Aimee and Jerry were determined to tie the knot outdoors, so they chose to have their wedding ceremony and reception at River Farm, a showplace of fine gardening and landscaping owned by the American Horticultural Society. The manor-style house (which was once owned by George Washington) features an elegant ballroom and parlor, but it was the gardens and grounds that interested the couple most.

As the big day approached, nature seemed to be on their side, and with all forecasts predicting lovely weather, Aimee and Jerry canceled their tent reservation three days before the wedding. Although an unexpectedly drizzly wedding morning made for a very nervous few hours, by the time the wedding began, the sky was a clear September blue.

A judge, who is also a friend of the couple, married Aimee and Jerry before their 100 guests on a lawn overlooking the river. In addition to their self-composed vows, Aimee and Jerry exchanged their own version of the "Dr. Seuss Wedding Vows," in which Jerry promised to "rub her head" and Aimee vowed to "make the bed." Newly wed, the couple walked up the aisle laughing.

Twenty-five acres of lush lawns and meadows inspire a colorful celebration

Aimee and Jerry were determined to tie the knot outdoors, so they chose to have their wedding ceremony and reception at River Farm, a showplace of fine gardening and landscaping owned by the American Horticultural Society. The manor-style house (which was once owned by George Washington) features an elegant ballroom and parlor, but it was the gardens and grounds that interested the couple most.

As the big day approached, nature seemed to be on their side, and with all forecasts predicting lovely weather, Aimee and Jerry canceled their tent reservation three days before the wedding. Although an unexpectedly drizzly wedding morning made for a very nervous few hours, by the time the wedding began, the sky was a clear September blue.

A judge, who is also a friend of the couple, married Aimee and Jerry before their 100 guests on a lawn overlooking the river. In addition to their self-composed vows, Aimee and Jerry exchanged their own version of the "Dr. Seuss Wedding Vows," in which Jerry promised to "rub her head" and Aimee vowed to "make the bed." Newly wed, the couple walked up the aisle laughing.

"We didn’t want to do the guestbook thing," says Aimee. Instead, the couple chose to display an engagement photo, inviting guests to sign the matte.

Location: Alexandria, VA

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