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Elegant Spring Wedding at Tuckahoe Plantation

We’re in luck today, with not one, but two wonderfully romantic weddings by Jen Fariello. This spring soiree won me over at first sight of these tulips in the prettiest shade of blush I think I have ever seen. This Bride, inspired by the color, added some bright pinks and subtle grays and every bit of her celebration was absolutely lovely.  See every inch of pretty right here.

From the Bride… John and I met at the University of Georgia through mutual friends during freshman year. We didn’t start dating until senior year after working together on a marketing class project. After five years of dating, John proposed near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. during cherry blossom season. He then took me to a romantic dinner in Alexandria, VA and surprised me with a visit from my parents. We were joined by friends and plenty of bubbly afterward to celebrate the night.

We loved the idea of bringing friends and family together in a chapel, then heading to an outdoor venue for the reception. My parents live near the University of Richmond and it has held many special memories for our family over the years. Tuckahoe Plantation was the perfect combination of southern charm, beauty and history for our outdoor reception. It worked out perfectly that garden week happened to fall over the wedding date so the flowers were in full bloom.

I wanted the wedding to feel classic and romantic with a twist. There were many traditional elements, but several unique touches throughout. My sister and matron of honor, Lauren, helped me create a color palette for the floral arrangements and bridesmaid dresses. The bridesmaids were able to pick any dresses they wanted that fell somewhere in the color palate. I wanted the bridesmaids to feel amazing and knew they each had their own special and fabulous style.

I held a monogrammed handkerchief from Greece around my bouquet which had been given to me by my sister, Lauren. My mom and I used old barn wood from my grandmother’s farm to make signs for the reception. The signature cocktail (Blissful Bride) consisted of blood orange soda, vodka and rosemary which tied in the pink color scheme. A photo booth was created by hanging a frame from a tree and setting props on a nearby table. I gave John a bourbon-cigar bar as his wedding gift which all guests enjoyed. The pink cake was accompanied by Dixie Donuts at the dessert table. The guest book was a vintage copy of the history of Tuckahoe Plantation.

People tend to say that your wedding day feels like a blur but I distinctly remember the details and I made a point to cherish the little moments. I knew that I would feel happy and have fun, but I was blown away by feeling the happiest that I have ever been. My favorite photos include the ones of me and John at Tuckahoe Plantation before heading into the tent and with my bridesmaids in the courtyard at the chapel before the ceremony.

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Videography: Chris Yeatts | Event Planning: Beverly Wakefield | Floral Design: Sarah Chiffriller | Wedding Dress: Marissa | Cake: Cakes By Graham | Invitations: Reaves Engraving, Inc. | Make Up: Zoe Shebelski | Hair: Merritt Shelton | Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation

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Earth Wind Fire Water Styled Wedding Inspiration

Sometimes Mondays call for a heaping helping of pretty to really kick of the week, and today we are getting our fill of gorgeous thanks to this earthy inspiration shoot from Andrea Pesce Photography. Styled to perfection by Wright Events Services with stunning florals from Black Creek Flowers & Sweets and rentals from Paisley & Jade, this gallery is overflowing with the most fabulous textures and design moments, making the start to this week extra lovely.

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From Andrea Pesce PhotographyBelle Aisle in Richmond, VA set the scene for this Earth, Wind, Fire, Water inspired shoot. Styled by Natalie Wright…elements of leather, fire, stone, feathers, and greenery complimented the masculine feel of this east coast wedding. We were determined to break away from the typical Virginia “rustic barn” or “elegant vineyard” wedding, and do something with a masculine undertone that provided a different perspective of Virginia. We took a trendy local hang out on the James River, looked at it in a different way, and drew from its atmosphere for our inspiration. We love how it is exposed to all earth elements with its flowing river water, worn protruding rocks, breezy shore, and fiery toned landscape. We emphasized the incorporation of local craftsman such as Erica from Black Creek Flowers, Amy from Sincerely Amy Designs, and Mary Ann from MA’s Mad House of Adornment. Even our clothiers, Beecroft & Bull, and Tiffany’s Bridal are Commonwealth small businesses. We believe in utilizing the talent around us and really wanted to express that in this shoot. From Erica Hutchison, Black Creek Flowers & SweetsI was extremely excited when Natalie and Andrea approached me with their idea. They gave me the details and other design elements that I would be working with, and turned me loose! Being given creative freedom is the best gift a florist can get! Working together with fellow artists/designers is always inspiring, but I definitely felt inspired after this shoot! From Natalie Wright, Wright Event ServicesWhen we collaborated with vendors we encouraged them to use our inspiration words and interpret them in their own way to display their individual creativity and represent their business in a personal way.

