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Bridesmaid Getting Ready Inspiration

When the question has been popped and the date set, it’s time to start planning that all important morning getting ready with your ladies. And thanks to the creative talents of Katie StoopsAmanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings and Janie Medley, we’re getting an inside look at just how fun it can be. Set at Avenue 42 Style Studio, they styled the perfect morning made for girlfriends. More right here!


From Katie Stoops Photography… Natalie Gordon, owner of Avenue 42 Style Studio in Richmond, VA teamed up with Amanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings and Katie Stoops Photography to stage a fun wedding day getting ready shoot in the new bridal suite at the salon. Pretty florals provided by Janie Medley Flora Design decorated the beautifully lit space.

The models donned super cute, comfortable rompers from Plum Pretty Sugar and even enjoyed having resident salon dog, Henry along!

The ever important ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid’ gift included makeup from Avenue 42, a brush case from Anthropologie, a monogram necklace from Drift Riot and a sweet card from Leen Jean Studio.

The bride wore a Reem Acra gown and girls complimented in Paper Crown dresses on their way to the church through the streets of Downtown Richmond. The bouquets tied off with the prettiest shades of blush to berry from Silk & Willow.

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Floral Design: Janie Medley Flora Design | Jewelry: Drift Riot | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Paper Crown, Wardrobe In Richmond | Hair & Makeup: Ave 42 | Calligraphy: Leen Jean Studio | Accessories: Anthropologie | Bridal Gown: Reem Acra | Coordination & Styling: Amanda Gray, Ashley Baber Weddings | Getting Ready Space: Avenue 42 Style Studio | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Rompers: Plum Pretty Sugar | Veils: Jaclyn Jordan NY

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Coral & Blush Plantation Wedding

Good news: looks like burying the bourbon works! This wedding at the sprawling Tuckahoe Plantation is nothing but sunshine and good times all around. We love the soft pink palette complemented with blooms by Mona Ray. Katie Stoop did a fabulous job documenting the day, so make sure to check out the full gallery, and don’t miss the seriously charming video from NazFilms below!


From the Bride…Favorite part of our day: Since Patrick and I opted not to do a first look, I really cherished the time we spent alone taking photos after our ceremony, soaking in the day and each other. When you asked to steal us away for a few minutes while everyone was enjoying dinner, we didn’t think twice about it. That drive down the long Tuckahoe Plantation driveway right before sunset, surrounded by nothing but trees and pristine nature, really gave us a chance to reflect on the excitement of the day. My other favorite part of the day was having all the girls over at our house the morning of for brunch while getting ready. We watched Gossip Girl, sipped on mimosas and relaxed in robes while being pampered with hair and make-up!

Why we chose Tuckahoe Plantation: Patrick and I toured four venues and the minute we walked around Tuckahoe Plantation, we knew it was perfect. It had its challenges, with our wedding scheduled mid-hurricane season and Tuckahoe being an outdoor venue, but we fell in love and didn’t look back.

Wedding planning details: I planned all the little details for our wedding and while I don’t have a creative bone in my body, I really tried to infuse the day with personal details that represented us as a couple. Some of my favorites were our wedding flowers, which included burgundy ranunculus and peach roses, a play on the colors of Virginia Tech where Patrick I first met in graduate school, a cork monogram “B” I made to display using corks I had collected throughout our engagement, two gorgeous vintage cars we were lucky enough to borrow from family friends to get to and from our venue that day and of course, getting married on our six year anniversary!

Other fun details: Patrick and I had so much fun incorporating meaningful details and celebrating small achievements during the months leading up to the wedding. We buried our bottle of bourbon the month before the wedding at the ceremony site in the pouring rain, which was such an adventure (and absolutely worth the beautiful weather we had on our wedding day!) We rented out one of our favorite local Richmond restaurants, Arcadia, for our rehearsal dinner so we could properly introduce our out-of-town friends and family to Richmond. We even scheduled cake tasting during my birthday weekend so we could indulge all weekend long.

Wedding Favors: different jams from my Grandmother’s recipes.

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: The Buttercream Bee | Invitations: Chelsey Emery | Ceremony Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation | Reception Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Co | Grooms Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Film: NazFilms | Florals: Flowers By Mona Ray

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Classic Richmond Wedding at The Jefferson Hotel

Traditional weddings are awesome, that’s a given.  But pair a plethora of classic details with just a touch of preppy chic and it’s an all-out pretty fest like you’ve never seen.  Think lush blooms from The Green Flamingo, the fab stylings of Fête Studio and a Jefferson Hotel setting that will seriously take your breath away.  See it all captured by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Brian and I are both from Virginia. I grew up in Richmond, and Brian in Alexandria. Both employed at law firms – Brian is an attorney and I work in business development. We actually have pretty similar upbringings – although our colleges were definitely different paths. Brian to a southern school and I went to school in the midwest. But I think we fit together well because we had an understanding about each other from the start. Its kind of crazy how similar our lives are and I think that helps us navigate all the bumps much more easily.

Brian and I were introduced through a close friend who went to law school with Brian and went to college with my brother. But we were actually set up about two years after we first met. Our first ‘fateful’ meeting was at a UVA vs. VATech game. Brian may have gotten the party started a little early that day, and ended up falling asleep in the middle of the football game sitting next to me. Needless to say, it took about two years for us to actually go out and I remember when my friend told me to go out with him, I said, ‘isn’t he the guy who fell asleep at the game?’ – it was hilarious fodder for all the speeches given at our wedding. Even our priest thought it was pretty funny.

I can easily say I knew early on that Brian was the one – I’m a bit decisive and I just felt it it my gut that he was the right person for me. We did long distance for a year after only being together for about a month and then he moved to DC. The reason I knew he was committed was how he began to love my dog – he was never, which is an understatement, an animal person, and I’m pretty sure at this point he loves Tupelo more than anything.

For our wedding, we wanted a classic, traditional Virginia experience. I loved the details, but I think the most fun for us was trying to plan something that our guests would enjoy and would get to see and learn a little bit more about where we are from. I really love Richmond, and I wanted to try and highlight that as much as possible through the weekend.

We had so many favorite wedding day details. I really loved my bouquet. Green Flamingo did it perfectly. And I just loved my dress. I felt so comfortable, and a bit different, but still classic. Walking into the ballroom and seeing the tables – the flowers, the place cards, the notes…it was a pretty fun experience to see all the ideas come together like they did.

Brian’s speech is something I’ll never forget. I still get goose bumps thinking about it. The morning with all my girls – I was actually really nervous, not about marrying Brian, but walking down the aisle in front of everyone (so silly!), but it was so nice to have that time in the morning to be with my best friends to calm my nerves. And walking the stairs of The Jefferson for our entrance (I was terrified) but it was a pretty amazing experience. Such an incredible place to celebrate our wedding.

My advice to other brides is to just stop every once and a while, take a deep breath and take it in. It allows you to take a moment to forget the planning, details, and greeting everyone, and appreciate all the people who’ve gathered to celebrate you and your husband.

Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Flowers: The Green Flamingo | Ceremony Venue: St. Benedict Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Jefferson Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Ceremony Music: Terra Voce | Food And Beverage: The Jefferson Hotel | Invitations & Paper Goods: Smock Paper | Misc Print: Fête Studio | Planning And Design: Fête Studio | Portraits: The Wilton House | Reception Music: Horizon Band | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Of Virginia | Transportation: Winn Transportation | Trolley: Richmond Trolley