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Romantic Summer Wedding at Historic Whitehall Manor

Soft shades of blush and gray never fail to make me press pause and get excited for the beauty that’s about to unfold and Jodi Miller’s pics of this oh so sweet Virgina celebration do not disappoint. Every piece is perfection, from Growing Wild Floral Design’s lush creations to the bride’s style, from her sparkly shoes to the chic ‘do courtesy of Jewel Hair Design. See it all right this way!

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Summer
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Manor

From the Bride… Dave and I met in May of 2010, after my parents sat next to Dave on an airplane! That’s right, my mom introduced me to my wonderful husband after chatting with him on a flight back to DC. I still remember picking my parents up from the airport and spending the ride home listening to my mom telling me about this man she sat next to and how she thinks he would be my perfect match. Turns out moms know best and she was right! When Dave and I finally met, we felt an instant connection and after three years of dating, Dave proposed during a beautiful walk on Roosevelt Island with our dog. It was so personal and special and I loved everything about it. After the big proposal, he whisked me to the restaurant where we had our very first date to have lunch. The surprises continued throughout the night as our family and friends surprised me in joining us in a celebration at our house. It was the most perfect day…. besides our wedding day!

We live right outside of DC but Dave and I knew we did not want to get married in the city. One of our favorite things to do is to go wine tasting in the area, so we focused our venue search in the lovely and quaint area of Leesburg, Virginia. As soon as we drove up the long driveway to Historic Whitehall Manor, we fell in love and knew that that is where we wanted to say our vows to one another. I adored the beautiful outdoor space with the canopy of century old trees and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Dave absolutely loved the charm of the 200 year old historic manor house.

As we started to plan, we knew we wanted our day to be classic, elegant and romantic without being too fancy (well, at least I did and Dave agreed!) and decided to have a blush, ivory and grey aesthetic with touches of champagne and silver. All throughout planning we asked ourselves if we would be happy with the decisions that we were making even years down the road. Looking back on our day, we wouldn’t change a thing!

All throughout planning, I was worried about the summer heat and humidity for our August 23rd wedding. Much to our surprise, our day was not hot or humid as the temperature was in the low 70’s, however, it POURED all morning and early afternoon. I vividly remember riding to our venue in the pouring rain, watching the windshield wipers flapping as fast as they could and all I could think to myself was “I don’t even care, today is the day I get to marry my best friend.” I think my positive thoughts paid off because the moment we pulled up to Whitehall Manor, the rain miraculously stopped and we got to have our dream ceremony under the beautiful century old trees just as we wanted.

We wanted our ceremony décor to be simple and elegant to not take away from the beautiful mountain backdrop. The gazebo was the focal point for the ceremony and was adorned with Baby’s Breath bouquets tied with a blush ribbon. A violin duet played some of our favorite love songs as pre-ceremony music to set a serene tone. As it was time for me to walk down the aisle with my dad, I was so excited that I actually forgot to put my veil on! I loved my veil so I still can’t help but laugh about forgetting it when I look back through our photos!

I walked down the aisle with my dad to Canon in D, a song chosen by Dave. During our ceremony, we had a “love letter” ceremony where we placed handwritten notes to one another in a personalized wine box. On our five year anniversary, we will open the box and drink the wine that we served at our reception while reading our letters that we wrote to one another. We chose to say traditional vows in front of our family and friends, but also wrote our own vows to read to one another on our honeymoon. We wanted that moment to be private and personal, which I loved! After we were announced as husband and wife, we walked down the aisle arm in arm while the violinists played “Hey Ho” by the Lumineers…. one of our favorite songs! This is one of our favorite moments of the day, and I think the photographs taken by the oh so talented Jodi Miller can prove that!

After the ceremony, guests could tour the grounds and manor house as they were served our signature cocktails and handpicked Virginia wines. Inside the reception space, I chose silver shantung linens, crystal pillar candleholders and mercury glass vases filled with blooms in white, ivory, blush and dusty greens to continue the soft color palette. We wanted to include some special touches in our wedding reception, including displaying three generations of family members wedding photos. My grandmother was not able to make the trip for our wedding so I fastened one of her broaches to my bouquet so that she was with me all day.

