Forest Virginia Wedding. What do you do when there’s a hurricane forecasted for your wedding day? According to Rebekah and James, you make it work. Although they had planned for a ceremony in the woods with crisp fall weather and lots of outdoor activities, they made some last minute changes and were relieved to know that their guests were ready for anything.
Provisions for the day included rain boots and clear bubble umbrellas for the ladies. Who says you can’t be beautiful splashing around in the rain?
Rebekah had envisioned a day full of bohemian style. She pulled this off by wearing a strapless A-line gown with a champagne belt and a flower crown over her brunette tresses.
The color scheme played off the rich reds of the season so her bouquet, and the lace bridesmaid dresses, all featured a gorgeous deep hue. Provisions for the day included rain boots and clear bubble umbrellas for the ladies. Who says you can’t be beautiful splashing around in the rain?
James and his groomsmen were a simple but handsome bunch. The gentlemen wore white shirts, suspenders, and black ties, while James also wore a suit jacket.
Rebekah was escorted down the aisle by her father, who also officiated the ceremony. A group of umbrella-wielding guests looked on with warm smiles as the couple wed under the dripping remnants of Hurricane Joaquin.
Many elements in this wedding were DIY by the couple and their families. Handwritten signs directed guests towards the ceremony and reception, and the bride’s sister did the entire seating arrangement in calligraphy.
A white tent helped keep guests dry during the reception. Golden floral table runners, antlers, and pine cones accompanied centerpieces with sunflowers, baby’s breath, and berries.
A makeshift white tarp allowed guests to still enjoy some of the outdoor activities during the reception, as well as dancing, and it even provided a camp-like feel that the couple loved.
The cake was a white creation that overflowed with the same beautiful flowers from the bride’s bouquet.
Marriage has its ups and downs and the couple looked at this experience as a way to say “Well, if it’s going to rain, we might as well dance.” And James and Rebekah wouldn’t want to dance in the rain with anyone else.
Photographer: Kaytee Lauren Bride’s Dress: Wtoo Bridal Shop: Ava Laurenne Jewelry: Monkee’s of Fredericksburg Shoes: Urban Outfitters Rain boots: Chooka Bridesmaids Dresses: Free People Flowers: David Hatton Makeup: Sephora Hair: Bride + friend Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jack’s Threads Ties: The Tie Bar Cake: Eileen’s Bakery DJ: Luke Thornley Rentals: Fredericksburg Rental Calligraphy: Sister of the Bride Jessica Crews Food: Clearwater Grill