Rise and shine lovelies, because we here at SMP headquarters cannot wait to get this Monday morning started. Why might you you ask? Well, we have been sitting on this wedding by Laurie Bailey Photography where southern charm meets Hollywood glamour all weekend, and we can't keep it from you any longer! It's all just so perfect I could kiss it. From the bride's stunning Monique Lhuillier gown to the black tie glamour to the hunt club venue - it's completely divine, and you can see even more in the full gallery!
From Laurie Bailey Photography...Krissy and Chris live in the glamorous world of Hollywood, California. Chris, a top agent at William Morris/Endeavor, represents some of the best-known directors in the world - artists including Martin Scorcese, Milos Forman, Michael Winterbottom and Barry Sonnenfeld. Krissy works for the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit focusing on women's cancers - a cause close to her heart as she, herself is a cancer survivor who underwent chemotherapy as she planned this unsurpassable wedding. To all, this day was a profound and special celebration on many levels.
While their everyday lives are all about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Krissy grew up in the lovely Southern town of Charlottesvile, Virginia and wanted her nuptials to embody the tradition and classic Southern charm epitomized by the spectacular Keswick Hall. But they also wanted to add touches of understated, classic Hollywood glamour to pay homage to those who paved the way for their successes.
The muted colors for the reception were chosen with that in mind: creams and browns with a touch of a pale green - organic, traditional, clean, crisp. Barbara Shiflett, the event designer, brought in a spectacular, clear tent for the reception and used oversized green drum shades for the lighting.... keeping with organic hues and hinting of the 1940's, which is a period for which Chris has a fondness and which pulled in that old Hollywood feel. A jazz trio played during dinner, adding to the atmosphere.
The wedding day began in true Southern style as Chris and his groomsmen took a walk at dawn through the Virginia countryside with 50 bloodhounds, courtesy of the Keswick Hunt Club! Truly a sight to behold.
In lieu of a guest book, Krissy and Chris used an old, vintage typewriter... both a nod to Chris' work with Hollywood writers and directors as well as to the 40's. During cocktail hour, waiters tray passed mouth-wateringly innovative Southern fare such as Shrimp and Grits, served in tiny skillets.
On the tables with the florals were placed tiny bird' s nests, a delicate detail and symbol of new beginnings - embodying the move beyond Krissy's past health challenges and toward a beautiful new life together.
But one of the most spectacular moments of the day took place when all the guests adjourned to the outdoor terrace after dinner to release Chinese wish-lanterns into the October night sky...with each guest given a single lantern to release. The sight of one hundred and thirty two lanterns slowly drifting up over the back of Keswick Hall into darkness was something that they guests will not soon forget.
The celebration continued into the wee hours at Fossetts, the restaurant at Keswick Hall, where a checkerboard dance floor gracefully transformed the room into an old Hollywood nightclub. After dancing the night away, the couple rode off into the moonlight in a horse and buggy. A truly spectacular wedding!
Venue: Keswick Hall / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Ties: Brooks Brothers / Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. / Event Stylist: Barbara Shifflett / Wedding Photography: Laurie Bailey Photography / Horse Drawn Carriage: Hundley Carriage / Floral Design: Floral Images / Transportation: B2B Transportation / Reception Tent: Skyline Tent Company / Vintage Car: Albemarle Vintage Limousines / Rentals: Festive Fare Rentals / Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Harvest Moon / Bluegrass Band: Andy Thacker / Jazz Trio: John Dearth / Ceremony Music (strings): Jennifer Myer / DJ: Patrick Critzer / Make-up: Daphne Latham / Hair: Tobey Tyler + Charles Fernyough