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Intimate Alexandria, VA Wedding at the Morrison House

I may sound like a broken record, but intimate weddings are my absolute favorite. They warm my heart right up and make me feel like a part of all the pretty. This beauty photographed and designed by Sweet Root Village is the perfect example, and is proof that intimate doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. I would go as far to say it makes it even more chic. See why here.


From the Bride…Kyle and I chose to have an intimate wedding ceremony and reception with 20 of our closest family members and friends. I completely fell in love with the Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria because of its Downton Abbey charm and sophistication. We wanted our guests to feel as if they were attending a fabulous dinner party while there happened to be a wedding beforehand. We decided on a long King’s Table filled with romantic white candles, a soft color pallet of flowers and gold finishes throughout.

The inspiration for my dress was that it needed to simply flow. At Soliloquy Bridal Couture I found a simple Lazaro special occasion gown that I had custom altered to have a dramatic drape on the back. The draping was remarkable work! I received so many wonderful compliments about my wedding dress. What really made this day superb were our vendors who made the wedding a complete breeze while we carried on without a worry in the world. Specifically, our florist and photographer, who is one of Kyle and I’s incredibly talented, creative, and downright remarkable friend, Rachel Bridgwood of Sweet Root Village. Rachel made my pre-wedding jitters disappear simply with her smile and calming personality. The ceremony and reception went by so smoothly. Our guests were having a lovely time, the food was fabulous and the décor was beyond gorgeous. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

We wanted our parting gifts for our guests to be special and to show how much we love and appreciate them. Our wedding favors were all homemade and handpicked, from spicy pickles to strawberry jam. We put our hearts into it! And now we have weekly requests from friends and family to continue canning for them. If I could sum up our wedding in the fewest words possible I would choose: sophisticated, fabulous, intimate, and over the moon happy!

Photography: Sweet Root Village | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Wedding Dress: Soliloquy Bridal Couture | Cake: Gateau Wedding Cake Boutique | Bridal Hair: Ana Buitrago | Bridal Makeup: Sarah Patch | Guitarist: Eric Waters From Bialek’s Music | Wedding Venue: Morrison House In Old Town Alexandria

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Elegant Virginia Wedding at the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Some weddings just seem to be effortlessly beautiful, where every detail appears to fall into place as if it’s always been there – yet you know it is the result of hours and hours of planning. Take this beauty for example, with a picture perfect color scheme, stunning florals from Bergerons Floral Design and the gorgeous Meadowlark Gardens playing host, every gorgeous image from Stephanie Dee is just perfection defined, and you can see just what I mean here.


From Stephanie Dee PhotographyI’m so excited to share Nina and Matt’s magical woodland spring wedding with y’all! I think you’re going to adore Nina’s incredible style, and the way she wove the spring garden theme throughout their entire affair. And don’t miss their custom window box centerpieces! Here’s more from the bride herself… Thanks for reading!

From the Bride...I always thought Matthew and I would be married in the fall. Fall is my favorite season, and we had met two years earlier at the beautiful October wedding of our dearest friends. Soon after he proposed, however, we started venue shopping and quickly learned that most fall weekends were booked a year in advance. We found the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia and learned they too were booked up for the fall, and the following spring as well, but had just one Saturday still free in April 2014. We booked it, and immediately our spring wedding started taking shape.

My favorite detail of any wedding is always the flowers. Once we picked Meadowlark, the beautiful gardens both in and around the atrium quickly became central to our vision for the day. We live in the Virginia countryside and love being in the outdoors, so we wanted our wedding to reflect the organic, earthy aspects of a garden while still feeling elegant. We found Bergerons Florist and together came up with the idea for garden-box centerpieces filled with tall, loose arrangements of flowers. For colors we went with garden greens and soft shades of peach to add a little pop and contrast.

The linens were Rattan Wheat from Party Rental, Ltd. It reminded me of fancy burlap- it was soft to the touch and had a little shimmer, but still had that earthy burlap look. We selected simple ivory napkins to compliment.

The bridesmaid dresses were from J. Crew. I primarily picked them because of the color; their “dusty shale” is a soft, mint-gray that to me was equal parts earthy and elegant. Matt suggested the gray suits for the groomsmen and we agreed that would complement the dresses nicely and feel a little lighter for the spring affair. He found the suits at Men’s Warehouse—buy one, get one free—so the four guys split the cost of only two suits and it ended up being cheaper than renting four tuxes.

A lot of little details from our wedding—including our cake topper, table numbers and welcome sign—came from an Etsy shop called The First Snow. I don’t remember how I originally stumbled across the shop, but it’s filled with amazing, floral-inspirited paper goods that matched our wedding vibe perfectly. I started by just purchasing the cake topper, and slowly realized it was those little details that would tie the whole look together. So I went back. And then again.

And then, of course, we needed a photographer. You may not have access to the amazing Stephanie Dee Photography as we did, but my only advice on choosing this vendor is to find someone you are truly comfortable with. You will share some of the most intimate moments of your wedding day with this person; they will capture the moment your sister buttons up your wedding dress, and the moment your husband first calls you his wife. Don’t pick your photographer based on their packages or years in the field; pick the one who you want present during those moments; that’s the one will get you the best photographs.

Photography: Stephanie Dee Photography | Floral Design: Bergerons Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Priscilla Of Boston, "Carter" | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Meadowlark Gardens, Vienna, Virginia | Catering: Great Blue Heron Catering | DJ: Christ Laich Music Services | Getting Ready Hotel: Crowne Plaza At Tysons Corner | Hair And Make-Up: Bridal Artistry

The School of Styling + A Giveaway!

As a blogger + business owner, I’m seriously smitten with The School of Styling workshop for creatives! Taking place at the Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina from August 4-6, 2014, this weekend-long experience will help deepen your knowledge of business and gain experience styling — no matter what your profession.

With a goal of teaching new and established wedding and event stylists, interior designers, photographers, bloggers, prop stylists, and business owners how to design and style a space, event, or photo shoot creatively, The School of Styling is not to be missed! Designed to be well-rounded, the workshop will have a three part curriculum (core sessions, intensive sessions and breakout sessions), featuring incredible speakers and intensives ranging from floral design to table top design!

Without a doubt, you’ll leave The School of Styling with a better understanding of your business + creative abilities as well as some amazing new relationships! Sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? Well there’s more!

The School of Styling is giving one lucky winner a few of their favorite styling essentials (candle, mug, print, pencils + monogrammed apron) as well as a 10% off the workshop ticket price! To enter, simply comment on this post by July 10 with why you’d love to attend The School of Styling workshop. A winner will be randomly chosen an announced on Friday, July 11. To register for The School of Styling, head over here. Hurry — registration ends July 14th! 

Photo Credit: Landon JacobHalf Apron: Oatmeal Lace Design | Mug: Jenna Kutcher | Print: B Is For Bonnie Design | Pencils: B Is For Bonnie Design | Candle: Anthropologie