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Classic Elegance + Rustic Charm Are a Match Made in Heaven

We love a good style combination, and this bride nailed it at her wedding planned by Amore Events by bringing her classic look to the rustic gorgeousness that is Pippin Hill Farm + Vineyards. A minimal Austin Scarlett gown, timeless ivory blooms by Tourterelle Floral Design, and Ashley Cox‘s photography were the perfect combination! So if you need us today, we’ll be right here soaking up this lovely gallery.

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Rachel and Joe are high school sweethearts who started dating freshman year and have been together ever since! They both went to UVA in Charlottesville, VA, and currently reside in New York City. They chose Charlottesville and Pippin Hill as their wedding venue, as they adore the city and wanted their family and friend to experience the beauty of Virginia in the summertime.

From the Bride… When we began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to have a weekend focused on bringing family and friends together. Since we love Charlottesville, both attended UVA, and frequently take weekend trips down to visit, we thought it would be the perfect town for a short destination wedding weekend, giving us lots of time to spend with everyone.

Since all our guests would be traveling, we wanted a venue that would really highlight the beauty of the area. Between that, the delicious food and wine, and its accommodating and picturesque venue spaces and bridal/groom suites, we felt that Pippin Hill would be the ideal place and it provided a wonderful backdrop for a weekend full of celebrations!

I love neutral tones and black and white, so the bridesmaids wore champagne and the groomsmen were in classic black tuxes. When selecting my dress, I was looking for some architectural detail and minimal embellishments.

Joe was focused on music for the entire day, including the Linden Trio for the ceremony and the Silver Bullets out of Richmond, who played an acoustic set during cocktail hour and at the reception.

Two of my favorite details of the room were the cake, which had tiers of flowers between each layer, and the hanging floral installation of dendrobium orchids and Italian ruskus. I had discovered this combination at a storefront a few months prior to the wedding and loved how the linear florals added a romantic but still structured look to the hanging installation. We wanted the room to be lit entirely by candlelight during the reception, so other than the lights from the band, votives of different heights provided all the lighting for the evening. The day of was made all the more magical because of the 70-degree humidity-free day in the middle of August – we felt so lucky!


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Photography: Ashley Cox Photography | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Tourterelle Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup + Hair: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Sincerely Amy Designs | Band: Silver Bullets | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

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A Gorgeous Fall Wedding + A Groom’s Take On Their Love Story… This Is Just Too Good

Stop everything you’re doing and scroll through this feature – then come back here. I’ll wait… All set? Gorgeous pics, right? Absolutely stunning. Now jump back down and read the words from our Groom and the sweet story from our photographer Meredith Sledge. Wipe away those tears and look through all the pics again. Even better, right? Emotional and beyond beautiful. Just like this whole celebration planned by Amore Events by Cody, with florals by Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design and the prettiest paper ever by Momental Designs. I know you just want to look through this whole gallery so go right ahead – it’s so, so good.

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From the Groom… Meaghan and I met in college; she was two years behind me in school. The first things I noticed about Meaghan were her beauty, her sense of humor, and that she liked sports. I knew I liked her from the first time we met but it took her a little while to realize she liked me. After getting turned down the first couple times I asked, she finally came around and a few months later we started dating. Our lives took us to other cities for a few years and it made staying in a relationship a challenge. But we made it and in 2015 we finally moved to the same city of Charlottesville, Virginia. It was February 2016 on the day I decided I wanted to propose to Meaghan and I wanted to do it right away. I called Meaghan’s mom Colleen and told her I wanted to have her family be there when I proposed. On Meaghan’s birthday, April Fool’s Day, her family and my family traveled in secrecy to Charlottesville to surprise her. They were situated on a rooftop deck on the downtown mall, and Meaghan and I were walking below. I got down on one knee… She said YES and the crowd went wild. I love so many things about Meaghan: her patience, her kind heart, her sense of humor, and how she puts other people’s feelings before herself. She is beautiful inside and out and there is no doubt I am the luckiest man on earth.

