Joe & Emmy ~ Old Stone Church & The George Washington Hotelfeaturing Guest Blogger, Amy VanMeter

Today we have a wonderful guest blogger to share the wedding story of Joe & Emmy! Meet Amy VanMeter, a FABULOUS wedding coordinator based in Winchester, VA who I had the pleasure of working with on Joe & Emmy’s wedding a few weeks ago. Enjoy her post, and read more about her after the slideshow!

Vintage. Romantic. Elegant.

This Chicagoland couple returned to the bride’s hometown for their charming vintage-inspired wedding.  And, we were delighted to share in the celebration of this wonderful couple!

Every aspect of this beautifully detailed wedding was reminiscent of a bygone era – from the ceremony held at the Old Stone Church (built in 1788), the reception at the Historic George Washington Hotel to the Trolley that transported the couple between to the two locations.

The bride was the personification of elegance in her Romona Keveza dress, vintage jewelry and lace sash.  She carried a romantic bouquet of peach, pink & ivory roses.

The intimate wedding ceremony was co-officiated by the bride’s grandfather and included vows written by the couple. The décor was simple and included baby’s breath sprays & candles on the windowsills and altar. After the ceremony, guests wrote a wish for the couple and attached it to a white balloon. As the newlywed couple exited the church, guests released their balloons & wishes into the bright blue sky.

The cocktail & reception areas included numerous distinctive touches: a retro TV played classic film clips & a slide show of family & friends; Custom artwork created for the couples’ playbill-style program and was also displayed framed in the ballroom; Swizzle sticks noted favorite love song titles; Cocktail table centerpieces utilized invitations from the couple’s family & friends’ actual weddings; A folding screen displayed family and bridal party photos and letters.  The card (gift)  table was a nostalgic display that included a vintage typewriter bearing a letter to their guests from the bridal couple. And, in lieu of a guest book, the couple chose a world map where guests could mark their favorite cities.

The dining tables were arranged family-style. Accented with lace overlays, handmade table runners, tall vases with large sprays of baby’s breath and individual-sized cakes. Serving dual purpose, the centerpiece cakes provided guests with 12 flavors to choose from for dessert.  Providing a dramatic flair were feather boas on the guests’ chair backs. Of course, once the party started, the boas adorned many a guest on the dance floor.

They wed, dined, danced – and have the gorgeous photos to prove it!

Old Stone Church
Historic George Washington Hotel

Wedding Dress:
Romona Keveza

Formal Wear:
Joseph A. Banks

Mane Attraction Spa & Salon

Flowers by Snellings

Sheila’s Sweets

Wedding Music
Giovane Players

Reception Music
Eric Herod Entertainment

Candy Hill Trolley

Amy VanMeter Events

My business is my passion, born from a love of planning.  Always the methodical “list maker,” I felt drawn to use my talents to help brides & grooms celebrate the beginning of their lives together.  This is my full-time job, not a part-time hobby — and I love it!

My commitment is to provide unparalleled personal service.  Your wedding will not be one of many weddings that I’m working on.  I restrict my bookings to two weddings per month, so that I can provide the high level of service that you deserve.  It’s a privilege to share in a couple’s wedding.  It gives me great pleasure to know that I contributed to the joy and success of the day.

My goal is an unforgettable and stress-free event every time.  How do I do that? With expertise (11 years of it), resources (professional vendors), natural organizational abilities, a calm demeanor and attention to detail.  These attributes mean peace of mind and wonderful memories for you.


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