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Champagne, Crepes, and Lavender! All things French Live in this Provencal Wedding Inspiration

If I could, I would move right into this pretty lil’ gallery. Because when something includes every single one of your favorite things, it’s hard to resist residency. A day complete with Buttercream Bakery cookies and Alicia Lacey Photography behind the lens, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

From Alicia Lacey PhotographyThis romantic Provencal wedding shoot took place in the stunning hedged gardens of Oatlands Plantation with each element designed to inspire the couple who takes pleasure in all things French: fine wine, sharp cheese, and delicious pastries. Commonly a more secluded region of this beautiful country, we wanted the setup to include subtle neutral tones with varying hues of purple as a nod to the lavender fields that fill the area. In true European fashion, the bride’s soft hair and makeup were complemented by her understated gown that featured hints of lace and a dreamy low back. The couple shared a few intimate moments alone with one another before indulging the day that lie ahead.

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Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Event Design: Ginger and Blooms | Floral Design: Ginger and Blooms | Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Cake: Gateau | Invitations: Jess Creates | Shoes: Valentino d'Orsay | Hair + Makeup: JKW Beauty | Calligraphy: Sincerely Amy Designs | Groom: Brett from THE Artist Agency | Wedding Venue: Oatlands Plantation | Bride: Katarina from THE Artist Agency | Cookies: Buttercream Bakery | Cookies: Buttercream Bakeshop | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Rentals: Capital Classic Event Rentals

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Casual + Elegant Virginia Country Estate Wedding

Remember this gorgeous engagement session from Vicki Grafton that had us dreaming of everlasting summer? Well, that beautiful couple is back with their equally lovely wedding. Full of pretty blooms from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, antique details and a stunning setting, Melissa and Isaac realized their wedding vision for a relaxed, elegant barn dance. See it all in The Vault!

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From Vicki Grafton PhotographyMelissa and Isaac said their vows in May 2015 at a historic country estate in the bride’s hometown of Leesburg, Virginia. Their wedding was a unique blend of casual elegance with blush and white florals by Holly Chapel Flowers, crystal candle holders, silk table runners, and vintage furnishings, all in a large relaxed country barn.

From the Bride… Although our backgrounds appear to be very different–Isaac grew-up in Saskatchewan Canada and became a professional hockey player, and I was raised in Leesburg Virginia and became a psychology major–our core values are very much the same which we wanted reflected in our wedding.

Both of our families nurtured us with an appreciation for nature and good old-fashioned fun, so our we agreed that our ideal wedding would be a relaxed barn dance set in the Virginia countryside. The only challenge was that we also wanted it to be truly elegant. Unfortunately barns and elegance aren’t a natural fit. 

As we researched our options, we realized that our dream wedding had actually been held many times in olden days. People would clean-out their barns and bring-in their finest linens and silver along with other family treasures to create a bit of momentary magic. 

We looked around our homes for what might work and contracted for artisan items such as a hand-stitched guest book that would fit our budget and the authentic heirloom character we wanted to achieve. 

Our budget was helped by creating dried-flower arrangements rather than live ones at our ceremony and cocktail hour sites. And we stripped our parents’ houses of their cut crystal, silver and other antique items (mirrors from foyer walls for our head table arrangement and an art deco bureau from a sitting room for our dessert table) in order to keep costs down. 

The result was more than we expected. By surrounding ourselves with heirloom pieces from our families pasts, as well as artisan creations that would become treasures we would pass on to our children, the authentic emotional landscape was in place. 

The day turned-out to be glorious–forecasted rain that never arrived and wonderful guests who made sure that we felt the love every step of the way–and we were truly overwhelmed with what a miracle the blending of our energies and families had created.

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Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Carolyn Taylor at Taylor Made | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Makeup: Jan Scott | Hair: Abri Harrison | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: Riverside On The Potomac | Rentals: DC Rental

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Pretty + Pink Rustic Stone Tower Winery Wedding

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away, and if you need a little refresher on how to write the perfect love letter, you don’t have to look any further than this Groom’s sweet note to his Bride the morning of their wedding. And his words aren’t the only thing that will make you smile—vendors like Candice Adelle PhotographySkipper FilmsPure Whimsy EventsPlum Pretty Sugar and MyDeeJay all worked together to make sure this day was full of joy. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…With Jake’s love for Loudoun County, Virginia, and my love for wine, we set out to find the most perfect vineyard for our wedding. After visiting countless vineyards with our moms, we stumbled across a new vineyard, Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia. We instantly knew this is where we wanted to be married. The endless rows of grape vines, rolling hills in the distance, and rustic but elegant reception space made for the perfect venue.

