This Couple Hired A Bluegrass Band To Play Music At Their Nautical, Rustic, Winery Wedding

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Emily and Stefan were married on August 21, 2021 at Fleetwood Farm Winery in Leesburg. Their wedding was originally featured in the January 2022 issue of Washingtonian. See details below.

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Less than three years after meeting online and bonding over fishing, boating and Mumford & Sons, Emily, a New York ER nurse, and Stefan, a business development manager from Florida, were married in the company of 120 guests.

The affair was a mix of styles, they say – traditional, rustic and vineyard elegance, with a touch of the nautical – where abundant flowers and a seafood-centric menu (the raw sea bass was a must) underscored the evening. Wedding weekend events included a welcome party instead of a rehearsal dinner, wedding day breakfast and Sunday brunch. For the vineyard ceremony, Emily and Stefan chose an acoustic bluegrass band that played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as the bride entered and an upbeat rendition of Mumford & Sons’ “She Said Yes” for recession. To locate their seats, guests first found their Mystic Knotwork monkey fist rope knot favors on the escort wall — a nod to the couple’s respective coastal roots. At the bar, drinks included cocktails and beers from the couple’s favorite spots in Nantucket. Three tiers of buttercream cake – two layers of chocolate cake and ganache sandwiching a layer of strawberry shortcake – plus a table of pies, mini cheesecakes, cannolis and brownies provided the sweet ending.


The details

Photographer: Liz Fogarty • Planning and design: Grit & Grace • Florist: Amaryllis • Stationery: Fine Lines of Katonah and Dandelion Patch • Catering: Occasions Caterers • Hair and makeup: Amie Decker Beauty • Bridal outfit: Lea-Ann Belter • Groom and groomsmen attire: Slabotsky’s (jacket), Vineyard Vines (pants), Ties.com • Bridesmaids attire: Jenny Yoo of Bella Bridesmaids • Music: Bellevue Rhythmaires and DJ Dan Huynh • Transportation: Point to Point Limousines • Photo booth: Hot Pink Photo Stand

This article originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of The Washingtonian.

Amy Moeller

Editor, Washington Weddings

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

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