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The Only East Coast Vineyard Wedding You Need to See

There’s no denying that Ashley and Chad planned one picture perfect party. Because if there’s one thing we know, it’s a pretty wedding and this stunning affair has got just that written all over it. A semi-formal vineyard affair complete with elegant details and romance, Allison Kuhn Photography has captured it all to share and you can witness the wonder in The Vault!

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From Allison Kuhn PhotographyAshley and Chad were married July 23, 2016 in the beautiful Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard. Their incredible floral design by Petals and Twigs incorporated lush greens and whites. The overall feel of their day was romantic vineyard wedding and it was a semi-formal wedding that included blush, gold and grey colors to compliment the soft and gorgeous venue. Chad was coaching Ashley’s younger brother’s baseball team. When Ashley came home from college, she went to the team’s end-of-the-year party. Chad knew Ashley’s family for years prior to the two of them meeting. Chad proposed on and eight day trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley, so a vineyard wedding only seemed fit. They have dog named Pickles and they are a fun couple! Chad is incredibly positive, funny and always finds the silver lining in any situation. Chad is from Upstate New York and Ashley is from Minnesota, but they reside in Richmond, VA.

Photography: Allison Kuhn Photography | Cinematography: Josh Gooden Cinematography | Wedding Coordinator: LK Events and Design | Floral Design: Petals & Twigs | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Stationery: Page Stationery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Pippin Hill Farm | Makeup: Rachel Peyton | Hair: Cana Starnes | Calligraphy: Capital Calligraphy | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | DJ: Eric Herod | Transportation: Winn Transportation | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Gown Boutique: Amsale | Guitarist: Rich Barry | Men's Formal Wear: Jos. A. Bank | Photography - Assistance: Marissa Yi

Lavender Fields Have Never Looked This Good

Everything captured by Michael and Carina already has a glow about it but when they set up shop in the lavender fields of Charlottesville, Virginia, well, we’re talking a whole other stunning story now. They snapped these two lovebirds as they strolled and snuggled among the lavender and the images in our Vault as as alluring as what we imagine the scent during this shoot must have been. See it all here!

From the Bride-to-be… Kenny and I fell in love during our senior year at Clemson University. We felt at ease around each other immediately, and suddenly our everyday tasks such as homework and grocery shopping felt special and exciting because we were together. We’ve been together for two and a half years, and our favorite way to spend time together now is exploring new cities and eating delicious food!

This engagement shoot felt like an ethereal fantasy; from the luscious scent of lavender to frolicking in the fields hand in hand with my Groom-to-be, every moment was dreamy and romantic. My favorite images from this collection are the ones that encapsulate the way Kenny and I look at each other; there is so much love between us, and I feel incredibly grateful that these photographs capture our love and admiration for each other.

Michael and Carina were incredible to work with. They put us at ease immediately, and we knew we could trust their artistic vision every step of the way. We are so excited to have them shoot our wedding next September!

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Dress: Asos | Earrings: Francesca's | Pants: J.Crew | Shirt: Banana Republic

A Rustic Celebration That Offers a New Take on Neutrals

Lara and Pat’s wedding is more than just a myriad of pretty pastels, for once you dig a little deeper in The Vault you’ll start to see one reoccurring theme. That being? A muted palette offset with major elegance a la Mallory Joyce. Sounds pretty darn dreamy, right? Captured by the incredibly talented Sally Pinera, it’s a celebration that proves love is in the details and we’ve got it all waiting for you below!

From Sally PineraThis beautiful wedding was designed by Mallory Joyce. Set against rolling hills of Charlottesville, Lara and Pat got married at the Castalia Farm private estate with their festive wedding party. Rustic charm paired with the beautiful views of Charlottesville mountains is always a winning duo. Easy and simple design and a muted palette surrounded this wedding as this couple danced and loved the night away.

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Photography: Sally Pinera | | Event Planning + Floral Design + Event Design: Mallory Joyce | Invitations: Minted | Calligraphy: Joie De Vivre | Catering: C&O Catering | Cake: Favorite Cakes| Makeup: Carolyn Thombs | Hair: Brianna B Adams | Band: The Winn Jazz All Stars | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Reception Venue: Castalia Farm | Ceremony Venue: University of Virginia Chapel |

Elegant and Ethereal Bridal Session

I’m kind of at a loss for words that will do this bridal session justice. I’m pretty sure it’s because every little detail in this simple, yet elegant shoot is could truly stand on their own. The gown from Gossamer is just breathtaking. The antique ring from Trumpet & Horn? Absolutely perfect. And the lovely hair pieces from Liv Hart are truly works of art. With Laura Gordon Photography behind the lens, we end up with a gallery of images almost too good to be true.

From Liv HartI love collaborating with such creative and talented people that also love creating memorable and enchanting moments. This season we created an enchanting shoot with such an amazing group of artists on an beautiful rainy day at Albemarle Estate in Charlottesville, VA. There is something so poetic and beautiful about a rainy day.

This season I was also very inspired by my own upcoming wedding next June. I feel so excited about creating the accessories I will wear for my wedding and am loving designing while I am a bride myself!

My hope for every collection is to design accessories that are artfully handcrafted, enchanting, and memorable for our brides.

I am a designer, dreamer, stylist, and fashion lover. I love accessories that define a moment. I love creativity, quality in details, and a uniqueness that keeps you looking at each design for a while. There is nothing better, to me, than getting lost for a moment in a beautiful expression of art. I hope that each of my designs provides this moment.

