I’m pretty sure that when you’re planning a Virginia wedding in the month of October, you picture crisp, cool weather with the leaves turning beautiful colors and starting to fall from their trees. You might anticipate the ladies at your wedding needing a shawl or a wrap, and the gentlemen will easily be comfortable in suit jackets. What you probably don’t picture is five days straight of rain, rain, and more rain with no break and not a sliver of sunlight. But that’s what we encountered this past week! I nearly forgot what the sun looked like. And for Jeris & Michael’s wedding yesterday, the forecast predicted more of the wet stuff. Sure enough, it continued to rain all morning while I loaded up my gear and made my way out to Lost Creek Winery in Leesburg, VA. The drizzle insisted while I unpacked my car and while all of the vendors set up everything on the grounds around the Harvest House.
But somehow, miracle of all miracles, the rain completely stopped in the afternoon just in time for guests to arrive and be seated for the outdoor ceremony! The ceremony site was moved from the vines to the front of the house, and it could not have turned out more beautifully.
Jeris and her bridesmaids got ready in the perfectly appointed Harvest House. The bridal suite is huge!
Jeris’s dad seeing her for the first time was one of the sweetest moments I’ve ever witnessed.
I love how you can almost hear Jeris laughing in this photo!
Despite the ground being pretty soggy, I was so excited that we were still able to do some photos in the vines! (Jeris had the super smart idea to bring cute boots for this very reason.)
Just as the ceremony site was moved, the reception location was moved as well. The tent area was just completely soaked, so the Lost Creek staff and the amazing team from Bella Cosa Events worked incredibly hard to relocate the reception to the almost-completed carriage house next to the Harvest House. The results were simply stunning.
Jeris and Mike had their first date at a Toby Keith concert, so they entered the reception and toasted with their guests to the song, “Red Solo Cup.” I adore personal touches like that!
As part of the father/daughter dance, Jeris planned a surprise choreographed dance for Mike. So fun!
Jeris and Mike, it was absolutely wonderful meeting you both and I had such a great time photographing your wedding day! Your grace and relaxed attitudes about the crazy weather made the day even more special. I wish you both the very best!