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Virginia Garden Wedding from Jodi Miller Photography

Today, Virginia is taking over our feed. We started the morning off with this pretty number and now we’re diving into a garden affair full of so many beautiful moments; kissing under blossoming cherry trees, fur babies mixed into the festivities and all with a layer of crazy gorgeous florals by Petal’s Edge. You honestly won’t be able to keep your eyes off them or the snapshots captured by Jodi Miller Photography. Have a look here.

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From the Bride…. April was the perfect time for our wedding because of the cooler Virginia weather and the gorgeous spring blooms. Our ceremony was held at the historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the reception was just a short drive down the road to River Farm, the ideal backdrop for our garden reception. River Farm is especially stunning in the Spring with its blooming gardens and beautiful views of the Potomac River.

Our wedding palette included soft pinks, champagne, and grey for the Spring look I imagined. The bridesmaids wore beautiful Jenny Yoo dresses and Greg and his groomsmen wore grey suits from Brooks Brothers with a matching grey tie with a tie clip for a classic look.

We wanted flowers that would look like they were picked from the River Farm garden and our florist helped us create a garden-textured look filled with lots of hydrangeas, roses, peonies, ranunculus, and succulents. To create a vintage look for the tables we used lace overlays for the tables and milk glass and mercury glass vessels.

Other personal details included the vintage stamps used for our wedding invitations, my antique inspired engagement ring, my vintage wedding band created from a cocktail ring from Greg’s grandmother, and the beautiful antique pearl bracelet that was my something borrowed from my mother-in-law. My absolute favorite accessory were my wedding shoes which were the same ones my mom wore 31 years ago on her wedding day.

Lastly, we chose a dog friendly hotel for our getting ready photos so we could include our pugs, Munchie and Rocco, in pictures. I found adorable collars from an etsy store for an adorable formal look for them. My sister, the maid-of-honor also had a bow tie for her pug, Louie.

Photography: Jodi Miller Photography | Cinematography: Michael Brazda Films | Florist: Petal's Edge | Cake: Nilda Wolman - family friend | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: River Farm | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria | Caterer: The Chef's Table | Hair & Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | DJ: March Wilner, Washington Talent Agency | Officiant: Father Bert Woolson - Uncle of the Bride | Dress : Anne Barge from Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria | Event Coordination: A Sweet Soiree | Getting Ready Venue: Morrison House | Groomsmen Apparel: Brooks Brothers | Guitarist: Chris Dunn | Invitation Suite: Wedding Paper Divas | Linens & Rentals: DC Rental | Veil & Hair Flowers: Sara Gabriel from Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria

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Alexandria, Virginia Wedding from Amelia Johnson + Karson Butler Events

This might sound a little crazy, but I believe you can tell a lot about a bride by her wedding shoes. They sort of set the tone of the entire day — casual, formal, quirky, glam —  I’m telling you, it’s ALL in the shoes. So what better way to introduce this wedding than the bride’s mint BHLDN pumps? They’re every bit as sweet and stylish as the day crated up by Karson Butler Events and JM Flora. And what’s better yet? You can see it ALL for yourself in the full gallery from Amelia Johnson Photography over here.

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Fall
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Farm
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Rustic

From Amelia Johnson… Su Chuen and Chia met as teenagers in Malaysia. From their teenage years through college and careers the two have been inseparable. They opted for an intimate wedding at River Farm in Alexandria, VA, and invited their beloved guests through hand-written notes. Chia, the groom, thought that a mind-map style seating chart would both beautifully serve as seating direction and to illustrate how the couple knew their guests.

The couple’s unique love of dragon boating and Malaysia was incorporated brilliantly by Karson Butler Events. Boat paddles hung above the tented bar and rested against chairs by the ceremony. Guests were invited to pin notes of love and advice to ribbons streaming down a garden tree. Karson Butler Events created custom menus and chopstick cases from the stationery suite to showcase Malaysian cuisine.

Su Chuen and Chia’s wedding was truly a close-knit, intimate event. Guests quickly became friends as they celebrated the couple’s new life together.

Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Event Planner: Karson Butler | Florist: JM Flora | Cake: Windows Catering | Stationery: Anna Rifle Bond | Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: Windows Catering | Hair: Hair By Jewels | DJ: Dave Grimm | Officiant: Say I Do Your Way - Joyce Cochran | Bridal Gown: J.Crew | Bridesmaids Gowns: J.Crew | Day of Papergoods: Little Bit Heart | Makeup: Blush DC | River Farm: River Farm | Tent: Rent-All Center

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Alexandria Wedding from Katie Stoops Photography + Karson Butler Events

It’s weddings like this which make me curse Vogue for not putting gorgeous, poofy ballgowns in the “perfect for everyday wear” category. Because you better believe I’d be rocking this dress every single day if only I looked as stunning as this bride. It’s totally gorgeous, and absolutely fitting for the wedding it was worn to. Karson Butler Events planned and designed a soiree so spectacular, I’ll be spending my entire day with every last image from Katie Stoops Photography.

