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.
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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
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 Photography
…Belle 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 & Sweets
…I 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 Services
…When 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 | Venue: Belle Isle | 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 | Wedding Favor - Manhattan Kit: Kitsy California
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 Stoops, Amanda 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