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Elegant Downton Abbey Wedding Inspiration

There’s no doubt that we’ve had a little love affair with Downton Abbey over the years, and we’ve proudly sprinkled our galleries with it’s inspired goodness. To envision the Crawley wedding in all it’s Edwardian elegance is a daydream we welcome with open arms. So when Floral & Bloom Designs and Alicia Lacey Photography sent this gorgeous gem our way, we instantly fell head over heels. It’s style perfection and seamless storytelling all the way. See it here.


From Floral & Bloom DesignsOn Downtown Abbey, Sybil Crawley and Tom Branson ran off together to be married as their love was not approved by the community. Their ceremony was never showed, only discussed, so we decided to get creative and invent what that union may have looked like. We wanted to ensure the day was still regal and classic, as that is how Sybil grew up, but seeing as how neither had much money at the time, an afternoon high tea was in order instead of a formal dinner. We stuck with finger sandwiches and desserts, as found at a traditional high tea; the only difference was that ours included a 4-tiered cake to incorporate traditional wedding practices.

Our color scheme of blush, slate, and ivory only helped to reinforced the idea of a simple, yet regal affair—the tones were neutral, but with a flair of elegance, accented by silver accessories.

The stone house and abundance of greenery, vines, and grass tiers at Poplar Springs reminded us of old England, so it was the perfect setting to bring home our theme. Everywhere you turned, there was a location that demanded to be photographed to capture it’s beauty.

One of our favorite touches of this shoot was that on the show, Robert, Sybil’s dad, would be sure to bring his loyal companion, Isis, to the wedding—so we got a small lab to join the wedding party!

Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Calligraphy: The Littlest Paperie | Accessories: Stella & Dot | Bridal Gown: Formal Envy | Cake : Gateau | Coordination: Voila! Event Studio | Furniture: Sammy's Rentals | Hair : Poplar Springs Spa | Inn: Poplar Springs Inn & Spa | Linens: Everything Linen | Makeup: Faces By Alicia | Morning Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Photography - Assistance: Brett Denfeld

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Fresh & Romantic Leesburg Wedding

My cure for a rainy, autumn day like today? Loads of luscious blooms from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers and a happy pink and green combo that’ll leave you aching for a warm summer day. It comes in the form of these cheerful captures from Abby Jiu Photography, and beyond the lovely, is a sweet layer of tradition folded in—including the delicately beautiful lace veil worn by the Bride’s great-great-grandmother. See it all here.

From Holly Heider Chapple FlowersA lovely, sentimental summer event, Sally Roberts and Andrew Boardman’s nuptials were held in picturesque Leesburg, Virginia. Beautifully realized in pale pinks and soft yellows, the affair was gorgeously styled and heartwarmingly personal. All of the bridesmaids and groomsmen were sisters and brothers of the bride and groom and the flower girls were a delightful little train of nieces. Additionally, Sally’s exquisite veil was a family heirloom. First worn by Sally’s great-great-grandmother in 1804, the veil has been passed down through generations, worn by over 17 brides- and counting!

From The Bride & Groom…We met at love at first sight, of course! Andrew and Sally met on the first day of class during their freshman year of college. Andrew arrived to class five minutes late, and after scanning the 300-person lecture hall, he noticed a beautiful girl at the front of the classroom. Completely mesmerized and determined to meet her, Andrew walked all the way down the aisle to the front of the classroom, sat next to her, and introduced himself – this was the very first time Andrew and Sally met. It turns out that eight years later, it would be her walking down an aisle past hundreds of people to stand next to him at the wedding altar!

Our favorite part of the day was ringing the church bell immediately after the wedding ceremony. It was a very special moment for us not only because it was the first thing we did together as a married couple, but it was also symbolic of us proclaiming our lifelong love and marriage to the world – via wedding bells!

After the engagement, we conducted exhaustive research on where and when to have our wedding – from warm weather beach destinations to a winter wedding at a lodge in the mountains. But what we quickly realized is, the most important aspect of our wedding planning didn’t revolve around the glitz and glamour, but rather ensuring that as many of our guests could be able to attend as possible. Since the majority of our families live in Northern Virginia, we decided to have the wedding in Sally’s hometown of Leesburg, VA, allowing all 250 of our family members and closest friends to attend. What made this extra special is that the ceremony was held in the church where Sally was baptized, and the reception was held at Sally’s parents’ house, where she was raised. The wedding was nothing short of spectacular. Planning all the minute details of a home wedding took an enormous amount of time and attention, but the experience mimicked one of the Roberts family’s favorite movies, Father of the Bride.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Stationery: Dandelion Patch | Ceremony Venue: St. James Church Of Leesburg | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Caterer: Paula Kiley | Makeup Artist: Jan Scott | Groomsmen's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bridal Boutique: Hannelores's | Bridal Gown: Rivini | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade

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Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event

There’s something about the impending holiday season that has me wishing for a little something sparkly. So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event! Mervis Diamond Importers has been hand-selecting diamonds to help couples celebrate their love for over 80 years, and from November 14-16, they’re letting you enjoy some seriously amazing once-a-year prices!

This third generation family business founded in South Africa is not like any other jewelry store you’ve ever been to. At Mervis Diamond Importers, they’re all about a personalized experience from start to finish, allowing clients to pick out the perfect diamond to fit into the perfect setting! With endless styles and designs from some of the industries best designers (such as Verragio, Martin Flyer, Sasha Primak, Coast Diamonds + Benchmark), you can be sure your dream ring is waiting for you.

And this weekend, from November 14-16 at the Tysons, Rockville and Washington D.C. locations, you’ll get to beat the holiday rush and enjoy amazing once-a-year pricing! For more information on the Holiday Preview Event, head over here!