We love it when a couple makes a special effort to include all the people who have brought them together in their big day. For Victoria (Torie) Foster, a digital design specialist at Washingtonian Magazine, and Robert (Robby) Daly, a software engineer, many parts of the wedding included family, from the venue in Culpeper to the pretty two-tiered cake. Their beautiful day was captured in the photos below by Documentary Associates.
Though Torie and Robby were at different high schools–she was enrolled at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and he was at Gonzaga College High School–they first crossed paths their sophomore year. They were attending a high school dance at Visitation, and when mutual friends introduced them, Torie couldn’t stop laughing at Robby’s jokes. “He was really witty and had this really smart, sharp sense of humor,” says Torie. “I had never laughed so hard in my life.” Though the attraction was mutual, they’d completed high school and headed to separate colleges before a first date came into play. Their freshman year, Robby borrowed his grandmother’s car and drove to James Madison University to visit his dream girl.
They dated long-distance through the rest of college before starting to search for a condo in DC together. On an evening in November 2014, they made plans to visit a condo before going to dinner and a showing of Interstellar. When they entered the Georgetown restaurant, Torie was suspicious, as the menu was conspicuously out of their usual price range. After dinner, Robby led her down to the Georgetown waterfront, where he got down on one knee. Though Robby had really wanted to see the movie, they then headed to Torie’s parents’ home to celebrate.
The pair spent the next ten months planning a wedding for Torie’s grandmother’s home in Culpeper. “I literally learned how to walk at this house, and for many, many years, we gathered at this house for almost every holiday,” says the bride. “It made for a really meaningful day.” Adding to the emotions of the day, the bride’s sister and father performed “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley during the ceremony. “I think my sister sang one line before immediately bursting into (happy!) tears,” says Torie.
An outdoor ceremony overlooking the property gave way to a tent reception where blush and gold accents, cute signage, and burlap table runners helped to create their rustic-chic farm wedding theme. The chalkboard signs throughout the reception were crafted by the bridal party, while the gluten-free coconut cake was made by the groom’s aunt. Before the end of the night, guests filled brown paper bags with sweets from the candy bar to snack on on the ride home.
Venue: Bride’s Grandmother’s Home | Photographer: Documentary Associates | Bride’s Gown: Romona Keveza, Hannelore’s (now closed) | Groom’s Tux: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse | Hair Dresser: Ally Posey, Frizzles Salon & Spa | Cake: Made by Groom’s Aunt | Florist: Elegance & Simplicity | Caterers: Pancho Villa | Videographer: GearShift.TV | Music/Entertainment: Perfect Harmony String Ensemble and DJ Lee Kelly | Invitations: Made by Bride
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