A Glamorous, Multicultural Wedding at Morais Vineyards & Winery in Bealeton, Virginia

Jasmine Knowles (26 and a social worker) and Christian Demeke (27 and a technical program manager) infused both of their cultural backgrounds into the

Jasmine Knowles (26 and a social worker) and Christian Demeke (27 and a technical program manager) infused both of their cultural backgrounds into their wedding day for a one-of-a-kind Chinese-Ethiopian celebration. Before their ceremony and reception at Morais Vineyards & Winery in Bealeton, Virginia, the couple kicked off their wedding day with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the hotel. “This was especially meaningful because it was just our immediate family, and it is something my parents did when they got married,” Jasmine says. After an outdoor ceremony, in which the couple incorporated hand-tying and wine-pouring rituals, guests enjoyed a celebratory alfresco cocktail hour. “We liked that there was space to spread out and explore,” Jasmine says. “We chose Morias because it was a beautiful venue and had so many great spaces within it.” The newlyweds honored Chris’s heritage by making their grand entrance wearing kabas, traditional Ethiopian wedding garb. Then they danced to K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life.” For wedding favors, guests enjoyed sipping tej, an Ethiopian mead made by Christian’s parents, and was labeled with a beautiful design created by the couple’s dear friend. “Food is so important to us, and we wanted everyone to enjoy themselves,” Jasmine says of their feast, which had an American and Ethiopian catering team. “Everyone tried a little bit of everything, and I don't think anyone went home hungry.” —Marissa Hermanson

Elegant ivory invitation embellished with gold calligraphy set the tone for Jasmine and Chris’s refined vineyard wedding celebration.
To embrace Jasmine’s Chinese heritage, the couple had a tea-pouring ceremony at the hotel the morning of the wedding. “This was especially meaningful because it was just our immediate family, and it is something my parents did when they got married,” Jasmine says.
“I wanted a flowing and romantic dress, but most important I wanted to be comfortable and able to dance,” Jasmine says of her A-line gown with a tulle skirt and embellished bodice. “I did have a second dress, but I didn't change until the last hour because I didn't want to change out of my dress.”
Jasmine’s romantic and vibrant bouquet incorporated lush pink peonies.
Jasmine let her bridesmaids select their own dresses but requested that they be long and blue. “I wanted everyone to be comfortable, and my bridesmaids have different bodies and styles of dressing, so it worked out really well to have them pick their own dresses,” she says. “They all looked so beautiful!”
Chris and his groomsmen looked dapper in gray Vera Bradly gray tuxedos and black bow ties.
“The advice I would give to anyone who is getting married is to have fun,” Jasmine says. “The time goes by so quickly, so make sure you cherish each step.”
Jasmine accessorized her elegant A-line gown with a pair of glitzy Badgley Mischka pumps.
Along with acoustic guitar music, the couple incorporated hand-tying and wine-pouring rituals into their outdoor ceremony.
“We kept the decor pretty simple because Morais is already so beautiful,” Jasmine says of Morais Vineyards & Winery in Bealeton, Virginia. The elegant ballroom was gussied up with white and blue linens and gold chiavari chairs.
Table centerpieces included beautiful tall arrangements of flowers, along with laser-cut table numbers that the couple spray-painted themselves.
Jasmine and Chris’s simple white cake was topped with a whimsical “Happily ever after” topper.
“Make sure all the aspects you are incorporating are things are meaningful to you, and remember that everyone is coming to celebrate the two of you—everything else is just extra,” Jasmine says.
On each table, Jasmine and Chris placed a cheeky "would you rather" game for guests to play during the reception at Morais Vineyards & Winery in Bealeton, Virginia.
The creative groom made paper items such as the seating chart, menu and thank-you notes for their wedding day.
Bridesmaid bouquets incorporated vibrant orange and pink roses, which were eye-catching set off by the cobalt bridesmaid gowns.
Rustic wooden welcome signs set the tone for the couple’s wine-country nuptials at Morais Vineyards & Winery in Bealeton, Virginia.