by Amy Serrago
Chelsea and Mo wanted a wedding that struck a balance between Chelsea’s small town upbringing and their life together in Washington DC. Modern, yet classic chic with a twist of rustic. They started out searching for the perfect downtown DC venue, but nothing felt quite right. It wasn’t until Chelsea met up with her mom and some friends for a girl’s “winery hopping” trip that she discovered the perfect spot. The very first winery they hopped to was Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Virginia and Chelsea says, “within 5 minutes I knew this was the place! The style and vibe fit Mo and me perfectly. The rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains were stunning. It was able to fill both our love for that small-town feel, as well as keeping us close to DC.” Chelsea sent a few quick pictures to Mo, who was immediately on board with her choice and she booked the winery on the spot. Talk about serendipity!
Chelsea was in stunning her sleek fitted gown with its full sleeves, sparkling beaded belt and open back. Glittering rhinestone drop earrings, a dramatic long veil and a knockout pair of blue suede Christian Louboutin pumps completed her sophisticated urban look. Her bridesmaids were stylish in shades of blush, gray and navy, each lady working her own style dress, all with bouquets of white, pink and blush florals. Mo’s groomsmen were the picture of urban chic in their traditional tuxes and the groom himself was right on trend in a blue jacket. Of course, the guys needed a bit of self expression too, so they each chose a fun pair of funky socks to rock for the day.
After Chelsea and Mo exchanged their vows they moved on to a lavish spread in the reception space. The head table was decked out with rich floral centerpieces and plenty of candles to create a warm, romantic glow. Tall and short centerpieces were interspersed on the other tables and navy blue table cloths added an air of modern sophistication to the space. The vaulted wooden ceiling, stone floor and white brick walls offered a more rustic feel, helping to achieve Courtney and Mo’s vision for the perfect wedding. Courtney says she had a great time putting it all together. “I spent every available moment planning, enjoying every second. I incorporated personal details as often as possible. From carrying my great-great-great-grandmother’s cameo to custom made personalized cufflinks, our wedding beamed with details of love. It was so incredibly fun – great food, open bar, a donut truck and hours of dancing! Our only wish was to be able to do it all over again.” We wish that donut truck would drive on over here! Congratulations Chelsea and Mo.
Photographer: XpressionPhotography//Event Designer: just a little ditty...//Equipment Rentals:MS Events Rentals//Cinema and Video: West Mint Media//Officiant: Dave Norris, Charlottesville-Area Wedding Officiant//DJ:Djavid//Floral Designer:Floral Images Design Studio//Caterer:The Local Restaurant & Catering//Bakery: Carpe Donuts//Bakery: Sweet Haus//Event Venue: Early Mountain Vineyards