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This Hindu Celebration Is Everything We Love About Weddings + More!

We have one word for this Hindu celebration: YAS! It’s absolutely everything we love about weddings and more – gorgeous attire, fabulous accessories, an incredible bespoke collection of paper goods by Yao Cheng Design, stunning florals by Southern Blooms, plus photo after stunning photo of this adorable couple captured by Love by Serena. But it doesn’t end there! The film by East West Production is just as amazing – luckily for us, because we cannot get enough.

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From Love by SerenaSneh and Kedar’s wedding celebration took place at the beautiful Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia. Their families gathered together from near and far – some traveling all the way from India for the festivities! From the gorgeous florals by Southern Blooms to the live ceremony painter they had to commemorate this special time in their lives, it was all such a beauty! They created an event that blended both their cultures and southern elegance.

One of our favorite details was their custom watercolored stationery by Yao Cheng Design! As Hindu wedding ceremonies tend to be lengthy (over an hour), Yao designed a beautiful program that explained every aspect and tradition with corresponding painted illustrations.

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Photography: Love by Serena | Cinematography: East West | Event Planning: Shindig Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Cake: Maliha Creations | Stationery: Yao Cheng Design | Catering: Milan Indian Cuisine | Makeup: Rouge 9 | Hair: Top Knot Studio | DJ: John Garland Garland Studios | Officiant: Anand Dixit, Pandit | Wedding Venue: Keswick Hall | Accommodations: Keswick Hall | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Groom's Attire - Ceremony: Shyamal Bhumika | Groom's Attire - Reception: Alton Lane | Groom's Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Linen Rentals: CE Rentals | Wedding Dress - Ceremony: Ritu Kumar | Wedding Dress - Reception: Anita Dongre, Style Number: SJ1308A

This is How You Do Black, White + Oh-So-Gorgeous Green

This editorial from Claire Duran sums up the kind of wedding I love the most: no fuss, no frills—just packed with classic elegance all the way. You simply can’t go wrong with black and white, and a gorgeous splash of green. Emily Artistry kissed the Bride with her beauty skills, while Love Blooms infused a heavy dose of florals, making for a timeless collection of images that is sure to inspire plenty a soirée.

From Claire DuranThis editorial photoshoot was inspired by the beauty of Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia. The bushes of pale pink roses ornamenting the arbored walkways gave us the perfect inspiration to build upon. This naturally beautiful landscape gave us the perfect setting to create a garden wedding setup full of romantic, soft, and elegant touches, all of which go in line with our signature aesthetic. We wanted to create a cascading tablescape where the flower arrangements could be well integrated within the backdrop landscape, making the table an extension of the arbor and all the greenery around it. All the rest of the elements of the shoot were thought of with understated, simple, and sophisticated organic beauty, a soft neutral palette, and the thought of movement, all of which Nicole Colwell masterfully captured.

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Photography: Nicole Colwell Photography | Flowers: Love Blooms | Wedding Dress: Eli By Flora | Cake: Maliha Creations | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Hair and Makeup: Emily Artistry | Calligraphy: Corsivo Calligraphy | Tux: Men's Wearhouse | Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Film Laboratory: PhotoVision Prints | Model: Shasta Marie | Planning, Design, Styling: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Rentals: Festive Fare Event Rentals | Ribbon: Torn and Tied

Stylish Southern Clambake Welcome Dinner

Now that we’ve gotten to drool over their engagement session, we’re stepping into Katie and Ryan’s clambake dinner that welcomed guests to Charlottesville for an unforgettable weekend. Held the night before their big day, Katie and Ryan took the opportunity to mingle with their loved ones who traveled from the East and West coasts, and paid homage to their both their home states with playful design choices by Jacin Fitzgerald throughout. Take a stroll through the gallery by Ryan Ray and stayed tuned for their big wedding day reveal!

