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Romantic Oatlands Plantation Engagement Session

I’m of the mindset that summer should be 365 days a year, but unfortunately Mother Nature and I aren’t on the same page. Which is why whenever I need a boost of sunshine I turn to Vicki Grafton and her captures from the season. A spontaneous swim paired with sun-kissed scenery, it’s a sweet e-sesh that has me believing in an everlasting sunny season – see it all in The Vault!

From the beautiful Bride… Isaac and I met at an old bar in Old Town, Fort Collins, CO. I was attending school at Colorado State University and he was playing professional hockey with the Colorado Eagles. We were both at the bar to see a comedy show, and he approached me to talk and asked me out on a date. The rest was history!

Isaac proposed on Christmas Eve 2013. I thought we both decided to go to our separate homes for the holiday, mine in Leesburg, Virginia and his in Saskatchewan, Canada, but I had no idea he had planned otherwise. On Christmas Eve he flew out and surprised me at the airport. That evening we went out to an intimate dinner and afterwards we took a walk to look at the decorations and lights at the Old Historical Leesburg Courthouse and that’s where he got down on one knee, in front of the big Christmas Tree and proposed.

From Vicki Grafton PhotographyFor their engagement session Melissa and Isaac flew back to Melissa’s home town of Leesburg Virginia and I was excited to meander around Oatlands Historic Gardens with them. Built two centuries ago in the style of Tidewater Virginia and the owners English ancestry, Oatlands garden terraces are carved directly into the hillside creating sweeping views of the surrounding Virginia hills and woods. During the session, we took time to explore the charm of the property which included cooling off in the reflecting pool, strolling down the multiple boxwood lined paths and just relaxing on some hidden garden benches​.

Melissa and Isaac said their vows in Melissa’s home town of Leesburg VA on May 2, 2015. The white lace dress is from Melissa’s mother’s vintage collection.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Dress: Alice & Olivia | Makeup: Jan Scott | Hair: Hair By Giselle | Venue: Oatlands Plantation

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Try The Vault on Mobile for Wedding Planning on the Go!

We hope you’re getting to know and love The Vault as much as we do, but did you know that we made The Vault mobile optimized so it will look beautiful across all of your devices? Yep, that’s right. We know that planning a beautiful wedding often has you hopping from one vendor meeting to another, so we made sure The Vault could be with you planning on the go!


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Style Me Pretty’s Wedding Dress Silhouettes 101

My Friday night ritual involves yoga pants, my couch and TLC’s “Say Yes to The Dress.” And though I’ve been a loyal fan since it started (I’ve seen every episode multiple times—Atlanta, too), I still can get confused about the difference between a Fit & Flare, Trumpet and Mermaid silhouettes. So to make things easier on myself (and all you brides-to-be!), we created the definitive guide to wedding dress silhouettes. Take a peek, and tell us, which style will you be wearing down the aisle on your day?

The Definitive Guide to Wedding Dress Silhouettes
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Now that you’ve found the dress, find the perfect veil!

Pops of Pretty

Think you’ve seen it all? Think again lovelies – because we’ve got round two of pretty for you to peruse. With beautiful gatherings and teamed up talent bursting from every region, it’s only proper that we give praise time and time again. From a light-filled ceremony complete with one romantic backdrop, to an adorable engagement session shared over coffee, it’s all just a scroll and click away – below!


NYC engagement sessions are some of the prettiest you will ever see.  There’s just something about the breathtaking scenery + the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s coolest cities that makes for one seriously romantic backdrop.


Bursting with the sweetness and sophisticated elegance only a Southern Wedding can exude so effortlessly, this beautiful blush-filled affair is sure to take your breath away in an instant.


Considering this dapper Groom-to-be dropped to one knee in front of the ever-romantic Eiffel Tower to propose to his lovely lady, an engagement shoot at an adorable French cafe is perfectly fitting.


From the gorgeous venue to the sweet vows they shared, this summer celebration has us feeling inspired with every stylish detail!


For anyone who doubts fate, click over and read this couples story – complete with a family-focused, colorful bash!


To simply call this wedding “pretty” is one of the biggest understatements of all time. It’s the story of our very own editor, Michelle and her love, Paul vowing their forever with a celebration that’ll make any wedding lover weep.


Bubbly and frozen treats are such a winning combo! This shower is going alfresco for a bridal picnic infused with friends, sweet pastel details and champagne + popsicles.