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Whimsical Romance At This Mountain Vineyard Wedding At Pippin Hill Farm

This mountain vineyard wedding at Pippin Hill Farm is sure to melt your heart.  Our brides both embraced their own unique style in their wedding fashion but the feeling of love and joy captured in the photos by Kylie Martin Photography was all-encompassing.  Donovan-Groves Events planned the day in calming shades of green, white, and blue, and the floral design by Nature Composed was equal parts whimsical and romantic.  You’ll love every magical moment inside the full gallery.

From Kylie Martin Photography Reilly and Lauren were joined by their closest loved ones at their mountain vineyard wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia. Reilly recently shared where her inspiration came from and what experience she and Lauren were hoping to create for their guests on their special day.

“We wanted it to be a classic elegance that still felt warm and inviting for our loved ones. We kept the wedding at about 105 people which really helped with the intimacy of the event, and we truly felt surrounded by loved ones – rather than a crowd of people. This also allowed us to include little details for our guests, like toiletry items in the bathroom with monogrammed hand towels, our custom matchbooks and welcome boxes, and the custom linen napkins on the head table. We also wanted to make sure our sweet ragdoll cat Penelope was incorporated – as we featured her on all the table cards and my specialty cocktail was named after her “the Pink Penelope”. The live music was another element that I found particularly important and felt like it pulled the night together with a bow – this ranged from our harpist during the ceremony Eve Watters to the Trademark Band that kept the party going all night.” Lauren added that she wanted a nod to late 16th/18th century English style with the wax seals, harpist and the Shakespearean Sonnet because of her love for the romanticism of British literature.”

“For our looks, Lauren went for a clean, sophisticated, elegant look which was mirrored in her sleek bun, tighter bouquet and classic dress. She also wore her mother’s necklace and gold bangle, as well as incorporating her mother’s favorite flowers into her bouquet – alstroemeria. My look – I went for something more romantic and whimsical, which was reflected in my lace Monique Lhuillier dress and the looser, larger bouquet. My shoes were my “something blue” and I wore my mother’s pearl earrings that were actually a gift from my father on their wedding day. My own wedding gift from Lauren was her mother’s wedding ring redesigned, which I wore that day, and again the sapphires in the beautiful custom ring were a nod to our overall blue and white theme. I also REALLY wanted a veil – it’s what made the whole thing feel bridal to me. And then swapped out the veil for a fun flower headband for the reception.”

Reilly and Lauren chose to exchange personalized vows during their first look, Lauren stated “I wanted to have a special moment with just us two, because we anticipated a day full of love from everyone else (which is great) but at the end of the day, it was OUR day and I wanted to be sure we had that special moment together! I am so glad we went that route because it was something I’ll never forget.”

When asked what moment from the day left an impression, Lauren shared “My highlight is probably when Reilly and I snuck away from everyone later in the night and just had a moment alone on the veranda looking into the mountains while everyone was partying.” Reilly shared her favorite memory of “running through the vineyard together for our couples photos – it’s always been a dream to run through a vineyard in my gown with my wife by my side. So that was so dreamy. And then I also loved dancing with Lauren in front of everyone at the end of the night to “King of my Heart” by Taylor Swift because Lauren is truly the Queen of my heart, and we were able to just be our hammy selves in front of everyone.”


Photography: Kylie Martin Photography | Event Planning: Donovan-Groves Events | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Cake: Cakes By Rachel | Invitations: Marguerite Peele Fine Stationary | Ceremony Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Hair and Makeup: Lipstick and Chiffon | Band: Trademark Band | Harpist: Eve Watters | Headpiece: Chantal Eveleen | Lauren's Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Reilly's Dress: Mandi Jackson Bridal | Reilly's Dress Boutique: Mandi Jackson Bridal | Reilly's Shoes: Loeffler Randall

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A Modern Summer Wedding Complete With an Eclectic, Vibrant Palette!

Who says contemporary weddings are strictly black and white? Today’s Virginia nuptials coupled a vibrant, bold palette with modern style and design – it’s safe to say the result speaks for itself! Lane Stewart Events curated every last detail to perfection, enlisting Olivera Floral Design to make a vibrant statement with blooms. Don’t walk, run to the full gallery to see all the pretty – taken by Allison Dash Photography!

From Allison Dash PhotographyAlex and Max envisioned having an urban wedding in the heart of downtown Richmond, where they are both from. With the ceremony and reception held at separate locations, Alex and Max wanted to play into the vibe of each venue for their details.   They started with their custom invitations designed by Alex’s best friend and MOH, Cate with Cate By Design.  The invitations set the tone for their modern, eclectic summer wedding for their guests.  When styling these pieces, photographer Allison Dash (the groom’s sister!), incorporated a key from the reception venue that members receive to access the house as well as a fan that guests were able to use during the ceremony to keep cool. 

The ceremony was held at the historic Virginia House, which gave the perfect whimsical garden feel for their intimate ceremony. Without taking away from the beauty of the architecture and gardens at Virginia House, the asymmetrical florals designed by Olivera Floral Design added the perfect pop of color to their ceremony. The vibrant touches of color, with lots of pinks, oranges and warm citrus tones and greenery popped against their more classic black and white ensembles.

Common House No. 2 set the tone for guests for a modern, yet eclectic reception. Guests were able to feel relaxed and embrace the true meaning of a social club while mingling with a station style dinner. Here they were surrounded by varying styles of centerpiece compotes, bud vases, and candle votives to bring texture and dimension to the long farmhouse style tables. They featured signature ‘His and Her’ cocktails, with a Whiskey Sour for Max and a Cape Cod for Alex, which is a personal touch as they live in New England! The Cape Cod was also the most vibrant and beautiful shade of fuchsia, matching the florals by Olivera.

The photo booth backdrop provided by Paisley & Jade with dripping orchids from Olivera provided guests an interactive experience that still reflected the overall vision for the day.

No wedding is complete without a specialty send off and we knew there was no better way to send this couple off than with a rose petal exit!

From the bride… Traditional aspects like the stone architecture and lush greenery at Virginia House, mixed with modern elements like a social club reception and poolside portraits offered different yet complementary layers to our wedding. They provided us the perfect balance of a whimsical, modern, and eclectic feel on our special day. With our July date, we wanted to play into the vibrant color palette of summer throughout our invitation suite and florals. We exchanged traditional vows during our ceremony, but shared personal vows privately in the garden during our first look. It was so special to add a private, personal touch to our day.”

“Max and I have actually known each other since pre-school! We started dating in college and for three and a half years, we dated long-distance. Max worked and lived in Atlanta and then Connecticut, while I completed grad school and began teaching in the Richmond area. These years were filled with hours in a car, on planes, and on trains, each goodbye getting harder than before. Almost a year after he moved to Connecticut for his dream job at ESPN, we got engaged on Labor Day 2020 and it was the most special day! My school year had just begun, so we wouldn’t get married until I had completed the school year in Virginia and could then move to Connecticut. Since I have summers off, we knew a summer wedding would be perfect for us! We envisioned a summer soiree for all of our guests to enjoy and have the best night celebrating with us. After years of many miles apart, we were so excited to become husband and wife and celebrate the official end of long distance! We recessed from the ceremony to one of our favorite songs, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys“, where the lyrics are the perfect nod to no more long distance while also fitting the summer vibe!”

