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Virginia Barn Wedding | Rachel Smith Photography

Today we have a lovely, rustic Virginia Barn Wedding captured by Rachel Smith Photography to share with you! Alexis and Colin said their I do’s at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Virginia.

Meet Alexis and Colin!

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How did you meet?
We originally met in High School at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. We briefly dated for a year and got back together 7 years later.

Tell us your proposal story!
Colin was visiting Alexis in Florida for New Years in 2013. Alexis had a performance gig with Universal Studios in the Macy’s Day Parade. While working for four hours, Colin was left to wander Citiwalk, a popular night life area right outside the theme parks. In that time, Colin was able to convince the deejay of a large outdoor concert to let him borrow the microphone to pop the question.

Alexis got off of work and greeted Colin at the exit turnstiles all sweaty and gross from the parade. In order to not raise suspicion, Colin said he had met a friend from school who was working the concert and wanted to stop by and say “hi”.  So off they went to the amphitheater. While standing on the side, Colin got the deejay’s attention unbeknownst to Alexis. He then came over to them and said he needed a couple for the next dance and brought them into the middle of the dance circle. The deejay then asked us to show off our best moves. Alexis didn’t want to dance because she had just danced for three hours in a hot bumblebee costume. Finally, Colin said “I can’t dance but I do have something else…” That’s when he got down on one knee and asked Alexis to marry him.

What is your favorite date night?
Mini Golf! We used to live in Florida and to Alexis’ dismay Colin is leading 7-6.

What was the inspiration behind your wedding?
We wanted to have a relaxed wedding either by the beach or in the mountains. Yes, we know they are complete opposites, but we love them both! They represent us well for different reasons.

Alexis: I know most girls supposedly envision their wedding from when they are a little girl, but I didn’t really start thinking about it until Colin and I were engaged. I knew what I liked, and what we liked as a couple, and picked items that represented us. Some of my favorite details were items that meant something to Colin and I, but weren’t obvious to our guests. For example, there was a book containing the play of “The Importance of Being Earnest” by the guest table assignments, which was our very first date in 2004.

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What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Colin: My favorite wedding moment was marrying my wife! Honestly, everything was so much better than I imagined it would be, that there isn’t a single part that stands out beyond all of the other moments.

Alexis: I always heard horror stories that the bride and groom are always hungry, tired and grumpy on their wedding day. I was so happy that our day was nothing like this. Every moment was perfect. Two of my favorite moments besides the ceremony, were when we were taking pictures and had our dog run to Colin and I for a big hug, and in the field when birds started to fly around us.

What is one piece of wedding planning advice you have for our readers?
Our advice is, if there is something you and your spouse really want to do and someone is making a negative comment, do it anyway!!! On the other hand, if a certain aspect is causing you and your spouse strife, think is it really worth it? Pick your battles, because they will happen no matter how nice your parents or other contributors are!

What is one piece of couple/marriage advice you have for our readers?
Communicate!  We were in a long distance relationship for 4 years ranging from a 2.5 hour plane ride to an hour car ride. Communicate the little things everyday, like how you are feeling, to something great that happened in the day. Make time for each other between the work schedules and separate hobbies. And always kiss each other goodnight!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We haven’t taken our real honeymoon yet. We want to go to the BVI and stay at the Bitter End Resort in one of their tree houses. We took a small trip to Florida after our wedding and went scuba diving, zip lining (our original first date “round 2”), and of course Disney World where Alexis used to work. We are hoping to take our honeymoon in summer 2017.

What do you love most about your wife?
I love that she has the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face regardless of the circumstances. She can even make our dogs smile. The depth of her love and happiness is contagious.

What do you love most about your husband?
I love how compassionate and kind my husband is. He is always the brightest light in the room and can befriend anyone. Colin is always positive, looking at the glass half full.

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How has marriage made you grow as a person and/or couple?
Marriage has really taught us how much you love a person and what you are willing to do for each other. We relocated to a small town in Maryland for Colin’s job and have found it hard living here. We have to be each other’s support. Although our move here is temporary, the sacrifices we make for each other are worth it!

What are you looking forward to in your marriage in the next 10 years?
We hope to continue to enjoy being our own little family with our 2 dogs and 2 birds. We are planning on relocating to Charleston, SC and cannot wait to start our adventure there. We want to continue to be each other’s biggest support while exploring and traveling the world.

Any additional information that you’d want to share!
Although we couldn’t answer our “inspiration” for our wedding thoroughly we wanted a wedding where things that were important to us were represented.

Lovely Vendors
Caterer: Purple Onion Catering Company
Dress Store: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique
Dress Designer: Stella York
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group
Florals: J Morris Flowers
DJ: Kirkabee Deejays
Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio
Videographer: White Flair Productions

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