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Intimate Mountain-Top Elopement

A good elopement gives me chills. They just scream romance to me. Two people running off to say I do? It’s just dreamy. So when they bring along the likes of Josh Gooden to capture the perfection on film, I get all sorts of excited. This beauty of an elopement at Broadhead Mountain Retreat will surely make you smile, and you can see even more of their oh-so-special day from Anna Reynal here

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From The Bride…I didn’t always think that I would want to elope. It was something that I realized a couple of years ago, but before then I imagined I would do a traditional wedding with guests, tons of flowers (give me ALL the flowers), favors, dinner, brunch, bachelorettes and the whole nine yards. With Trevor and I both working in design and at times, a tad particular about aesthetics, it became clear at some point that it would be far too easy to get off track while planning a traditional wedding. It was really important that our wedding day be about the marriage and not about the place settings or the furniture rentals. Not that it’s wrong to be excited about those things. It is exciting! I’ll be the first one to say that I love a good wedding. We just decided that simple would be best for us. The moment anything became too stressful in our planning, it pretty much went out the window. I ordered my dress online for next to nothing and opted to do my own hair and makeup so that Trevor and I could just hang out together all day and keep things low-key. Eloping also allowed us to purchase a home right away, which is something that we ultimately decided was our first priority. Beginning with the end in mind and recognizing what would bring us long-term happiness was key in making this decision. Luckily, our families were incredibly supportive of our decision. We couldn’t have done it without them!

A lot of people have asked why we chose Charlottesville. We entertained lots of ideas for the location of the ceremony but we were both really happy with where we ended up. Charlottesville is an easy, three hour drive from our home in Baltimore, so it was just far enough away to feel like we were getting out of town, but close enough that we can go back and visit for anniversaries or just when the mood strikes us! The day was exactly what we hoped it would be, and we are so grateful to have these amazing memories to reflect on for years to come.

Photography: Anna Reynal | Cinematography: Josh Gooden Cinematography | Wedding Dress: Lulu's | Cake: Albemarle Baking Company | Men's Attire: Boyd Philadelphia | Cabin: Broadhead Mountain Retreat

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Abby Capalbo

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Elegant + Romantic Southern Bridal Session

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most special days of your life, so I’m a firm believer that you should enjoy every minute of planning your big day. That includes a beautiful bridal session like this one from Michael and Carina Photography. In the soft, subdued lighting, the lush florals from Southern Blooms look even lovelier, especially with the romantic gown and beautiful bride. After taking a peek through the gallery, you’ll be calling up your photographer to plan your own bridal session ASAP.

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From Michael And Carina PhotographyWe are sending you a beautifully styled indoor bridal session today, simple and elegant. The dreary weather that day turned out to be a blessing after all! This is the story of a bride preparing for her wedding day. Trying on the dress and the shoes for one last time before the big day is quite special. The bride’s letter to her (future) husband, her engagement ring, her shoes and a lush green bouquet added meaningful details to the clean look.

Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Event Styling: Alex Meyer | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne | Shoes: Mark Fisher | Jewelry: BHLDN | Hair And Makeup: Kimberly Barkley | Venue: Old Metropolitan Hall | Accessories: BHLDN | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Elegantly Rustic Virginia Wedding

What’s a couple to do when they want an intimate backyard wedding and 300 guests? This sweet Bride and Groom decided to take the party to a bigger backyard—the one at Willow Spring Farm, an antebellum estate in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Take a look at the gallery for all the little touches that kept this wedding intimate and personal.

From Michael and Carina Photography… Aaron and Bethany’s wedding at Willow Spring Farm in the Shenandoah Valley, just west of Charlottesville, VA, was simply perfect. Just a few minutes away from where we met them for their engagement session, he didn’t know what to say when he saw her for the first time. He held her hands, admired his bride in her wedding dress, and then he embraced her under the shade of an old tree. Their ceremony was a celebration not only of their love for one another, but their profound devotion & love of God. Afterwards, we walked through the fields under the setting sun, and joined them for an evening of laughter and celebration long into the night.

From the Bride… I’d always dreamed of a sweet and intimate backyard wedding, which is a little tough to do when you’re inviting almost 300 guests. When we stumbled on the back patio of Willow Spring Farm I knew we could make our dream come true (we just had to keep our fingers crossed for blue skies). We wanted our wedding to feel like us—fun, romantic, and very personal!

From start to finish, our wedding day was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather and it was amazing to watch everything we’d been planning come to life. We put our heart and soul into designing our invitations, programs, favors (sweet little sachets of lavender), and florals. I loved every moment of handpicking each flower and piecing together my beautiful bouquet. My mom made my cute little bird cage veil and I wrapped my bouquet with a swatch of lace from her wedding dress (worn first by her mom, my grandmother). I wore my grandmother’s vintage wedding rings and one of my friends made the most beautiful cakes for us (my mom handmade the little birdie toppers). They say it take a village to raise a child- well it took a village to pull off our beautiful day, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Friends and family pitched in left and right making the space and feelings more beautiful than we ever could have dreamed.

We let the beauty of our venue (a gorgeous pre-civil war era home) speak for itself and got married on the front steps while our loved ones filled the front yard. Our friends and family read scripture and poems and played beautiful melodies while we exchanged our vows. Our day was anchored in Jesus and the purpose of our wedding was to bring Him glory and honor. We ended our ceremony with everyone (wedding party and guests alike) holding hands- united. That was important to us- that our wedding feel like a back yard party reuniting old and new friends, family, and strangers. All of us enjoying life and celebrating this beautiful day under the blue skies and twinkling lights. We’ve never felt more loved and encouraged and must say it was the perfect start to forever. 

Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Event Planning: Angie Pearson | Floral Design: Bride | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Family Friend | Wedding Shoes: White Toms | Jewelry: Francesca's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Renz | Catering: Sooner BBQ | Hair And Makeup: Lyndsey Bates | Groomsmen Ties: Clip A Bow Tie | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Essen Daley | Venue: Willow Spring Farm | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: White House Custom Color

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