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Carl Ray Makeup Artist | Hair: Elle Style Studio | Calligraphy: Tara Spencer | Venue: Doonbeg Lodge | Hair Accessories: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart | Model: Kathleen McGonigle

Traditional-Meets-Rustic Verulam Farm Wedding

A traditional and rustic wedding may seem like an oxymoron, but this gorgeous Virginia couple pulled it off in the most beautiful day imaginable. From the slate blue Amsale bridesmaids’ dresses that inspired the color palette to the bluegrass band at the ceremony and cocktail hour to the Bride’s gorgeous crochet-lace from Monique Lhuillier, this day is a Southern wedding dream. See all the beauty from Rachel May Photography and Ians Creations in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and that is where Billy and I met, at UVA, so how could we not choose Charlottesville as our setting?! :) But my definition and memories of Charlottesville were different from most, as I was raised near Monticello looking out on the Blue Ridge Mountains, before Charlottesville was the bustling town and destination it is today, so I always envisioned my wedding away from the University and Downtown Mall, out in the mountains on a beautiful farm or estate. I definitely wanted an outdoor setting, and I was drawn to barns as these reminded me of the beautiful farm homes in and around Charlottesville. Billy and I fell in love with Verulam right away–between the magnificent mountain views, the barn that felt so unique and unlike any other reception venue we have ever seen, and finally for the clean slate aspect of the venue as a whole. I felt like we could really make the day and every moment and detail that came with it truly encapsulate our vision coming to life. Verulam was like a blank slate with so many incredible options for how the day could unfold.

I wanted the colors to blend in with the setting, which was largely outdoors in nature, and to be honest it was really anchored around Amsale’s slate blue bridesmaid dresses. The color was perfection against the estate, outdoors and barn, and given how much it popped against the backgrounds I wanted everything else to match it and really blend in with it. We decided early against black tie given the venue, so we chose navy suits and ties, and then everything else was a shade of white, ivory, grey and light blue. The color palette was simple yet elegant, and subtle yet memorable. I just love looking at the colors in the pictures, I feel like they were meant for that venue. I also liked the rustic nature of the venue but did not want the wedding to feel too casual, so envisioned elegant accents that would make the wedding feel formal yet unique.

We had some really fun additions that I have never seen at a wedding before, that were really must-haves in the end for me and Billy. The bluegrass band playing both ceremony and cocktail music was such a nice touch for the outdoor setting. The drone was Billy’s idea and actually worked out to be such an awesome addition, because the guests loved our use of new technology and the video footage that the drone caught was great. Finally, as soon as we saw Verulam I envisioned a lot of walking for our guests, but instead of it being a burden I wanted everyone to enjoy it and participate, so we led the guests to the barn with the sunset in the backdrop (also offered flip flops for the walk!) and I think everyone thought this was such a cool and different way to move from cocktails to the reception. Oh, and late night we offered homemade donuts from Carpe Donut’s donut tent, which were a huge hit!

My favorite moment was when Billy and I snuck off during during for sunset shots. We hopped the fence and went off with our photographer and videographer to capture the moment. It was 10 minutes of just us, enjoying the setting, sunset and time together, right before the reception kicked off. That moment was absolutely perfect.

Amy Webb from Blue Ridge Floral really ran with my vision of simple whites, garland on the table, and lots of mercury glass and candles. She incorporated greys and blues into the bouquets as well, which looked perfect with the dresses.

My gown was a labor of love…it is a beautiful crochet lace from Monique Lhuillier that was altered and hemmed perfectly to fit me that day. Brenda Hill is the master seamstress that pulled that off, because that dress has no boning, just a simple slip so it fits right to the body, and it was ABSOLUTELY perfect.

Our favors were donuts from Carpe Donut, in favor boxes provided by Carpe with stickers I made from Etsy to match our colors.

Our cake was Albemarle Baking Company, almond cake with vanilla icing. I envisioned simple with elegant flowers, which Amy provided for the bakery. Also Billy’s sister, Elisabeth, is a master carver and hand carved our cake stand. It was one of the best surprises I could have imagined for that day!!

Bridesmaid dresses were Amsale, suits were OWNONLY (custom suits), ties were Ferragamo (groomsmen gifts), earrings were Kate Spade (bridesmaid gifts).

Hair was Elle Style Studio, and they included my grandma’s pearls as a hairpiece, that was my something borrowed :)

My piece of advice was be have a vision in mind and plan, plan, plan but in the end, just go with it, and take in every moment and appreciate the whole day for what it is, because it will truly be the best day of your life!!

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Photography: Rachel May Photography | Cinematography: Ian's Creations | Event Planning: Verulam Farm | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Albemarle Baking Company | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Stephanie Parker | Hair: Elle Style Studio | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Ties: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groomsmen's Attire: Own Only | Venue: Verulam Farm | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Bent Mountain Trio | Desserts: Carpe Donut | Earrings: Kate Spade | Photo Booth: Mox Box | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals

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Elegant Southern Wedding Inspiration

This elegant inspo from Abby Capalbo is speaking directly to our wedding loving hearts. Because when one of our very own steps out from behind the computer screen and onto the wedding scene, well we kinda lose our minds (in the best way possible). Joined with Jacin Fitzgerald Events and the lens of Elisa Bricker this powerhouse pretty is not to be missed. See it all in THE VAULT!

From Abby CapalboPerfect parts southern charm and southern elegance, we loved dreaming up this inspiration shoot at the lovely Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia for the Elisa Bricker Workshops. We started with a classic and sophisticated boudoir session in a stunning private estate (thanks to Stay Charlottesville), and then moved over to the Inn just in time for the light to work its magic. With a Carol Hannah gown that couldn’t be more stunning and a dapper Groom dressed head to toe in The Black Tux, the couple was just about as gorgeous as they come. Sprinkle in Jacin Fitzgerald’s ridiculously good florals and breathtaking design and Elisa Bricker amazing eye behind the lens, and the images turned out more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.

