A Wedding Complete With Civil War Reenactments? This Couple Did It!

Is there a town more aptly named for a wedding than Unison, VA? Celie and Shane definitely don’t think so. Steeped in rich Civil War history, the bride’s family home in Northern Virginia was built around a log cabin from the 1700s and sits in the middle of several major battlefields. So when Shane proposed to Celie, they knew her historic hometown was the perfect place to join their families. The wedding coincided with the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middlesburg and Upperville — an event that called for actual Civil War battle reenactments (which explains the period-perfect costumes).

Other fun vintage touches included “Battle of the Union” cornhole games (Celie’s father is a genuine Civil War buff), an antique claw-footed bathtub full of beer and historic black-and-white family photos nailed to a “family tree.” On her wedding day, Celie could see her and Shane in every detail of the event’s design: “The cheese we brought from Vermont, the flowers from my mother’s garden, the beer from the town where we got engaged, my favorite color (peach) complementing his favorite color (sea green).”

The celebration’s rustic-meets-vintage theme came together with the help of Celie’s wedding planner, Tabitha Roberts of Roberts & Co in Washington, D.C. Love Vs. Design created all the paper goods for the day, while flowers were arranged by Country Way Floral. Guests enjoyed catering by Market Salamander and the sweet treats of pastry chef Jason Reaves at Salamander Resort & Spa. Sweet Tea Photography captured the unique festivity below and here.

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Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
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Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Sweet Tea Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog

From the album: A Quirky Vintage Wedding in Unison, VA

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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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