A Shabby-Chic Wedding at Riverside On The Potomac in Leesburg, Virginia

What started as a natural waterfront wedding ended in a dance party filled with shabby-chic details we love! Erin Kelly (29 and an NGO worker) and Cory Donohue (30 and a teacher) started their day with a simple ceremony overlooking the Potomac River. Dogwood Events lined rows of white folding chairs with large matching balloons. A wedding arch made of twin window panes and colored streamers marked the head of the aisle. The bridesmaid made their entrance in chic, long dresses in their chosen hues as Erin’s brother, her bridesman, followed in a gray suit from his own wedding! Erin stood out in a sweet lace, mermaid wedding dress with a v-neckline and cap sleeves. Cory met her in a "postman" blue suit and burgundy tie. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed mini fried chicken and waffles and other comfort foods as Erin, Cory and their wedding party took the balloons for a few pictures with Audra Wrisley Photography. After they returned, the barn reception quickly changed from a sit-down dinner to an all-out party! “Once the dance party started, very few people sat down for the rest of the night,” says Erin. When they did stop for a moment, guests took their seats at reclaimed wood tables lined with low lanterns, succulents and candles as whimsical chandeliers of the same accents were hung from a wooden bar overhead. Instead of serving wedding cake, Erin and Cory finished off the night with candy, baked goods and a sparkler exit. For future newlyweds, Erin says to focus on the party: “It's going to be one of the only opportunities in your entire life to have all of those people in one room. Make it count.”