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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

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 by Pat's Floral Designs | 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: Weddings By Hana | Cinematography: Harrison Films | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne Bride | Wedding Dress: Bella Belle | 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: Bride and Joy | Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Rentals: MS Events | Table Numbers: mementos by phi

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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 by Pat's Floral Designs | 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 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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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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A Little Bit Classic, A Little Bit Rock n’ Roll at a Charlottesville Vineyard

Overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Virginia affair planned by Alana Futcher, with florals by Mallory Joyce brings together the beauty of  a  classic wedding + fun pops of personality like a getaway vespa (umm the coolest!) and two stunning brides. See this celebration unfold through the lens of Michael and Carina. Plus, find even more right here!

Brianna and Emmalie have been best friends and lovers for years. They envisioned their wedding to be elegant, fun and full of laughter. It was a celebration of love and family. They said their I-dos in front of the large rolling landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Charlottesville vineyards. The family-style dinner was set up around the courtyard fountain as the sun was setting. Their first dance took place outside, both brides had a bouquet toss and the getaway vespa made for the perfect ending to a perfect day!

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Florist: Mallory Joyce | Dress: My Wood Nymph | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Catering: Harvest Moon Catering | Makeup : Anna Breeding | Hair: Brittney Forgrave | Event Venue: Trump Winery | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Jewelry and Robes: Mood & Muse Boutique | Planning: Chancey Charm | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

Neutral and Classic Virginia Wedding at the Clifton Inn

For our timeless-neutral-loving couples, we’ve got just the wedding for you. Our hearts are melting with this super sweet outdoor summer wedding in Virginia with the prettiest photos by Elisa Bricker Photography! Bride Allie wore a stunning Rime Arodaky gown and we can’t contain our love for the greenery adorned classic reception design by Mallory Joyce. Allie details her entire day below!

From Elisa Bricker PhotographyAllie and Matt’s wedding took place in the middle of the summer in central Virginia. They chose The Clifton Inn for its at-home feel and wanted their guests to be welcome into a comfortable space that made them feel at ease. Their reception space was one of my favorites of the year! Their family and friends danced the night away nestled in between the trees while the candles twinkled on the tables.

From Allie, the bride: When planning our wedding, we had a few major priorities that drove our decision making. First-off, choosing our venue. We knew we wanted something in Charlottesville, where we both went to college and started dating ten years ago. The Clifton was a perfect venue to have an outdoor ceremony with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a gorgeous sperry tent for the reception. As The Clifton is also a boutique hotel, we were able to rent out the rooms for the weekend, and have our families and wedding party stay at the venue, which was a wonderful way to extend the wedding into a full weekend of events. They also have a fabulous restaurant that could do the catering and bartending for us.”

We also knew we wanted an awesome band that would keep all of our guests out on the dance floor – when we first heard The Adrian Duke Project, we knew they were perfect! Their set list of classic songs included a lot of jazz and soul, like Eta James, James Taylor, Ray LaMontagne, Elton John, etc that all of our guests could enjoy! After booking the venue, the first thing we did was hire a wedding planner. Since I am a student in medical school, I knew it would be hard for me to coordinate a lot of the wedding planning logistics without some help. When I talked to Mallory Joyce on the phone, I knew she was a perfect fit. I had seen some of her work before, and loved her design style, and when I heard she was also a florist, we were in! She really carried us all through the wedding planning process and kept everything in order on the wedding weekend – we couldn’t have done it without her!

With Mallory’s help, we were able to hone in on our design vision and find many of the other vendors we needed, including the beautiful stationary work done by Paula Lee Calligraphy, and many of the unique rentals that fit our vision. Mallory helped us to have a cohesive style with many natural tones, textures, and an overall organic feel that was elegant but relaxed at the same time. This perfectly fit in with our vision of a happy, outdoor, garden party wedding celebration.

