A Romantic Fall Etsy-Inspired Wedding at Bristow Manor Golf Club in Bristow, Virginia

Randy (29 and an inventory management specialist) and Sophia (25 and a personnel manager) met and quickly developed a friendship at a New Year's party

Randy (29 and an inventory management specialist) and Sophia (25 and a personnel manager) met and quickly developed a friendship at a New Year's party, but they didn't recognize their romantic feelings until Sophia moved to South Carolina. She moved back to Virginia not long after so that they could pursue a relationship, and dated for a little while before Randy proposed. They took a walk along the river and across a bridge, where Randy popped the question. When researching venues, Sophia fell in love with Bristow Manor Golf Club in Bristow, Virginia for its ornate architecture and knew she wanted an outdoor ceremony with the mansion as a backdrop. Inspired by a vintage aesthetic, Sophia designed her own cap-sleeve, lace wedding dress at at nearby bridal boutique. She incorporated a color palette of plum, ivory, and rose gold into her calla lily and rose bouquet and the bridesmaids's short plum dresses. An avid Etsy shopper, Sophia found many of her accessories and decor on the site, including the bridesmaid robes, cake topper, table signs, handkerchiefs, thank you cards, Mad Libs, and her own chrysanthemum earrings. The custom Mad Libs games were used as place cards at the reception tables to encourage guests to get better acquainted. For favors, Sophia and Randy made homemade jams that they jarred and labeled for guests to take home. Randy's parents also brought a custom kissing bell to ring at the reception. After a plated steak or chicken dinner, guests were served from a four-tier wedding cake with four different flavors topped with a custom caricature cake topper of the bride and groom. Before the ceremony, Sophia gave Randy a pair of Chevrolet logo cufflinks as a nod to his vintage Camaro (and the replica groom's cake!), but he one-upped her just a little while later by gifting her a 1965 blue Chevrolet El Camino. When the couple's guests ended the night on the dance floor with James Blunt's "Bonfire Heart," Sophia describes the celebration, saying, "The feeling was completely electric--there was so much love there. For us, our friends and family are what we cherish most."

Whimsical Embroidered Etsy Handkerchief
Plum, Pink, and Ivory Calla Lily and Rose Bouquet
The bride is covered in stunning tattoos and wanted them to be the focus of her wedding look, so she only accessorized minimally with a simple infinity necklace and a pair of chrysanthemum gauges from Etsy. She paired them with natural-looking makeup and a somewhat vintage-inspired updo to match the style of her wedding dress.
Bridesmaids Getting Ready in Floral Etsy Robes
Randy wore a classic black tuxedo with a white bow tie and white rose boutonniere. As the groom is a car lover and owns a vintage Chevrolet Camaro, Sophia gifted her groom with a pair of Chevrolet logo cufflinks. She later surprised him with a Camaro groom's cake modeled after his own car.
Since both the bride and groom are car lovers, Randy gifted his bride a blue 1964 El Camino as her wedding present. She complemented the car perfectly in her vintage-inspired, lace, cap-sleeve wedding dress that she had custom designed to suit her style.
The bridesmaids wore different short plum dresses to complement their individual styles and personalities. Sophia gifted each of them a simple necklace and a floral getting-ready robe, both of which were purchased from Etsy.
Ceremony with Bride and Military Father
Randy and Sophia threw a lighthearted wedding to showcase their laid back personalities, but they were inspired by the venue's architecture to incorporate a few vintage elements. Sophia described Bristow Manor, saying, "It wears its age well with beautiful bowed floors, a staircase to die for, and the most perfect detail work on the walls."
The reception tabled held ornate plum, pink, and ivory arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, chrysanthemums, and dendrobium orchids for a variety of bold shapes and textures. Sophia also ordered small chalkboard heart table numbers from Etsy.
Custom wedding Mad Libs games doubled as place cards at the reception to help guests socialize with their neighbors. All of the guests got along like old friends by the end of the night, when everyone got up and danced to James Blunt's "Bonfire Heart."
Sophia and Randy jarred a variety of homemade jams for guests to take home as wedding favors. The different fruit flavors conveniently matched the wedding's ivory, plum, and pink color palette.
Custom Reception Kissing Bell
Vintage Camaro Groom's Cake
The four-tier white wedding cake had four different flavors: red velvet, double chocolate, lemon curd and raspberries, and carrot cake. It was decorated with a caricature bride and groom cake topper to showcase the couple's whimsical personalities.
Fall Bride and Groom in Bristow, Virginia