gwynn’s island (real wedding)

Gwynn's Island Real Wedding

I had the privilege of being a guest at Breck and Ellie’s stunning wedding – and I couldn’t wait to share the amazing pictures from Laura Gordon with you! It was really hard to pick out pictures for this post because I’m friends with both of them and at least half of the guests at the wedding, so of course I loved them all!

wedding rings

Breck and Ellie got engaged at her family’s summer home on Gwynn’s Island in Virginia so they decided to get married there as well. It is such a perfect choice; the home is beautiful, the views are stunning, and the night before the wedding they hosted a meet and greet cocktail party, which is a brilliant idea because then everyone from both sides got to know each other before the big day.

wedding lawn games

wedding ceremony

wedding ceremony

The details at this wedding were perfection. It had a rustic chic vibe and a little bit of an ‘Anthropologie’ thing going on. Antique books, glass window panes for the menu, wooden and tin planters along the reception tables – amazing!

wedding reception

wedding decor

The food was outstanding. I (and I noticed I wasn’t the only one) followed the lady around with the soft shell crab platter like a puppy dog. Fresh salad, oysters, crab cakes, local vegetables – it was an amazing meal.

real wedding


wedding drinks

real wedding

‘Mismatched but matched’ bridesmaids dresses are all the rage right now and these ladies couldn’t have pulled it off more perfectly:


wedding band and menu

You know that  nervous moment when you’re at a wedding and you’ve had a few drinks…and the band starts up and you’re sort of praying that they’re good so that you can get your groove on? The band at Breck and Ellie’s wedding was absolutely amazing. Blue Tips Rhythm Revue rocked Motown classics all night long, and everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) danced the night away.

live music at wedding


wedding tent

And, to cap off the most perfect night ever – fireworks!

wedding fireworks


Congratulations again to Breck and Ellie!

Venue: Family home on Gwynn’s Island, Virginia

Photography: Laura Gordon

Event Planning & Coordination: Lindsay Averette of LK Events & Design

Florals: The Flower Cupboard

Bridal Gown: Rivini

Cake: The Cake Man

Catering: SeaShell Cafe & Catering

Band: Blue Tips Rhythm Revue 

Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN

Hair & Makeup: Catie Starr

Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew 

Table Rentals & Linens: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. “I (and I noticed I wasn’t the only one) followed the lady around with the soft shell crab platter like a puppy dog.” We weren’t following her, we were friends and just hanging out!

  2. Ohhh… fireworks… I would love to have it on my wedding night….soooo colorful!!!