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Deployed Groom Comes Home to Beautiful Farm Wedding

When Wayne got deployed 9 months before the wedding, Christina was left to plan their dream day on her own. But with Blue Ridge Floral Design and Amore Events By Cody by her side, every detail turned out as perfect as they’d both imagined – plus then some. It’s a day that’s equally as sweet as their story and you can see it all through Aaron Watson’s lens right over here. Congrats, lovelies!

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Rustic

From Aaron Watson Photography… For some couples, time is of the essence when it comes to planning their wedding details. This was especially the case for Christina and Wayne who were simultaneously preparing for their “I do’s” along with Wayne’s nine month deployment.

Christina and Wayne wanted to create an atmosphere that was pure celebration from beginning to end. The sun kissed skies and rolling mountains of Pippin Hill Farm ended up serving as the idyllic location to complement their fairytale, rustic theme.

Just before he deployed, Wayne suggested sage as the perfect pop of color to accent the buttercream palette his bride-to-be adored. While she loved this idea, she also added deep violet hues to the mix after her flower girl selected a purple tutu as her dress. These shades worked together perfectly, and also served as inspiration for much of the DIY décor.

After months of separation, it’s no surprise that Christina and Wayne’s favorite memory was Christina’s emotional walk down the aisle. It was this moment where time finally froze and they were able to immerse themselves in all of the love that surrounded them.

Photography: Aaron Watson Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Amore Events By Cody | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral Design | Wedding Cake: Cakes Unlimited | Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way | Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm | Lighting: Skyline Tents | DJ: DJ Tobler | Officiant: Evelyn Mitchell | Bridal Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Salon: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Hair And Makeup Artist: Charlottesville Makeup Artist LLC | Invitations And Programs: Etsy | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

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Blush Pink Wedding at Keswick Hall

Nothing screams romance like a blush pink wedding palette. Equal parts soft and sweet, it’s the loveliest hue for an alfresco “I do” and this Keswick Hall affair is the perfect example. Southern Blooms made certain no dahlia or rose was left out of place, and Jen Fariello caught the whole day in gorgeous fashion. Ready for more? It’s sitting pretty right over here.

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Mansion

From the Bride… The overall vision was understated elegance with a romantic, European feel and many personalization’s. The color palette was shades of blush, ivory, silver and a touch of coral and sea spray. Visual details included a large gilded mirror with over the bar at cocktail hour listing the beverages and specialty drinks offered. The brides’ family’s teacups were displayed throughout the cocktail hour and reception, each holding floral arrangements or lavender. The dinner was held under a clear Navitrac tent on Keswick Hall’s patio.

The tent was decorated with bistro lights to give an elegant feel. The centerpiece of the tent was a 40-foot head table where close family members and the wedding party sat. The table was draped with a 40 foot, velvet and stenciled damask table runner, which was envisioned by Shindig Events and stenciled and made by the bride and her Dad. The linen for the head table was champagne. In addition, the table was interspersed with the bride’s family’s teacups, silver candelabras and mercury glass containers holding low lush floral arrangements.

The guest’s tables were a mixture of sea spray and champagne colored linens, interspersed with silver candelabras, mercury glass votives and low lush arrangements in both mercury glass and mint julep cups. Each place setting was antique china on a brass rope charger decorated with a sprig of lavender. Each place setting held a menu, which also served as a place card, designed by Tucked Letterpress. Each menu had a custom-made wax seal of the bride and grooms first initial.

Much of the wedding revolved around family. Alex and her Dad have always enjoyed doing projects together. From day one, Alex had envisioned a long head table at the reception with a very long table runner. With the help of a design envisioned by Shindig Events Alex and her Dad crafted a hand stenciled a 40-foot long table runner that was displayed on the head table at the reception. In addition to the table runner, the whole family helped to make the wedding guest’s favor. The favor was a small jar of local honey, which was bottled by the groom and the bride’s dad. Alex’s mom cut the lace fabric on the honey and her sister tied the bows.

A theme of family dogs was incorporated into the evening with table numbers and escort cards. Each guest was seated at a different dog’s table, with Alex and Braden’s French Bulldog, Roman, of course being the head table. Dogs have been such a huge part of both of their lives that it was important that we included them in our wedding day.

Alex and her mother have been collecting teacups for many years. These teacups held floral arrangements and lavender throughout the cocktail reception and on the head table.

Alex carried a clutch of her mother’s, which was a gift from her mother when she was 16 years old. Inside her wedding dress, Alex’s dad placed a blue handkerchief that was once his mothers. Alex also wore the same veil that her sister wore in her wedding. Braden was given his grandfather’s ring, engraved with his grandmother and grandfather’s wedding date and initials as well as our initials as his wedding band.

Photography: Jen Fariello | Event Design: Shindig | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Tucked | Ceremony Venue: Grace Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Keswick Hall | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: Jeanne Cusick | Rentals: Festive Fare | Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Video: Humble Down Productions

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Romantic Garden Wedding in a Clear Tent

When the clear tent came on the scene a few years ago, outdoor loving brides like myself rejoiced and you’re about to see why. How else can you create a (weather-proof) cozy atmosphere that only the marquee can provide, but see the beautiful night stars as you dance the night away with your love? Aaron Watson Photography, Hedge Fine Blooms and this stunning couple are here to say it’s possible… and it’s beautiful.


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From Aaron Watson Photography… Pae and Seth envisioned a weekend full of celebrating their marriage with friends and relatives. Venturing off to Charlottesville for a weekend getaway created a “destination” atmosphere even though it was only an hour away from their home. For as long as she could remember, Pae dreamed of having an outdoor wedding surrounded by the beautiful nature, scent of fresh flowers and country air. With combination of the Blue Ridge Mountain hills, a backdrop of the grand estate and a lovely summer climate, made the Keswick Hall a perfect venue for this couple.

Out of town guests were greeted with Southern hospitality as the bride and groom arranged personalized gift bags filled with maps, area attractions, a weekend itinerary and local goodies. Each day, guests gathered and enjoyed organized socials and events put on by Pae and Seth, but the real thrill of the weekend was their wedding day.

Their romantic and lighthearted wedding ceremony kicked off in the evening on the lawn of Keswick Hall. Their special night continued with dinner in a tent under the stars serving Pae and Seth’s favorite southern comfort foods, followed by guests dancing the night away. To top off their perfect night, the couple surprised everyone with a fireworks display after cutting the cake and champagne toast.

Their wedding had several unique DIY touches such as their wine bottle table numbers and their “Truffles for a Cause” wedding favors donating to charities of their choice (they chose the Richmond SPCA and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital). For Pae, there were countless precious moments of the day making it difficult to narrow down to one favorite memory. However, she will always cherish the moment before walking down the aisle, taking everything in and realizing how happy she was to marry her best friend. Both Pae and Seth were all smiles when they were officially introduced as Dr. and Mrs. Cheatham for the first time.

Photography: Aaron Watson Photography | Wedding Planner: Adam Donovan-Groves | Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms | Wedding Gown: Tiffany's Bridal | Reception Venue: Keswick Hall | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Hair & Makeup: Jeanne Cusick | DJ: JG Entertainment | Favors: Truffles for a Cause | Groom's Attire: Giorgio Armani | Officiant: Sacred Ground Ceremonies | Bridal Gown Designer: Martina Liana | Fireworks: Dominion Fireworks | Invitations and Programs: Paper on the Avenue | Lighting/Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Rentals: Festive Fare

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