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Why Your Gown is Basically Everything

There are so many reasons why we might choose a wedding for Style Me Pretty. The story, the details, the pure love that permeates every last images. But in this case…I took one look at the gown and was DONE. Ethereal and romantic while being so timeless and elegant. And photographed to utter perfection by Audra Wrisley. Every other perfect detail? Just the icing on the cake.

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From Audra Wrisley PhotographyThis lovely botanical garden wedding embodies everything I love about the spring season, with soft pastel colors and a crisp Virginia breeze!

This couple’s amazing day set in a garden venue was a dream from start to finish, designed around a beautiful color palette of soft blush, lavender, blue and gray. The bride’s Watters Woo gown was elegant, dreamy and whimsical, which made for a gorgeous focal point for the wedding day. Their outdoor ceremony was full of quiet, intimate moments, as the couple spoke their vows with the birds chirping and a soft breeze rustling in front of their family and friends. The evening ended with dinner and dancing in Meadowlark’s greenhouse atrium, which a perfect way to end their lovely garden wedding.

As Amy and Paul are from Vietnamese descent, they also held a traditional ceremony, honoring their families who were all in attendance. It was a beautifully colorful morning, and Amy look incredible in her custom red dress. As photographers, we’ve rarely felt so welcomed by their warm families, and it was such an honor capturing these important moments in their lives.

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Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Floral Design: Scentsational Florals | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Lovely Sweets and Treats | Bride's Shoes: Klub Nico | Makeup: Suhreal Artistry | Hair: Tress Hair Co. | Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Hanging Florals Created a WOW Reception Design

After searching high and low for their perfect venue, Rachael and Matthew chose to bring all their people to Pippin Hill Farm, soaking in the magic of the Blue Ridge mountains while vowing to forever. Momental Designs set the stage with a stunning stationery suite while Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs dressed up the day with all-white stems (have you seen that hanging floral installation?!) while East West filmed and Laura Gordon photographed. See how the fun unfolded in the gallery this way.



From the Bride… Getting engaged was beyond exciting for the two of us. Matt managed to choreograph not only a surprise engagement but an incredible post-engagement celebration party with all of our closest family and friends, several of whom flew in from around the county. From that moment on, we knew that the most important aspect to our future wedding was having all of our closest loved ones together, aka trapped, for not just one day, but for an entire weekend! We looked at venues in Minnesota (where I am from), as well as venues in DC (where we currently reside and where Matt’s family is), but we selfishly wanted something a bit more remote. We wanted somewhere that required our wedding guests to come in and stay awhile, which meant we had to go outside of our hometowns.

After attending a wedding in Keswick, VA in June of 2015, we were sold on the area. We ultimately chose Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in North Garden, VA and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision. The sheer beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the many wineries in the area, and the overall peace that you feel when you are outside the hustle and bustle of the major metropolitan areas many of our guests were coming from made it the perfect choice for us and our guests.

Thinking back on the planning process, I had a true vision from start to finish of what I wanted our big day and weekend to be. Despite our wedding taking place at a Farm, Pippin Hill truly can be transformed into a little bit of everything. The outdoor ceremony grounds have the backdrop of their winery and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the reception hall takes place in their beautiful restored barn. For me, I wanted the day and night to feel like a dream. Hanging greenery and white flowers made it feel whimsical throughout, and the many high low candles made the space feel warm, inviting, and enchanting in a sense. The hanging florals and our Huppah, created by Southern Blooms, were breathtaking and truly captured my vision. Aside from the beautiful florals and decor, the food was something of great interest to us. Pippin Hill did and incredible job with our dinner and Cakes by Rachel went above and beyond with our desserts. We opted to do individual cakes at each table couple with an assortment of mini pies that were served on gold mirrored trays. The cake was a Chocolate Sour Cream cake filled with 2 layers of Chocolate Mousse and a layer of Triple Cream and Fresh Raspberries, iced with Champagne Buttercream. The pies were Key Lime, Peach Pecan Crumble and Strawberry Rhubarb. All of these were decadent and delicious – an absolute favorite of our guests!

Overall, our entire wedding weekend was so special and everything we could ever dream it it to be. After a wonderful ceremony, great food, amazing dancing, and a send off in a vintage car, we left so thankful for our friends and family. We spent the day after our wedding at a post-wedding brunch, and the afternoon at several of the amazing wineries in the Charlottesville area. We were lucky enough to have our guests in for the whole weekend and it made for memories to last a lifetime.

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography: East West | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs | Wedding Gown: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Shoes: Dee Keller | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair & Makeup: Avenue 42 | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Invitation Suite: Momental Designs | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Of Charlottesville | Rentals : Festive Fare Event Rentals | Styling & Planning : Amore Events by Cody | Veil: l'atelier couture bridal boutique

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A fun-filled weekend + a breathtaking wedding? Sign us up.

You know what I love? A vacation wedding. The sort of fun-filled weekend meets breathtaking “I do’s” that happen at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Think one part awesome nuptials, one part kayaking, boating and dolphin watching and one part relaxing spa. It’s the perfect way to celebrate with your nearest and dearest all weekend (or week!) long. Scroll to get your fun on.

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village isn’t just the perfect place to say “I do,” it also happens to be a whole lot of FUN. From the sunset tours to the boat rentals to the day trips to Sanibel Island, your itinerary will be jam packed with amazing activities that are enjoyable for every single one of your loved ones.  Just imagine a fab welcome dinner coordinated by The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village’s talented staff followed by a sunset tour OR a day-of morning spent golfing in the always amazing Florida weather OR a day-after brunch followed by a trip to the Imaginarium Museum OR all of the above. Not to mention the three resort pools, luxurious spa + salon, plus a planned expansion of the resort, which will add 35,000 square feet of space (that’s 50,000 square feet!) that can accommodate 400+ guests… all by February of 2018. We call that awesome, loves.

Whether you’re planning a small affair for 20 of your nearest and dearest or a more elaborate “I do” for 200 of your loved ones, contact The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village today to begin that journey to the wedding of a lifetime. You (and your guests!) will never enjoy a wedding more.


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  • Valid on weddings reserved this year and hosted by December 31, 2017

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