The wedding industry was turned upside down in 2020, with nearly all spring weddings canceled due to COVID-19. By late summer, couples determined to tie the knot had scaled down their original plans and opted for smaller, more intimate weddings.

Many couples live-streamed their ceremonies for guests to watch from home. We noticed the most significant trend for weddings in 2020 was light and airy spring styles that carried over into fall, no doubt due to the cancelations — but nevertheless we are feeling it! 

Intimate Farm – Nick Paige & Lindsay Bingham

Wedding Date: Oct. 31, 2020, in Delaplane, Va. 

With sweeping hillside views highlighting Virginia’s fall foliage, this intimate backyard wedding held at a private farm reminds us why we love hunt country so much. The soft simplicity, romantic touches, and backdrop of this wedding evoke a storybook setting based in the English countryside.

Photographer: Rebekah J. Murray
Wedding planner: Lindsay Bingham
Catering: Nani Power
Cake: Gateau Bakery in Warrenton
Venue: Carrington Farm (private home)
Flowers: Free Spirit Floral
Music: Brandon The Wandering Bard (fiddle)
Dress: MELANIE by Pronovias
Hair & Makeup: Yisell Santos @yisellsmakeup

Historic Charm – Britton & Kristen Wight

Wedding Date: Sept. 12, 2020, at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern in Middleburg, Va.

If you’ve ever been to The Red Fox Inn & Tavern, you’ll know it’s an iconic destination in the center of Middleburg and is oozing with historic hunt country charm. It’s easy to see why we chose to feature this wedding that was initially scheduled for spring, but postponed until fall and scaled-down due to COVID. “But honestly, that made it all intimate and perfect,” the bride said. “And now we’re having a big one-year anniversary party to celebrate with those who couldn’t attend, also at the Red Fox this September!” 

Photographer: Karis Marie Photography
Cake: Salamander Chef, Jason Reaves
Florals by (Bride) Kristen Wight of Kukka Flowers
Glam: Sara Mabrouk Makeup
Dress: Berta
Shoes: Marion Parke
Tux: Bonobos
Shirt: Proper Cloth
Watch: Omega

Good Vibes – AJ & Jon Bautista

Wedding Date: Sept. 18, 2020 at the Rust Manor House in Leesburg, Va.

During such a challenging year, we loved that this wedding brought the feel-good happy vibes! They nailed it with a colorful vintage van as a photo booth, allowing their smiling golden retriever to have center stage during the ceremony and incorporating a bright and airy spring pallet.

Photographer: Samantha Leto Photography @samanthaletophoto
Florals: @daniellysboutique
Videographer: @aplayoflight
DJ: @willgralley
Caterer: @greatblueheroncatering
Makeup: @tracytranchi
Photobooth: @marigoldbusandbooth
Dress: @labellabridalva

Classic DetailsReaganne Lauren & Phillip William Shera

Wedding Date: Sept. 19, 2020, at Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Va.

We adored this micro fall wedding for the classic yet personal details that incorporated the couple’s interests on a macro scale. “Our bride grew up with fond memories of her mother’s blue and white ginger jar collection,” K Bella Events said. “As a couple, R and P [have] a strong affinity for a more mid-century modern, contrasting style; so, we married both into the design: incorporating blue and white ginger jars with white, matte black, and lattice urns, softened by a light and airy palette.”

Planning and design: K Bella Events @kbellaevents
Photographer: @weddingsbyhana
Beauty: @laurendiana_MUA
Bridal gown: @reemacraweddings
Bridesmaids dresses: @davidsbridal
DJ: @a2zmusicfactory
Floral designer: @petalsandpromises
Groomsmen attire: @generationtux
Linens: @nuagedesignsinc
Outdoor lighting: @dangoldmanevents
Rentals: @whitegloverentals
Stationery: @shinewedding
Tent: @sugarplumtents
Venue and catering: @goodstoneinn
Videographer and live streaming: @bowenfilms
Teaser video (Bowen Films):

Modern Industrial – Morgan Harding & Luke Baumstark

Wedding Date: Aug. 23, 2020 at The Refinery in Culpeper, Va.

Just off Culpeper’s historic main street, the industrial atmosphere found at The Refinery, with its exposed ceilings and massive windows, allows beautiful light for the perfect touch of drama at this edgy-modern

Photographer: Kyla Jeanette Photo
Hair & makeup: Tranquility Day Spa and Salon in Haymarket
Flowers: LynnVale Studios
Catering: My Sweet Thyme
Decor rentals: Bride and Joy

Published in the February 2021 issue of Middleburg Life.