As I have mentioned earlier, the main reason why Moritz and I came to the US, was my friend Anne’s wedding on the 13th of October. Anne and I met in Prague in 2008 while I was there, doing an internship and writing my thesis and she was teaching English. We were flatmates and liked each other from the beginning (well, that’s at least how I felt, Anne might tell another story about this weird German girl living next door… :-))
We kept in touch ever since and met again twice after Prague: The first time, Anne visited me in Stuttgart and we went to Heidelberg and Schloss Neuschwanstein together. The second time, she was staying in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with her family for Christmas and New Years Eve. I drove down there for one day and we sledded down the Alps. As Anne is also my idol when it comes to blogging (She has a very successful blog called “fannetastic food”), an article exists about this awesome day in the snow.
Well, and on the 13th of October we met again on her wedding day! Moritz and I flew to Washington DC the day before and stayed there at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center by Marriott – a very nice hotel close to the airport.
I liked their Lobby very much:
On the 13th we drove to Winchester which is about one hour away from Washington DC. The ceremony and reception took place at Rosemont Manor. Rosemont is a lovely mansion, close to the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains.
It is surrounded by 5.000 acres of land, what makes quite a nice garden and an even nicer setting for a wedding. It is also full of history that dates back to 1811, when Rosemont was built by the first High Sheriff of Clarke County, George Horton Norris, as a wedding gift for his bride. In 1864, during the Civil War, parts of the Battle of Berryville took place on the property as well. But even if you are not into history, this place is so beautiful, you just have to love it.
The wedding ceremony was performed outside, behind the house, overlooking parts of the garden. It was a beautiful October day, sunny and not to cold. During the vows, two condors were circling above, letting out their cries and making the event even more magical.
The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour which gave Moritz and me the opportunity to explore the house…
… and the surrounding.
We moved into a big party tent for the dinner reception afterwards. Anne has done a great job choosing the decoration. There were floating candles and flowers in glass vases of different sizes on each table.
As I am not Anne, I do not take pictures of my food on a regular basis, so you have to simply believe me when I say that the dinner was very, very yummy.
After dinner, we moved into another house where a band was playing and Anne and her husband Matt had their first dance as married couple.
It was a magical day and I am so grateful we could spend it with Anne and Matt.
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