Photography: Andrea Pesce Photography | Event Design: Wright Events Services | Floral Design: Black Creek Flowers & Sweets | Wedding Dress: Tiffany's Bridal | Groom's Attire: Beecroft & Bull | Bridal Headpieces: Ma's Mad House | Bride(Model): Shirley Chung | Calligraphy - Invitation & Menu: Sincerely Amy Designs | Groom(Model): JR Hadley - Boylan Heights Burger Bar Owner | Musicians: Mountain Larks | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Venue: Belle Isle | Wedding Favor - Manhattan Kit: Kitsy California

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Bridesmaid Getting Ready Inspiration

When the question has been popped and the date set, it’s time to start planning that all important morning getting ready with your ladies. And thanks to the creative talents of Katie StoopsAmanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings and Janie Medley, we’re getting an inside look at just how fun it can be. Set at Avenue 42 Style Studio, they styled the perfect morning made for girlfriends. More right here!

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From Katie Stoops Photography… Natalie Gordon, owner of Avenue 42 Style Studio in Richmond, VA teamed up with Amanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings and Katie Stoops Photography to stage a fun wedding day getting ready shoot in the new bridal suite at the salon. Pretty florals provided by Janie Medley Flora Design decorated the beautifully lit space.

The models donned super cute, comfortable rompers from Plum Pretty Sugar and even enjoyed having resident salon dog, Henry along!

The ever important ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid’ gift included makeup from Avenue 42, a brush case from Anthropologie, a monogram necklace from Drift Riot and a sweet card from Leen Jean Studio.

The bride wore a Reem Acra gown and girls complimented in Paper Crown dresses on their way to the church through the streets of Downtown Richmond. The bouquets tied off with the prettiest shades of blush to berry from Silk & Willow.

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Floral Design: Janie Medley Flora Design | Jewelry: Drift Riot | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Paper Crown, Wardrobe In Richmond | Hair & Makeup: Ave 42 | Calligraphy: Leen Jean Studio | Accessories: Anthropologie | Bridal Gown: Reem Acra | Coordination & Styling: Amanda Gray, Ashley Baber Weddings | Getting Ready Space: Avenue 42 Style Studio | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Rompers: Plum Pretty Sugar | Veils: Jaclyn Jordan NY

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Coral & Blush Plantation Wedding

Good news: looks like burying the bourbon works! This wedding at the sprawling Tuckahoe Plantation is nothing but sunshine and good times all around. We love the soft pink palette complemented with blooms by Mona Ray. Katie Stoop did a fabulous job documenting the day, so make sure to check out the full gallery, and don’t miss the seriously charming video from NazFilms below!

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From the Bride…Favorite part of our day: Since Patrick and I opted not to do a first look, I really cherished the time we spent alone taking photos after our ceremony, soaking in the day and each other. When you asked to steal us away for a few minutes while everyone was enjoying dinner, we didn’t think twice about it. That drive down the long Tuckahoe Plantation driveway right before sunset, surrounded by nothing but trees and pristine nature, really gave us a chance to reflect on the excitement of the day. My other favorite part of the day was having all the girls over at our house the morning of for brunch while getting ready. We watched Gossip Girl, sipped on mimosas and relaxed in robes while being pampered with hair and make-up!

Why we chose Tuckahoe Plantation: Patrick and I toured four venues and the minute we walked around Tuckahoe Plantation, we knew it was perfect. It had its challenges, with our wedding scheduled mid-hurricane season and Tuckahoe being an outdoor venue, but we fell in love and didn’t look back.

Wedding planning details: I planned all the little details for our wedding and while I don’t have a creative bone in my body, I really tried to infuse the day with personal details that represented us as a couple. Some of my favorites were our wedding flowers, which included burgundy ranunculus and peach roses, a play on the colors of Virginia Tech where Patrick I first met in graduate school, a cork monogram “B” I made to display using corks I had collected throughout our engagement, two gorgeous vintage cars we were lucky enough to borrow from family friends to get to and from our venue that day and of course, getting married on our six year anniversary!

