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Colorful Charlottesville Virginia Wedding

What began with a sweet Superbowl story, eventually led to the perfect proposal and one chic celebration. Add in the state that held their hearts, this lovely pair wed on a Virginia fall day surrounded by rustic chic decor and pretty pops of color. While Amore Events made sure every detail was darling – from caricatures to a sparkling exitLaura Gordon shared it all with us, here!

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From Laura Gordon PhotographyWhitney and Cameron met while living and working in Washington, DC. Whitney grew up in Michigan and moved to the area a little over six years ago for work. Cameron was born in the States but grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and then moved to DC to pursue his career in broadcasting nearly three years ago.

From the beautiful Bride… A little over two years ago, I, like every other American (and a large population from around the world), was tuning into the single game that culminates the entire NFL season: the Super Bowl. I had planned to meet a crew of my friends to enjoy the festivities and watch the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots. When I walked in with my friend we sat down and I noticed this tall good looking guy, and I shared that sentiment with my friend. He was a reporter covering the Super Bowl by getting fan reactions to the game and half-time commercials. When he came up to our group to ask if we would be interested in giving him some sound, my group was happy to oblige. And so our story begins…I have my version (backed by several other people) and he has his version.

The gist is that he thought he would be sly and leave his tie with me, as I was telling an animated story and of course, needed a prop, and what better thing than his neck tie, right? Eventually, I would have to give it back to him or as he would tell you, he would have a reason to come talk to me again. For all those that really know me, quiet and shy are not my thing, so, in true Whitney fashion, and full sassy mode, the game ended and I walked over to return his tie and asked, “are you going to ask for my number or what?” Yes, I actually said that. And for the record we both remember that part of the story very clearly. Since then, we have been happily navigating this thing called life, together.

Our first decision was where to get married with our families spread across much of the United States and into Canada. We really debated this and finally decided that it was not fair to have one side of our family travel and not the other so we made the decision to get married where we live and met, Virginia. Pippin Hill Farm was definitely part of the inspiration of the look and feel of the wedding, as I loved all of the details and the rustic chic vibe it embodies.

I found many of the vendors through lots of research…spending hours upon hours on wedding and style blogs. Once we hired Cody, she was able to direct us to the Charlottesville vendors that best suited our vision. We had a phone call and then were off to the races getting things booked on our end and continuing to further develop and execute our vision. The one other different thing we did was had a caricature artist. We felt like photo booths had been over done and Cameron was really pushing for the caricature artist so we booked it, much to the dismay of my mom, and it ended up being a HUGE hit.

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography : Shaking Hands Productions | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Wedding Gown: Watters | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Boxed S'mores Favor: Candy With A Twist | Bridal Boutique: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection | Bride's Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Cake Topper: The First Snow | Confetti Poppers: Thimblepress | Custom Portrait & Wrapping Paper: Rifle Paper Co. | Event Planning & Design: Amore Events | Hankies: Wedding Chicks | Paper: Just Invite Me | Reception Decor: BHLDN | Tuxedos: Vera Wang

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Rustic Tented Wedding at Fat Cat Farm

I might as well just come out and say it, farmhouse weddings are my favorite. Framed with natural elements, Beehive Events dressed this duos day in rustic elegance in the form of farm tables and geode filled centerpieces. From the handmade soap favors to the hay bale portraits, every detail Jen Fariello Photography is drownright darling and you can see them all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Andrew and I met through mutual friends in Charlottesville, Virginia while at the University of Virginia. Considering that we grew up, took our educations, and met all within a 100 mile radius, it’s a bit ironic that we ended up getting engaged in Greenland!

I work for Visit Greenland, the national tourist board of Greenland, so I am constantly traveling back and forth between Greenland and Washington, D.C. In April 2013, Andrew visited me while I was in Nuuk. He used the opportunity of being in such a beautiful and unique setting – sailing in Nuuk Fjord on a snowy day – to pop the question! Despite a proposal at the top of the world, there was no question that we would bring it back home to Charlottesville for our wedding.

The decision to have our wedding at Fat Cat Farm took all of three seconds! In fact, I used to work with Beehive Events at Fat Cat Farm – their private home/studio/gardens. The farm is very near and dear to my heart, but Shawn Marie Cossette and David Dienner even more so! Getting married at Fat Cat Farm was as close to getting married at home as I could get!

