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April Showers Bring May Flowers For This Springtime Styled Shoot

After a crazy winter (seriously, there were weeks in those scary single digits), we’re all welcoming spring with WIDE OPEN ARMS. But spring doesn’t always arrive on time. It teases us a bit, stops by, leaves, comes back around…and this time of transition is what inspired The Event Group to create the scene before us. Playing on the darkness of winter up against the bright incoming spring, copper and slate complement each other and we’re all the better for it. Eva Lin and All Heart Photo & Video snapped away and with these pics in our Vault, we’re ready to dive head first into the season before us!

From The Event GroupWhimsical and edgy, “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” draws inspiration from the lingering northeast winters and the promise of spring. Commonly an overlooked time of the year, this collaboration will invigorate the wedding world with a refreshing and creative take on the transitional months of March and April. Warm copper tones, dramatic florals and complementary textiles will create a delicate balance between the romance of winter and the playfulness of spring.

Encompassing this dark versus light concept, the Ace Hotel ballroom was the perfect host for this collaboration. The abundance of natural light not only makes for exquisite photographs, but also touches on this airy hope for spring, while the contradicting black drapes speak to the darkness of winter.

P.S. The models in this shoot are a real life married couple and are absolutely adorable!

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Photography: Eva Lin Photography | Videography: All Heart Photo and Video | Event Design: The Event Group | Floral Design: The Farmer's Daughter | Wedding Dress: Houghton Bride | Invitations: More Than Words | Bride's Shoes: Ted Baker | Catering: Ace Hotel | Hair + Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Groom's Attire: Claiborne | Venue: Ace Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Glitter & Grit | Candle Holders: H&M | Chargers + Flatware: Crate and Barrel | Linens: Lendable Linens | Rentals: The Prop Shop | Rentals: Event Source | Scroll: More Than Words

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A Classic Garden Wedding? Yes, please!

Take a breathtaking traditional setting like the Evergreen Museum And Library and add in a rich color palette of red and blues with just a touch of golden glitter and the results are insanely pretty.  Think lush blooms crafted by Scentsational Florals, the beauty stylings of JKW Beauty and a bride and groom who are the definition of sweet.  See it all captured by Natalie Franke in THE VAULT, lovelies.

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From Natalie Franke… These two are the epitome of soulmates and their relationship, spanning over a decade, is truly one of the most genuinely inspiring pairings you can imagine!

Greer wore a gorgeous wedding gown and carried her grandmother’s earrings on her bouquet. They walked arm in arm around the museum counting down the minutes until the reverend would declare them husband and wife. Everything about this wedding was incredible! The venue is a historic Museum just north of Baltimore that overlooks exquisite gardens and hidden brick archways.

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Photography: Natalie Franke | Floral Design: Scentsational Florals | Wedding Dress: Love Couture Bridal | Cake: Kupcakes And Co | Catering: Zeffert And Gold | Makeup: Jordan K Winn | DJ: Evan Reitmeyer | Venue: Evergreen Museum And Library | Photography - Assistance: Kate Ann Photo | Rentals: 2Hands Studios

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This Sapphire Ring Kicked Off One Beautiful Blue Party

There simply isn’t enough space on this one page to house all the delightful details included in this beautiful blue and white wedding (thank goodness we got our Vault to hold every pic!) Strawberry Milk Events led the team and thanks to Katie Stoops we don’t miss one preppy piece of this party – so pop open Pinterest and getting ready to pin to your heart’s content because it all really is that good.

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From the Bride… Being a designer who had helped many brides realize their own unique wedding visions, I approached our wedding day planning with lots of ideas for the look and feel that I wanted to create. We wanted a wedding that reflected us as a couple, traditional, yet fun, and definitely near a body of water. The Inn at Perry Cabin embodied the beauty and historical feel that we were hoping for. Andrew proposed to me with a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring and that, along with our venue choice, with its lovely water views, lead to our delft blue-inspired romantic theme.