Other fun details: Patrick and I had so much fun incorporating meaningful details and celebrating small achievements during the months leading up to the wedding. We buried our bottle of bourbon the month before the wedding at the ceremony site in the pouring rain, which was such an adventure (and absolutely worth the beautiful weather we had on our wedding day!) We rented out one of our favorite local Richmond restaurants, Arcadia, for our rehearsal dinner so we could properly introduce our out-of-town friends and family to Richmond. We even scheduled cake tasting during my birthday weekend so we could indulge all weekend long.

Wedding Favors: different jams from my Grandmother’s recipes.

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: The Buttercream Bee | Invitations: Chelsey Emery | Ceremony Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation | Reception Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Co | Grooms Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Film: NazFilms | Florals: Flowers By Mona Ray

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Classic Richmond Wedding at The Jefferson Hotel

Traditional weddings are awesome, that’s a given.  But pair a plethora of classic details with just a touch of preppy chic and it’s an all-out pretty fest like you’ve never seen.  Think lush blooms from The Green Flamingo, the fab stylings of Fête Studio and a Jefferson Hotel setting that will seriously take your breath away.  See it all captured by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Brian and I are both from Virginia. I grew up in Richmond, and Brian in Alexandria. Both employed at law firms – Brian is an attorney and I work in business development. We actually have pretty similar upbringings – although our colleges were definitely different paths. Brian to a southern school and I went to school in the midwest. But I think we fit together well because we had an understanding about each other from the start. Its kind of crazy how similar our lives are and I think that helps us navigate all the bumps much more easily.

Brian and I were introduced through a close friend who went to law school with Brian and went to college with my brother. But we were actually set up about two years after we first met. Our first ‘fateful’ meeting was at a UVA vs. VATech game. Brian may have gotten the party started a little early that day, and ended up falling asleep in the middle of the football game sitting next to me. Needless to say, it took about two years for us to actually go out and I remember when my friend told me to go out with him, I said, ‘isn’t he the guy who fell asleep at the game?’ – it was hilarious fodder for all the speeches given at our wedding. Even our priest thought it was pretty funny.

I can easily say I knew early on that Brian was the one – I’m a bit decisive and I just felt it it my gut that he was the right person for me. We did long distance for a year after only being together for about a month and then he moved to DC. The reason I knew he was committed was how he began to love my dog – he was never, which is an understatement, an animal person, and I’m pretty sure at this point he loves Tupelo more than anything.

For our wedding, we wanted a classic, traditional Virginia experience. I loved the details, but I think the most fun for us was trying to plan something that our guests would enjoy and would get to see and learn a little bit more about where we are from. I really love Richmond, and I wanted to try and highlight that as much as possible through the weekend.

We had so many favorite wedding day details. I really loved my bouquet. Green Flamingo did it perfectly. And I just loved my dress. I felt so comfortable, and a bit different, but still classic. Walking into the ballroom and seeing the tables – the flowers, the place cards, the notes…it was a pretty fun experience to see all the ideas come together like they did.

Brian’s speech is something I’ll never forget. I still get goose bumps thinking about it. The morning with all my girls – I was actually really nervous, not about marrying Brian, but walking down the aisle in front of everyone (so silly!), but it was so nice to have that time in the morning to be with my best friends to calm my nerves. And walking the stairs of The Jefferson for our entrance (I was terrified) but it was a pretty amazing experience. Such an incredible place to celebrate our wedding.

My advice to other brides is to just stop every once and a while, take a deep breath and take it in. It allows you to take a moment to forget the planning, details, and greeting everyone, and appreciate all the people who’ve gathered to celebrate you and your husband.

Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Flowers: The Green Flamingo | Ceremony Venue: St. Benedict Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Jefferson Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Ceremony Music: Terra Voce | Food And Beverage: The Jefferson Hotel | Invitations & Paper Goods: Smock Paper | Misc Print: Fête Studio | Planning And Design: Fête Studio | Portraits: The Wilton House | Reception Music: Horizon Band | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Of Virginia | Transportation: Winn Transportation | Trolley: Richmond Trolley