Rustic Elegance at a Historic Jamestown, Virginia, Destination Wedding
Dana and Quinn
Dana and Quinn, a pair of screenwriters living in Los Angeles, met at a friend's wedding in the Caribbean. Four days later, they were smitten with each other, and two years later, on October, 23, 2010, they were holding a destination wedding of their own in Jamestown, Virginia.
Mr. Boddington's Studio designed the invitation suite, which was letterpressed in brown ink. The invitation to the rehearsal dinner invite boasted a wraparound band and a wax seal, and the matching thank-you notes were simple bordered flat cards.
The Welcome Bag
Dana and Quinn chose Historic Jamestowne for their destination wedding because of its proximity to Quinn's childhood home and the town's history. The park preserves the location of the first permanent English settlement in North America, and boasts a museum, archaeological dig site, and wooded acreage.
The couple wanted to bring in touches of autumn and nature, so they added pops of greens and plums to the palette, along with lots of loose flower arrangements. "We wanted the wedding to feel like a rustic, elegant Thanksgiving," Quinn said.
Dana and Quinn took portraits with photographer Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love in historic Williamsburg before the ceremony.
Dana's bouquet, made by Beehive Events, boasted English garden roses, green dianthus, passion vine, hydrangeas, and accents of chocolate cosmos. Geranium foliage was wrapped around the stems.
For a sentimental touch, the bride wove a locket into her bouquet; inside it was a picture of the groom's grandparents (his grandmother could not attend the wedding but they still wanted her there in spirit). The couple presented the locket to her the following day.
Quinn's boutonniere featured a 'Schwarzwalder' calla lily and snow berries.
The Bridesmaids' Bouquets
Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet of 'Leonidas' roses, bittersweet, and dahlias, with herb accents.
The programs were placed in birchwood boxes stuffed with moss.
The Flower Girls
The three flower girls carried birchwood baskets and scattered white rose petals down the aisle.
Dana came down the path to the ceremony site on the arms of her parents.
The 200 guests watched the ceremony, which overlooked the James River, from a mix of wood benches and folding chairs.
A wreath of bittersweet branches adorned the tree behind the couple during their heartfelt, funny, and relaxed ceremony. The ceremony focused on the love and importance of their family and friends in their relationship.
A passage from "The Little Prince" was read, as was Edwin Muir's poem "The Confirmation." Dana found one line particularly touching: "Yes, yours, my love, is the right human face."
The newlyweds jetted off for the nearby Jamestown Memorial Church, a small structure located on the property, to reflect on their marriage just following the ceremony. Dana and Quinn noted that being able to reflect privately before all the fun began was a highlight in the day.
The couple's two pups participated in the festivities by walking down the aisle in collars covered in flowers and joining the bridal party for portraits.
The bridal party posed on the lawn during the cocktail hour, just as the sun was setting over the water.
Quinn and the guys wore Banana Republic suits, and the ladies wore custom Huminska dresses in a range of colors. One of the bridesmaids had given Dana a few Huminska dresses over the years, and these had become some of her favorite pieces. When Dana was deciding on the ladies' attire, she took a cue from the contents of her own closet.
Guests wandered the dig sites on the property during cocktail hour.
The one true Colonial touch was a magician from Williamsburg. He entertained guests with a variety of tricks.
"When Alison, my wedding planner, told me she had found a Colonial-style magician to perform, I thought she was joking," Dana said. "I thought my soon-to-be husband put her up to it, because if anyone knows anything about me, it's that I have a mortal fear of street performers and audience participation. I laughed her off -- but she and Quinn overruled me and hired him anyway. He was the first person I saw after the ceremony, I couldn't believe he was there. But then an orange appeared out of nowhere, and then a potato, and then there was a crazy trick with a deck of cards. Thankfully, it turned out to be really great."
Each table was given a symbol instead of a number. During the planning period, Dana and Quinn found an old booklet that Colonial children used to learn their ABCs. They sent the booklet to Mr. Boddington's Studio to interpret, and the symbols appeared in the invitation suite, escort cards, and table signs. Small logs with slits held the cards upright.
The Place Settings
Brown ceramic vessels were filled with dahlias, roses, calla lilies, dianthus, chinaberries, and persimmons, to decorate the farm tables which were mixed in with linen-covered round tables in the dinner tent.
Photos of the couples and their loved ones covered the top of a four-sided bar in the center of the tent.
The Dexter Lake Club Band played the couple's first-dance song, and continued to jam into the wee hours of the morning. The band even called the groom up to do the "1, 2, 3, 4!" -- part of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."
Cakes by Charlie created the buttercream-covered spice cake. The square tiers were piped with a flourish design and accented with fresh fruit.
Warm and Toasty
With two fire pits outside of the tent, guests could make their own s'mores. All types of fixings were offered, including handmade marshmallows and dark chocolate with dried cranberries.
Mugs of hot chocolate rimmed with crushed graham crackers accompanied the s'mores -- a wonderfully cozy late-night treat.
Photography: Our Labor of Love
Planning and Design: AE Planning and Design
Videography: Hello Super 8
Florist: Beehive Events
Music: The Dexter Lake Club Band
Catering: Heirloom LA; Design Cuisine
Hair: Nicole Ternosky of Byron & Tracey Salon; Dawn Tracey
Makeup: Nam Vo
Cake: Cakes by Charlie
Stationery: Mr. Boddington's Studio
Rentals: Skyline Tent Company; Beehive Events
Transportation: A Goff Transportation