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Goodstone Inn & Restaurant + A Promotion!

Tucked amongst the gorgeous Virginia countryside with Blue Ridge Mountain views, you’ll find the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant; a beautiful country estate where saying “I do” is beyond amazing.  Picture a cozy + intimate setting, 265 acres of natural beauty and top-notch service from a team that knows a thing or two about luxurious weddings.  Breathtaking views + Southern hospitality?  Yes, please.

Known for their award-winning and locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, plus their historic guest residences, each and every moment spent at this ivy-covered retreat is simply fairytale-esque.  From the amazing pool to the breathtaking views to the intimate, unhurried vibe that will follow you throughout your festivities.

Contact the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant today to start planning your dream day.  And bonus!  If you book your all-property wedding in July, August or November of 2015, you will receive:

  • A gift certificate for dinner for two in the Goodstone’s award- winning restaurant.
  • A $100 gift certificate to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant spa.
  • 50% off the Bull Barn for your wedding, plus a special Romance Turn-Down Service (Value $1,025.00).  In addition to the standard turn-down service, the Romance Turn-Down includes: Chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, an artisanal cheese tray, closed drapes and dimmed lights, soft music and lavender pillow mist.

View full package details here.  Happy planning, lovelies! xo


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Elegant All-White Wedding in Washington D.C.

Elegant, timeless and all around perfect, this gorgeous D.C. wedding on the shores of the Potomac planned by Events In The City is just as pretty as they get. Covered in stunning shades of whites and greens, and overflowing with beautiful blooms from Holly Chapple Flowers - this collection of images from Rebekah Murray Photography couldn’t be more lovely if they tried. 

From Events In The CityThe design of this wedding was inspired by the beauty of the water for Brad who is a Navy officer and the classic timelessness of Alexandra’s stunning Vera Wang gown.

When we found a linen that was made of tulle and looked like soft waves in the water, we knew that we had found the perfect accent for the king table. A dramatic floral runner and lush elevated designs ran the length of the king table in crisp whites with tons of texture. Each guest’s place setting featured a pocket personalized with hand calligraphy that held their menu and a special note from the bride and groom.

In lieu of favors, Alexandra and Brad made donations to each guest’s favorite charitable foundation. Guests were mesmerized by the live painting of the reception and checked back throughout the night to see her capture the beauty of the evening. There was not a dry eye in the room when Alexandra surprised Brad, and all the guests, by serenading him with his favorite song.

From the beautiful Bride… Our May wedding was a dream and the most fairytale day we could have imagined. After literally chasing my now-husband, Brad, around the track field back in high school, our goofy friendship blossomed into a deep love for one another. With Brad being a Naval Officer, our love story over the past eight years has whisked us from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and back.

We wanted a classic and elegant wedding with a touch of the bright and open charm inspired by our coastal living. Both classic and bright, the color white was the centerpiece of all of our wedding designs. Our vendors diligently worked to unearth stunning white textures from a lace band incorporated into our wedding invitations to the waved tulle tablecloth of the king table at our reception. My Vera Wang tulle gown was the epitome of elegance and softness that I wanted to wear as I danced all night along the wispy chiffon dresses of my bridesmaids.

However, what really set the perfect foundation for our wedding atmosphere and style was our venue on the Potomac River, comprised of floor to ceiling windows with water views and an open interior of vast white columns and ceilings. Everything on our special day fell together with such ease and beauty thanks to the creativity and efforts of my mother and countless talented wedding professionals.

Band: Rollex | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Ceremony Music: Diana Marie Gibbs | Church: St. John Neumann | Event Planning: Events In The City | Floral Design: Holly Chapple Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Linens: Nuage Designs | Painter: Patricia Hope Bennett | Photography: Rebekah Murray Photography | Reception Venue: Sequoia Restaurant | Rentals: DC Rental | Stationery: Miss Merkle Designs | Transportation: ING Transportation | Videography: Thomas Bowen Films

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FOUND: The Wedding Market Bridal Show

I love bridal shows, there’s no denying that. And when the event allows couples to experience first hand what a wedding would be like at the hosting venue, consider me smitten! FOUND: The Wedding Market is a new take on the traditional bridal show — so mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed event taking place on April 26, 2015 from 1 until 4pm at Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey!

Complete with a live (fake) wedding ceremony, FOUND: The Wedding Market will connect couples with some amazing local vendors as well as a first-hand look at the gorgeous Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey. And be sure to pre-register online so you can get your hands on a fabulous swag bag that’ll be filled to the brim with amazing goodies.