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed getting silly with the photobooth and props and the dance floor was packed with everyone dancing late into the night while listening to all of our favorite music. Later in the night, we surprised our guests by serving some late night sliders to help refuel after all of the dancing! Another favorite moment of the day was my first dance with my dad. We wanted our dance together to be a reflection of us, so halfway through our slow song the DJ cut to a more upbeat song that we could “break it down” to. My mom and sisters got up to join us and the rest of the guests weren’t too far behind them!

We knew we wanted our wedding day to be a celebration of our love but also a day filled with so much joy, love and laughter while being surrounded by all of our amazing family and friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day and are so thankful to our wonderful vendors for creating the wedding of our dreams and to Jodi and Kurt to capturing the entire day beautifully.

Photography: Jodi Miller Photography | Floral Design: Growing Wild Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Wedding Cake: Artistic Cake Creations | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Makeup: Blend | Hair: Jewel Hair Design | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony Music: Madeline Watson | Wedding Venue: Historic Whitehall Manor | Bride's Belt: Watters | Event Coordination: Bright Occasions | Invitations And Paper Goods: D.H. Fitzgerald Designs | Personalized Wine Box: Arrow Sarah | Table Numbers: ZCreateDesign

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Romantic Hunt Country Wedding in Virginia

In my humble opinion, there is nothing more heartwarming than an intimate wedding. Take this romantic fete tucked away in the mountains of Northern Virginia. Complete with rolling hills, spectacular views and sunny yellow flowers, Kristen Lynne captured every detail right here!

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Spring
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Inn
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Vintage

From Kristen Lynne Photography….Tucked away in the mountains of Northern Virginia, Aden and Steve hosted their intimate wedding at the Goodstone Inn. The entire property was reserved for their family and friends as they celebrated over an incredible weekend.

Aden got ready in the gorgeous Manor House along with her bridesmaids and man of honor as her groom, Steve, got ready in the lovely Spring House. The spring sunlight filled the rooms as the excitement stirred up for the ceremony!

Aden and Steve said their vows with the rolling hills and Goodstone farm in the background. What a spectacular view for their guests on this perfect wedding day. Yellow sunflowers accented the bridesmaids blue dresses, which were the perfect match for Aden’s “something blue” Jeffery Campbell shoes!

The vintage equestrian theme was perfect for Aden’s style and paired seamlessly with the rural Hunt Country venue. The guests enjoyed an outdoor, tented cocktail hour followed by a lovely plated dinner and lots of fun dancing! As the sun set the lights under the tent came on and provided a romantic scene to wind down the evening.

Photography: Kristen Lynne Photography | Videographer: Clickspark | Coordination: Middleburg Events Studio | Flowers: Petals & Hedges | Invitations: Miss Merkle Designs | Catering: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant | Wedding Venue: Goodstone Inn | Band & String Trio: Elan Artists | Hair & Make Up: Salon Emage Day Spa | Rentals: Bella Villa | Tent: Skyline Tent Company

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Charming Southern Wedding on Virginia Horse Farm

There is nothing I love more than a good dose of Southern Charm. Especially when said charm involves a love story that originated on campus. Elizabeth Duncan Events planned a day imbued with significance as these Southern sweethearts wed at their college chapel. From the buried bottle of bourbon (to warn off rain!) to the Bride’s heirloom veilJodi Miller Photography snapped every whimsical moment, here!

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Fall
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Farm

From the beautiful Bride… Andrew and I both attended Washington & Lee University. We met at his fraternity party my sophomore year, when we both happened to be playing “wingman” for our respective friends. I thought he was cute, but wrote him off as just another football player who seemed like a bit of a jerk! Three years later, we ran into each other at a friend’s party in Washington, DC. We started dating soon after, and seven years, five jobs, a law degree (for me), and a CFA (for Andrew) later, we got engaged at Andrew’s family home in Hilton Head, South Carolina! My friends still love to tease me about my complete change of heart!

