Real Wedding: A Day of Smiles in Virginia!

rainy day wedding party portrait by Keith Cephus Photography

Tracking down the perfect wedding venue to say your “I dos” is a challenge for most brides, but Jennifer defied the odds. The Hermitage was the first place I visited in person after doing lots of research online,” she shares. “I fell in love with it immediately and knew that I didn’t need to see anywhere else!” All it takes is a quick look at the fabulous photographs that the very talented Keith Cephus Photography captured on the big day to see that the bride’s gut instinct was spot on. With a red brick foundation, a beautiful courtyard and plentiful gardens, we don’t think that any other place on earth but The Hermitage Museum & Gardens could have suited their rustic Virginia wedding better. Even the rain didn’t put a damper on the good times or the stunning aesthetic that Jennifer and David put together for their one-of-a-kind celebration. As guests drove up they were greeted by a DIY rustic sign that presented directions to the ceremony and reception, while giving a nod to both the bride and groom’s roots. She hails from España, as the sign reads in Spanish, and he is an Ohio native – they included the mileage from the site of their Virginia wedding to both Spain and his hometown. It was definitely an incredible and creative way to showcase the merging of two families! As the day went on and friends and family gathered for the outdoor reception, a light rain began to fall. Without batting an eye, umbrellas were popped and the smiles continued from the wedding entourage’s entry and trip down the aisle, to the newlywed’s grand finale kiss. Who could even notice the inclement weather when so many gorgeous decor details were stealing the show? Focusing on making sure everyone had a great time during their day, the bride and groom skipped unnecessary details and put all their energy into throwing a party with Antonia Christianson Events that would make them and their guests happy. We’d say the homemade sangria and beer, the personalized mason jar favors with burlap name tags, the delicious dinner from Sweetwater Cuisine and the fabulous orange ombre wedding cake by Salina Oxford Cakes did just the trick. We don’t know about you, but we certainly didn’t spot an unhappy face in this wedding crowd. We bet you’ll smile too when you take a gander at all the eye candy and inspiration pieces that made this day complete, so go on and have a look!

The Hermitage Museum & Gardens by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
The Hermitage Museum & Gardens by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
rustic wedding welcome sign by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
groom and groomsmen in watches by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
creative groom boutonniere by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
groom in bow-tie and boutonniere by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
silver wedding rings by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride walking down the aisle with father by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
happy bride walking down the aisle with dad by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
outdoor wedding ceremony by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bridesmaids in pink dresses with white bouquets by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride and groom ring exchange by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
outdoor wedding ceremony by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
outdoor wedding ceremony by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
groom carrying his bride by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
rainy day wedding party portrait by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
wedding party portraits at The Hermitage Museum & Gardens by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
groom and groomsmen under umbrellas by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bridesmaids tossing bouquets by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride with bridesmaids in pink dresses by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride running away with her groom by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
smiling bride in strapless dress with pink and white bouquet by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride and groom with their dog by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride and groom at The Hermitage Museum & Gardens by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride and groom arriving at reception by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride and groom first dance by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
ring bearer kissing bride's cheek by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
DIY rustic window seating chart by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
mason jar favors with burlap tags by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
white and burlap wedding reception by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
rustic wedding table numbers by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
wedding buffet by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
orange wedding decor by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
orange ombre wedding cake by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bird eand groom cutting cake by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography
bride and groom cake tasting by Keith Cephus Photography
Photography by: Keith Cephus Photography

Thanks Keith Cephus Photography for putting a smile on our faces today!

~Audra

Photographer:  Keith Cephus Photography//Event Planner: Antonia Christianson Events//Event Designer: Antonia Christianson Events//DJ: Astro Entertainment//Musicians: Ben Lassister//Floral Designer: Fluttering Flowers//Hair Stylist: Luxury Tress//Transportation: Premier Limo//Cake Designer: Salina Oxford Cakes//Caterer: SWEETWATER CUISINE//Signage: Tom Truselo//

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