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Fresh & Romantic Leesburg Wedding

My cure for a rainy, autumn day like today? Loads of luscious blooms from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers and a happy pink and green combo that’ll leave you aching for a warm summer day. It comes in the form of these cheerful captures from Abby Jiu Photography, and beyond the lovely, is a sweet layer of tradition folded in—including the delicately beautiful lace veil worn by the Bride’s great-great-grandmother. See it all here.

From Holly Heider Chapple FlowersA lovely, sentimental summer event, Sally Roberts and Andrew Boardman’s nuptials were held in picturesque Leesburg, Virginia. Beautifully realized in pale pinks and soft yellows, the affair was gorgeously styled and heartwarmingly personal. All of the bridesmaids and groomsmen were sisters and brothers of the bride and groom and the flower girls were a delightful little train of nieces. Additionally, Sally’s exquisite veil was a family heirloom. First worn by Sally’s great-great-grandmother in 1804, the veil has been passed down through generations, worn by over 17 brides- and counting!

From The Bride & Groom…We met at love at first sight, of course! Andrew and Sally met on the first day of class during their freshman year of college. Andrew arrived to class five minutes late, and after scanning the 300-person lecture hall, he noticed a beautiful girl at the front of the classroom. Completely mesmerized and determined to meet her, Andrew walked all the way down the aisle to the front of the classroom, sat next to her, and introduced himself – this was the very first time Andrew and Sally met. It turns out that eight years later, it would be her walking down an aisle past hundreds of people to stand next to him at the wedding altar!

Our favorite part of the day was ringing the church bell immediately after the wedding ceremony. It was a very special moment for us not only because it was the first thing we did together as a married couple, but it was also symbolic of us proclaiming our lifelong love and marriage to the world – via wedding bells!

After the engagement, we conducted exhaustive research on where and when to have our wedding – from warm weather beach destinations to a winter wedding at a lodge in the mountains. But what we quickly realized is, the most important aspect of our wedding planning didn’t revolve around the glitz and glamour, but rather ensuring that as many of our guests could be able to attend as possible. Since the majority of our families live in Northern Virginia, we decided to have the wedding in Sally’s hometown of Leesburg, VA, allowing all 250 of our family members and closest friends to attend. What made this extra special is that the ceremony was held in the church where Sally was baptized, and the reception was held at Sally’s parents’ house, where she was raised. The wedding was nothing short of spectacular. Planning all the minute details of a home wedding took an enormous amount of time and attention, but the experience mimicked one of the Roberts family’s favorite movies, Father of the Bride.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Stationery: Dandelion Patch | Ceremony Venue: St. James Church Of Leesburg | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Caterer: Paula Kiley | Makeup Artist: Jan Scott | Groomsmen's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bridal Boutique: Hannelores's | Bridal Gown: Rivini | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade

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Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event

There’s something about the impending holiday season that has me wishing for a little something sparkly. So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event! Mervis Diamond Importers has been hand-selecting diamonds to help couples celebrate their love for over 80 years, and from November 14-16, they’re letting you enjoy some seriously amazing once-a-year prices!

This third generation family business founded in South Africa is not like any other jewelry store you’ve ever been to. At Mervis Diamond Importers, they’re all about a personalized experience from start to finish, allowing clients to pick out the perfect diamond to fit into the perfect setting! With endless styles and designs from some of the industries best designers (such as Verragio, Martin Flyer, Sasha Primak, Coast Diamonds + Benchmark), you can be sure your dream ring is waiting for you.

And this weekend, from November 14-16 at the Tysons, Rockville and Washington D.C. locations, you’ll get to beat the holiday rush and enjoy amazing once-a-year pricing! For more information on the Holiday Preview Event, head over here!

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Lovesick Cinematography + DJ + Photography + A Contest!

I’m beyond excited to let you all in on a little secret that has me bursting at the seams. Ready for it? Lovesick. This boutique group offers beyond-amazing cinematography, live DJing + “stills” (their take on photography). Just take a peek below. 

Starting as a two-man operation in Philadelphia in 2007, Lovesick has since grown into a rad-wedding capturing machine, working over 100 weddings each year around PA, NJ, NY and the TriState area. In addition to their amazing — and I mean amazing — cinematography and live DJing, Lovesick has launched a new service called “stills” which is their take on photography. This mashup style combines traditional photos with still images pulled from constantly running video. And the result? Wedding day magic. Available as separate services or as a package, you can be sure that when Lovesick is involved, the whole team is fully invested in your best day ever.

Lovesick also puts on an amazing Lovesick Expo and have added two new cities to the tour! Get all the details here. To top all this awesomeness off, Lovesick is hosting a pretty fabulous contest where they’ll be hosting a contest for a film + photo package worth $11,000 for $2,500 and will travel to the couple’s event anywhere in the world! Head over here to get all the details and to enter. Good luck!

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