Photography: Allison Dash Photography | Event Planning: Alana Futcher | Floral Design: Olivera Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Urban Set Bride | Cake: Frostings Bake Shop | Invitations: Cate by Design | Ceremony Venue: Virginia House | Reception Venue: Common House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Birdy Grey | Catering: Common House | DJ: KJ Julian | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Beauty: Lou Stevens Glam Squad | Photography - Assistance: Ica Images | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Of Virginia | Weddings Rings: Diamonds Direct

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Sophisticated Vineyard Wedding in Virginia’s Wine Country

Elegant yet masculine design, rolling hills of Virginia’s wine country, locally sourced favorites, and enough love to last a lifetime – today’s Early Mountain Vineyards wedding  designed by Miranda Bricker is everything we could ask for and more. Katie Ranger Design Studio created organic arrangements to compliment the already stunning setting, while Natalie Jayne Photography was behind the lens capturing every last detail. Make sure you don’t miss out on the full gallery of inspiration!

From Miranda Bricker… Steven & Brandon fell in love among the bucolic, rolling hills of Virginia’s wine country, so it was a no brainer for the California residents to choose the viticulture of central Virginia to host their nuptials. With guests traveling from all over the country to enjoy the everlasting charm of the Monticello Wine Trail, Early Mountain Vineyards became the perfect location for their early Summer celebration.

With every detail intentionally planned and each vendor thoughtfully selected, this soirée became the ultimate reflection of Steven & Brandon’s long-lasting relationship – solidified by their love of each other, their love of Virginia, and their love of fabulous wine.

The couple hosted an intimate gathering with 60 of their closest loved ones gathering from near and far. Guests arrived at an outdoor ceremony surrounded by idyllic views of the vines and agrarian scenery. Complementary organic greenery arrangements by Katie Ranger Design Studio allowed the couple to be forefront of the occasion, and the ceremony was officiated by a family friend with ties to both grooms.

Their elegant yet masculine aesthetic provided an anchor throughout every piece of the event. Designed by dear friend of the couple Miranda Bricker, the organic and celebratory environment was palpable around every corner. From the neutral al-fresco cocktail hour, to the clean tabletop design inviting guests to the reception, to the timeless champagne tower, the wedding was wrought with the simplest of loving touches.

The couple sourced local favorites – like Virginia Diner Peanuts and C-Ville Candy Company treats – to create custom gift boxes to welcome each guest to their reception. They even made sure to include confetti nonpareils in celebration of their wedding occurring during Pride month!

Brandon is a self-acclaimed foodie (not to mention a fabulous cook!), so the culinary experience was number one on their list of must-haves. Early Mountain’s cuisine did not disappoint, as Executive Chef Tim Moore hails from Michelin-star rated The Inn at Little Washington. When paired with a variety of Early Mountain’s award-winning and estate grown wine, the comprehensive meal will stand the test of time in the memory of their attendees.

Expertly captured by the easy-going Natalie Jayne Photography, Steven & Brandon’s overwhelming love shines through every image. Cheers to the happy couple!

Photography: Natalie Jayne Photography | Coordination: Early Mountain Vineyards | Event Design: Miranda Bricker | Event Planning: Miranda Bricker | Floral Design: Katie Ranger Design Studio | Cake: Commonwealth Cake Company | Invitations: Sara Lane Design | Catering: Early Mountain Vineyards | DJ: Rhythm of Love | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Early Mountain Vineyards | Rentals: Rent Equip

A Beautiful Homage To The Bride’s Parents Leads To An Unexpected Sign

They say rain is good luck on your wedding day and for this couple, it certainly is the case! After losing both her parents, it was especially important to our bride to honor them at such a momentous event.  As the rabbi officiating their ceremony began talking about Allie’s parents, rain started to fall from the sky making our bride feel as if her parents were truly watching over her on her wedding day.  Donovan-Groves Events planned the heartfelt day, and Blue Ridge Floral filled it with beautiful blooms.  You’ll love every image elegantly captured by Mina Von Feilitzsch Photography, see every sweet moment inside the full gallery.

From the bride… Beyond the typical challenges of being a COVID wedding (we were originally going to wed on Nov 1, 2020), I knew our wedding would be extra special. Unfortunately, I lost my father at the age of 18 and then lost my mother 6 years later, in 2017. I was an only child and extremely close with both of them. It was extremely important to me to commemorate them on my big day. There are so many ways people have commemorated loved ones no longer living and there is no one way that is meaningful to everyone.

After a lot of hard thinking, I came up with a few ways.  I included two empty chairs in the front row of the ceremony – one with my mother’s scarf and one with my father-in-law’s jacket, with my favorite picture of my father and me in the pocket. I found it most appropriate to walk down the aisle alone – there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. I also chose to walk down to “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” a nod to my parents and grandmother. When I reached the middle of the aisle, my husband Lee came to meet me and we walked the rest of the way together – symbolic of our future together. When I reached my parents’ seats, a piece of my bouquet was made to break away and I placed a piece of it on my mother’s seat. The radar was watched closely and showed no sign of rain. Just as I started walking down the aisle, however, a rain cloud approached.

Every single person in attendance will confirm that just as our rabbi started talking about my parents, the clouds separated and the rain fell down. All of our vendors and guests told us they have never seen anything like it and how supernatural and surreal it was to experience. We did a quick change of plans and re-situated the ceremony under the winery’s covered patio. After the ceremony, the quick rain shower left us the most beautiful rainbow and sunset for incredible cocktail hour photos. Aside from being an incredibly planned party by our wedding planner, Adam of Donovan-Groves Events, at an INCREDIBLE venue (Jennifer Aniston married Justin Theroux there!), the miracle that happened during our ceremony was once-in-a-lifetime and a story that deserves to be shared!

Photography: Mina Von Feilitzsch Photography | Event Planning: Donovan-Groves Events | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: The White Magnolia | Cake: Mariebette Cafe | Invitations: Design Inklings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | DJ: Big Ray and the Kool Kats | DJ: The Bloom Trio | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Beauty: Carolyn Thombs | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Random Row Brewery

This Boho-Accented Wedding Weekend Was a Marriage of Love, Heritage, and a Springtime Palette!

A celebration of love and heritage, Patina & Sean’s wedding weekend at The Ivy Rose Barn is one you’re going to remember! Nicole Colwell Design & Co. beautifully designed a traditional Indian ceremony followed by a brunch, along with a Christian ceremony and cocktail hour featuring muted neutrals, bohemian-chic accents, and personalized touches! We’re gushing over the ratan accents and avant-garde floral arrangements by Wild Fleurette! Get lost in all the delightful details at the full gallery, photographed by Nicole Colwell!

From Nicole Colwell Photography… Patina & Sean’s wedding weekend was one for the books. Patina knew The Ivy Rose Barn was the perfect location for her and Sean’s dream wedding even before it was built. Patina & Sean joked often about how their families were nervous with choosing a location before it had walls but Patina had the perfect vision which resulted in one of the most beautiful weddings we were able to help design & plan.

Patina & Sean had three events in one wedding weekend. The couple chose the Greenhouse for their Indian Ceremony that was followed with a brunch. Patina was very clear that she did not want the typical red & gold look that you see in a traditional Indian ceremony. Instead she chose the beautiful palette of blush and sage green which was stunning. The couple, family & friends returned that evening for their Rehearsal Dinner inside the Greenhouse. We kept the Indian ceremony color palette and elements for the table designs. A picnic style head table for the bridal party which included a mix of boho and traditional elements adorned with beautiful florals by Wild Fleurette was the most dreamy setting.

