You know what’s sweet? Marrying your soulmate on the farm where you first met. Graced with gorgeous gowns and stunning florals, from beginning to end Karson Butler Events packed their celebration with personality. From the vintage band, to an Orange Crush cocktail stand laced with Meant To Be Calligraphy, to the Bride’s seriously fun wedding gift, Katelyn James captured the ultimate celebration!
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From Katelyn James Photography
…What makes Harrison and Rachel’s Chic Farmhouse Wedding unique? They were married on a family farm where they first met! The groom MADE the vintage BANDSTAND! They LOVE Orange Crush and so they incorporated Orange Crush cocktail stands into their reception! Harrison surprised Rachel with a SCOOTER as her wedding gift! Gorgeous blush and coral bridesmaid floor length gowns! Sperry tent, farm tables and chair garland made their reception extra stunning! She went on a trip with a college roommate for the weekend… and like most weekend roadtrips in college, I’m sure she was just expecting to have a good time. I highly doubt that Rachel ever thought that a road trip to the eastern shore is where she would meet her future husband. Harrison and Rachel actually MET on Harrison’s grandfather’s farm in Snow Hill, MD. Several years later, they celebrated their wedding on the same property. How special is that?! What a dream!! From the old barns to the country roads without lines on the sides, I felt like I was back at home. Michael and I grew up in a very rural area and so country settings for weddings have a soft place in our hearts. We absolutely loved how personal and welcoming their whole wedding day was! From beginning to end, you could feel the love that Harrison and Rachel have for their friends and family. There wasn’t one detail left undone and one of the best aspects of the event was the handmade bandstand and pergola over the dance floor. Harrison made all of that himself! I was so impressed! The love and hard work that went into making this family farm a wedding venue was so evident. Michael and I loved being a part of this beautiful day! And if it wasn’t already awesome enough, we had the chance to work alongside the amazing Amber and Emily of KARSON BUTLER EVENTS! These girls get. stuff. done. Everything came together beautifully. From the Orange Crush specialty drink station to the first dance right at sunset, it was all so perfect. Enjoy this backyard beauty!! Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Planner: Karson Butler Events | Calligraphy:Meant To Be Calligraphy | Bakery: Kermit’s Bakery | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Bridesmaids: Garnish Boutique | Catering: Ken’s Creative Kitchen | Church: All Hallows Episcopal Church | Dress Designer: Martina Liana | Florals: Highway To Hill | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair:Behind The Veil | Invitations: The Papery | Makeup: About Phace | Reception Venue: The Shockley Farm–Private Residence | Wedding Dress: Wedding Atelier
Tucked amongst the gorgeous Virginia countryside with Blue Ridge Mountain views, you’ll find the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant; a beautiful country estate where saying “I do” is beyond amazing. Picture a cozy + intimate setting, 265 acres of natural beauty and top-notch service from a team that knows a thing or two about luxurious weddings. Breathtaking views + Southern hospitality? Yes, please.
Known for their award-winning and locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, plus their historic guest residences, each and every moment spent at this ivy-covered retreat is simply fairytale-esque. From the amazing pool to the breathtaking views to the intimate, unhurried vibe that will follow you throughout your festivities.
Contact the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant today to start planning your dream day. And bonus! If you book your all-property wedding in July, August or November of 2015, you will receive:
- A gift certificate for dinner for two in the Goodstone’s award- winning restaurant.
- A $100 gift certificate to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant spa.
- 50% off the Bull Barn for your wedding, plus a special Romance Turn-Down Service (Value $1,025.00). In addition to the standard turn-down service, the Romance Turn-Down includes: Chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, an artisanal cheese tray, closed drapes and dimmed lights, soft music and lavender pillow mist.
View full package details here. Happy planning, lovelies! xo
Marrying the elegance of D.C. and the country comfort of Texas, this breathtaking ceremony took place at a chapel rich with family history. With an unforgettable streamer exit and the stunning reception that followed, every detail Josh Gooden snapped is sure to surprise. From the golden horseshoe escort cards to the Texas-shaped cookie cutters accented with Holly Chapple Flowers blooms, you can see it all here!
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From Josh Gooden Photo + Cinema… The bride and groom wanted to incorporate both of their upbringings into their wedding day – the classic elegance of Washington, D.C. and the country comfort of Texas. Their breathtaking ceremony took place at the Old Post Chapel on Ft. Myer, a chapel rich with U.S. military history that payed homage to the bride’s father, a retired Navy Captain, and two Army Ranger brothers. The childhood pastor of the groom officiated the ceremony and friends and family managed an unforgettable exit with blush and gold streamers. The reception that followed was at the Chevy Chase Club, a special retreat where the bride spent most weekends as a child.
At the cocktail hour, guests were greeted with an old fashion canoe filled with Shiner Bock Beer, a Texas original and a favorite of the groom’s. Gold painted horseshoes with heart shaped name tags written with gold calligraphy served as escort cards and Texas-shaped cookie cutters tied with a recipe of the groom’s grandmother finished off each place setting. The couple opted for a mix of farm tables with garlands of bright pink peonies, peach cabbage roses, and white hydrangea to play into their theme of country elegance. The traditional floral adored wedding cake was accompanied by a Texas state flag groom’s cake. Guests danced the night away to a seven-piece jazz band and bid farewell to the bride and groom with a sparkler send-off.
