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Melissa & Brian: An Outdoor Wedding in Vienna, VA

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The groomsmen wore poppy pods accented with fiddlehead fern on the lapels of their suits.
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Melissa held a bouquet of white mini calla lilies accented with curly willow tips and bear grass.
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The mother of the bride created the programs, which incorporated the couple’s monogram logo.
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Melissa and Brian married on the terrace of The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. The couple exchanged vows they’d written themselves beneath a huppah covered in natural-colored dupioni silk and draped with curly willow and moss. “We sat down and discussed what we felt were the important factors in keeping a marriage strong and healthy,” Meli ...
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Melissa and Brian’s reception decor was all about the details. Tables were covered in different cloths all in shades of brown and ivory, and each boasted bowls of dark and white chocolate–dipped nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate Ms, Bs, and Ts -- a yummy twist on the monogram theme.
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In keeping with the theme, Chinese take-out boxes filled with spicy beef lo mein were emblazoned with the couple's monogram.
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The Jewish couple incorporated many traditions into their day to honor their heritage, including the hora dance.
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Melissa and Brian cut a small, three-tiered cake covered in ivory fondant and decorated with brown ribbon and polka dots. The cake was mostly for show, however, the real desserts were individual cheesecakes topped off with little flags bearing the couple’s monogram.
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“To incorporate the colors of the day into the favors, and to share one of our favorite treats with our guests, we chose caramel-dipped, chocolate-covered apples as favors for our guests,” Melissa explains. Green Granny Smith apples were dipped in caramel and then drizzled with milk and white chocolate. The monogrammed tags on the apples also told  ...

Melissa & Brian in Vienna, VA

Melissa and Brian first met as undergrads at Union College when her sorority and his fraternity co-sponsored a youth olympiad. “It was one of those instant connections, where something completely indescribable happens and takes hold of you,” Melissa says. Though the school year was almost over, Melissa didn’t forget about Brian -- and after reconnecting on their first day back at school, the two became inseparable. The Bride Melissa Cistoldi, 26, consultant The Groom Brian Terlinsky, 28, attorney The Date September 17 Almost five years later, Brian surprised Melissa with a proposal on Valentine’s Day -- the one day when she wouldn’t suspect that a romantic gesture had an ulterior motive! Brian woke her with a bouquet and a giant fortune cookie. The fortune read, “Melissa, be my valentine forever. Will you marry me?”
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