This ultra-chic rustic wedding featured an antique car theme, a neutral color palette and caramel-colored roses

Mary and Ian exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony in 2020, then celebrated with loved ones in a larger wedding on October 9, 2021, at a private home in Great Falls. Their October 2021 wedding was originally featured on the cover of the latest issue of Washingtonian Weddings, in Washingtonian’s January 2022 issue. See details below.

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Greek life at Penn State reunited Mary and Ian, who dated seven years before he popped the question while on a beach trip with his family. A year after tying the knot in a pandemic-limited party at the elegant barn of the groom’s father’s home, they welcomed 268 guests for a second ceremony and reception West-Coast-meets-rustic-elegance at the same location. A vintage car motif carried the day, guiding friends and family to the “Find Your Ride” escort display of spray-painted mini cars. Florals, in nudes and neutrals with caramel pinks, were among Mary and Ian’s favorite details. Guests mixed it in a botanical tonic bar of craft cocktails and mocktails with dehydrates, herbs, spices, bitters, and botanical garnishes. At dessert time, they browsed through dozens of bites made by loved ones for the Pittsburgh cookie table, a nod to Mary’s hometown.


The details

Photographer: Emily Blumberg • Planning & Design: Ida Rose Events & Design • Florist: Darling and Daughters • Invitations: Emily Baird Design • Catering: Ridgewells • Hair & Makeup: MAB Artistry • Bridal Outfit: Sarah Seven (dress), Nadine Merabi (jumpsuit) • Groom’s outfit: Todd Snyder • Music: Onyx from Washington Talent Agency • Videographer: Paperboys • Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals, DC Rental, Select Event Group, La Tavola Fine Linens

This article originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of The Washingtonian.

Amy Moeller

Editor, Washington Weddings

Amy directs Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor-in-chief of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.

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