From the bride… Ryan is from California and I’m from Massachusetts, but it was important to us to get married someplace that held special meaning to both of us. Charlottesville was an easy choice for us to make. We fell in love with the town during our three years of law school there and knew our families and friends would also adore its incredible small town charm. We wanted to find a way to show our appreciation for everyone traveling such great distances to celebrate with us on our special day, so we decided to invite everyone to a Welcome Dinner the night before our wedding. We were so fortunate that so many of our family and friends decided to make long weekends out of our wedding, so much so that almost every single guest decided to come to our Welcome Dinner!

Ryan and I traveled throughout the French countryside in a special trip we took after taking the bar exam, and we absolutely fell (even more) in love with the country. We worked with Jacin to bring the same feelings and imagery from the French countryside into the décor at our wedding, and she absolutely hit the ball out of the park. For our Welcome Dinner, we wanted a much more relaxed atmosphere that felt more like “home” to us. Both being from the coasts, “home” for us involves amazing seafood, being with family and friends, and a beachy relaxed atmosphere. Those are always our favorite nights. We decided, therefore, to do our take on an East coast meets West coast clam bake for our Welcome Dinner. We wanted it to be a fun, relaxed time, just like clam bakes on the beach are. We asked everyone to dress “Nantucket casual”—and our guests really took this theme to heart, coming out in droves in Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer. Ryan and I also built and painted our own cornhole set to be used at our Welcome Dinner, which had a California side and a Massachusetts side, as an ode to our roots.

Ryan and I really wanted to make sure we had a chance to truly thank everyone for coming so far to celebrate with us, so we decided to write out individualized letters on custom vintage postcards to every guest, which were placed on each guest’s place setting. We worked with Chelsea Petaja to choose eight different vintage Cape Cod and San Francisco postcard images, which she then turned into custom postcards for us. We spent weeks writing out letters to each guest, and everyone seemed to really love them, which truly warmed our hearts. We knew we were going to have lush, overflowing flowers at our wedding, so we wanted the tablescapes at the Welcome Dinner to have a very different feel. Our escort cards were scallop shells that Chelsea wrote everyone’s name and table number on—we still have ours today! Jacin used beach grass, fishing nets, lanterns, driftwood, and classic red and white seersucker napkins on each table, truly making the table feel coastal. Every seat also had corn holders and mini Tabasco sauce bottles. String lights and lanterns lined the pathway down from the cocktail hour area to the tent for dinner, and a guitarist played during dinner, really setting the tone for our fun evening. We were absolutely blown away by all of the décor. Jacin truly did transform our venue into a beachy atmosphere!

Our signature jalapeno margarita cocktail was a huge hit, and it was amazing seeing everyone drink our favorite beers from each coast in our koozies. Our East coast station included clam chowder, mini lobster rolls, and corn on the cob. Our West coast station included different types of tacos (including fish) and classic San Francisco garlic fries. And of course, we had oysters and a raw bar, fitting in both coasts.

Our Welcome Dinner was such a blast! It was really special for us to be able to chat with all of our guests that evening, and then be able to truly enjoy dancing at our wedding without worrying about having missed anyone. We asked some of our best friends from different time periods in our lives to give little speeches (or roasts), which ended up being extremely special to us, and the whole night was an amazing way to kick off the fun weekend and welcome our guests to Charlottesville. It made everyone excited for the wedding, and was a night I will never forget.

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Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Event Planning + Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Floral Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Lighting: The AV Company | Venue: Keswick Hall | Music: Peter Richardson | Napkins + Koozies: Southern Fried Paper | Paper Goods Design + Production: Oh My Deer Handmades | Rentals: Festive Fare Event Rentals | Shuttle Bus: Ambassador Limo | Specialty Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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This Wedding Proves That Everyone Needs a Floral Wearing Pup

Ya’ll how adorbs is Blair and Grantham’s fur baby Bambi?! I’m in LOVE and that’s just the start. A classic Estate celebration filled with soft florals, amazing neutrals, a dreamy four-tiered cake (YUM!) and one luxe gown? There’s a lot to adore from this fete. It’s the ultimate setting for the perfect celebration and we’ve got it all captured by Michael And Carina Photography in The Vault!

