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Amanda & Jonathan

Their Story 

It all started on the 2nd day of business school at James Madison University. An instant attraction led Amanda & Jonathan to date for 2 years before being married on June 25, 2011.


“We were planning the wedding before he even proposed” Amanda giggled, “We knew we were going to be married, we had deposits on everything!”


But even the night of the proposal they were both so nervous. At a very nice Chinese restaurant this nontraditional couple ate duck, while nervously awaiting what would happen next. Jonathan had planned an elaborate fortune cookie operation. After having typed up a fortune proposal, that said “you will be with the person across from you forever,” he carefully put it back into the cookie, and glued the cookie back together; he sat and waited for Amanda to crack it open. Cookie time finally came, Amanda snatched her fortune cookie, cracked it open, and plopped the half glued portion into her month. Jonathan, who was not expecting her to even eat the cookie, began freaking out and trying everything he could to get her to spit out a cookie covered in glue. Amanda, who had no idea what was going on, but thought that she may have eaten the ring, spit the cookie out into her napkin. The surprised was ruined, a cookie had botched Jonathan’s sweet proposal. After laughing and clearing up what had just happened Jonathan asked, “Can I propose now?” As they laughed about it all Amanda of course said yes, and they were off to the races. 



With a proposal 6 weeks before the wedding date, there was no time to waste. Originally the two were thinking of having their reception at her parent’s house in Haymarket. But with the concern of rain, a need for firm footing, and a little over 130 guests to accommodate, the house was just not big enough. So the search for a reception location was on. Thanks to a battle with an unfriendly gopher, Amanda’s father constantly had to come to The Farm to replace a shrub that the gopher kept eating. On one of these trips he noticed a party happening at The Pavilion, and thought it would be the perfect place for Amanda & Jonathan’s reception.



Amanda & Jonathan made an appointment and immediately liked it! “It fit our style. It was simple, we liked the breeze that came through, it was very pretty, and we really liked the scenic points of interests.  Jon loved the peacocks! He tried to come up with a plan on how to involve them in the reception. Thankfully when the day came, he forgot all about the peacocks” laughed Amanda.




“A big thing that was really great about The Pavilion was that it is handicap accessible. With our older guests, that was a concern.” On June 25th there was no concern. Amanda, Jonathan, and their guests danced the night away under the stars. 





 “One of my girlfriends like it so much, she is getting married at The Pavilion next June.”



Teal, Purple, hints of yellow, with white accents 





Expert Photography, by Kacie Lynch 



How To Have The Perfect Outdoor Wedding

Today’s brides and grooms are increasingly interested in outdoor weddings.  Here at The Farm at Broadrun, we’ve created a beautiful setting to host your spectacular day. Being outdoors gives a sense of relaxation, freedom and visual incitement that four walls match just cant. Disclosing your vows and saying “I do” with a slight breeze in the air and the sun setting behind the trees is romantic and unforgettable. Having your wedding outdoors does come with some unpredictable elements! However, with a little planning and a bit of affability nothing will stand in the way of experiencing all the best of your special day.

When choosing a outdoor venue determine if a “plan B” is needed in the event of uncooperative weather. Additional tenting may be necessary in the occurrence of heavy rain, storms or high winds. Consider the seasonal temperatures to determine if additional heating or cooling may be necessary to keep you and your guests content.

You will also want to consider your clothing and lets not forget the shoes. Think about the style of your gown and your comfort while mingling with your guests. Have fun with it and choose lightweight romantic dresses for the bridesmaids with lengths not to get caught on the outdoor surfaces. High-heeled shoes aren’t always the best for grassy conditions so consider going with some trendy flats.  In early spring and fall, you may want to contemplate adding a decorative layer to enjoy the falling temperatures that arrive with the onset of the evening.  And certainly don’t forget about the man you love and his groomsmen, a traditional tux may just not be the perfect option.

We share our outdoor spaces with many admirable creatures, and to be honest some we’d prefer to admire from afar. Remember that many types of insects are attracted to flowers; so keep your arrangements simple and elegant. In the same way bees are attracted to flowers mosquitoes can be attracted to you. To keep them at a distance use citronella candles and torches to keep them at bay. They also love perfumes and colognes so think about going au natural on the big day.

Talk to your photographer in advance. Discuss your backup plan and ask for suggestions in the event of poor weather conditions. Photographers often remark at how amazing photographs are in the rain. Clouds seem to filter the suns harsh rays and create the perfect lighting.

Any professional caterer will know how to handle the open air, but put yourself at ease make sure they are familiar with the site, its specific amenities and how important it is to you that they are prepared for weather related surprises.

With a little planning the unexpected becomes expected! And when Mother Nature does in fact arrive (have you left her off your list?) and potentially brings an unruly guest relax, enjoy and laugh. You have plan B! Remember that rain on your wedding day does not mean bad luck it simply means that the atmosphere was sufficiently unstable to support anymore rising air and consequently, precipitation.

Happy Planning!

For more information check out the July issue of Brides and Weddings of Northern Virginia. 

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