Spring Black Tie Wedding at Montalto // Charlottesville, VA

Spring Black Tie Wedding at Montalto // Merriam + Garry // Charlottesville, VA


Merriam and Garry’s spring black tie wedding at Montalto was a perfect full circle moment for the couple. Although these two both went to the University of Virginia, it wasn’t until a Z Society soiree years after their undergrad years that they got connected. And Montalto was the very venue where that happened! 

I love the sentimentality of their wedding venue. It was the perfect backdrop for both their fall Charlottesville engagement session the year prior and their beautiful spring wedding. We had a small world moment when I shared their engagement photos. We found out that they were connected with two of my past couples, Kat and Wade, and Emily and Will!

Although Montalto is a gorgeous venue, being part of Jefferson’s Monticello means it’s not a regular wedding venue. Everything had to be brought up to the mountaintop to create the magic that we saw. But you’d never know how challenging it was from how beautifully my talented friend Jazmin of Anyevent and her team pulled it all together!

Additionally, we had rain come and go throughout the day. Looking through the photos though, you’ll hardly notice it! We were so lucky with breaks in the rain always just in time for their portraits. Jazmin did such an amazing job taking care of all the logistical details, including moving the ceremony indoors when that call was made on the wedding day. 

One of the most memorable details from the day was Merriam’s dress. The wedding dress was actually handmade and custom designed by her godfather, Firas Yousif. The one-of-a-kind gown featured delicate lace and silk and a 5 ft long train. Merriam did first looks with her dad, her bridesmaids, and Garry, and they were all stunned at first sight. All of their reactions were so fun! 

Next, at the ceremony, their nieces were flower girls, Garry’s brother played piano, his Dad officiated, and several of their friends did readings. I loved the way the couple included their closest friends and family throughout the day’s events. Their reception kicked off with their entrances and a beautifully rehearsed first dance and a loving welcome speech. We also enjoyed several toasts, parent dances, and cake cutting before the dance floor opened up. The Dabke, an Iraqi line dance, was a highlight of the dance floor, as well as the sparkler exit at the end of the night. Pretty much no one went home on the first shuttle, so we had so many guests help us out with the sparkler exit! 

I loved how much the entire day was filled with so much joy and laughter. Merriam and Garry’s spring black tie wedding at Montalto was a joyous celebration for all, creating moments for the couple to reminisce on for the rest of their lives. Keep scrolling to see more from their Montalto Wedding!

Vendor Team

Photography: Xiaoqi Li Photography

Wedding Planner: Jazmin with Anyvent Event Planning

Dress: Firas Yousif Originals

Suits: The Black Tux

Florist: The Posey Detail

Venue: Montalto at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Makeup: Gohar Makeup

Hair: Posh Bride

Invites: Greenvelope

Cake: Maliha Creations

Cake Pops & Flights: Sliced. Cake Bar

Band: Polaris Band

Ceremony Music: Hit Em with the Jabz

Lights: Blue Ridge Event Production

Tent: Virginia Tent Rental

Catering: The Local Catering

Ceremony Live Streaming: Feeling Wedding Films

Transportation: Cville Transportation

Getaway Tesla: Albemarle Limousine

mountain view and skyscape of spring black tie montalto wedding
black groom shoes and groom details for spring black tie montalto wedding
bridal details with boutonnière with gold watches and jewelry
bridal details of bride and groom's names and flowers
gold wedding jewelry and detail shots at spring black tie montalto wedding
groom smiling and buttoning shirt while getting ready for spring black tie montalto wedding
groom getting ready and laughing with groomsmen at spring black tie montalto wedding
groomsmen adjusting bowtie on groom before spring black tie montaltso wedding
groomsmen putting on bowtie before wedding ceremony
groomsmen showing other groomsmen video on phone while getting ready
groomsmen getting ready together
bride getting ready with bridesmaids on spring black tie Montalto wedding ceremony
bridal party wearing matching robes
bride holding up wedding dress before getting ready before spring black tie montalto wedding ceremony
bride looking at bridal party smiling while bridal party fluffs gown
bride smiling at family helping her get gown on
groom writing vows and letter to bride before spring black tie montalto wedding ceremony
groomsmen sleeping on couch before wedding
groom and groomsmen toasting before wedding ceremony
bride walking up to father during first look on wedding day
bride with open arms smiling and showing father her in wedding gown
bride hugging father after first look before wedding ceremony
bride looking shocked while seeing bridesmaids for the first time in their bridesmaids' gowns
bride looking at bridal party for the first time
bride and groom seeing one another for first time on wedding day of spring black tie montalto wedding
bridesmaids looking out of the window while bride and groom see one another for first time on wedding day
groom holding bride's hand on spring black tie montalto wedding
groom holding bride's hand
bride and groom holding hands before wedding ceremony at montalto
bride holding groom's hand before wedding ceremony
groom hugging bride and kissing her cheek during bridal portraits
bride and groom standing with bridal party
groom standing at alter while bride is walked down with father before ceremony
view of wedding ceremony at spring black tie montalto wedding ceremony
bride's family sitting and smiling during ceremony
groom wiping tears from face while bride recites vows
bride laughing while groom reads vows
bride and groom kissing as husband and wife after wedding ceremony
wedding couple walking out of ceremony as husband and wife
bridal couple hugging after wedding ceremony during portraits
groom holding bride's face kissing after spring black tie montalto wedding ceremony
couple walking in field after ceremony
groom lifting bride and holding her through field
wedding couple walking to evening reception at montalto
close up of table settings at montalto wedding reception
white wedding cake with dog topper eating the cake
table centerpieces with tall candles and greenery
cupcake stand with multiple varieties of cake for dessert
table centerpieces with greenery and tall candles
wedding couple dancing for the first time as husband and wife at spring black tie montalto wedding reception
couple dancing together after wedding ceremony
woman raising hand in the air while dancing after spring black tie montalto wedding ceremony
bride and groom laughing together while dancing during first dance
bride and groom hugging while overlooking the view of Montalto
couple embracing and looking over the mountaintop
white tent with tables for evening reception
wedding guest giving toast at evening reception
wedding couple laughing and listening to toasts at reception
groom laughing out loud during toasts at evening reception
wedding guests laughing and enjoying toasts
groomsmen giving toast at spring black tie montalto wedding reception
bride dancing with father during father-daughter dance at reception
bride dancing with father during father-daughter dance
groom dancing with mother during mother-son dance at spring black tie montalto wedding reception
groom holding mother's hand while dancing
wedding couple dancing together during reception
bride and groom watching guests enjoy wedding reception
wedding guests hugging and smiling while dancing
groom embracing and shaking guests hands
bride and groom cutting cake
wedding couple kissing after cutting cake
bride dancing with wedding guests
wedding guests celebrating on dance floor
wedding guests laughing and smiling at reception
bride dancing with flower girl at spring black tie montalto wedding reception
bride and groom kissing and embracing
groom dancing with bridesmaid
groom lifting up flower girl at spring black tie montalto wedding reception
bride and groom dancing with reception tent in background
wedding couple holding hands in dark in front of vehicle
wedding couple kissing during sparkler exit

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groom lifting bride and holding her through field

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