Madeline and Zach are faculty sweethearts who met on the College of San Diego. The couple, who now reside in DC, determined to host their wedding ceremony in Virginia’s wine nation on the Barn at Willow Brook. They picked an early February day and leaned into their seasonal date with a winter wedding ceremony theme. Bridesmaids and groomsmen donned luxe velvet, pre-ceremony scorching cider was served, cozy blankets have been supplied in the course of the vows, and floral shows that includes birch timber and classic lanterns helped rework their rustic barn venue right into a winter wonderland. As a nod to their engagement story in Vermont, they even handed out mini bottles of maple syrup, from a maple farm they visited throughout their proposal, as favors.
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Together with the comfy, winter wedding ceremony theme, the couple went all out with the menu. “Our caterers, Blue Water Kitchen, have been phenomenal,” says Madeline. “We had handed appetizers throughout cocktail hour and a dual-entree plated dinner, adopted by a dessert bar, and breakfast sandwiches for a late-night snack.”
So as to add a little bit of personalization, reception desk names have been named after Madeline and Zach’s favourite DC-area eating places. For signature cocktails, Madeline selected a wintery gin and tonic which featured gin, spiced easy syrup, blood orange, freshly squeezed lemon juice, membership soda, and rosemary. As for Zack, he picked a spicy margarita of tequila, jalapeño easy syrup, freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, topped with membership soda.
After the reception, the newlyweds invited visitors to proceed the celebration at an afterparty at a bar in downtown Leesburg. “It was the proper cap to our wedding ceremony celebration,” says Madeline.
Photographer: Barbarah Perttula Images | Venue: The Barn at Willow Brook| Florist: Sarena Floral Designs | Invites: Simply Paper & Tea | Caterer: Blue Water Kitchen | Cake: Signature Sweets by Amanda | Hairstylist: Amanda Fiorita Hair (bride), JKW Magnificence (bridesmaids) | Make-up: Artistry by Lexi (bride); JKW Magnificence (bridesmaids) | Bride’s apparel: Eva Lendel, Bridals by Natalie | Groom’s apparel: Suitsupply | Bridesmaids’ apparel: Revelry | Groomsmen’s apparel: Black Tux | Music: Zandi Leisure | Transportation: Street Yachts