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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.

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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

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An Emerald Green Vineyard Wedding Complete With Meaningful Personal Touches at Every Turn

If you’re feeling stumped on ways to make your wedding feel more like you – allow this gorgeous vineyard wedding to inspire! With the help of Kate Phillips Events, this couple was able to personalize every nook and cranny of their special day – from the signature drinks to the floral arrangements, every detail was thoughtfully designed to represent a significant moment in the bride and groom’s lives. Not only was their wedding filled with sentimental touches, but it also looked absolutely stunning, too! We’re still not over their one of a kind ceremony decor adorned with blooms from Photosynthesis, bound to grace the pages of Pinterest for years to come. Head on over to the full gallery to see all the pretty – taken by Shannon Moffit Photography!

From the Bride… From the moment we started planning the wedding, we knew we wanted it to be authentically “us” in every way possible. My mother always told me growing up that “the love is in the details”, a mantra I repeated constantly throughout the planning process. As a result, all of the small touches had a tie to James and I as individuals, our relationship, and/or our families. Some of our favorite details were our signature cocktails, The Bitsy and The Gunner, lovingly named after our two dogs. While the Bitsy, a French 75, was served traditionally in a champagne coupe, the Gunner, a bourbon and ginger, was served in a glass flask with a custom label that James designed himself. In addition to these, we also had a fabulous champagne tower greeting guests as they entered the venue, which I always dreamed of as an avid champagne drinker.

Guests also saw small gold bunnies on each of the tables which were in homage to my beloved grandmother, who we affectionately call Bunny. The Irish flag, hanging next to the American flag outside of Upper Shirley, and the bagpiper greeting guests as they got off the bus, then eventually leading me to the altar and James and I back down the aisle as husband and wife were also in honor of Bunny and the Wright family’s Irish heritage, something that was very instrumental in my upbringing. Two touches I have to give all of the credit to James for are our live painter, Matt Lively, and our neon “Poole Party” sign. James searched through local Richmond Facebook groups, Reddit posts, and reached out to several friends all over Virginia when looking for a live painter to document our special day. He was finally able to find Matt Lively, and we feel so lucky! We asked Matt to paint our ceremony, as this was the most important part of our celebration, and he captured it beautifully- individually painting each and every guest. Our neon sign reflected our wedding hashtag “Poole Party” and came from a local store that deals primarily in store front signs and industrial projects. I’ll never forget the charm of walking into their offices in Richmond with James, and them telling us how fun and different the sign was for them to make and them trying to explain to us how to set it up on the big day- they don’t often work with clueless newlyweds!

In lieu of a traditional cake, James and I decided to cut an apple pie as neither of us care for cake. Ernie, the chef de cuisine at Upper Shirley, crafted the crust of the pie we cut into an image of the tree of life- one of the most spectacular things we’ve ever seen. The Tiffany and Co. Pie server we used was a gift from our friend Katie, a bridesmaid and the woman who introduced us. Guests were treated to mini apple and pecan pies in addition to cookies and cream milkshake shooters for dessert. Our outfits were also each accented with special touches. James’ tuxedo liner was a collage of cigar wrappers and this was carried through the outfit into his shoes, Stubbs and Wooton slippers, that had a cigar on one shoe and a glass of scotch on the other. If you couldn’t tell that James enjoys cigars, it could also be seen in our cigar and bourbon bar! This was a must-have for James and his father, who always enjoy a nice glass of bourbon and a cigar whenever they are together. James also wore his late Grandfather Jim’s watch, a gift that was given to James by his Grandmother Judy when he passed away. I wore my mother’s diamond earrings, and my Grandmother Bunny’s emerald and diamond bracelet on the day of. Apart from being my favorite gemstone and favorite color, the green emerald coordinated with all of the deep greens we used in our wedding. Last, but certainly not least, were the presence of tulips both in the wedding and in our invitations. Growing up, my father frequently traveled to Amsterdam and would always bring me back wooden tulips and tulip bulbs for my garden, solidifying them as my favorite flowers for life. James later asked me to marry him in the middle of a tulip field at the Kukenhoff Gardens in Amsterdam, when the tulips were in full bloom. He proposed with a ring that my beloved grandmother, Bunny, had given him for the occasion just one month before, and a book of letters written by our best friends and family congratulating us. James maintains that traveling internationally with a diamond ring is one of the scariest things he will ever do. We rented a house boat that was parked on a canal in downtown Amsterdam for this trip, and I had been in a sour mood the morning of the proposal because James had insisted on this lodging choice, while I wanted to be in a hotel. I quickly forgave him when we returned from the Kukenhoff Gardens, newly engaged, and the whole boat was decorated with tulips and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, my favorite champagne, that my 3 best friends had sent us, sat in an ice bucket. Needless to say, having tulips apart of the wedding, even in November, was essential!! 

Favorite Moments: 

Truth be told, our whole reason for having a wedding was to celebrate our union with those that we love most. When discussing what we saw in a wedding, James and I (very briefly) talked about eloping. This was quickly shut down, however, because we both knew part of the importance of professing our love to each other, would be professing it in front of our friends and family. This was echoed in our large bridal parties- each of us had 9 attendants that were a mixture of family and friends from every stage of our life, from kindergarten through graduate school. To avoid it looking like too much of a wall on either side of us, we opted to have our bridesmaids and groomsmen sit down, front row, during the ceremony while my maid of honor, my sister Cara, and James’ best man, his best friend Seth, stood next to us. It felt so great to have all of those special people have a perfect view as we said our vows. One thing James and I agreed upon immediately was that we wanted a live band. When we each pictured our wedding receptions, after the sanctity of the ceremony had concluded, we both envisioned a big party where we would be able to let loose with our nearest and dearest. Kustom Made quickly made all of these dreams come true for us and more. From the moment they played the first couple of notes, as they lead guests into the reception space from our cocktail hour, we knew we had made the right decision by hiring them. Their interaction with each other and the audience was unbeatable and I’ll never forget me and my bridesmaids being on stage singing “Proud Mary” after James and his groomsmen had been led in a fabulous rendition of “My Girl”. Their music selection made it so everyone, no matter their age, was able to get up and dance and this allowed for a spectacular moment where James, Bunny (my grandmother who is 92 years old), and I did a three way tango in the middle of the dance floor.

Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Event Planning: Kate Phillips Events | Florist: Photosynthesis | Wedding Dress: Rita Vinieris | Stationary: Empress Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Band: Kustom Made | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Live Painter: Matt Lively | Makeup/Hair: Avenue 42 | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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Romantic Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

This glamorous Christmas home tour is the perfect way to kick off our holiday season! The neutral color palette, vintage detail (we’re talking personalized vintage channel-quilted velvet stockings, people) and gorgeous use of greenery all come together to create a romantic, chic holiday look.