From Meredith Sledge… I’ve been staring at my computer screen for a while now not knowing how to express everything I feel for this precious couple and their absolutely flawless wedding day. I met Meaghan and Craig not too long ago for their engagement session at Ash Lawn Highland and I truly had so much fun at their shoot that I was sad when it ended. Their love for each other is SO evident in the way they interact and treat each other and it was the sweetest thing to watch as I photographed them. I was glad when we said goodbye that evening that I’d get to see them again a few months down the road for their wedding. Meeting my couples at the engagement session automatically makes me feel so much more connected to them and helps me tell the story better so it made me all the more excited for their wedding.

Those few months flew by faster than I thought possible and before I knew it I was driving to Mount Ida Lodge to celebrate with them on the most gorgeous fall day! I knew when Meaghan told me she was working with Cody of Amore Events, along with a slew of other amazing vendors, that her day would be stunning and I was right. The second I started shooting details that morning, my heart exploded from all the gorgeous things I was given to photograph! I especially had way too much fun styling her amazing invites by Momental Designs – what a dream!

After shooting details, we went over to the Lodge for the rest of the day. Meaghan got dressed there at the bridal suite surrounded by her ten gorgeous bridesmaids in their incredible black gowns and her family members who made me feel like I was adopted for the day. Haha! Honestly, Meaghan and Craig’s entire day was so heartfelt and memorable. Everything from Meaghan’s dad seeing her for the first time to the first look to the toasts that evening that had EVERYONE crying, made their day one that I will never forget.

I can’t go on without sharing about a moment that happened at their reception that night that really meant a lot to me and spoke volumes about how this couple cares for people. Everyone had been dancing the night away for a couple hours and the Carpe Donut truck was outside so I asked if I could pull Meaghan and Craig out really quick to take a shot of them in front of it. I told them I’d be quick so they could get back to their reception and guests. As we were walking outside, I was a little bit in front of them about to get my light set for the shots and I hear Meaghan stop and say, “You’re kidding!! Tell Meredith!” So I turned around and see them stopped in the hallway, Craig holding a dime in his hand. Craig lost his dad when he was younger and he shared with me about pennies from heaven, which is where people who have lost a loved one often find pennies (or in Craig’s family’s case – dimes) in really sentimental moments, reminding them of the person who is no longer with them. Craig told me there were numerous times when dimes had been found on really meaningful days, like his proposal to Meaghan. And a few minutes before we went out to take that photo, a friend of his had found a dime on the floor at their wedding. So I was standing there holding back tears not only because that’s an incredible story but also because Meaghan and Craig stopped everything they were doing to share that piece of their lives with me, in no hurry to get back to their reception. It told me a lot about who they are. Little moments like that when my couples care enough to invite me into their lives on a more personal level is why I love what I get to do.

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Photography: Meredith Sledge | Videography: Shaina Koren | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Waters and Waters WToo | Cake: Sweethaus | Invitations: Momental Designs | Catering: C&O Restaurant | Makeup: Avenue 42 | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Band: The Free with Sam Hill Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Ceremony Music: Classical Hillbillies | Wedding Venue: Mount Ida Farm | Car: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Cigars: The Cigar Guys | Donut Truck: Carpe Donut | Hangers: Poppy & Scooter | Pew Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Rentals: MS Events | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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Bumble Bees + Subtle Stripes for a Sweet Wedding Day

Inspired by the soft stripes found throughout The Omni Homestead Resort and the bumble bees found in the upholstery of the lobby chairs, Lemon & Lime Event Design created the most darling celebration for this Southern couple. From the vintage bee pins to the Hayley Paige gown (another nod to the stripes!), Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography was there to capture every inspired detail. Plus, Monachetti Weddings caught the whole day on film, but we’re warning you –  it’s sweeter than a peach.

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From Lemon & Lime Event DesignA Virginia gal and a Kentucky gent meet in…Baltimore!? Our southern clients, now living up North, paid homage to their roots in a lovely June Southern celebration at The Homestead Resort in Virginia. The bride, Whitney, grew up vacationing at The Homestead with her family, so it was more than a wedding venue, but a place that already held decades of traditions for her and her family. The groom, Kelly, is a golf pro, so it worked out very well with The Homestead having a great course. We also incorporated vintage golf stamps and custom Under Armour hats made for the tournament held the day before the wedding.

Whitney owns Bella Bridesmaids in Baltimore, so we’ve known and worked with Whitney for years. When she reached out for us to plan her wedding, we couldn’t have been be more excited. She has helped so many of our brides put together the look and palate for their bridesmaid dresses and now it was her turn. She carefully selected the most lovely palate for her bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids, and flower girls, mixing green hues with the littlest ladies in floral prints.

