A Timeless Southern Wedding at the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester, Virginia

Michelle Perry (31 and an IT manager) and Sven Jost (33 and an international tax director) met a week before Christmas while living in Arlington, Virginia. The first time they went out to dinner, Sven asked Michelle to spend New Year’s Eve with him, and the rest, as they say, is history. They got married at the Inn at Warner Hall, a waterfront bed and breakfast on a plantation founded by George Washington’s great-great-grandfather in 1642. Because their venue was a B&B, their family members—some of whom had flown in from Germany—were able to stay at the venue Friday to Sunday, joining the couple for a rehearsal dinner, a bonfire at the boathouse, cocktails and s’mores. “This allowed us to spend more time with our out-of-town guests,” Michelle says. Their outdoor ceremony was kept simple, with an archway decorated in shades of coral, peach and orange florals and bright greenery. A German poem was read in honor of Sven’s heritage, and black forest cake was served at the reception as a nod to the Black Forest mountain range in southwestern Germany, where Sven’s family lives. The reception, held in a tent, was decorated with potted plants, strings of lights and orchids and floating candles. Their first dance was to Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am,” “‘Cause I love you more than I could ever promise, and you take me the way I am”—a fitting song for a Southern girl and a German boy who love each other unconditionally. —Chrissy Sorenson