While we all can agree that at their core, weddings celebrate the wonderful union between two people, it’s not to say those pretty little details don’t matter. And for me, those little details made me smile even brighter. One of my favs: the super chic “Mr” and “Mrs” signs and beautiful blooms on our chairs at our reception, so it’s with giddy pleasure I round up other stylish sweetheart chairs for us all to adore!
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Most autumn weddings are done in shades of rusty oranges, golden yellows and warm reds, so this fall wedding with its navy, cream and sage green color scheme is a breath of crisp fresh fall air. Complete with photography from Emily Wren Photography, tunes from Lovesick, and hair and makeup from True Beauty Marks, it doesn’t get more lovely than this. See it all in THE VAULT!
From Emily Wren Photography…Heather & Rob were married on a lovely fall day at the bucolic John James Audubon Center. Everything about this wedding was stylish! The bride & groom were simply overjoyed to be marrying one another, and their emotion shines through their portrait session. Heather looked stunning in her delicate Rebecca Schoneveld lace dress and Jimmy Choo silver wedges. Belovely Floral Design did a spectacular job on their flowers and signage – I especially loved the welcome sign at the entrance of their ceremony. The ceremony took place in an apple orchard under a beautiful altar made of wood and further decorated with flowers and ferns. Wedding guests enjoyed signature cocktails on the sprawling lawns of the property, then moved inside the 19th century barn for the reception, which was adorned with market lights and blush and green florals, also by Belovely.
Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Floral Design: Belovely | Wedding Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Jeffery Miller Catering | Hair And Makeup: True Beauty Marks | DJ: Lovesick | Officiant: Donna Forsythe | Venue: John James Audubon Center
When your future mother-in-law happens to be THE Lynn Easton of Easton Events, you can count yourself one of the luckiest brides on the planet. She’s got a way with planning and design that continually leaves us in awe, and paired with Southern Blooms on florals? Well, it’s the stuff wedding dreams are made of. Jose Villa put his incredible talents to work behind the camera and THE VAULT is where you’ll find each and every image.
From The Groom’s Mother… I’ve planned hundreds and hundreds of weddings—each one unique in its own way—but nothing has come close to working with a young couple when one of them, say, a particularly adorable groom, happens to be my own son. Of course, this could have been a recipe for disaster but I knew that planning with my future daughter-in-law was going to be a pleasure, not only because she happens to be a truly lovely human being, but because she’s one of those fabulous brides who gets the big picture.
Elizabeth understood that the most important thing when planning a wedding isn’t a checklist. Sure, selecting the food, the wine or the band are super important, but the primary focus should be on creating a memorable experience for your guests. She believes, as I do, that a magical wedding leaves your guests feeling like they’ve done more than gone through the motions and matrimonial rituals. Being aligned in that goal made the wedding day a wonderful experience, and perhaps more importantly made all the planning a special and, believe it or not, fun time for our family.
Pippin and Elizabeth’s wedding took place at, Elizabeth’s family’s home — which made it all the more meaningful and personal. The late afternoon ceremony was in one of the “garden rooms,” followed by cocktails in the back of the property overlooking a gorgeous rolling hillside. Then we surprised everyone by inviting our 285 (somewhat hesitant) guests onto mini coaches and whisking them up to the highest point of the farm. There they discovered our gorgeous Sperry dinner tent with 280-degree breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
La Tavola’s Blue Marrakesh cloth—an Easton Events’ favorite—was the perfect backdrop for Southern Blooms to bring Elizabeth’s vision of tailored elegance to fruition. Photographer Jose Villa captured all the magic as he always does—flawlessly. A stunning sunset was the finishing touch. Granted, I might be a bit biased, but it was MEMORABLE!
I’m not sure which was better: getting to spend 12 months planning with Elizabeth and her amazing mother Anne, or watching two of my favorite people on the planet pledge their love in front of a swooning group of family and friends. All I know is that I am one lucky and very proud mother and mother-in-law.
Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Ian's Creations | Event Design & Planning: Easton Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Engagement Ring: Gumuchian | Catering: C&O Resturant | Makeup: Lora Kelley | Hair: Moxie Hair & Body Lounge | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Groom's Attire: Hackett London | Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren | Officiant: Rev. Caroline Smith Parkinson | Ceremony Music: Belle Arte String Quartet | Transportation: Albemarle Limousine | Venue: At Home | Bride's Ring: Reines | Cocktail Hour Music: Peter Richardson | Groom's Ring: Cartier | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Reception Music: Mo'Sol | Rentals: Festive Fare | Sign In Book: Claire Magnolia | Tent Rentals: Skyline Tent Company | Veil: Carolina Herrera
One look at the Evergreen Museum And Library and it’s easy to see why this beautiful bride + groom had only one venue on their list – it’s breathtaking. But add in some ah-mazing DIY details, vintage meets rustic stylings and gorgeous golden hues and it takes on an entirely new level of pretty. See every fabulous moment captured beautifully by Edward Winter of READYLUCK right here in THE VAULT.
