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Wedding at Court Manor Estate

Story by Selene Bradshaw

About the Day and Couple:

Cynthia and Jason's wedding day was a mixture of a southern charm, backyard wedding, with a splash of Beyonce and Cows. The gorgeous estate where their wedding was held is right across the street from there own home. Jason is the head cattleman for the farm so it was a perfect place for them to tie the knot. Cynthia first met Jason when she was working at a local restaurant and bar where playfully earned the nickname cowboy Jason. Jason is usually found in a cowboy hat somewhere in a field on the farm with the cows. Cynthia is a beautiful southern belle , full of so much life and spunk, with a love for Beyonce. She even walked down the aisle to acoustic version of "Love on Top" by Matt and Lydia. Their wedding day included details that incorporated both of them, their sense of humor, many tears of joy from all the family and friends, and overall the undeniable love they share for each other.

Cynthia "I knew I wanted our wedding to be a traditional ceremony with a kickin' party for our reception. It was just that! We kept decor very traditional, plantation style with a soft vintage color palette. Gorgeous floral arrangements, assorted vintage china, and touches of gold gave it a very romantic vibe. The amazing Virginia home set the perfect stage for the traditional style, while the rockin' band, casual BBQ dinner, and canoe bar kicked the party off! It was the best of both worlds!"

Cynthia is girl blessed to have not only one dad, but a step-dad who she cherishes just the same, after two tear jerking first looks, they both walked her down the aisle.

Jason and Cynthia both wrote letters to one another to read before the ceremony, and thanks to the homes beautiful balcony, could read them together without spoiling the surprise of seeing one another.

All of Cynthia’s flowers were done by her now mother in-law and was a surprise up until the day of for Cynthia. She had a first look with her bouquet that tried to rival those first looks with her dads and bridesmaids.

The ceremony overlooked the fields and cattle that Jason loves, and the sky was the perfect blue with big white fluffy clouds. Their border collie Callie joined them as they said their vows and let our a celebratory bark right as they were announced as Mr. and Mrs.

Jason and Cynthia danced their first dance as husband and wife to John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves” a perfect song for both Jason and Cynthia’s fun loving personalities. The comical lines had the whole reception laughing right along with them.

The rest of the details from the day were crafted by Cynthia and her family and friends. Everyone had their own unique vintage plate for dinner that Cynthia collected for the big day. And each table was released to dinner when the song displayed in their table's centerpiece was played. The reception was full of unique details, such as a vintage silver canoe that was their "Boatload of Booze" to their cupcakes which were named "Cowboys and Angels, Drunk in Love, A White Wedding" A perfect mix of Cynthia and Jason.

The night included speeches from all the fathers and the maid of honor, and by the end the entire reception was either in tears and having to hold them back. There is no denying the loved shared between the families of Jason and Cynthia.

A local band, The Worxs had the patio dance floor full through out the reception, there wasn't a single person who wasn't out on that dance floor.

Cynthia "We were both super excited about entertainment and the band. We had a super fun band, the Worx, play. We'd seen them play several times as a couple and my sorority sisters and I may or may not have been regulars at their local shows in college. They made our reception the best party we'd ever been to, which is exactly what we wanted!"

They toasted the night with the southern tradition of digging up the bourbon they had buried at the ceremony site to ward of rain on their wedding day and shared a toast with guests to a full and happy marriage. They ended the night with a sparkler send off.

The bourbon did it’s job too, because the day could not of been a prettier day in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?

Cynthia "In terms of wedding planning, power through. There was NO part (except maybe cake tasting and dress shopping) of the planning process that I enjoyed. But I have to say every part of it was worth it. Our wedding day was the best day of our lives and exactly what I had always dreamt of. Even Jason, who was only concerned with getting married (you know, the whole reason for a wedding), agreed that every detail made the day spectacular. For marriage advice, remember that love is active and not passive and loving your partner is a choice you make every day."

Location: New Market, VA Private Estate: Court Manor

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Hand Hewn Living LLC
Hand Hewn Living LLC
Hand Hewn Living LLC
Hand Hewn Living LLC
Hand Hewn Living LLC
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Photography: Selene Bradshaw of Hand Hewn Living LLC

Second Shooter: Lauren Morris Photography

Hair and Makeup: Lydia Sites

Caterer: Hanks Catering

Cake: A Sugared Apron

Band: The Worx

Dress: Patina’s

Jewelry: Christopher William Jewelers
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