During a wedding, it’s almost a guarantee that at least one thing will go not-quite-according-to-plan. Perhaps the candles aren’t lit, the ceremony music doesn’t begin on time, but can you imagine if your wedding day was met with a massive windstorm/thunderstorm combination? Newlyweds Kira and Tyler watched as a storm crept in during their rehearsal dinner and woke up to a wedding day with no power and roadways blocked by storm-ravaged trees. Tyler, his groomsmen, and friends and family rallied to restore the reception venue to its former glory, and thus resulted this beauty of a wedding shot by Elisa B Photography.
From the bride, Kira: “Dressed Rustic” is the name our florist/decor artist Shawn (of Beehive Events) gave to our wedding. We envisioned simple, elegant, farm-inspired, warm, and welcoming. Our color palette and inspiration was French blue, violets, greens, yellows, creams + fresh herbs & seasonal blossoms.
My mom, dad, sister, and I assembled the wedding programs (with help of Christ Church’s Parish Administrator and an Office Max Copy Center genius) cutting royal blue ribbon, burning the edges to prevent fraying, and tying a bow for about 160 programs. We also designed/made the escort cards, menus (which doubled as place markers), and welcome bags.
During our rehearsal dinner a Derecho (a new word for me – not quite a tornado but way more than a thunderstorm) came through Virginia, knocking out power across the state, somehow missing the main street that our host restaurant was on, but ravaging the farm where our reception was to be held. Thankfully no one we knew was hurt, but I got a call at 7AM on Saturday morning from Ty that the reception might not be possible. Miraculously our tent stayed upright but the downed branches, trees, lack of electricity, block roadways, etc. seemed to pose an insurmountable obstacle to hosting a 150+ guest reception. Ty’s family rallied, calling in neighbors, every groomsmen, wedding guests, and with the hard work of nearly 50 people cleaned up the farm. I still have not seen pictures of the destruction beforehand (they forbade me from helping) but I know that without the help of all of those people (my dad included) it would not have been the same. The entire event ran off of 3 generators (just barely, but it worked). Oh, and Jackie from Bon Hair (my mom and grandmother’s hairdresser) came up to Charlottesville to do the bridal party’s hair… she too had to improvise, no electricity!
Processional: “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven
Hymn: “Amazing Grace,” first verse sung a cappella by a dear friend
Communion: “The Swan,” Saint-Saëns, played by my maid of honor (sister & best friend) on the cello
Recessional: “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” Lyra Davidira
First Dance: “Eyes on the Prize,” M. Ward, acoustic solo guitar played by groomsman Sam Bush of The Hill and Wood (https://cargocollective.com/thehillandwood/)
Wedding Location: Charlottesville, VA / Wedding Photographer: Elisa B Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Event Design and Flowers: Beehive Events / Wedding Dress: Marisa “825” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ruth Hsia / Wedding Caterer: A Pimento Catering / Desserts: Cakes by Rachel / Wedding Music: Soul Expressions / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura via Gus & Ruby Letters / Calligrapher: El’s Cards