Enjoying nature and the outdoors is part of everything I do, so bringing in as many natural elements as possible to the wedding was essential. Everything from the farm tables and wooden chargers to the reindeer antlers and geodes in some of the centerpieces conveyed a love for the natural world. A neutral palette of creams and ivories, blush pinks, and sage greens woven in through the flowers and luxurious linens finished the dressed rustic look that Beehive Events has perfected.

Where to begin! Our wedding day was filled with personal elements! Our invitations were a custom letterpress design featuring a subtle bubble motif – an exact replica of the design on the first ring Andrew ever gave to me back in 2008. Just before the wedding ceremony, Andrew and I presented our mothers with matching bracelets adorned with heart charms saying the word “Mom” in many languages. They were the perfect complement to the floral bracelets they each wore.

Everyone knows the tradition of having something old, new, borrowed, and blue on wedding day, but I had never heard the “…and a six pence in your shoe!” part. Well, I was lucky enough to receive two – one from my sister-in-law and one from my Matron of Honor – so I wore one in each shoe. The imprints are still there! Speaking of shoes, my red designer peep-toe shoes from Iceland were the pièce de résistance for my otherwise classic wedding look. As a child I was attracted to any and everything red, so some things never change!

The strongest memory is absolutely being surrounded by so many family members and close friends! They came from all up and down the east coast, and even my dearest friends from Greenland made it all the way to Charlottesville just for us. Andrew’s brother is a true entertainer and a natural at the microphone, so his Best Man speech during the reception (which was actually one part toast and one part roast) was the perfect lead-in to the most fun part of the evening. I can still hear guests roaring into laughter. My father and I danced to Last Dance by Donna Summer for the father-daughter dance. What started as a slow and sweet dance soon broke into an unexpected and choreographed fast little number one might find on Dancing with the Stars! My father was beaming the whole time.

Jumping on a hay bale was so much fun! I admit I saw this one on Pinterest, but I just had to copy it. Between my photographer who made all of my photo bucket list wishes come true and Andrew who had the honor of hoisting me up onto said hay bale, I’m not sure who showed more patience. The whole affair was a crowd pleaser that no one has forgotten!

As guest favors, we gave handmade goat milk soaps in Oatmeal Honey scent by The Freckled Farm Soap Company out of Richmond, Virginia. Having been Charlottesville residents for 7 years, the localvore lifestyle is engrained in us! We wanted to give our out-of-town guests a way to take home a bit of central Virginia.

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Event Design: Beehive Events | Floral Design: Beehive Events | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Invitations: Digby & Rose | Ceremony Venue: Fat Cat Farm | Reception Venue: Fat Cat Farm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Make Up: Rouge 9 | Hair: Daphne Latham | Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Wedding Ring: Gabriel Ofeish

Whimsical Barn Wedding with Romantic Details

When a bride has a self-proclaimed love of gardening, you know her wedding is going to be full of vibrant blooms. Florist Nature Composed created gorgeous bouquets & centerpieces full of whimsical green ferns, white dahlia’s and bold anemones. Shot by photographer Callie Davis with Nancy Ray Photography, this gorgeous barn wedding oozes romance, while remaining effortlessly chic. See even more right here.

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From Mallory JoyceWhen Michelle and I first began to discuss her wedding, there were three words that kept rising to the surface: joyful, generous, and whimsical. Having known Michelle for several years as a dear friend, I was struck by the fact that these words truly describe Michelle herself. It felt natural that her wedding design should be an extension of her unique style and of her love story with longtime college sweetheart, Matthew. Michelle is a kind, giving person and our priority throughout the planning was to ensure that guests felt welcomed and treasured as well-loved company. We wanted the reception to feel like a big family gathering, so we designed long tables with a family-style dinner service. Michelle works on a farm and has had a long love affair with gardening, so we made certain the flowers were loose, whimsical, and a natural extension of the surrounding landscape. Jenn of Nature Composed even brought in a huge backdrop of greenery for the ceremony so the indoor space felt more like an intimate garden. Matthew and Michelle live in California now and the two are passionate about food and wine, so we incorporated thoughtful details like homemade jam favors for the guests and wood cutting boards as table numbers. One of our favorite parts of the wedding was when Michelle’s father surprised her and Matthew with a horse-drawn carriage to carry them to the reception! Michelle, who loves horses, was overjoyed!

