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Traditionally Elegant Historic Inn Wedding

When it comes to historic venues, the romantic Martha Washington Inn is pretty hard to beat. Overflowing with elegant details, this perfect pair wed on beautiful fall day with colorful leaves rustling about. From their first look on the front porch to the sweet ceremony that followed, JoPhoto snapped it all and it’s waiting for you right here!

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From JoPhoto… This Martha Washington Inn wedding in Abingdon, Virginia, is overflowing with elegant details in this historic hotel. Caroline and Joe’s fall wedding was on October 24, 2014, and it was a destination wedding for them, their families, and wedding guests. Most of their guests were from Alabama, and it was a beautiful fall day with orange and yellow leaves rustling across the ground everywhere.

Caroline’s two sisters were bridesmaids in the wedding, and Joe’s brothers were groomsmen. All of the wedding flowers were made by Caroline’s mom.

On the day of their wedding, it was a beautiful fall Virginia afternoon. Orange and red leaves were rustling across the front lawn of the inn, and weekend guests at the inn were milling about. Caroline and Joe decided to do a first look and see each other before the ceremony. Joe wanted to do the first look on the front porch, so as Caroline came out the front door of the Inn, all the guests sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch began clapping and her family and wedding party were all smiling and laughing!

The Martha Washington Inn was originally built in 1832. Over the last 182 years, it has been a private residence, women’s college, Civil War barracks and hospital, and today as a hotel and spa. It is located across the street from the Barter Theatre, and actors used to stay at the inn too. In the 1930s and 1940s, there was an underground tunnel that connected the Martha Washington Inn and the Barter Theatre that actors would use.

Photography: JoPhoto | Cake: Nancy’s Fancy’s Cakes | Catering: Martha Washington Inn | DJ: Night Moves | Film Lab:PhotoVision | Floral Design: Bride’s Mother | Hair & Makeup: Martha Washington Inn Salon | Wedding Dress: Bella’s Bridal | Wedding Venue: Martha Washington Inn

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Colorful Charlottesville Virginia Wedding

What began with a sweet Superbowl story, eventually led to the perfect proposal and one chic celebration. Add in the state that held their hearts, this lovely pair wed on a Virginia fall day surrounded by rustic chic decor and pretty pops of color. While Amore Events made sure every detail was darling – from caricatures to a sparkling exitLaura Gordon shared it all with us, here!

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From Laura Gordon PhotographyWhitney and Cameron met while living and working in Washington, DC. Whitney grew up in Michigan and moved to the area a little over six years ago for work. Cameron was born in the States but grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and then moved to DC to pursue his career in broadcasting nearly three years ago.

From the beautiful Bride… A little over two years ago, I, like every other American (and a large population from around the world), was tuning into the single game that culminates the entire NFL season: the Super Bowl. I had planned to meet a crew of my friends to enjoy the festivities and watch the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots. When I walked in with my friend we sat down and I noticed this tall good looking guy, and I shared that sentiment with my friend. He was a reporter covering the Super Bowl by getting fan reactions to the game and half-time commercials. When he came up to our group to ask if we would be interested in giving him some sound, my group was happy to oblige. And so our story begins…I have my version (backed by several other people) and he has his version.

The gist is that he thought he would be sly and leave his tie with me, as I was telling an animated story and of course, needed a prop, and what better thing than his neck tie, right? Eventually, I would have to give it back to him or as he would tell you, he would have a reason to come talk to me again. For all those that really know me, quiet and shy are not my thing, so, in true Whitney fashion, and full sassy mode, the game ended and I walked over to return his tie and asked, “are you going to ask for my number or what?” Yes, I actually said that. And for the record we both remember that part of the story very clearly. Since then, we have been happily navigating this thing called life, together.

Our first decision was where to get married with our families spread across much of the United States and into Canada. We really debated this and finally decided that it was not fair to have one side of our family travel and not the other so we made the decision to get married where we live and met, Virginia. Pippin Hill Farm was definitely part of the inspiration of the look and feel of the wedding, as I loved all of the details and the rustic chic vibe it embodies.

I found many of the vendors through lots of research…spending hours upon hours on wedding and style blogs. Once we hired Cody, she was able to direct us to the Charlottesville vendors that best suited our vision. We had a phone call and then were off to the races getting things booked on our end and continuing to further develop and execute our vision. The one other different thing we did was had a caricature artist. We felt like photo booths had been over done and Cameron was really pushing for the caricature artist so we booked it, much to the dismay of my mom, and it ended up being a HUGE hit.

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography : Shaking Hands Productions | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Wedding Gown: Watters | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Boxed S'mores Favor: Candy With A Twist | Bridal Boutique: Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection | Bride's Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Cake Topper: The First Snow | Confetti Poppers: Thimblepress | Custom Portrait & Wrapping Paper: Rifle Paper Co. | Event Planning & Design: Amore Events | Hankies: Wedding Chicks | Paper: Just Invite Me | Reception Decor: BHLDN | Tuxedos: Vera Wang

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Goodstone Inn & Restaurant + A Promotion!

Tucked amongst the gorgeous Virginia countryside with Blue Ridge Mountain views, you’ll find the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant; a beautiful country estate where saying “I do” is beyond amazing.  Picture a cozy + intimate setting, 265 acres of natural beauty and top-notch service from a team that knows a thing or two about luxurious weddings.  Breathtaking views + Southern hospitality?  Yes, please.

