Courtney & Chuck’s DIY Colorful Wedding at Lorien Hotel and Spa Alexandria, VA

Courtney and Chuck are two peas in a pod. As you can see in these DIY colorful wedding images they enjoy each other’s company and LOVE to laugh. One of their pals donned them with their Hollywood name “Chutney” (Chuck+Courtney) and it just stuck.

They are everything but traditional and wanted to make their wedding day something of their own. From the 99% DIY details that bride Courtney spent the last year designing and creating to the Unity Pizza during their terrace wedding ceremony, everything in this celebration was a true reflection of the relationship that these two share.

I had the pleasure of spending the day with this lovely couple and their families. The morning started off in the bridal suite with the ladies getting their hair and makeup prepped and a few shenanigans that included mimosas and a little bit of jumping on the bed! By midday the reception area was arranged and I was able to witness the amazing level of planning and detail that Courtney went through for her reception.

Each table was labeled as a location and date that were important to the couple. They included their birth dates and places, their wedding venue and date, as well as honeymoon destinations that were soon to follow. Courtney even made chutney and placed it at each setting for all of her guests to take home with them. The adorable first look photos on the terrace before the wedding ceremony were tender but still held true to the couple and resulted in plenty of laughter and smiles.

Their ceremony took place on the terrace of the Presidential suite and was attended by 50 or so of their closest friends and family.It was a beautiful warm day with bright blue skies and just enough sun to heat up your heart for what was to come. The reception embodied the mood of the day and resulted in copious amounts of dancing and catching up with friends and family. Wyatt from Black Tie DJs caught the vibe and kept it going until the very end. This was a high-energy affair and positively reflected the easy-going, life-loving, fun-filled personalities of a couple of people in love. I’m so privileged to have been a part of it all.

Wedding Dress hanging on cubed background alexandria va weddings Wedding Rings on reflective surface at the lorien hotel and spa alexandria, va Wedding Ring in DIY romance novel bouquet at the lorien hotel and spa alexandria va

Courtney's Purple heels with green stool and ring
Courtney’s Purple heels and wedding ring
Table setting with important locations for wedding reception
One of the table settings with one the couple’s honeymoon destinations on a map.
wedding ring princess cut with wrap lorien hotel and spa
Beautiful wedding band wrap with engagement ring.
Courtney provided sunglasses for the ceremony since it was outdoors.

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This wonderful wedding would not have been possible without the collaboration and expertise of other fine folks.
Hair Styling: Jennifer Miklic
Venue: Lorien Hotel and Spa
Catering: Brabo
Entertainment: Wyatt from Black Tie Djs
Cupcakes: Best Buns Bread Co

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