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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 Soterro | 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 & 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: Sparks and Specs | Wedding Dress Hanger: Poppy And Scooter

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Relive All Those Ballerina Dreams With This Inspired Wedding Shoot

Disclaimer: I danced for 14+ years and in the time since I stopped putting my pointe shoes on, my love for the art has never waned. So East Made Event Company’s scene is straight out of my dreams, complete with real ballerinas – and newlyweds – and pretty pieces from Paisley & Jade. Josh Gooden filmed the beauty and our Vault is looking mighty fine with all these twirls. And so, Love by Serena, enough with my fawning; can I please order prints of all of these pics pretty please?

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From Love by Serena… We were so lucky to be able to work with talented professional ballet dancers from the Richmond Ballet, Valerie and Kirk Henning. Newlyweds themselves, Valerie and Kirk wed last summer at the Carpenter Theater in Richmond.

You may recognize the couple from this viral video of Kirk and his groomsmen performing an 8-minute choreographed dance for Valerie at their wedding. If you haven’t seen it before, you must watch!

From Josh & Serena… The concept for this shoot began with one word: movement. We had been longing to collaborate on a piece that was centered around the love of two dancers.

Josh was inspired by the emotional side of dancing. The beginning of the film centers on the isolation and subtle movement before the two lovers meet. A combination of pronounced cinematic movement and raw “handheld” camera work strives to convey a dance of both elegance and emotion.

From East Made Event Company… In addition to being a wedding planner, I am a professionally-trained classical violist with the Richmond Symphony, and loved the idea of designing a shoot around an artistic musical theme. The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, Virginia provided a stunning location with ceiling-high windows and beautiful marble floors. We used all three main rooms within the museum so we could take advantage of the streaming sunlight and antique feel.

For the shoot details, I used shades of dusty lilac, fig, and muted gold to create a spring color palette with a touch of black. Alexandra Grecco had just designed a delicate lilac cami and skirt which fit into our theme perfectly and provided contrast to the flowy, ivory Elizabeth Dye gown. We focused greatly on the concept of movement: how the gowns would react as our model danced, the cascading table linens, the diagonal florals and cake pattern, and the hand-marbled paper and sheet music calligraphy envelope liner. My goal was to have every element of the shoot have a purpose and connection to our dancing couple.

I was incredibly impressed by how much attention and care all of our vendors brought to this shoot. I hope these photos and video will inspire you to attend a ballet, symphony concert, or other live performance and take pleasure in the live beauty of music, dance, and art.

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Photography: Love by Serena | Cinematography: Josh Gooden Cinematography | Event Planning: East Made Event Company | Floral Design: Amanda Burnette | Cake: Sweet Fix RVA | Makeup: BRIDEface Richmond | Hair: Event Hair by Lauren | Stationery + Calligraphy: Poppy And Scooter | Venue: The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design | Amethyst Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Models: Valerie Tellmann, Company Member With Richmond Ballet | Photography - Assistance: Josh & Serena | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Table Runner + Ribbon: Adorn Company | Wedding Dress (Ivory): Elizabeth Dye | Wedding Dress (Lilac): Alexandra Grecco

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How a Pop of Red Transformed This Entire Wedding

You might believe you’ve seen every wedding color palette in the world of Pinterest, but you better think again. Because this wedding takes muted blush tones and pairs it with the most unexpected, yet ridiculously pretty, pop of red we’ve ever seen. Let’s just say this entire gallery from Michael and Carina Photography is about to become your new inspiration BFF.

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From Michael and Carina PhotographyCassie and Stephen are perfect together! They are incredibly gorgeous and stylish and head over heels in love. Cassie rocked her Rue de Seine “Fox” gown; it added a Bohemian flair to their outdoor winery wedding. The bride chose a lavish red-toned bouquet to compliment the intricate dress design. Her vintage inspired ring and dried flower paper goods fit the classic aesthetic perfectly.

Stephen and Cassie have been in a long distance relationship for a while; trial by fire. Their time apart from one another has finally come to an end! The couple married in an emotional outdoor ceremony on the lawn of the classic Williamsburg Winery surrounded by their friends and family.

The reception space inside the European-style winery hall was decorated with greenery, florals and candles. The cake table display offered something for every taste: from lavender macaroons to a red and gold plated wedding cake, it was both a visual and a tasty feast.

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Cinematography: Parroco Production Group | Event Planning + Design: Sterling Dawn Events | Floral Design: The Flowerman | Wedding Dress: Ru De Seine | Cake: Hummingbird Macarons | Invitations: DIY | Engagement Ring: Heidi Gibson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Chef By Design | Makeup: Emily Hair & Makeup Artistry | Hair: Monarch Hair Co | DJ: Astro Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: The Williamsburg Winery | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals

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