Jessica and Chris’s Running Hare Vineyard wedding exudes warmth, love, and happiness. Even though it rained and the ceremony had to be moved indoors, nothing could stop the smiles on the bride and groom’s faces.
Jessica first contacted me because she received a referral from a friend. So, we met for coffee in DC to discuss wedding photography details and the state of wedding blogs. After our meeting, I was thrilled to be aboard for the couple’s big day.
The couple met with a little help from modern technology. The groom described their first date as follows:
“After we both swiped right and had a puntastic conversation we couldn’t wait to meet in person. We met for drinks on a sunny Friday afternoon and immediately hit it off. But how could we not after such lighthearted first date topics as war crimes in Syria? I knew before she left that I wanted to see her again.”
Chris continued, “I called her two days later and she greeted me with “Wow…a phone call huh? What is this, 1989?” so obviously I knew she was into it. We agreed to have dinner a few nights later. Almost immediately started planning our weeks around when we could see each other.”
One Thanksgiving, long before their Running Hare Vineyard wedding, the couple spent the holidays with their respective families. Due to this time apart, they then realized how in love they were with each other. After the holiday, Jessica tried to tell Chris her feelings, but Chris was (in his own words) “too thick to get it.” As the groom explained, “It didn’t matter though, I told her myself a few days.”
Chris had his proposal all planned out for weeks. First, he planned to ask the night before the start of their tropical island vacation. Also, Chris planned to make a delicious dinner. Then, he would set the mood by lighting candles on the roof of their DC home. However, that plan never happened.
The groom’s proposal timeline moved up by two full weeks. As the groom explained, “we both came home exhausted from terrible days at work. We were both happy to see each other, but not really in great moods. We decided to get out of the house and went to the park with a bottle of wine. It wasn’t long before we had both gotten over our days. We laughed and told stories sitting in the grass. We decided to grab some dinner and head back home.”
“Once we got home, we started talking. It was fantastic to come home to each other every day and how much easier that made everything. Jess got very emotional while I definitely maintained my stoic demeanor . . . and there was the ring. I couldn’t help it. Who cared about that stupid plan anyway. I told her I had a plan, but I couldn’t wait and I had to ask her something. I got down on my knee, slid the ring out from its hiding place (“it was there the whole time?!?” she yelled). And I asked if she wanted to come home to me every day for the rest of her life.”
The tunnel trellis at Running Hare Vineyard is a perfect location for a first look. Also, it helps that it is definitely an insta-worthy location.
One of the best features of a Running Hare Vineyard wedding is that guests are welcome to arrive early. Thus, by arriving early, the guests are able to enjoy all that the vineyard has to offer. Furthermore, the regular admission fee is waived for all guests. Finally, wedding guests are free to purchase as much wine or beer as they’d like! So, while Jessica and Chris took bridal party photos, guests enjoyed the Tuscan-inspired landscape and Running Hare Vineyard wine.
The venue offered a complimentary wine tasting as guests entered the ceremony site. While guests sipped wine, it started to rain heavily. Due to the weather, the ceremony took place in the main ballroom. Adorable flower girls threw ivory rose petals.
Jessica wore a white, lace, halter gown with illusion details and a cathedral length veil. She chose this dress on a trip to Atlanta. There, the bride visited Bridals by Lori,the famed shop in the television show, “Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta.”
Florals for the day included ivory peonies and deep red garden roses. Because the couple wanted to include variety, they served several smaller cakes. One of my favorites had purple tulips and gold leaf.
The moment shown above is right after the ceremony. While the couple walked back down the aisle, they then stole a kiss in a private room. Also, the moment shown below is the couple entering the reception. Thus, both moments are candid, and both show the true emotion of the day.
Running Hare Vineyard’s tasting room makes a stunning first dance backdrop because of its high ceilings and impressive crystal chandelier. Despite being surrounded by their 120 guests, the bride and groom danced like they were the only ones there.
Due to the diverse crowd, the wedding guests danced to a variety of music genres. Also, as an aside, child-free events are fun and all, but I definitely love photos of kids dancing at weddings!
Finally, the grand facade of the tasting room peered over the vineyards below.
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Photography | Olivia Jacob Photography with second shooter Ashley Jayde
Baker | Cat’s Cake Co.
Caterer | Maryland Country Caterers
Florist | Bay Blossoms
Wedding Gown | Bridals by Lori
Earrings | Rent the Runway
Getting Ready Location | Cove Point Lighthouse