Merritt and Sean: A Horse-Country At-Home Wedding in Virginia

In early 2011 I was so lucky to work with Merritt and Sean on their June at-home wedding. Merritt’s parents have a large farm in Upperville, Virginia, which is one town west of Middleburg, Virginia, and even though Merritt and Sean live in Long Beach, California, they knew this was the place where they wanted to wed. I’m going to spend 3 or 4 posts covering their wedding over the next few days. They had a really fantastic wedding, and Katie Stoops made many incredible photos during that day.

First we have this gorgeous invitation suite (above) by Richie Designs. You can see the mechanical gears blind pressed behind the green text, and the couple’s custom monogram on the envelope (more on that later).

In this photo you can see the lay of the land. The residence, where Merritt got ready for the wedding, is atop a hill, overlooking a small pond, where the reception tent was set up. Since there was a significant distance down a gravel driveway, we shuttled guests from the cocktail hour to the reception via small buses. The tent came from Skyline Tent Company, who did an incredible job on the whole event.

 

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The property had a lot of existing details that we were able to jazz up with some simple details. For example, we jazzed up the entry sign to the property with some fabric ribbons. And I placed vintage bow ties on the statues around the property.

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All guests were given a Virginia themed welcome bag. We had Virginia peanuts, custom M&Ms (a Virginia based company), Route 11 chips, some local literature, and a water bottle and bag with the couple’s custom, modern monogram.

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Merritt and Sean are car enthusiasts who met each other working on a race car, and both work in the automotive industry. So throughout their wedding you will see homages to cars. (Look back at their invitations again). The bridesmaids were given gifts of Tiffany steering wheel necklaces to wear at the wedding.

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Merritt found a designer who uses car seat belts to create various items. Merritt brought her on to create a clutch for herself, a bag for the flower girl, and a pillow for the ring bearer. You’ll see the latter two further down the page!

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Since Sean is from New Zealand, we incorporated blooms local to the country in the floral designs in addition to lush garden roses, created by Lavender Green. Merritt’s bouquet was tied with lace from her mother’s wedding dress. Merritt and Sean brought their pup Rusty from California to participate in their wedding. He even got a tie to match the groomsmen!

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Pictures made by Katie Stoops Photography.

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