The next day the couple had their Christian Ceremony at the barn. The couple chose to say their vows with the Blue Ridge Mountains as their setting. Cocktail hour was located in front of the barn and the guests dined inside the barn. 

Boho florals, a soft neutral palette and we can’t forget out the honey favors directly from Ivy Rose Farms. This wedding weekend is filled with jaw dropping details that you will love.

Photography: Nicole Colwell Photography | Cinematography: Little Eye Film Co | Event Design: The Heirloom Collection by Ivy Rose | Floral Design: Wild Fleurette | Cake: Blush Baking Co. | Invitations: Paper Handmade | Catering: Purple Door Catering | Makeup: Gorgjess | Hair: Balsam and Rae | Hair: Balsam and Rae | Wedding Venue: The Heirloom Collection by Ivy Rose | Honey Favors: Ivy Rose Barn | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: The Heirloom Collection by Ivy Rose

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Majestic Mountaintop Wedding Overflowing With Style In Virginia

This majestic mountaintop wedding is overflowing with style.  From the scenic ceremony designed to look like an outdoor church to signature drinks topped with custom cookies cut out in the shape of the couple’s dog, every creative detail was carefully curated by Just A Little Ditty.  Southern Blooms filled the day with lush summer florals in bright and happy hues, and Jen Fariello Photography captured all the love of the day perfectlyin her elegant imagery.  Visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the lovely.

From Jen Fariello PhotographyShannon and Jono met around St. Patrick’s Day in 2017 and quickly realized they led basically parallel lives, both floating through the same towns, schools, and social scenes but just missing each other. When they finally connected though, the rest was history. Taking inspiration from their Irish heritage and Shannon’s killer personal style, they collaborated as a team with Marilyn Speight of Just A Little Ditty, Sherry Spencer of Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs, Danielle Redmond of Occasions Caterers,  and Jen Fariello Photography to bring their whimsical yet elevated garden party dreams to life. Originally, the ceremony was planned for a historic church with the reception to follow at a luxury resort in Charlottesville, but we were forced to pivot nine months prior to the wedding due to covid and renovation-related setbacks. Plan B, however, turned out to be even better than anyone dreamed!

A private mountaintop setting provided the perfect celebration scene. Accommodations and auxiliary events, like the rehearsal dinner, a pool party, and the farewell brunch were held at a nearby luxury inn, The Clifton. Guests were also treated to a modern welcome party at The Quirk hotel in downtown Charlottesville. When it came to the wedding itself, guests experienced a progressive event, starting with the outdoor ceremony on the mountaintop, cocktails at the historical home on the property, dinner in a sailcloth tent overlooking all of Central Virginia, and dancing in another sailcloth tent designed as a lounge meets ballroom space. In an attempt to recreate a church vibe, Shannon, Marilyn and Sherry designed a custom cross arbor which the team at Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs executed magnificently.  White Glove Rentals provided gorgeous white garden chairs which featured an arc detail reminiscent of the church’s windows, accented by a meadow aisle of lush summer florals. Julie and the team at The Stylish Bride helped Shannon with all of her various wedding looks which featured custom dresses by Oscar de la Renta, Mark Ingram Collection, and a wedding gown Monique Lhuillier. They also worked with the wedding party to coordinate a mix of ready-to-wear styles in various floral patterns and shades of blue.

Occasions Caterers helped to create many custom touches that reflected Shannon and Jono’s personal style – like signature cocktails inspired by the couple’s Hawaiian honeymoon, a tableside ordering experience for guests that gave a restaurant feel, dishes using ingredients sourced and inspired by the setting, and late-night treats of espresso martinis (the couple’s favorite drink) with cookies perched on the side of the glasses shaped like their dog TJ, cheesy bread from the couple’s UVA college days and Detroit-style pizza as a nod to their new home base. Dinner featured classical string music by Melodious Strings, who covered everything from Beethoven to Bruno Mars. Tables were set in three distinct yet coordinated looks that provided many opportunities for the eye to dance around the layers of texture, color, and light. The crown jewel of the dinner tent was a stunning five-tier wedding cake by Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations. Smooth, white fondant icing provided the perfect canvas for sugar flowers, leaves, and clovers all echoing the blooms featured in the couple’s day.  Emily Baird Design designed all stationery elements which included custom hand calligraphed clover escort cards, bar inserts, paper cones in various prints pulled from the invitation suite, and ceremony booklets with custom wax seals. The couple’s wedding monogram, designed by Emily as well, was also featured on the dance floor. Simply Irresistible kept guests dancing all night long and the evening ended with a visit to a special stargazing area where the couple took advantage of the elevation to treat their friends and family to a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.

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Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Cinematography: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning: Just A Little Ditty | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Emily Baird Design | Catering: Occasions Caterers | makeup: Rouge 9 Make-up Studio | Hair: Avenue 42 | Stylist: the stylish bride | rentals: White Glove Rentals

This Intimate Private Estate Wedding Proves There’s No Place Like Home

This backyard Virginia wedding is one for the books! With the help of Cheers Darling Events, Camille and Dwight turned their home into the wedding venue of their dreams.  The neutral color palette played perfectly with the green of their garden and the pop of blue for their poolside reception! Floral & Bloom Designs created organic, free-flowing arrangements for the perfect touch of relaxed elegance.  The intimate celebration was perfectly captured in the imagery by Kim Branagan, proving that there really is no place like home.  See the full day unfold in the full gallery.

From Kim BranaganCamille and Dwight were married on Saturday, September 18th at their home in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. They were engaged early in 2021, knowing that they wanted to wed before the end of the year (they had been together for six years), and decided to welcome a small group of their family and friends to their new home would be the perfect way to celebrate. Camille and Dwight wanted the focus to be on their love, family, and sharing a good meal, with good drinks.

After exchanging vows, the couple mingled with their guests around the pool before inviting everyone to take a seat at one long table, set for 55 guests. The group enjoyed a long, al fresco meal under bistro lights – the meal was served family-style, with french-passed proteins, to encourage conversation throughout the meal. Guests enjoyed a multi-course meal from Heirloom Catering & Event Design – starting with individual mezze platters of dips, veggies & bread, followed by a grilled romaine salad, ribeye steak, sea bass, crispy asparagus, and roasted fingerling potatoes.

Following dinner, Camille’s stepfather serenaded the guests with a few songs on the saxophone while Camille and Dwight cut into their beautiful, three-tiered Buttercream Bake Shop wedding cake. Camille and Dwight kicked off the dancing with their first dance, with Dwight’s four daughters joining them on the dance floor to “Shake it Off” to get that party started. As guests enjoyed dancing, mini gelato cones and wedding cake were passed around the party.

Photography: Kim Branagan | Event Planning: Cheers Darling Events | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Invitations: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | DJ: DJ D-Mac And Associates | Officiant: Close Friend | Beauty: Georgetown Bride | Ceremony Guitarist: Bialeks Music | Lighting & Flooring: Sugarplum Tents | Location: Private Estate | Rentals: Something Vintage | Rentals: Maison de Carine | Rentals: DC Rental

Multicultural Farm Wedding With Spiced Up Tradition In Virginia

Ever feel like you can’t decide between a colorful and vibrant wedding or a chic and neutral one? Well, Hailey and Rishil got to have both! The couple had three events at the same venue, but each one felt unique and fresh.  Jessica Ashley Events pulled the celebrations and blending of cultures together perfectly, from the fine-art-inspired American affair to the citrus-themed Indian reception.  Floral design by Sarah Khan Event Styling brought the pair’s love story to life throughout the entirety of the festivities.   You’ll love every special detail beautifully documented in the imagery by Michael And Carina Photography, visit the full gallery to get inspired.

From the bride, Hailey… Our wedding vision changed many times due to postponing from COVID. We had to pick a new wedding venue and photographer and took that as an opportunity to transition from a boho vibe to something more European and fine art inspired. Our new venue had a home that reminded me of something in the English countryside, so I wanted to lean on that for a timeless style that we’d look back on in 10 years and be happy with our choices! I had only been to one Indian wedding prior to planning my own, which was a fun opportunity to learn more about the culture and the traditions. Thankfully my mother-in-law is incredible and very modern and was up for doing things a little differently than what’s traditional. Given we had three events at the same venue, we wanted them to feel distinctly different through our choice of style and location. The Hawaiian-inspired rehearsal dinner was on the wisteria-draped patio and had tropical elements like Monstera fronds, plates made from palm trees, and everyone wore Hawaiian-themed outfits. My husband’s favorite part of his wardrobe is his extensive collection of Hawaiian shirts, so this was our way of incorporating that into our wedding weekend.

For the American wedding, we wanted to keep everything very classic and neutral to contrast with the Indian wedding. Florals were a combination of cream, mauve, and dusty blue-toned greenery, my bridesmaids wore champagne slip dresses, and Rishil wore a tan linen suit. We had the wedding at the top of the hill so we could use the silo up there for cocktail hour- the acoustics inside of it were amazing, and we did a champagne fountain in there right after the ceremony! We draped the stunning barn in ivory and the tables had woven rattan placemats and bud vases filled with the same florals as our bouquets. The ghost chairs added a modern look and broke up all of the wood in the barn. For the Indian wedding, our wedding planner, Jessica Ashley Events, suggested a citrus theme which was so fun to design! The florals were vibrant fuchsias, oranges, and yellows, a deviation from the typical red of an Indian wedding. We used the ghost chairs for the ceremony that looked stunning against the sunlit mountains, and the ceremony set up from the Maharaj was truly incredible. For the reception, the tables were lined with fresh-cut citrus and the barn was lit up with pinks and oranges. Rishil and I love making craft cocktails, so we decided to hand-make our drinks for both weddings and have them on tap in a vintage mobile bar! I love mezcal, so I made a passionfruit, mint, and mezcal cocktail with fresh flowers as a garnish. Rishil loves bourbon so he made a maple Old Fashioned named after our Goldendoodle puppy, Maple. For the Indian wedding, I crafted a mango gin and tonic and he mixed up a chai spiced simple syrup that went into a Moscow mule. Our guests raved about the cocktails, which made all of the muddling, steeping, and taste testing well worth it! We are also big espresso martini people, so our fantastic caterer Smokin Willy BBQ served the drink late night with an edible print of our puppy floating on top! Another labor of love was our escort display. My maid of honor and I DIYed it based on drawings from Jessica. The American wedding side was titled “Bon Appetit, Please Find Your Seat” and held recipe cards, our favors, with a treasured recipe from Rishil and me. His recipe was a watermelon cocktail and mine was a honeycrisp apple cake, and the cards were designed to match the liners from our invitation suite. The Indian wedding side of the massive board was titled “You’re My Main Squeeze” and held lemon and orange-shaped cards with guest’s table numbers on them.

During our American reception, we had Mehndi (henna) artists in the lower level of the bar so guests could take a break from dancing and get a design done. Everyone was so excited by this, and we were shocked by how many of the guys got a design done too! My parents own a classic and exotic car dealership, so we were lucky enough to be able to borrow a 1940 Ford Cabriolet to use during the wedding weekend. My Dad drove me up to the ceremony in it, he and my mom drove Rishil and me down to the reception in it, and guests got to use it for photos. For the Indian wedding, Rishil rode in it for his Baraat. We tried to incorporate a number of details into the Indian ceremony to make it special. Given it was August it was very hot out, so we served Mango and pistachio kulfi pops (a delicious Indian ice cream) as guests took their seats. As part of an Indian wedding ceremony is to take 7 steps together, each representing a part of an ideal marriage. With each step you have a couple you respect throw flowers on you to bless you, so we chose seven couples whose marriages we admire to partake in this sacred ritual. My favorite moment was the speeches. Our bridal party gave them at the rehearsal dinner, our MOH and best man gave them at the American wedding, and Rishil’s brother gave one at the Indian wedding. His was filled with some of the sweetest most authentic words we could ever ask for, and we’ll treasure that recording forever. We also loved doing the Hora dance at the beginning of the open dancing as it got the energy up and everyone on the dance floor! My favorite crafted detail was the Indian dance my bridesmaids and I performed during the Indian reception. None of us were professionals by any means, but we had the best time practicing together and it meant so much to me that they were willing and excited to do this together! My dress was a difficult decision for me and I’m thankful that my MOH and Mom were willing to go to at least 10 different boutiques to quell my fear of finding a better option (FOBO as my MOH fondly refers to it as)! After trying on dozens of gowns I found the fitted strapless style looked best on my body, and I wanted to stay away from anything with sparkle. I kept going back to this Pronovias with chantilly lace, a dramatic sheer train, and the perfect neckline. I felt like it fit the venue and my style perfectly! Our cake was a simple ivory-toned cake with fresh florals, and it truly was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. We went with a chocolate cake and a salted-caramel buttercream; I can’t wait to eat it again on our anniversary! Our American wedding favors were the recipe cards and our Indian wedding ones were bags of our favorite Indian snacks (chevdo, chakri, etc.) for our guests to eat on the bus ride back to the hotel! If I had to offer one piece of advice to brides-to-be, it would be not to stress about making it perfect, instead, make it personal. The wedding will be incredible as long as it reflects the unique things about you and your partner. Also, hire an amazing planner, it’s worth every penny and will allow you to enjoy the event.

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Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cinematography: TLIC Media | Event Planning & Design: Jessica Ashley Events | Floral Design: Sarah Khan Event Styling | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Stationery: Tortoise Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Smokin Willy BBQ | Catering: Indaroma | Entertainment: Radio City Band | DJ: DCVibez | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: Generation Tux | Wedding Venue: Tranquility Farm | Bar: Ta-Da! Travel Bar | Beauty: Makeup by Adiba | Beauty: Hair & Makeup Artistry by Claudine | Bridal Shop: Love Couture Bridal | Cake & Desserts: Sally Jasionowski, Cakebee | Drapery: Fabrication Events | Henna: Naseem's Henna | Rentals: Select Event Group | Signage: Leah Letters | Specialty Ice: Still Ice

You’ll Never Believe This Magnificent Italianate Palace is in the Rural Part of Virginia, Atop Mountains!

You won’t believe this Italian palazzi-inspired wedding took place in the Virginian mountains! Channeling luxurious intimacy and balancing timelessness with modernity, Fleur Avenue Events reimagined a traditional Italian wedding for this fashion-forward couple at the Swannanoa. Drama was infused into every grand detail — from the bride’s French lace cathedral veil and not one — but two — ornately-crafted gowns, to the venue’s lofty archways and artistically-styled florals. Nikki Santerre captured the ultra-chicness of the celebration with a fine-art style. Experience the splendor of this beautiful day at the full gallery

From Nikki SanterreInspired by classic bridal look, epic architecture of Italian palazzi, and couture wardrobe, this editorial designed and planned by Fleur Avenue Events channeled the luxurious intimate celebration at former splendor and now decaying grandeur of Swannanoa Palace behind the modern interpretation of a traditional Italian wedding for a fashion-driven couple. 

