Alexandra and Jarrad married in front of 120 guests at their Stone Tower Winery wedding in the fall of 2015. Stone Tower Winery is a fairly new winery in Leesburg, Virginia. It features beautiful stone work and gorgeous mountain views.
The bride and groom met in the summer of 2008. At that time, they were both working summer jobs as students at a pizza restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia. After knowing each other for about a year, Alexandra went through a break up. Because of their close friendship, Jarrad explains that he “helped her through it a little bit” by lending a kind ear.
On their first date, Jarrad invited Alexandra over to watch the movie WALL-E and eat Chinese food. The bride says, “We were still kind of friends at that point, but it was definitely a date vibe.” Later, the couple watched Toy Story and “talked about all the different psychological things in the movie.”
Then, after many happy moments together, Jarrad proposed using a custom ring. This ring included a diamond from his late and beloved grandmother’s engagement ring, a family heirloom. Jarrad’s grandfather explicitly told Jarrad to give the ring to Alexandra because they viewed her as family.
Alexandra got ready on-site at Stone Tower Winery. She shared this special moment with her sister. The bride wore an ivory wedding gown with a sweetheart necklace and an elbow length veil. Also, both of her parents walked the bride down the aisle.
As with almost all weddings, the planning process for this Stone Tower Winery wedding was hectic at times. The groom also explains, “It got a little bit overwhelming, and each time it got a little bit overwhelming I would look at Alexandra and say, ‘This is good.’ Like, we’re doing the right thing . . . We should have just run away and gotten married, just the two of us, but if you want a wedding, I’m going to give you a wedding. This is good.” Then, the closing line of Jarrad’s wedding vows was “This is good.”
On the big day, guests played horseshoes and lawn games during cocktail hour. While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the couple sneaked away for bride and groom portraits with the autumn leaves.
The groom, a chef, designed a Southern-themed menu. First, guests dined on appetizers such as deviled eggs and peanuts. The venue also served a whole roasted pig, barbecue chicken, cornbread, mac n’cheese, and homemade hard cider. Furthermore, Jarrad said, “We wanted it to be like you’re hanging out with family at a barbecue in somebody’s backyard.” Finally, to tie into the autumn season, centerpieces included gourds, pomegranates, and corn.
As the sun set on their Stone Tower Winery wedding, guests enjoyed s’mores outside at night. The skies were gorgeous because of all the stars.
At last, for the first anniversary of their Stone Tower Winery wedding, the newlyweds went on their honeymoon to Oregon, Washington State, and Maui, Hawaii.
This beautiful couple’s wedding was published in the September/October 2017 issue of Bethesda Magazine.
Photography | Olivia Jacob Photography
Planning and Florals | Elegance and Simplicity Wedding & Event Designers, Inc.
Rentals | Brooke Rental Center
Engagement Ring | Market Street Diamonds
Wedding Gown | Sophia and Camilla, purchased at Celebration Bridal in Lynchburg, Virginia