When Hillary and Tyler started planning their celebration, they knew a few things that they wanted: an elegant wedding, to be surrounded with those they loved, and to wed in an English country estate with ivy growing all around it. At least they were able to check off the first two items on their list, even if a European getaway didn’t work for the guests. And lucky for us, these images are overflowing with beautiful ideas and stunning style.

More from the couple:
“We’d been together for nine years by the time we married, and luckily our styles mesh rather well. The very first thing we did was sit down and draw up a list of words that defined our dream wedding and decided how we wanted to feel that day, rather than exactly how we wanted things to look. The most important aspect was that we and our guests feel joyous and relaxed–even in gowns and tuxedos. To that end, we hired a super-energetic brass band to parade in and out (we walked out to The Beatles’ “When I’m 64,” which we constantly sing at home), made sure there was a ton of delicious food and wine flowing, designed our entire (very short) ceremony to be as personal as possible, and had our first dance to the incredibly upbeat “Happy Together” by The Turtles. We both accidentally saved (read: procrastinated) our vow-writing for the morning of the wedding. That could have been a disaster, but instead it meant that we unleashed a torrent of happiness and excitement into the vows.

There were so many nods to our passions and the little things about life that excite us. We both nearly overdose on tea every day, so we served it to our guests to keep them warm during the ceremony. Tyler is a whiskey fiend, so we had a tasting table. Hillary is a Martha Stewart nut, so she designed and made (with some serious help from her mom) some fun ribbon wands for the kids to wave on their way in; the place cards, which were inspired by botanical drawings and labels; the tassels attached to the bookmark save-the-dates; and about a thousand little stamped cocktail stirrers and donut bags.

Oh, and Hillary was determined to have a long, dramatic veil that covered her face until the kiss. When else in your life can you walk around wearing such a thing and have people tell you it’s fabulous?”

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Wedding Venue: Meridian House  | Getting Ready Location: The Jefferson  | Catering: The Catering Company of Washington | Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride’s Dress: Sarah Janks | Bride’s Veil: Reem Acra | Bride’s Shoes: Capezio | Five-piece brass band: Sidney’s  | DJ: Mr KC | Bride’s Engagement Ring: Single Stone |Bride’s Wedding Band: Catbird | Bride’s Afterparty Dress: Free People | Bride’s Nightgown, Handkerchief, Bag, Persian Lamb Jacket: Vintage (belonged to the bride’s grandmother w/ embroidery by bride’s mother) | Groom’s Tux: J. Crew | Groom’s Shirt: Brooks Brothers | Groom’s Velvet Bowtie: Bull and Moose | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG and Adrianna Papell | Mother of the Bride’s Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Envelope Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten | Doughnuts: Astro Doughnut


Comments (9)

Amelia Johnson | Reply

This is absolutely gorgeous. Great job Vicki!

Hannah Suh | Reply

What a beautiful wedding and such stunning photography!

Jordan Thompson | Reply

Vicki, these are so beautiful!

Mia Albert | Reply

Great wedding Ideas you have shared here and Thanks for this post.
Now I have two more different ideas as well one is weekend wedding and another is wedding photo booth and I know that both the ideas are great to have more fun and spent quality time in wedding ceremony.

DreamDay Wedding Invitations | Reply

Love love loved the wedding dress! So elegant, the olive leaves and shades of green and eco friendly items- so classy

Gosia | Reply

That’s absolutely stunning! I love everything about this wedding. Lovely dresses, decor and the couple!

Royal Entertainment | Reply

Wonderful pictorial, thanks for posting. OnceWed is a fine blog with great content. Will share with my Wedding Clients.

Geoff | Reply

That’s one stunning wedding dress and the photography is so well done.

Newport News Catering | Reply

These are really beautiful photos. I love all the neutral colors that were chosen and your photography really highlights them and makes them stand out. You are very talented. Beautiful couple too.