On the same date and at the same location 10 years earlier, I had planned our bride’s sister’s Indian fusion wedding. I was honored that they called me to help with planning another sibling’s wedding. Held in the backyard of the bride’s childhood home in Great Falls, Virginia, our couple decided to host a micro / mini wedding ceremony and reception. In order to have a safe celebration during the Coronavirus pandemic, they invited only close family members and provided guests with safety protocols before and during the wedding. Photos by Photojournalistique.com – Weddings by Erick Gibson Instead of wearing his uniform, our former military groom chose a kilt instead. Katie Martin from Elegance and Simplicity designed this classic bridal bouquet of white cymbidium orchids, blue thistle, white anemones, white roses and greenry. While her sister had her ceremony closer to the deck of the house, our bride chose the mature trees as the backdrop for her wedding ceremony. For the wedding ceremony seating, we kept rows of chairs 10 feet apart. Guests sat only with their own pod, which is also the same group for dinner. Photo: Vicky Choy Nothing compares to the pure joy when you are pronounced as a married couple! Our hosts provided guests with blankets to keep warm on this October day. The bride’s father surprised his daughter with the sounds of a bagpiper who played while guests were taking their seats for the ceremony and for the recessional. This classic combination of navy blue, white and gold created a timeless and elegant style for dinner under a tent. For the floral centerpieces, Katie Martin from Elegance and Simplicity used a white cylinder vase filled with similar flowers to the bridal bouquet but we added more blue with the blue delphinium. For the avid golfers, this cake topper is just right. Event Partners Wedding Planner: Vicky Choy, Event Accomplished , Arlington, Virginia Caterer: Main Event Caterers, Arlington, VA Photography: Photojournalistique.com – Weddings by Erick Gibson Officiant: Robert Wallace DJ: DJ Craig Wood, Perpetual Sound LLC Floral Design: Elegance and Simplicity Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Chic Color & Cut Hair Salon, Great Falls, VA Tent, Heater, Tables, Chairs: Capital Party Rentals Are you interested in planning a micro / mini wedding? Check out our blog archives on small weddings and on backyard / at-home weddings.