Be sure to follow FOUND: The Wedding Market on Facebook and Instagram for vendor updates and tons of inspiration! To snag your tickets, head over here. Enjoy, my dears! xo

Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey | Florist: Petal + Paper | Hair & Make Up: Taffeta Hair And Make Up Design | Invitations: Just Be. Studio | Photography & Cinematography: Saltwater Studios | Rentals: Rustic Drift | Wedding Dress: Wedding Belles Boutique | Wedding Venue: Congress Hall


Contemporary and Chic Dupont Circle Hotel Wedding

I love everything about this wedding. Beginning with the fact that the Groom’s got ready together, to the blessings of the rings, to ending the evening with DC’s famous cupcakes, every detail is simply put: adorable. Casey Hendrickson Photography captured a gallery illustrating the joy and love felt throughout the day and you can see it all come full circle, right here!


From Casey Hendrickson Photography… He knew Nathan hated surprises…“But first, Justin has a song to sing for Nathan!” smiled the officiant. Justin was grinning ear to ear, Nathan had this look of terror (and love), and then everyone started crying because it was beyond sweet!

Justin and Nathan are so perfect for each other, and it’s so obvious by how natural everything is with them. Their couples shoot was such a breeze, and I loved how they spent the time to get ready and enjoy this special day with every moment – together. When we arrived at the ceremony location, they were greeted with nothing but love and excitement. Tears glistened in their eyes as they said their vows, and I was OBSESSED with their ring warming part of the ceremony. They had tied their rings around a silk ribbon, and passed it to every friend and family member there to pray blessings over the rings so that by the time they reached Justin and Nathan again, they would have many prayers and well wishes over them. How amazing is that? After celebrating the two coming together, they shared cupcakes (what DC is known for – AMAZING cupcakes, and I wasn’t disappointed), and finished the night with one of the most touching first dances I’ve ever seen.

Caterer: Main Event Caterers | Ceremony Venue: Fathom Creative Art Gallery | Cupcakes: The Sweet Lobby | Flowers: Amaryllis Designs | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Photography: Casey Hendrickson Photography | Tuxedos: J Crew | Venue: Dupont Circle Hotel | Videographer: Photography By Sarabia

Elegant Garden Wedding in Washington DC

What could be more romantic than a wedding brimming with white garden roses followed by a candle-lit dinner under the stars? Karson Butler Events worked their magic to create a garden party ambiance with help from talents like Laura Hooper Calligraphy and Windows Catering Company, and Amie Decker Beauty had the bride looking flawless!  You can see all the lovely details captured by Abby Jiu right here.

From Karson Butler Events… Lisbeth and Dave’s wedding combined a romantic and ethereal feeling to the historic venue Decatur House on Lafayette Square – just steps away from The White House in Washington, DC. The perfectly manicured courtyard area was used for both the ceremony and dinner and provided the perfect backdrop for their desired elegant golden English garden party. A clear top tent beautifully draped with twinkle lights provided a gorgeous dinner under-the-stars feeling and also provided protection when a quick rain cloud quickly passed through. Sidra Forman created perfectly imperfect arrangements of white, cream, ivory hydrangeas, garden roses, and dahlias mixed with dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, and lots of greenery texture. The asymmetrical chuppah with vintage lace was stunning. We loved Lisbeth’s bridal style (the Jennifer Behr headband completed the look perfectly!) and thoroughly enjoyed working with this lovely couple! The talented Abby Jiu captured the festivities beautifully.

From The Bride… Joyous, Ethereal, Romantic, and Fun- these are the words that come to mind when describing our wedding celebration. We loved the mixture of farm tables and round tables with an abundant of candles creating an ambience of an intimate candlelight dinner party. And, the asymmetrical chuppah with vintage lace, white garden roses, and greenery was one of my favorite details our florist Sidra Forman helped us bring to life. One of our favorite moments of the night was the boozy snow cone machine and the late night bar snacks we served including pigs in blankets, sliders, and soft pretzels (yum!)

Bride Lisbeth’s Favorite Wedding Detail: Sitting under the stars at dinner and enjoying the joyous moment with all of our closest family and friends.

Groom David’s Favorite Wedding Detail: The anticipation and then seeing Lisbeth at our first look. Then spending the whole day together, laughing and joking throughout pictures, which put me totally at ease before the ceremony.

Band: Midnight Movers Via East Coast Entertainment | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Catering: Windows Catering- Kosher Division | Ceremony Venue: Decatur House | Day Of Paper Goods: Love VS. Design | Event Design & Planning: Karson Butler Events | Floral Design: Sidra Forman | Gown: Vera Wang Via Nordstrom Wedding Suite | Groom's Attire: Ike Behar Via Lustre Formal Wear | Hair: Amie Decker Beauty- Kelley Smalls | Hair Accessory: Jennifer Behr | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Make Up: Amie Decker Beauty - Maria DeCasaris | Photo Booth: Bash Booths | Photography: Abby Jiu | Reception Venue: Decatur House | Rentals: Perfect Settings | Speciality Rentals: Vintage Affairs | Tent & Lighting: Sugarplum Tents | Transportation: Sunny's Worlwide Chauffeured Transportaion

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