Katie and Chris: Virginia Wine Country and a Sinatra Theme

by Amy Serrago

Katie says while planning her wedding to Chris, she was inspired by “Frank Sinatra, a little drama, fall coloring” and classic wedding styles. Add in a bit of rustic charm, and you’ve got the perfect reception. When it came to the ceremony, Chris planned their Catholic mass down to the last detail. Washington D.C.’s stunning Cathedral of Matthew the Apostle made the perfect backdrop for their nuptials and Katie was positively glowing in her fitted lace gown. She finished her look with a cathedral length veil that was just perfect for the grand church and her bridesmaids were lovely in gray skirts and white lace tops. The ladies’ bouquets leant bright and cheerful color to the styling and the guys were handsome in classic tuxedos. Chris looked like he stepped right out of a Rat Pack movie as he and his bride exited the church to the sounds of the surprise bagpipers he hired to serenade them on the steps.

At the reception, in nearby wine country, upscale rustic styling was the theme of the day and farmhouse tables were set with burlap runners and burgundy napkins. Wildflowers and greenery completed the tablescapes and guests were able to mingle outside and enjoy a cocktail before dinner. After dinner was served, family style, Katie and Chris got the party started with their Sinatra-centric first dance, the classic – Fly Me to the Moon. When asked what their favorite part of the day was, Katie and Chris agreed that the dancing and the absolutely perfect weather were at the top of the list. They loved how much everyone in their wedding party contributed to making their day amazing and Katie had some words of wisdom for future brides, “your only job is to enjoy your big day! And yes, ladies, your dress will get dirty. That’s fine.” We couldn’t have said it better. Congratulations Katie and Chris!

Musicians: Dave Halston//Band: Laissez Foure//Beauty: Modern Bridal Studio//Floral Designer: Erin Shortal//Caterer: Avila Catering//Ceremony Location: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle//Event Venue: Great Marsh Estate//PR Rep: OFD Consulting LLC//Photographer: Mike B Photography

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