Demitra & Lance's Gorgeous Vista View Wedding at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt Crawford, VA

Updated: Sep 26, 2019


Demitra and Lance pose for a wedding portrait after their wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

Bride & Groom:

Demitra Chandler - Medical Social Worker

Lance Chandler - USAF

Venue: Crosskeys Vineyards

The alter before the Chandler wedding at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.
The Chandler wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The Chander wedding party posing for a formal portrait at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The maid of honor toasts the bride and groom on their wedding day at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

Tell us About How You Met.

We met through mutual friends and the rest is history!

The bride and groom share a kiss behind the bouquet from The Faded Poppy at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

Demitra, how did you know Lance was "The One"?

When I thought I was going to lose him to someone else. Sometimes it's the thought of loss that makes you realize just how special that person is to you.

The bride at the alter with her groom during the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

Bridal portrait before the ceremony with her bouquet from The Faded Poppy at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride and groom share a kiss while cutting the wedding cake during the wedding reception at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride and groom share a moment in the vineyards after the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

Lance, how did you know Demitra was "The One"?

When I first laid eyes on her 8 years ago in the mall. I just knew it. She stuck out in my mind and I could picture her walking down the aisle towards me. You could say it really was love at first sight.

The groom during the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride sheds a tear during her maid of honor's toast during the wedding reception at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.
The bride and groom show off their new wedding bands after the wedding reception at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

Tell us about the proposal.

Lance proposed in Old Town Alexandria in front of many family and friends. They were already there waiting on us with a huge sign saying "Will you Marry Me"!

The wedding ring in the bride's bouquet from The Faded Poppy for the Chandler wedding at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

What was wedding shopping like for you?

Stressful!!! But the best part was trying on the wedding dress!

The bride and her father walking up to the alter during the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride's wedding dress hanging before the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride posing for a portrait at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride posing for a portrait in her stunning wedding dress at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride and groom share a special moment after the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride shows off her gorgeous wedding day makeup for a bridal portrait before the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

What is the best advice you can give engaged couples?

Work together, communicate, love hard, do premarital counseling, and be honest about your feelings through the entire process.

The bride and groom pose for a portrait in a field after the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The entire wedding party during the ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride and groom embrace each other after the wedding reception at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride and groom leading the procession after the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

Describe your wedding style.

The wedding dress was a champagne dress and the groom wore a classic tuxedo with a champagne bow tie. Our colors were lavender and blue and our decorations were a rustic theme that fit perfectly with the Crosskeys Vineyard setup.

The wedding ring and wedding day heels for the Chandler wedding at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.
Wedding day details for the Chandler wedding at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.
The bride's wedding day details for the Chandler wedding at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

First Dance Song

Perfect by Ed Sherran

The bride and groom have their first dance during the wedding reception at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride and groom have their first dance during the wedding reception at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

Were there any special rituals?

We did a Love Letter Wine Box. We each wrote love letters for each other and the premise is that we lock them in a box with wine. If ever we feel that times are troubling, we open the box and read the letters to each other. On anniversaries, if we haven't had a need, we open the box, drink the wine and write new letters to each other with a fresh bottle!

The Wine Ceremony box used for the Chandler wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.
The bride and groom locking away their love letters during the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

The bride and groom pose for a formal portrait with the bouquet from The Faded Poppy and the Crosskeys Love Letter box after the wedding ceremony at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.

What was your favorite moment from the wedding?

Demitra - Everything!!!!!!! The bridal party having a good time and partying together!

The bride preparing to toss the bouquet at Crosskeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, Virginia.