When our wedding weekend finally arrived, there was a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast, which meant we would need to decide whether to move our ceremony to a covered patio. We decided to wait it out, and thankfully the rain never came and we were able to keep the ceremony on The Clifton’s front lawn as planned! Our close friend’s mother was our officiant, who kept our ceremony personal and lighthearted. Everything else went as planned, from the cocktail hour in the croquet lawn to the reception with dinner and dancing in the sperry tent. Everything went without a hitch, and we truly enjoyed every minute of the evening! One of our favorite moments was a tip from a guest, who told us to take 5 minutes to ourselves during the reception to be alone together and savor the moment. We’re so thankful we took his advice and had a moment to slow down amidst the celebration.

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Gown: Rime Arodaky | Reception Venue: Clifton Inn | Hair + Makeup: Anna Breeding | Calligraphy: Paula Lee Calligraphy | Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Ceremony Chairs: Festive Fare | Chandaliers: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Linens: Pressed Fine Linens | Lounge Furniture: Paisley & Jade | Planning + Floral Design: Mallory Joyce | Tabletop Rental: Emerson James

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Pippin Hill Wedding in Stunning Charlottesville

Pippin Hill has forever been my number one most favorite wedding venue here in the US. Probably in the world. It’s organically stunning and because of it’s innate beauty set against the Charlottesville backdrop and it’s incredible bones, Pippin Hill tends to attract vendors, brides and grooms who share the classic and yet quietly joyful aesthetic. And if you knew the amazing owner, Lynn Easton, you’d agree that Pippin Hill was built and bred to be just that. A place where laughter and family reign queen and the beauty takes a backstage to the pure happiness behind each and every wedding. So when my sweet friend, photographer Jen Fariello, sent over this amazing wedding at Pippin Hill – with florals by Southern Blooms and planning by Donovan Groves Events…I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

From the Bride… I always wanted an outdoor wedding with natural colors and greenery. When we first visited Pippin Hill after getting engaged last July, we immediately knew it was “the place” with it’s lush green vineyards, hydrangea entrance, wild flowers, and the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We were lucky to have a sunny summer day and also have the hydrangeas in bloom for our wedding!

As we did not do a first look, our favorite part of the day was the short time after the ceremony when we were lead to the hydrangea area. We had a few moments alone to soak it all in!

William is French/Dutch and me, American. Since we were having an American wedding, we decided to honor his Dutch heritage with our color palette and styling. We chose shades of orange and Delft blue to start. Everything else soon fell into place with vintage blue and white plates, Dutch vases, and pops of orange in our florals and William’s bow tie.

We also displayed his family crest on an American bourbon barrel head which matches his family ring that he wore for the ceremony. The most fun nod to Willam’s Dutch heritage was the bicycles we used for our getaway! They also added a lovely decor touch to the ceremony entrance.

The definite highlight of the evening was when William took the stage with his friends for a short performance. I soon got pulled up for our own rendition of Twist and Shout! To tie in William’s evening guitar performance, we swapped out a guestbook for a guitar signing.

And now… please enjoy this quick look back at Jenna and William’s positively beautiful day in a short film from Shaking Hands Productions!
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Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Cinematography: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planner: Donovan-Groves Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Stationery: The Preppy Pink Pony | Hair + Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Sarah Bohl Designs | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Plate Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Wildflower Linen

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Playful Blue Ridge Mountains Engagement Shoot

I mean, come on. Just look at this pup! Have you ever seen anything so cute!? I think not, but coming in as a close second are these two cuties. Kylie Noelle captured them in their element (and with their fur baby) for their adorable e-shoot and we’re crushing hard. From smiles to stunning views, this shoot has it all – see more here!

From Kylie NoelleShot in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains and at James Monroe’s Highland and UVA in Charlottesville, this Pennsylvania couple wanted to travel down to Charlottesville for their session because they’ll call the city home after they tie the knot next May. Both of them love that the area is rich in colonial America history, so in addition to a sunrise shoot along the Blue Ridge Parkway, they wanted to include some of that feel into the second half of their session. They brought their ADORABLE pup along as well, proving that the only thing that makes a sweet engagement shoot better is a sweet engagement shoot with an appearance by a fur babe!