From Michael And Carina PhotographyBlair and Grantham married at the gorgeous Keswick Hall Estate near Charlottesville, Virginia. Soft florals and a neutral color palette accompanied extravagant details, like the dreamy four-tier cake., the couple’s English bulldog was also part of the wedding. She even walked down the aisle at the ceremony and had its own little cameo at the bottom of the wedding cake! Blair’s luxurious wedding gown matched the setting perfectly. Her undone braided hairstyle made her look like a real princess! The night ended with a sparkler farewell.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Keswick Hall | Makeup: Gohar Ayvazyan Makeup | Hair: Brianna B Adams | DJ: XLS Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Keswick Hall | Event Planning + Floral Design: Caroline LaRocca Hammond Event Design | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Mosaic Catering & Events

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This Vineyard Picnic E-sesh is Everything

Having had experienced the magic that is Charlottesville I totally get why these Californians opted for a vineyard e-sesh there. For not only can I can attest to how incredibly captivating this place is, it’s also got wine that is simply put: delish. Thanks Hedge Fine Blooms and Top Knot Studio for creating the pretty, because we’ve got this e-sesh from Michael and Carina Photography to share. See it all in The Vault!

From Michael and Carina PhotographyFor thousands of years, wine has been associated with romance – and no wonder! Rachele and Justin’s love of wines is matched only by their love of each other. It was such a joy to photograph their engagement session at Keswick Vineyards, one of our favorite wineries & locations in Virginia!

From The Bride…Justin proposed in San Francisco and we spent our engagement weekend celebrating in Napa Valley, so I wanted to have our engagement photos taken on a vineyard to tie it all together! We went to the rustic yet very elegant Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA where we started off with a wine picnic (something Justin & I love to do together). Everything in our picnic was from a local Charlottesville market that we picked up that day, including the bouquet made by a local florist. Another detail that I love when looking at the photos is the wine corks on the cheese knives are meaningful to us – one is from the bottle we had in San Francisco the day we got engaged, and the other is from a bottle we brought back from Napa and shared with our parents to celebrate our engagement! It was important for us to include some extra meaningful details into our pictures. We had a great time turning our engagement session into a date together and truly had so much fun, although I’m sure the wine helped!

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Event Planning and Design: Stephanie Bradshaw | Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms | Makeup: Rouge 9 | Hair: Top Knot Studio | Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Keswick Vineyards | Beige Shoes: Schutz | Black Dress: Alice Olivia | Black Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Sports Coat: Ralph Lauren | Tulle Gown: Allison Parris | White Dress: Nanette Lepore | White Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Charlottesville, Virginia Wedding from Aaron Watson Photography

If you’ve ever wondered how adorable a baby in a kilt would be, you’re about to get your answer, and I’ll give you a hint… it doesn’t even fall on a normal cuteness scale. Way too adorable. The kiltwearer himself attended a wedding captured by Aaron Watson Photography, and we’re kind of (okay, totally) blown away by how beautiful the soiree, complete with dining under the Virginia stars, is.


From the photographer… When coming up with a vision of her wedding, it was simple for Rebecca to narrow down what she wanted—good music, delicious food and beautiful June weather. Her prayers were answered when her wedding day was welcomed with sunshine, lush green grass and vibrant-colored summer flowers. She coined her wedding as a “vintage garden party,” with white flowers everywhere.

Rebecca and Ian chose to hold their wedding at the Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia which completed their vintage garden theme. The historic home is stunning on its own, but with a backdrop of its picturesque rolling hills and Blue Ridge Mountains, makes it a breathtaking ceremony and reception space.

These newlyweds were sure to add plenty of personal touches throughout their wedding. One aspect in particular they put a lot of thought into was their music. They spent a great amount of time looking for and selecting their music for the night. As a result, everyone enjoyed a long night of dancing the night away. There were also many DIY touches such as personalized menus and programs. They even gave guests their own welcome bags made out of rustic brown paper bags filled with their favorite childhood treats ranging from Ohio-style buckeye candies, to Canadian rooted maple candies.

