Friends at first when they met in college, Sophia and Nicholas eventually went on a first date in Rehoboth Beach. The relationship blossomed for seven years (with a break or two along the way) before Nick popped the question on a fall beach weekend.
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They started to plan a destination wedding in Italy but changed course with just three months to go, deciding instead on November nuptials at Tusculum Farm, the groom’s family’s 500-acre property in Montgomery County, on which Wild Tribe Co. set up a tent village where the bridal party stayed for the weekend. Three days of celebration with a “feel the farm” vibe kicked off with warm pretzels, apple pie, and a caramel-apple dipping station, plus a Dixie band and hand-rolled cigars at the barn party. On Saturday, an apple-cider bar greeted guests at the ceremony, and an oyster station displayed in a wooden boat was the focal point at cocktail hour. At the reception, a cowbell escort display, antler chandeliers, and a plaid dance floor reflected the autumnal, farm-inspired theme. Signature drinks were a bourbon-based cinnamon-apple/ginger-beer concoction and a Paloma. Later, espresso martinis helped keep the party going. Before the goodbyes, Nick’s mother surprised the newlyweds and guests with a fireworks display.
Planning and design: Pamela Barefoot Events + Design
Florist: Darling and Daughters
Invitations: Romeo + Jules
Catering and cake: Ridgewells
Hair: Hair by Irina
Makeup: Caitlin Meyer
Tent: Sugarplum Tents
Attire: Elizabeth Fillmore (bride); HLK Custom (groom)
Music: Élan Artists
Photographer: Laura Gordon Photography
Videographer: Mark Yeattes
Rentals: White Glove Rentals; Social Supply; Something Vintage; Maison de Carine; Select Event
This wedding originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of Washingtonian.