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Photography: Elisa Bricker | Event Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Styling : Abby Capalbo | Floral Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Catering: The Clifton Inn | Hair + Makeup: Lora Kelley | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Clifton Inn | Getting Ready Venue: Broadhead Mountain Retreat | Lingerie : Eberjey

At-Home Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains

When your future mother-in-law happens to be THE Lynn Easton of Easton Events, you can count yourself one of the luckiest brides on the planet. She’s got a way with planning and design that continually leaves us in awe, and paired with Southern Blooms on florals? Well, it’s the stuff wedding dreams are made of. Jose Villa put his incredible talents to work behind the camera and THE VAULT is where you’ll find each and every image.

From The Groom’s Mother… I’ve planned hundreds and hundreds of weddings—each one unique in its own way—but nothing has come close to working with a young couple when one of them, say, a particularly adorable groom, happens to be my own son. Of course, this could have been a recipe for disaster but I knew that planning with my future daughter-in-law was going to be a pleasure, not only because she happens to be a truly lovely human being, but because she’s one of those fabulous brides who gets the big picture.

Elizabeth understood that the most important thing when planning a wedding isn’t a checklist. Sure, selecting the food, the wine or the band are super important, but the primary focus should be on creating a memorable experience for your guests. She believes, as I do, that a magical wedding leaves your guests feeling like they’ve done more than gone through the motions and matrimonial rituals. Being aligned in that goal made the wedding day a wonderful experience, and perhaps more importantly made all the planning a special and, believe it or not, fun time for our family.

Pippin and Elizabeth’s wedding took place at, Elizabeth’s family’s home — which made it all the more meaningful and personal. The late afternoon ceremony was in one of the “garden rooms,” followed by cocktails in the back of the property overlooking a gorgeous rolling hillside. Then we surprised everyone by inviting our 285 (somewhat hesitant) guests onto mini coaches and whisking them up to the highest point of the farm. There they discovered our gorgeous Sperry dinner tent with 280-degree breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

La Tavola’s Blue Marrakesh cloth—an Easton Events’ favorite—was the perfect backdrop for Southern Blooms to bring Elizabeth’s vision of tailored elegance to fruition. Photographer Jose Villa captured all the magic as he always does—flawlessly. A stunning sunset was the finishing touch. Granted, I might be a bit biased, but it was MEMORABLE!

I’m not sure which was better: getting to spend 12 months planning with Elizabeth and her amazing mother Anne, or watching two of my favorite people on the planet pledge their love in front of a swooning group of family and friends. All I know is that I am one lucky and very proud mother and mother-in-law.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Ian's Creations | Event Planning + Design: Easton Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors TN | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Engagement Ring: Gumuchian | Catering: C&O Restaurant | Makeup: Lora Kelley | Hair: Moxie Hair & Body Lounge | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Groom's Attire: Hackett | Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren | Officiant: Rev. Caroline Smith Parkinson | Ceremony Music: Belle Arte String Quartet | Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Venue: At Home | Bride's Ring: Reines | Cocktail Hour Music: Peter Richardson | Groom's Ring: Cartier | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Reception Music: The Adrian Duke Project | Rentals: Festive Fare | Sign In Book: Claire Magnolia | Tent Rentals: Skyline Tent Company | Veil: Carolina Herrera

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5 Picture-Perfect Mid-Atlantic Wedding Venues

After finding the perfect man, finding the perfect venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your big day. And these Mid-Atlantic beauties? They’re as perfect as it gets. Rustic, glamorous, timeless and romantic, these gorgeous venues are some of the best the East Coast (and the rest of the country) has to offer.

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5 Picture-Perfect Mid-Atlantic Wedding Venues

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards (shown above): Set amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains with sprawling lawns, rolling vineyard-covered hills and a rustic yet elegant event space, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the perfect setting for your dream day. Plus, with the founder of Easton Events behind this gorgeous venue, you know any wedding here is bound to be stunning.  See it here.

Evergreen Museum + Library: Baltimore’s Gilded Age mansion and adjacent Italian gardens will transport you and your guests back to a more glamorous time. The exquisite estate is classic elegance at its very best, just like every wedding that takes place here. See it here.

DAR Constitution Hall: This National Historic Landmark Building offers couples a rich history, the excitement of Washington D.C., classic Beaux-Arts architecture and countless spaces for a glamorous affair. See it here.

Frick Art + Historical Center: Beautifully landscaped gardens surround this historic Pittsburg Gilded Age mansion. With a timeless elegance and sophisticated vibe, the Frick Art + Historical Center allows couples to create the stunning wedding of their dreams. See it here.

The Biltmore Estate: Asheville’s Biltmore Estate is as close to a fairytale wedding as you can get with expansive grounds and a European-style castle all nestled into the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. See it here.

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Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher

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Intimate Mountain-Top Elopement

A good elopement gives me chills. They just scream romance to me. Two people running off to say I do? It’s just dreamy. So when they bring along the likes of Josh Gooden to capture the perfection on film, I get all sorts of excited. This beauty of an elopement at Broadhead Mountain Retreat will surely make you smile, and you can see even more of their oh-so-special day from Anna Reynal here

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From The Bride…I didn’t always think that I would want to elope. It was something that I realized a couple of years ago, but before then I imagined I would do a traditional wedding with guests, tons of flowers (give me ALL the flowers), favors, dinner, brunch, bachelorettes and the whole nine yards. With Trevor and I both working in design and at times, a tad particular about aesthetics, it became clear at some point that it would be far too easy to get off track while planning a traditional wedding. It was really important that our wedding day be about the marriage and not about the place settings or the furniture rentals. Not that it’s wrong to be excited about those things. It is exciting! I’ll be the first one to say that I love a good wedding. We just decided that simple would be best for us. The moment anything became too stressful in our planning, it pretty much went out the window. I ordered my dress online for next to nothing and opted to do my own hair and makeup so that Trevor and I could just hang out together all day and keep things low-key. Eloping also allowed us to purchase a home right away, which is something that we ultimately decided was our first priority. Beginning with the end in mind and recognizing what would bring us long-term happiness was key in making this decision. Luckily, our families were incredibly supportive of our decision. We couldn’t have done it without them!

