Lovely real wedding time — wedding photographer G.E. Masana sent along these awesome wedding photos of Rachelle and Diego, who got married in Springfield, Virginia. From the bride:
We wanted to get married in D.C. when it wasn’t too hot and the flowers were still in bloom. May in D.C. is right after the flowers start blooming, so everything is lush and green.
The majority of my family in the United States live in the D.C. metropolitan area. I was born in D.C. and as a little girl lived in Springfield, VA. My family attended the church we got married in, St. Bernadette Catholic Church, for years, and as I was baptized there, it seemed like the perfect location for our wedding.
See all the beautiful photos after the cut!
Diego’s mother and sister went shoe shopping with me in Miami. That’s where we found all of my shoes for the wedding. Lilac wedges for the rehearsal. Silver peep toe pumps with rhinestone brooches for the ceremony. White wedges for the reception.
My gown was a La Sposa Mirra. I loved it from the moment I saw it. It was a mermaid with a sweetheart cut laced with feathers and a little beading right below the bosom. The gown was the most unique dress I had ever laid my eyes on. I had seen maybe two other dresses with feathers, but none of them made me feel like a princess. Once I tried it, I knew it was the one. The flow of the ribbon like skirt made me feel like I was gliding across the floor, light as a feather as it were.
My mother picked out my jewelry. Since we don’t live in the same place, she wasn’t there to help me with the dress. This was her way of contributing something of hers to my wedding day style.
I am in love with 1950s style. I love the idea of how feminine women used to dress. So my engagement ring, wedding ring, and the bridesmaids’ earrings were from the 1950s. The Save the Dates I created and my wedding hairdo were both inspired by the era. I think of how glamorous the Hollywood starlets used to be and wanted to look just as beautiful on my wedding day.
It was important to me to honor my parents with our cultural traditions. So we had family members in the Philippines send us supplies to include the Arras (coins which the groom gifts to the bride during the ceremony. These are thirteen coins which symbolize love, trust, commitment, respect, joy, happiness, harmony, wisdom, wholeness, nurturing, caring, cooperation and pledges the groom’s ability to support and care for her.
All of the flowers at the church and at the reception were created by my Auntie Carmen. She loves flower arranging and used my colors and thoughts about having the decorations look like little trees to create the look. She even incorporated white feathers into my rose and lilac bouquet.
The entire wedding was one special moment. The first dance was the most memorable. Diego put me at peace and made me feel like I was the only person in the room.
For the wedding decor, I have always thought that reds and purples went very well together. They are my favorite colors and really pop and make a statement. We went with scarlet red and lilac from the flowers to the dresses.
I think love birds are adorable. We created a stop motion Save the Date on YouTube with the birds we eventually turned into our cake topper. One of the flower girls absolutely loved the video she was so excited to see the birds on top of the cake!
Photography: G.E. Masana
Ceremony: Saint Bernadette’s R.C. Church, Springfield VA
Reception: The Waterford, Springfield VA, Nerisha Joshi, Coordinator
Makeup & Hair: Angela and Carol (family friends)
Cake: Cindy Bob
Entertainment: B and B Sound
Bridal Gown Designer: Mirra by La Sposa
Bridal Gown Salon: Designer Loft