Meagan & Travis’s beautiful fall wedding at Spring Meadow Farm, in Mount Solon, Virginia, is a wonderful example of all the reasons why I love fall weddings. 1. Rustic picturesque surroundings, 2. fall inspired details, 3. all painted in glorious fall colors – tell me what’s there not to love? Gayle Driver Photography captured all the lovely details of Meagan & Travis’s fall affair, & all its orange hued loveliness, and is sharing it with us today. So scroll through and fill your day with a little autumn splendor, and when you’re done, read all the juicy wedding details from the bride herself at the end of the post.
From the bride, Meagan:
How did you meet?
Travis and I knew each other in high school. Travis always had a crush on me; however it did not work out in high school. 6 years ago, towards the end of our college career we reconnected and started dating. We had been dating 3 years when he proposed at his family’s Christmas dinner. It was super sweet and romantic and in front of a room/house full of people. 🙂 He said I think Santa forgot a gift, and I looked and he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand 🙂
I LOVE the fall!!! That was the main inspiration for the wedding. Both of our birthdays are in September, we didn’t want the anniversary too close to our birthdays, (lol), so we picked October 4th.
We live in the Shenandoah Valley and it is just gorgeous year round, especially in the fall. Our venue was the only one that we looked at. I knew right away that’s where the wedding should be. The ceremony was in a field and we stood under weeping willow trees. The reception was in a barn, it was a very rustic barn and everything we wanted. It was great to be surround by our family and friends.
For the decorations, I knew we wouldn’t need many flowers due to the venue having its own beauty. I did however want to bring out the colors of fall. To do so, we had about 90 pumpkins & 25 mums that were used in the ceremony and reception decor. For the bouquets I had an image of how I wanted mine to look and our florist made the others similar to what mine were. I LOVE lilies so my bouquet was so perfect!!! I Loved it!! I had no idea how heavy it was going to be though, lol.
My dress, I absolutely loved as well!!! I really wish I could wear it again. The first time I went dress shopping I went with my bridesmaids to get a feel for what type of dresses I like. We went to a few local bridal shops, and it was just a fun girl’s day. I didn’t find “The Dress” though. The next time I went dress shopping, I went with my mom, his mom, and my maid of honor. We went to David’s Bridal in Hagerstown, MD. We had a wonderful consultant. Who was very helpful!! She had me try on dresses of all types to get an idea of what I really like, and to please the moms. (lol) But I showed her a dress that I liked in a magazine and she was able to find a dress that was very similar to it. Once I tried it on I couldn’t stop looking at myself in it. (lol) Everyone loved it. So I tried it on again after I had tried on all the other dresses. Once I tried it on the second time, I got really hot and couldn’t breathe. lol I took it as I was allergic to the dress or it was the one! and it was!! I’m not a “crier” but the moms and my maid of honor shed their happy tears.
I knew I wanted a dress with lace and not super white. This dress was an ivory color, which matched my grandmothers pearl necklace perfectly!! I LOVED every detail about it. Actually I wasn’t sure I would like the corset back but once I saw how well it went with the dress, I loved it too. There were so many details in the lace, and the bodice. It’s hard to notice them all in pictures. I had some Kremlin under the dress so it would puff out even more, which made the dress even more amazing to me.
For wedding planning, we did most of it ourselves. Since we wanted it in the fall we had a longer engagement of almost 2 years. At first I thought that it was going to take forever to happen. But it was actually a great amount for an engagement. I made a wedding planning binder right away. In the beginning Saturday nights were our wedding talk nights, and we would go over our to-do lists and work on things. The closer the wedding came, the wedding talks happen much more frequently. Travis was a great husband-to-be and went along with most of my ideas. (lol) We would go over my Pinterest board I had created and go from there. There were some projects I needed him and his dad to work on, and they did a great job doing so!! To keep everyone involved in the wedding up-to-date, we would email back and forth, and we also had a private Facebook event page where we would post things.
We paid for our wedding ourselves, so we wanted to do the wedding on a budget but have it not look cheap. So we did our research on everything before we would just splurge on anything. Having a longer engagement helped with that. It also helped since we were paying for it ourselves; we had the final say in everything. It’s tough to try to please everyone, so we really tried to focus on what we wanted our day to be about, and in the end it was. I wouldn’t change anything about our day!!
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
*Getting ready with all of my bridesmaids (His parents had rented out a B&B for the rehearsal dinner and then all the girls stayed there the night of) (http://www.clearspringhomestead.com/)
*Opening my wedding card from Travis, we were honeymooning in Florida and my card said we could do a day at Disney and anything I wanted to do there, which was a HUGE surprise/shock to me. Neither of us had been and I was DYING to meet Ariel. We had the best time there!!
* Walking down the aisle, I walked myself down and loved knowing Travis was at the end of the aisle waiting for me. And to see his face, it was priceless!!!
*Saying our vows was unexpectedly emotional, I wasn’t prepared for that, but it was amazing!!
*I absolutely loved how everything came together. You have all of these crazy ideas of how you want everything to look, but have no idea that it will actually work, but it does come together in the end. I loved the color of everything, the rustic look; it was just what we wanted!!
Do you have any advice for other brides?
It’s your day, do what you want, don’t let others convince you of things that aren’t you and your spouse.
It’s possible to have a wedding on a budget.
Accept help when others offer, it takes a village to put together a wedding.
Have a clean-up crew for after the wedding (We went to a wedding where there was no clean-up plan, it was a nightmare!! But we learned from that to have a list of what we wanted everyone to clean-up, I knew we wouldn’t be there to help so we delegated others. It’s your wedding, they’ll love to help. It was our bridal party and parents that helped. Like the maid of honor was getting all the gifts, one bridesmaid was in charge of all the pumpkins, groomsmen in charge of moving tables back. From what we hear it was a smooth clean up process. We had our venue Thursday to Sunday but we wanted to get most of the clean-up done so nobody had to come back on Sunday. and it worked.
Lastly-ENJOY IT!!!!!!!!!!! the day FLIES by~ just remember what the day is truly about, and enjoy that everyone there is to see you two start your new life together. We were given the advice to check everything out when you’re eating. As everyone is sitting down and eating take a look around and everyone there, and we did, it was a surreal moment.
Also EAT throughout the day. Your adrenaline is running and you won’t feel hungry, but it’s important to eat.
Photographer: Gayle Driver Photograph|Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Classic Tuxedos|Dress Store: David’s Bridal|Floral Designer: Evergreen Florist|Caterer: Jon Boyz BBQ Shack|Cake Designer: Martin’s Grocery|Event Venue: Spring Meadow Farm