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Real Wedding Wednesday: Mary and Andrew

Back in July, two UVA grads said “I do” in Charlottesville, Virginia and they had the cutest invitation ever!
The mastermind (and Bride) behind the big day was Mary.
Her vision of a laissez-faire feeling wedding was on point. She chose pastel colors and wild flowers and succulents to set the scene. I love the ribbons falling from each bouquet as well!
Mary was a vision in her a-line lace gown and birdcage veil. I am a huge advocate of the birdcage…all the heart eyes!
In the middle with the grey bow tie is Andrew, Mary’s groom. The two actually met in high school working on a drama project. They started dating after becoming dance partners in their high school’s show choir and have been together since. HOW CUTE, RIGHT?!
The ceremony took place inside UVA’s beautiful chapel and Mary’s father walked her down the aisle.
The symmetry here is amazing! I am such a wedding dork…
First kiss as husband and wife!
What sweet love birds.
And that church!!! Wowzers!
Caught in the act of sneaking away for my favorite part of the day…couples portraits.
HOW CUTE IS THIS PHOTO!?! Ladies, pin it to your pinterest wedding board for future reference. SO. CUTE.
I like to imagine Andrew and Mary stood like this for the first time before breaking into song and dance when they met in high school drama. Again, too cute.
Their reception consisted of BBQ, pies, and good ol’ Virginia koozies. Sounds like my kind of party.
In addition to the koozies, they also had little succulents for each guest to take home.
normanphotopaper_oritzlevinewedding-482Their pickle bar takes the cake as the most memorable detail of the day! What a fun way to add some personality to your wedding!
Congrats Andrew and Mary!
From the Bride:
What was your favorite detail of the day? “I would say that my favorite detail was the photobooth/photobook we had at the reception. I had seen it at another family wedding, and I knew that we had to do it when we finally got married (3 years later). When researching vendors, it looked like it would be impossible to find someone within our price range, but we managed to find a joint DJ and Photobooth vendor, Guyton Mobile DJ. That was the biggest win in my vendor search. During the reception, we instructed guests to take one copy of the pictures they took in the photobooth and tape/paste it into a guestbook Andrew’s sister Molly made and then write a note. I love flipping back through it and seeing how much fun people had. I laugh every time I see my bridemaids’ picture because they signed it like it was a grade school yearbook. A crowd favorite was the pickle bar at the reception, which was my favorite; although I wish I got to enjoy it more.”
What advice would you give to a bride to be? “My biggest advice is: get help, if you can afford it. My Day of Coordinator Jaclyn was a huuuuuge help and really took a lot of stress off my shoulders on the day of. She made sure everything was perfect, and it was well worth every penny. My more realistic advice would be to be organized, stay on top of vendors, and take advice but don’t be steamrolled. You are your biggest advocate, and you know what you want. Stick to those guns when necessary, but also listen to your husband (and reason) when maybe your dreams are a bit unrealistic. Compromise with your husband – it’s his day too. But also don’t let others outside of the relationship dictate how they think your day should go or look like. People can sometimes have a weird sense of entitlement about your wedding, but as long as you have a clear idea of what you want, stay the course.”

Coming soon…Tilley’s favorite wedding details from 2016! Keep checking back to see if your wedding makes the post!

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The author: Tilley Hanson

Tilley is the life and style blogger behind Recently married, she found a love for all things wedding related! The little details from a big day are her favorite and she loves to share advice to help every bride in her journey of becoming a “Mrs.”! Tilley’s life motto is the same as her blood type: B+. Follow along to see more of her fun and sassy posts on things that make us swoon!