Jessica and Steve’s rustic chic wedding with beautiful homemade details was wonderful to be a part of. Their ceremony and wedding reception was held at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia. See part 1 to check out their lovely outdoor ceremony, as well as their United With Love feature (ceremony) and (reception). In addition to the feminine styling, their reception had some wonderful touches, including personalized desserts and treats, a unique “guest book” and a surprise groom’s cake. It was wonderful to work with Victoria Ruan Photography, R&R Catering and the entire vendor team (see full list below).

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Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding
Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Family photos were scattered throughout the farmhouse at River Farm. I love that in addition to photos of Jessica and Steve, they chose to display these old time photos of parents and grandparents.

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In lieu of a guest book, Jessica and Steve asked family and friends to sign a wooden L, for their last name.Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Cocktail hour included delicious passed hors d’oeurves, like this crab cakes, from R&R Catering.

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The flowers for the wedding were a combination of DIY floral designs made by the bride and Whole Foods. As we were setting up, I was so impressed by the flowers Jessica created. DIY flowers are not easy to do!Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

I loved that Jessica and Steve included thank you notes for each guest at their place setting. It’s a sweet touch and is much appreciated by friends and family!Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

After dinner and the heartfelt toasts, guests were invited inside the house. Jessica and Steve shared their first dance and then Jessica shared a dance with her father and Steve with his mother.Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

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Later in the evening, Jessica and Steve cut their wedding cake and the surprise Groom’s Cake made by Fancy Cakes by Leslie!
Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Victoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real WeddingVictoria Ruan Photography, Bright Occasions Real Wedding

Congratulations to Jessica and Steve and thank you to Victoria Ruan for capturing the day so beautifully! It was such a pleasure to be a part of your wedding.

The wonderful vendor team included:

Venue: River Farm

Photography: Victoria Ruan

Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions

Catering: R&R Catering

Tent Lighting: Frost Lighting

Ceremony Musicians: Music By Anthem

Band: The Adrian Duke Project

Florist: DIY & Whole Foods

Hair: Modern Bridal Studio

Make-up: Modern Bridal Studio

Invitations: Paper Source

Wedding Dress: Watters

Bridal Salon: Katherine’s Bridal Boutique

Headpiece/Veil: Etsy

Jewelry: Silver Parrot

Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

Bridal Party Accessories: Anthropologie

Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Mens Warehouse

Groom’s + Groomsmen Accessories: Tommy Hilfiger and Tie Bar

Cake: Kogibow Bakery and Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Favors: Whole Foods