Katie + Marco | Stanardsville, VA

For a San Diego girl and lover of all things Spanish, it really just doesn’t get better than Katie and Marco’s wedding! This sweet couple were married at the beautiful Rosebrook Inn in Stanardsville, but thanks to Katie and Marco’s vision for their big day, we didn’t feel like we were in central Virginia at all, but rather central Mexico! Marco and his family are from Mexico, and woven into almost every aspect of their ceremony and reception are touches and traditions from this magnificent country and culture.

Before we met up with Katie and Marco, we couldn’t help but get some shots of this beautiful venue. May is the perfect time for a wedding here because everything is in full, glorious bloom!

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Peonies are my favorite flower, and they were bursting with color and fluffiness!

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How gorgeous are these floral arrangements!? I love Katie’s color choices.

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The beautiful bride, Katie, getting the finishing touches on her hair and make-up done.

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Katie’s STUNNING bouquet. LOVE!

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Katie’s lovely mother getting a little help with the hair. Isn’t that a fabulous shade of blue?!

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One Mexican wedding tradition is for the groom to give his bride thirteen gold coins (trece monedas de oro) as a symbol of his unquestionable trust and confidence in her. This is the box they used to hold the coins. I just happened upon this blanket inside the house and thought it provided the perfect background.

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The handsome groom, Marco, opening up a wedding gift from Katie.

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Lookin’ sharp, Marco!

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Seriously, guys. I’m swooning over this bouquet!

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Brothers!

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Here’s Katie right before she walked down the isle. Girl, you are glowing!

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The original plan was for the ceremony to be outside in the garden, but minutes before it was supposed to begin, it started to pour. The people at Rosebrook Inn were awesome, and within minutes, had everything rearranged inside the pavilion for the ceremony to begin.

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Doubling checking for the rings…:-)

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Katie and her father…

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One the coolest parts of this wedding was the bilingual aspect. The whole ceremony was done in English and then translated to Spanish, except for Marco’s vows, which he read in Spanish and then were translated to English. So beautiful!

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The lasso is another Mexican wedding tradition, symbolizing the unity of the couple. Both mothers came up and placed the lasso (in a figure eight) around the couple.

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The image on the right shows Marco giving the thirteen gold coins to Katie.

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The kiss!

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I love the look of pure joy on Marco’s face!

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Directly after the ceremony, everyone gathered in the courtyard area for shots of tequila!

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I cannot get over how cute this donkey is! The baskets on either side of him carried in the tequila bottles and the shot glasses. This is the cutest idea ever!!

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We still have so much more to share from Katie and Marco’s wedding (including more “shots” – get it??!! of our tequila bearing donkey).:-)See you tomorrow!

Un abrazo,

Natalie

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