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Southern Black Tie Wedding at Goodstone Inn

An oh-so-charming garden estate paired with everlasting love is the recipe for a wedding day done right. But add in a good dose of glamour planned in the hands of Strawberry Milk Events and you’ve got yourself nuptial perfection. From the surprise mariachi band to the mini margaritas (yes, please!) that followed, every capture from the lens of Abby Jiu is fit for a modern-day fairytale and you can see it all here!

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From Strawberry Milk Events… Kristen and Kevin were married in Middleburg, Virginia at the oh-so-charming Goodstone Inn & Estate, in wine and horse country. The wedding party took over the 265 acre estate for the weekend – which consists of 6 historic guest houses spread all over the property, with a total of 18 bedrooms. All are impeccably furnished in elegant French and English cottage decor. Although only an hour south of D.C., guests felt like they were a world away. Guests enjoyed the heated pool with breathtaking views of the blue ridge mountains, hiking, canoeing, visiting the working farm, gardens, acclaimed farm to table restaurant, etc. The couple was married in front of the gorgeous ivy-covered stone wall – the ruins of the estate’s original mansion.

Kristen donned a stunning Carolina Herrera gown. After the ceremony, guests passed through the ivy wall “door” to poolside cocktail hour hour where local fare such as mini Virginia ham biscuits were served. The bar featured “his and hers” cocktails – the Tequila Sparkler and the Gentleman’s Old Fashioned. The wedding reception was a fun contrast to the “au natural” setting of the Inn – a very elegant yet fashion forward cocktail style style reception featured a custom, graphic black and white dance floor, oversized crystal chandelier and lots of gold and mirrored furniture.

Florals in shades of pink were lush and in true garden style to tie in the surroundings. The reception had mixed seating (bar height tables, low cafe tables and lounge furniture) with stations of yummy local food such as heirloom tomato salad, spring vegetable risotto, roasted organic chicken, seared scallops and prime rib – most of which is sourced right from the farm! At sunset, the couple stole away for a private moment to read letters they had written to one another earlier that day. Sound Connection from Andy Kushner Entertainment kept the dance floor packed and the party going! Later in the evening, a surprise mariachi band serenaded guests while wait staff passed out mini margaritas.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Videography: Happy Weddings Films | Event Planning: Strawberry Milk Events | Flowers: Petal And Print | Wedding Dress: Caroline Herrera | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Hair And Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Band: Sound Connection | Venue: Goodstone Inn | Bridal Salon: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Linens: La Tavola | Mariachi Band: Bialek's Music | Paper: Just Ink On Paper | Rental: DC Rental | Rentals: Chicka Creative | Rentals: Syzygy Events | Tent Company: Skyline Tents

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Romantic DIY Wedding at a Historic Bed & Breakfast

There is nothing we love more than a good stationery suite, especially when said paper goods were designed by the Bride herself. Setting the tone for a sweetly personal affair, this charming Bed & Breakfast fete is embellished with lots of darling DIY’s. Straight from the lens of Caroline Lima Photography it’s a gallery that simply can’t be missed!

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From Caroline Lima Photography… Lauren and Brent had a beautiful wedding on the first day of summer of 2014. The day was so lovely and they held the reception at such charming and unique Bed & Breakfast in Middleburg, VA!

Lauren designed the gorgeous invitations herself. Her lace gown was so delicate and beautiful, it matched the beautiful setting perfectly! It was a very emotional wedding full of so much joy and happy tears! A true celebration of love!

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Wedding Dress: Katherine’s Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Upperville Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Welbourne Bed & Breakfast | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Iraida Poberezhnaya | Reception Music: The Winn Jazz All Stars

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Fashionable Engagement in the Fields of Virginia

I truly believe that a gorgeous dress and a fancy bow tie are the perfect answer to a sprawling field engagement. Now plop some pretty greenery on your head crafted by Floral And Bloom Designs and grab a talented photog like Vicki Grafton and the result is imagery that so perfectly captures that newly engaged glow. Click here for so much more.

