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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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Elegant Virgina Countryside Bridal Inspiration

With a variety of styles this stunning, how can you pick a fav? We have some Watters Bridal beauties and dreamy lingerie for our Bride to fawn over before heading outdoors to a countryside scene guaranteed to take your breath away. Gianny Campos captured every gorgeous glance created by Amore Events By Cody and this gallery is what I would describe as an absolute breath of fresh fashion air.

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Spring
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Vineyard
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Elegant

From Gianny Campos PhotographyThe inspiration for the stylized shoot is an elegant yet simple style for future brides. Veritas Winery & Vineyard was a perfect fit for the venue as it is filled with gorgeous scenery of the Virginia mountains and a stunning refined farmhouse building. Not to mention the bridal suite with all its mouldings and furniture that just makes the pre wedding images so romantic. Girl with a Serious Dream provided the most delicate and fine pieces for the pre wedding shots. The dresses were chosen from the classic line of Watters. An elegant A-line tulle gown along with an embroidered empire gown was used for each of our models. The direction we used for makeup was a very simple touch to accentuate the brides beauty while creating a soft and airy updo for both. Leann from Whimsical Florals tied in a lovely mixture of flowers to create an organic bouquet. The whites and the different shades of green just blended all the details of the shoot so well. The bouquet included: Amaryllis, Anemone, Eucalyptus, Orlaya, Garden roses, French tulips, Evergreens, and Berzillia berries. The simple colors and shades of white, ivory, and green displayed a timeless look for all weddings.

Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Event Design: Amore Events By Cody | Floral Design: Whimsical Floral | Wedding Dresses: Watters Bridal | Makeup: Gohar Beaver | Hair: Brianna B Adams | Venue: Veritas Vineyards | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bella Rosa Bridal | Lingerie: Girl With A Serious Dream

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Rustic Elegant Vineyard Wedding

I totally get why this beautiful bride watches her wedding film from East West “all of the time” – it’s awesome.  The kind of awesome that is the perfect sneak peek into the lives of two cuties who were totally meant to be, and celebrated that soul mate status with a rustic meets sophisticated affair dripping with beautiful details and a timeless elegance that is all sorts of amazing.  Press play, lovelies.

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Spring
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From the Bride… I’m sure brides can relate, but I watch my wedding video all the time! It not only captures all of the highlights of the day and our gorgeous backdrop, but it reminds me of all of the little things that made our wedding day perfect.

Ryan and I met eight years ago during a senior class ski trip to Canada. Although we had attended the same high school in Northern Virginia for years, it wasn’t until that trip that we caught each other’s eye. Five years later, Ryan proposed on Christmas Day in front of my parents and grandparents. At the time, we were living outside of Orlando, FL – both of us worked for Disney – but we knew immediately that the wedding would take place back in Virginia.

After months of searching, I came across Veritas Vineyard in a random picture online and I was determined to see it in person. Despite pouring rain during our first visit, we were certain we found our venue. It was the perfect setting for our “big day” – beautiful, inviting, and timeless.

We didn’t want a fancy, over-the-top affair – that’s not our style. Our goal was for our guests to have fun, and to accomplish that, I wanted an atmosphere that was welcoming, but still special. My vision for the day was simple, rustic elegance, so we mixed high-end pieces with personal touches, handmade items I found on Etsy, and a number of DIY projects. We also had beer brought in from a Charlottesville brewery located just a few miles away. It was a great touch and the guests loved it! In addition, my dad, Ryan, and his dad wore matching black cowboy boots (a tradition in my family) that they picked out together.

Looking back at the video from our wedding day, everyone – especially Ryan and I – was having fun. From the first look to the formal photos to the sparkler exit, we were grinning from ear to ear. Our wedding was exactly what I had hoped for and more, and that’s only solidified when months later, Ryan and I still hear stories about how much our guests enjoyed it and “it was the best wedding they’ve been to.”  In the end, we wanted it to be a big celebration of love and happiness… and I think we accomplished just that!

Photography: Daane Studios | Cinematography: East West | Florist: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Cakes Unlimited | Stationery: Say Hello | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | DJ: Derek Tobler | Men's Attire: Allure Men By Jean Yves | Officiant: Rev. Claire Goodman | Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Wedding Venue: Veritas Vineyards | Bride Hanger: DeighanDesign Via Etsy | Bridesmaids' Robes: Victoria's Secret | Hair And Make-up: Alison Harper & Co.

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