Destination Virginia Wedding from Andi Grant Photography

The theme of the day was Victorian tea party, and I think they pulled it off beautifully. The pretty patterned table linens, the tea cups at every place settings, the heart shaped tea diffuser favors (which I love, by the way), and the amazing fabric and twinkle light draped tent for the outdoor reception. Plus, I love when a groom, also a military man, chooses to wear his uniform on his wedding day. The images of him and his bride, captured by Andi Grant Photography, in one word: stunning. The rest of the day, in one word: magical.

military groom and his bride, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

Depending on who you ask, you will get two different stories as to how these two met. As Stephen remembers it, he was home in New York at his parent’s house on post-deployment leave following a deployment to Iraq when his sister, her husband, and Anna drove up from Florida, and stopped at Steve’s parents’ house. They only stayed for 15 minutes for a quick bite to eat before getting back on the road, but that was all Steve needed to know that he just met the girl of his dreams.

military groom and his bride, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

adorable flower girl, floral halo headpiece, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

a military groom and his bride, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

a military groom and his bride, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

Anna, on the other hand, remembers going to Steve’s parents’ house, she remembers meeting his parents and eating a quick bite, but she doesn’t remember meeting Steve. In fact, her first memories of the two of them were from the days following their “initial meeting” at Steve’s parents house when they met up again in the Hamptons and spent the weekend boating, crabbing, and getting to know one another. By the end of that weekend, they agreed to meet up in Miami two weeks later to continue to develop their new friendship.

a military groom and his bride, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

They knew they had something special from the start. It started during Steve’s deployment to Afghanistan when they wrote snail mail back and forth to communicate. At the time, they weren’t dating, but you wouldn’t have known that by looking outside in on them. Every letter they received was like Christmas morning. They would wait weeks just to receive a response back to a question from an earlier letter.

After returning from deployment and expressing their feelings for one another, they started to date long distance. Every chance they had, they would fly between North Carolina (later Virginia) and Florida to see one another. Every moment they spent together was so precious and special to them.

floral aisle decor, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

tea cups at every place setting, heart shaped tea diffuser favors, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

fabric and twinkle light draped tent for outdoor reception, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

Two months into the relationship, on Valentine’s Day, those three special words were said for the first time, and many times since by Steve, and of course, reciprocated by Anna. After about ten months, they decided they’d had enough of the long distance, so Anna quit her job in Miami and moved away from family and friends to join Steve in Williamsburg, Virginia. Within a month of her moving, Steve dropped to one knee and they were engaged!

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pretty patterned table linens, floral centerpieces, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

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Washington D.C. had always been a place that Steve and Anna loved to visit, especially the memorials and the Mall area. So after Anna moved up to Virginia in October and they began to settle down a bit, they planned a day trip on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in November. Steve knew that he wanted to propose to her that day, he just didn’t know how or when.

The day started with a chill that caused both of them to dress warmly. By the time they made it to the White House, it felt as though summer had begun all over again. Anna began stripping her layers, but Steve refused. As they continued their walk towards the Mall, and as Steve began to sweat, they came across Constitution Gardens Park. It was unintentional because they had never been to the park during their past visits nor heard of it before then. But Steve knew as soon as he saw it, that this was where he would get down on one knee.

As they crossed onto the island in the pond, they decided to sit in a little quiet spot beneath a weeping willow tree to take a little break. While sitting there and enjoying the view (and continuing to sweat), Anna implored Steve over and over again to take off his coat. Her final plea, “If you love me, you will take off your jacket,” was the opportunity Steve had been waiting for. At that moment, from his coat pocket, he pulled out a ring, got down on one knee, and told her what she already knew… “I do love you, and will always love you. Will you marry me?”

And just in case you were wondering…Steve then took off his coat. Finally.

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military groom and his bride cut the cake with his sword, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

{From the Bride} Because neither of us are from Virginia, the wedding was a destination wedding for most of our family and friends. The theme behind the wedding was a Victorian Tea Party with the setting of a quaint bed and breakfast in Providence Forge, Virginia, called the Jasmine Plantation. 

The day started off beautiful. This was important, especially since the wedding was supposed to be conducted on the front lawn of the plantation. But as the day continued on, storms rolled into the area and we had to change out plans 45 minutes before the sunset ceremony was to take place. The vendors and wedding party were great in helping us to adjust at the last minute. In hindsight, the wedding was even better because the ceremony was moved inside the house causing it to be standing room only. It was intimate, unique, and beautiful.

After a creative and entertaining introduction of the wedding party and us by our DJ, Liz Daley, the food started coming out. We had our first dance to God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts where we attempted to show our guests the moves we learned over the previous four months at dance lessons. The moves didn’t look smooth, but the emotion was caught in the words of the love story spoken by us before the ceremony and looped into the song. After our dance, the music started to play, and that is when the party began. The dance floor flooded and the rest of the night flew by. The day/weekend could not have been any better. A time to remember!

a thank you to vendors chalkboard at the reception, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

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chalkboard seating chart, destination Virginia wedding, Victorian tea party wedding, Andi Grant Photography

{Advice for Couples} The obvious answer is to say both must have a deep love and trust for one another. But we think it is more than that. We feel communication is right there with love and trust, probably even higher. If you are unable to fully communicate your hopes, dreams, and emotions, how can you fully love and trust? We learned this through long distance and many nights on the phone and on Skype. Trust us, it works!

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Thank you, Anna and Stephen for sharing your love story with all of us, and congratulations once again! So much love, luck and hugs to you both! Thank you, also, to Andi Grant Photography for sharing this very special day with us today! xoxo

Photographer: Andi Grant Photography / Venue: Jasmine Plantation / DJ/Event Planner: Liz Daley Events / Catering: Clover Forest Catering / Flowers: The Flower Cupboard / Cake Baker: Cakes by Charlie / Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals / Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Bride’s Dress: Running of the Brides, Washington D.C.

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  1. says

    There are so many things to love about this wedding! Those linens, that cake, the way those two look at one another, the thank you to the venue and vendors (love that!). This is perfection, Alex :) xoxo

  2. brianna says

    hello, I was wondering where you purchased the heart tea diffusers? they are absolutely perfect for my wedding too! thanks so much!

    • AlexandraAlexandra says

      I am not sure where the bride purchased them. But I did a quick search on Google and found lots of options :) Beau-coup has some that are very similar!!

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