From the Bride-to-be… Kylie contacted me last minute and asked if Drew and I wanted to do our engagement session in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I couldn’t resist. Drew recently moved to Charlottesville for law school and we have both since fallen in love with the surrounding mountains and historic downtown. I have always dreamt of an engagement session in the mountains and I couldn’t be more grateful for Kylie’s willingness to travel to UVA’s main grounds for a few shots with our furry little friend, Teddy. We picked Teddy up just two days before pictures – what he lacked in cooperation, he made up for in cuteness! A huge thank you to Kylie and her husband Ben for making us feel extremely comfortable and natural. We had so much fun and we were so glad to be able to take our engagement pictures in the place where we’ll begin our journey of marriage together!



Photography: Kylie Bricker Photography


Gray Is the New Black

What began as a friendship at work gradually grew into a beautiful love, and this couple’s Virginia wedding is as classic as their story. The Bride looked stunning in her perfectly fitted Blue by Enzoani gown and her royal-worthy diamond and sapphire engagement ring, accompanied by her pretty Bridesmaids wearing shades of gray. Meredith Sledge Photography captured the beautiful day, and it’s all waiting for you in the Vault.


From Meredith Sledge PhotographySarah and Jon met at work in September of 2011. Sarah remembers the first time she saw Jon at an event services meeting. Jon was presenting a financial forecast, and Sarah thought to herself, “That guy is so cute! But what is up with his 1950s hair style and blue suede space shoes?” Jon remembers when Sarah first started and thought to himself, “Man, Anna’s sister is cute.” (Sarah’s sister worked with Jon at the time.) Over the next year, they would get to know each other as friends through happy hours and work functions.

In October 2012, Jon was preparing for Halloween and shaved his head to get into character as Walter White from Breaking Bad. Sarah wasn’t at work on Halloween but ran into Jon later that week. She saw his completely bald head and thought he may be sick and became very upset. Thankfully Sarah learned it was just a costume. As Jon’s hair grew back, and he decided to keep it short, Sarah took notice and developed a bit of a crush. Over the next few months, she planned happy hours to get to know him better. Jon, a connoisseur of happy hours, was always in attendance and thought Sarah was a lot of fun to be around. In January of 2013 at one particularly festive happy hour, they fell into conversation for hours and realized they were the only two left at the bar. They continued the evening bar hopping through DC, and a week later Jon called to ask Sarah out for their first official date. In June 2015, Sarah moved into Jon’s house, and as a welcome present, he gave her his blue suede space shoes to be cut up and thrown out.

From the Groom… I had intended to propose at sunset on a boat ride while we were at Sarah’s family cottage in Thousand Islands, but she kept going to bed at 8:30, so I realized I’d have to find another time. I wanted it to be a private moment for just the two of us, because I know how much she hates big scenes. On Saturday, July 2, we were going to run some errands for her dad and then take the boat out for a spin through the islands; I thought this would be the perfect time to propose. I stealthily grabbed the tripod and hid the ring in a sweater as the box was too big for my pocket. Sarah always gets cold so I knew she wouldn’t suspect a thing if I brought a sweater for her just in case. Once we were out on the water, I suggested we take a picture with some of the islands in the background. I set up the tripod, and as we posed for the first picture, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. I blacked out and don’t remember if she said yes, but she is wearing the ring and we planned a wedding, so I assume she did. Best part – she didn’t suspect a thing!

From the Bride… We had talked a lot about the timing of when we would get engaged. We both wanted to get married in 2017, and I told him for that to happen, he needs to propose by July 1, 2016, because we’d want to get married in the late spring/summer and avoid our busy work season. What can I say? I’m a planner. As July approached, we were getting ready to go to Thousand Islands. We were packing the car, and Jon must have asked me a hundred times to make sure the tripod was in the car, and he wouldn’t let me carry his back pack. I thought to myself, “I wonder if the ring is in the back pack, and he is going to somehow incorporate the tripod into the proposal.” On July 2 (a day past the deadline!), we were getting ready to run errands, and Jon made a big deal about bringing the tripod and said “I’m gonna grab a sweater in case you get cold.” Had he not carried the sweater to the boat as though it had a time bomb inside of it and place it gently inside a cooler, I probably wouldn’t have thought twice about it, but instead I wondered if the sweater had something hidden inside. Later as we were out on the water about to take some pictures, I learned my suspicions were correct. Regardless of how much intuition I may have had, nothing can prepare you for the moment it actually happens. When Jon got down on one knee, it still took my breath away. I’m pretty sure I said yes, although neither of us quite remember. Luckily Jon captured it all on camera!



Photography: Meredith Sledge | Event Planning: Hunter & Company | Floral Design: Foxtail Cottage Floral | Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani | Invitations: Double Click Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: The Local | Hair and Makeup: Eye Do Makeup & Hair | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Band: Inside Out | Groomsmens' Attire: Tuxedo by Sarno | Venue: Mount Ida Farm | Reception Draping: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Rentals: MS Events

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This Is How You Mix Colors + Patterns

This is how you mix colors and patterns! Bright colored floral arrangements, juicy popsicles, a pinstripe table runner, watercolor stationery, a vibrant signature drink, and floral patterned napkins come together for this rehearsal dinner, and the cheerful result epitomizes summer. Amy Nicole Photography captured this fresh and fun fête – get more inspiration for pairing colors and patterns in the Vault!

From Amy Nicole PhotographyFloral patterns have become a trend that is incorporated into more and more elements of weddings and wedding related events. With a bright, fun color palette, we knew that florals would be a main focus for this rehearsal dinner inspiration, but we wanted to incorporate them in a way that we haven’t seen before without being overly feminine. That’s when the floral napkins from Fine Pressed Linens became a must-use for this shoot. Mixing florals with other patterns provides such a unique design element to events, and with pinstripes coming back, we knew having a pinstripe runner would provide a subtle texture and mixture to the design. Bloom Charlottesville incorporated all the colors in the palette through the mixture of florals paired with simple white vases. The glassware and china from Festive Fare provided a modern touch to the tablescape with the classic calligraphy on the name cards from Bluestocking Calligraphy. We wanted to provide a relaxing atmosphere for the rehearsal dinner by using the bamboo chairs paired with family style seating at a farm table.

Located on the downtown mall, Old Metropolitan Hall was the perfect venue to show guests a peak into life in Charlottesville, VA. The tone of the weekend was set with the adorable welcome bags from The Detail Darling filled with local goodies and necessities. With the signature drink from Brasserie Salon, guests were reminded of the bright, colorful palette throughout the evening. Along with the signature drink, the bright colored popsicles from King of Pops were the perfect way to incorporate the summer theme to the rehearsal dinner. The classic gold and rose gold accessories from Kendra Scott paired perfectly with the off the shoulder, lace detailed “Oliver Dress” from Camilyn Beth. The suit jacket from Beecroft and Bull (a Virginia retailer) blended with the warm tones of the Bride’s accessories.



Photography: Amy Nicole Photography | Event Planning: Chancey Charm | Floral Design: Bloom Charlottesville | Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Catering: Brasserie Saison | Makeup: Gohar Ayvazyan Makeup | Hair: Brianna B Adams | Calligraphy: Bluestocking Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Beecroft & Bull | Linens: Pressed Fine Linens | Models: Shaina Koren | Popsicles: King Of Pops | Rehearsal Dinner: Old Metropolitan Hall | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Camilyn Beth | Rentals: Festive Fare Event Rentals | Welcome Bags: The Detail Darling

This Pippin Hill Farm Wedding Knows the Way to Guests’ Hearts…Donuts!

In keeping with the gorgeous rustic backdrop of Pippin Hill Farm, this pink hued wedding crafted by Amore Events by Cody pulled out all the stops for a cozy celebration. From  a gorgeous barn gussied up with classic blooms and candlelight to a a donut truck to finish off the evening in the sweetest of ways, have a look through photographs by Katie Stoops of a perfect Fall celebration, Virginia style.


From the Bride… One of my favorite moments of the night were when my parents gave their speeches. Their marriage is something I’ve always looked up to so it was fun and heartfelt to see them do their speech together, make jokes, all the while giving my husband and I great advice. It will be a moment I will never forget. My other favorite moment was when my parents surprised my husband and I with a bagpiper that performed the Skye Boat Song. They know how much we love everything that has to do with Scotland.. I also may be slightly obsessed with the show “Outlander” on Starz. Another moment I’ll always remember is when I was about to walk down the aisle with my father and I remembered that someone had told me to take a second to take it all in, the sight of my husband smiling at me at the end of the aisle, the scenery, the family and friends who traveled near and far to be a part of our special day, everything. It was one of the happiest moments in my life.



Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Event Design: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody | Cake: Cakes By Rachel | Ceremony: Pippin Hill Farm | Reception: Pippin Hill Farm | Makeup: Avenue 42 | Hair: Brianna B Adams | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Band: Erik Blue Band | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony music: Plum Blossom String Quartet | Bridal gown: Laure De Sagazan | Cocktail music: Rafael Scarfullery | Donut truck: Carpe Donut | Photobooth: Photo Booth Of Charlottesville

A Winter Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Take all the elegance of a winter wedding and pair that with mountainside scenery and you’ll have the essence of this day captured by Adam Barnes Photography. All white florals and greenery accents dressed up the indoor setting, and we kindly invite you to see every moment for yourself.

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From the Bride… When we began to plan our wedding day, we knew we wanted to honor our families’ American and Korean traditions, highlight our Ohio and Virginia roots, and keep the day intimate with our families and closest friends. Through all of the planning, it was important to us to focus on the real reason for the day: our love and lifetime commitment to one another.

We chose Charlotteville, Virginia because we spent many weekends meeting there during our two-and-a-half-year long-distance relationship. As our wedding weekend was a “destination” for 100% of our guests, we knew we wanted our guests to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. King Family Vineyards, our favorite winery in the area with its spectacular views, was the perfect location. We had visited many times during our long-distance relationship and knew that it was beautiful in all seasons, including winter. We also knew that it would be a place that we could revisit for years to come. Every year on our anniversary, we plan to open a bottle of King Family’s Meritage wine that we served at our wedding.

Above all, we wanted to remember our wedding day as classic, timeless, and “us.” We first had a traditional Christian ceremony in the carriage house. We held firm in our decision to not do a first look before the ceremony, opting instead to follow tradition and wait until I walked down the aisle. We will never regret that decision. Seeing each other for the first time when those doors opened is something that we will both remember forever. A longer cocktail hour in the carriage house gallery accommodated wedding party photos and allowed our guests to experience sunset in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Before sitting for dinner, we had a second ceremony: a traditional Korean paebaek (bowing) ceremony to honor our families. My amazing mother ensured that every Korean custom was authentic, down to the silk tablecloths and wooden ducks that were brought over from South Korea, the Korean wine that we served our elders, and personally preparing the nine different snacks and Korean jujubes (dates) on the table. The traditional screen that served as the backdrop for the ceremony was hand-painted by my talented grandmother, a Korean folk artist, and shipped over from South Korea.

We approached the planning process as an introduction to marriage – a true partnership. We worked together to design and create the day-of paper goods, including the ceremony programs, menus, and cork place cards. All of the signs were designed and calligraphed by me, and ultimately inspired me to start my own lettering business on the side, The Write Decision, fully encouraged by Michael. We were also incredibly fortunate to work with the best team of vendors. The talented Alyssa Kristin (along with Lesley Bartosek at B.Loved Bridal Boutique) custom-designed my wedding dress, turning my hope for a timelessly elegant dress with sleeves into reality. Amy and her team at Blue Ridge Floral Design perfectly captured our vision of simple, beautiful greenery. And, of course, Adam Donovan-Groves of Donovan-Groves Events, as well as The Local catering led by Helen Osinga, brought our day to life and ensured that the day went seamlessly. Every moment was wonderfully captured by Adam Barnes Photography and eMotion Pictures Wedding Films. It was such a happy day – not counting every day thereafter.



Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: eMotion Pictures - Wedding Films | Event Planning: Donovan-Groves Events | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: The Local | Makeup: Rouge 9 | Hair: Top Knot Studio | Band: The Adrian Duke Project | Ceremony Music: Amanda Masson | Ceremony Music: Eve Watters | Wedding Venue: King Family Vineyards | Bridal Boutique: B.Loved Bridal | Calligraphy/Lettering: Bride | The Write Decision | Invitation Suite: Shine Wedding Invitations | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: C&O Restaurant | Rentals: MS Events | Sushi: Sushi'N | Wedding Cake and Desserts: Favorite Cakes | Welcome Party Venue: The Whiskey Jar

This Wedding will Surely Get You in the Mood for All Things Spring

I don’t know what it is but the second the calendar tells me Spring is officially sprung, I’m all (and I mean all) about the florals. The same goes for weddings too.  This Charlottesville beauty falls right into that “Three Cheers for Spring” category. With ribbons and classic details crafted by Donovan-Groves Events, those blooms I can’t stop blabbing about by Whimsical Floral Design, this is just the celebration to get you in the mood. Pore through the prettiest of images by Josh & Serena with even more here.

From the Photographer…Rachel and Marc’s ceremony and reception both took place at Keswick Hall under the impeccable direction of their planner, Adam of Donovan-Groves Events. It was an honor to document the love between these two and to capture the love felt for them by their family and friends!



Photography: Josh & Serena | Event Planning: Donovan-Groves Events | Floral Design: Whimsical Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Men's Attire: Tailor & Bond | Wedding Venue: Keswick Hall | Beauty: Charlottesville Makeup Artist | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Escort Cards: Invite Alice | Groom's Attire - Bowtie: Brackish Bowties | Photography - Assistance: Josh Gooden Cinematography | Photography - Assistance: Love by Serena | Shoes (Bride): Badgley Mischka | Shoes (Groom): Hugo Boss | Wedding Bands & Engagement Ring: Custom made in NYC

The Ultimate Elegant Backyard Wedding Inspiration

My dearest wedding planning pretties, if you’ve ever considered an at-home affair, please, please let this inspiration shoot from Luxe and Luna Couture Events be your guide. It’s all the convincing I need that a backyard wedding can be SO next level. Don’t you agree? This little setup makes me all sorts of happy. Thanks to Shannon Moffit, you can pin your heart out in The Vault.

From Shannon Moffit PhotographyOur team of vendors met on the outskirts of Charlottesville for an editorial inspired by the romantic elegance of a private cottage. Our model wears a delicate beaded gown by Carol Hannah, antique Trumpet and Horn rings, and an Old World inspired crown by Anna Marguerite. She carries an organic bouquet, filled with a medley of hues ranging from yellow to pink to dark plum. A cool breeze rustled through the trees as we wandered the quiet woods around the property. A table was set besides the cottage, covered with loose floral arrangements, antique candles, and light snacks.

From Luxe and LunaWe started by designing around Porter & Ives’ private cottage in rural Virginia. We brought in rich colors and regal details, compliments of Carol Hannah’s beautifully beaded Iolite gown and Anna Marguerite’s Edwardian inspired headpiece. I wanted this editorial to feel like a countryside retreat, so it was only fitting to draw from nature when designing the tablescape. Organic flower arrangements and natural linen draped over the table.



Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Floral Design: Porter & Ives | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Real Doll Makeup | Accessories & Veil: Anna Marguerite | Candles: Creative Candles | Creative Direction/Styling: Luxe and Luna Couture Events | Hair Styling: Jewel Hair Design | Paper Goods: Letterlyn Studio | Private Home: Charlottesville

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Intimate Fall Wedding in a Gorgeous Garden Setting

This celebration is the epitome of dreamy garden wedding with the prettiest color scheme to boot. It evokes all the beauty of Fall with lush, layered blooms by Amanda Burnette, garland infused everything, cozy, family-style tablescapes and loads of gorgeous imagery by Ashley Cox Photography. See why Fall weddings are some of our absolute favorites with even more in the vault.

From the Bride… Ross and I met at a mutual friend’s going away party here in DC, in early August 2014. He had sauntered over to our group to chat with our friend about her upcoming trip to Zimbabwe and pretty soon it was just the two of us talking and flirting for the rest of the evening. Right away I was charmed by his wit, intelligence, and adorable accent (he’s South African). Not much has changed! A year and a half later, as 2015 started to come to a close, we began talking more earnestly about what kind of wedding we’d like and both felt that an intimate garden wedding seemed to fit our style best – someplace home-like, where guests could stay the night and chat into the wee hours of the morning. We wanted it to feel like a retreat, with some fun activities planned (hello wine tour!) as well as free time to relax. When we visited The Clifton Inn, outside of Charlottesville, we knew it was the perfect fit for us – an easy distance from DC, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, with an understated elegance and romantic charm. We wanted everything to feel natural but not overdone, and kept that theme in mind when deciding on the other details – from our simple and classic wedding attire, the lush and loose floral design, and a family-style meal served on long king tables. Like any modern bride, I definitely referenced Pinterest for ideas, but once the overall look was established, left many of the details in the capable hands of our amazing vendors. Early on I knew that I wanted to teach myself calligraphy and create all of the wedding paper products, from envelope addressing to the seating chart. The invitation design was a family affair – Ross and I collaborated on the invitation design and his talented mother created the custom watercolor for us, which we used throughout the wedding. However, what I didn’t expect in learning calligraphy was a love for the craft that has grown and developed into a new business for us! One of the more special and bittersweet moments of the day was walking down the aisle with my mom. My father passed away when I was in college, and having my mom next to me was both a moment that reflected our strong relationship, as well as kept him in my thoughts as I went to marry the love of my life. We honored my father in the ceremony by talking about his kind spirit and love of horticulture, which seemed duly appropriate as we said our ‘I do’s’ in the garden. The result was an unforgettable day that perfectly reflected us and our loving community of friends and family.



Photography: Ashley Cox Photography | Floral Design: Amanda Burnette | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Hair + Makeup: Daphne Latham | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Wedding Venue: The Clifton Inn | Bridesmaids Dress: Reformation | Bridesmaids' Dress: Asos | Calligraphy + Design: Lacquer | Month of Coordination: Rachael McKenzie Events

An Intimate Chapel Ceremony To Remind Us Why We Love Weddings

This feature was a bit of a struggle. Plain and simple, there were too many beautiful photos to include in one post – so more than ever, I encourage you to head to our Vault gallery and see every single stunning snap by Michael and Carina – you will not be disappointed. From the quiet insides of this classic chapel to the blush and burgundy bouquets (thanks to Hedge Fine Blooms), it’s a classic, romantic wedding that I’m loving more and more with every minute. Join me in this beautiful bliss right this way!

From the Bride… After long conversations during chilly walks around DC, homemade gnocchi, and more hearty laughs than I’d had in years, I knew Steve was the thoughtful, smart and witty man I’d one day call my husband. As it turned out, he’d made up his mind on day one. The evening we met, he told friends, “See that girl in the silver dress? I’m going to marry her.” Three years later I wore that same dress to our rehearsal dinner at The Brookville, in Charlottesville, VA.

Our hope for our wedding was the relaxed elegance and easy joy of a close-knit dinner party. We decided on a few key factors: a single venue for the whole day, wine, and a small list of family and friends-who-are-family.We fell head over heels with Charlottesville, VA – the leisurely pace, peaceful Blue Ridge Mountains, and the fact it was driving distance for my family in Kentucky and Ohio, Steve’s New England family, and all our friends from Washington, DC. When we stepped into the quaint, 50-year-old historic chapel at Trump Winery, my heart skipped a beat, and Steve squeezed my hand. It was a moment you can’t manufacture: sunbeams filtered through the windows and lit up the pastel colors on the ceiling’s painted mural. The classic red brick exterior and white steeple reminded Steve of growing up in Massachusetts. It was perfect for our ceremony, and because the chapel only seated 75 (our exact number of guests), we knew it would feel beautifully full. We were so struck by its charm we commissioned an artist friend, Nikki Smetters, to make a watercolor insert for our invitations and programs.