A lot of people have asked why we chose Charlottesville. We entertained lots of ideas for the location of the ceremony but we were both really happy with where we ended up. Charlottesville is an easy, three hour drive from our home in Baltimore, so it was just far enough away to feel like we were getting out of town, but close enough that we can go back and visit for anniversaries or just when the mood strikes us! The day was exactly what we hoped it would be, and we are so grateful to have these amazing memories to reflect on for years to come.

Photography: Anna Reynal | Cinematography: Josh Gooden Cinematography | Wedding Dress: Lulu's | Cake: Albemarle Baking Company | Men's Attire: Boyds Philadelphia | Cabin: Broadhead Mountain Retreat

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Elegant + Romantic Southern Bridal Session

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most special days of your life, so I’m a firm believer that you should enjoy every minute of planning your big day. That includes a beautiful bridal session like this one from Michael and Carina Photography. In the soft, subdued lighting, the lush florals from Southern Blooms look even lovelier, especially with the romantic gown and beautiful bride. After taking a peek through the gallery, you’ll be calling up your photographer to plan your own bridal session ASAP.

From Michael And Carina PhotographyWe are sending you a beautifully styled indoor bridal session today, simple and elegant. The dreary weather that day turned out to be a blessing after all! This is the story of a bride preparing for her wedding day. Trying on the dress and the shoes for one last time before the big day is quite special. The bride’s letter to her (future) husband, her engagement ring, her shoes and a lush green bouquet added meaningful details to the clean look.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Event Styling: Alex Meyer Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne Bride | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Jewelry: BHLDN | Hair And Makeup: Kimberly Barkley | Venue: Old Metropolitan Hall | Accessories: BHLDN | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Elegantly Rustic Virginia Wedding

What’s a couple to do when they want an intimate backyard wedding and 300 guests? This sweet Bride and Groom decided to take the party to a bigger backyard—the one at Willow Spring Farm, an antebellum estate in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Take a look at the gallery for all the little touches that kept this wedding intimate and personal.

From Michael and Carina Photography… Aaron and Bethany’s wedding at Willow Spring Farm in the Shenandoah Valley, just west of Charlottesville, VA, was simply perfect. Just a few minutes away from where we met them for their engagement session, he didn’t know what to say when he saw her for the first time. He held her hands, admired his bride in her wedding dress, and then he embraced her under the shade of an old tree. Their ceremony was a celebration not only of their love for one another, but their profound devotion & love of God. Afterwards, we walked through the fields under the setting sun, and joined them for an evening of laughter and celebration long into the night.

From the Bride… I’d always dreamed of a sweet and intimate backyard wedding, which is a little tough to do when you’re inviting almost 300 guests. When we stumbled on the back patio of Willow Spring Farm I knew we could make our dream come true (we just had to keep our fingers crossed for blue skies). We wanted our wedding to feel like us—fun, romantic, and very personal!

From start to finish, our wedding day was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather and it was amazing to watch everything we’d been planning come to life. We put our heart and soul into designing our invitations, programs, favors (sweet little sachets of lavender), and florals. I loved every moment of handpicking each flower and piecing together my beautiful bouquet. My mom made my cute little bird cage veil and I wrapped my bouquet with a swatch of lace from her wedding dress (worn first by her mom, my grandmother). I wore my grandmother’s vintage wedding rings and one of my friends made the most beautiful cakes for us (my mom handmade the little birdie toppers). They say it take a village to raise a child- well it took a village to pull off our beautiful day, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Friends and family pitched in left and right making the space and feelings more beautiful than we ever could have dreamed.

We let the beauty of our venue (a gorgeous pre-civil war era home) speak for itself and got married on the front steps while our loved ones filled the front yard. Our friends and family read scripture and poems and played beautiful melodies while we exchanged our vows. Our day was anchored in Jesus and the purpose of our wedding was to bring Him glory and honor. We ended our ceremony with everyone (wedding party and guests alike) holding hands- united. That was important to us- that our wedding feel like a back yard party reuniting old and new friends, family, and strangers. All of us enjoying life and celebrating this beautiful day under the blue skies and twinkling lights. We’ve never felt more loved and encouraged and must say it was the perfect start to forever. 

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Event Planning: Angie Pearson | Floral Design: Bride | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Family Friend | Wedding Shoes: Toms | Jewelry: Francesca's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: RenzRags | Catering: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Hair And Makeup: Lyndsey Bates | Groomsmen Ties: Clip A Bow Tie | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Essen Daley | Venue: Willow Spring Farm | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: White House Custom Color

Colorful Charlottesville Virginia Wedding

What began with a sweet Superbowl story, eventually led to the perfect proposal and one chic celebration. Add in the state that held their hearts, this lovely pair wed on a Virginia fall day surrounded by rustic chic decor and pretty pops of color. While Amore Events made sure every detail was darling – from caricatures to a sparkling exit – Laura Gordon shared it all with us, here!

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From Laura Gordon PhotographyWhitney and Cameron met while living and working in Washington, DC. Whitney grew up in Michigan and moved to the area a little over six years ago for work. Cameron was born in the States but grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and then moved to DC to pursue his career in broadcasting nearly three years ago.

From the beautiful Bride… A little over two years ago, I, like every other American (and a large population from around the world), was tuning into the single game that culminates the entire NFL season: the Super Bowl. I had planned to meet a crew of my friends to enjoy the festivities and watch the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots. When I walked in with my friend we sat down and I noticed this tall good looking guy, and I shared that sentiment with my friend. He was a reporter covering the Super Bowl by getting fan reactions to the game and half-time commercials. When he came up to our group to ask if we would be interested in giving him some sound, my group was happy to oblige. And so our story begins…I have my version (backed by several other people) and he has his version.

