A Formal Fall Wedding at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland

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Amanda Klinedinst and Dave Wagner officially met in 2010, but it wasn't until a year after their first encounter that things finally clicked. "He asked me to come meet him and 'everyone' at a favorite local bar in Bethesda, Maryland," Amanda says. "When I got there, I soon realized that by 'everyone' he meant every couple we know. The mood had been set by all the love in the air and from that night on, we instantly became best friends who fell in love." Two years later, on November 22, 2013, Dave popped the question in their condo (which had been filled with dozens of candles and red roses) after a date night out at the couple's favorite restaurant. They celebrated with an engagement party at the bar that first brought them together.

They had just under a year to plan their October 4, 2014, ceremony in Potomac, Maryland, and their reception in nearby Bethesda since Dave had already nailed down one of the bigger details. "He knew I wanted an early fall wedding, so before he proposed he had already booked the date at our venues," Amanda says. With the help of SoCo Events, the couple used the next ten months to nail down the smaller details and dreamed up a timeless party with a romantic and vintage aesthetic. Keep reading to see all of Abby Jiu Photography's gorgeous photos of their fall celebration.

Amanda and Dave enlisted Creative Parties to create their save-the-dates, invitations, ceremony programs, and menu cards. They opted for a formal white and blush suite with traditional calligraphy.

Knowing they were on a tight wedding planning schedule, Amanda wasted no time in solidifying what details she could. First up: The wedding dress. "I got my dress 48 hours after we got engaged," she says. She visited Love Couture in Potomac, Maryland, and was instantly sold on geometric lace of Matthew Christopher gown. Her neutral-hued bouquet contained dahlias, floribunda roses, astilbe, and stock, and the handle was tied with lace from her mother's own wedding veil.

Amanda didn't skimp on accessories. She chose crystal-beaded Betsey Johnson heels, a heart-shaped purse from DHgate, dangling diamond earrings, and a bracelet borrowed from her mother.

The bride's five attendants wore blush gowns from Bari Jay and carried mostly-white bouquets with the same blooms that were used in Amanda's arrangement.

Dave and his groomsmen all wore black tuxedos with either a rose or ranunculus boutonniere.

Thanks to Dave's early booking, the pair secured an early fall wedding date at Potomac United Methodist Church. Amanda and her father arrived in a vintage white car before the two walked down the flower-lined church aisle.

Amanda and Dave's planners created a beautiful spread of petals tucked into rustic kraft paper bags for guests to grab on their way into the ceremony. After the bride and groom exchanged vows, their friends and family showered the newlyweds with fragrant finds from the petal bar.

The party then moved to Bethesda, Maryland, for a reception at the Congressional Country Club. "My parents had their reception there, too, and given the fact that my family has been members for years, the decision to have the wedding there was easy," Amanda says.

Laura Hooper Calligraphy created elegant escort cards that were displayed on a flower-covered table in the couple's cocktail hour space. Guests then found their seats inside the gorgeous ballroom. "Since the club has a very rustic, European style, we added soft fabrics and light-colored flowers to create a romantic vibe," Amanda says. Half of the couple's tables were decorated with lace linens and tall flower arrangements, made up of flower-covered branches and ivory and blush blooms. The other half of the reception tables were left uncovered and topped with low arrangements of flowers and tall candles.

"Our main décor element was the ceiling," the bride says. "We had a huge floral chandelier, with strings of white petals, hung over the dance floor."

Amanda and Dave shared their first dance to Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" before the couple and their guests sat down for a dinner of beef and halibut paired with lemon cream gnocchi.

The couple's red velvet wedding cake featured alternating tiers of a white quilt design and a blush lace design.

Amanda and Dave's guests couldn't be torn from the dance floor, so the couple continued the party back in the cocktail hour space with snacks like sliders, fries, cookies, and miniature milkshakes. Once the party finally wound down, everyone grabbed a mini box of Krispy Kreme donuts to enjoy on their trip back to the hotel. There, everyone received a personalized hangover kit to help get them through the next morning.

Following their big day, the pair headed to Tahiti for their first vacation as a married couple.

Ceremony Venue: Potomac United Methodist Church || Reception Venue & Catering: Congressional Country Club || Wedding Planner: SoCo Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher || Wedding Stationery: Creative Parties || Escort Cards: Laura Hooper Calligraphy || Floral Design & Rentals: Amaryllis Inc. || Music: Andy Kushner Entertainment Design || Entertainment: ShutterBooth; Jason Ager || Transportation: RMA Worldwide || Videographer: Devin Leisher || Photographer: Abby Jiu Photography

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