How could you possibly go wrong with a macramé backdrop for your wedding ceremony? Kathryn and Nathan’s wedding was an ideal blend of vendor talent (Tart Event Co. and The Green Flamingo to name a few) and helping hands of family and friends. The blend resulted in a romantic, personal, yet sophisticated day, all captured by Jeffrey C. Gleason Photography.

Natural + Romantic Wedding with Macrame Details - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

From the event designers, Tart Event Co.: Kathryn and Nathan’s story began when they met in 8th grade. The following nine years were filled with memorable high school & college experiences together, but also times of great loss. Kathryn & Nathan found their love strengthening as they supported each other through the devastating loss of a grandfather, a best friend, a brother and a father. During their wedding planning process, it was important to them both that these loved ones were remembered. With the help of their family and friends, their ceremony and reception was a celebration of love and support, filled with handcrafted details and thoughtful moments of honor and remembrance.

garden wedding invitations - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

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modern formal bridal party - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

red pink bouquets - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

garden wedding ceremony - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

macrame wedding decor - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

ceremony recessionals - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

Vendors and friends came together to create a magical ceremony set-up for Kathryn and Nathan. A foraged branch arch from a friend’s backyard was topped with a handmade macramé piece, both created by two of the couples’ dear friends, and finished off with a gorgeous flower piece from the Green Flamingo. The intimate space was accented with bright red rose petals placed in-between wooden mismatched chairs and benches from Paisley and Jade. All of these elements created the intimate & natural space that the couple envisioned to welcome their guests and host their vows to one another. There was not a dry eye when Nathan greeted his bride and her mother at the end of the aisle as Kathryn’s brother-in-law played an acoustic cover of Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life” on the guitar.

Natural + Romantic Wedding with Macrame Details - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

reception table numbers - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

Natural + Romantic Wedding with Macrame Details - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

At the reception, a personal touch was integrated into every detail. The bridesmaids gathered the day before the wedding at a flower bruncheon to create the floral table arrangements. The cake was topped with more bright florals and a laser cut cake topper, which integrated the handlettering from the couple’s custom stationary. The table numbers were hand painted by the bride, and another friend created a custom brewed IPA beer (“Hoppily Ever After”) just for the occasion. Boka Kantina, whose food truck is a weekly visit for the bride and groom, provided a taco buffet, much to the delight of every guest. Continuing the Mexican food theme was a traditional sangria and a bucket of churros on the sweets table. The speeches by the bride’s two sisters and the groom’s brother were filled with touching words of support, endearment and an overwhelming show of love for a couple who have supported each other through the best of times and hardest of days. Like all good parties, there was much dancing and fun to end the evening.

Natural + Romantic Wedding with Macrame Details - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

table number ideas - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

Natural + Romantic Wedding with Macrame Details - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

wedding centerpieces - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

flower topped cakes - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

first dances - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding

Natural + Romantic Wedding with Macrame Details - photo by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/dorey-park-va-wedding


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Wedding Location: Henrico, VA / Photographer: Jeffrey C. Gleason Photography / Event Design, Planning, and Stationery: Tart Event Co. / Florist: The Green Flamingo / Venue: Dorey Park / Wedding Dress: Wtoo via Bella Rosa Bridal / Hair: Robin Swicker of KLS Studios / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo via Bella Bridesmaid Richmond / Groom’s Suit: Suitsupply / Food Truck: Boka Kantina / Wedding Cake: WPA Bakery / Furniture Rentals and Decor: Paisley and Jade / Linens: Glamour Linens / Glassware: Classic Party Rentals of VA

7 comments
  • Nice photography!

  • The macramé is so pretty. While it is beautiful on its own, that they placed is on natural wood posts and added a stunning bouquet really makes it a standout element.

  • Nice!

  • Nikki

    I love the ceremony site, so simple and lovely, I live near henrico county and I’m looking into renting Dorey Park where did they have their ceremony exactly? It would be helpful to know, I’m trying to do my wedding on a budget.

  • Meaghan

    I am obsessed with Dorey Park! We too are on a small budget, and this place is gorgeous! Your wedding looks simple and beautiful! Just the style we are going for! Question on the alcohol aspect, the current application says it was banned from county parks, but I see you guys worked that out. Did you guys have to obtain a permit? Caterer? Or is it truly prohibited now? I saw an article on potential ban back in July 2014 and these pics dated from October 2014. Do you guys have any tips?? Your wedding is definitely inspiring!

  • Janine

    Has anyone found out where the reception took place? Was it at Dorey Park as well?