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Intimate + Rustic Potomac River Elopement

I’m going to totally agree with Michael and Carina Photography’s statement, that intimate weddings are the best thing ever. And this Virginia celebration takes the cake. Filled with sweet kisses and smiles galore, it’s so simply beautiful, I can’t stop staring. Thankfully we have all the pics in our VAULT right here so we can soak up every second of this romance and more – come on over this way!

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Seasons
Fall
Settings
Outdoor
Styles
Al Fresco

From Michael And Carina Photography… We are obsessed with intimate weddings. Celebrating surrounded by only the closest of friends and family in a more laid-back setting is just so sweet.

Trey and Amy have been best friends for the past nine years. They love everything fun and romantic. This getaway weekend for them and their closest friends and family, who all traveled to a small Virginia town on the Potomac River from their home state of South Carolina, was exactly that. A big romantic adventure to celebrate their love!

Amy was the most gorgeous bride; she looked like a movie star in her elegant gown. The soft colors and delicate details complemented their romantic vision.

They ended the celebration with a small sparkler exit and a run through an evergreen alley.

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Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: Amelia's Buds And Blooms | Wedding Dress: Lillian West | Jewelry: Arabella Bridal | Officiant: Cory Newell | Venue: Inn At Tabbs Creek | Bridal Boutique: Carolina Couture | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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Romantic + Moody Princess-Inspired Editorial

Combining rustic, earthy elements with moody romantic touches, this inspiration photo shoot from Bethany Snyder Photography is a modern day fairytale. From Meant To Be Calligraphy‘s gorgeous emerald green word art to Top Knot Studio‘s romantic hairstyles complete with gorgeous tiaras, every detail in this editorial is fit for a princess. See it all in THE VAULT!


From Bethany Snyder PhotographyWe all love a good story, especially when it ends with a white dress. Unlike most love stories, this one focuses on the love and honor for ourselves rather than the romance of another. This princess bride grew up on a beautiful estate surrounded by jewels and pretty things. In the midst of all she once knew and loved, there began an unfamiliar call within. It beckoned her to discover something deeper, something untamed. From there she followed the soft whispers that led her into the uncharted territories of her heart. The more she pursued them the more she found herself woven and spun in a harmony of elegance and wild abandon. She let down her hair and let the rain fall on her face. With bare feet she walked the wet ground and embraced the wind as it caught her dress as in a wild and natural dance. There she found a love more palpable than flesh and bone. There she met her true self.

We wanted to tell the story of this bride’s journey in the photos by uniting glamorous, sparkling details with natural earthy accents. We chose wild greenery and flowing fabrics that catch the wind, as if by magic, to symbolize her discovery. Beautiful emerald greens and soft grays were intertwined with all the details to mimic the earthy accents, and dark purple and gold to symbolize her royal background.

Some of the little details we hope you notice are the two different dresses sewn by personally by Greta, the DIY earth box holding the vintage gold ring, the little vines imprinted on the semi-naked caked wrapped in wild greenery, the gorgeous handwritten calligraphy written in emerald ink, the several crowns and tiaras used in her hair, the soft vintage ribbons adorning many of the detail shots, the perfect combination of wild and elegant greens for the bouquet/centerpiece, the brilliant change of hair styles through out the session and some of the old antique items (such as the books and photograph) to symbolize her past self.

These photos were shot with a hybrid of both medium format film on a Contax 645 and digital.

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Photography: Bethany Snyder Photography | Event Styling: Sara Kite | Floral Design: The Faded Poppy | Wedding Dresses: White Dress Bridals | Cake: Paradox Pastry | Jewelry: Lynne Goldman Elements | Makeup: Rouge 9 | Hair: Top Knot Studio | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Venue: Keswick Vineyards | Crowns + Hair Accesories: Eden Luxe Bridal | DIY Earth Ring Box: Bethany Snyder | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Table + Dinnerware Rentals: MS Events

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Pretty + Pink Rustic Stone Tower Winery Wedding

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away, and if you need a little refresher on how to write the perfect love letter, you don’t have to look any further than this Groom’s sweet note to his Bride the morning of their wedding. And his words aren’t the only thing that will make you smile—vendors like Candice Adelle PhotographySkipper FilmsPure Whimsy EventsPlum Pretty Sugar and MyDeeJay all worked together to make sure this day was full of joy. See it all in THE VAULT!