Photographer: Callie Davis With Nancy Ray Photography | Videographer: Tom Daly | Design: Mallory Joyce Design | Coordination: Sarah Beasley For Mallory Joyce Design | Florist: Nature Composed | Ceremony Venue: The Haven | Reception Venue: Verulam Farm | Catering: A Pimento | Ceremony Music: Plum Blossom String Quartet | Cake Artist: Bake Love Bakery | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Hair And Makeup Artist: Bella Boutique | Lighting & Draping: MS Events | Reception Band: C. Barnes Project | Rentals: Festive Fare

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Elegant Pink + Purple Wedding Inspiration at Trump Winery

A gorgeous tablescape at an elegant, modern winery; I’m already in love. But then came the ribbons and I might as well just start pinning these pics right now. As someone who may have a hoarding problem when it comes to ribbons and bows, these beauties caught my eye and added such a lovely touch to this shoot by Allison Hopperstad, styled by EightTreeStreet. See every pink, purple and gold goodie here.

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From EightTreeStreet… There’s nothing more elegant than a traditional table decoration and a venue that is inviting, luxe and exudes tradition. We love winery weddings, and for our inspiration shoot we wanted to infuse a little bit of that old time charm, with a mixture of elegant decor and modern touches to offer a different view on decorating and designing a winery wedding. The minute we walked into Trump Winery’s Grand Hall, we were in love with the spaces and the halls. It’s a gorgeous combination of old time charm and modern decor. From beautiful chandeliers, to the charming bridal suite, this venue has everything we wanted to explore a new decor idea for winery weddings that moves away from traditional rustic looks.

Outfitted in pretty golds, pinks and touches of plum and magenta, our classic modern shoot took place at the Grand Hall at Trump Winery. The venue features a combination of contemporary design and lovely classical touches which was the most delightful inspiration for the shoot. The linens are a gorgeous combination of golden yellows, and we loved working with Wildflower Linen to design this table.

We were thrilled to be able to feature one of the gowns designed by Grace Bridal Couture in Los Angeles, a gorgeous ball gown accented by a delicate horsehair sash of encrusted rhinestones, complemented by a long and flowy veil, so feminine and delicate! Our wonderful group of talented vendors did an amazing job designing details for the shoot, and we love working with our model Elle; she embodied timeless beauty and a classic old time glamour! Since we love a new twist on favorites, we were so excited to create a cake table featuring two naked wedding cakes made out of cheesecakes, decorated with flowers, ribbons and fruit, for something a little bit different.

Even though it poured for days and the rain didn’t want to end, we enjoyed a wonderful time shooting, and we ventured outdoors to capture some of the beautiful views and the most delightful little chapel. We love a venue that features such a sweet detail, it’s own little chapel!

Photography: Allison Hopperstad Photography | Shoes: Caparros | Jewelry: J'Adorn Designs | Hair And Makeup: NB Makeup | Bridal Gown And Veil: Grace Bridal Couture | Floral Design, Styling And Planning: EightTreeStreet | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Stationery Designs: Allison Hopperstad Photography | Wedding Cakes: Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes | Winery: Trump Winery

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Classic Elegance at Trump Winery

This Lauren Niles wedding is the perfect fusion of classic elegance and modern romance. Stripes and bow ties married to sequins and one seriously twirl-able dress, just for starters. And the day wouldn’t have been complete without the addition of luxurious white florals crafted by Hedge Fine Blooms. Get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor—this gallery from L. Hewitt Photography is incredible.

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From Lauren Niles EventsWhen Monika, Baltimore blogstress of Champagne Picnic, contacted me to help her plan a destination wedding, I knew it was going to be a positively lovely, incredibly fashionable and downright fun weekend affair. I was beyond thrilled to get started!

Monika wanted to design a wedding that was classically romantic with nods to European style, but with an underlying sense of fun and whimsy. To do this, we played with bold stripes, a combination of lush and natural textures and, of course, a dash of sequins. Set against the stunning views of Trump Winery, guests lounged on linen furniture and sipped on his and hers cocktails: an Old Fashioned & a Champagne Picnic. Dinner and dancing followed, as guests enjoyed an environment of organically styled florals, a dance floor surrounded by soft drapery, a super fun, sequin adorned champagne bar and a band that had them dancing until last call. After dinner, the cocktail lounge area was transformed into a warm escape with evening winery views, a fire pit and pillows for getting cozy.

A few of our favorite details were the custom skirt we had designed for Monika from Garnish, the custom monogram by Just Ink on Paper, the adorable signage designed by the lovely sister of the bride and MOH, custom striped bowties for the incredible wait staff, the little gold footed pups that held beautifully calligraphed table numbers and the breathtaking images of the Bride & Groom at the Trump Winery Chapel by the talented Leah Hewitt.

