When we say Carla and Erik’s Magical Wedding at Shadow Creek in September was magical, we mean it! Everything from the amazing venue, to the committed and helpful venue staff and vendor team, to the wedding details, and finally to the beautiful and gracious couple were perfect, which led to a beautiful and truly memorable day.

Wait until you hear what happened right before the ceremony. Trust us, you’ll want to scroll down for this.

Carla and Erik had a traditional American wedding, with Filipino wedding customs woven throughout the ceremony. This was reflected in their entire wedding party totaling around 30 people! This included bridesmaids, groomsmen, godparents, veil sponsors readers, ring and coin bearers, and more!

The Details

For as much as Carla (and Erik) claimed they weren’t planners and had almost no idea what they were doing for their wedding day, they could have fooled the H&L team. The design and vision Carla envisioned and executed were picture perfect. We are firm believers that details matter, and this wedding is a shining example of why.

Stationery and Personal Touches:

How darling are these ring bear “pillows”?!
Matching socks for the Groomsmen!

True story, one of the main reasons Maya and Carla hit it off instantly was because of their shared love for the Disney movie, Cool Runnings.

How can you not love this welcome sign?

The Escort Cards:

Orange these not the cutest escort cards you ever did see?!

Guests were invited to take a fan before they sat down for the ceremony.

The Ceremony

It’s always a joy to witness a fusion wedding that joins and brings two cultures together with their families. However the thing that we will always remember about this wedding ceremony is what happened just before show time.

One of the reasons couples choose to get married at Shadow Creek is because of their stunning outdoor patio where 95% of wedding ceremonies happen.

The weather forecast began showing signs of potential isolated thunder and wind storms the night before. Because initial reports were showing these thunderstorms happening right after the ceremony and during cocktail hour (still outside, but under a covered space), we kept with the original plan of keeping the ceremony outside.

An hour before the ceremony start time, things took a turn for the worse. All the trees surrounding the venue started slanting to the left, a tell-tell sign that a thunderstorm was imminent. We determined that the thunderstorm was only supposed to last 15 minutes.

Within seconds, without so much as a word to each other, the entire venue and catering team, the florist, and the H&L team rushed to the ceremony space, took off all the cushions on the chairs, brought in all of the ceremony decor, and watched as rain poured and poured outside. Once the rain stopped, everyone on the vendor side rushed back outside, dried off all the chairs and placed the cushions back on them, used leaf blowers to soak up the water, and then swept up the leaves, set up all the ceremony decor, all in time to start the ceremony ON TIME. And of course the weather was simply gorgeous for the rest of the day.

This was an after the thunderstorm photo.

The surprise recessional Erik had orchestrated for Carla was pretty cool too.

The Flowers

In our minds, the wedding flowers are always a highlight and the two florists that provided florals for Carla and Erik’s wedding were no exception.

The hanging flower garden over the Sweetheart Table was a wedding first for H&L and we have to say, we are huge fans.

The Venue and Property

We would be amiss not to mention just how gorgeous all of Shadow Creek was, the barn, the grounds, and the venue staff.

There is always room and time for Sparkler Exit!

Carla and Erik we adored working with you both, congratulations!

Vendor Team:

Planning: Honey and Lavender Events
Photography: NX Photography
Florist: Flower Girl Designs, Creations in Bloom
Venue: Shadow Creek
Catering: Pigs BBQ
Bakery: Edibles Incredible Dessert
Rentals: Smokin’ Willy’s
Entertainment: Black Tie Entertainment
360 Photo Booth: Chris Styles Events
Stationery: LeahLetters
Transportation: Connect BBC
Hair and Makeup: Vanessa Nguyen, Jamie D’Agostino
Accommodations: Courtyard Dulles Towne Center

Be sure to read the last blog on Amanda and Andrew’s elegant wedding!

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