Christmas is the most magical time of the year and I always strive to create a home that reflects that. This year I was inspired by the memories of my childhood Christmas at my grandparents. My grandmother always had a gorgeous variety of fresh greenery and floral and on every surface there would be a flower arrangement fit for a wedding. As a young decorator in the making, just seeing the house perfectly staged on Christmas Eve excited me more than the thought of presents. The glowing lights, perfectly wrapped gifts that coordinated with each year’s decor, bows that had to take hours to make, delicately placed Christmas china with personally written name tags. Every detail created memories that I’ll never forget. And It’s those thoughtful details that I wanted to incorporate in my own home this year.

Our Christmas tree is layered with soft gold ribbon and ivory lace, along with white berries, floral, and eucalyptus. My ornaments are a combination of gold and silver mercury glass and a collection of Lenox ornaments passed down from my grandmother who has collected them for the past 30 years. My wrapping paper is gold and ivory toile mixed with textured ivory ribbon and beige buffalo check ribbon. I always use the gifts as part of the decor and never feel like my tree is complete without them

The mantel is one of my favorite parts of the space with it’s garland of mixed greenery and snow flocked floral and wreath to coordinate. The embroidered channel quilted velvet stockings are subtle, but with the ribbons of lace, they bring romance and charm. I sewed the holiday stag pillows out of napkins because I fell in love with the pattern. I love how they look combined with the beige fawn pillows and ivory knit throw. A warm, glowing fire and candles throughout make the space feel cozy and inviting. And with the classic Christmas music in the background, you won’t ever want to leave. I may not be able to make it home for my grandmothers Christmas this year, but I know we’ll create special memories of our own with the help of the traditions she has started.

The bedroom is often a space that gets neglected or forgotten during the holiday seasons, so this year I wanted to make it into something special. What started as me dreaming of a white Christmas soon became something much more. With just a subtle touch of sage tones, soft golds, and florals, the space evolved into a romantic and elegant retreat. I used a variety of greenery to give the space a cozy Christmas feel. Along the top of the canopy bed lies several layers of lightly flocked garland and throughout the room, you’ll see eucalyptus, lambs ear, and frosted cedar.

The tree is decorated with a mix of ivory florals, gold leaves, silk ribbon, and beaded ornaments. I layered a chunky knit throw blanket with other textures like my linen duvet, velvet pillows, and white fur runner along the bench. Candlelit sconces and Christmas lights make the space glow and create the perfect setting for the Holidays. At the end of the day, I can’t wait to cuddle up in my bedroom, read a book, and admire the dreamy ambiance.

Photographer: Courtney Davey | Interior Decorator: Courtney Davey

Soft, Sun-Kissed & Fluttering Florals Will Have You Craving Warm Weather Again, Already!

As we get into the colder weather months, here on the East Coast, this inspiration shoot, planned and designed by Blush Events already has me daydreaming of warmer days! Taking place at Agecroft Hall in Richmond, VA with a ‘boss babe’ list of vendors, romance along with a bride frolicking through the gardens made up for this sun-kissed shoot, shot by Kim Stockwell Photography! With a simple tablescape crafted of pastel plates and soft, blush blooms by Wild Fleurette, every detail came together and has us thinking of those warmer months already! So, go ahead and take a look and hug that blanket a little tighter!

From Blush EventsEditorial shoots are what happens when we get to play with our favorite colleagues in this niche industry of Richmond, Virginia. Creating the eye candy of the season’s style layered with timeless details is so rewarding to communicate on brand. Working alongside our team of boss babe vendors, precisely conveying our vision to represent a snapshot of everything Blush Events.

Wild Fleurette brought an organic, soft, and fluttering floral vibe. This was essential. We used a combination of greens and delicate blooms, while also keeping a minimalist look. Make way for dogwood, butterfly ranunculus, lisianthus, and sweet pea bliss. We strive for the natural pallet, designing movement for flowers to speak for themselves, a look that’s effortlessly beautiful.

The Elizabethan Gardens are a symmetrical setting for a ceremony, of the 16th century Historic Tudor Estate, Agecroft Hall. The views, manicured landscape, charm of climbing ivy archways and stone balcony, radiate off our model. Making an intentional oasis in something already spectacular, was an enticing feat. The ceremony framed the estate’s unique exterior rich patterned paneling. Paisley & Jade’s Linden chairs blended with the aisle lined florals as if intentionally growing on either side of the rows. The cohesive flow of the invitation suite reflects the blue hues and soft grey of order and opulence!

The bridal style accomplished a natural and soft look for makeup, highlighting a sun-kissed glow. The dress inspiration needed to reflect ethereal and dreamy, bridal being minimal and delicate. The silk dress and lace bolero made two seamless looks, both complementing the bride and the grounds.

Fine Art photography was essential to capture the beauty of the venue and the decisive components that embellished the greenery backdrops for an ethereal glow. The breeze throughout the day created shadows off the flowers on the tables-cape. Kim Stockwell also shot in film which was a huge treat! The collection leans into the dancing rays capturing the ambiance for a warm blanketed look surrounding the shoot.

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Photography: Kim Stockwell Photography | Film: Kirsten Beatley Films | Floral Design: Wild Fleurette | Wedding Dress: Annalise Bridal Boutique | Cake: Sweet Fix Rva | Invitations: Every Little Letter | Hair & Make Up: Kara Waggoner Make Up Artistry | Planning & Design: Blush Events Planning & Design | Rentals: Party Perfect | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Tudor Manor House & Estate: Agecroft Hall

A Ceremony Entrance on Horseback, a Pottery Decorated Boxwood Garden, and a Miniature Pony Processional – Yup, This Is a Real Wedding.

Listen up, folks. We’ve seen a lot of weddings here at SMP – it’s been over a decade so you’d think we could safely say “we’ve seen it all”. Well, today’s wedding hit us with a big fat “nope!” as every inch of this day is truly unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. There are so many words we could use to explain this wedding planned by Kate Phillips Events with blooms by Photosynthesis – whimsical, enchanted, ethereal, floral-filled, animal obsessed… completely and utterly unique, but we figured it’d be best to see for yourself at the full gallery – taken by Shannon Moffit Photography!

