Clarke County, Virginia Wedding

Rachel and Ben

On a beautiful October day, under an old oak tree in his parent’s front yard, Ben and Rachel said “I do” to forever. The ceremony was full of love and joy.

The property was decorated with little orange, green and white pumpkins that were grown on site. They adorned the top of the cake, the aisle, and the trunk of the oak tree. Twinkle lights were hung up in the tree branches and a beautiful wreath with all the colors of fall was behind the couple as they said their vows.

As we were walking along a trail that goes into the woods, the couple stopped in the pretty light coming through the trees for bride and groom portraits. Looking confused, Rachel reached behind her and told me that something was poking her. What was thought to be a safety pin turned out to be a large, magically green praying mantis! A Praying Mantis wont typically move without a great deal of thought and consideration, yet he had made his way up between the layers of Rachel’s dress, surprising all of us! They are a symbol of good luck and some even believe them to be the presence of God. It was a truly amazing surprise to see one on Rachel and Ben’s wedding day!

After the ceremony and newlywed photos, the couple made their way to the large white tent for dinner and toasts and danced into the night with all of their favorite people. A glowing sparkler send off ended the night and whisked the couple off to their honeymoon.

Photography: Carly Rose Photography and the wonderful Boheme Bridal and Boudoir

HMU: Sugar and Spice Salon (SAS)

Florals: Winchester Floral

Caterer – Santmier Catering

Officiant – Hyo Lee

DJ – M & T Events

Dress – Garnish Boutique in Towson, MD

Groom’s attire – The Suit Shop

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