Featuring stylish ornate wedding gown, a show-stopping cathedral veil with French lace detail, lush and dramatic reception setup in between archways of the majestic Italianate summer villa, and vibrant fine art style of film photographer Nikki Santerre, modern wedding planning couples are invited to take inspiration from sumptuous iconic locations to create an elegant heirloom-driven day for their marriage celebration.

Photography: Nikki Santerre Photography | Event Design: Fleur Avenue Events | Floral Design: Fleur Avenue Events | Wedding Dress: Rara Avis | Cake: B.Markova Cake | Invitations: The Wells Makery | Venue: Swannanoa Palace | Beauty: SARAH KAHN ARTISTRY | Concept and Production: The Lumiere Workshops | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Rentals: MS Events | Rentals: Courtney Inghram Florals | Talent: Kingsley Modeling Agency

Classic Virginia Spring Wedding At The Clifton Inn

Wanting to mirror the aesthetic of a spring day, Shelby and Scott’s wedding was equal parts romantic and classic. Set in the Virginia countryside with lots of greenery, neutral blooms, and charming garden touches Sophie Felts Floral Design helped bring their wedding dreams to life. Shelby and Scott spent a great deal of time focusing on the details, and enlisted Social Graces Weddings to help them fill the day with intimate and thoughtful touches. From their custom monogram incorporated throughout various elements of the wedding, from the wax seal on the escort board to poolside pillows, to the inclusion of their newly adopted Shih Tzu, Gigi, every detail was thoughtfully curated. The love and happiness of the day shine in the artful imagery by Sidney Leigh Photography. You’ll find even more meaningful moments in the full gallery.

From Sidney Leigh PhotographyShelby and Scott met at work where Scott claimed, “love at first sight.” Although it took a little time and persistence before the two became official, they soon became inseparable. Scott proposed during dinner at The Inn at Little Washington on January 25th, 2020 a very special location to Shelby and her family as her grandparents used to frequent this remarkable place.

Charlottesville, Virginia was always a favorite destination for Shelby and Scott while living in the DC area. The rolling countryside, beautiful wineries, pristine golf courses, and charming downtown perfectly captured the vision for the wedding weekend festivities. The Clifton embodied all the characteristics that Shelby and Scott were looking for as a backdrop for their celebration. The history of the estate coupled with scenic mountain views and intimate accommodations for their immediate family and friends made their selection of the venue effortless.

The one facet of the wedding day that couldn’t be planned for was the weather, and although the rain started falling about 20 minutes before the outdoor ceremony started, both Shelby and Scott agreed that it was incredibly special to watch everyone come together to celebrate with them all the same. All in all, every inch of this Charlottesville wedding day was customized to perfectly fit Shelby and Scott as a couple, and even with the rain, it could not have been a more beautiful wedding day!

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Photography: Sidney Leigh Photography | Cinematography: Arden Film Co. | Coordination: Social Graces | Event Design: Skyline Tent Company | Event Planning: Social Graces | Floral Design: Sophie Felts Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Miss Hayley Paige | Invitations: Whimsy B Paperie | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: David Yurman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revelry | Catering: The Clifton Inn | Calligraphy: GloryCo | DJ: Sam Hill Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Venue: The Clifton | Acrylic Signage: Mulberry Market Designs | Beauty: Avenue 42 | Bridal Shop: Love Couture Bridal | Cigar Roller: Cortez Cigars | Live Painter: Celebration Paintings | Quartet: Melodious Strings | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Welcome Boxes: The Tradition Begins

A Kitchen Reno that Went From Drab to SERIOUSLY!?

This might be the single most “are you serious” transformation we have ever seen. While subtly changing up the footprint, moving around cabinets and the positioning of the island, saturating the room in head to toe white and gorgeous hardware, this kitchen had a full on swan song makeover. Designed by Anna Beth Eskridge of Making Room for Peace, we are SO here for all of the pretty. Head to the end to see the incredible before and afters! Photos by We are Luke & Ashley.

Talk about serendipity and you would have to talk about the Del Ray Project. The location, the social connections and overall design process. There was a seamless workflow that was an absolute pleasure to be apart of!

While this might sounds crazy, the saying is true…”inspiration is everywhere!” So no joke, one of the very first decisions that we made was that we HAD to have these Gabby Decor counter stools! From there, the look and feel of the new kitchen began to really take shape. 

When it came to the styling of the Del Ray Project, we kept the accent pieces light in color but heavy in texture! With such a bright, white kitchen we didn’t want to bring anything jarring, as it would take away from the elegance of the space; so we used a lot of materials such as worn wood (i.e. vintage cutting boards), blown glass seltzer bottles, heirloom silver trays and European apothecary jars. We also brought in special pieces that belonged to the client like a gorgeous vintage rug!

Pro Tip: We love using heirloom pieces when styling our client’s homes. In the Del Ray Project we were able to incorporate our client’s Turkish rug and vintage salt and pepper shakers. These moments, these found objects, are what really make a space feel like “home.” 

Since the space isn’t incredibly large, we thoughtfully chose each piece to have meaning and purpose. To elevate the bones and provide a useable moment of beauty, from the hardware we chose to the furniture and decor. This Gabby accent table was another splurge but one that was well worth-it! The beautiful flower-shaped rim adds a softness and feminine nod to the space.

Wanting to keep the design of the room fairly simple to bring a more open feeling to the space, we incorporated the existing love-seat while also bringing in matching floor lamps and woven accent tables. This set-up really helped to create a cozy space that still provided a large enough walk-way for kitchen traffic.

We have to give a special shout-out to Moore Construction Group, who designed the layout of this space. They did a fabulous job not only creating better flow but incorporating enough storage so that every nook and cranny could be put to use. You walk into this kitchen now and feel like you can breathe (and move!).

The accent pieces within the space are absolutely beautiful, and are ones that will age well over time. The Circa Lighting pendants tie in beautifully and emphasize our goal to allow this space to age gracefully, the textiles capitalize on forever fabrics, the decor is a balance of old and new and the simple, clean palette means that food, family and love can take center stage. 


Brace yourselves for the incredible, full bodied before and after.

Before, the kitchen was dark and crowded, to say the least. As with most older homes, space is at a premium so one of the things that we knew would have to go was the peninsula! Not only did it make the kitchen tight but it blocked any sort of flow. We opened up that side of the kitchen and instead, installed a sleek island for more counter space and seating.

While it is our desire to create beautiful spaces, it is our goal to create those beautiful spaces that will also be functional, that will bless our clients with a life more easily lived. It’s been music to our ears to hear from Andy and Babs on how much they’ve enjoyed using their kitchen. Due to Covid (and working from home), Babs often finds herself working at the island here.

Photography: We Are Luke & Ashley | Interior Design: Making Room for Peace

In the evenings, you can bet that Andy is at stove whipping up something magical. In the months to come, as more people are vaccinated and cases continue to go down, you can bet that there will be friends and family over, eating and laughing around the island!

This Inspired Shoot Will Convince You To Have A Micro Wedding

This inspired shoot highlights everything we love about micro weddings. Just A Little Ditty planned a day that proves a more intimate guest list gives you free rein to play around with luxe touches that otherwise might have been out of budget, like extravagant welcome baskets. The florals in this feature are a feast for the eyes, all lovingly designed by Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs. Don’t miss the explosion of crisp color beautifully captured by Jen Fariello Photography. There’s even more pretty to see over in the full gallery.

From Just A Little DittyThe initial concept was for a winter shoot full of bright colors, whimsical details, and luxe touches. Taking inspiration from the Quirk Hotel’s artistic vibe we designed a seasonally appropriate shoot that was crisp, bold, and modern.

Building a collected palette using shades from Pantone’s colors of the year, gray and yellow, we accented this foundation with neutral, pink, and metallic hues while incorporating various textures of acrylics, crystals, velvets, and wood to create a moody yet vivid aesthetic.

This petite shoot featured a ceremony with wild yet structured florals framing the altar and modern gold wire chairs, then transitioned to cocktails and mimosas, wrapping up with an intimate dinner featuring a show-stopping head table and small guest tables for two where a bountiful brunch was served.

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Event Planning: Just A Little Ditty | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Wedding Dress: The One Bridal Salon | Cake: Commonwealth Cake Company | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors | Invitations: Jodi MacFarlan Calligraphy | Accents: Kiki Slaughter | Beauty: Top Knot Studio | Beauty: Rouge 9 | Location: Quirk Hotel | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Festive Fare Event Rentals | Rentals: Emerson James

A Whimsical Secret Garden Meets Monet’s Water Lilies Wedding

When two worlds collide the results are captivating. A powerhouse team of wedding experts came together with an original concept to create an ethereal, secret garden-inspired editorial. When they arrived on the grounds of their venue The Clifton they couldn’t help but remark on the resemblance to the painting Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet. The inspiration then shifted to an event experience combining the two concepts together, which Karen Duckett Events pulled together beautifully. Inside the sailcloth reception tent florals by Floral & Bloom inspire. Each detail was artfully captured by cinematographers Deanna and Grant Harrison of Harrison Films and film photographer Hana Gonzalez of Weddings by Hana. Head to the full gallery for all of the eye-catching inspiration.

From Karen Duckett of Karen Duckett EventsWe crafted a color palette of saturated greens, jade, and chartreuse as our pops of color, but wanted a softer base of taupe, cement gray, and cameo pink to allow the bolder colors to really shine. When it comes to eye-catching elements, the balance of color, texture, and detail are key to creating sensory pleasure for all those who partake in the experience.

The focus for this inspiration shoot was heavily on the tabletop details tucked away within the sailcloth tented reception space. Tabletop florals of local limelight and lace hydrangea, garden roses, dahlias, spray roses, butterfly ranunculus, campanula, delphinium, and foxglove were masterfully installed by Rachel Johnson of Floral & Bloom. On the head table, she created a way to bring the eye up by using flowers along the existing columns within the sailcloth tents and a cascading floral runner dripping down to the wooden tent floor.

We hope that the classic, sophisticated garden reception will entice couples to take a second look at the existing grounds and architecture of their chosen venue to create bespoke designs that tie back to natural elements of beauty surrounding their family and friends.

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Photography: Hana Gonzalez Photography | Cinematography: Harrison Films | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Bella Belle | Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne Bride | Cake: Jisoo Cake Design | Invitations: Sara Lane Design | Reception Venue: The Clifton | Jewelry: Eden Luxe Bridal | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Agency: The Artist Agency | Beauty: SARAH KAHN ARTISTRY | Female Model: Kelly Hiotes | Male Model: Elijah Connolly | Planning: Karen Duckett Events + Design | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Rentals: MS Events | Rentals: Bride and Joy | Table Numbers: mementos by phi

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Here’s Why We’re Welcoming Jewel Toned Color Palettes With Open Arms in 2021

There’s no wonder why the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are one of the most beautiful and iconic parts of the American landscape…OR why countless couples are drawn to hosting their weddings amidst the mountains transforming with fall color. With the incredible design help of Wild Fleurette, this mid-November shoot at The Ivy Rose Barn showcases how beautiful a fall wedding can be, even after the leaves have fallen to the ground. We just can’t help but crush hard on the vibrant floral entryway that added visual interest to an otherwise simple greenhouse and the unbe-leaf-able flatlays inspired by Sugared Fig Paperie’s invitation suite. Designs like this are the reason why we’re welcoming jewel toned color palettes with open arms in 2021. Don’t miss the full gallery of captivating imagery, all taken by Nicole Colwell Photography.

From Nicole Colwell Photography… Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains couples are drawn to hosting their wedding in the fall. However, Mother Nature is moody here in SWVA. One day in October the temperature will be 85 and the next day 40 degrees and our leaves are vibrant and full for weeks at a time or a wind storm can make fall disappear over night.

With this in mind we planned an editorial in mid November to showcase how beautiful a fall wedding can be even after the leaves have fallen to the ground.

Our inspiration was driven by the natural beauty that surrounded the greenhouse. We love fall weddings but didn’t want our design to be too predictable. We decided on a more vibrant color pallet, with jewel tones, mixed with different textures and florals that are jaw dropping.


Written by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

Photography: Nicole Colwell Photography | Event Design: Nicole Colwell Photography | Floral Design: Wild Fleurette | Gown: Jaclyn Jordan New York | Cake: Blush Baking Co. | Invitations: Sugared Fig Paperie | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Catering: Pumpernickel Pickle | Tux: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Ivy Rose Barn | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Models: Marilyn's Agency | Rentals: The Heirloom Collection

A Cherry Blossom-Inspired Spring Wedding at Pippin Hill You Just HAVE to See

If you know SMP, you know we’re biggg fans of Pippin Hill Farm – and today’s wedding planned by Just A Little Ditty might just be our favorite one yet. Coral charm peonies from Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs, floral bridesmaid dresses from Jenny Yoo and the sweetest couple of all time, I mean… can you even blame us?! If you’re looking for some inspiration to get you in the spirit of Spring, look no further. Lucky for us Rebecca Yale was there to capture every can’t-miss detail of their day – head on over to the full gallery to watch the magic unfold!

From Rebecca Yale PhotographyMechelle and Julia were married in late April at Pippin Hill in Charlottesville, VA. Mechelle is originally from Florida and Julia from Maryland and they’ve lived all over the world together, including a 2 year stint in Norway, so choosing a wedding venue was difficult, but they fell in love with the rolling hills of Virginia wine country. April is peak cherry blossom season so they decided to embrace the beautiful bloom and let it serve as inspiration for the design of the day. 

Rock Paper Scissors made a custom crest using the bride’s initials and a wreath of cherry blossoms, echoing the infinity circle altar that served as their ceremony backdrop and the hoops of cherry blossoms over the head table and dance floor in the granary. The custom crest was used on the save the date, programs, menus, cocktail napkins and was even engraved onto their custom ring box and made into a sticker on their wedding favors (homemade fudge by Mechelle using her late grandmothers recipe, placed inside mugs with drawings of the two cities they’ve lived in together, Austin and Oslo). 

The brides opted for a first look, but wanted it to feel a little different so decided to stand back to back to each other and hold hands so they could be close the first time they saw each other. Some other fun details of note were Mechelle’s ready-to-wear black and white Monique Lhuillier Gown and mismatched printed bridesmaids dresses from Jenny Yoo. The brides’ wrote their own vows in custom vow books, which combined their cherry blossom crest with a silhouette of one of their favorite photographs taken on top of a fjord in Norway during their engagement session. 

They also used the same silhouette on the back of their cake later in the evening, which they cut out in the courtyard surrounded by their friends all holding sparklers. Mechelle and Julia honored their beloved late dog, Huck, with a photo of him on her bouquet and drawing of him on the back of each of their vow books. The brides loved the outdoor patio area of Pippin and wanted to take advantage of it as much as possible so in addition to cocktail and cake cutting they opted to have their first dance out there under the string lights before inviting their guests in to eat.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videography: Monachetti Weddings | Event Planning: Just A Little Ditty | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair and Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Susan Atkins Style + Design | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Printed Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Rentals: Festive Fare Event Rentals | Rentals: Emerson James | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stylist: Madly Bride | Vow Books: Wedding Story Writer | White Wedding Gown: Essense Of Austrailia

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How to Pull off the Microwedding of Your Dreams? It’s All in the Details.

Think you can’t still have the wedding of your dreams during COVID times? Enter microweddings. Today’s gorgeous shoot from Sweetly Southern Events highlights all the beauty and plus sides that come with hosting a microwedding. That downsized guest list means more room to splurge on an insta-worthy floral arch, handcrafted details and personalization at every turn. To see all the inspiration this whimsical editorial has to offer for your Big Day, head on over to the full gallery – taken by e.losinio photography!

From e.losinio photographyCombining the natural beauty and high end details, Sweetly Southern Events sought to draw out the plus side of a microwedding and highlight the beauty in a time of darkness. She designed a color palette of soft peach, blush, muted green, and gold accents. Every detail was perfectly crafted to highlight the beauty of a micro wedding; from the handcrafted stationery pieces from Tortoise Designs to the custom hand painted backdrops provided by Lindale Studios. 

For the table design, Sweetly Southern Events, set an intimate table setting with a wispy blush runner that ran right down the middle of our Something Vintage Rentals’ Brentwood farm table. The couple selected high-end end Louis French-styled upholstered chairs with crisp natural linen fabric and two Carved His and Hers Chairs. Real-life couple Shanda and Jonathon were excited to celebrate their anniversary with a short vow renewal while supporting local wedding vendors in bringing this inspiration to life. 

There was not a dry eye in the room as they each shared handwritten vows preserved for years to come in beautifully crafted vow books by The Art of Etiquette. The bride wore a Watters gown from Bridal Elegance which was chosen for its simple yet elegant composition. The sheer sweetheart bodice fit and flare was the perfect touch of classic yet modern. Hair and makeup were completed by the talented Styled for Elegance and Beauty by Brigid. Her bouquet, a signature piece for JR Flowers, included pops of peach, white, and blush roses. The relaxed, modern, and romantic feel of the wedding gown and bouquet reflected the personality of the bride that Sweetly Southern Events hoped to capture.

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Photography: e. losinio photography | Videography: Alex Mangione Photography | Event Planning: Sweetly Southern Events | Floral Design: JR Flowers | Wedding Dress: Bridal Elegance of VA | Stationery: Tortoise Designs | Makeup: Beauty By Brigid | Hair: Styled for Elegance | Backdrop: Lindale Studios | Creative Space: A Wedding Loft | Historic Mansion: Rust Manor | Model: Flor de Casa Designs | Rentals: Something Vintage | Vow Books: The Art of Etiquette

What Happens When an Inspiring Group of Creatives Come Together for One Very Powerful Reason

We couldn’t be more honored to be able to share this influential editorial, dreamt up by Amy Marie Events – it embodies the immeasurable beauty that comes from true unity, something we ourselves are hoping to inspire and strengthen within the wedding community. Read on for Amy’s beautiful words about the heart behind the shoot – and don’t forget to check out the full gallery of inspiration, all captured by David and Tiffany Photography. This might just be one of our most special features yet here on SMP.

From Amy Marie EventsMoving to Richmond, Virginia from a small rural town in VA I expected to see a world of diversity, integration, and unity. I had dreams of finding a home where my love for people of all colors, race, way of life was embraced and encouraged, something completely the opposite of the small town I was leaving. As I began to network myself with vendors I quickly realized that the world I dreamed I would encounter in “the big city” was not much different than the world of segregation I had started my business in. 

As I looked through magazines, Instagram accounts, venue brochures, and all things events I quickly realized that there were the “black venues” and the “white venues”. The majority of what I saw around me caused my world to crash and me to grow sick to my stomach. I didn’t want to be blind to the prejudices all around me. So, on a cool spring day, I reached out to a black female friend of mine in the industry and asked her if I could ask her some candid questions. As we talked and discussed the culture in which we both worked it became very apparent that everything I was seeing was certainly not a part of my imagination but VERY VERY real. I began to share with her how I desired to start a change in our culture. I wanted to start having real conversations with real vendors, both black and white and help to bridge the gap and heal the prejudices that have plagued our society and city for far too long. 

I reached out to multiple venues and vendors to begin the conversations. I had a dream of creating a styled shoot that brought together vendors of different colors and backgrounds and style it at a venue that was predominantly geared toward a white demographic and see what happened. As I began to reach out and build relationships and connections the push back and red flags were blaring in my face. I knew this would be harder than I imagined. THEN, the death of George Floyd took place. The morning I woke up to see his death on my newsfeed all I could do was sob. Another innocent life taken. The country was no longer willing to be quiet, nor was I. 

At that moment the fire was lit even more. I COULD NOT BE QUIET, I was not taking no for an answer and needed for the cause to be known, no matter the cost.

In just a few weeks, after many hard conversations, we had vendors and a venue who were ready to stand with me in our city and open the door for racial reconciliation. I deliberated over the color palette and design, asking from input from each vendor and the decision was made, we would keep it classic, simple and yet make a powerful statement. The power of black and white has always made a bold statement. The two exist for one another and there is true beauty in their unity.

The date was set, the details designed and now it was time to bring it all to life. Xaneya and Clay met the day of the shoot and it was as if they truly were in love and getting married. Their genuine kindness and affection were contagious and it defined the shoot, Love is Color Blind. And while they are able to see the color of each other’s skin their heart of love shone so brightly. Every detail from the backdrop over the James River to the stone of the terrace, the wild Queen Anne’s Lace lining the wedding aisle, and the composition of the tablescape complimented one another and perfectly melded the vision of the Unity of Black and White. So, while I do personally believe that this shoot is balanced, with white space, detail shots galore, breathtaking views, the vision behind this shoot is truly what makes it all “STYLE ME PRETTY WORTHY.”

Photography: David and Tiffany Photography | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Fat Rabbit Cakes | Makeup: Holly Byrd Miller | Tux: Tiffany's Bridal | Event Design, Planning and Florals: Amy Marie Events | Invitation Suite & Calligraphy: Letterful RVA | Location: The Estate at River Run | Rentals: Rent Equip | Wedding Dress Shop: Urban Set Bride

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How to Make Your Micro-Wedding Feel Artfully Curated and Timeless

If you ask us, there are million advantages to hosting a micro-wedding. What’s our favorite, you might ask? Well, besides the sheer intimacy they provide for both you and your guests, our favorite thing about micro-weddings is the ability to break boundaries throughout the curation process, in ways a traditional wedding could never. Looking for some inspiration on how to artfully curate your micro-wedding while keeping it timeless in style? Allow Elle Loren & Co to pave the way. Head on over to the full gallery, captured by Nicole Colwell Photography for all the inspiration (including all the heavenly, bright blooms from Wild Fleurette!)

From Elle Loren & Co Micro-weddings & elopements are here to stay, and we are elated to be able to focus on a refined look that is artfully curated and feels ever so timeless. We believe in all the small details; putting together a complete flow from the dainty paper suites, that custom Susie Altzman ring (taking our breath away), and waving back at smiling poppy blooms dancing amidst the honey bees. Locally sourced flowers from family-owned farms in Virginia mingled our team of vendors organically. With a smaller guest count, the options for your ceremony location are endless. 

We chose a humble wooded grove, through a ray of sunshine, almost as if the universe whispered, love is here. Styling a lush setting for our couple to share vows, we wanted to make the structure disappear with two strong foundations of greenery and blooms shooting up to surround Maddie and Mark. With our ability to really hone in on our couple, we could feel the warmth radiating from their gaze. 

We were overjoyed witnessing Maddie’s groom swooning over her! Those blue eyes and statement DAISY earrings were the perfect touch. Whimsical, effortless, and glam vibes. A statement, that is tasteful and delicate. Lovers of everything floral, we let this eloquently flow into our detailed design, using handpicked elements to carefully curate every part of the design. We styled a lush palette of wild greens, yellows and a touch of the white to round out a mountain canvas nestled at Ivy Rose Barn. Our table was adorned with abundance of florals sweeping off the end. White classic ceramic tied the wooden garden chairs and wooden chargers together for a living tablescape, matching the landscape within the valley. Fluttering in a field of wildflowers with your favorite person on the best day ever.

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Photographer: Nicole Colwell Photography | Film: Kirsten Beatley Films | Florals: Wild Fleurette | Gown: The Inspired Bride | Stationery: Sugared Fig Paperie | Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Wedding Venue: The Ivy Rose Barn | Baker: Blush Baking Co. | Beauty: Glam House Day Spa | Planner & Designer: Elle Loren & Co.

An Elegant, Chinoiserie-Chic Wedding at the Birkby House

If you’re as obsessed with chinoiserie as we are, then you’re about to fall in love with today’s stunning Southern fête at the Birkby House. Considering the bride planned and designed weddings with her wedding planner, Bright Occasions, for almost 4 years – it’s no surprise this wedding day is magical from beginning to end, complete with personalized touches at every turn. Holly Chapple Flowers made our SMP hearts flutter with her classic white and green arrangements. Head on over to the full gallery, captured by Manda Weaver Photography, for all the details!

From the Bright Occassions…  Courtney included so many beautiful and thoughtful details. From the custom crest designed by Dandelion Patch to the venue drawing designed by her sister, which we included in the most beautiful wedding invitation and stationery printed by The Dandelion Patch. Courtney also sourced many of her own blue and white chinoiserie vases, including a special Virginia Tobacco jar that was a family heirloom.

The favors for the wedding also doubled as our place cards, which were blue and white coasters in a variety of prints and patterns. Holly Chapple did the flowers and kept the design classic with whites and greens, done in the garden-style she is known for. While providing a more modern architectural ceremony backdrop. We also worked with a local farmer to provide a boxwood wall, which we set the seating charts in front of and later became a perfect photo backdrop. Courtney & Mike love Margarita’s and chose to serve those as their signature cocktails. Local pizza from a Leesburg favorite was passed during cocktail hour among the other seasonal and local foods from Tuskies Catering.

From the Bride… Having planned and designed weddings with Bright Occasions for almost 4 years, I knew I wanted our wedding day to stand out – not necessarily with trendy concepts, but with heartfelt, meaningful details. The historic charm of Birkby House, nestled within quaint downtown Leesburg, was the perfect setting to share my husband’s and my love for our home state with our guests. Our chinoiserie-chic theme centered around an “Virginia” tobacco jar my mother had while growing up; this theme was carried through to our invitation suite, personalized escort coasters, bridal party attire, and reception place settings. 

My very talented sister, an artist in San Francisco, hand drew the illustration of Birkby House on our invitation! From the use of my grandmother’s floral embroidered handkerchief, and pieces of both my mother’s and my mother-in-law’s wedding gowns sewn into the hem of my own dress, to the chapel-length veil I wore that was used by both of my life-long best friends, I was able to show just how special these women were to me on the most important day of my life. There was not a dry eye in the house, though, when Michael and I read our personal vows to each other. Later, my husband and I paid homage to our alma mater – Virginia Tech – by using “Enter Sandman,” the song the football team runs onto the field to, as our entrance song. The best part of the day, though, was getting to work with (as a bride this time!) the most incredible vendors I’m lucky enough to call my friends. Michael and my wedding day was absolutely perfect in every way. 

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Photography: Manda Weaver Photography | Videography: Bowen Films | Wedding Planning: Bright Occasions | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Cake: Edibles Incredibles | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Tuscarora Mills | Make-up: Izzy B Makeup | Hair Stylist: Denita Brown | DJ: MyDeejay | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Road Yachts | Bridal Gown: Anne Barge | Bridal Jewelry : Kendra Scott Jewelry | Bridal Salon: Love Couture Bridal | Bride's Gift: David Yurman | Bride's Reception Shoes: Jack Rogers | Ceremony/Reception: Thomas Birbky | Grooms Gift: Rolex | Hedges: Plant Farm Rentals | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Tuscarora Mills | Rentals: Select Event Group | Rentals: Select Event Group

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This Modern Monochromatic Wedding Inspo Will Have You Rethinking That Airy Color Palette

Bye bye airy, hello monochrome! The Blush Events, Nikki Santerre Photography and The Flower Guy Bron joined forces on a styled shoot that’s here to inspire brides to add a bit of color to their inspiration boards. From crisp whites to matte blacks to velvety textures and elegant layers… modern brides – this one’s for you! Head on over to the full gallery to see why we’re crossing our fingers monochrome weddings make a major splash in 2020!

From Nikki SanterreAs a collaborative effort, the creative team wanted to demonstrate the diversity of this incredible venue, Upper Shirley Vineyard, located just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Usually a space utilized in a more classic and romantic manner, we went with a modern and monochromatic motif, with a surprising pop of matte black and a golden yellow velvet for this editorial’s details.

From Kerri of Blush EventsGolden color palette and velvet, yes please! Challenging the airy style that we know so well to bring a more dynamic, modern, style and splash of color to our dream board. We love an edge of uniqueness, while bringing a clean polish that makes each design special and one of a kind. Reaching for combinations of yellows with deep, velvet textures, pops of white modern ceramic and black accenting gold flatware gave us classic and chic tablescape. 

An organic climbing Smilac wall was the perfect backdrop for bridal details. Adorned as if growing inside, surrounded by taper candles with their light bouncing off polished wooden floors for an ethereal glow. Add our model to the mix and its bridal heaven! We wanted chic, simple yet elegant dress from Urban Set Bride and hair by Emily Artistry to be a clean knot to show off the back of the dress – swoon! Of course, silk wrapped Bella Belle heels with a bow and soft tear drop jewels accented the bride’s look. We saw the Marigold Tuxedo Jacket from Black Tux and had to feature for the groom because what goes better with velvet loafers and a black bow tie if not for a pop of color. The artistry each creative partner brings to our designs guarantees our level of caliber. The day of the shoot, we always are surprised by the interpretations of our design fitting together, piece by piece, after months of prep. Flower Guy Bron brought the centerpieces coherent with our palette, and blew us away with how well the ceramic vases mixed with the menu, velvet pale tablecloth, juxtaposing the clean white backdrop with black bent wood chairs overlooking the winery, making a layered, cozy, and dainty winter look.

Photographer: Nikki Santerre Photography | Event Design: Blush Events Planning & Design | Florals: The Flower Guy Bron | Gown: Urban Set Bride | Cake: Incredible Edibles | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair and Makeup: Emily Artistry | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Location: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Paper: Paper Handmade | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Rentals: Rent Equip