Couples write about their Waterford weddings…
Jenna & Chris
Chris and I met while we were in college, Chris at Radford University while I attended Virginia Tech in 2009. When we graduated we moved out of state for my job to Memphis, Tennesee. Early in our relationship Chris had very quickly became a rock in my life, someone I could always count on to pick me up if I was down and someone who could make me laugh like no other. Chris proposed to me along the Mississippi River on Valentine’s Day 2012 after taking me to a fabulous dinner at The Peabody hotel in downtown Memphis, and I could not have been more surprised! He got on one knee, I said “yes”, we called our parents, and as the saying goes, the rest was history!
Chris and I chose Waterford for our wedding because of how beautiful the village is and the wonderful location in Northern Virginia. Seriously, everywhere you go in Waterford looks like it came from a painting – such a quaint and majestic town!
Chris and I planned a lot of details with the help of our wonderful and supportive family and friends! We had a TON of professional help from our wedding planner, Stephanie Dasch with Diamond Events, our photographer, Samantha Smith from The Photography Smiths, and Margaret Good of The Waterford Foundation.
Our color palette was grey, yellow, and white. We were looking to strike a good balance between modern, do it yourself, and rustic-cozy feel. In the end, I could not have dreamed of a more perfect wedding!
We chose to hold our ceremony in the field outside the Old School. We loved it! The convenience of having the ceremony, cocktails on the porch, and the reception indoors and all at the same venue was wonderful and made it so much easier for our guests!
Our reception buffet was catered by the amazingly delicious Market Salamander from Middleburg, Virginia. Our disc jockey was Andrew Satton, our first dance was to “Little Moments” by Brad Paisley.
It’s so hard to choose just ONE part of the wedding that is my favorite! It was such a joy for Chris and I to be able to celebrate our love with our families and closest friends – there’s nothing about our day that I would change and everything that I’ll never forget!
I was so nervous throughout the morning and right before the ceremony started and then seeing Chris waiting for me – it’s incredible how at ease I felt when I saw him!
Emily & Evan
Evan proposed to me on a camping trip in Big Sur, California. We were roughing it by sleeping in a tent and cooking over a campfire for a few days to get away from busy LA. He took me on a hike to a beautiful beach where we found a gorgeous secluded cove and there he got down and one knee and popped the question!
I grew up in Purcellville and have always loved the beautiful town of Waterford. The history and scenery there is like nothing else in the world. Almost all of our wedding guests were from out of town and we wanted to show them a place that we think best represents small-town Virginia.
We had lots of help planning the wedding from our friends and family. We live in California so my mom and some of my bridesmaids who live in Virginia had to scope out venues and help out with details that could not be completed via email or over the phone.
We had our ceremony at Bethany United Methodist Church in Purcellville. I spent much of my childhood in this church not only as a member but also attending preschool and spending time with my mom who was the administrative assistant there for many years. It was an absolutely wonderful ceremony by Pastor Finn-Mckenzie. We also had a dear family friend, Kent Carneal, extend some words of wisdom and blessing during the ceremony.
When we selected the Waterford Old School for our ceremony, we hoped to have the reception outside. But then we worried about April weather in Virginia, so we tried to make our decor inside rustic and natural. We had wildflowers as centerpieces in jars and vases collected from all our friends. Evan built indoor trees from branches that we strung twinkle lights on. We had the doors open onto the patio for cocktail hour so people could stroll the grounds of the Waterford Old School.
We had a crepe bar by Crepeaway. Guests came up and could order whatever they wanted on their crepe (savory or sweet) and it was made right there in front of them. Melanie Jordan, a great family friend and resident of Waterford generously made hundreds of cupcakes for us to serve for dessert! Everything was so delicious.
We used Jammin’ Jim (disc jockey James McConnell) for our reception entertainment. He did an awesome job! Our first dance was “Cruisin” by Smokey Robinson.
The entire wedding and reception was such a blast. Our favorite part was the ceremony. We loved sharing our vows with each other and having so much love and support from our family and friends as we started our married lives together.
We will always remember the people who gave so much to help with our wedding. So many people supported us as we planned the wedding in the months prior, in the week of the wedding with preparation and the day of to help things run smoothly. The amount of support was so unexpected and we are so grateful to everyone who shared their time, money, moral support and wisdom with us throughout the whole wedding process. To know we are so loved and supported in our marriage is something we will always remember.