Gillian and Julia originally planned their industrial winter wedding for December of 2020. But like so many people getting married in 2020, they opted to elope on their original wedding day with just immediate family and postpone their big wedding for a year.
These two absolutely love Christmas. So they leaned into the Christmas decor, using garlands and Christmas trees as backdrops. Their bridal party wore dark green. And their bouquets interspersed eucalyptus with red and pink roses.
They hosted their second wedding at 718 Venue in Fredericksburg. The venue has an airbnb above the reception space so that’s where they opted to get ready. Since they were already married, they decided to get ready together.
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I absolutely love when couples choose to get ready together. I think sometimes people believe getting ready together will detract from the excitement of the day. But it actually ends up being this incredibly sweet and intimate time for just the two of you.
Button by button, piece by piece, you are literally helping the person you are choosing into the outfit they chose to commit their life to you. It’s symbolic and beautiful.
Because Gillian and Julia already got married in 2020 and did the whole “first look” thing, getting ready together is what they opted for this time.
Their wedding day threatened rain all day. So as soon as they were dressed, we headed outside for some urban portraits. We used an ivy-covered brick wall and the top of a parking garage to get us closer to the beautiful stormy clouds. After a few minutes, the sprinkles started so we quickly headed back to their venue for bridal party portraits.
We ended up having quite a bit of time before their ceremony, so we took a TON of bridal party photos as well as some fun, creative couples portraits.
Almost all of my group photos that you’ll see in a sample gallery happen outside, but we can always take them inside too! Here’s what that looks like in an industrial venue space.
After portraits, they renewed their vows in front of friends and family. Then they shared a first dance together as wives, listened to toasts for their maids of honor and Gillian’s dad, cut the cake and danced the night away.
If you love this vibe and want an industrial wedding venue for your own wedding, here are a few place to consider. There are honestly not a ton of options in southwestern Virginia. Industrial venues tend to be concentrated in big cities. But here are six within a two-hour drive of Blacksburg.
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