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Secret Garden Wedding | Alexandria Virginia

PHOTOGRAPHY: Gray Kammera Photography

Tucked away in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, a friend’s private historic estate – replete with a hidden door entrance & secret garden vibes – offered Joanna & Josh the opportunity to host family & friends for their vineyard-inspired wedding safely outside this spring. Perfectly perched next to walls of wisteria, we completely transformed the estate’s tennis court into a lovely tented celebration, making the difficult decision to pivot their venue from DC to Virginia (just five weeks from their wedding date!), feel like fate.

Channeling Joanna & Josh’s love of weekend sojourns in Napa, our vineyard-inspired wedding day commenced with a heart-felt ceremony against a bucolic garden backdrop. Under the eaves of a vine-covered arbor we adorned with string lights, guests sipped champagne and specialty cocktails as they strolled and enjoyed the picturesque setting. Echoing the warmth of a Napa afternoon, our design paired natural wood elements – farm tables, vineyard chairs and pillar candle holders – with simply elegant linens. Beautiful hand-thrown pottery and copper vessels filled with fresh rosemary, assorted herbs and soft-hued romantic floral compotes topped our tablescape. Glowing lanterns, picnic and flower baskets, and an iron gate escort card display were reminiscent of al fresco dining adventures, and the couple’s favorite San Francisco restaurants.

The culmination of a long and challenging year for so many people, Joanna & Josh felt incredibly lucky to host their friends and family for a safe and beautiful celebration — especially after having to postpone their wedding twice due to Covid. We felt so privileged to see all of our careful planning come together, and to be there along side them, every step of the way.

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