It may be cold in the South right now, but the gorgeous sunshine and bright colors at Brittney and Nathan’s wedding have me more than ready for spring! This Virginia couple invited their loved ones to Riverside on the Potomac, a beautiful venue in their hometown, to witness and celebrate their marriage. With the help of their planner, Wit Weddings, they filled the day with sweet Southern details (like mini pecan pies!) and cheerful blooms by Holly Heider Chapple. It was the perfect setting for this joyful day!
Thanks so much to Photography Du Jour for sharing Brittney and Nathan’s wedding with us!
I’ve been a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the past seven and a half years at the local rescue squad, and Nathan is a paid firefighter/ paramedic in the same county. Five years ago, I was volunteering when Nathan got sent to my station. While one of my old friends, Anthony, and I were catching up, he introduced me to Nathan. Later that week, Anthony asked me if I wanted to go out for dinner and drinks with him and a friend, who turned out to be Nathan. After a fun evening, we ended up hanging out quite often, which I hadn’t expected because I didn’t think he was my type. He ended up being so sweet, charming, and funny. While on a family vacation soon after, I realized I missed him and couldn’t go without seeing him. He ended up flying to the beach! We fell head over heels for each other that week, and started dating soon after.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband’s big smile! It was an amazing experience to say our vows and hear the pastor say, “You are now husband and wife!”
Our favorite part of our big day was having everybody together, and getting to celebrate with our family members and friends! Our favorite detail was the barn where we had our reception–it had a rustic, country feel, and we loved the gorgeous, custom chandeliers and lights hanging from the beams.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The wedding party and I wore cowboy boots, our wedding was held on a horse farm and reception was in a barn, we served iced tea and lemonade before the ceremony, we buried a bottle of bourbon one month before our wedding, we served pie as our main dessert instead of cake, and the favors were jars of jam.
Tell us all about the proposal! After four years of dating, I expected Nathan to propose on my birthday, but it came and went, and he didn’t ask me. I was quite disappointed. Then one night, he asked me if he could take me to dinner to celebrate my birthday and my upcoming graduation. We had a nice romantic dinner, and he kept telling me how much he loved me and cared about me. After dinner, he asked if I wanted to take a walk around this pretty pond and waterfall outside, and I said no because it had started drizzling. He insisted, and as we stood by the waterfall, he hugged me and started telling me how much he loved me. Just as it started torrentially down pouring, he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring!
When did y’all get married? May 17, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 175
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We plan to buy a house within the next year and then start having kids! We can’t wait for this next chapter in our lives to start!
Photographer: Photography Du Jour / Planner: Wit Weddings / Venue: Riverside on the Potomac / Florist: Holly Heider Chapple / Cake Baker: South Street Under / Caterer: Celebrations Catering / DJ: Dan Lamaestra / Chalkboard Signs: Karen Milnes / Favors: Chicks Dig It / Paper Products: Grey Snail Press / Bride’s Gown: Watters / Bride’s Jewelry: Nordstrom / Hair Stylist: Brenda Gibb / Makeup Artist: Jamie Mangovski / Bride’s Shoes: Corral Boots / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse