Real Wedding by Amanda Kraft, II
September 12, 2008

Here are a few more details from the oh-so-pretty Amanda Kraft wedding...

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From Melissa, the bride...

The theme of the wedding was a shabby-chic garden wedding with ivory and muted greens and blues as the primary colors.  It was very important to match the existing atmosphere of Lauxmont farms, as well as show my own antique, shabby-chic taste.  The ceiling of the rotunda (ceremony site) is green and ivory striped, which was perfectly tied in with the centerpiece containers painted green and white (found on clearance at Michaels, already painted!!) Planning was done by Melissa Rau of the Event Planning Network.

Our favors were personalized coozies with our monogram and wedding date. We served beer from a local brewery to give visitors a taste of Lancaster.

My earrings were made by a Richmond artist, Maryellen Kim of TwistStyle, and incorporated  pearls with a blue stone drop for her something blue.  Rob's Aunt embroidered a handkerchief for me and my mother, aunt, and grandmother with the "tree of life" and personalized monogram, which all carried during the ceremony. 

The cake was made by Bellamanse and included blue buttercream frosting with fondant lace decor to coordinate with the bride's gown.  The flavors included chocolate with chocolate filling (my favorite) and white cake with blueberry filling.


Flowers were done by Kelly Steadman from
All Things Beautiful. My bouquet included white roses and stephanotis with pearl accents and the bridesmaid's bouquets included blue hydrangea and sweetheart roses.  It was very important to me to have very small bouquets that were easy to handle with little-to-no greenery.

My wedding dress was designed by Mon Cheri, a cap-sleeved ivory lace gown with a fitted bodice and a victorian feel.  The dress was a one-of-a-kind and was bought off the rack over 2 years before the wedding day! The tuxes were men's warehouse with traditional cummerbunds, and bowties by Peter Blair, Richmond VA.