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Vineyards Meet the Mountains in this Classic Blue Ridge Wedding

Seated in an alcove of vines, nestled next to the Blue Ridge mountains… that all sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? One look at this gorgeous wedding photographed by Lauren Kinsey and you’ll be on Team Mountainside. It’s a classic beauty with pretty pastel blooms by Floral and Bloom Design and sun kissed portraits all sitting pretty in the vault. Have a look!

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Summer
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Vineyard
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Classic

From the Bride… My husband and I were married in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, halfway between our current home in Georgia and our hometowns in the Northeast. The whole day felt like a dream. It was a perfect breezy summer day, with blue skies. We had an outdoor ceremony that was held at a local vineyard, among our family and friends. Our guests were seated in an alcove of vines, nestled between the rolling blue mountains that surrounded them. As our loved ones began to walk down the aisle, the sun slowly started setting over the mountain tops in the distance.

The date we picked for our wedding was special to us because it marked ten years from the day we first met. We were first introduced when we were just fresh out of high school, and over the years, we have watched each other grow into the adults that we are today. We have waited so many years for this day, that I couldn’t believe I was finally seeing him all grown up, standing there, as we said our “I do’s”. The moment felt surreal.

Our wedding day was one that was filled with love and it showed. Everyone in our family had come together to help make our day a reality. My father had built the wine barrel tables for our ceremony and reception. Our three tier wedding cake was baked by my mother, and she had also sewn the textured damask linens for our reception. Our sweetheart table was set with vintage plates collected from various family members and antique stores. My husband was wearing his late grandfather’s cuff links, that his grandmother had given him as a wedding gift. For a more personalized touch, I had learned calligraphy and hand addressed our wedding invitations, and place cards. My husband constructed the escort card display using an antique frame from his mother. As a thank you to our guests, we left tiny, hand wrapped, wine related gifts at each place setting.

We had envisioned our day to be elegant, whimsical, and romantic. We pictured soft pastels, chantilly lace details, candle lit rooms, chandeliers, delicate summer blooms, and airy bouquets. Our color palette consisted of natural greens – paired with dusty rose, soft purple, and petal pink hues. We were inspired by organic elements that would play up the natural beauty of our venue. My bridesmaids and I carried free-form bouquets, accented with pastel peonies, clematis, dahlias, and handfuls of greenery. As our guests approached the ceremony site, they passed a flower bar, where they could fill cones with petals and lavender “wishes”. The ceremony and reception areas were decorated with soft florlas, light green pears, hand-made paper goods, and silk textiles. Our stationary consisted of recycled paper, and a hand-painted, watercolor monogram that accented the invitation suite.

For my wedding gown I knew that I wanted a look that was timeless and feminine. I was inspired by the iconic dresses from years ago, with soft, airy ballgown silhouettes, and lace details. When I first tried on my gown, it immediately reminded me of the dress that Jackie O. wore on her wedding day. Once we paired the dress with a chapel length lace veil, the whole thing felt like a vision from a dream, we all knew that this was exactly the gown that we were looking for.

I had given my bridesmaids the freedom to pick their own dresses. I chose a soft rosy pink and lilac color scheme for them to follow. They all looked like a vision in their gowns. One of our favorite moments of the night was when my two childhood friends privately sung a song they wrote for Jason and I, it perfectly summed up our ten years together.

After the last song was played, and all the lights were dimming out, we were having such a great time with our family and friends, that we lost track of time. Our last few guests were heading home, when my husband and I realized we missed our limo ride back to our house. We piled into the last two cars that were leaving the vineyard. With layers of tulle filling up half the vehicle, we laughed and snuggled with our wedding party until we made it home.

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Lazaro bridal | Invitations: Stephanie B Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Savoir Faire Limited | Hair and Makeup: Ana Buitrago | DJ: Y It Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A. Bank Rentals | Calligraphy Decor: Spurle Gul Studios | Day of Coordination: Infatuating Affairs | Event Manager: Breaux Vineyards | Rentals: Select Event Group | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Ribbons: Silk & Willow

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A Winter Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Take all the elegance of a winter wedding and pair that with mountainside scenery and you’ll have the essence of this day captured by Adam Barnes Photography. All white florals and greenery accents dressed up the indoor setting, and we kindly invite you to see every moment for yourself.

From the Bride… When we began to plan our wedding day, we knew we wanted to honor our families’ American and Korean traditions, highlight our Ohio and Virginia roots, and keep the day intimate with our families and closest friends. Through all of the planning, it was important to us to focus on the real reason for the day: our love and lifetime commitment to one another.

We chose Charlotteville, Virginia because we spent many weekends meeting there during our two-and-a-half-year long-distance relationship. As our wedding weekend was a “destination” for 100% of our guests, we knew we wanted our guests to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. King Family Vineyards, our favorite winery in the area with its spectacular views, was the perfect location. We had visited many times during our long-distance relationship and knew that it was beautiful in all seasons, including winter. We also knew that it would be a place that we could revisit for years to come. Every year on our anniversary, we plan to open a bottle of King Family’s Meritage wine that we served at our wedding.

