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Ralph Lauren Inspired Shoot at Mount Ida Farm

We are kicking off the work week with a Ralph Lauren shoot from Fête Weddings that will surely get your Monday off to the prettiest of starts. Layered with gorgeous texture and classic styling, you’ll want to pin each and every image beautifully captured by Adam Barnes - and you can do just that right here.

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From Fête WeddingsFor this Ralph Lauren inspired wedding styled shoot, we wished to capture the designer’s unique talent for creating a style that looks simultaneously aristocratic and naturally elegant. Inspired by the crisp whites, dusty lilacs, powdery pinks and dove grays of Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2014 collection, the color palette set a romantic tone to complement the classic beauty of Mount Ida Farm in Charlottesville, VA. Then, to increase the drama, we added color accents of burgundy and navy and lots of texture, including plaid linens, wooden details, a long table garland, feathers, and a grand bridal bouquet of lisianthus, scabiosa and wax flowers. Paying homage to Ralph Lauren’s equestrian flair, we dressed our bride in a second look with a black blazer, top hat and riding boots to pose with her husband and the magnificent Clydesdale horses in a field overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. We sought to craft fall wedding inspiration that exudes timelessness with a touch of drama, a nod to Ralph Lauren’s iconic brand.

Bridal Accessories: Bella Rosa | Bridal Dresses: Bella Rosa | Bridesmaid Dresses : Bella Rosa | Bridesmaid Jewelry : J. Crew | Estate & Farm : Mount Ida Farm | Flowers : Anthomanic | Furniture & Specialty Rentals : Paisley & Jade | Hair : Elle Style Studio | Invitation Suite : 'ello Paper | Linen And Tablescape Rentals: DC Rental | Makeup : Avenue 42 | Mini Hat: Two Back Flats | Photography : Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Planning: Fête Weddings | Top Hat : Paisley & Jade | Videography : Shaking Hands Productions

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Intimate Southern Wedding Dressed in Neutrals

Let’s face it – Monday mornings don’t get a whole lot of love. But today, SMPers, that’s all about to change. You see, when Adam Barnes and Hart To Heart Media shared this classic Southern soiree set at The Clifton Inn, we knew it’d be just the thing to kick a week off right. Just A Little Ditty designed the day, Floral Images Design Studio crafted the blooms, and you can get your swoon on all morning long.

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From The Bride…We started dating in July of 2008. We had actually met about 6 months earlier while I was still in college at the University of Richmond, through a mutual friend (and future groomsman) who I went to college with and who grew up with Chris, but it wasn’t until I had graduated and decided to stay in Richmond that we met again playing on the same intramural kickball team. Chris asked me to go out to dinner one night and as they say, the rest is history. Four and a half years later, Chris proposed to me while we were at my parents house in Wintergreen, VA. After multiple vacations, birthdays and Christmases together, I never expected him to pick a random Saturday night in Wintergreen to propose, so it was an amazing surprise.

We had known we’d have our wedding somewhere around Charlottesville or Wintergreen, as it was a central destination for most of our guests, with us and so many others coming from Richmond. Chris is from Lexington, VA and my parents spend half the year in Wintergreen, so it just made perfect sense. Finding our venue was more stressful than I would have imagined – I knew Charlottesville was a popular wedding destination, but I didn’t realize just how popular it had become until I started calling various venues around the area and found out almost all were booked solid well over a year in advance. We had heard about The Clifton Inn from my sister – it was actually one of the places she had originally suggested Chris take me to the weekend he was going to propose. As soon as I started looking into it, I knew we needed to visit, and when we found out they only had two weekends available that Fall, we immediately scheduled a visit and booked it the following day.

Our favorite thing about Clifton was that it really feels like a home. We loved that we had free reign over the entire property and that our family and close friends in our wedding party could stay there with us the entire weekend and not have to worry about running from venue to venue all weekend. Once everyone arrived Friday we were there to stay.

There are two things from our wedding day we’ve said we got really lucky with. The first was the weather! We knew we’d be risking cold weather when we picked late October, and leading up to it I was so nervous it’d be too cold to have an outdoor ceremony and cocktail reception on the front lawn. Luckily the weather cooperated as best it could – it was sunny and clear all day and even though it was chilly, at the advice of Maureen and Dickie earlier in the week, we had heaters and blankets set out for our guests to use during the ceremony and cocktails so everyone could stay warm.

