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June 3, 2017 Mid­dle­burg, Vir­ginia Pho­tographed by Adam Barnes Pho­tog­ra­phy

June 3, 2017 Mid­dle­burg, Vir­ginia

For a city girl pre­par­ing to marry an out­doors­man, set­tling on a cel­e­bra­tion site can prove to be a challenge. “The goal was to find a venue that had city so­phis­ti­ca­tion, lots of green­ery, and close prox­im­ity to Washington, DC,” Simone de­scribes. It wasn’t un­til the cou­ple vis­ited a charis­matic re­sort with scenic views of the coun­try­side to en­joy a spa day that they found the ideal lo­cale. “As soon as we walked in, we felt like we were at a fam­ily mem­ber’s home,” says the bride. “It was warm, el­e­gant, and of­fered lots of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties… It was the per­fect place for us.”

Work­ing along­side Blair Peter­son of SoCo Events saved Simone. The bride ad­mits she was incredibly over­whelmed and would have given up on the process with­out the help and guid­ance of the es­teemed plan­ner. “If it weren’t for Blair, I would have lost my mind,” Simone smiles. “She made ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble, took care of all the de­tails, and en­sured it all was per­fect.” The bride says she also re­lied on her mother and her soon-to-be hus­band for sup­port in mak­ing fi­nal de­ci­sions on all the de­tails.

A por­tion of the lace from Simone’s dress served as the in­spi­ra­tion for a pat­tern that was de­signed and printed on clear Lucite wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions. The same ro­man­tic mo­tif was in­cor­po­rated into many aspects of the dé­cor, such as day-of sig­nage and wel­come-bag items. It was a lovely de­tail for the fash­ion­ista bride.

Opt­ing to exchange vows on the Grand Lawn, the cou­ple chose a clean cream design, which con­trasted beau­ti­fully with the vast nat­u­rally ver­dant en­vi­ron­ment. A simple white stage – ac­cented with vanilla flo­rals and lush fo­liage – was erected for the vow exchange; white­washed chairs ar­ranged in the round sur­rounded the struc­ture. “The cir­cu­lar setup was a fun homage to Kent’s last name, Rounds, and made for an incredibly in­ti­mate cer­e­mony for us and our 100 guests,” shares Simone.

The cou­ple’s three Mal­tese dogs took part in the pro­ces­sion with the help of a pre­cious tuxedo-clad ring bearer who pulled the trio down the aisle in a dec­o­rated wagon. A cel­list and pi­anist played Pachel­bel’s “Canon in D” as the bride made her grand en­trance. Simone was stun­ning, wear­ing a beaded lace gown with an illusion back and a stylish full-length cape over­lay. She held a ro­man­tic bou­quet of snowy pe­onies: “It’s the per­fect spring wed­ding flower!” she ex­claims. Brides­maids wore long, be­spoke ivory dresses and car­ried nosegays in single va­ri­eties of roses, mini calla lilies, pe­onies, hy­drangeas, and ra­nun­cu­luses.

Evening set in and guests were in­tro­duced to the re­cep­tion space, be­decked in a so­phis­ti­cated white color scheme, ac­cented with lace patterns and me­tal­lic el­e­ments. The walls of the ball­room were draped in lux­u­ri­ous sheer fab­ric and made it so the green fo­liage on the ta­bles popped in con­trast. To add depth to the room, the cou­ple opted for a mix of round and rec­tan­gu­lar ta­bles. The cir­cu­lar ta­bles were cov­ered in silk cham­pagne table­cloths along with a gor­geous French-lace linen over­lay and adorned with tall cen­ter­pieces made up of over­flow­ing crème brûlée flo­rals and fresh green­ery. Longer ta­blescapes show­cased mir­rored tops and eye-catch­ing flower run­ners that cas­caded beau­ti­fully over the sides of ta­bles. “They just kissed the floor!” de­scribes the bride of the lus­cious ar­range­ments.

“The cir­cu­lar setup was a fun homage to Kents last name, Rounds, and made for an incredibly in­ti­mate cer­e­mony for us and our 100 guests.”

An un­for­get­table fo­cal point in the room was the over­sized chan­de­lier sus­pended over the dance floor. “Once again play­ing off of the last name Rounds, a halo of soft white flow­ers and tex­tured greens held strands of ivory satin com­ple­mented with clus­ters of crys­tals,” il­lus­trates the bride. “It was jaw-drop­ping.” The pièce de ré­sis­tance was po­si­tioned in the per­fect area, as rev­el­ers danced be­neath it on the cus­tom dance floor un­til the early-morn­ing hours. “Ev­ery­one thought the band was the best ever,” says Kent. As an added bonus, Simone’s step­fa­ther sang Adele’s ar­range­ment of “Make You Feel My Love” for the cou­ple’s first dance. “Truly top­shelf,” the groom de­scribes of the mo­ment.

The night con­cluded on a sweet note, with guests given fa­vors of tra­di­tional Ital­ian cook­ies baked fresh by Simone’s mother, known for her ex­quis­ite cook­ing and bak­ing skills. “They were a huge hit and a great way to end the evening!” re­mem­bers the bride.

| Pho­tographed by Adam Barnes

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