We pulled in elements of the Homestead throughout the design to honor some of her favorite memories and details found around the resort. The bees (found in the upholstery in the lobby chairs, which she loved as a kid) in addition to soft stripes found throughout the resort on couches and wallpaper became the driving factors of the design. The bride also chose her gorgeous Hayley Paige gown based off those stripe accents as well. Photosynthesis floral brought our vision to life so perfectly with her bright and beautiful blooms. One of our favorite details was the boxwood bees she created for part of the cocktail hour space. The invitation suite from Anchor Point Paper was one of Whitney’s favorite details, and she collected vintage golf and bee stamps for months in addition to vintage bee pins!

The forecast was calling for rain during the ceremony, so we made the call to move inside. Although that rain never ending up happening, between the natural lit space at The Homestead and Photosynthesis’s florals down the aisle and surrounding the bride and groom, it made for the most beautiful Plan B!

The couple’s custom crest was used throughout the wedding and we gave this classic detail a bit of a twist and used the crest in 3D form at the ceremony and on the cake. We also had Lumina Embroidery recreate the crest onto napkins for the sweetheart table as a surprise to the couple!

Lisa from Abby Jiu Photography captured the day so beautifully, and we’ll never tire looking through her stunning images. Lisa perfectly styled and captured all of the details that were so important to the bride.

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Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Cinematography: Monachetti | Event Planning + Design: Lemon And Lime Event Design | Floral Design: Photosynthesis | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Anchor Point Paper Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Venue: The Omni Homestead Resort | Custom Napkins: Lumina Embroidery | Flower Girls' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Flower Girls' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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Vintage Field Guides Inspired This Sweet Botanical Celebration

Inspired by the vintage field guides she enjoyed flipping through as a child at her grandparents’ home, this bride envisioned a magical, botanical celebration for her wedding day at Murray Hill. Bringing on a team of excellent vendors including Holley Heider Chapple, Claire Durán Weddings and Events, Amie Decker Beauty, Lisa Blume Photography, and Jenny Yoo Collection made her refined, organic vision come to life. And can you believe the bride created the seed favor packets herself? We have major heart eyes!

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From the Bride… I grew up in Virginia but spent many years living in NYC after college. Then four years ago I decided to come back to DC.  Chad did his share of working and living overseas before deciding he wanted to settle down back here in Washington. Then a little over two years ago, the stars aligned, and we finally met each other at long last, right here in the city where we both returned.

We had tried to coordinate our first date a few times before. The first time, Chad had reached out and politely asked if we could reschedule due to an opportunity that had just come along for him to go deep-sea fishing that weekend, which doesn’t come along very frequently. I was mostly just intrigued to learn that this intellectual I had a date with apparently also had a deep-sea fishing hobby. He instead suggested another evening later in the week, but I had just landed tickets to see my all-time favorite band (the Pixies) play at the 9:30 Club, so that night wouldn’t work either. Chad would later tell me that he was intrigued to learn that I apparently had very good taste in music. So needless to say, we were both pretty curious about each other by the time we actually met.

It turned out that we were both going to be near Dupont Circle the following Monday evening, so we ended up at this hilarious Irish pub together, which I still laugh about. I had a raspy voice from seeing the Pixies show the night before, so I was having a little trouble talking over the impromptu karaoke session that seemingly started out of nowhere over in the corner. I was telling him about the show when Chad chimed in about all the bands he’s into himself, and with that discovery, the two of us basically launched into a few hours of extended discussion on our favorite albums and indie rock bands. This alone would have been enough to fill a whole night of conversation, but what actually drew me in was our countless other quirky interests and shared passions that kept popping up and surprising each other that night. We both had an inexplicable affinity for Japanese culture, a passion for cooking complicated meals, a love for city living. We soon traded stories about scuba diving and massive DIY home improvement projects we’ve undertaken (with questionable judgement), our tech geekery, our obsessive interest in design, and many other areas where uncanny overlaps kept coming up. It was clear that we both had a tendency to take on personal projects and completely immerse ourselves in our interests with studious attention and curiosity. Suddenly, we were on our fifth date within just one week’s time, and Chad said something about how he “collects hobbies”. It was in that moment that it kind of dawned on me: I might be face to face with one of my own kind. And that is how our loved ones tend to describe the two of us – we are totally one another’s missing other half. I never imagined that someone so perfect for me existed. We were soon over the moon for one another. 

