Planning an Outdoor Fall Wedding? You Have to See the Details of This One.

A golden autumn color palette, cozy plaid accents, and warm drinks were among the highlights.

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.



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This wedding originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of Washingtonian.

Amy Moeller
Fashion & Weddings Editor

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.