The gist is that he thought he would be sly and leave his tie with me, as I was telling an animated story and of course, needed a prop, and what better thing than his neck tie, right? Eventually, I would have to give it back to him or as he would tell you, he would have a reason to come talk to me again. For all those that really know me, quiet and shy are not my thing, so, in true Whitney fashion, and full sassy mode, the game ended and I walked over to return his tie and asked, “are you going to ask for my number or what?” Yes, I actually said that. And for the record we both remember that part of the story very clearly. Since then, we have been happily navigating this thing called life, together.

Our first decision was where to get married with our families spread across much of the United States and into Canada. We really debated this and finally decided that it was not fair to have one side of our family travel and not the other so we made the decision to get married where we live and met, Virginia. Pippin Hill Farm was definitely part of the inspiration of the look and feel of the wedding, as I loved all of the details and the rustic chic vibe it embodies.

I found many of the vendors through lots of research…spending hours upon hours on wedding and style blogs. Once we hired Cody, she was able to direct us to the Charlottesville vendors that best suited our vision. We had a phone call and then were off to the races getting things booked on our end and continuing to further develop and execute our vision. The one other different thing we did was had a caricature artist. We felt like photo booths had been over done and Cameron was really pushing for the caricature artist so we booked it, much to the dismay of my mom, and it ended up being a HUGE hit.

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography : Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning & Design: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Wedding Gown: Watters | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Tuxedos: Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Boxed S'mores Favor: Candy With A Twist | Bridal Boutique: Robinson's Bridal | Bride's Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Cake Topper: The First Snow | Confetti Poppers: Thimblepress | Custom Portrait & Wrapping Paper: Rifle Paper Co. | Hankies: Wedding Chicks | Paper: Just Invite Me | Reception Decor: BHLDN

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Rustic Tented Wedding at Fat Cat Farm

I might as well just come out and say it, farmhouse weddings are my favorite. Framed with natural elements, Beehive Events dressed this duos day in rustic elegance in the form of farm tables and geode filled centerpieces. From the handmade soap favors to the hay bale portraits, every detail Jen Fariello Photography is drownright darling and you can see them all here!

From the beautiful Bride… Andrew and I met through mutual friends in Charlottesville, Virginia while at the University of Virginia. Considering that we grew up, took our educations, and met all within a 100 mile radius, it’s a bit ironic that we ended up getting engaged in Greenland!

I work for Visit Greenland, the national tourist board of Greenland, so I am constantly traveling back and forth between Greenland and Washington, D.C. In April 2013, Andrew visited me while I was in Nuuk. He used the opportunity of being in such a beautiful and unique setting – sailing in Nuuk Fjord on a snowy day – to pop the question! Despite a proposal at the top of the world, there was no question that we would bring it back home to Charlottesville for our wedding.

The decision to have our wedding at Fat Cat Farm took all of three seconds! In fact, I used to work with Beehive Events at Fat Cat Farm – their private home/studio/gardens. The farm is very near and dear to my heart, but Shawn Marie Cossette and David Dienner even more so! Getting married at Fat Cat Farm was as close to getting married at home as I could get!

Enjoying nature and the outdoors is part of everything I do, so bringing in as many natural elements as possible to the wedding was essential. Everything from the farm tables and wooden chargers to the reindeer antlers and geodes in some of the centerpieces conveyed a love for the natural world. A neutral palette of creams and ivories, blush pinks, and sage greens woven in through the flowers and luxurious linens finished the dressed rustic look that Beehive Events has perfected.

Where to begin! Our wedding day was filled with personal elements! Our invitations were a custom letterpress design featuring a subtle bubble motif – an exact replica of the design on the first ring Andrew ever gave to me back in 2008. Just before the wedding ceremony, Andrew and I presented our mothers with matching bracelets adorned with heart charms saying the word “Mom” in many languages. They were the perfect complement to the floral bracelets they each wore.

Everyone knows the tradition of having something old, new, borrowed, and blue on wedding day, but I had never heard the “…and a six pence in your shoe!” part. Well, I was lucky enough to receive two – one from my sister-in-law and one from my Matron of Honor – so I wore one in each shoe. The imprints are still there! Speaking of shoes, my red designer peep-toe shoes from Iceland were the pièce de résistance for my otherwise classic wedding look. As a child I was attracted to any and everything red, so some things never change!

The strongest memory is absolutely being surrounded by so many family members and close friends! They came from all up and down the east coast, and even my dearest friends from Greenland made it all the way to Charlottesville just for us. Andrew’s brother is a true entertainer and a natural at the microphone, so his Best Man speech during the reception (which was actually one part toast and one part roast) was the perfect lead-in to the most fun part of the evening. I can still hear guests roaring into laughter. My father and I danced to Last Dance by Donna Summer for the father-daughter dance. What started as a slow and sweet dance soon broke into an unexpected and choreographed fast little number one might find on Dancing with the Stars! My father was beaming the whole time.

Jumping on a hay bale was so much fun! I admit I saw this one on Pinterest, but I just had to copy it. Between my photographer who made all of my photo bucket list wishes come true and Andrew who had the honor of hoisting me up onto said hay bale, I’m not sure who showed more patience. The whole affair was a crowd pleaser that no one has forgotten!

As guest favors, we gave handmade goat milk soaps in Oatmeal Honey scent by The Freckled Farm Soap Company out of Richmond, Virginia. Having been Charlottesville residents for 7 years, the localvore lifestyle is engrained in us! We wanted to give our out-of-town guests a way to take home a bit of central Virginia.