Above all, we wanted to remember our wedding day as classic, timeless, and “us.” We first had a traditional Christian ceremony in the carriage house. We held firm in our decision to not do a first look before the ceremony, opting instead to follow tradition and wait until I walked down the aisle. We will never regret that decision. Seeing each other for the first time when those doors opened is something that we will both remember forever. A longer cocktail hour in the carriage house gallery accommodated wedding party photos and allowed our guests to experience sunset in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Before sitting for dinner, we had a second ceremony: a traditional Korean paebaek (bowing) ceremony to honor our families. My amazing mother ensured that every Korean custom was authentic, down to the silk tablecloths and wooden ducks that were brought over from South Korea, the Korean wine that we served our elders, and personally preparing the nine different snacks and Korean jujubes (dates) on the table. The traditional screen that served as the backdrop for the ceremony was hand-painted by my talented grandmother, a Korean folk artist, and shipped over from South Korea.

We approached the planning process as an introduction to marriage – a true partnership. We worked together to design and create the day-of paper goods, including the ceremony programs, menus, and cork place cards. All of the signs were designed and calligraphed by me, and ultimately inspired me to start my own lettering business on the side, The Write Decision, fully encouraged by Michael. We were also incredibly fortunate to work with the best team of vendors. The talented Alyssa Kristin (along with Lesley Bartosek at B.Loved Bridal Boutique) custom-designed my wedding dress, turning my hope for a timelessly elegant dress with sleeves into reality. Amy and her team at Blue Ridge Floral Design perfectly captured our vision of simple, beautiful greenery. And, of course, Adam Donovan-Groves of Donovan-Groves Events, as well as The Local catering led by Helen Osinga, brought our day to life and ensured that the day went seamlessly. Every moment was wonderfully captured by Adam Barnes Photography and eMotion Pictures Wedding Films. It was such a happy day – not counting every day thereafter.

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Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: eMotion Pictures - Wedding Films | Event Planning: Donovan-Groves Events | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: The Local | Makeup: Rouge 9 | Hair: Top Knot Studio | Band: The Adrian Duke Project | Ceremony Music: Eve Watters | Ceremony Music: Amanda Masson | Wedding Venue: King Family Vineyards | Bridal Boutique: B.Loved Bridal | Calligraphy/Lettering: Bride | The Write Decision | Invitation Suite: Shine Wedding Invitations | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: C&O Restaurant | Rentals: MS Events | Sushi: Sushi'N | Wedding Cake and Desserts: Favorite Cakes | Welcome Party Venue: The Whiskey Jar

5 Ways to Involve Pets in Your Wedding

Hands down, there’s nothing better than a sweet fur baby making an appearance on your Big Day. So if your best friend happens to be an adorable pooch (or cat, or bird, or pig…), we’re teaming up with The Westin Birmingham to run down a list of 5 ways to include your loves in the most important celebration of your life. Prepare for a cuteness overload below.

ONE: AS THE CUTEST BEST MAN OR MAID OF HONOR EVER

There’s nothing cuter than a pet in a bow tie or floral crown, so when it comes to stealing the show (they will), let your sweetie shine as your Best Man or Maid of Honor. You’ll love it, your guests will love it and it will most definitely go down in history as one of your fave wedding moments.

Photography: Jose Villa

TWO: AS THE PERFECT FAVORS

Love your furry friend more than anything? Then be sure to pay tribute to them in every possible way. One of our faves? A cute little favor that also happens to be in the shape of their likeness. It’s taking “puppy treats” to an entirely new level and your guests will appreciate the ode to your sweet little pooch.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

THREE: AS YOUR INVITATION SHOWPIECE

Want your fur baby to make a giant wedding statement? Then include them in your invitation suite, so your nearest and dearest know just where your heart is. It’s creative, unique and, let’s be honest, sooo darn cute. We’re totally on board with this.

Photography: Brumley & Wells / Invitation Design: Karen O’Bryan

FOUR: AS CRAZY CUTE ESCORT CARDS

And speaking of paper, why not include Fido on your escort cards? Whether you’re having a romantic soiree, a modern celebration or something else entirely, it’s a detail that will leave everyone talking. We promise.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography

FIVE: AS THE MOST ADORABLE RING BEARER IN THE WORLD

Your nephew is definitely a cutie, but you know what’s even cuter? Having that sweet little guy walk your adorable pooch down the aisle. It’s a double dose of sweetness that will make your entire day. We promise.

Photography: Jose Villa

From the cutest Best Man ever to a yummy treat your guests will love, including your fave fur baby in the celebration of the century is a definite must. Just be sure to book a pet-friendly venue like The Westin Birmingham, so that everything goes off without a hitch. Think breathtaking views of Uptown, an amazing locale close to awesome eateries and shopping and a team of talented wedding coordinators that will take your pet-centric celebration to the next level. You’re going to love every moment of your Big Day… and so will your best friend.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Photography: Brumley & Wells | Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Invitation Design: Karen O'Bryan

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