“Yumiko and Frank’s Rocklands Farm Winery wedding took place on Bastille Day. They met while working for an international non-profit organization in DC and they bonded over their mutual love of Haribo candy. Neither of them remembers their official first date since they kept it on the down low while hanging out at used bookstores and exploring hole in the wall restaurants.For their wedding day Yumiko wanted to infuse her heritage into the wedding day decor and it turned our beautiful. She included Japanese paper cranes, umbrellas and fans throughout the day and guests enjoyed traditional French wedding favors of Jordan Almonds in mason jars. Their afternoon ceremony was drenched in sun and the guests were surrounded by lush greenery and blooming sunflowers. After the official part was over, the guests were invited to sample some of wine from Rocklands Farms and play some lawn games. Because newlyweds opted to do the first look, they were able to join everyone during the cocktail hour. They only snuck away for a few minutes to enjoy the sunset and take a few more pictures of just the two of them. The reception was a lot of fun with the band playing and bride’s father inviting everyone to the dance floor. Instead of traditional sparklers exit, the newlyweds decided to light sparklers earlier in the night with some of other frenchies in the group to celebrate Bastille Day.” –1001 Angles Photography
What is your favorite wedding day memory?
It really is difficult to narrow it down to one because the entire day was just as we had hoped. Between being able to say our vows under a lush tree canopy, to mingle with friends and family over a cocktail and a game of corn hole, to dance the night away in a barn to live music and to wander off to the bonfire for some s’mores, it was all so much fun! It was a relaxed evening that really reflected us as a couple.
What did you DIY for your wedding?
My father is French and my mother is Japanese, so I really wanted to incorporate my heritage in our décor. My mother and I made hundreds of origami cranes to pepper throughout our reception space. For our favors, we did Jordan Almonds (traditionally give out at weddings in France) in typically “American” mason jars. Because we got married on Bastille Day, we had a playlist of classic French songs playing at cocktail hour. I had my sister do all of invitations, table number cards, tags for our favors, as well as write out the seating chart on old window panes we found at the farm. My sisters-in-law and mother-in-law made welcome bags filled with treats for our guests, and I made little bathroom baskets for folks to freshen up in the restroom. We also had a candy bar that we put together with sweet treats from around the world, as well as a whiskey bar featuring my husband’s favorite bottles.
Did you have a something old, new, borrowed or blue?
I tried! My old was a pair of earrings that my mother-in-law gave me, the new was my dress, and the borrowed and blue were a sapphire ring that belonged to my grandmother that my mother let me wear for the occasion.
Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?
Have fun with the planning – think of ways to incorporate unique aspects of your personality and interests in the day. And on the day of your wedding, savor every moment of it because it will be over in the blink of an eye. If you notice things that are not going exactly as you had planned, let it go and just enjoy the moment. At the end of the day, everyone is there for you and just happy to see you happy -Yumiko, the Bride
Photography: 1001 Angles // Venue: Rocklands Farm // Event Planner + Catering: Simply Fresh Events // Florist: Sungold Flowers // Music: Aztec Sun Band // Bride's Attire: BHLDN // Hair + Make-up: JKW Beauty