An Outdoor Virginia Wedding At The Family Home

Because kids 'n piñatas is a successful recipe for any party

James & Maria 

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Relaxed, authentic outdoor party!

Soundtrack for reading: “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” by Bob Dylan

Favorite Thing About The Wedding

Watching the children tear up the dance floor, and getting the best view of the cake cutting.

The Info:

Photographer: Craig Spiering, Spiering Photography | Location: Shenandoah Valley, VA | Venue: Family Property on the South River | Maria’s Dress: J.Crew Sample Dress bought off eBay | Maria’s Shrug: Knitted by neighbor | Maria’s Boots: Second hand at Says Who & Seams to Fit | James’s Attire: J.Crew (shirt), Uniqlo (Jacket and jeans) | James’s Tie and Shoes: Bay Area second hand stores | Rings: Sterling silver with redwood inlays, made by Jewelry by Johan | Food: R. Matthew Poteat and team, Patsy Wood of Country Cupboard | Cake: Carrot Cake by Cakes by Rachel (Rachel Willis) | Flowers: Bought in bulk from Susan Roepke of Flower Fields | Picnic Tables: Lowe’s, assembled by friends and family. Re-sold to the Department of Parks and Recreation of Augusta County | Chinese Lanterns and Christmas Lights: Borrowed from friends | Napkins, Silverware, Wine Glasses, Galvanized Tubs, and Antique Ball Jars: eBay, Craigslist, and local estate sales | Floral Supplies and Candles: Save on Crafts | Table Runners: Handmade by Maria’s aunt | Ball Jars for drinking: Target | Favors: Honey from bride’s parents’ Middle River Bees | Rentals: Central Virginia Rentals | Band: The Judy Chops | Tent, Stage, and Dance Floor: Affordable Tents and Rentals | Porta Johns: Cline Associates | Alcohol: Boont Amber Ale and Ommegang Hennepin Saison from Beer Run | Wines: Costco | Sangria: Made by the Bride’s father | Guitar for Ceremony: Andrew Claassen | Wedding Dress Alterations: Louise Austrie | Invitations: Bride and Groom, Plates made by Elum Designs and template from Best Day Ever



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  • Jules

    I love that the gown, flowers, and cake coordinate perfectly! And the flower girl picture. Adorable.

  • Amy A.

    That flower girl SLAYS ME, in the best possible way. Lovely all around :-) Congratulations!

  • Caitlin_DD

    Of all the lovely things here, the nose ring is the #1 thing that makes me go YEAH!

  • memery

    awesome! I went to camp every summer right near here — such warm fuzzies just thinking about it. I recognized the train tracks first, and then when I read that it was near the south river… bingo! Love this area, and such a pretty and relaxed and happy looking group!

  • Lawyerette510

    Everything about this made me smile! This is the spark of love and happiness I needed to see after being bogged down in the Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc decision all morning.

  • vegankitchendiaries

    Understated yet… stupendous!! C’mon the AT HOME WEDDINGS!!! Woo hoo!

  • I have a horrible confession to make. This is the first time I actually hit play on the song at the top….and I will be doing it forever now because it is AWESOME. Genius for making that you guys. And I loveee the colors and feel of this wedding- love a Southern wedding ;)

    • Helen

      I do it all the time – it makes it like a movie you can control. Love it.

  • StevenPortland

    That dress, the flowers in your hair, the cake — some of my favorite things in these photos. But my absolute favorite is that little girl trying on the too-big heels. So cute!

  • ElisabethJoanne

    It’s so cool that the County actually bought something used. I’m so used to the government not being able to be practical and buy used goods or accept donated goods – which I get that they need to make sure everything they and the general public use is safe and all, but can be very frustrating.