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Seasons
Fall
Styles
Rustic

From The Bride…With Jake’s love for Loudoun County, Virginia, and my love for wine, we set out to find the most perfect vineyard for our wedding. After visiting countless vineyards with our moms, we stumbled across a new vineyard, Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia. We instantly knew this is where we wanted to be married. The endless rows of grape vines, rolling hills in the distance, and rustic but elegant reception space made for the perfect venue.

Over the next 9 months, all of the pieces began falling into place. My grandma bought me the most beautiful wedding dress and veil, my now mother-in-law designed the prettiest flower arrangements, and my dad made the most gorgeous barn door and wedding arch for our ceremony.

Groom’s card to the bride the morning of the wedding: “Danielle, Five and a half years ago you asked me to borrow my headphones, but little did I know you’d be taking my heart. Since the day I met you, I’ve been captivated by you beauty, energy, kind heartedness, and love you have for me and so many others. I love you more than you could ever know. You are the spitting image of my dream woman and I am the luckiest man alive today, and every day. We didn’t go to school together and we didn’t have any mutual friends; our meeting was fate. Every date and conversation we’ve had has been a first, and each day we learn something new about each other. Today I learned that thinking of you in your wedding dress could make me cry at 7am. I’ve learned that what makes me happiest is seeing your dreams come true and I cannot wait for a lifetime of happiness with you. Thank you for always laughing at my stupid jokes and letting me be myself. You are my inspiration, my comfort zone, and my happy thought. You are my best friend. I promise to always love you and worship our marriage and family. I promise to try and be a better man today than I was yesterday. I promise to make you a mother and be the best father our children could ever have. I promise to grow old with you and love you more with every passing year. So today, I give you not only my headphones, but the rest of my life. And I cannot WAIT to see you! Love always, Cobi”

The morning of the wedding, I remember feeling so calm; knowing that so much time and effort went into making each of these little decisions gave me a sense of peace that everything would go as planned. I truly was more excited to marry my best friend than I was nervous. I even recall telling our amazing wedding planner, Katie Joga, that this bride thing was a cinch and I could totally be a professional bride :)

The weather could not have been more beautiful the day of the wedding; it was actually too beautiful as we had to find shade for our first look!

The ceremony was so beautiful and everything I could have ever hoped for; even the surprise dip from my now husband during our first kiss :)

All night, everyone kept telling us how we were the happiest bride and groom they had ever seen! How our happiness really set the tone for the night. Thinking back, our wedding day was full of so much love, happiness and great memories!

The best advice I can give to a bride and groom, is be sure to let your personalities and relationship shine through on your wedding day. Don’t allow the “chaos” around you or the “wedding structure” take away from the moment you are sharing with your soon to be spouse. It is so fun for me to look back and recall all the little moments where our humorous and often silly love for one another stood out. Let me give you a great example. Our wedding cake was on a barrel, and there wasn’t room for a plate, forks, etc. So, when it came time to cut the cake and all eyes were on, I realized we only had one fork and the cake cutting set. So what do we do? I very gracefully fed Jake his bite on the fork, and Jake very humorously served me a bite of cake on the cake server. It made for a great picture and a fun moment shared between the both of us! 

Since our wedding day, I think Jake and I have looked at our wedding photos at least 100 times. We are so thankful to everyone who made our wedding day so perfect!

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Photography: Candice Adelle Photography | Cinematography: Skipper Films | Event Planning: Pure Whimsy Events | Floral Design: Petals & Hedges | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Stationery: Ribbon & Ink | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: The Chefs Table | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper & Company | DJ: MyDeeJay | Bow Ties: Two Guys Bow Ties | Groom's Attire: Book A Tailor | Officiant: Move On Today | Transportation: Point To Point Limousine | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Bride's Bracelet: BHLDN | Bride's Earrings: Cheryl King Couture | Bride's Robe: Stone Cold Fox | Bridesmaids + Mother's Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Andrew Tufano Music | Hotel Accommodations: Clarion Inn - Leesburg | Ice Cream Cake: Carvel | Rehearsal Dinner: Tuscarora Mill | Rentals: DC Rental | Uplighting: Electric Entertainment | Wedding Dress + Veil: Liancarlo

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