Have you debated over doing a first look because it might spoil the moment of walking down the aisle? Today’s Virginia wedding captured by Lindsay Fauver Photography is proof that a first look doesn’t take away from the emotion and beauty of the aisle moment! The groom’s tears at seeing his Mrs-to-be is so sweet! Making this wedding even sweeter is the bride wearing her mother’s dress, originally worn 34 years earlier, on the exact same day.
When starting to plan our wedding I wanted the vision to be: a Jesus centered, neutral party. After looking around at several places we choose Randolph Macon College because a good friend works there and helped us dream up our ideal wedding. I have always been someone who loves simple, classic, neutral lines, colors, and styles so planned the wedding around that.
I wore my mothers dress and had alterations done. It was incredibly special to walk through the alteration process with my mom by my side and have her picture displayed in the original gown at our wedding. My parents anniversary was the day after our wedding so it was sweet to get to bring a piece of their wedding into ours.
One of my favorite parts about planning the wedding was getting the privilege to write a personal note to each guest and have it at their table for them to read and take home. Letters are something I cherish and adore and getting to write handwritten, individualized, and heartfelt little notes to everyone allowed me to express our gratitude and love.
During pre-marital counseling our officiant told us to be sure to stop during the ceremony and look out at everyone seated and take a moment to soak it all in. Standing at the end of the aisle, hand and hand with Ben and catching a glimpse of friends, family, teammates, coworkers, high schoolers, cousins, new nephews, etc. was a moment where I lost my breath and was overwhelmed that we are so lucky.
For favors we made little jars of apple jelly that were at each guests seat when they came into the reception hall. When Ben and I started dating I used to make him PB&J sandwiches often. My grandmother was known for making her famous, homemade apple jelly. Ben says there is nothing better and I couldn’t agree more. Because she was not able to be there in person I loved having a piece of her there in her memory. Both Ben and I are not cake people so instead we did our favorite dessert ice cream and cookies. We got our favorite ice cream, Just Ask from Gelati Celesti, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. We now keep a tub of Just Ask in our freezer
Photography: Lindsay Fauver Photography | Venue: Randolph Macon College | Stationery: Sara Lane Design | Entertainment: Surf & Sound Events | Catering: Eat Catering | Alterations: Couture by LK Designs | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Bride’s Shoes: Old Navy | Submitted via Matchology