The couple happens to share the same favorite wedding memory, which is having a brief “first look” before the ceremony started. Although some consider this breaking tradition, Rebecca and Ian valued their quick peaceful moment together before embarking on their marriage.

Photography: Aaron Watson Photography | Wedding Planner: Soiree | Florist: Nature Composed | Hair Stylist: Alison Harper and Company | Lighting: MS Events | Entertainment: The Adrian Duke Project | Band: Albemarle Pipes & Drums | Band: Smokey Winstead & Bull Run Grass | Transportation: UVA Chapel | Venue: Keswick Hall | Bridal Gown Designer: Jenny Packham | Cake Designer: Maliha Creations | Dress Store: Hitched Salon | Dress Store: Rizik's | Groomswear: Houston Kiltmakers | Invitation Designer: Crane & Co. | Rentals: Festive Fare

Keswick, Virginia Wedding from Liz Maryann Photography

This is one of those weddings that really needs no introduction. Because the pictures from Liz Maryann – well, they pretty much speak for themselves. Think blush pink prettiness amongst the rolling vineyards of Virginia, with the work of Sarah Park Events, Elegance and Simplicity and Momental Designs at the center of it all. So rather than blab on second longer, let’s just get straight to the goods, shall we?

From Liz Wegrzyn (The Bride and LBB Member) … Our whimsical fairytale wedding was a diamond in the rough, to say the least! Everything was carefully planned out with all the little details, down to the entire soundtrack of the day. The wedding took place in beautiful Charlottesville Virginia at one of the many beautiful vineyards Virginia has to offer. Keswick Vineyards overlooks rolling hills of green that made for a picture perfect day! The bride wanted a fairytale, vintage, and bohemian wedding with blush tones, lavender and ivory. Lavender is one of the bride’s favorite flowers so it was incorporated throughout the theme and placed in everything including boutonnieres, napkins, centerpieces, bouquets, potted plants, and even used to relax the bride as she was getting ready for the big day!

The bridesmaids’ each chose their own dress out of a few blush shades the bride picked out. There was some trouble along the way finding the right shades, so some of the girls bought ivory dresses and dyed them with hibiscus tea to get the perfect shade of blush! There was definitely some trial and error, but it was so fun! The ribbon that was used to tie around the napkins (hand sewn by the grooms mother) and favors were strips of lace cut out by the bride and also died with hibiscus tea for the same effect as the bridesmaids’ dresses.

The centerpieces were also very well thought out, using vintage silver tea sets that were collected over time from mostly thrift stores and antique stores from all over Virginia. Elegance and Simplicity carefully designed the floral arrangements with different flowers in each container to achieve the whimsical feel the bride was looking for. The tables were also dressed with a blush lace overlay. The bridesmaids’ floral crowns were made by the bride and her bridesmaids the night before the wedding, also with a bit of trial and error, but again… super fun!

The food was also planned out perfectly since the groom is a chef he wanted the food to be the best part! The Local was able to achieve the farm to table approach we were going for.We also had a donut truck that helped make the vision come to life with yummy hot freshly made donuts and coffee from Carpe Donut of Charlottesville. Our cake had the most amazing flavors of lavender cake with lemon curd and blackberry buttercream also Almond cake with dulce de leche and hazelnut buttercream with cascading flowers. Oh my! All in all the entire day was truly a magical day with friends and family from all over the globe, joining together to celebrate the love uniting between two kindred spirits.

Photography: Liz Maryann Photography | Event Planning + Design: Sarah Park Events | Floral Design: Elegance & Simplicity, Inc. | Wedding Dress: Sarah Jassir | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Momental Designs | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: The Local | Hair: Elegant Hair by Giselle | DJ: 20 South Productions | Officiant: Rev. Claire Goodman, Interfaith Minister - Sacred Ground Ceremonies | Venue: Keswick Vineyards | Bridal Shop: Soliloquy Bridal Couture | Bridesmaids' Dressed: Various | Day of Coordinator: Barb Wired | Donut Truck: Carpe Donut | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Hair Accessoires: Enchanted Atelier

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