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Bold Black and White Ballroom Wedding

Everything that Laura Gordon Photography touches turns to gold. Want proof? Just peek this gallery and you’ll have all the evidence you need. Because this ballroom fete is fit for royalty. With captivating captures like this, this, AND this, we think you’ll be hard pressed to pick just one as a forever favorite. Fall in love with it all in The Vault!

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Spring
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ChurchHotel
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Classic

From The Bride…I have always had a deep appreciation for classic & traditional things. I also love anything that feels fancy & elegant. From the moment I started planning our wedding, I knew I wanted our guests to feel three things: Elegance, Tradition, & Appreciation. I was very lucky to have an incredible team of vendors that helped to bring my dream together. As a wedding photographer, I knew my biggest decision would be my photographer. I chose someone that I felt was extremely capable of seeing my wedding day the way I had envisioned it. I always knew I wanted to be married somewhere that embodied elegance & tradition, which is why I chose the historic Jefferson Hotel as my wedding venue. My stationery designer worked with me to set the tone of my day with the perfect invitation suite. That helped to set the bar of elegance that we would carry throughout the wedding.

From the tradition aspect, I knew I wanted to get married in a Church since both my parents and my husband’s parents were married in a church. That was important to me because I wanted my future children to have the opportunity to also see a church in our wedding pictures.

Something that made our wedding day unique was the amount of time we spent planning to make sure our guests really enjoyed the wedding and felt appreciated. Making sure everyone would really have a great time at our wedding was one of the things we thought about most. From the food we chose, to the bar, & the band. Even from a scheduling stand point we thought about what our guests would want. My husband and I are very people & family oriented and we are the happiest when those around us are happy. We knew we had to take that into consideration on our big day. We wanted everyone to feel appreciated and loved so that it was truly everyone’s big day.

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Cinematography: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning: Events By Elizabeth Palmer | Floral Design: Photosynthesis | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau-Ginny | Cake: The Jefferson Hotel | Invitations: Page Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Monumental Church | Reception Venue: The Jefferson Hotel | Hair + Makeup: Avenue 42 | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Officiant: Two Become One Ministry | Ceremony Music: Appasionata | Bridal Boutique: Hitched Salon | Bride's Rings: Hamric & Sheridan | Ceremony Flower Wall: Sweetpea Paper | Cocktail Hour Music: Frank Sings Frank | Groom's Ring: Cowardin's | Guest Book: Sue Corral Ink | Linen Rentals: Glamour Linens | Trolley: RVA Trolley

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Light + Bright Southern Wedding That’s Sure to Stun

Mismatched bridesmaids dresses, a naked cake, an intimate standing staircase ceremony, this here wedding has got it all. Captured by Jordan Brittley we invite you to witness one celebration that you’re sure to love. So grab a few tissues and see it all firsthand in The Vault!

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Summer
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Elegant

From Jordan BrittleyThis Plantation wedding with a view is full of rooftop kisses, hugs from the bride’s little sisters, and elegant walks through the gardens! I love that this wedding felt like it was taking place in their own backyard. Emma and Dan wanted their families to be able to relax and enjoy all of their guests.

Don’t miss the photos of the best friend locket that Emma gave to her little sister! It was so precious how much she cherished it! I knew that Emma was really close to her sisters so I asked them to hug her while she put on her dress. Those photos are sure to make you tear up!!

Little ones ran through the grass and explored the grounds at this lovely place! Bees buzzed around and there was the most delicious lemonade for the guests!

I love that Emma and Dan decided to do a standing ceremony. They set up several chairs for grandparents, but everyone else stood! It made the ceremony feel so intimate. Instead of creating a center aisle, she walked down the spiral staircase. He kept getting glimpses of her and started crying. In fact, one of my favorite memories from their wedding was that the pastor gave Dan a moment to catch his breath because he couldn’t stop crying! It was the sweetest thing!

Emma and Dan wanted their guests to be happy and feel joyful on their wedding day. They just wanted an intimate celebration for their families and closest friends! This wedding was just that!

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Photography: Jordan Brittley | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: The Sticky Spatula | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Billy Ella | Jewelry: BHLDN | Rings: Lang Antique | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Market Salamander | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Young | Venue: Long Branch Plantation | Coordination + Floral Design: Cari Jean Antons

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‘Written in the Stars’ Elopement Inspiration Shoot

A love that was written in the stars – sound familiar? Well it should if you’ve perused this gallery. Complete with celestial details and a few out of this world design moments, Rebekah Emily Photography captured it all to share in The Vault!

From Rebekah Emily PhotographyThis celestial elopement celebrates the story of a young couple who met in an astronomy class in college and drew closer to one another over a mutual love of stars. Set on top of a hill at the historic Rixey Manor in rural Virginia, this occasion is beautifully highlighted by both classic elegance and modern, artisanal touches. Swedish himmeli by Handmade Sam*Made are tastefully featured throughout the scenes, an abstract representation of the intricacies and splendor of constellations in the night sky.

Part of the charm of this beautifully curated event lies in the hand-crafted details, created especially for this occasion. The invitation suite, designed by Caitlin of Wouldn’t It Be Lovely, drew off of the himmeli for inspiration in the design of its border. The blind embossing alongside sweeping hand-lettering is the perfect introduction into the contemporary, artistic essence of the day.