At the time of our engagement we were stationed in Washington, DC so the proximity to the Inn, located in St. Michael’s, Maryland, was manageable during planning. That was important to us as I was deep into my MFA thesis during the process and yet I still wanted to design as many of the details as I could manage in order to personalize our special occasion. There were many hours spent in the weeks prior the big event making sure those welcome bags were perfectly put together and the escort card tassels were the correct shade of blue. I focused so much of my energy leading up to the wedding on those small details because, to me, they mattered. It seemed important that there be continuity of design throughout all of the weekend’s events. I custom designed our letterpress save the dates and wedding invitations. For our guests, these set the tone for the entire weekend. I also hand-designed all of the other welcome materials and paper goods, from escort and menu cards to welcome maps and bags of goodies. Needless to say, I was busy but the finished product was well worth the effort. I had so much fun watching everything come together and, in the end, it was just beautiful. Julie, my planner from Strawberry Milk Events, helped to harmonize our look through venue décor, tenting, linens and table arrangements. She also kept us on track the day of. Lauren and Rachel from Sweet Root Village designed those stunning floral arrangements and the greenery canopy over the dance floor. The exquisite results blew me away. Lastly, Katie Stoops Photography helped us capture all the special moments and details of the day in the most beautiful way possible.

One of my favorite memories from that day was surprising Andrew by walking down the aisle with my Dad to an electric violin version of a Dave Matthews song. Andrew loves Dave Matthews Band, and the surprise was of special significance for the two of us. Seeing the big grin on his face when he realized what song was playing as I walked towards him reminded us that this was a special moment between the two of us, even as it was being witness by all of our family and friends. Those friends and family being there meant so much to us as we have moved many times over the years due to our careers. Finding the right balance between entertaining and enjoying your guests and taking the time to appreciate the moment with your spouse is really important.

What I would say is… the day goes by so quickly and we made an effort to enjoy our “moments” together. You are throwing a really big party and you, as a couple, are the center of attention. We wanted to remember what the event was about… our love and future together. It is important to take time to remember throughout the day how, and why, we were celebrating our love.

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Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Event Design: Strawberry Milk Events | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Stationery: Danielle Herrold Design | Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade | Engagement Ring: Custom By Lauren B Fine Jewelry And Diamonds, New York | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Wedding Venue: The Inn At Perry Cabin | Ceremony Music (Electric Violin, Harp): Music By Gigi | Paper Goods: Danielle Herrod Design | Reception Band: EBE Milan 77 | Reception Dress: Jesus Peiro | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Table Decor: DC Rentals | Welcome Bags: Danielle Herrold Design

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Coral, Foxes, Croquet – Oh My! Now THIS Is How You Get Married at Home

Sentimental venue? Her father’s personal estate. Gorgeous backdrop? The Blueridge Mountains. Unique ceremony location? A staircase adorned with Holly Chapple Flowers garland and a fox statue for good measure. Carrying the fox motif throughout the day with Laura Hooper Calligraphy and escort cards, this is one coral capped celebration from Abby Jiu that you have to see in The Vault!

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From Abby Jiu PhotographyOn a gorgeous spring day, Jennifer and Jeffrey were married on her father’s personal estate, Jessamine Farm, near the Little Inn of Washington in Washington, VA. The 75 acre estate offered beautiful views of the Blueridge Mountains, and the property itself simply accentuated the natural beauty around them. The ceremony was held on the front porch which had a long staircase that was adorned with green garland and a beautiful statement of peonies and roses. A fox statue at the bottom of the staircase, adorned with a flower wreath, played to the farm background of the property and the fox motif was carried throughout the invitations and escort cards. Jennifer and her father were brought to the ceremony on a horse-drawn carriage, which Jennifer and Jeff later exited on as husband and wife.

Guests were greeted with watermelon quenchers as they arrived, and cocktails were later served on the back veranda where guests could mingle or explore the historic property and gardens. The reception was held under a cloth tent, which was decorated with lush greenery and bright coral and pink flowers. The guests danced the night away with laughter and smiles. Desserts were later served poolside before the couple exited under a canopy of sparklers.

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Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Floral Design: Holly Chapple Flowers | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Invitations: Haute Papier | Catering: Design Cuisine | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper & Co. | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Venue: At Home | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Coordination + Design: ATrendy Wedding

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