This past weekend our family was officially increased by one and we couldn't be more thrilled!
I've been eager to write about the wedding since, well, the morning after, but I needed to get back down to Florida and decompress for a few days. After I started to write this post, it became clear that this will have to be done in two parts: The Venue and The Ceremony/Reception. So I hope you will indulge me for the next two days while I share my thoughts on wedding planning, being the mother-of-the-groom and the big event itself. Join me in a cup of coffee, won't you?
THE VENUE ::
When Becca & Dustin were planning their wedding, they realized it was not going to be cheap! They wanted the most bang for their buck, and who could blame them. It soon became obvious a reception in a Washington, DC hotel that would last 5-6 hours would cost about the same as holding it at a bed & breakfast for an entire weekend. The Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast, located in Middleburg, Virginia was the location they decided on.
Best decision ever.
The main house was large enough to accommodate the entire wedding party as well as the parents of the bride and groom.
There was a separate cottage for the bride and groom:
The grounds also had a pool and jacuzzi:
This is Dustin and two of his groomsman the morning of the wedding enjoying the hot tub!
There are three areas on the property where an outdoor wedding can be held. Dustin & Becca choose a spot on the top of the hill overlooking the rolling mountains:
Ryley is making sure the chairs are all lined up for the guests!
The staff at the inn made sure we were well-feed on Saturday and Sunday mornings:
The Fox Den is the reception hall. It, too, is located on the grounds. Not only was the reception held here, but Chris and I hosted the rehearsal dinner here on one of the outside patios:
The rehearsal dinner was totally laid back and everyone appreciated that! Dustin was thrilled with having BBQ! The food was amazing! Rocklands BBQ was fantastic! (If you live in the DC area, check out one of Rockland's restaurants!) We invited those family members who were traveling out of town to the dinner and it was so nice to have this chance to really visit with those we haven't seen in almost a year.
I can't even begin to express how relaxing having a wedding at The Briar Patch was. I mean how many brides do you know look for four-leaf clovers the morning of her wedding?
Becca seen searching for a four-leaf clover.
I just adore my new daughter-in-law. She is so chill. Thank God she wasn't a Bridezilla!!! More on her and the ceremony/reception tomorrow!