Italian-Inspired Virginia Wedding: Maddison + Mac

bride and groom

Maddison + Mac’s elegant, Italian-inspired Virginia wedding, photographed by Gabe Aceves, was a gorgeous blend of all of their favorite things. Held at a beautiful, historical estate overlooking the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia, this wedding is proof that rustic + classic styles can truly go together hand-in-hand. Maddison wore the most lovely dress, which was handmade by a friend using pieces of both Mac’s + her mother’s wedding dresses. Seriously love that. And don’t the guys look super sharp in their timeless, black tuxes? We definitely think so! Here’s a bit more from Maddison about how she + Mac made their day special:

After our engagement, Mac + I made a list of things we love: Italy, cocktails with sugared rims, pocket squares, wood-fired pizza, bluegrass music, our little cat Bruni, al fresco dinners, and more. Using this “love list,” we planned our wedding day. Everything we included in our wedding had to be meaningful to both of us and while this meant many a long conversation over what would or would not be included (a gold piñata with confetti didn’t make Mac’s cut!), we really were able to create a day that was incredibly special for both of us. And once we discovered Murray Hill, we happily began to envision our wedding as a big Italian dinner party with all our closest family and friends in the midst of the Virginia countryside…


virginia engagement ring

viriginia bride

groom getting ready

virginia anemone bouquet

bow tie groom

bride and groom

Majorly love the back of Maddison’s dress! She looks amazing.

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

fern aisle decor

outdoor virginia wedding

outdoor virginia wedding

wedding party

And how pretty do the bridesmaid’s look in their varying shades of pink? Such a fun ombrè effect!

pink bridesmaids



After Mac + I were announced and entered the party, the fiddler led us on a little parade through the woods to the barn. It was such fun to look behind us as we made our way to the reception — so many people that we love following along, laughing and smiling.

parade to reception

instagram wedding

fern table runner

All of the paper goods were designed + hand-painted by Maddison, including the lovely wine bottle table numbers and the gorgeous menus. So, so pretty!

wine table numbers


bread place setting

barn reception

first dance

first dance

Congratulations to Maddison + Mac on a beautiful day + best wishes from GWS!

photography: Gabe Aceves // venue: Murray Hill Leesburg, Virginia // day of coordinator: Kim Wensel of Waverly Road Events // bride’s dress: dress handmade by friend, Nicki Barr, using the groom’s mother’s dress and the bride’s mother’s dress // veil: made by the bride // bridesmaid dresses: each bridesmaid chose her own dress from Weddington Way // hair + makeup: Lori Nansi of Le Mairee // groom + groomsman attire: their own tuxes, groom’s velvet slippers from Del Toro // florals: Creations in Bloom // catering: Pizzeria Moto // servers: Peaks Party // cakes: cake and cupcakes made by bridesmaid, Allison Parish // music: Tim and Savannah Finch and the Eastman String Band // invitations + paperie: hand-painted and designed by the bride

Interested in advertising with us?

for our current rates!


  1. wonderful. Gabe did excelent job capturing this day. Her work gives feel of photojournalism with a taste of modern wedding photography

  2. I love how they added an instagram tag to their wedding to make documenting the day more of a shared, social experience. Very modern wedding.

  3. Wonderful photos! Very well captured moments. Congratulations


Email me when there are new comments on this post. You can also subscribe without commenting.

GWS is a creative and supportive community of wedding fans and vendors. As such, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain profanity, are distasteful, personally attack individuals or do not contribute to the goals of our community.

You may not love every detail of every event, but please remember that the couples who share their weddings on GWS are real people and their wedding is a special day, so please be nice.