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, 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."