The second was the band – they were amazing! From the beginning of the wedding planning process, the most important thing for us as far as the reception went was that we wanted everyone to have fun and we knew we wanted everyone, ourselves included, to be out on the dance floor for as long as possible. As soon as the band started playing, we danced pretty much the entire night surrounded by our family and friends.

When I saw the guests stand up as my dad and I were coming around the house to walk down the aisle was really a “wow moment”. Because Chris and I had done a first look, I wasn’t nervous and was very relaxed the entire time leading up to the ceremony, but seeing all of family and friends at that moment it hit me how momentous this was. It’s such a rush of emotions seeing everyone you love there to celebrate the two of you and it’s such a wonderful memory.

“Rustic chic” was the term that came to mind the first time we met with Dickie and Maureen at Clifton to begin going through all the details. I knew I wanted our wedding to feel very easygoing, not casual by any means but not stuffy or over the top, and I wanted to incorporate the relaxed nature of Clifton. It was really important to both of us for everyone to have fun and I think the decor and design reflected that relaxed natural atmosphere, particularly the farm tables and plantation bar. The color scheme was very neutral – lots of whites and tans – with pops of greenery from the flowers. We had handwritten chalkboard menus set up along the dinner stations and candles and lights everywhere.

My favorite fashion detail of the day was actually my engagement ring. The main diamond of my engagement ring was taken from my mother’s engagement ring. She passed away when I was five years old, and having her diamond has been so special for me and was even more so the day of, as it is a piece of her that got to be there with me. I also loved everything about my dress. I absolutely loved the lace details and it was so comfortable and easy to wear – I didn’t want to take it off!

Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: Hart To Heart Media | Event Planning: Just A Little Ditty | Floral Design: Floral Images Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Invitations: Parklife Press | Wedding Bands: Tacori | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: The Clifton Inn | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Groom's Attire: Jos. A Banks | Ceremony Music: Plum Blossom String Quartet | Reception Band: Jump Street Band | Rentals: Festive Fare | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Transportation: Groome Transportation | Wedding Venue: The Clifton Inn

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Rustic, Elegant Charlottesville Barn Wedding at Verulam Farm

I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped on my desk the second I opened these gorgeous images from Meg Runion Studios, because they are a dream. This gorgeous Bride is simply a vision, and her timeless farm wedding with the perfect touch of elegance designed by Events By Reagan will surely stick in my mind for some time. Not that I am complaining.

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From Events By ReaganThe focus of Erin and Geoff’s wedding was family and Erin wished to showcase where her roots were. The couple married at the church where the bride was baptized, Holy Comforter Catholic Church, and the reception was held five minutes from the bride’s childhood home in an old hay barn on Verulam Farm, a privately owned estate that has recently opened its doors to events. The décor was inspired by the décor in her mother’s home and many decorative items were pulled directly from there, including the rugs, antique horn cups, and an antique leather topped table. The bride memorialized the groom’s late mother by wrapping her bouquet in lace from his mother’s own wedding gown while the groom honored his mother by placing a single rose on the pew where she would have been seated as he processed into the church.

We emphasized the juxtaposition of the rustic barn and Erin’s classic lace Romona Keveza gown with the combination of soft, romantic white flowers with earthy colored hydrangea, ivory draping with floral tie backs at the barn entrance, and an enchanting billowing “drape” of twinkle lights that was suspended over the dance floor. A 24 foot white-washed bar anchored the room and served as a stunning focal point where guests enjoyed signature bourbon cocktails. Cascading down the cake was a mixture of roses and hydrangea with lamb’s ear, which added a velvety texture and richness to the messy buttercream icing.

Catered by A Pimento Catering, guests enjoyed a traditional Southern stationed dinner of family favorites: fried oysters, esquites, fried chicken, and bourbon cocktails to name a few. The energy of the band, Attraction, kept guests on the dance floor all evening until the couple departed with a romantic rainy sparkler send off. The night was purely magical!

Photography: Meg Runion Studios | Floral Design: Floral Images Design Studio | Cake: Pearl's Bake Shop | Invitations: Sas-e Ink | Catering: A Pimento Catering | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Band: Attraction | Bridal Gown: Romona Keveza | Bridesmaids Attire: Amsale | Church: Holy Comforter Catholic Church | Draping & Specialty Lighting: MS Events | Event Planning & Design: Events By Reagan | Horse Farm & Barn: Verulam Farm | Rentals: Festive Fare | Specialty Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Specialty Tabletop Items: Roxie Daisy

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