Northern Virginia Wedding Planner – Vanessa & Amir

Vanessa & Amir had a beautiful wedding that blended two cultures, Hispanic and Persian. We were thrilled to have been entrusted with the task of setting up the Sofreh Aghd. The Sofreh is an elaborate floor spread set up for the Persian Ceremony (Aghd) that includes different kinds of food and decorations. During the ceremony, the bride and groom sit on a bench and face the Sofreh. Single women or female relatives of the couple hold a fine cloth, over the couple’s head. The women alternate grinding sugar cones over the bride and groom’s head, which is symbolism for adding more sweetness to their life together.

Items that are included in the Sofreh:

  • Mirror and candlesticks: A mirror reflects what is before it, so symbolically it brings the couple abundance and brightness in their future. The candles bring passion and energy. As the story goes, the first thing the groom should see is the face of his beautiful bride reflected in the mirror, lit by the light of the candlesticks.
  • Sweets and candies: for sweetness in life, and offered to guests after the ceremony.
  • Decorated eggs and nuts in their shells: for fertility
  • Gold and silver: for prosperity
  • Fresh flowers: to bring beauty in the couple’s life together
  • Fresh Fruit: for a joyous future
  • Rosewater: to perfume the air and bring beauty
  • Holy book: from whichever religion the couple follows

While guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, the couple went around Meadowlark Gardens with their photographer, (one of my favorite backdrops for wedding pictures). After cocktail hour the wedding party made their grand entrance, which set the tone for the reception, it was obvious that it was going to be a fun night!

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Immediately after the couple is married, the bride and groom each dip one pinky finger in the cup of honey and feed it to one another.

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The Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens set for a wedding reception
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Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Atrium

Photographer: Nuvoria Studios

Wedding Planner: Diamond Events

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Yana & Matt

Yana & Matt exchanged vows on a gorgeous fall day at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington with their reception following at St. Francis Hall, a perfect setting for an iconic Washington D.C. wedding! They filled their wedding with a lot of unique touches that incorporated Yana’s Ukrainian heritage and the couples attention to detail.  A few highlights from the night included a surprise performance from Ukranian dancers, hand made jelly favors with a variety of flavors, postcards for guests to sign and leave in a gold mailbox with wishes for the bride and groom, a traditional Ukranian cake made of  bread, called Korovai and a beautiful 3 tiered wedding cake with whipped icing that was displayed on the stage (that even tasted amazing too).  The reception was full of energy and dancing as DJ Mark Maskell kept everyone on their feet.  Congratulations Yana & Matt, what a fun wedding!

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Wedding
St. Francis Hall Wedding

St. Francis Hall Wedding

St. Francis Hall Wedding

Bistro Tables at St. Francis Hall

Place setting with menu card

Bride & Groom Signs on Chair

Tall Hydrangea Centerpieces on the Headtable

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Korovai

3 Tier Round Wedding Cake

Flowers, Decor & Coordination by: Diamond Events
Ceremony: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
Reception: St. Francis Hall

Dayne & Corey

Dayne & Corey chose the historic Rockwood Manor to host their spring wedding near Blacksburg, where Dayne grew up. The weather was breezy but the sun was shining and the skies were clear. As guests arrived they gathered in the font yard before making their way down to the ceremony location on the side of the house. Long strands of organza fabric was hung from the trees behind the ceremony stage to create a dramatic backdrop. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of blush pink garden roses that popped off of their green dresses and the groomsmen wore gray suits with pink calla lily boutonnieres. Cocktail hour was held on the side patio and guest enjoyed beverages in mason jars with paper straws and delicious appetizers provided by Blue Ridge Catering. Afterwards guests moved under the pole tent to find their seats. The low arrangements were hydrangea, eucalyptus, spray roses and calla lilies in birch cylinder vases. Dayne had carefully chosen her color palette of seafoam green, pond, jade and peony which was carried throughout the event and even to the seafoam green chiavari chairs. There were so many fun details to capture, sparklers, origami flowers, menu signs, mason jar lanterns, wedding cake, oh my! Congratulations Dayne & Corey what a beautiful wedding!

