Brittany & Bill
Bill was completing his graduate studies through Virginia Tech’s research facility in Danville, VA. During his time, he had met Brittany’s father through mutual friends while mountain biking. Brittany was returning from a year abroad in Madrid, Spain. Her first weekend back, her parents and their friends had planned a lovely dinner get-together at a new restaurant in town where the two were introduced, and the rest is history.
Bill and Brittany had picked out the ring before, but it was a custom setting, so she wasn’t quite sure when he was going to propose. They went to a nice dinner in D.C., and afterwards Bill wanted to go for a walk around the monuments. Once they were in front of the White House, he got down on one knee and proposed.
“There wasn’t really anyone around the White House, which was unusual because there are usually a lot of tourists. It was like we had the whole city to ourselves for a second,” remembered Brittany.
Held at Willow Oaks Plantation, Brittany described their wedding as ‘rustic elegance’. They wanted a relaxing, organic, homey feel, but still very elegant. Brittany’s father handcrafted charger plates (300 of them) from a tree he had picked out in the woods behind their home. These plates were the inspiration Brittany used to build her design around.
Soft pink and antique green made for the perfect color combination to compliment the organic and earthy tones. Some tables were decorated with candles and mercury glass while others had abundant and lush floral arrangements.
After savoring the time spent having their first look, the rain held off on this cold and windy day for the entire ceremony and reception.
“About halfway through the reception, I took a step back and took it all in. I was so happy that I did that because it’s easy to get caught up in everything that day. It was great to see our families and friends having such a great time, which was what Bill and I both wanted. We had so many people traveling from all over, so it was great to see everyone dancing and enjoying themselves,” said Brittany.
“I wish the reception would have been a little longer. I didn’t have a chance to make it around to everyone before the night was over and thank them for coming. Everything goes by so fast and before you know it, it’s the last song!”