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Event Design: Beehive Events | Floral Design: Beehive Events | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Invitations: Digby & Rose | Ceremony Venue: Fat Cat Farm | Reception Venue: Fat Cat Farm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Make Up: Rouge 9 | Hair: Daphne Latham | Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Wedding Ring: Gabriel Ofeish

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Whimsical Barn Wedding with Romantic Details

When a bride has a self-proclaimed love of gardening, you know her wedding is going to be full of vibrant blooms. Florist Nature Composed created gorgeous bouquets & centerpieces full of whimsical green ferns, white dahlia’s and bold anemones. Shot by photographer Callie Davis with Nancy Ray Photography, this gorgeous barn wedding oozes romance, while remaining effortlessly chic. See even more right here.

From Mallory JoyceWhen Michelle and I first began to discuss her wedding, there were three words that kept rising to the surface: joyful, generous, and whimsical. Having known Michelle for several years as a dear friend, I was struck by the fact that these words truly describe Michelle herself. It felt natural that her wedding design should be an extension of her unique style and of her love story with longtime college sweetheart, Matthew. Michelle is a kind, giving person and our priority throughout the planning was to ensure that guests felt welcomed and treasured as well-loved company. We wanted the reception to feel like a big family gathering, so we designed long tables with a family-style dinner service. Michelle works on a farm and has had a long love affair with gardening, so we made certain the flowers were loose, whimsical, and a natural extension of the surrounding landscape. Jenn of Nature Composed even brought in a huge backdrop of greenery for the ceremony so the indoor space felt more like an intimate garden. Matthew and Michelle live in California now and the two are passionate about food and wine, so we incorporated thoughtful details like homemade jam favors for the guests and wood cutting boards as table numbers. One of our favorite parts of the wedding was when Michelle’s father surprised her and Matthew with a horse-drawn carriage to carry them to the reception! Michelle, who loves horses, was overjoyed!

Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography | Videographer: Tom Daly | Coordination: Mallory Joyce | Design: Mallory Joyce | Florist: Nature Composed | Ceremony Venue: The Haven | Reception Venue: Verulam Farm | Catering: A Pimento Catering | Ceremony Music: Plum Blossom String Quartet | Cake Artist: Bake Love Bakery | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Hair And Makeup Artist: Bella Boutique | Lighting & Draping: MS Events | Reception Band: C. Barnes Project | Rentals: Festive Fare

Elegant Pink + Purple Wedding Inspiration at Trump Winery

A gorgeous tablescape at an elegant, modern winery; I’m already in love. But then came the ribbons and I might as well just start pinning these pics right now. As someone who may have a hoarding problem when it comes to ribbons and bows, these beauties caught my eye and added such a lovely touch to this shoot by Allison Hopperstad, styled by EightTreeStreet. See every pink, purple and gold goodie here.

From EightTreeStreet… There’s nothing more elegant than a traditional table decoration and a venue that is inviting, luxe and exudes tradition. We love winery weddings, and for our inspiration shoot we wanted to infuse a little bit of that old time charm, with a mixture of elegant decor and modern touches to offer a different view on decorating and designing a winery wedding. The minute we walked into Trump Winery’s Grand Hall, we were in love with the spaces and the halls. It’s a gorgeous combination of old time charm and modern decor. From beautiful chandeliers, to the charming bridal suite, this venue has everything we wanted to explore a new decor idea for winery weddings that moves away from traditional rustic looks.

Outfitted in pretty golds, pinks and touches of plum and magenta, our classic modern shoot took place at the Grand Hall at Trump Winery. The venue features a combination of contemporary design and lovely classical touches which was the most delightful inspiration for the shoot. The linens are a gorgeous combination of golden yellows, and we loved working with Wildflower Linen to design this table.

We were thrilled to be able to feature one of the gowns designed by Grace Bridal Couture in Los Angeles, a gorgeous ball gown accented by a delicate horsehair sash of encrusted rhinestones, complemented by a long and flowy veil, so feminine and delicate! Our wonderful group of talented vendors did an amazing job designing details for the shoot, and we love working with our model Elle; she embodied timeless beauty and a classic old time glamour! Since we love a new twist on favorites, we were so excited to create a cake table featuring two naked wedding cakes made out of cheesecakes, decorated with flowers, ribbons and fruit, for something a little bit different.

Even though it poured for days and the rain didn’t want to end, we enjoyed a wonderful time shooting, and we ventured outdoors to capture some of the beautiful views and the most delightful little chapel. We love a venue that features such a sweet detail, it’s own little chapel!

Photography: Allison Hopperstad Designs | Shoes: Caparros | Jewelry: J'Adorn Designs | Hair And Makeup: NB Makeup | Bridal Gown And Veil: Grace Bridal Couture | Floral Design, Styling And Planning: EightTreeStreet | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Stationery Designs: Allison Hopperstad Designs | Wedding Cakes: Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes | Winery: Trump Winery

Classic Elegance at Trump Winery

This Lauren Niles wedding is the perfect fusion of classic elegance and modern romance. Stripes and bow ties married to sequins and one seriously twirl-able dress, just for starters. And the day wouldn’t have been complete without the addition of luxurious white florals crafted by Hedge Fine Blooms. Get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor—this gallery from L. Hewitt Photography is incredible.

From Lauren Niles EventsWhen Monika, Baltimore blogstress of Champagne Picnic, contacted me to help her plan a destination wedding, I knew it was going to be a positively lovely, incredibly fashionable and downright fun weekend affair. I was beyond thrilled to get started!

Monika wanted to design a wedding that was classically romantic with nods to European style, but with an underlying sense of fun and whimsy. To do this, we played with bold stripes, a combination of lush and natural textures and, of course, a dash of sequins. Set against the stunning views of Trump Winery, guests lounged on linen furniture and sipped on his and hers cocktails: an Old Fashioned & a Champagne Picnic. Dinner and dancing followed, as guests enjoyed an environment of organically styled florals, a dance floor surrounded by soft drapery, a super fun, sequin adorned champagne bar and a band that had them dancing until last call. After dinner, the cocktail lounge area was transformed into a warm escape with evening winery views, a fire pit and pillows for getting cozy.