Photography: Josh Gooden Photo + Cinema | Cinematography: Josh Gooden Photo + Cinema | Flowers: Holly Chapple Flowers | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Cake: Chevy Chase Club | Church: Old Post Chapel | Reception Venue: Chevy Chase Club | Wedding Shoes: Ferragamo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Chevy Chase Club | Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil | Calligraphy: Pretty in Print | Band: Burnett Thompson Music | Bridesmaid Earrings: Kate Spade | Ceremony Streamers: Bella Bride Creations | Cookie Cutter Recipe Tags: Wedding Ambience | Custom wedding day cards for parents, in-laws, and bridesmaids: Emma Moore | Elephant Cake Toppers: BHLDN | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Flower Girl Dresses: Janie and Jack | Flower Girl Initial Heart Necklaces: Ausentes | Flower Girl Shoes: J. Crew | Gold and White Bunny Table Number Card Holders: BHLDN | Groom's Tux: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen's Tuxes: BlackTux.com | Monogrammed "Getting Ready Shoes": Jack Rogers | Monogrammed Denim Button Downs "Getting Ready" Shirts: M Prints & Designs | Monogrammed Handkerchief Flower Wraps: Thread Works Gifts | Monogrammed Wedding Clutch: Bobbie K Designs | Mother of the Bride Photo Clutch: Clover Hill Boutique | Peach Tulle "Getting Ready Skirt": Ouma | Personalized Handkerchiefs for parents of the bride and groom: Canyon Embroidery | Reception Dress: Ouma | Rustic Wooden Boxes for Streamers: Dlightful Designs | Second Shooter: Jen Jar | Texas-Shaped Cookie Cutters: Cheap Cookie Cutters | Wedding Dress Pearl Sash: Lazaro | Wedding Guest Book: Claire Magnolia | Wedding Invitation Suite: William Arthur | Wedding Programs: Paper Melodys | Welcome Wedding Tote Bags: Heather at Sixpence Press
I love bridal shows, there’s no denying that. And when the event allows couples to experience first hand what a wedding would be like at the hosting venue, consider me smitten! FOUND: The Wedding Market is a new take on the traditional bridal show — so mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed event taking place on April 26, 2015 from 1 until 4pm at Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey!
Complete with a live (fake) wedding ceremony, FOUND: The Wedding Market will connect couples with some amazing local vendors as well as a first-hand look at the gorgeous Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey. And be sure to pre-register online so you can get your hands on a fabulous swag bag that’ll be filled to the brim with amazing goodies.
Be sure to follow FOUND: The Wedding Market on Facebook and Instagram for vendor updates and tons of inspiration! To snag your tickets, head over here. Enjoy, my dears! xo
Florist: Petal + Paper | Wedding Dress: Wedding Belles Boutique | Invitations: Just Be. Studio | Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey | Wedding Venue: Congress Hall | Hair & Make Up: Taffeta Hair And Make Up Design | Photography & Cinematography: Saltwater Studios | Rentals: Rustic Drift
Lesson of the day? Navy and tangerine makes one seriously pretty pair, especially when teamed up with the creative minds behind this gorgeous shoot at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. I’m talking the talented Laura Hooper, Kari Rider Events, Amie Decker Beauty and Crimson & Clover (among others) joining forces to craft a bundle of inspiration that is equal parts luxurious and romantic, with a dash of masculinity thrown in for good measure. See it all captured by Natalie Franke right here.
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From Natalie Franke… Weddings are often all about the bride, but we can’t forget about her handsome prince charming! By blending richer tones with masculine details like a Styled Bourbon Bar and Mini Cigar Station, we created a space that was gent friendly at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club! Mix in luscious florals and calligraphy by the ever-talented Laura Hooper and this shoot was one for the record books!
I especially loved our naked cake that complimented the barrel table so beautifully. And one of our favorite designers, Enaura Bridal, provided the gorgeous gown that was handmade in New York City! A classic white Rolls Royce made a perfect getaway car for our newlyweds who modeled as a bride and groom! Everything was swoon worthy!
Photography: Natalie Franke | Event Planning: Kari Rider Events | Floral Design: Crimson & Clover | Wedding Dress: Enaura Bridal | Cake: Fiona's Cakes | Invitations: Allison Barnhill Designs | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Mens Attire: Capital Custom Clothiers | Event: Bow Ties And Bubbly | Farm Table: Vintage Affairs | Location: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club | Rentals: DC Rental | Vintage Car: Concours Vintage Limousine | Welcome Gift Basket: Marigold & Grey
With the Groom-to-be strumming away at his guitar and his lovely Bride-to-be by his side on a cloudless day in the countryside, the scene couldn’t have been more idyllic. The couple escaped to their family retreat in the Catoctin Mountains where Bonnie Sen captured all the dreamy details for their engagement session. Soak up all the sunshine right here in this gorgeous gallery.
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From the Bride-to-be… Paul and I first met in Pittsburgh in 2010 and have been inseparable ever since. Last winter, Paul coordinated a surprise proposal with my family family in D.C. The family lured me into running an “urgent errand,” which brought me to my favorite childhood park, where I hold many cherished memories. Moments after Paul proposed, my family emerged to congratulate us.
Because we’re having an elegant evening wedding in downtown D.C., we sought a casual outdoor setting for our engagement photos. Washington, D.C.-based wedding photographer Bonnie Sen captured our engagement session in the pastoral setting of Sabillasville, MD.
From Bonnie Sen… This upcoming fall Cate and Paul are getting married in downtown D.C., just a few blocks away from the White House. To contrast with their downtown, classic evening wedding we decided to do the engagement session at the Bride’s family retreat in the Catoctin mountains of Sabillasville, MD. The couple often spends weekends here with the family, huddled around a bonfire and strumming a guitar. The setting was all too perfect for an engagement shoot.
Photography: Bonnie Sen