The table runner, hand-painted by Sara Kate Couture, features an array of eloquent colors from peacock greens to midnight blues and moody purples, and is strewn with clusters of golden stars which come together to form whimsical constellations. Paired with handsomely designed menus and acrylic place cards bearing names of the couple’s favorite constellations, the runner adds striking continuity to the tabletop.

Echoes of the tabletop decor can be found in the enchanting cake-cutting tableau. A hand-painted backdrop, inspired by the magical transition of day into the midnight sky, hangs in striking contrast to the minimalist cake. Together these masterpieces create a scene that transforms the tradition of cake-cutting from merely a sweet vignette into a celestial vision of a dream-come-true.

Kari of Lark Florals thoughtfully selected her stems with the night sky in mind – bursts of purple astrantia, white astilbe, and thistle remind us of the glisten of starlight. Using soft, warm hues such as “Garden Spirit” roses and peach ranunculus, as well as the cool, silvery greens of dusty miller and silver leaf elaeagnus, Kari’s arrangements expertly touch on every facet of the extraordinary color scheme. Her florals are designed to feel not only luxurious, but also natural and approachable, to reflect the character and charm of the Manor itself. Special details such as the Groom’s pocket flowers (a refreshing spin on the traditional boutonniere) and exquisite garlands delight the eyes and inspire playfulness and creativity.

Set aside in a private room, the romantic sweetheart table offers the couple a quiet escape from the excitement of their wedding day. Soft white linens, rustic chairs original to the Manor, and a slight glisten of gold softly invite the couple in to enjoy their first dinner as husband and wife. The setting is intimate, allowing the couple to fully appreciate those special first moments of their new life together, side-by-side.

The guest sign, also by Sarah Kate Couture, doubles as a treasured keepsake for the couple. A painted canvas features the couple’s family initial, ‘P’, and a myriad golden stars. The artwork is set for guests to mark their names, symbolizing their own place in this new union’s constellation of family and friends – a sweet and simple detail that the couple can hang in their home, forever reminding them of the love and support they were and forever will be surrounded by.

And finally, the night ends with the newly married couple stepping outside to enjoy one of their favorite pastimes together: stargazing. Here we can see the heart behind this entire celebration – two people coming together and fashioning an event true to their own unique relationship. All of the vendors involved in this day seamlessly collaborated to weave together a darling juxtaposition of timeless romance and stylish trends, while carefully infusing the couple’s own love story into every detail for an endearing personal touch.

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Photography: Rebekah Emily Photography | Event Stylist: Lily & Oak Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Lark Floral | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Eloise's Pastries | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: A La Carte Catering | Hair + Makeup: Bobbypins And Blush | Groom's Attire: Michael Kors | Transportation: Camelot Classic Cars | Venue: Rixey Manor | Backdrop, Table Runner + Guest Sign: Sara Kate Couture | Bridal Boutique: Amanda's Touch Bridal and Formal | Hair Accessories: J'Adorn Designs | Himmeli: Handmade Sam*Made | Invitations, Menus, Signage + Globes: Wouldn't It Be Lovely | Linen Rentals + Table Settings: Beggar's Banquet Rentals | Photography - Assistance: Zach Graham | Ring Dish: SparksAndSpecs | Wedding Dress Hanger: Poppy And Scooter

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How to Mix Rustic Chic with Black Tie Elegance

The Bride’s favorite detail of her day was the florals from Amaryllis Event Design, and we can see why. In rich fall shades of aubergine, navy, larkspur blue, burgundy and hints of blush, the lush arrangements of roses, anemones and garden roses added a touch of romance to this “rustic chic” fall day. See all the pretty, thanks to Readyluck, in The Vault!

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Fall
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Rustic Venue
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Rustic

From The Bride…Before getting engaged, I never imagined what my dream wedding would be like. All Ian and I knew was that we wanted a fall wedding in a special venue where the autumnal beauty would be a backdrop for our big day. After many hours of searching on Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, and any other website I could think of, I knew I had to have a barn wedding with a ‘rustic chic’ theme. Once we chose our venue, a beautiful 3-level barn on exquisite grounds, all of the fine details started coming together.

When choosing my color palette and bridesmaid dresses, I knew I wanted all 12 girls to pick whatever style they felt most comfortable in and also their favorite color in my palette: aubergine, blush, midnight navy, and larkspur blue. The final color in my palette, burgundy, was used in all of the flowers (and my manicure) to tie all of the bridesmaids together to make a cohesive story.

Speaking of flowers, I could not be more obsessed with my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets and the floral decor on the chuppah! It’s hard to pick a favorite but all of the flower arrangements from our wedding are my favorite detail of the entire day. Amaryllis executed my vision PERFECTLY and I could not be happier with how all of the flowers turned out!

Another favorite detail of our wedding was the naked wedding cake Graul’s made for us – it was not only delicious but absolutely beautiful and exactly what we wanted. Our wedding day felt like an absolute dream and we are so thankful for our amazing team who executed it so flawlessly. Thanks to the amazing photography of Lindsay from READYLUCK, we get to relive the best day of our lives over and over again!

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Photography: Readyluck | Event Planning: Sharlene Sherman Events Ltd. | Floral Design: Amaryllis | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Graul’s Market | Stationery: Julie Song Ink | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Radcliffe Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Linwoods | Makeup: Glamaloft | Hair: Form Salon | Band: Nightsong | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Venue: At Home | Bridal Boutique: Saks Fifth Avenue | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Wedding Library

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