From Shannon Moffit PhotographyEmy and Jaime are an adventurous couple currently living in Los Angeles. The two share a love for travel, art, and hiking, so it was only fitting that they got engaged on the top of an Aspen Art Museum and planned to travel across the country for their wedding. Emy’s family owns a beautiful property in Virginia on the James River, a well-known wedding venue, Upper Shirley Vineyards. When it came time for Emy and Jamie to plan their own wedding, there was no question that the pair would host a destination wedding on the water in front of Emy’s childhood home.

Some of the most memorable moments of the day include the bride’s ceremony entrance on horseback, a quaint cocktail hour in a ceramic pottery decorated boxwood garden, and a miniature pony processional to the reception. Many guests gasped as they walked into the reception space that was transformed into an indoor garden. There were black and white plates and flatware set on green velvet tablecloths. In the center of each table were unique floral arrangements situated in large beds of moss. Also, a custom hanging installation of greenery drew eyes to the ceiling. Other unique details… Custom horse opener gifts, family style charcuterie boards, a hand painted cake that looked like a living Monet painting, and homemade donuts covered in edible flowers. There was definitely no shortage of flowers at this whimsical garden wedding.

From Kate Phillips EventsWhen I first spoke to Emy and Jamie, it became a priority to put together a wedding day design that would compliment their artistic and whimsical style. One of the first elements of inspiration came from a Dutch Master’s floral painting that hung in their home. We incorporated similar types of colorful, loose, and wild floral arrangements with contrasting black and white chargers and candles. Once it all came together, it felt very true to their whimsical garden vision with subtle glam accents. The invitation suite featured a custom illustration of the bride’s childhood home (also the location of the ceremony) and a custom watercolor crest by Empress Stationery. One of the highlights of the day was the couple’s waterfront ceremony, framed by a birch chuppah covered in colorful blooms by Photosynthesis Floral Design

From the beginning, Emy wanted to incorporate her love of horses into her wedding, so we arranged for her to make a grand entrance on horseback. After the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy cocktails in the boxwood garden, featuring the family’s heirloom blue and white vases. We added a touch of glam the the decor by incorporating beautiful embroidered linens from La Tavola Fine Linen. The garden theme was woven into every facet of the day, including the custom menu–Chef de Cuisine Ernie LaBrecque incorporated edible flowers into spring rolls and house-made rosé donuts. Mini horses led guests through the hidden garden to Upper Shirley Vineyards, and were greeted by the couple in a carriage pulled by a team of white horses. 

For the reception, we wanted to transform the space into a wildflower garden. Greenery hung the length of the room, with accent candles to draw guest’s eyes up. Moss green velvet linens set the base of the table tops and textural moss and blooms ran down the center of the tables. We wanted it to feel as if the blooms were growing naturally. Gathering around the table, sharing a meal, and drinking wine evokes such a sense of togetherness, so for the first course we wanted to hone in on that feeling by offering a shared first course. Charcuterie boards were nestled into the centerpiece design, paired with the vineyard’s award winning wine. The cake, by Kadi Bakes, was an artistic site to behold. The custom flavor and design was inspired by the bride’s favorite wine and love of art. Infused with Upper Shirley Vineyards Sparkling Rosé, this was truly a one-of-a-kind wedding cake.

Photographer: Shannon Moffit Photography | Wedding Planner: Kate Phillips Events | Floral Design: Photosynthesis | Cake: Kadi Bakes | Invitations: Empress Stationery | Reception Venue: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Catering: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Makeup/Hair: Avenue 42

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Figs, Flora + Lavender & Blue Hues – This Is Wedding Inspiration at Its Finest!

There is nothing so romantic as a table overflowing with seasonal fruits, especially jewel-like figs, and just-picked vineyard grapes. Set at the verdant Stone Tower Winery, today’s wedding inspiration feels reminiscent of a Dutch Master’s painting. SRS Events planned every fine art detail to perfection, and Eight Tree Street Florals created meadow walkways and artfully unfinished arches that seemed to envelop and embrace the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Like the most carefully placed brushstrokes, the reception details picked up all these naturally-occurring blues, from refined blue-and-white floral linens to a table dappled with dahlias and studded with blackberries. Bouquets of grapes and handfuls of figs evoked the vineyard setting, and lavender and blue gowns added to the feeling of enchantment. Drift into a reverie as you take in the full gallery and admire every romantic photo by Alicia Lacey Photography.

From SRS Events… The newlyweds chose Stone Tower Winery nestled in Leesburg, Virginia with a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains as their elopement venue. The bride loves blues and figs are her favorite fruit, so she sought to mesh these loves together for her special day. The stationery from Wild Hearts Calligraphy & Design was vibrant and rich to coincide with the bold linen she chose for her dining table. Her lavender hued BHLDN wedding dress was a subtle nod to the purples in the figs, and her bouquet also brought in the purple and mauve hues. 

Her BHLDN bridesmaid’s dress {Sadia} tied into the blues in the BBJ table linens. The couple said their I Dos with the mountains in the distance under a freestanding asymmetrical arch and a living floral aisle created by Eight Tree Street. As guests took their seats at the table, the table setting was bold yet still inviting. A pleasant contrast from the neutrals trendy in other wedding designs. Dining al fresco into the evening, the newlyweds then departed the next day to their honeymoon in Italy.

Love the look? Here are a few more details from SRS Events and this incredible team!

Stationery and day-of paper by Wild Hearts Calligraphy:
Suite – Invitation card on Fir handmade paper with white digital printing. Save the Date – vellum wrap with noir digital printing. Midnight envelopes with gold hand done calligraphy and vintage postage.
Menus – Dusty rose cardstock with white digital printing and greenery illustrated vellum wrap printed in white.
Vow booklets – Off white handmade paper, midnight velvet ribbon. Blind letterpress.

Floral Design by Eight Tree Street
Arch – The arch was a freestyle no floral foam designed in tandem with the new wave of “foam free” florals as an environmental movement and included foraged branches, grasses.
Bouquet – The bouquet included garden roses, white and gray premium standard roses (touches of Early Grey), also local dahlias, and whimsical details with white/purple sweet peas, hellebores and purple clematis vines. Ribbon was from Silk & Willow.
Centerpieces – Cement vessels were filled with local dahlias, ranunculus, autumn clematis vines, roses, purple clematis, limelight hydrangeas, and parrot tulips.
Ceremony – A “Living Aisle” included foraged branches, Queen Anne’s lace in white and brown, dahlias, limelight hydrangeas, roses, larkspur and huck.
Sweetheart Table – A lush design of locally grown flowers including limelight hydrangeas, dahlias, clematis, with touches of roses, parrot tulips and purple clematis.

Photographer: Alicia Lacey Photography | Planner: SRS Events | Floral Design: EightTreeStreet | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Liberty Baking Co | Stationery: Wild Hearts Calligraphy | Shoes: Bella Belle | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Accessories: BHLDN | Beauty: Agape Makeup | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Linen: BBJ Linen | Models: KC, Andrew & Emily | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Ribbon: Silk Willow | Welcome Box: Marigold & Grey

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Allow This Modern, Ombré, Citrus Wedding Inspiration to Instantly Brighten Your Day!

The most delicious, citrus wedding inspiration is here to provide you with your daily dose of Vitamin C and a heavy pour of happiness. One look at those ombré floral centerpieces from Kate Fiore Floral Design and stunning blue patterned linen and that was it – we were in love. Lustre Theory Styling + Design wow’d us with each unique detail of this shoot – from watercolor lemon place cards to the hand-painted ceremony backdrop. Check out the full gallery of images captured on film by Molly Lichten Photography to get inspired.

From Lustre Theory Styling + DesignThis same sex wedding shoot is about celebrating love in all its forms with amazing citrus tones and accents of blues. The real same sex couple in this shoot had just been married a few months before and were thrilled to participate. You can see their happiness and genuine joy come through in the images. 

This shoot is full of personalized details for the couple, including calligraphy with their names on the drink bottles along with the saying “always love is love” and also the invitation suite which was tailored for them. The Historic Post Office is a unique historical venue located in downtown Hampton, VA. Once an actual post office it has now been transformed into one of the most popular venues in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. 

They wanted an inspiration shoot that showed their support of marriage and love for all couples. Citrus fruits of all kinds, fresh and dried were used throughout the decor and paired with a citrus ombre floral theme that moves down the table and is used throughout the shoot. These images are full of natural light and brightness. Accents of blue patterned linen, and antique porcelain pieces were paired with all the smile inducing color and fruit. The invitation suite is a botanical citrus theme, with handmade paper and custom white calligraphy. 

The stamps, color choices and accents were all specifically chosen for this stationery and paired with florals and bespoke flat lay props. There are many delicate styling choices I made in this editorial but I wanted to make sure some masculine features were also present to represent our grooms. Wood chargers and heavier velvet navy napkins were used in the table settings along with His + His vow books! I really love that this is an all male shoot! Something you don’t see very often. But the styling and decor is something everyone can take inspiration from.

Unique Details:

Real Same Sex Couple
Shot on Film – Natural Light
Painted Floral Ceremony Backdrop
Stunning Blue Table Linen
Handmade Sugar Floral Cake
Bar + Cake Styled Vignette
Custom Citrus Invitation Suite with Handmade Paper
His + His Vow Books
Calligraphy Drink Bottles
Watercolor Lemon Place cards

Photographer : Molly Lichten Photography | Floral Design: KATE FIORE FLORAL | Cake: Cakes by Angela Morrison | Invitations: Lustre Theory | Makeup: Blushtones | Hair: Stephanie Mcdonald | Men's Attire: Benton Knight Men’s Wear | Officiant: Get Me To I Do | Bartender Service: Executive Beverage | Calligraphy + Vow Books: Seniman Calligraphy | Ceremony + Reception: Historic Post Office | Event Design + Production: Lustre Theory | Linens: Waterford Event Rentals | Real Couple: Brandon + Justin Monahan | Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals | Table Top Rentals : Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals & Styling

Amazing Race Winner Ties the Knot in Stunning Vineyard Wedding!

Although the bride and groom are avid world travelers, instead of having an adventurous destination wedding somewhere exotic, they opted for a meaningful, intimate wedding close to home in the mountains of Charlottesville, Virginia – and the results couldn’t have been more beautiful. As you peruse through a sea of coral dresses and white blooms, you may recognize a few familiar faces (including the groom’s – Amazing Race Winner Season 2!) Head on over to the full gallery to see all the pretty captured by Shannon Moffit Photography of their special day – planned by Amore Events by Cody!

From the bride… Alex and I currently live on the beach in Marina del Rey, California, but we decided to create a warm, memorable wedding weekend for family and friends in my home state of Virginia. We invited 160 guests to join us for the perfect 4th of July weekend celebration in the mountains of Charlottesville. Almost all of our guests had to travel to our wedding from around the world, so on the Friday beforehand, we reserved a mountaintop lodge and welcomed guests to “Camp Katie Alex.” Our guests experienced Virginia mountain life before heading to Early Mountain Vineyard for the ceremony and reception the next day.

From Shannon Moffit PhotographyThe groom, Alex Boylan, is the Co-Founder of DreamJobbing with an extensive career as an adventure travel producer and host. He is originally from Boston, but more comfortable on a surfboard on the beaches of sunny California. Alex started his career by winning The Amazing Race, Season 2. This opened up a whole world of adventure–he began producing and hosting shows all around the world. The bride, Katie Erlandson, is a fashion executive based in Los Angeles. She works with the leading fashion and beauty brands and sources talent. Katie and Alex first met in 2013, beginning their adventure together but taking their time to finally walk down the aisle. They spent a lot of time over the last six years traveling around the world together- from safaris in Africa to surfing in Thailand to sailing through the Bahamas. They are quite the adventurous power couple!

When wedding planning begun, their instincts were to follow their passion for travel and plan an exotic destination wedding with a weekend of activities and not just one night. Once the planning process continued, they realized that they wanted something very special that would be meaningful and closer to home. Growing in up Northern Virginia, Katie’s parents retired and built a beautiful log home near Charlottesville, VA, which has been the center of holiday activities for her family for the past ten years. The couple decided Charlottesville would be the perfect destination to create that special holiday environment with plenty of time together.

For the color palette, Katie drew inspiration from Pantone’s 2019 color of the year, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral with a nod to peaches and oranges from local Virginia farm produce. She has a strong passion for design and color, so it was important for her to create a warm and vibrant color palette that felt true to a late summer wedding. She wanted to stick to the classic Virginia aesthetic, but introduce a fresh perspective. Katie worked closely with Amy of Blue Ridge Florals to bring the floral vision to life and made sure her bridesmaid’s dresses complemented the overall color story of the day. The outdoor wedding ceremony was officiated by Alex’s father, Dr. Rev. William Boylan of Boston and took place against the beautiful blue ridge vineyard landscape.

