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Romantic Rustic Chic Farm Wedding in Virginia

Pastel details are the quickest way to make my heart happy. And this charming southern affair? Well it’s bursting with plenty. Pretty pink hues married with outdoorsy, country details, it’s rustic chic from Pure Whimsy Events done oh-so-right. With that said, I’ll be spending the rest of my days ogling every detail Gabe Aceves captured here!

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From Gabe Aceves… Kelly and John got married on John’s parents private home in Warrenton VA. It was a beautiful day with southern charm and outdoorsy, country details.

From the beautiful Bride… John and I met at a local restaurant where I was waitressing one summer during college; he was a patron that left me the best tip a handsome man could give – a date! He proposed along the cobblestone streets in Old Town, Alexandria where we’d had our first date five years ago.

In the beginning stages, we only had a couple things we knew we wanted to incorporate into the wedding: pink (against John’s wishes!) and personal touches that felt like we were more at home than in a grand ballroom. With Eric Church’s “Springsteen” as our inspiration, we chose a July Saturday night date and went from there…

We started with the venue – the beautiful home and property of John’s parents that they designed with John’s aunt and built with their family business Thorsen Construction. Located on top of a hill in Warrenton, Virginia, it was the perfect backdrop to begin building upon. We had so much fun incorporating touches that were dear to our hearts and reminded us of a summer party that you just don’t want to end: A cocktail hour featuring martinis – my sister and I’s favorite – and Bell’s Oberon beer for the boys. Mismatched blush bridesmaid dresses selected by my sisters/ best friends; from floral to feathers they looked every bit beautiful and one-of-a-kind. John’s dad’s green tractor equipped with goodies trailing the wedding party up the hill for pictures with a blue mountain backdrop. A grand pole tent at the bottom of the property strung with café lights acting as a cozy makeshift sky of stars. Virginia pulled pork with Virginia sweet sauce paired with pink champagne. Tiramisu cake designed and baked by John’s aunt and carried to the tent by John’s uncles for the cake cutting. A soulful big band playing Motown music for dancing the night (and those cornbread calories!) away. And last but not least, a 1977 Scout II getaway car from my dad and uncle’s personal collection to escape the sprinkling that started just as the last sparkler went out.

As we drove down the driveway away from our friends and family, we looked at each other and knew it was the best night of our lives and just how we had pictured it all those months of planning. Our family, friends, and each of our vendors played such a large part in turning our ideas into a real life dream.

Katie, our amazing planner, assisted with every little thing from signs to timing to layout. And our brilliant photographer, Gabe, is a close Del Ray neighbor who captured our day with the most stunning and special photos. We couldn’t have done it without the talented team we built around us, and its one July Saturday night that we’ll never forget.

Photography: Gabe Aceves | Floral Design: Affordable Arrangements | Catering: Old Blue BBQ | Band: Class Act | Bow Ties: Murray's Toggery Shop | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Venue: Private Residence | Brides Dress: Watters | Cake Design & Creation: Aunt Of The Groom | Getaway Car: Father Of The Bride's IH Scout | Hair Makeup: Salon Emage | Music: Doug Allen Music | Planning: Pure Whimsy Events | Rentals: Capitol Party Rentals | Rompers: Plum Pretty Sugar | Tent: Gibson Rental

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Elegant Pastel Spring Wedding Inspiration

Nothing says springtime quite like a bouquet of fresh blooms and a sweet, pastel palette. This inspiration shoot perfectly captures the essence of the season with the dreamy combination of roses, tulips, and sweet peas, dewy makeup from Jordan K Winn & Co. and light, airy feel captured through the lens of Mary Neumann Photography. Experience a spring awakening with all the gorgeous images here.

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From Mary Neumann PhotographyThis inspiration shoot was captured by Mary Neumann Photography at the “For the Love of Film” workshop, hosted by Kristen Lynne Photography and Matoli Keely Photography. Styled by the talented Alex Meyer Events, the pastel colors are perfection as we anticipate spring flowers and summer weddings. Wearing a unique Alexandra Grecco gown, this bride oozes grace and all that is lovely. All images captured on film, this shoot is airy, full of elegant details, and sweet inspiration.

Photography: Mary Neumann Photography | Event Design: Alex Meyer Events | Floral Design: Violet Gardens Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Lauren Bakes Cakes | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Suz Somersall | Hair And Makeup : Jordan K Winn & Co. | Calligraphy: Lydia Robins Hendrix Studio | Film Scanned And Developed: Richard Photo Lab | Model: Jeff Bruins | Model : Kathleen Masek | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Studio: Pamela Jane Studio | Workshop Host: Kristen Lynne Photography | Workshop Host: Matoli Keely

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Southern Black Tie Wedding at Goodstone Inn

An oh-so-charming garden estate paired with everlasting love is the recipe for a wedding day done right. But add in a good dose of glamour planned in the hands of Strawberry Milk Events and you’ve got yourself nuptial perfection. From the surprise mariachi band to the mini margaritas (yes, please!) that followed, every capture from the lens of Abby Jiu is fit for a modern-day fairytale and you can see it all here!

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Elegant

From Strawberry Milk Events… Kristen and Kevin were married in Middleburg, Virginia at the oh-so-charming Goodstone Inn & Estate, in wine and horse country. The wedding party took over the 265 acre estate for the weekend – which consists of 6 historic guest houses spread all over the property, with a total of 18 bedrooms. All are impeccably furnished in elegant French and English cottage decor. Although only an hour south of D.C., guests felt like they were a world away. Guests enjoyed the heated pool with breathtaking views of the blue ridge mountains, hiking, canoeing, visiting the working farm, gardens, acclaimed farm to table restaurant, etc. The couple was married in front of the gorgeous ivy-covered stone wall – the ruins of the estate’s original mansion.

Kristen donned a stunning Carolina Herrera gown. After the ceremony, guests passed through the ivy wall “door” to poolside cocktail hour hour where local fare such as mini Virginia ham biscuits were served. The bar featured “his and hers” cocktails – the Tequila Sparkler and the Gentleman’s Old Fashioned. The wedding reception was a fun contrast to the “au natural” setting of the Inn – a very elegant yet fashion forward cocktail style style reception featured a custom, graphic black and white dance floor, oversized crystal chandelier and lots of gold and mirrored furniture.

Florals in shades of pink were lush and in true garden style to tie in the surroundings. The reception had mixed seating (bar height tables, low cafe tables and lounge furniture) with stations of yummy local food such as heirloom tomato salad, spring vegetable risotto, roasted organic chicken, seared scallops and prime rib – most of which is sourced right from the farm! At sunset, the couple stole away for a private moment to read letters they had written to one another earlier that day. Sound Connection from Andy Kushner Entertainment kept the dance floor packed and the party going! Later in the evening, a surprise mariachi band serenaded guests while wait staff passed out mini margaritas.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Videography: Happy Weddings Films | Event Planning: Strawberry Milk Events | Flowers: Petal And Print | Wedding Dress: Caroline Herrera | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Hair And Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Band: Sound Connection | Venue: Goodstone Inn | Bridal Salon: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Linens: La Tavola | Mariachi Band: Bialek's Music | Paper: Just Ink On Paper | Rental: DC Rental | Rentals: Chicka Creative | Rentals: Syzygy Events | Tent Company: Skyline Tents

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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 Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne | Shoes: Marc 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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Romantic DIY Wedding at a Historic Bed & Breakfast

There is nothing we love more than a good stationery suite, especially when said paper goods were designed by the Bride herself. Setting the tone for a sweetly personal affair, this charming Bed & Breakfast fete is embellished with lots of darling DIY’s. Straight from the lens of Caroline Lima Photography it’s a gallery that simply can’t be missed!

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From Caroline Lima Photography… Lauren and Brent had a beautiful wedding on the first day of summer of 2014. The day was so lovely and they held the reception at such charming and unique Bed & Breakfast in Middleburg, VA!

Lauren designed the gorgeous invitations herself. Her lace gown was so delicate and beautiful, it matched the beautiful setting perfectly! It was a very emotional wedding full of so much joy and happy tears! A true celebration of love!

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Wedding Dress: Katherine’s Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Upperville Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Welbourne Bed & Breakfast | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Iraida Poberezhnaya | Reception Music: The Winn Jazz All Stars

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Modern Inspiration for a Spring Wedding Shower

With fun florals, adorable accents, and a seriously impressive dessert spread (with some of the prettiest cookies we’ve ever seen!), this perfectly pink wedding shower inspiration shoot is teeming with optimism. EightTreeStreet and Photography By Amy Nicole teamed up to bring us this delightful inspiration shoot, and we can’t stop staring at all the pretty in the full gallery here!


From EightTreeStreetAs a stylist and floral designer I love decorating and designing a bridal shower for both the the bride and groom, you get to do something they both love — a decor that is feminine and yet still modern and exciting. They are so fun, and the couple gets to celebrate with all their friends and loved ones. Since we are huge fans of Kate Spade and we love modern lines and different textures coming together, we designed this modern inspirational tablescape with details from the couple’s invitation, polka dots, stripes and pink with black with modern fun accents.

The tablescape features delicate florals in light and bright pinks with spring flowers, in a more structured designed — the perfect complement to the chic modern look. And, we love, love the steel gray of the linens and the black and white stripes with flowers of the cookies. When we were putting together the ideas for the dessert table, we wanted small bites and something different, so we added the cutest pink meringue tower cake to the dessert table.

And, as a gift to our couple and centerpiece of our tablescape backdrop we incorporated artwork by an amazing contemporary artist, and a painting not only works as a backdrop but is also a lovely way to offer a personal gift to the couple, a little something for their new home together. We love the color palette of this painting and how it beautifully matched the design palette.

All that is left is to pop the bubbly and start the festivities.

Photography: Photography By Amy Nicole | Stationery: Allison Hopperstad Designs | Chair Rentals : Perfect Settings | Cookies: Fresh Bakes | Dessert Table: Meli And Kanela | Flowers And Styling: EightTreeStreet | Linens: CV Linens | Makeup And Hair : Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry And Consulting | Painting : Juniper Briggs | Private Studio In Springfield, VA: EightTreeStreet

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