A few of our favorite details were the custom skirt we had designed for Monika from Garnish, the custom monogram by Just Ink on Paper, the adorable signage designed by the lovely sister of the bride and MOH, custom striped bowties for the incredible wait staff, the little gold footed pups that held beautifully calligraphed table numbers and the breathtaking images of the Bride & Groom at the Trump Winery Chapel by the talented Leah Hewitt.

From the beautiful Bride…Mike and I got married in Charlottesville, Virginia this past September. We met in Baltimore, but I grew up in NJ and he grew up in Florida. We are all over the map already, so when choosing a wedding destination, we didn’t have a specific place in mind. Charlottesville is beautiful, filled with dozens of wineries, history, and a charming downtown area. We discovered Trump Winery and knew it was the place we had to celebrate our wedding day. We initially wanted to have both ceremony and reception at the winery, but chose a Catholic ceremony at the University of Virginia Chapel.

I found my dress at an awesome boutique just outside of Baltimore called Garnish Boutique. We did the back and forth from one boutique to another, trying on different styles and silhouettes but I came back to Garnish, knowing I wanted to buy my dress from the lovely shop owner there, Mia. I thought I was going back in to buy one dress with a big, layered tulle skirt with horse hair trim, but there was a Theia Couture trunk show going on that weekend and we thought it would be fun to try on a few of them.

The Theia dress was a long, form fitting gown covered in crystals, embellishments, and delicate beading from top to bottom. The part that made it mine? The detachable skirt that came along with it. It was so unique and different that I knew I had to have it. The skirt was initially much more delicate and sheer but I still wanted that princessey look I was originally searching for. I had a tailor custom design the skirt into my perfect layered, billowy, tulle dream of a skirt, and my wedding dress was complete. It was the best!

I had 10 bridesmaids. I know, that is crazy, but that’s how it had to be. Mike had 9 groomsmen, so it ended up working perfectly that we had a large, fun, beautiful bridal party. I decided I didn’t want the girls in matching dresses and that they would choose their own in the neutral color scheme of golds, tans, blushes, and light greys. It ended up working perfectly and I was so happy the girls could choose their own dress for their body type, budget, and look they wanted. We got ready in matching floral rompers adorned with pom poms – they were super cute and comfy and were a bit different (and more affordable) than buying all of the girls matching robes. We had an awesome morning getting ready together, drinking mimosas and listening to music, and getting all dolled up for the day.

Both bridal parties, both sets of parents, and other friends and family members got ready at Meriweather Springs Vineyard, an estate in Charlottesville on a winery that my family stayed in during the week of the wedding. The bridesmaids and moms got ready upstairs in a large gathering room that was flooded with natural light and a beautiful backdrop of the vineyard. The groomsmen got prepped for the day downstairs, in the barrel room, equipped with a bar and ample space for them to lounge around and spend time together. I wanted to surprise Mike with a gift, even though we had said “no gifts” on the wedding day, I just had to. I always knew that I would get him a Rolex watch to surprise him with on our wedding day when he had told me a story about how his Grandfather had given him his Rolex which he had unfortunately lost and always regretted it. So, I figured it all out with the help of a friend and while he was getting ready, the Rolex was delivered to him for him to open and wear on our wedding day.

The cocktail bar had linen benches, a wooden bar, black and white striped throw pillows, trays with gold frames, candles, and matchbooks with our initials in Mr. and Mrs. glasses adorned the cocktail hour, which took place on the terrace of Trump Winery. The view was breathtaking and overlooked the entire winery, complete with lush landscape, rolling hills, lakes (that had actual swans in them!), and a colorful sunset that could have been a painting. The guests enjoyed specialty champagne and old fashioned cocktails around tables with blush silk shantung linens.

AH, the reception! My planner, Lauren, made sure that it was a huge surprise and wouldn’t let me take a peek in the days of set up prior to our wedding. I was blown away at the reveal- the lighting, the mass amounts of candlelight, the incredible drape treatment around the dance floor, the beautiful flowers by Hedge, the champagne bar with the bowl of cascading blooms I knew I had to have from the beginning- it was all more than I could have imagined. We danced all night and had the best time with all of our closest friends and family.

Photography: L Hewitt Photography | Event Planner: Lauren Niles Events | Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms | Wedding Gown: Garnish Boutique | Invitations: Just Ink On Paper | Ceremony Venue: UVA Chapel | Reception Venue: Trump Winery | Bridesmaids: Rent The Runway | Catering: Harvest Moon Catering | Band: The Adrian Duke Project | Estate: Meriwether Springs Vineyard | Hair/Makeup: A More Beautiful You | Lighting & Draping: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Lounge Furniture: MS Events | Specialty Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Wedding Gown Designer: Theia

Rustic Chic Wedding Inspiration at Verulam Farm

This is my type of farm. With rustic blooms that I dream of filling my home with and stunning sunsets at an al fresco wedding reception, I’m ready to pack my bags and move in to Verulam Farm. Katie Stoops captured every gorgeous moment of this shoot, crafted by Dickie Morris, and after oohing and aahing over these pics, I see farm weddings becoming a whole lot chicer.

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From Katie Stoops Photography… After seeing the striking patterns of the napkins from Children Inspiring Hope, Dickie Morris of Just A Little Ditty was inspired to create a shoot that was vibrant and textural with ethereal elements. The stunning florals from Jenn Pineau of Nature Composed are the perfect example of being organic yet perfectly tailored and beyond colorful. No one should be afraid of using color because it can be done in the most beautiful way! Suz Somersall’s jewelry design gave a rich, opulent, but approachable appeal to adorning as a Bride. We used contrasting details such as soft pink Himalayan salt & dried peppercorns with a dreamy sheer vintage gown from Gossamer Vintage to create a warm, relaxed, & exciting event.

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Event Design: Just A Little Ditty | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Dress: Gossamer | Jewelry: Suz Somersall | Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Skriloff | Model: Ellie Clougherty | Napkins + Beads: Children Inspiring Hope | Printed Paper Goods: If So Inklined | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Rentals: Festive Fare | Shoot Location: Verulam Farm

Charlottesville Engagement Session at Clifton Inn

These two sweeties? Who, by the way, have turned me to mush with their cuteness. Well, they’ve got the right idea if you ask me. They planned their engagement sesh right at their wedding venue, Clifton Inn, giving them a little preview and a whole lot of excitement for their Big Day. Rachel May Photography followed their every adorable move and the resulting gallery is for lovers.

From the beautiful Bride…Luke and I first met in the spring of 2009 through a mutual friend one night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I had lived in Manhattan for two years attending college and had never ventured into Brooklyn before that night. Looking back on it, I am so thankful for my decision to try something new. Upon being introduced to one another, we briefly spoke a few times as the night went on. As the weeks passed I couldn’t stop thinking about him. Our connection manifested in modern day fashion… after I found him on Facebook and we arranged to meet up again.

Our first date was under an oak tree shading the perfect spot in Central Park’s Sheep’s Meadow. Luke and I sat in the park for hours talking and completely lost track of time as we got to know each other. It was this date that started our love story.

Although we dated for over five years, Luke tells everyone he knew all along I was the one. By December 2013, Luke selected an engagement ring and asked his brother to hold onto it for safe keeping until the timing was perfect. The time was six months later when we took a last minute vacation to the Dominican Republic. Luke was so nervous that he wasted no time in popping the question as we relaxed on the beach looking over the ocean. I was so excited and surprised, so much so that I completely forgot to say yes at first. Luke slipped the ring on my finger and we finished our vacation celebrating the beginning to this new chapter in our lives.

Luke, our adorable Chiweenie puppy and I, currently reside together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just two blocks from where we first met. Luke recently joined New York University in their athletics department as a Facility and Events Manager and I am the Communications and Events Manager at Dylan’s Candy Bar. While Luke and I love living and working in New York City, we are always eager to go on weekend trips to explore and create memories together. Most of these trips include hiking, skiing and visiting family and friends. We discovered our wedding location, Charlottesville, Virginia, on one of these trips together. I fell in love with the absolute beauty of the area and knew this was the location I would pick when I got married. Charlottesville also happens to be the perfect mid-point between both of our families, mine mostly residing in North Carolina and his in Pennsylvania.

This engagement session was photographed by Rachel May Photography, at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the same grounds that we will be getting married this August. Rachel was able to make Luke and I feel so comfortable being ourselves behind the camera and I believe that the images truly show both of our personalities and the love that we have within our relationship. The time that we spent during this shoot at the Clifton Inn, made us even more excited to bring together our family and friends to such a stunning destination for our wedding later this year.

Photography: Rachel May Photography | Wedding Venue: The Clifton Inn

Rustic Charm Pippin Hill Wedding

Striking the perfect blend of Southern elegance and rustic charm, this Pippin Hill affair is wedding perfection. For one, the beauty-filled backdrop is unbeatable, but when it’s accentuated with Southern Blooms By Pat’s Floral Design, it’s simply breathtaking. Secondly, how adorable are those flower girls?! Josh Gruetzmacher has captured every moment and it’s ready for the picking, here.

From The Bride… We were inspired by the natural beauty of our venue, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. We wanted to compliment the space in every way by going for an overall fresh and natural look. We felt that this also mirrored our relationship together and how natural we’ve always felt as a couple.

We focused on choosing elements that reflected our personalities and our every day life. If something wasn’t what we would put in our home, then we wouldn’t include it in our wedding. We took advice from family and friends, but made all of the major decisions together.

We included special details to pay homage to each of our families and really attached meaning to every aspect of the day and the décor.

At the very end of the night, we asked our band to play a song that both reminded us of the very beginning of our relationship, almost 8 years ago. Hearing it on our wedding night and being able to dance together knowing how things had come full circle, was very special to us. Although there were many people still around at that point we both felt like we were the only ones in the room.

Our advice would be to take your time and really focus on the details even if you think they are things no one else will notice. The small things that our closest family and friends mentioned to us were the most heartwarming. At the end of the day, what matters most is the marriage not the wedding!

We’d like to thank all of our family, friends and vendors who played a huge part in making our day so special. On such an emotional day, it was helpful to have such a large support network there to make us both feel calm and comfortable.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Cake: Albemarle Baking Company | Invitations: Ruffled Ink Designs | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Groom's Attire: Jean Yves | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Bride's Dress: Sarah Seven | Ceremony Musicians: Perfect Harmony Strings | Reception Band: ANDY KUSHNER ENTERTAINMENT | Rehearsal Dinner: C&O Restaurant | Shuttle Service: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Sound And Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting

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Virginia Countryside Wedding Inspiration

This photo shoot by Elisa Bricker has almost too much beauty for me to count. From the stunning organic calligraphy paper suite by Stephanie Fishwick to the rich, earthy florals from Flower Afternoon, this whole scene in the Virginia countryside, styled by the talented Mallory Joyce, has me captivated. With a gallery as full as this one, I’ll be happily pinning into the weekend ahead.

From Elisa Bricker… This basis for this inspiration shoot came from deep colors and tones – a desire to show a less traditional and earthier event. The organic free-form calligraphy paper suite pairs beautifully with the locally sourced bouquet, and is tempered by a delicate cake and table.

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Floral Design: Flower Afternoon | Wedding Gown: Bella Rosa Bridal | Jewelry: Goldie O | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Venue: Broadhead Mountain Retreat | Creative Direction And Styling: Mallory Joyce | Paper Suite & Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Rentals: Festive Fare