Since Alex has been very involved and active in the world of reality adventure television, there were many familiar faces in attendance. Chris Luca, Alex’s winning partner from the Amazing Race Season 2, Brennan Swain, the winner of the Amazing Race Season 1, and Jeff Schroeder, current host of Daily Blast Live, and wife Jordan Lloyd, Big Brother and Amazing Race contestant. Alex’s current business partner, Burton Roberts, was part of Survivor Season 5. And Colin Guinn and Christy Woods, the most recent Amazing Race Season 31 winners (who were able to attend only days after the season finale and win was aired). Coincidentally, two of Katie’s bridesmaids were also on the Amazing Race- Debbie Cloyed and Bianca Smith, from Season 7. They both met Alex long before Katie and were beyond thrilled once Alex and Katie finally found each other.

Also in attendance was Giada Delaurentis, television personality and cooking host, and beau Shane Farley, a long time friend and colleague of the groom, and one of the top Talk Show Executive Producers in Hollywood with credits such as The Rachael Ray Show and The Steve Harvey Show. The actor, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and his wife were also in attendance. Mark-Paul is most known for his television roles as Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell and Detective John Clark Jr. In NYPD Blue. Also in attendance, Anne O’Grady, the Executive Vice President of Marketing for CBS, and Scot Cru, the Head of International MGM Studios. And Lisa Hennessy, Alex’s close friend and business partner, who helped create reality TV executive producing and help launch shows like Eco-Challenge, Survivor, The Contender, Rockstar and The Biggest Loser.

Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Florist: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Reception Venue: Early Mountain Vineyards | Catering: Harvest Moon Catering | Entertainment: Bachelor Boys Band | Donut Cake: Carpe Donut | Makeup/Hair: Avenue 42 | Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Lydia Mountain Lodge | Rentals: Upcountry Camp

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Have You Ever Considered Virginia for Your Big Day? This Fete Might Peak Your Interest.

You might not think of Virginia as a spot to add to your wedding wishlist, but darlings, it’s a underrated gem. One look at this tented fete—graced with a glowing sunset—and you’ll be looking into this state a little more. With planning by Just A Little Ditty and photography by Michael and Carina, you’ll soon realize that the local vendors are incredible to boot. Scroll below to see the day unfold and prepare yourself to fall in love with the mountains of Virginia!

From the Bride… Our wedding took place at Big Spring Farm in Lexington, Virginia – a place and a city very close to our hearts. Cole and I met at Big Spring when we were both undergraduates at Washington & Lee University. We would go on to get engaged there and, a year later, married under the weeping willow tree out on the peninsula at Big Spring.

One of our favorite parts about our time in Lexington was the beautiful outdoors, especially the Blue Ridge Mountains. This being said, what was most important to us was to bring our family and friends to this place and setting so close to our hearts. We wanted our wedding to be fun, joyful, and effortless, especially since so many of our guest travelled long distances to come to our out-of-town wedding.

Our vision was to let the Virginia mountains speak for themselves, which is why we chose a neutral color scheme and natural greenery for most of our flowers. We felt as though Michael and Carina’s film photography let that vision come to life in a way that was authentic and timeless. We hoped that all of our details and invitations echoed this theme as well. We wish we had known that all the little details will work out! It is so easy to get swept up in the planning and easily become overwhelmed. We would tell other couples to plan in advance, but most of all to take a deep breath, enjoy the process, have fun, and always keep the ultimate goal – your marriage – in perspective.

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Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Catering: The Catering Outfit | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Entertainment: Sam Hill Entertainment | Beauty: Avenue 42 | Cinema: The Herringtons | Event Venue: Big Spring Farm | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Planning and Styling: Just A Little Ditty | Rentals: CE Rentals | Rentals: CE Rentals

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Do You Want a Wedding Draped in Hundreds of Roses and Peonies? Check This Out.

THIS, friends. Can you even? File under: dream backdrop. I’m pretty sure this one will be plastered all over Pinterest in the coming months. Leave it to Holly Chapple and Chapel Designers, with Isha Foss and Shira Savada joining in all the fun, too. So, if you envision hundreds (or even thousands) of roses and peonies covering your celebration—head here for the full collection of images by Abby Jiu Photography.

This photo shoot took place during a workshop at Hope Flower Farm, taught by educator and wedding and event designer Holly Heider Chapple along with Isha Foss of Isha Foss Events. Support and styling came from former Martha Stewarts wedding editor Shira Savada and the shoots was photographed by photographers Abby Jiu and Lisa Ziesing, stylists in their own right.

This shoot was inspired by the abundance of peonies in the fields of Hope Flower Farm. The peonies were paired with an abundance of garden roses from Alexandra Farms and the most popular toned rose the Toffee Rose from GreenRose Farm in Ecuador. The golden tones of the toffee rose were an important influence in this shoot. This rose is the most sought after new rose on the market. The Toffee roses warm tone, works with all color palettes and is inspiring beautiful color stories throughout the wedding industry. The warmth of the golden rose was paired with rich velvet linens and furnishings. Luxurious rich fabrics are also on point with all all of these warm toned flowers. Modern accents of acrylic stationery and flatware were paired with antique spode china. The spode Chelsea Bird pattern plates pulled from the prop closet at Hope Flower Farm perfectly tied together the color story of golden tones mixed with deep pink garden roses and peonies. The plate while vintage has a very sophisticated and funky vibe.

We also like the idea of a smaller wedding hosted at a local bed and breakfast which makes for an intimate affair but allows for an abundance of beauty and decadent details. All installations and designs were created foam free which teaches our students and client how to be mindful of our environment.

The class and workshop was supported by Chapel Designers Cheri Taunton of Colorado Southern Charm and Mary Coombs from A Garden Party LLC. Chapel Designers: These student designers were intricate in creating this lush and lovely shoot. Samantha Wakelam, Nancy Armstrong, Nancee Kinzer, Noah Sanderson, Vicki Walker, Donna Claeys, Julie Swanberg, Tabatha Cantrell, Debby Mittelman, Mary James, Tracey Morris, Lori DeNicola, Kat Mullendore, MaryEllen Fairbanks, Kathy Bowen.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Floral Design: Kathy Bowen | Floral Design: Nancee Kinzer | Floral Design: Ella & Louie | Floral Design: Mary James | Floral Design: Debby Mittelman | Floral Design: A Garden Party | Floral Design: Vicki Walker | Floral Design: Samantha Wakelam | Floral Design: Nancy Armstrong | Floral Design : Willrett Flower Co. | Floral Design : Southern Charm Weddings And Events | Floral Design : Cameron & Fairbanks | Floral Design : The Bearded Florist | Floral Design : Donna Claeys | Floral Design : Julie Swanberg | Floral Design : Tabatha Cantrell | Floral Design : Petaloso | Flowers: Pittsburgh Cut Flower Company | Wedding Dresses: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Venue : Hope Flower Farm | Additional Styling/ Education: Shira Savada | Event Design /Education: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Event Design/Education : Isha Foss Events | Flowers/ Toffee Roses: Greenrose Ecuador | Garden Roses: Alexandra Farms | Models: The Artist Agency | Organization of Floral Designers: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Paper Goods: Kara Anne Paper | Peonies: Hope Flower Farm | Rental Furniture: Blue Ridge Vintage Affairs | Rentals: Select Event Group | Ribbon: Honey Silks And Company

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This Couple Found a U.S. Wedding Venue That Looks Just Like the French Countryside and It’s Game Changing

If you’re on the hunt for a U.S. destination that emulates the French Countryside, look no further my friends. With it’s rustic, old-world walls covered in climbing ivy and sprawling farmland views, Goodstone Inn is absolutely full of charm and happens to be where Ida Rose EventsCape May Flower & Co. and Emily Blumberg chose to see out their latest wedding editorial. It showcases the beauty of fall and winter, proving that the east coast boasts some pretty incredible gems when it comes to cold weather weddings. Step inside the full collection of inspiration here in the gallery when you’re done below!

We came up with this shoot hoping to showcase the beauty that is Virginia even in the dead of winter. We wanted to create a romantic versatile wedding, something that is more on the fall side but could also work throughout the whole year. We loved the idea of tying in yellows, oranges and light pinks at this historic mansion nestled into the countryside of Virginia.

We really wanted to play off the unique elements at this venue, from the ornate doors, open fields and lots of greenery, sort of a French countryside. We used details that went along with the venue, such as the brides Gucci shoes which we felt really matched the whole feel of this space, long stem candles for the table scape and touches of gold to add romance.

Also, we wanted to include a touch of modern, we did this by incorporating a more sleek bridal gown from Alexandra Grecco, not having calligraphy fonts on the paper goods, but something that had more lines and a bold font, and the ghost chairs used for the ceremony and reception.

One of my personal elements from this shoot was the monochromatic cake with it’s silk bow, I absolutely loved the simplicity and it’s femininity. Sweets by E did such a beautiful job creating this beautiful cake.

photography : Emily Blumberg Photography | Floral Design: Cape May Flower & Co. | Gown : Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Sweets By E | Shoes: Gucci | Tux: The Black Tux | Earrings : BHLDN | Goodstone Inn : Goodstone Inn | Paper goods: Parisa Damian | Planning & styling : IDA ROSE EVENTS | Rentals & Linen: Party Rental LTD

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A Classic and Heartfelt Virginia Vineyard Wedding

With intricate and intimate details at every corner of today’s wedding, it might be one of my favorites as of late! The couple, who spent most of their relationship long distance, called upon Simply Chic Events to bring their timeless vision to life while incorporating special details by the bride’s friends, like custom invitations and a sushi-themed groomsmen cake! J. Morris Flowers provided beautiful blooms which paired perfectly with mercury styled linens! And finally, Audra Wrisley Photography captured it all, including the bride’s contagious smile, which you can see in photo after photo in the full gallery, here!

From Audra Wrisley PhotographyKristin & Clinton chose to tie the knot in a beautiful winery in a sleepy Virginia town overlooking the Shenandoah mountains. The couple hoped for a beautiful celebration surrounded by family and friends, in the heart of wine country. Kristin, who lives and works just outside of Washington DC, and Clinton, who is active Navy and resides in Norfolk, Virginia, have spent their long-distance relationship with lots of phone calls and planned weekend trips. This sweet couple hosted a perfect celebration, with heartfelt touches at every turn. The bride’s stunning Lazaro gown was a focal point of their wedding day, which was designed with a classic palette of organic greens, ivories and gray with metallic accents. Echoing the organic winery theme throughout the stationery, floral wall, and rich-hued metallic flecked linens, the wedding design was beautiful and complemented the mountainous scenery.

A few words from the bride…I wanted our wedding to reflect us as a couple and for each detail to be meaningful. It was really special to me that I was able to involve so many important people in the creation of our wedding day. My best friend from middle and high school worked at a wedding cake shop and made our wedding cake and Clinton’s groom’s cake. My best friend from high school is a graphic designer and custom-made all of our wedding stationery. It is completely unique and I love knowing that no one else will ever have the same stationery.

Our wedding was pretty intimate – we had a little over 100 guests and it was the perfect size for us. We had guests come all the way from New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, and Canada. I wanted to be able to spend time with each guest and let them know how happy we were that they came to our wedding. Since Clinton has constantly moved around for his job so we’ve always had a long distance relationship. There are a lot of places that have helped define our relationship and ultimately shaped our marriage, so I wanted to incorporate that part of our story into our wedding day. Samantha, our coordinator/designer from Simply Chic Events, gave me the idea for luggage tag escort cards. I finally got the idea that I could create luggage tags with maps of all of the places that define our relationship – Charleston, SC; Portsmouth, NH; Norfolk, VA; Washington, DC; the eastern shore of Maryland; and San Diego, CA. It was a small, personal detail that meant a lot to us both.

More from the bride…When searching for a venue, my top priority was that we would be able to have an outdoor ceremony with a beautiful view. Since I wanted our wedding to be more elegant rather than rustic, finding a venue was a bit hard but when I found Breaux Vineyards it was the perfect mix. Thankfully, the weather was absolutely beautiful on our wedding day. The colors and flowers were everything I envisioned – simple yet elegant and timeless. It blended perfectly with the venue and our day. My favorite decor element was the gold and silver mercury table linens. They were a statement piece that blended seamlessly with the simple flowers, stationery, and table setting choices.

Being around all of the people we love was the best part of the day. Someone gave me advice to just stop and look during your reception and take a moment to appreciate that all of the people you love are in the same room at the same time. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. I have a few favorite moments from our wedding day. The first was reading Clinton’s note to me – the minute I opened it I could not hold myself together. Although Clinton is extremely talkative and outgoing, he doesn’t typically express his feelings out loud. He’s a poetic writer and I knew whatever he wrote would just make me melt. Another moment was our first look – I’ll never forget the look on Clinton’s face when he saw me in my dress for the first time. I also loved how surprised Clinton was when he saw his surprise groom’s cake, which was a board of sushi – his favorite food! He wasn’t expecting it at all and was so impressed with the intricate details. My friend Chelsea did an amazing job!

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Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Floral Design: J Morris Flowers | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Catering: Grandale Farm | Makeup: Conceptual Beauty | Hair: Jewel Hair Design | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Venue: Breaux Vineyards | Bride's Dress: Lazaro | Coordination & Design: Simply Chic | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Stationery Design: Emily Stevens Studio

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A Spring Pippin Hill Wedding with a One of a Kind Wedding Gown

There’s always something that stands out to us about each wedding we feature here on SMP, and for this gorgeous day at Pippin Hill (one of our faves!), it was the dress… ohh, the dress. It’s unlike any we’ve seen before! Not to mention the bride’s contagious smile and her husband’s emotional reaction during their first look, captured so perfectly by Kylie Martin Photography. Take in all the stunning details of this beautiful Spring wedding planned by Amore Events by Cody below!

From Kylie Martin PhotographyMorgan and Tommy opted for an intimate spring wedding at Pippin Hill Farm in Charlottesville Virginia. They had classic elements throughout the day but also had fun touches that emphasized their playful side. Morgan opted for a less traditional gown that stunned against the Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset.

Both Morgan and Tommy have a love for travel which has been fundamental part of their relationship as they have spent a good portion of their time together traveling the world. Morgan wanted to incorporate travel details throughout their day.

With the help of Cody at Amore Events, unique touches were brought into the reception space to highlight the theme which included table seatings cards placed in luggage tags, tables numbered with destination images of the bride and groom at an international destination that they had travelled to together and postcards for guests to sign from all around the world.

As a photographer, it was wonderful to see how much of Tommy and Morgan’s vibrant personalities and enthusiasm for life was brought into their day. Both of them light up a room when they walk in and the energy and joy that followed them throughout their wedding was palpable. It was not only a treat to photograph such a lively couple but also to document a wedding that stepped outside of the box when it came to certain details. The Cooley’s wedding while fun and less traditional, still carried a sense of timelessness.

Photography: Kylie Martin Photography | Videographer: Studio 213 Films | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Cake: Passionflower Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Gohar Ayvazyan Makeup | Hair: Glo Out Glamour Bar | DJ: Dj Tobler | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

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Classic Fall Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia

If a classic Southern wedding is on your agenda, you’ll want to cozy up to today’s soiree at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Complete with planning by Donovan-Groves Events, blooms by Nature Composed (how good?!) and a “burying the bourbon” tradition, every details is Southern to a T. See it all unfold in the gorgeous gallery captured by Elisa Bricker!

From Elisa BrickerThis beautiful wedding was one of my favorite fall weddings to date. Carly and David were clearly over-the-moon to be celebrating with their friends and family (and their sweet pup Dixon made an appearance too!)

Some of my favorite details from their day were the textured boutonnieres by Jenn of Nature composed (the men never get enough flowers on the wedding day do they?) and the vintage post cards of Charlottesville that they couple collected and used as a guest book.

This couple didn’t forget the southern tradition of burying the bourbon! Burying bourbon is a southern tradition that is supposed to ward off rain the day of the wedding. The tradition is that the bride and groom-to-be must visit their venue exactly a month before the wedding date and bury a bottle of bourbon upside down. Carly and David had beautiful weather on their wedding day, and had a bourbon and cigar bar (where their bottle was displayed) to celebrate!

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Reception: Pippin Hill Farm | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Thombs | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Paper Suite: Just Paper and Tea | Planning and Design: Donovan-Groves Events

Dusty Blue Garden Wedding at The Rust Manor House

For these ‘university sweethearts,’ a romantic garden wedding at The Rust Manor House was the perfect setting to say I Do and I couldn’t agree more! There is something about those dusty blue details against a lush green backdrop, that kept me scrolling for more. Add in the couple’s adorable french bulldog puppy and a second reception dress and I was completely sucked in! Audra Wrisley Photography was there to photograph the day planned by SRS Events and captured every romantic moment, including their choreographed first dance. Can you even handle it?!

From the Photographer…Synnie & James’s beautiful and intimate Rust Manor House wedding was held in the historic property’s garden and tented areas and filled with ivory blooms and greenery at every corner! The couple met and fell in love in college at Virginia Tech, and their relationship slowly blossomed since their university years.

James proposed in Paris on a European trip the couple took last year, and they subsequently started dreaming up their magical wedding celebration. Synnie’s eye for detail brought so many delightful touches to their wedding day, and the color palette of dusty blue paired with the garden greens and ivory florals was absolutely gorgeous on film.

They even had their adorable French Bulldog puppy Mochi in on the fun, and he was such a sweet addition to the day! Synnie and James celebrated their vows with a beautiful bubble exit and welcomed guests into the tented reception area for dinner and dancing.

The couple’s favorite part of the wedding was their incredible first dance, inspired by the film La La Land. Spending their weekly date nights working on choreography to a beautiful song from Amelie, the couple wowed their guests with their lovely wedding dance.

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Coordination : SRS Events | Floral Design: EightTreeStreet | Cake: Sweets By E | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Catering: Great Blue Heron | Hair & Makeup: Susan Lim | DJ: Michael Cruz | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Harpist: Megan Kathleen Davis | Venue: Rust Manor | Bride's Ceremony Dress: BHLDN | Bride's Reception Dress: Alex Veil | Bridesmaid's Dress: BHLDN | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Tod's

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A Lush Summer Wine Country Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

This perfectly sun-kissed day captured by Luna de Mare Photography at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards just left us completely smitten. From the heart-stoppingly gorgeous floral arbor by Southern Blooms to the bride’s two piece Reem Acra gown… every detail of this day thoughtfully planned by Amore Events is pure wedding perfection. Prepare for all the heart flutters, this one’s a real good one…

From Luna de Mare PhotographyAs New Yorkers, Fei-Fei and Evan wanted to escape to Virginia’s wine country, with rolling hills and lush vineyards as a destination getaway for their wedding, and they chose the incomparable Pippin Hill for their celebration.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as Fei-Fei walked down the aisle in a stunning Reem Acra two piece gown towards a tuxedo clad Evan who smiled sweetly under the arbor of overflowing florals created by Southern Blooms for this black tie affair.

Every detail was thoughtfully crafted, from the custom Invite suite and matching programs, to the perfectly placed monogram embroidered linens on the tablescape. It was an impeccably executed event with Amore Events at the helm. 

Once the ceremony concluded, as the couple celebrated their post I-do’s among the lush hydrangeas, guests were invited to sip on Pippin Hill wine and signature cocktails, nosh on aperitifs and savor the gelato favored by the couple as a little sweet surprise.

It was a truly remarkable celebration well into the night complete with a grand sparkle exit at the end of their beautiful evening. Truly an honor to capture, and one of my favorite vineyard weddings to date.

Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Videography : Josh Gooden Cinematography | Floral design : Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Gown : Reem Acra | Cake : Cakes by Rachel | Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair : Avenue 42 | Band : Men of Distinction | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Escort Cards : Paper Birch Designs | Event Design & Coordination : Amore Events by Cody | Furniture Rentals : MS Events | Invite Suite & Programs: Sable & Gray | Linen: Festive Fare | Make Up Artist : Susan Lim

A Minimalistic Modern Wedding at The Retreat at Cool Springs

Elegant, refined, modern… STUNNING – basically all the words that come to mind when admiring this summer wedding at The Retreat at Cool Springs planned by Linda Ha Events. Lush florals by Wild Green Yonder in a classic color scheme of fresh green and crisp white decorated the day. Vicki Grafton Photography captured every moment perfectly (per usual)… don’t miss out on a single detail at the full gallery!

From Vicki Grafton PhotographyBriana & Jesse planned an outdoor wedding in the Virginia countryside incorporating a minimal and modern aesthetic. Lush florals by Lori at Wild Green Yonder soften the clean lines and helped bridge the gap between the outdoor country estate location and the couple’s modern vibe. The invitation was designed by the bride herself, and Linda Ha Events helped style and coordinate the day despite a torrential downpour during cocktail hour. Some of my favorite details included Briana’s dress from the BHLDN Ghost London line with it’s deep plunging neckline and back and how the material draped.

From the Bride… Together at last. We fell in love when we were young, but chose to follow careers in football and design which led us to different cities. After almost a decade of long distance, and countless prayers to follow where God was leading us, Jesse proposed forever to me in our hometown, where we first fell in love. After he proposed, we walked hand in hand along the water in Georgetown. I was surprised to find our families and closest friends waiting for us on a private boat. Jesse had planned a beautiful evening celebrating with those we cherish most. We were so grateful to have Jesse’s sister, the talented Hannah Smith Photography, capture the evening.

Just like the ring Jesse chose for me, I envisioned our wedding to be effortlessly elegant and timeless; filled with warmth, laughter, and love. Every vendor we chose, from Linda Ha Events’ beautifully refined aesthetic, to Vicki Grafton’s film photography, reflected this vision. When we discovered our wedding venue, The Retreat at Cool Spring, the search was over. The stunning understated beauty of the historic home became my inspiration for planning every detail of the day. My wedding gown reflected this same effortless beauty, it’s flowing curves and endless train recalling the Shenandoah river The Retreat overlooks. As a graphic designer, I always knew I’d want to design my wedding stationery.

As a graphic designer, I always knew I’d want to design my wedding stationery. I created a suite that was minimal and refined, using a white and soft gray color palette and warm serif typography, tied together with subtle blind embossing throughout. My favorite detail is the custom seal I drew featuring an S for “Smith”, my new family name. I embossed the envelopes with this seal by hand before my dear mother sent off each invite with love.

Every detail of the day used this same white and gray color palette, accented by the soft pinks and yellows introduced in our florals curated by the talented Lori Tran. On the day of our wedding, we awoke to a forecast that was less than ideal. It had been raining for days, and it wasn’t supposed to stop. An hour before the ceremony, the clouds started to part, and the sun peeked through. Before heading down the aisle, my mom helped place finishing touches on my look from both of my late grandmothers; my Grammy’s favorite ring on my right hand and my Nana’s pin on my bouquet. Another moment I cherish is the words I exchanged with Jesse’s mom as I got ready. I have her to thank for the man her son is today. Meanwhile, Jesse got ready with his groomsmen, enjoying a toast his best friend wrote called A Coach’s Tale, a nod to Jesse’s career in football. My father walked with me over a white rose petaled aisle while a pianist played Yiruma’s River Flows in You. We exchanged vows under the magnolia tree to the words of my dear family friend and pastor who has known me since the day I was born.

A highlight of the ceremony was Jesse’s dad’s scripture reading, a moment we’ll treasure forever. After being introduced as Mr. And Mrs., we departed the ceremony while the pianist played Here Comes the Sun. We didn’t realize just how perfect that song was until that moment. Guests were invited to celebrate cocktail hour al fresco, on terraces surrounding the home overlooking the river in the distance. A classic quartet played while guests enjoyed small bites, rosé, and Jesse’s favorite Dogfish Head IPA. To open the reception, we danced to Finally Mine by Juliet Roberts, a song whose lyrics celebrate being together after so long. After my dad, sister, and Jesse’s brother shared stories and words of welcome, we danced the night away to the sound of the Bachelor Boys Band. The next day, Jesse and I stayed at The Retreat for a day of rest and reflection, celebrating that we were together at last.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Event Planning & Design: Linda Ha Events | Floral Design: Wild Green Yonder | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Signature Sweets by Amanda | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fame And Partners | Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | Hair & Makeup : Anna Breeding | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Wedding Venue: Retreat at Cool Springs | Tent: Skyline Tent Company

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Classic & Elegant Autumn Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

What’s one of the dreamiest barns in the country to tie the knot, you ask? Easy… Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is at the top of our list! Today we’re sharing the most gorgeous wedding planned by Amore Events by Cody at one of our fave rustic venues. It’s complete with a Marchesa gown so good it’ll make you do a double-take, swoon worthy blooms from Blue Ridge Floral and the most stunning photos ever captured by Orange Photographie. It’s official – we’re obsessed!!!

From Orange PhotographieDanielle & Jansen traveled from New York with their friends and family to Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia wine country for their October wedding.

Everything about the event was elegant and chic, from the bride’s fashion-forward Marchesa gown and Jimmy Choo heels to the classic calligraphy of the invitation suite. When it was time for the ceremony, the rose-filled arch framed the blue-hued mountains perfectly and provided the most stunning backdrop against which the beautiful couple exchanged vows. The gorgeous grey-blue Amsale bridesmaids’ dresses also complemented the natural colors of the mountain setting.

After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the iconic Pippin Hill lawn and veranda, guests were greeted inside by candlelight, beautiful floral centerpieces, and treys of grapes, figs, and pears, a subtle hint to the vineyard setting and autumn season. Everyone then danced the night away to The Night Years, a fabulous band that kept the party going.

Now enjoy Jansen and Danielle’s trailer film from Shaking Hands Productions!

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Photographer: Orange Photographie | Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Flowers: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Invitations: Isabel Mendez | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: Anna Breeding | Band: Men of Distinction | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon