Aynsley Sandridge & David Gresko

Laughing in Love


Married

Jul 30, 2016
Forest , Virginia


Photo Credit

Ashley Eiban Photography LLC


Style Guide


Color Palette



Style

Whimsical


Season

Summer





The First Encounter

Our first trip as a couple was to Avon, North Carolina. While there, we climbed the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – the tallest lighthouse in North America. My twin sister was married in the Outer Banks several years later, and a few days after her wedding Dave took me back to that lighthouse to propose. He crafted a mock brochure (which I tried to hand back) that included our story inside. It turned out to be a unique, sweet, and pretty humorous proposal day that my sister and Dave’s brother memorably re-enacted during their Matron of Honor/Best Man toast.



In Preparation

Although Dave and I moved to Massachusetts, Virginia is truly our home. We knew we wanted our wedding there, close to our families. We honestly considered eloping, but then thought about how few opportunities arise in life to celebrate with so many people you love in one space. Once we decided on a wedding, we went in search of a site. I love garden weddings, but Dave wanted those Blue Ridge Mountain views. Thankfully, we found a venue that had both as well as a package option with preferred vendors, which knocked out several things on our to-do list early and made long-distance planning so much easier. Finally, I picked out my dress and from there I could envision all the other details. I was lucky because my husband was easygoing, but also available and happy to participate in all the plans and decisions. Everything was done as a team.



The Big Day

You know your wedding day was everything you wanted when you look back and want to do it all over again exactly as it was! That’s how we feel, probably in part because we made a promise that no matter what happened we were going to be positive, relaxed, and focused on the reason for the day. No matter the weather or possible things forgotten, we knew we would have a great story to tell and amazing pictures to convey it. Between setting up, making decorations and favors, or just giving advice, we had lots of help and support from family and friends that made the day. Our ceremony was held at 5:30 in the evening under a pergola in a hydrangea garden complete with a confetti-covered recessional. After a cocktail hour, our catered buffet-style dinner was held in the venue’s ballroom. We had a sparkler exit.



The Retreat

After the wedding, Dave and I stopped in Washington, D.C. on the way back home to Massachusetts. We stayed at The Sofitel and spent a day walking around the parks and monuments. After two weeks back at home, we left for our official honeymoon to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. We rented through TC Villas. Our stay was filled with private beach sitting, snorkeling, horseback riding in the ocean with Caicos Corral, gourmet food, and spectacular views. We highly recommend T&C for couples that want a quiet getaway with warm water and friendly Caribbean hospitality



 

Contributing Vendors

CATERER

Charley’s Catering

VENUE & WEDDING PLANNER

The Trivium Estate

(Heidi Baker)

CAKE

La Bella Torta

ENTERTAINMENT

Official Entertainment

FAVORS

Donations to Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers + American Humane Association,

GROOMSMEN’S BOBBLEHEADS

Hellominime

BRIDESMAIDS’ JEWLERY

Danique Jewelry

FLOWERS

Love Blooms by Doyle’s

GOWNS & ACCESSORIES

Bridal Impressions Harrisonburg

TUXEDO RENTALS

Celebration Bridal Lynchburg

HONEYMOON ACCOMODATIONS

TC Villas

INVITATIONS

Cordially Yours

PHOTOGRAPHER

Ashley Eiban Photography LLC

DECOR

Welcome Sign – OAKY Designs

Guestbook – Miss Design Berry

Table Numbers – Duane’s Workshop

Cake Topper – Cork Country Cottage

VIDEOGRAPHER

SoloKoo Wedding Films

DECOR CALLIGRAPHY

Ma Belle Calligraphy

DOG ACCESSORIES

One Dainty Tulip

MAKEUP ARTIST

Jenee Welsh

HAIR STYLIST

Allie Gordon

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