Oh how I loved Abby and Brandon’s wedding last weekend at Rust Manor House & Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg! The whole day was full of little personal touches here and there, and it really made for a special event. Chris and I had a field day capturing everything, not to mention Abby and Brandon were both such gracious hosts. I sort of can’t wait to show you these images, so I’ll get right to it! Starting off with some of those details I mentioned – how cute are these chalkboards and birdcages?!
Abby got ready in Rust Manor’s beautiful bridal room. Mom and sisters helping with the dress:
Heirloom handkerchief and locket:
Um, Abby? You are a STUNNING bride. (I knew you would be!)
Awww! Baxter and Miley came up to visit!
Abby made these adorable dog collars so Baxter and Miley would coordinate with the wedding party:
Guests arrived by trolley!
Their ceremony wouldn’t be complete without pups!
Brandon seeing Abby for the first time (LOVE those ties, gentlemen!):
Both of Abby’s parents escorted her down the aisle:
Oops! There was a minor ring situation…
No worries though. They were retrieved and no harm done!
I LOVE this shot Chris captured:
This is such a FUN alternative to a guest book – each guest signed a leaf and stuck it onto the tree, which will be matted and framed later! Love it.
In addition to cupcakes and a candy table, Abby and Brandon had this amazing cookie table with tons of treats that kept getting refilled. YUM!
First dance:Such a romantic ending to their first dance!
Toasts by the best man and Abby’s two sisters:
And then the party started! Yeeeeeeah!
My absolute favorite part of the reception was the bridal dance (or “Redovy”) tradition. From Abby and Brandon’s wedding website: “All the guests at the reception line up for a last chance to dance with the bride. It is customary to donate money to the newly wed couple for the privilege of the dance. The money is put into an apron, basket, plate, or decorated box before dancing with the bride. The starosta (master of ceremonies) keeps the line moving, allowing only a few turns before cutting in for the next guest’s chance to dance and share with the bride their good wishes before she and the groom begin their new life. After each guest dances with the bride, they may receive a drink and a piece of the freshly cut wedding cake or pastry.”
I think every single guest danced with Abby – she looked like she was so much fun to dance with, I almost wanted to put my camera down and take a turn!
And at the end, Brandon came and swept her away.
And then they were back for a few more last dances:
Abby and Brandon! I loved everything about your wedding – Chris and I were so honored to be a part of it. Thanks so much to you and your families for having us there! We wish you both all the best.