Having attended many weddings over the years, Andrew and I had grown to love the easy sense of intimacy and warmth that comes with a destination wedding. Something about gathering a group of friends and family in an unfamiliar place encourages everyone to really relax and enjoy themselves. We considered venues literally all over the U.S., but it was Andrew who suggested Lee Chapel, on our college campus, which dates back to 1868. I initially wrote off the idea as “cheesy,” but I am so glad Andrew prevailed! Lee Chapel’s history and simple, understated elegance made it the perfect place to exchange our vows.

I wore my mother’s cathedral length lace veil, which my wedding dress designer had made for her thirty years earlier. My older sister, Katherine, wore it for her wedding the year before, and my younger sister, Sophie, will wear it someday as well. The veil has a small tear in it from where my late grandfather stepped on it at my parents’ wedding day- such a small detail imbued with so much meaning.

Our ceremony music perfectly epitomizes our desired merger of the traditional and the whimsical. My father and I walked down the aisle to the very traditional Prince of Denmark’s March, played on the organ. After we were married, Andrew and I recessed down the aisle to The W&L Swing, our football fight song, sung by W&L’s male a Capella group, Southern Comfort. Almost immediately, our guests started clapping in time with the music. It was a complete surprise and ended up being the perfect transition from the solemnity of the ceremony to the lightheartedness of the reception! I think everyone walked out of the chapel with a smile on their face!

While our ceremony was timeless and traditional, the reception can best be described as a marriage of rustic and elegant, or as Andrew jokingly dubbed it, “Custom Suits and Cowboy Boots.” The idyllic landscape of Goose Creek Highlands, with its incredible views and traditional hunter green horse barn, made it an ideal setting for the reception.

Coming from Memphis, I fully embraced Southern tradition in many aspects of the wedding, such as the traditional Southern station-style dinner reception, our flower girls’ embroidered lace dresses and our ring bearer’s Eton suit. In keeping with southern tradition, to ward off rain on our wedding day, we buried a bottle of Andrew’s favorite bourbon upside down at Goose Creek Highlands exactly one month before the wedding day. It worked! We had absolutely beautiful weather, and Andrew dug up the bottle at the reception and all the groomsmen took a swig in celebration.

We ended the celebration with a “late night snack” of Grippo’s potato chips and chili dogs to represent Andrew’s hometown of Cincinnati, and everyone sporting our quirky monogrammed sweat bands as the band serenaded us with Proud Mary, our very favorite song!

Photography: Jodi Miller Photography | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Pat Kerr | Cake: Caroline Dix | Invitations: Just Paper and Tea | Ceremony Venue: Lee Chapel, Washington & Lee University | Reception Venue: Goose Creek Highlands | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Annie Griffin | Hair And Makeup: Serenity Spa | Band: Adrian Duke Project | Groom's Attire: Hickey Freeman | Ceremony Music: Southern Comfort | Transportation: Lexington Limo Vans | Transportation: Quicks | Catering & Sweets Table: Full Circle Catering | Chalkboard Menu: Paper Tangent | Dessert: Sweet Things Ice Cream | Event Planning and Design: Elizabeth Duncan Events | Getaway Car: Private Owner | Groom's Attire Boutique: Everard's Clothing | Reception Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rentals: Festive Fare | Rentals: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Veil: Pat Kerr

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Fairytale Wedding Inspiration

Fairytales are my favorite.  So this sweet inspiration session created with princesses, castles and maidens in mind?  Soooo my thing. Think drop-dead gorgeous florals from So Lovely Weddings, the prettiest of purple hues and one lovely vintage treasure after another from Paisley & Jade.  Join me in the gallery captured by Alicia Lacey Photography.  It will totally make your day.

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Winter
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Romantic

From Alicia Lacey PhotographyMyself, the photographer, and our coordinator, Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events, designed this shoot together over the winter with the idea of a new beginning in mind. We knew we wanted to do something a bit unique and decided to focus on a bride preparing for her marriage with her loyal bridesmaids by her side. Our inspiration was the idea of a princess escaping the castle with her maidens and beloved horse to go finally marry the one she truly loves. It is only with the help of these three friends that she is able to have her day come together. We combined deep, rich purples to tie in the regal, storybook theme. Book pages could be found throughout on both the invitation suite and table setup.

Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Floral Design: So Lovely Weddings | Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne Bride | Invitations: Shannon Joy Paperie | Makeup: Glamour By Gigi | Hair: Kirsten Marie Design | Venue: Private Estate | Event Coordination: Dear Sweetheart Events | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Signage: The Littlest Paperie

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Elegant Virgina Countryside Bridal Inspiration

With a variety of styles this stunning, how can you pick a fav? We have some Watters Bridal beauties and dreamy lingerie for our Bride to fawn over before heading outdoors to a countryside scene guaranteed to take your breath away. Gianny Campos captured every gorgeous glance created by Amore Events By Cody and this gallery is what I would describe as an absolute breath of fresh fashion air.

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Spring
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Vineyard
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Elegant

From Gianny Campos PhotographyThe inspiration for the stylized shoot is an elegant yet simple style for future brides. Veritas Winery & Vineyard was a perfect fit for the venue as it is filled with gorgeous scenery of the Virginia mountains and a stunning refined farmhouse building. Not to mention the bridal suite with all its mouldings and furniture that just makes the pre wedding images so romantic. Girl with a Serious Dream provided the most delicate and fine pieces for the pre wedding shots. The dresses were chosen from the classic line of Watters. An elegant A-line tulle gown along with an embroidered empire gown was used for each of our models. The direction we used for makeup was a very simple touch to accentuate the brides beauty while creating a soft and airy updo for both. Leann from Whimsical Florals tied in a lovely mixture of flowers to create an organic bouquet. The whites and the different shades of green just blended all the details of the shoot so well. The bouquet included: Amaryllis, Anemone, Eucalyptus, Orlaya, Garden roses, French tulips, Evergreens, and Berzillia berries. The simple colors and shades of white, ivory, and green displayed a timeless look for all weddings.

Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Event Design: Amore Events By Cody | Floral Design: Whimsical Floral | Wedding Dresses: Watters Bridal | Makeup: Gohar Beaver | Hair: Brianna B Adams | Venue: Veritas Vineyards | Bridal Gown Boutique: Bella Rosa Bridal | Lingerie: Girl With A Serious Dream

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Elegant Great Gatsby Wedding in Virginia Beach

The luxury and general aura of the roaring 20′s often serves as inspiration for many weddings, but this beaming couple Did. It Right. With an art-deco inspired invitation suite, ostrich feathers accenting the arrangements and Bride’s hair, and some seriously beautiful custom signage, the opulence of this affair was perfectly captured by Michael and Carina Photography in the full gallery right here!

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Spring

From Michael and Carina Photography… This is inspiration galore—a Great Gatsby wedding at its most beautiful.

Guests in flapper dresses and head pieces, chandeliers, extravagant florals and a bride in a sparkly wedding dress. Everything was meticulously styled by Emily Weddings.

Red lips and a sophisticated updo were a must. And the feathers in the bridal bouquet and the table center pieces fit the theme perfectly. The guests were welcomed with cocktails and an art deco painting of the bride and groom. The Metropolitan Players entertained with a variety of hits that kept the mood swinging as if it were a party thrown by Gatsby himself.

Jessica and Jack celebrated with their friends and family at the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club in Virginia Beach. Their last bride and groom portraits were taken with the green Gatsby light surprising them from behind across the lagoon. The stylish couple made their big exit in a 1920s car.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cinematography: A Vision Quest Production | Floral Design: Isha Foss | Wedding Dress: Sottero And Midgley | Wedding Cake: Patti Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Gregory The Great | Reception Venue: Cavalier Golf And Yacht Club | Makeup : Makeup By Kim Porter | Hair: Hair By Alice | Band: The Metropolitan Players | Event Coordination & Styling: Emily Weddings | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Lighting & Design: Blue Steel Lighting | Photo Booth: Boardwalk PhotoBooth Company