From The Bride… Kelly and I met as teenagers in middle school and were lucky enough to have found each other so young and we have been together ever since. Our engagement session was perfect. It was a few days after our fourteen and a half year anniversary. A lot of people are pretty surprised we’ve been together for that long. Trust me when I say it is a long time, but days like this brings me back to the day I first fall in love with him. I could not have imagined a better way of spending time with each other, being in the moment right there with him, holding my hand and kissing me. Our shared love of the scenic outdoors of Virginia took us to this charming Inn in Middleburg. I wanted our photos to convey the soft romantic look. Vicki perfectly captured us and how in love we are with each other.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Dress: Jarlo | Dress: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Ann Taylor Loft | Grooms Shoes: Aldo | Venue: Goodstone Inn | Florals: Floral And Bloom Designs | Jacket: H&M | Makeup & Hair: Hair By Jewels | Pants: Zara | Stylist: Hair By Jewels | Suit: Jack Threads

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Elegant Dinner Party + Sleepover

As I inch my way towards my thirties, the idea of dinner parties becomes significantly more appealing. Bottomless glasses of wine, fancy appetizers, over-the-top desserts? Sign me up! Throw in a post-dinner party slumber party, with movies & popcorn no less, a la Events In The City and you’ve got yourself one happy dinner guest. Captured by  Abby Jiu, there’s more where this came from right here!

From Events in the City… The Goodstone Inn is a hidden gem in Virginia Farm Country, perfect for a weekend getaway or a romantic wedding soiree. Events In The City partnered with the Inn to host some of the top wedding planners in the Washington DC area for a night of glamping at its finest. The group was given tours of the property and information about events that could be hosted at this historical site. The guests we also wined and dined in the French restaurant on site and treated to incredible tablescape designed by Events In The City with florals by Holly Heider Chapple. The rich tones of green, pinks and golds were a great accent to the carriage house that held the restaurant on the property.

Events In The City happily tied in the horse country atmosphere by creating gold horseshoes that served as the placecards. Everyone grabbed theirs as a keepsake to take home to remember the lovely night away from the hustle and bustle of the city. More special touches to this adventure included calligraphied room keys for each guest so they could access their cottage for the evening. Michele from Meant To Be Calligraphy lovingly hand wrote each name out so when they checked in they knew where to head.

A sleepover that night included snuggling by the fire, watching Troops Beverly Hills, popcorn and movie theatre candy. Not to mention, a fabulous breakfast the following morning by The Goodstone Inn just before checking out!

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Venue: The Goodstone Inn | Floral: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Planning & Design: Events In The City | Rentals: DC Rental

Get the Look Sources: 1. Linen Napkins: Amazon | 2. Gold Vase: John Salibello Antiques | 3. Gold Charger: Hobby Lobby | 4. & 6. Gold Mercury Glass Votives: Amazon & Cultural Intrigue | 5. Votive Holders: Dollartree | 7. Horseshoe | 8. White Dishes: Overstock.com | 9. Roses: Fifty Flowers & Peonies: Flower Muse | 10. Dining Chair: Zentique

 

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Intimate Goodstone Inn Wedding

With just nine guests to bear witness, this wedding is the epitome of intimate. But more than that it’s a celebration of love fashioned to perfection by Holly Chapple Flowers, Events In The City and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. They made certain Lauren and Kevin’s day was every bit as thoughtful as a traditional affair, and you can watch the whole story unfold in the gallery from Abby Jiu right here.

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From Laura Ritchie of Events in the City… I had the honor of designing a gorgeous and unique wedding of only nine people. Lauren and Kevin decided to share their special day with only immediate family at The Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Virginia. A historical inn situated in Virginia horse country on two hundred acres. Abby Jiu captured the entire night, starting with the ceremony held in front of an ivy covered stone façade, which was the original house from the 1930’s on the property. The ceremony was serenaded by a cellist and violinist as the guests looked on. After the ceremony ended guests were greeted with glasses of champagne and escorted down a grass pathway behind the carriage house for the reception.

Guests were then treated to a candlelit dinner on the stone patio, which was overflowing with dahlias from Holly Chapple Flowers. Events in the City sourced décor from multiple vendors to create this unique look, some of which included Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and DC Rental. The look was a perfect mix of a traditional wedding however it boasted tons of textures and creative layers of special touches to really make it look lux. From the unique combination of chairs to the layers of antique chargers on the table, we really strived to not miss one detail. Luckily with only nine guests total, it was a joy to really get into the experience for each attendant and make sure it was immaculate.

The five course dinner hosted by The Goodstone Inn’s highly rated French restaurant onsite was a huge factor during the night. Guests noshed on the creative menu personally picked by the bride and groom. Laughter, great conversation and the string duets music was a great reminder of really what a wedding is all about. The joining of two lives and the happiness of a family growing. The union of this couple witnessed by such an important and intimate group and it really was an affair to remember.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning: Events In The City | Floral Design: Holly Chapple Flowers | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Stationery: Paperzest | Hair & Makeup: Claudine Fay | Officiant: Rev. Rick Huddock | Event Production: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom | Historical Inn: The Goodstone Inn | Music: Sage String Quartet | Rentals: DC Rental

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