We chose a timeless, neutral palette with just a touch of Old World charm. We drew inspiration from Italy (Steve’s family heritage, and our honeymoon destination), antique books that we collected throughout our engagement (with our favorite author’s names as table numbers), and a special detail from my mother’s family’s Youngstown, Ohio roots: the cookie table, a labor of love with humble origins in which women (and men!) bake up a storm for weeks before the wedding. It was amazing, and people loved making up gift bags of cookies as favors.

I will remember the whole achingly beautiful day forever: watching my best friends lovingly do each other’s makeup, my grandmother peeking in the dressing area door, ready to be “one of the girls”, and of course, our first look. I saw Steve standing in the vineyard, and my heart had never felt so full. It definitely didn’t hurt he looked so handsome! Soft bouquets by Hedge Fine Blooms in blush, red wine, ivory, gold, and sage also had me swooning, I felt like I was holding an Italian meadow in my hands.

Our guests were greeted on the chapel patio with cold local cider and upbeat music like “Goin to the Chapel” and “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole. We purposefully kept the chapel doors closed so our guests could chat with each other and linger, looking out over the grapevines and rolling hills. I remember laughing out loud, while peeking through the window of the car with my bridesmaids, as people danced to the music when the chapel doors opened. My sister walked my mom down the aisle, my father wrapped Steve in a hug, and then I married the best man I’ve ever known.

It took a village: from the al fresco cocktail hour to the family-style dinner, Cristelle and her C&O Catering team made feeding decadent, delicious food to 75 people look effortless, and everyone was so friendly our guests raved about the people almost as much as the incredible food! C&O truly captured a little essence of each of our elements in our menu: from butternut-squash ravioli with Italian sage, to Southern ham on Virginia cheddar scones… let’s just say I was not a bride who forgot to eat! Our wonderful DJ’s, Chris and Rialand with Younique Moments, surprised us by serenading everyone with “Be Our Guest” as dinner was brought to the tables. Our dear friends, Michael and MaryAlice Viljoen, did AV and day-of coordination, and were a force to be reckoned with. Patrick, the coordinator at Trump Winery, was one of the most gracious people we met throughout the planning process, and Michael and Carina, our photographers, practically became family in their quiet, intentional ways… Carina even bustled my gown when no one else could! When we think of it all now we think of joy on joy on joy, and I know we always will.



Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms | Wedding Dress: David Tutera | Shoes: Michael Kors 1248 | Jewelry : Mark Todd Jewelers | Catering: C&O Restaurant | Makeup Artist: Anna Breeding | Hair Stylist: Brianna B Adams | Calligraphy: A Little Inkling | Calligraphy: A Little Inkling | Tuxes: Charles Tyrwhitt | Wedding Venue: Trump Winery | Accessories: Global Bridal Gallery | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: Paperless Post | Watercolor Design: Nikki Smetters

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A Glam Styled Engagement Session

Michael and Carina Photography have a way with the camera that leaves us totally speechless and wanting more. Perfect example? This golden era engagement session that’s sure to inspire a bit of wanderlust. Complete with sweet kisses and one crazy chic couple, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

From Michael and Carina PhotographyThis couple left me speechless. They have been best friends for years, have a baby boy together and the chemistry between them is unreal. Floriza wore two stunning dresses and Jerome wore a classic black suit. The light and the location of their session made for a beautiful atmosphere; this is definitely one of our favorite engagement sessions of the year!



Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Dress: French Connection | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: David Yurman | Hair + Makeup: Floriza | Mens Attire: Giorgio Armani | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Trump Waikiki - Reece