Bride at Rockwood

Wedding Ceremony Rockwood Manor

Wedding Ceremony at Rockwood Manor

Wedding Party on the steps of Rockwood Manor

Mason Jar Display

Reception Table

Green Chiavari Chairs at Rockwood Manor

Flowers on Shepherds Hooks

Bar setp up with Beer & Wine

Centerpiece in birch wood containers

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Table set for Wedding Reception

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Reception Tent

Chalkboard Menu Sign

Blue napkin folded over the edge of the table

Table set for Wedding Reception

Table set for Wedding Reception

Rockwood Manor Tent

Tall centerpiece with birch wood base

Wedding Head Table

Head Table with tall centerpieces

Outdoor Wedding Reception Tent

Round 3 tier wedding cake

Sparkler Kiss

Flowers, Decor & Coordination by: Diamond Events
Venue: Rockwood Manor

Lindsey & Seth

Pink, Navy Blue and Silver have to be one of my favorite color combinations and it was such a pleasure working with Lindsey over the past year bringing her vision to life. The couple held their ceremony at Christiansburg Presbyterian Church. The aisles were lined with large pink and white pomander balls and the bride and bridesmaids carried lush, full peony bouquets while the groomsmen had large pink ranunculus. The reception was held at the Virginia Tech German Club in Blacksburg, Virginia. The tables were surrounded with silver chiavari chairs and set with navy blue pintuck linens, silver chargers, bright pink napkins and centerpieces that alternated between tall, medium and small arrangements of pink and white peonies. The candy buffet was incredible and the bride even made lollipop tree’s to display on the favor table. Below you can watch a video of the room transformation beginning to end.

Pink and White Peony Bridal Bouquet
Pink and white pomander balls
Place card Table
Lollipop Tree's and Chinese Takeout Boxes
Wedding Table setting at the Virginia Tech German Club
Virginia Tech German Club Manor set for a wedding reception
4 tier wedding cake at night

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Megan & Brandon

Megan & Brandon’s southern wedding at Whitehall Manor in Leesburg, Virginia was packed with details and custom DIY projects. In front of the house were, “Eat, Drink and Be Married” arrows showing which direction to go. During cocktail hour guests were entertained by “cootie catchers” and a vintage photobooth. The tables were named after activities that the couple liked to do together so posters were made explaining each activity. The centerpieces were three different designs in a variety of colors, pink, purple, orange and yellow. The lampshade centerpiece even lit up to have a totally different look at night. After cutting the cake the candy bar opened and guests were treated to delicious cookies made by the brides dad himself. For the final exit the couple did a sparkler exit out the side doors of Whitehall Manor before departing in their limousine, which I don’t have a picture of, but you can find more pictures from the wedding on the Jessica Smith Photography Blog.

Eat, Drink, Be Married Signs
Mason Jars for Ceremony Aisle Markers
Seating chart poster
Menu card tucked in white napkin
Whitehall Manor Wedding Reception
Table with Eggplant runner and colorful flower arrangement
Lamp table centerpiece from above
Bride & Groom signs on the back of the sweetheart table chairs
Cootie Catchers at Wedding Reception
Wedding Cake at Whitehall Manor
Cookie Bar
Centerpieces at Night
Venue:
Whitehall Manor Bluemont, Virginia

Jamie & Eric

Jamie and Eric’s wedding in tones of blush and gold was romantic and elegant. The chapel where the couple held their ceremony was commiissioned by the brides grandfather and held a special meaning for many of the guests. Large peony arrangments in blush and white decorated the altar and a custom aisle runner with rhinestone accents added the extra “bling” that the bride was looking for. After the ceremony the couple travelled in a vintage Rolls Royce to the reception at Harbour View Event Center in Woodbridge, Virginia. The tables were dressed in soft pink pintuck with gold chargers and soft, round centerpieces bursting with peonies. The chairs were covered in white chair covers tied with gold satin sashes and rhinestone buckles.

Hylton Memorial Chapel
Aisle Runner by Original Runner Company at Hylton Chapel
Peony Bridal Bouquet
Rolls Royce Get-away-Car in front of Chapel for Wedding
Wedding reception at Harbour View in Woodbridge, Virginia
Table setting in pink and gold at Harbour View Event Center
Peony centerpiece at Harbour View Event Center wedding reception
Centerpiece with lights at night
First dance with design spot light at Harbour View Event Center
Wedding Cake at Harbour View Event Center Woodbridge, Virginia
Wine glass wedding favors

Brie & Gino

Brie and Gino were married on a rainy spring day in April. The morning of the wedding the wind and rain didn’t let up for a second, forcing us to move the ceremony inside. Miraculously, as soon as it was time for the ceremony, the clouds broke and the sun shone through giving the bride and groom time for pictures outside while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Flowers were designed by Angela Courser of Corsair Floral & Décor.

Centerpiece by Corsair
Tall Flower Arrangment by Corsair
Centerpiece at Night
Table setup in the Blackwater Room at Mariners Landing