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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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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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Elegant Barn Wedding

Barn marrying is one of my favorite ways to say “I do” – especially when it’s a romantic meets organic set of nuptials like this one captured by Jillian Michelle Photography.  It’s a breathtaking farm setting meets some seriously cool hanging centerpieces from Sweet Root Village meets a Watters gown that will take your breath away.  See every beautiful moment in THE VAULT right this way.

 

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Fall

From Jillian Michelle Photography… Helene and Andrew live in Washington, DC but they knew that they wanted their wedding to take place outside the city to really showcase the beauty of the Virginia countryside. Shadow Creek was the perfect backdrop for their beautiful wedding. The traditional Jewish ceremony took place outside on the patio overlooking the gorgeous rolling hills. The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour on the front porch complete with a hot apple cider station. The girls at Sweet Root Village did amazing job wowing the guests with their hanging centerpieces at the reception and the Black Tie Band kept the dance floor full the entire night!

From the Bride… Living in the heart of DC, we knew we wanted a day that was focused on our marriage, family and friends, out of the hustle bustle of the city.

Our color palette came about pretty organically through the planning process. It began as “neutral” but once we worked with our incredible florist, Sweet Root Village, we realized green would also be a focus considering we wanted a lot of greenery incorporated in our florals. The style vision was to play up the natural beauty of Shadow Creek, our beautiful barn venue. We wanted to add elegant touches to an already gorgeous venue and its Virginia horse country surroundings.

Flowers were a dream of natural looking neutral blooms and greenery. We had not planned for favors but many guests ended up hanging onto the green and white throw blankets we provided for the ceremony. The rest were donated to charity. Guests did takeaway some snacks for the bus ride back to the city including breakfast sandwich biscuits and chocolate chip cookies (two of our favorite treats). Our goal for cakes was simple and delicious. Sweets by E in Herndon made that a reality with our varied flavored, sized and frosted white buttercream cakes topped with some florals. I loved being able to cut into her play on a funfetti looking flavor! My gown experience sounds cliche, but after looking at seemingly endless shops and dresses I really did know when I finally found the one.

I love the unique hanging centerpieces the creative girls at Sweet Root Village designed for us. They added an outdoorsy feel to the space and conveniently left just enough room for a scattering of candles and simple bottles of florals alongside our family style meal. Other fun DIY details were the carrot crate for the horse Mr. Z, cinnamon stick filled mason jars for a cider bar and station for FUJI Instant camera photo filled guest book.

One of my favorite moments was being outside for our ceremony and hearing the cows in the field behind us mooing amen to the Rabbi’s prayers- definitely couldn’t have had that happen in the city! Another favorite detail was hearing the our band play the slowed down version of Beyonce’s Love on Top they learned for our first dance. It made a potentially awkward five minutes in the spotlight be so personal and fun for us!

Advice I would give to brides?  Really try to be present and savor every minute of the weekend. It’s such a special time that you will want to replay in your head for the rest of your life.

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Photography: Jillian Michelle Photography | Cinematography: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning: Ashlee Virginia Events | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweets By E | Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Hair + Makeup: Hair & Makeup Artistry by Claudine | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Band: Black Tie: Washington Talent | Groomsmen Attire: Suitsupply | Venue: Shadow Creek | Day Of Signage: Miss Merkle Design | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Welcome Sign: Leah Letters

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Rustic Chic Pastel Shadow Creek Wedding in Virginia

Brielle and Mike, every single one of us here at Style Me Pretty have a confession to make: your wedding day at Shadow Creek has completely stolen our hearts! Every detail is SO good that we honestly. Just to give you an idea, every pastel pretty is sure to find it’s way onto our Pinterest boards, and thanks to Elizabeth Fogarty we’ll all be spending the rest of our days in the THE VAULT!

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Summer
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Rustic
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Rustic

From Elizabeth FogartyMike and Brielle met in college at an introduction freshman course. And six years later, here they are. They wanted their wedding to be a reflection of them: fun, warm, and outdoorsy. Brielle picked blush, champagne, and eucalyptus tones for her colors and they came together beautifully! The different bridesmaids’ dresses were also perfect! Brielle purchased gowns from BHLDN, J Crew, and Jenny Yoo for her girls. The bride and groom picked this fairly new venue because of its blonde wood, vaulted ceilings, and wrought iron chandeliers. It put a whole new twist on barn weddings. This barn wedding was modern and elegant! The one fun fact about this venue is that they have a very special guest during the cocktail hour- a super friendly horse! The venue provides snacks like carrots for the guests to feed it.

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Blooming Arts | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Jamie D'Agostino | DJ: MyDeejay | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Shadow Creek

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