From the Bride… In planning our wedding, Braden and I had always agreed that our biggest priorities were to ensure that our guests enjoyed themselves while celebrating our marriage alongside us, and that whatever the celebration materialized as, most important was that it reflected who we were as a couple and how grateful we were to have everyone we loved together in one place.
The week after we got engaged in October 2014, The Evergreen Museum & Library was the first and only venue that we visited in the hopes of finding an available date. And, much to our inconceivable luck, we were able to secure August 15, 2015 at both The Evergreen and at the Loyola University Alumni Chapel – two places so special to us that throughout the months of planning we would often pause and ask each other, “Can you believe we got this lucky?”
I envisioned a style that was ethereal, timeless, and elegant while at the same time laid-back and welcoming. We chose a color palette that celebrated natural beauty of the grounds including evergreen, pale peach and blush tones, ivory, and mixed metals of antique gold and silver, and infused it into everything that we created.
With a creative background and a passion for do-it-yourself projects, I immersed myself in as many of the projects and the creative details as I could (for better or for worse), working especially close with our vendors – all of whom were so accommodating and inspiring to work with that by the time our wedding approached, they felt like good friends who were there to celebrate with us. Our florist was sweet enough to let us be very much a part of the design process for all of our floral arrangements, an area that we agreed was one of the most integral design elements of the day. We chose leafy deep greens in tribute to The Evergreen, soft peach garden roses, and ivory spray roses as our main florals, opting for loose yet somewhat structured arrangements throughout. Amidst the table arrangements we interspersed mercury glass hurricane vases in varying heights along with Victorian rose-colored glass votives, which paired beautifully with our ivory gold-trimmed china. We incorporated a number of vintage pieces as well, including mahogany farm tables, a white washed barn door converted into a bar that we used as our DJ stand, and gorgeous wrought iron chandeliers that we adorned with greenery and clusters of flowers.
While I am so proud of the many things that we designed and created for our day, I think the most special detail was our escort cards. My grandmother who had passed less than a year earlier, only days after Braden had asked her and my parents for my hand in marriage, had always taught me the importance of picking up stray pennies, no matter where you found them as they were “pennies from heaven” and symbolized luck and that someone, somewhere was thinking of you. After her passing and throughout our engagement, Braden and I began finding pennies seemingly everywhere. Wanting to incorporate her presence in our day in a subtle but special way, we knew that pennies would be the way to do it, not only to honor her, but also to pass a little luck off to our guests as a thank you for joining us. We spent hours carefully hand stamping pennies issued in 2015 with each guests’ table number, and then affixed them to escort cards that I had designed individually to match all of our paper goods. At our cocktail hour, guests collected them from a vintage window display that Braden’s father had built for us, repurposed from their old beach house in Long Beach Island, NJ where we had spent so many summer weekends. In addition to their lucky penny seating card keepsake, donations were made in our guests’ honor to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in lieu of traditional favors.
If there is one piece of advice that I could give brides-to-be, it would be to continually remind yourself and each other that the true purpose of the day is to celebrate the love you have for one another, and to always keep that in mind throughout the planning process. It’s easy to get caught up in the details, and they can definitely play a role of importance, but the most rewarding parts of the day won’t be the things you can see or touch – it will be the way the moments you shared with each other and your guests made you feel and the memories of them that you will carry together for a lifetime.
Photography: Edward Winter / READYLUCK | Coordination: Gingerwood Creative | Event Design: Jen Wohltman | Floral Design: Crimson And Clover | Wedding Dress: L'Fay Bridal | Cake: Rouge Fine Catering | Ceremony Venue: Loyola University Chapel | Reception Venue: Evergreen Museum And Library | Hair and Makeup: Behind The Veil Beauty | Groom's Attire: Custom Imparali | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Zbest Limo | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Getting Ready Venue: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel | Invitation Suite: Invitations By Salutations | Paper Goods: Jen Wohltman | Photo Booth: Lady Liberty Photo Booth | Rentals: Vintage Affairs | Table Numbers: Z Create Design