Ceremony and reception location : Raspberry Plain Manor,Leesburg, VA
Wedding date : May 26, 2019
Frank planned for a birthday dinner for Morgan at Founding Farmers in Tysons. During dinner he excused himself to go to the restroom; when he returned he told her he just received a text mail from a friend of theirs that he and his girlfriend were at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (next door to the Founding Farmers) and wanted to know if we wanted to meet up for a drink. They walked over after dinner and went up to the 10th floor of the hotel to meet them. There was a “do not disturb” sign on the door and Frank knocked. No one answered. Frank then looked in his pocket and pulled out the room key for the room, smiled, and opened the door. The room was filled with candles, roses, chocolates, and champagne. He proposed to her in the hotel room filled with dim-lit candles and the smell of roses. After she said “YES!”, cried and jumped with joy, She wanted to call her family and let them know the good news; he said we should call them after we got a celebratory drink at the bar. Once we walked over to the bar and turned the corner, I saw my whole family, his family, and our friends all waiting to celebrate with us. It was a perfect way to start the celebrations for the next chapter in our lives with all of our loved ones with us. He planned the entire night for months and I couldn’t have been more grateful for all his efforts.
The wedding venue was love at first sight. We found it through the Knot.com and once we walked in- we both knew that was where we wanted to get married. It is a historic building with the most beautiful glass ballroom- perfect for a wedding.
We paid for the wedding ourselves, we were really proud of how much effort and personal touches we put into it. It really felt like ours. The advice we would give would be, don’t get overwhelmed- plan early, work on projects in small batches, and make it unique to you both as a couple.
Morgan loves planning, she loves organizing out the timeline of when things should be done and backtracking from there. The most fun part was when they were able to check off some of the things off each month that we accomplished. It was rewarding and exciting that they were another step closer to the wedding when more and more projects were completed.
Their wedding ‘theme’ was traditional but with touches of whimsy. Morgan loves colorful and whimsical touches, and Frank is crafty and very creative. They wanted the wedding to reflect them independently and as a couple.
Seeing all the little details they made come together into one event was their favorite moment. It was very rewarding and exciting to see it all come together and they knew that each detail was worth all the effort.