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Casual + Elegant Virginia Country Estate Wedding

Remember this gorgeous engagement session from Vicki Grafton that had us dreaming of everlasting summer? Well, that beautiful couple is back with their equally lovely wedding. Full of pretty blooms from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, antique details and a stunning setting, Melissa and Isaac realized their wedding vision for a relaxed, elegant barn dance. See it all in The Vault!

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From Vicki Grafton PhotographyMelissa and Isaac said their vows in May 2015 at a historic country estate in the bride’s hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. Their wedding was a unique blend of casual elegance with blush and white florals by Holly Chapel Flowers, crystal candle holders, silk table runners, and vintage furnishings, all in a large relaxed country barn.

From the Bride… Although our backgrounds appear to be very different–Isaac grew-up in Saskatchewan Canada and became a professional hockey player, and I was raised in Leesburg Virginia and became a psychology major–our core values are very much the same which we wanted reflected in our wedding.

Both of our families nurtured us with an appreciation for nature and good old-fashioned fun, so our we agreed that our ideal wedding would be a relaxed barn dance set in the Virginia countryside. The only challenge was that we also wanted it to be truly elegant. Unfortunately barns and elegance aren’t a natural fit. 

As we researched our options, we realized that our dream wedding had actually been held many times in olden days. People would clean-out their barns and bring-in their finest linens and silver along with other family treasures to create a bit of momentary magic. 

We looked around our homes for what might work and contracted for artisan items such as a hand-stitched guest book that would fit our budget and the authentic heirloom character we wanted to achieve. 

Our budget was helped by creating dried-flower arrangements rather than live ones at our ceremony and cocktail hour sites. And we stripped our parents’ houses of their cut crystal, silver and other antique items (mirrors from foyer walls for our head table arrangement and an art deco bureau from a sitting room for our dessert table) in order to keep costs down. 

The result was more than we expected. By surrounding ourselves with heirloom pieces from our families pasts, as well as artisan creations that would become treasures we would pass on to our children, the authentic emotional landscape was in place. 

The day turned-out to be glorious–forecasted rain that never arrived and wonderful guests who made sure that we felt the love every step of the way–and we were truly overwhelmed with what a miracle the blending of our energies and families had created.

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Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Taylor Made | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Makeup: Jan Scott | Hair: Abri Harrison | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Riverside On The Potomac | Rentals: DC Rental

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Classic Nature-Inspired BayVue Estate Virginia Wedding

You can’t go wrong with simple elegance and classic beauty—this bayside Virginia wedding is proof. With beautiful Alfred Sung bridesmaids’ dresses from Weddington Way in the prettiest shade of lilac-gray to the soft florals and abundant greenery to the estate antiques, this day proves classic will never go out of style. See all the pretty from Shannon Moffit in THE VAULT!

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From Shannon Moffit PhotographyThe quiet and secluded setting of BayVue Estate was the perfect location for Alyssa and Sam’s waterside wedding. Since the venue is nestled on the Mobjack Bay in Virginia, the couple drew inspiration from surrounding nature when designing their wedding details. Their color palette included lovely pops of lilac-gray, dark green, and sparkling crystal. There was no shortage of nature-inspired elements, soft florals, estate antiques, and laughter from fun-loving guests. Overall, this wedding was simply elegant and classically beautiful!

From The Bride…We met on the Carolina coast as two post-college graduates working at the beach. I was an ecology research technician new to the state, and Sam was a tanned and cute swim coach that my coworkers knew. We met once at a bar with friends, but it wasn’t until later that fall when Sam swooned me with his amazingly kind self and southern drawl. After our first date we couldn’t get enough of each other; we spent many moments on beach runs, dancing to live music, watching sports, and enjoying every minute together in a romantic beach town. It was the beautiful beginning to our love story.

We got engaged in North Carolina, beneath beautiful live oak trees. Since we are outdoorsy, nature-loving people, it was important for us to have an outdoor wedding at a private waterside residence somewhere in Virginia. Over two years, five changed wedding dates, and many venue cancelations, we could not have been happier with our end-resulting big day! Despite the wait and planning challenges, we were able to incorporate both of our tastes and favorite things into a simple and organic style that represented our personalities and love story.

From the beginning of the planning process, we wanted to incorporate greenery, delicate white flowers, and lilac-gray into our wedding, which you could find in the chiffon bridesmaid gowns, tea candles, rosemary sprigs, and bundles of branches that softened the archway at the ceremony. The Flower Cupboard captured our natural style in lovely arrangements around the arbor and in the bouquets. My wedding dress has silver and crystal beading in the bodice and a soft chiffon and tulle skirt, which danced in the breeze as I walked outside.

We proudly nodded to our Coast Guard roots and simple styles with dark navy suits, kisses of blue in the flowers, navy signage graphics, fun napkins, and favors with our service slogan. We also incorporated silk ribbon from Silk and Willow for the bouquets, bistro lights between trees for cocktail hour, and a clear top tent for the reception. Once the sun went down, a fire pit was lit to keep guests warm as they held our personalized cocktails and chatted under a nearly full moon.

Overall, the weekend was classic and natural, just as we had envisioned it would be, and BayVue was the perfect setting. I was overjoyed with every detail and decision we made! One of my favorite moments of the night was looking up through the clear top tent to the moon and stars, surrounded by our friends, family, and my amazing new husband! It was a dream come true!

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Photography: Shannon Moffit | Cinematography: Delta Studio Productions | Event Planning: Erin Rook | Floral Design: The Flower Cupboard | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Cakes to Remember | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: White Dog Bistro | Hair + Makeup: Best Face Forward | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: BayVue Estate | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Ribbon: Silk And Willow

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Ethereal Early Morning Wedding Inspiration

Today’s agenda? Snuggle up and stay put with these pics by Annamarie Akins. That’s it, and that’s fine with me because we have enough beauty to last all day from this bridesmaid shoot. With dresses from Jenny Yoo and J.Crew and hair ideas that we’re pinning pronto thanks to Top Knot Studio, these pics are majorly boosting our VAULT – don’t miss Handspun Cinema’s film either! Tuesday just got a lot better.

From Annamarie Akins Photography… Is there anything more nostalgic or glamorous than getting ready with your closest family and friends on the best day of your life? We have always loved our dress-up games, spending time with sisters and champagne toasts – so what better way to begin your wedding day! With this shoot we wanted to bring to life the effortlessness of a day spent being pampered and showered in glamour, surrounded by romantic landscapes and friends.

Did we mention the marble? Swannanoa is the epitome of romance and history, with its abandoned mansion made entirely of marble, overgrown gardens and secret hallways, all nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains – swoon! The all-white background was the perfect setting for our champagne, white, and ivory hues. The floral wrist corsages delicately placed on the bridesmaids complemented the lace coverlet that graced the bride’s collarbone. We were in heaven.

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Photography: Annamarie Akins Photography | Cinematography: Handspun Cinema | Event Planning: The Darling Event | Floral Design: Petals And Twigs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Hair: Top Knot Studio | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Kalika | Venue: Swannanoa Palace | Bridal Boutique: Annalise Bridal Boutique | Desserts: Sweet Fix

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