Known for their award-winning and locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, plus their historic guest residences, each and every moment spent at this ivy-covered retreat is simply fairytale-esque.  From the amazing pool to the breathtaking views to the intimate, unhurried vibe that will follow you throughout your festivities.

Contact the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant today to start planning your dream day.  And bonus!  If you book your all-property wedding in July, August or November of 2015, you will receive:

  • A gift certificate for dinner for two in the Goodstone’s award- winning restaurant.
  • A $100 gift certificate to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant spa.
  • 50% off the Bull Barn for your wedding, plus a special Romance Turn-Down Service (Value $1,025.00).  In addition to the standard turn-down service, the Romance Turn-Down includes: Chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, an artisanal cheese tray, closed drapes and dimmed lights, soft music and lavender pillow mist.

View full package details here.  Happy planning, lovelies! xo

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Elegant Spring Garden Wedding Inspiration

Sarah Bradshaw had me at this stunning dress capture—I couldn’t help but lead off with an Ines Di Santo beauty like this one. It sets the tone entirely for this fresh, elegance-drenched spring inspiration. Splashed in blue watercolors, pure white blooms from Wild Green Yonder and a lovely cake from Buttercream BakeshopAlex Meyer styled every inch with absolute grace—it’s all sitting pretty over here in the gallery, dive in!

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From the vendor team… This wedding inspiration shoot was part of The Intentional Photographer Workshop taught by Sarah Bradshaw in March. We used pale blue to reflect the tones of March and dogwood flowers and gold & warm accents to give a (hopeful) nod toward Springtime warmth.

Sarah (the photographer) was inspired by watercolor to create a backdrop for some portraits. Korie, the calligrapher, was inspired by watercolor as well, and unbeknownst to the other, they created pieces that perfectly complimented each other. When Tiffany, the pastry chef, saw Sarah’s backdrop, she was so inspired she went back to her kitchen and created watercolor sugar cookies to coordinate.

Photography: Sarah Bradshaw | Event Stylist: Alex Meyer | Event Planning: Alex Meyer | Floral Design: Lori Tran Of Wild Green Yonder | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Hair And Makeup: Jordan K Winn | Calligraphy: The Weekend Type | Location: Pamela Jane's Studio | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Blue Ridge Mountains Engagement Session

This duo met and fell in love at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, sipping their favorite wine and walking hand-in-hand through the nearby forest. What do you get when they return to where it all began, and have it captured by Michael And Carina Photography? An adorable outdoor engagement session, featuring the cutest grad-school sweethearts, and (if possible!) one even cuter pooch. Click here for so much more!

From the Bride… My fiance, Nate, and I met in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains in 2009. The mountains were our backdrop as we both fell in love sipping wine at what was then a sleepy little winery in the middle of a big field, at the end of a long and windy dirt road. It was charming and simple, which is also exactly what we hoped for, and got, in our engagement session with the amazingly talented Michael and Carina. We live in Baltimore, and will be married there in May, but we knew that we wanted to return to this special place, where we met and which we remember so fondly, for our engagement shoot.

The day was beautiful for the middle of December, a shocking 55 degrees. We walked along the fields at the base of the mountain and drank our favorite wine, and then enjoyed mugs of hot cocoa and walked with our pup, Ladybird, at the arboretum just a few miles up the road. The winery was completely empty, and the light was just gorgeous. It felt like mother nature prepared this special day just for our little family.

We made sure to include some special touches, that will keep our love and our families in our memories every time we see these photos: The arboretum is a part of the campus for James Madison University, which is where we met, and attended grad school together. The Beatles lyrics are from a print that hung in our first apartment together. The mugs with our initials on them, were gifts from my brother and his girlfriend, who will both be in our wedding party. The wine we are drinking, is the same wine we shared with my family when Nate came home to see my home town, and meet my whole family for the first time. Even the table where we are sitting was where my family shared a special night right before our graduation from graduate school together. We also loved sharing this special place with Ladybird, who was a bit nervous with all the excitement of the day, but kept us laughing, and despite the nerves, clearly can’t take a bad photo!

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Make-up: Jamaya Moore | Arboretum: Edith J. Carrier Arboretum And Botanical Gardens | Film Developer: Richard Photo Lab | Film Development: Richard Photo Lab | Winery: Cross Keys Vineyard

Romantic Summer Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

One all-star venue complete with stunning views, a blushing Bride who can’t stop smiling, pretty pink and peach florals, some sparkly tables, and I am well settled into my happy place. Katelyn James made my dreams a reality with these perfect pics and The Herrintons’ film is the icing on the cake. Amore Events by Cody worked their magic and this right here is why I so adore weddings.

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From Katelyn James PhotographyI got teary reading Katelyn’s questionnaire before the wedding. She shared that she wanted this day to be special…. for many reasons. The reason that got me misty was that she has a special needs sister that will never have a wedding day… and so she gave her a daddy/daughter dance to her so that she could experience that special moment. Oh the tears were rolling!

As beautiful as the floral chandelier was…. and the stunning sequenced table runners with gorgeous centerpieces and mercury glass… the most beautiful part of this wedding were Dan and Katelyn’s hearts to have a genuinely meaningful celebration. Enjoy this elegant Charlottesville wedding!

Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Videography: The Herrintons | Event Planning: Amore Events By Cody | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Three Little Birds | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Erin Featherson | Makeup: Rouge 9 Makeup Studio | Hair: Top Knot Studio | Lighting: Blue Ridge Lighting | DJ: King Studios | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Transportation: Albemarble Limo | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards | Bridal Boutique: Hannelore's Of Olde Town | String Trio: Encore String Trio

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