Lara and Steve share a romantic stroll. All photographs by Kate Headley Photography
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Herndon couple Lara and Steve met the summer before their junior year at the University of Mary Washington, while working at the now-closed bar Buffalo Mo’s Wings on the Water. He proposed on the Mary Washington campus, and a yea and a half later, on November 27, 2010, the couple married in a Catholic mass at Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, in Leesburg.
“We loved how the Catholic mass allowed us to involve so many friends and family members,” says Lara. “We had two readers, two cantors, and two gift bearers.”
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Middleburg Community Center.
“We wanted to hold our reception somewhere historic and charming, a blank canvas that we could personalize with all of our dream design elements,” says Lara.
“The aim was definitely vintage romance,” says Lara of her wedding’s décor, which featured a color scheme of black, shades of pink, and metallics. “I wanted things to feel warm, inviting, soft, and pretty. My vision was almost a Gatsby garden party.”
Some of the reception décor highlights included an “escort board”—bride used a chalk market to write guests’ names and table numbers on an antique mirror, and lush centerpieces paired with tall crystal candle holders from Jamali Garden.
Lara and Steve performed their first dance to Jason Wade’s version of “You Belong to Me,” sung by one of their groomsmen, Liam Garland of the band the Silent Critics.
The couple’s 150 guests dined on paella—to honor Steve’s Portuguese heritage—as well as beef tenderloin, roasted potatoes, and portobello mushroom ravioli, and then danced the night away to hip hop tunes with a few special performances by the Silent Critics.
Photographer: Kate Headley Photography
Ceremony Venue: Saint John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Middleburg Community Center
Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
Dress: J. Crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie
Groom’s Attire: Hickey Freeman, from Nordstrom
Makeup: Victoria Stiles
Stationery Designer: Paperzest
Rentals: Capital Party Rentals
Caterer: Savoir Fare Limited
Cake: Taylor Made Cakes
DJ: Dynamo Entertainment in Fairfax, 703-623-6747
Band: Silent Critics