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Elegant Dinner Party + Sleepover

As I inch my way towards my thirties, the idea of dinner parties becomes significantly more appealing. Bottomless glasses of wine, fancy appetizers, over-the-top desserts? Sign me up! Throw in a post-dinner party slumber party, with movies & popcorn no less, a la Events In The City and you’ve got yourself one happy dinner guest. Captured by  Abby Jiu, there’s more where this came from right here!

From Events in the City… The Goodstone Inn is a hidden gem in Virginia Farm Country, perfect for a weekend getaway or a romantic wedding soiree. Events In The City partnered with the Inn to host some of the top wedding planners in the Washington DC area for a night of glamping at its finest. The group was given tours of the property and information about events that could be hosted at this historical site. The guests we also wined and dined in the French restaurant on site and treated to incredible tablescape designed by Events In The City with florals by Holly Heider Chapple. The rich tones of green, pinks and golds were a great accent to the carriage house that held the restaurant on the property.

Events In The City happily tied in the horse country atmosphere by creating gold horseshoes that served as the placecards. Everyone grabbed theirs as a keepsake to take home to remember the lovely night away from the hustle and bustle of the city. More special touches to this adventure included calligraphied room keys for each guest so they could access their cottage for the evening. Michele from Meant To Be Calligraphy lovingly hand wrote each name out so when they checked in they knew where to head.

A sleepover that night included snuggling by the fire, watching Troops Beverly Hills, popcorn and movie theatre candy. Not to mention, a fabulous breakfast the following morning by The Goodstone Inn just before checking out!

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Floral: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Planning & Design: Events In The City | Rentals: DC Rental | Venue: The Goodstone Inn

Get the Look Sources: 1. Linen Napkins: Amazon | 2. Gold Vase: John Salibello Antiques | 3. Gold Charger: Hobby Lobby | 4. & 6. Gold Mercury Glass Votives: Amazon & Cultural Intrigue | 5. Votive Holders: Dollartree | 7. Horseshoe | 8. White Dishes: Overstock.com | 9. Roses: Fifty Flowers & Peonies: Flower Muse | 10. Dining Chair: Zentique

 

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Intimate Goodstone Inn Wedding

With just nine guests to bear witness, this wedding is the epitome of intimate. But more than that it’s a celebration of love fashioned to perfection by Holly Chapple Flowers, Events In The City and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. They made certain Lauren and Kevin’s day was every bit as thoughtful as a traditional affair, and you can watch the whole story unfold in the gallery from Abby Jiu right here.

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From Laura Ritchie of Events in the City… I had the honor of designing a gorgeous and unique wedding of only nine people. Lauren and Kevin decided to share their special day with only immediate family at The Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Virginia. A historical inn situated in Virginia horse country on two hundred acres. Abby Jiu captured the entire night, starting with the ceremony held in front of an ivy covered stone façade, which was the original house from the 1930’s on the property. The ceremony was serenaded by a cellist and violinist as the guests looked on. After the ceremony ended guests were greeted with glasses of champagne and escorted down a grass pathway behind the carriage house for the reception.

Guests were then treated to a candlelit dinner on the stone patio, which was overflowing with dahlias from Holly Chapple Flowers. Events in the City sourced décor from multiple vendors to create this unique look, some of which included Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and DC Rental. The look was a perfect mix of a traditional wedding however it boasted tons of textures and creative layers of special touches to really make it look lux. From the unique combination of chairs to the layers of antique chargers on the table, we really strived to not miss one detail. Luckily with only nine guests total, it was a joy to really get into the experience for each attendant and make sure it was immaculate.

The five course dinner hosted by The Goodstone Inn’s highly rated French restaurant onsite was a huge factor during the night. Guests noshed on the creative menu personally picked by the bride and groom. Laughter, great conversation and the string duets music was a great reminder of really what a wedding is all about. The joining of two lives and the happiness of a family growing. The union of this couple witnessed by such an important and intimate group and it really was an affair to remember.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning: Events In The City | Floral Design: Holly Chapple Flowers | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Claudine Fay | Officiant: Rev. Rick Huddock | Event Production: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom | Historical Inn: The Goodstone Inn | Music: Sage String Quartet | Rentals: DC Rental

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Virginia Wine Country Wedding from Gabe Aceves

There’s really nothing I love more than a good ol’ Southern wedding. But this one, SMPers, is a little extra special. It’s smothered in that southern charm sauce, with the cutest B&B setting you EVER did see. But even more than that are the photos from Gabe Aceves, captured in the most gorgeous, artful fashion. They tell the story all on their own — making a trip to the gallery a complete and total must. Ready, set…swoon.

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From the Bride… Shortly after Dan and I were engaged, when looking for venues to hold our wedding, the first place that came to mind was The Briar Patch. We dated long distance for a year before living in the same state. We cherished the time we were able to have together during that first year, and our first weekend getaway together was to the Briar Patch so it holds a special place in our hearts.

Once we chose the location, everything fell into place over the next 15 months with much help from our families. Dan makes fun of how much I over-research every little decision, but he now agrees it paid off. We found a great team of people to make our day perfect. As far as the decor, I have always loved the look of vintage things that have a story behind them. My engagement ring was my grandmother’s, and my wedding band is made from a ring my mom purchased while pregnant with me. We were married by Dan’s Stepfather under a beautiful chuppah that was started by Dan’s great-grandmother, then worked on by his grandmother, and finished my Dan’s mom to be used for our wedding. We had a vision of how we wanted things to look, but we weren’t quite sure how to execute it on our own. Fortunately, I had a chance encounter with Rosanna of Bella Villa, a great shop down the street from the Briar Patch. She completely understood what we wanted, and made everything look so beautiful.

We really wanted to utilize the patio outside of the ballroom for our guests to enjoy, and she transformed it into lounge area using her beautiful pieces. We served a family-style meal, had a great time choosing our bar with the help of Dan’s sister’s boyfriend, who owns a fantastic wine store, and opted for a gelato bar instead of cake. We wanted everything to reflect us, and be fun for our friends and families. We feel so blessed and had the most amazing wedding day we could have imagined.

Photography: Gabe Aceves | Floral Design: Singing Frog Farm | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Wedding Stationery: Smitten on Paper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Six Star Catering & Events | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Katie and Logan Acoustic Duo | Gelato Bar: Dolci Gelati | Reception Music: Bialek's Music | Venue: Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast | Vintage Rentals: Bella Villa | Wedding Coordination: Buelltiful Events

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