They may have met by coincidence but it was no accident that Hannah and John fell in love. Hannah’s friend had a master plan in the works: she would invite Hannah over for a game night to meet a bachelor of her choosing. Little did she now that the guy she planned for Hannah to swoon over wasn’t even noticed as soon as John walked in the room.
They began dating quickly after and had both secretly decided they had fallen in love and wanted to spend their lives together. John took Hannah back to the place where she challenged him to a sprint on his first ever 4 mile run (also the place they decided they were in love) and popped the question!
Hannah and John love’s affair with brunch was the inspiration for their wedding and the meal they spent countless hours planning over.
Fall was fading into winter on the morning of the wedding, but despite a forecast of rain this Sunday morning was beaming.
The style of their wedding was simple but beautiful – Hannah knew that she wasn’t a big DIY gal but she has a keen eye for design and their wedding was a perfect reflection of that.
Their first look was both incredibly tender and so fun. Hannah walked up to John from behind only after throwing out a few killer dance moves.
The Trivium Estate, a stunning home settled in the rolling hills of Virginia set a romantic scene for their big day. Because of it’s extravagant beauty Hannah and John were able to keep the decorations natural, simple and beautiful.
Faith is a huge part of who Hannah and John are and so having a Sunday wedding felt like a true celebration of why they were getting married – to glorify God and reflect His covenant with His Bride, the church.
The ceremony took place outside overlooking the mountains, and the crisp autumn air made it the most perfect day. Their arbor was dreamy and one of the most stunning things I have seen.
They loved that their pastor was able to share the Gospel with all of the guests and felt so thankful for the way it truly reflected Christ’s covenant with the Church.
Hannah wanted lots of color to pop against the navy dresses, David Austen garden roses, dahlias, peonies, ranunculus, fern leaves, jasmine, rosemary, hanging amaranths, berries, and other locally sourced seasonal flowers.
These autumn colors though….from the gold in the trees to the morning mist over the lake at the Trivium Estate you couldn’t ask for a better view!
Since Hannah is a florist at Petal she adores flowers and knew that her day would be full of beautiful florals with a color palate of navy, ivory, gold, wine, masala, and jewel tones. They tried to keep decor as clean and classic as possible by incorporating natural elements like pears and pomegranates that were true to the region and the season we were cherishing.
She did the table arrangements on brass candle sticks with disposable vessels so that the guests could take the actual flowers home with them because she said she cries when flowers are thrown away. She loved the bold, autumn, jewel tones with all the whimsy and design that Petal offers!
They served gouda quiche and the yummiest bacon you’ve ever had. The biscuit bar and specialty local jams were a total hit. They chose as many local vendors and artists as possible because they love supporting their community and wanted to celebrate the people who have been family to them!
Hannah said; “I LOVED my wedding cake choice SO much! Neither of us are huge “cake people” but we knew that we needed a sweet element for our brunch and wanted to have a somewhat traditional cake as well. We also have a local bakery that has been a huge part of our dating life and is one of my absolute favorite places to go so we knew that we wanted to incorporate it into our day! We asked them to make a small simple (but insanely delicious) carrot cake with white icing so that we could decorate with flowers. And then with the inspiration of our fabulous caterer, Molly, we decided to give our guests our favorite breakfast treat – cinnamon rolls. MP does giant cinnamon rolls and breads with different flavors made with local fresh ingredients and so we went with that and stuck with our favorite flavors that also celebrated autumn! (pumpkin, blackberry, & raspberry). The goose toppers were a vintage ode to our last names “Swanson & Geesey” which are both waterfowl (Swan & Goose) and we couldn’t have loved them more!”
Shoes // Veil –borrowed from a friend. // Jewelry – JCREW//Groom’s Attire – JosABanks // Shoes – Cole Haan // Tie – The Tie Bar // Shirt – Calvin Klein
Bridesmaids Dresses – JCREW
Florist – Petal Flower Company // Caterer – Charley’s Catering // Venue – The Trivium Estate // Hair & Make-up – Deirdre Jeanne Hair // Alterations – The Gilded Thimble // Cake/Baked Goods – Montana Plains Bakery // DJ – Clay Sprecher // Wedding Dress – Celebrations Bridal