Stone Tower Winery Wedding: Alexandra & Jarrad

October 11, 2015

 

~ Alexandra & Jarrad | October 11, 2015 ~

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.

Outside of building at Stone Tower Winery wedding
The Couple

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.”

gorgeous mountain views at Stone Tower Winery Wedding

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.

Stone Tower Winery Wedding

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.

bride sharing special moment with her sister at Stone Tower Winery Wedding
bride wore an ivory wedding gown with a sweetheart necklace and an elbow length veil

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.”

both of her parents walked the bride down the aisle.
bride and groom portraits with the autumn leaves at Stone Tower Winery Wedding

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.

interior ballroom with windows at Stone Tower Winery wedding
whole roasted pig

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.

bride and groom portrait at Stone Tower Winery Wedding
guests enjoyed s’mores outside at night, under 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.

Publication

This beautiful couple’s wedding was published in the September/October 2017 issue of Bethesda Magazine.

Stone Tower Winery Wedding Vendors

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

 

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