Julia & Luke

November 2, 2013 • Rassawek Vineyard • Columbia

It could have been a wedding day disaster for Julia Naismith and Luke Rabin. The day before the wedding, the bouquets were made and stored along with a basket of rose petals for the flower girl to toss, safely, they thought, in a refrigerator. But the refrigerator turned out to be a freezer, and all of the flowers were ruined.

Luckily, the flower girl’s mother—also a bridesmaid—had brought candy for the little girl to practice with, says Julia. “I love candy, so we ended up using that for real. She tossed tiny Milky Ways down the aisle in front of us!”

It proved to be the perfect beginning to the couple’s ceremony, which took place in the greenhouse at Rassawek Vineyard. It was also a fitting complement to the reception menu, which consisted of the couple’s favorite foods—pizza, hot wings, lots of candy, says Julia, and doughnuts in lieu of wedding cake.

“At the end of our reception, there was a huge dance circle around us, and everyone started linking their glow sticks, wrapping us together with them. I just felt like everyone was giving us their blessing and tying us together.”

Venue: Rassawek Vineyard, Columbia

Photographer: Sam Hurd, Washington, D.C.

Donuts: Dixie Donuts, Richmond

Gown: J. Crew veil: Bespoken by Stepha O’Brien,Richmond

Rentals: Main Stage Productions,Richmond

In-ceremony Music: Guitarist James Moore, Charlottesville

Entertainment: DJ Western Front, Charlottesville

Hair: Ken Langston, JAK Salon, Richmond

Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn, Faces by Liz, Washington, D.C.


Check out these other lovely Virginia weddings:

Julia & Luke—November 2, 2013 • Rassawek vineyard • Columbia

Jess & Teddy—June 29, 2013 • The Homestead • Hot Springs

Lacy & Sam—April 13, 2013 • King Family Vineyards • Crozet

Stephanie & Robert—February 9, 2013 • VMFA • Richmond

Cat & Teddy—June 1, 2013 • Williamsburg Winery • Williamsburg

Nitika & Shalin—May 26, 2013 • Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

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