not only did they do a great job incorporating their personal style, but they did it using recycled materials! Wooden pallets became signage, scraps of fabric became the guestbook (later to be sewn into a quilt), and quilts became extra seating on the lawn! Additionally, table decorations include salvaged frames, glass vases, and delicate floral arrangements. Adding to the country vibe were Ali’s white cowboy boots, (her bridesmaids wore boots as well), chalkboard and burlap accents. Overall this wedding was a perfect Pinterest mashup, taking from some of the internet’s best ideas to create something personalized.
Beyond the fun decorations, this wedding was full of surprises. The first was the vows. Not only was this ceremony preformed by the bride’s cousins, it was done in perfect rhyme! If Dr. Seuss could write wedding vows, this ceremony would have been it! Now you might think that sounds like a bad idea, but it was adorable, funny, and moving all at the same time. I will never forget the look I exchanged with my assistant Adria when after a few couplets we both realized the entire ceremony was done in this style. There was a shared silent expression, of bemusement. I couldn’t help but think, “how are they going to keep this up?” followed by “wow, this is actually really well done!” Then we shared a smile, and mentally I awarded bonus points to Casey and Ali for their creativity.
The next big surprise and ultimately the best moment of the night was the couples entrance/first dance. The wedding party formed a human tunnel, and at the DJ’s word our newlyweds ran down the hill and onto the dance floor where they preformed what can only be described as an epic dance montage that included “Greese”, “Billy Jean”, and everything else that was good from the ’80’s to the present. Casey even had the fedora and one rhinestone encrusted glove required. Our night finished out with some sweet messages of love and congratulations to the couple, a small but memorable cheesecake fight, and more dancing.
To the happy couple I offer my deepest gratitude for being a part of your special day. Your love is an example to us all. May every day be as magical and filled with love as your wedding day.