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Traditional Alexandria Wedding

This wedding right here?  It’s everything.  And by “everything,” I mean stunning traditional details meets drop-dead gorgeous blooms from Petal’s Edge meets a beautiful bride and a dashing gentleman in uniform.  Captured in amazing images by Marta Locklear, we’re calling it classic done oh-so-right.  See for yourself in the full gallery.


From Marta Locklear… Steven and Alexandra’s wedding was the epitome of a classic Virginia wedding. He wore his dashing Marine Corp dress uniform along side his groomsmen’s black tuxes. Her long-sleeved delicate lace gown competed with the notorious classic Grace Kelly. All of this was surround by delicate blush and dove gray florals and the traditional settings of one of the oldest churches in Old Town Alexandria, The Christ Church, and our very own George Washington’s estate, Mt. Vernon Inn.

Photography: Marta Locklear | Florist: Petal's Edge | Wedding Dress: Hannelore's Of Olde Town | Ceremony: Christ Church | Reception: Mt. Vernon Inn | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Mt. Vernon Inn

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Summer Garden Wedding at River Farm

An al fresco affair at River Farm guarantees one thing for sure: an oh-so lovely landscape. As the headquarters for the American Horticultural Society, the gorgeous gardens are a built-in bonus. Throw in a dash of Dogwood Events, like this Bride right here, and your wedding day florals get a double dose of pretty. Take some time to take that all in, and pop in the gallery by Sweet Tea Photography.

From the Bride… Adam and I met while we were students at Auburn University. We actually met while we were out with friends on Toomer’s Corner (which if you know SEC football, you know the spot)! We began spending almost every day together. On October 26, 2009, Adam asked me to be his girlfriend after I decided to make a lovely home cooked meal for us to enjoy…burnt chicken (luckily, he saw past that culinary calamity). He had brought a bottle of wine to my apartment that night which he later gave me the cork that had 10-26-09 written on it (we still have it).

We were married on May 25th at River Farm, in Alexandria, Virginia. I can’t say enough good things about our wedding venue. River Farm was once the home to George Washington but now serves as the headquarters for the American Horticultural Society. I loved the history behind the property and the landscape is stunning. I’ve always envisioned myself getting married somewhere beautiful outdoors in Virginia, so the gardens at River Farm were perfect. I wanted the event to be inviting, romantic and intimate, which I think we certainly accomplished.

I worked hard putting all the little crafty details together because I just had so much fun doing it! We went antiquing on multiple occasions to find unique items for centerpieces and decorations. One day, I got the idea to have old sewing machine drawers holding assorted glass jars with flowers for our centerpieces. We found a bunch of these drawers at antique stores but also used some from the old sewing machine that my grandmother made her wedding dress with, so that was special. Second to the centerpieces, my favorite element was our cupcake bar. I found mismatched cake stands, crates for height, rustic decorations and created cute names for each of the delicious cupcakes then wrote out descriptions on a chalkboard sign. I displayed our seating chart on window panes; we had customized koozies as favors, a Memorial Day display, and an assortment of unique elements that pulled it all together. I told you I didn’t think I could choose!

My most favorite moment of the day was during our ceremony. The actual exchanging of vows seems to be a part that guests forget about, but to us, that moment was so meaningful. We had written our vows and given them to each other to read the morning of the wedding. During the ceremony, we put those written vows in a box. What is even more special is that we decided that for each anniversary we have, we will write a letter to each other to put in that box. The love notes and stories we will have written to each other throughout our life will be a great treasure for us to look back on.

I was in love with my veil. Originally I didn’t even want one but the second I saw myself in that veil, I truly felt like a bride. As it turns out, I wore it the whole night (even to the hotel bar after the reception)!

I would tell future brides to be yourself in the planning process and stick with your vision. Don’t DIY your entire wedding…pick and choose several projects you want to take on and make them unique to your style. Truly live in the moment, savor every second with your family and friends, dance the night away, and take the opportunity to thank your parents. Also, hire a great group of vendors!

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Floral Design: Dogwood Events | Cupcakes: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Venue: River Farm | Reception Venue: River Farm | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Makeup: Bridal Artistry | DJ: Chris Laich Music Services | Ceremony Music: Classical Guitar Ceremonies | Bride's Dress: Sarah Seven | Day-of Coordination: Roberts & Co Events | Linens: Select Rentals

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Mid-Century Glam Wedding Inspiration with Earthy Details

Earthy yet elegant and filled with so many gorgeous textures and details I could squeal, this shoot beautifully crafted and captured by Sweet Root Village is just about as gorgeous as they get. It’s the definition of Pinterest-worthy, and you can get to pinning here.


From Sweet Root VillageThis collection was first inspired by a strong and long-time love of mid-century glassware and leather. We started dreaming of warm metallics like gold and copper, then layered soft creamy textures to compliment a few deep navy accents. We added burgundy to the table as a later addition based on a few amazing locally grown flowers from our favorite farms that we couldn’t pass up! So, armed with buckets and buckets of gorgeous greens and blooms all sourced within 60 miles of our studio, we each made a bouquet and built ourselves a centerpiece and a mantle backdrop that is making us all want to get married again.

The moodier and manlier inspired aspects of this shoot came in swiftly through the custom made leather goods from wildly talented Carolyn of Matine as well as the dark wood and metallic aspects of the table settings from the team at DC Rental. It all felt perfectly pulled together when we set eyes on the stunning invitation suite and paper good elements lovingly designed by Jennifer of Tonic Site Shop. Our talented studio creative extraordinaire, Rachele, spent hours hand sewing countless bits of triangles to build a fantastical forest of geometric goodness which served as a backdrop to a few special highlights of of our day. The amazing vintage bar cart with all the fixings was so generously supplied by one of our favorite spots in Old Town Alexandria, The Hour! Shelves and shelves of heavenly mid-century entertaining goodness that has us drooling every time we walk through the doors. Also highlighted on the bar cart was a collection of fantastical raw goodies and treats that would appease every raw, vegan, gluten-free, paleo eater on the planet! We couldn’t believe our ears (or bellies) when we discovered these good-for-you desserts that just melt in your mouth so perfectly made by the amazing woman behind Joy Bliss Raw! Pure heaven on your tongue.

We were thrilled to connect with some fantastic local people like Gossamer who handed over an armful of dreamy dresses to play with for the day that inspired us so much and we had a blast working with the amazing ladies of Bishop Boutique down the block from our studio pairing some amazing shoes and jewelry to the gowns! One of our favorite hair and makeup artists, Ana Buitrago, created two rockstar looks for our stunning model Heather and she stuck around all day long adjusting and fluffing and keeping spirits high! The day wouldn’t have been complete without a few special details like the gorgeous sapphire ring sourced from Solovey Jewelers and the handcrafted metal hair crown by Heart of Gold Designs.

So grateful to partner with such amazing talent and so excited to be sharing everyone’s hard work in this collection of images!

Photography: Sweet Root Village | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Hair And Makeup: Ana Buitrago | Antique Custom Crown: Heart Of Gold Designs | Deer Antler Tines (on Escort Cards): High Mountain Horns | Invitations And Paper Goods: Tonic Site Shop | Leather Goods: Matine | Local Flower Sourcing: Capital Flower Growers | Local Flower Sourcing: LynnVale Studios | Model: Heather Jones | Raw Desserts: Joy Bliss Raw | Rentals: DC Rental | Sapphire Ring: Solovey Jewelers | Shoes, Bracelets, Earrings: Bishop Boutique | Styling And DIY Garland: Sweet Root Village | Vintage Glassware, Bar Cart, Bar Accessories: The Hour | Wedding Gowns: Gossamer