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Finally, it’s time for the reception! From Lindsay, the gorgeous bride:

I could have spent all of my time making things for this wedding. It was a really fun and personal experience. We spent a lot of time on details. However, the one little detail we did not spend much time planning for was the RAIN! Just as I was putting my dress on it started pouring and didn’t stop until the next morning! A lot of our details got wet or moved or forgotten about (even our beautiful ceremony site.) I started to have a bit of a freak out, but guess what? We were still pronounced man and wife and that is ALL that matters. If there is one piece of advice I could give to all the brides-to-be out there, it is to expect the unexpected. Oh yeah, and details are great, but LOVE is better! Happy wedding planning :)

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Wedding Vendors (Nokesville, Virginia):

Photographer: Heather España + Second Shooter Marta Locklear / Venue: Bride’s parents backyard / Tent: L & A Tent Rentals / Caterer: Thyme Savor / Bride’s Dress: Marisa / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Flowergirl’s Attire: Miss Priss Tutus

DIY Virginia Wedding II

It’s time for a detail parade! Check out all the adorable details from Lindsay and Ben’s backyard wedding by Heather España.

From Lindsay:

I guess the vibe we were going for was elegant, antique, vintage with a touch of whimsy. I even wore my Grandmother’s old costume jewelry. We spent hours scouring thrift shops, used bookstores, and craft stores. I didn’t want anything to match too much. I’m not a matchy kind of person. So, from that came the mismatched china…for 165 people! That may have gone a little overboard. I have every kind of vase, jar, teapot, candle holder, and clock you can imagine. We wanted every table centerpiece to be different. I now have a house full of cool treasures. I highly recommend buying things you can use again. We also did lots of crafting projects. We made napkin rings from pvc pipe and vintage fabric. I sewed flowers on the little girls ballet flats to match their tutu’s. I made boutonniere’s out of buttons and feathers and instead of corsages we made broaches. We made chalkboards galore! The list goes on and on.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Part III is coming your way soon!

Wedding Vendors (Nokesville, Virginia):

Photographer: Heather España + Second Shooter Marta Locklear / Venue: Bride’s parents backyard / Tent: L & A Tent Rentals / Caterer: Thyme Savor / Bride’s Dress: Marisa / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Flowergirl’s Attire: Miss Priss Tutus






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DIY Virginia Wedding

Our week at Ruffled couldn’t have started any better than sharing a real wedding from a reader, with lots of DIY ideas. The bride, Lindsay, also found her only vendor, the talented photographer Heather España via Ruffled. Need I say more?

Now, more from the bride, Lindsay:

When we got engaged, my mind started reeling. I was never the girl who had her wedding day completely planned out from the time I was little. In fact, I have a hard time planning anything! All of that changed the moment Ben slipped that ring on my finger. Luckily, my friends and family were ready for some good old fashioned hard work. Ben and I both knew we didn’t want to have a “cookie-cutter” wedding. We didn’t want to go to a random venue and have someone tell us what we could and couldn’t do on the biggest day of our life. We wanted to celebrate the way we wanted to celebrate. We decided to have the wedding in my parents backyard. The only person we actually hired was our amazing photographer, Heather Espana (I found her on Ruffled Blog!) Everyone else was either a friend or a family member.

 
 
 
 
 

The beautiful invitations and flowers were done by my oh-so-talented bridesmaid Raygan Ketterer. Our friend Cullen of L&A Tenting provided the spectacular tent. The delicious gourmet comfort food was done by my cousin Kim Graham of Thyme Savor Catering. Our delightful mini-cake was baked with love by my friend Alex Kalber. The rest of the desserts were made by family members. The rocking band that kept the dance floor packed all night was my younger brother Ramsey and friends Adam, Paul, and Sam.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Make sure to check back later today for part II and III of this wedding!

Wedding Vendors (Nokesville, Virginia):

Photographer: Heather España + Second Shooter Marta Locklear / Venue: Bride’s parents backyard / Tent: L & A Tent Rentals / Caterer: Thyme Savor / Bride’s Dress: Marisa / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Flowergirl’s Attire: Miss Priss Tutus

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