Real RVA Wedding: Jency & Alan
Jency & Alan
October 11, 2014
How They Met
Jency and Alan met in the fall of 2009 at the University of Mary Washington in a linguistics class.
From the bride: “We wanted somewhere with plenty of space a relaxed feeling, so Adams International School/Virginia Barn Weddings was a perfect fit. Also, we liked that we could hold the whole wedding in one spot to avoid transportation between two venues. We wanted things to be low-stress and easy for ourselves and our guests!”
How He Asked
In 2012, Jency and Alan headed to Asheville to celebrate their five year dating anniversary. They had planned a hike into the mountains but got hopelessly lost instead. As it got later and Jency got hungrier, the two stopped at a general store and set up a little picnic outside. Alan told her to close her eyes, and when she turned around, he was down on one knee. After she said yes, everyone at the general store burst into cheers!
As a wedding present, a family friend hired Tim McLeod, a bagpiper, to play as guests arrived. Jency says, “With the misty weather, it helped set the tone for the wedding!”
From the bride: “Originally, I had hoped that we could get married outside under the trees on the property, but there were showers in the forecast for the big day, so we regrouped and made things work inside the schoolhouse. It ended up being perfect! I wouldn’t change a thing, and neither would Alan.”
Alan has Scottish heritage, so he was excited to wear a kilt and have his groomsmen wear them, too! The tartan he wore is associated with his family surname. He got a sash made in the same tartan that he put on Jency during the ceremony to represent her joining his family.
Jency and Alan loved the easiness and relaxing atmosphere of Virginia Barn Wedding. Jency wanted a more eclectic look, so she decided not to have specific wedding colors and instead gave her vendors a general palate of “fall pastels:” peach, dusty pink, sage green, sky blue, sunshine yellow, etc. Her mom took this color palate and made their beautiful ribbon curtain for the altar. At Virginia Barn Wedding, each couple leaves something from their wedding for future couples to use. Jency says, “We left the curtain and a few other items behind, and I hope other brides enjoy using it for their days!”
At the end of the wedding, guests got to take home their picnic baskets, cookies and homemade strawberry jam!
It couldn’t be more perfect that Alan proposed during a picnic because this couple had a picnic reception! Jency’s mom found picnic baskets online, added ribbon for a sweet touch and then A Sharper Palate Catering Company packed lunches into the baskets. At the end of the night, guests packed homemade strawberry jam and cookies into the baskets.
Jency says, “Aside from the music, we offered games like Apples to Apples and hula hoops and bubbles to keep guests entertained!”
Photography: Capture Photography
Ceremony & Reception Site: Virginia Barn Wedding / Adams International School
Tent Rental: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia
Catering: A Sharper Palate Catering Company
Entertainment: Disc Jockey Services
Accommodations: The Jefferson Hotel
Rehearsal Dinner: Lemon Cuisine of India
Officiant: Reverend Janet James of The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church
Ceremony Music: Silverleaf String Quartet
Bagpiper: Tim MacLeod
Alterations & Veil: The Costume Shop
Bride’s Shoes: Louise et Cie
Hair: Susie Stuckey, Flirt Salon
Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew
Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas & Rustic Papers
Floral Design: Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds
Sweets: Sweet Fix
Favors: DIY & Oriental Trading
Additional Accommodations: Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump