As a Colorado wedding photographer, I love a good outdoor wedding in the woods and unique, creative details. Sally and John’s ’70s inspired wedding at Woodend Sanctuary took creativity to a whole new level. As the wedding approached, I knew with Sally and John at the helm the day was going to be amazing (who could forget their adorable Christmas tree farm engagement shoot) but the couple far surpassed my expectations. It was a bonus that this wedding was published in Washingtonian Weddings!
The tone for the wedding was set by stunning and oh so groovy invitations, designed by the groom. On the wedding day, good vibes, the ’70s theme and thoughtful details were incorporated throughout. The couple skipped a traditional bridal party and found other ways to involve their loved ones in the celebration. Family members walked the couple down the aisle and performed readings, the groom’s college roommate officiated the ceremony and friends performed a Fleetwood Mac song for Sally’s entrance.
In addition to the personal touches, the decor and handmade elements set this wedding apart. From the ceremony’s floral macramé backdrop, which Sally helped the florist hand-tie, to the tassel escort card display, every detail was spot on. The couple truly wanted the evening to feel like casual and homemade so they served a family-style Italian menu complimented by a Negroni Sbagliato cocktail. Finally, the night ended with red-velvet cake, cider doughnuts, and gelato push pops.
I know, as a Colorado wedding photographer, I have many days of shooting weddings surrounded by nature ahead of me but this retro celebration will always hold a special place in my heart.
See more of Sally and John’s ’70s inspired wedding on Washingtonian Weddings.
’70s Inspired Wedding Vendor Team:
Venue: Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion
Event Coordinator: Kristin Andrews
Florist: Saivita Floral Design with Holley Simmons
Invitations: Designed by the groom
Caterer & Cake: Corcoran Caterers
Hair Stylist: Shannon Sheridan
Bride’s Attire: Amsale
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
Music: DJ Van Petty of MyDeeJay
Transportation: K & V Limousine Service
Videographer: By Marg and Msi
String Lights & Lanterns: Elegance & Simplicity
Oysters: Rappahannock Oyster Co.
Getting-Ready Hotel: Mason & Rook