Marissa and Owen welcomed their family and friends to their beautiful champagne and red wedding last fall at The Inn at Fox Hollow. Their style is at once vintage and rustic, so their venue was the perfect choice! The bridesmaids’ dresses are some of the best I’ve ever seen – I love the combination of lace and cranberry – and I cannot (as usual!) help but stare at the bouquets of dahlias and roses designed by Flowers by Burton. Plus, Marissa and Owen’s ceremony occurred in the evening by candlelight- gorgeous!
As much as I love each and every beautiful detail, I have to say how much I loved reading Owen’s story about his relationship with Marissa. The pair met through online dating, and ended up going on two dates in one day. It’s safe to say they’ve been inseparable ever since! Though we love hearing from brides (Marissa’s planning story is below!), it’s always special to hear details from the groom. We cannot thank Bethanne Arthur Photography enough for sending this stunning soiree our way! You’re going to absolutely swoon… enjoy!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My mom was the biggest help in the planning process of both our wedding and on our wedding day. Since we live in Virginia and got married in NY it was a huge help that my mom was in NY and was able to visit with some of our vendors when we couldn’t be there. She also helped to make a lot of our details such as our programs, menus, escort cards and table numbers since I was finishing up grad school at the time and time was limited.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
We tried to go with vendors that not only fit our budget but also made a personal connection to us. For example, Bethanne Arthur photography did our engagement photos and she not only did a beautiful job with them but we connected with her which is why we decided it was worth paying the travel fee rather than find a photographer in NY.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
We both love going on adventures which is where we came up with a travel theme but didn’t want to be over the top with it so we subtly incorporated it such as using the compasses for the escort cards and the map background on the table numbers. I also love vintage and then my mom found a way to add a bit of “bling” to everything which I ironically did not want in the beginning but then found I really did love it and started finding a way to add a bit of “bling” to everything.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Aside from marrying my husband, the first time I walked into our venue space I was blown away by how beautiful it looked, everything came together perfectly. We also danced the night away!
What is your best piece of advice for other couples?
Take a step back on the night of your wedding to appreciate not only what you worked so hard to plan but to appreciate that all your guests are there to celebrate the love you and your husband share.
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Bethanne Arthur Photography // Floral Designer: Flowers by Burton // Cinema and Video:Paul Hairston Cinematography // Officiant: Reverend Sarah Guttman // Reception Venue: The Fox Hollow //DJ: Body Rock
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