A little more gorgeous from Josh Gooden

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Summer

From the beautiful bride… My groom George and I were set on finding an outdoor venue for our wedding that would supply natural beauty and majesty. Our wonderful planners, Amber Karson and Emily Butler of Karson Butler Events, found the perfect setting – the historic River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia. River Farm was owned many years ago by George Washington and is now the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society; it is open to the public during the week and features amazing gardens, play areas for children, and beautiful views of the Potomac River. We liked that it was a place we could come back and visit for years to come, eventually with our children perhaps. We invited our guests to dress comfortably in “garden party attire”, and luckily the August weather cooperated – it was a much cooler day than the days prior or following, and though rain threatened, it didn’t come down until we were all under the tent for dinner!

One of the most exciting elements of the venue was the complexity of the grounds. We were able to work with our planners and caterers to set up lemonade stations and other surprises for our guests throughout the property. We worked closely with our paper goods provider, Little Bit Heart, on a fun map of River Farm, which pointed out the lemonade stands, various gardens to explore, the ceremony and cocktail locales, etc. It came out beautifully! Little Bit Heart printed the map on the flip side of our programs, and we included fun facts about the grounds as well.

Perhaps the most exciting design element for us (especially since we didn’t know what to expect!) was the beautiful escort card display that our planners, Karson Butler Events, put together for us. They hung lanterns in our color scheme (red and purple) from the trees in our cocktail hour area, with long ribbons hanging from the lanterns and the escort cards (featuring beautiful calligraphy from Kathryn Murray) clipped to the ribbons. Guests were welcomed into the space for cocktail hour after the ceremony while our amazing photographer Katie Stoops took pictures of us with family. We got many compliments from our guests, who said the garden had a fairy tale look, and who raved over the calligraphy and adorable little clips! Our special lemonade flavors and three signature cocktails (my favorite: Bubbly Cherry Blossom Bellini), supplied by Main Event Caterers, were also a huge hit during cocktail hour.

We also had fun incorporating little details which we thought would be significant to our guests. One of the most meaningful was a photo homage to Sara’s father, who passed away a few years ago. Sara also had both her mother’s and father’s wedding bands incorporated into the ribbons on her bouquet stem as her “something borrowed

In terms of our favorite moments from the day, George’s wow moment was seeing me when I tapped on his shoulder for the “first look,” which took place in one of the beautiful gardens. It was a special and emotional moment for us both! I had picked a simple white dress from Mikaella – it had the drama I wanted, but also seemed to communicate simplicity and joyfulness. It was the dress I felt George would respond to emotionally the most, and I was right! My “wow moment” was when I walked through the ballroom and was shocked to see a photo booth (complete with props!), which was George’s surprise gift for me. I had wanted a photo booth early on but we had rejected the idea as outside of the budget. George decided it was worth it, and it was a wonderful and fun treat for both us and our guests – not to mention that it made me feel even more loved by and appreciative of my amazing groom. Our ceremony reflected our strong Christian faith, but we had some unique elements as well. I walked myself most of the way down the bridal aisle, and then George, already at the front, walked the rest of the way to meet me right before I walked through the guest rows. We felt this was a good representation of both our former self-reliance and our new union. Our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and adorable flower girls (who also carried a banner in front of us after the ceremony) and ringbearer made the ceremony complete. The beautiful dinner outside under the tent was also amazing – we loved hearing the toasts, eating the delicious food from Main Event Caterers (including a River Farm Flower Garden salad, incorporating edible blossoms), and seeing all our closest friends and family gathered in such a majestic space.

After dinner, we enjoyed dancing in the ballroom of the estate house with our guests and taking pictures in the photo booth. The flower girls, who donned stick-on mustaches from the photo booth props, danced up a storm and charmed everyone at the wedding! For dessert, we had a small cake complemented with a dessert buffet – another big hit. After the dancing was over, we all went back into Old Town Alexandria for an after party with our guests. It was a wonderful end to a beautiful day!

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Event Planning + Design: Karson Butler Events | Cinematography: Josh Gooden | Flowers: The Enchanted Florist | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Venue: George Washington’s River Farm | Invitations: Minted | Paper Goods: Little Bit Heart | Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray Calligraphy | Make-Up: The CM Artist Group | Hair: Hair by Jewels | DJ: Brennan Sullivan, Bialek’s Music | Tent: Rent-All | Photobooth: Booth-o-Rama

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