Picnic Themed Wedding at Pharsalia – Part 1

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This wedding was filled with two things that I love: lots of beautiful moments and tons of DIY details! Today I’m going to show you a little bit of both. From the tears that welled up in Mary’s eyes when she read a note from Anthony to the excitement on Anthony’s face when he saw his bride for the first time, it was all so beautiful! Luckily the rain held off and they were able to have the ceremony outside at Pharsalia, a gorgeous venue in the mountains of Tyro, VA. I can tell that Mary and Anthony put so much thought into the details of the ceremony and reception. For their very first date in October 2009, they had a picnic together, so it was only fitting for them to have a picnic theme for their wedding. This included barrels of hay for the guests to sit on during the ceremony and picnic food for the reception, which you will see in tomorrow’s post. So get excited for part two of Mary and Anthony’s wedding pictures, there’s lots more to come!

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Mary and Anthony are re-enactors in Colonial Williamsburg, Va, so they thought it would be fitting to include some fun traditions from Colonial times. Jumping the broom is an old wedding tradition that was practiced by the slaves in the South. The custom says whoever jumps the highest over the broom determines who is the head of the household. It looks like Mary won on this one


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I LOVE everyone’s excitement in this last picture. That’s what a wedding is all about!

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Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography

Venue: Pharsalia

Wedding Coordinator: Carolyn Donahue

Officiant: Gay Lee Einstein

Caterer: Maria Morgan

Florist: Pharsalia

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Wedding Cake: Michael Anthony Carter