From the beautiful Bride…Mike and I got married in Charlottesville, Virginia this past September. We met in Baltimore, but I grew up in NJ and he grew up in Florida. We are all over the map already, so when choosing a wedding destination, we didn’t have a specific place in mind. Charlottesville is beautiful, filled with dozens of wineries, history, and a charming downtown area. We discovered Trump Winery and knew it was the place we had to celebrate our wedding day. We initially wanted to have both ceremony and reception at the winery, but chose a Catholic ceremony at the University of Virginia Chapel.

I found my dress at an awesome boutique just outside of Baltimore called Garnish Boutique. We did the back and forth from one boutique to another, trying on different styles and silhouettes but I came back to Garnish, knowing I wanted to buy my dress from the lovely shop owner there, Mia. I thought I was going back in to buy one dress with a big, layered tulle skirt with horse hair trim, but there was a Theia Couture trunk show going on that weekend and we thought it would be fun to try on a few of them.

The Theia dress was a long, form fitting gown covered in crystals, embellishments, and delicate beading from top to bottom. The part that made it mine? The detachable skirt that came along with it. It was so unique and different that I knew I had to have it. The skirt was initially much more delicate and sheer but I still wanted that princessey look I was originally searching for. I had a tailor custom design the skirt into my perfect layered, billowy, tulle dream of a skirt, and my wedding dress was complete. It was the best!

I had 10 bridesmaids. I know, that is crazy, but that’s how it had to be. Mike had 9 groomsmen, so it ended up working perfectly that we had a large, fun, beautiful bridal party. I decided I didn’t want the girls in matching dresses and that they would choose their own in the neutral color scheme of golds, tans, blushes, and light greys. It ended up working perfectly and I was so happy the girls could choose their own dress for their body type, budget, and look they wanted. We got ready in matching floral rompers adorned with pom poms – they were super cute and comfy and were a bit different (and more affordable) than buying all of the girls matching robes. We had an awesome morning getting ready together, drinking mimosas and listening to music, and getting all dolled up for the day.

Both bridal parties, both sets of parents, and other friends and family members got ready at Meriweather Springs Vineyard, an estate in Charlottesville on a winery that my family stayed in during the week of the wedding. The bridesmaids and moms got ready upstairs in a large gathering room that was flooded with natural light and a beautiful backdrop of the vineyard. The groomsmen got prepped for the day downstairs, in the barrel room, equipped with a bar and ample space for them to lounge around and spend time together. I wanted to surprise Mike with a gift, even though we had said “no gifts” on the wedding day, I just had to. I always knew that I would get him a Rolex watch to surprise him with on our wedding day when he had told me a story about how his Grandfather had given him his Rolex which he had unfortunately lost and always regretted it. So, I figured it all out with the help of a friend and while he was getting ready, the Rolex was delivered to him for him to open and wear on our wedding day.

The cocktail bar had linen benches, a wooden bar, black and white striped throw pillows, trays with gold frames, candles, and matchbooks with our initials in Mr. and Mrs. glasses adorned the cocktail hour, which took place on the terrace of Trump Winery. The view was breathtaking and overlooked the entire winery, complete with lush landscape, rolling hills, lakes (that had actual swans in them!), and a colorful sunset that could have been a painting. The guests enjoyed specialty champagne and old fashioned cocktails around tables with blush silk shantung linens.

AH, the reception! My planner, Lauren, made sure that it was a huge surprise and wouldn’t let me take a peek in the days of set up prior to our wedding. I was blown away at the reveal- the lighting, the mass amounts of candlelight, the incredible drape treatment around the dance floor, the beautiful flowers by Hedge, the champagne bar with the bowl of cascading blooms I knew I had to have from the beginning- it was all more than I could have imagined. We danced all night and had the best time with all of our closest friends and family.

Photography: L. Hewitt Photography | Event Planner: Lauren Niles Events | Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms | Wedding Gown: Garnish Boutique | Invitations: Just Ink On Paper | Ceremony Venue: University Of Virginia Chapel | Reception Venue: Trump Winery | Bridesmaids: Rent The Runway | Catering: Harvest Moon Catering | Band: Sam Hill Entertainment | Estate: Meriwether Springs Vineyard | Hair/Makeup: A More Beautiful You | Lighting & Draping: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Lounge Furniture: MS Events | Specialty Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Wedding Gown Designer: Theia

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