Over the next 9 months, all of the pieces began falling into place. My grandma bought me the most beautiful wedding dress and veil, my now mother-in-law designed the prettiest flower arrangements, and my dad made the most gorgeous barn door and wedding arch for our ceremony.

Groom’s card to the bride the morning of the wedding: “Danielle, Five and a half years ago you asked me to borrow my headphones, but little did I know you’d be taking my heart. Since the day I met you, I’ve been captivated by you beauty, energy, kind heartedness, and love you have for me and so many others. I love you more than you could ever know. You are the spitting image of my dream woman and I am the luckiest man alive today, and every day. We didn’t go to school together and we didn’t have any mutual friends; our meeting was fate. Every date and conversation we’ve had has been a first, and each day we learn something new about each other. Today I learned that thinking of you in your wedding dress could make me cry at 7am. I’ve learned that what makes me happiest is seeing your dreams come true and I cannot wait for a lifetime of happiness with you. Thank you for always laughing at my stupid jokes and letting me be myself. You are my inspiration, my comfort zone, and my happy thought. You are my best friend. I promise to always love you and worship our marriage and family. I promise to try and be a better man today than I was yesterday. I promise to make you a mother and be the best father our children could ever have. I promise to grow old with you and love you more with every passing year. So today, I give you not only my headphones, but the rest of my life. And I cannot WAIT to see you! Love always, Cobi”

The morning of the wedding, I remember feeling so calm; knowing that so much time and effort went into making each of these little decisions gave me a sense of peace that everything would go as planned. I truly was more excited to marry my best friend than I was nervous. I even recall telling our amazing wedding planner, Katie Joga, that this bride thing was a cinch and I could totally be a professional bride :)

The weather could not have been more beautiful the day of the wedding; it was actually too beautiful as we had to find shade for our first look!

The ceremony was so beautiful and everything I could have ever hoped for; even the surprise dip from my now husband during our first kiss :)

All night, everyone kept telling us how we were the happiest bride and groom they had ever seen! How our happiness really set the tone for the night. Thinking back, our wedding day was full of so much love, happiness and great memories!

The best advice I can give to a bride and groom, is be sure to let your personalities and relationship shine through on your wedding day. Don’t allow the “chaos” around you or the “wedding structure” take away from the moment you are sharing with your soon to be spouse. It is so fun for me to look back and recall all the little moments where our humorous and often silly love for one another stood out. Let me give you a great example. Our wedding cake was on a barrel, and there wasn’t room for a plate, forks, etc. So, when it came time to cut the cake and all eyes were on, I realized we only had one fork and the cake cutting set. So what do we do? I very gracefully fed Jake his bite on the fork, and Jake very humorously served me a bite of cake on the cake server. It made for a great picture and a fun moment shared between the both of us! 

Since our wedding day, I think Jake and I have looked at our wedding photos at least 100 times. We are so thankful to everyone who made our wedding day so perfect!

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Photography: Candice Adelle Photography | Cinematography: Skipper Films | Event Planning: Pure Whimsy Events | Floral Design: Petals and Hedges | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Stationery: Ribbon & Ink | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: The Chefs Table | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper and Company | DJ: MyDeejay | Bow Ties: Two Guys Bow Ties | Groom's Attire: Book A Tailor | Officiant: Move On Today | Transportation: Point To Point Limousine | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Bride's Bracelet: BHLDN | Bride's Earrings: Cheryl King Couture | Bride's Robe: Stone Cold Fox | Bridesmaids + Mother's Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Andrew Tufano Music | Hotel Accommodations: Clarion Inn - Leesburg | Ice Cream Cake: Carvel | Rehearsal Dinner: Tuscarora Mills | Rentals: DC Rental | Uplighting: Electric Entertainment | Wedding Dress + Veil: Lian Carlo

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