Chad was pretty smooth about things the night he proposed, I must say. He created a scavenger hunt for me leading up to big the moment. First, you should know that there was an occasion where I had pointed out a ring to him somewhere. It was a simple infinity band, but with long baguette-cut stones alternating with the tiny round-cut stones all the way around it.  “I love this!” I told him.  “It goes dot-dash-dot… it’s like MORSE CODE,” I whispered to him loudly.  He got a laugh out of that, because of course, a geek like me would be obsessed with the fact that it looks like Morse code.  Months later, the two of us had plans to meet some of his friends for a nice dinner out on a Friday night.  And I was completely unsuspecting that it was anything more, which by the way is typically IMPOSSIBLE to pull off with me. I had been getting ready when I suddenly discovered that there was a gorgeous bouquet of calla lilies waiting for me on the dining room table.  When I then saw a stack of numbered envelopes that were tied with a beautiful ribbon sitting alongside the flowers, I kind of knew that something else was going on that evening.  He had written out messages on each of the cards…in Morse code.  I had to decode these first, which ended up being a series of addresses.  I wasn’t allowed to look up what the addresses were, I was just instructed to go to each.  When I arrived at the address on the first card, it ended up being the cheesy Irish pub in Dupont!  We had a drink and together we laughed and relived memories from that night.  After that drink, there were a few other stops we made together, but when we reached the Tidal Basin where the cherry blossom trees grow, that is where he got down on one knee in the moonlight and proposed.  He gave me a gorgeous vintage diamond ring that had been in his family for several generations – it’s absolutely beautiful.  And afterwards, ever the foodie, we celebrated with the most amazing meal – a private dining experience at the most divine restaurant in the city (Minibar), where they welcomed us with congratulatory glasses of champagne when we arrived because they already knew that he had just proposed!

When I discovered Murray Hill during my venue search, it was simply a match made in heaven. It is such a magical venue, and has so many elements that made us excited – the riverside ceremony, for example. The estate setting with its formal gardens has an enchanting elegance about it by the manor house, and then there’s the reflecting pool, which has a secret garden feel to it. And last but not least, the renovated barn. I’ve always imagined having a barn wedding. I love the idea of everyone feeling relaxed and easy. Having all of these elements in one venue really suits the two of us. We used the refined manor house for the ceremony, transitioned to the gorgeous formal gardens for the cocktail hour, and then the beautiful barn for the celebration.  It was as if we had three venues in one, and it all connected organically.

We were going for a botanical garden look that was organic and refined.  For me it was all about the botanicals.  I adore everything about flowers and gardening, and Chad is a world-class outdoorsman and unbelievable home chef who grows a whole garden of herbs and ingredients every year.  This all naturally came together for the botanical garden theme.  And I knew that Holly Chapple lived in Loudoun County, who was a trailblazer in botanical floral design – it all seemed meant to be.  Then one night I was remembering my grandparent’s home and how they loved nature and had so many old field guides that I used to flip through, looking at the sketches.  I bought several vintage field guides on wildflowers and used the pages inside for much of our wedding stationery.

Holly Chapple did such an unbelievable job with the floral design – my guests are still talking about the breathtaking flowers!  They were beyond my wildest dreams, and my heart just sang when I saw what she had done.  I am so very grateful to have worked with her.

Also, in the days leading up to the wedding, I began to consider having the ceilings draped in the barn, which we had not planned on originally.  I sent an inquiry to Elegant Momentz, who I knew had done draping there before, to see if it might still be possible, although I did not expect they could on such short notice.  I was floored when they put the wheels in motion and made it happen!  And the effect was gorgeous.

Chad proposed with an heirloom diamond ring from three generations ago. Chad’s family has an interesting lineage of American diplomats, and this ring is a piece from his great-grandmother’s collection from when she lived in Italy. One of the things I really love is that we are getting married on the 8th of the month, and this ring with its two diamonds is shaped like the number “8”.

Our favorite memory from the entire day was our first dance – I forgot that anyone else was in the room.  It felt like it was just the two of us, and I was filled with so much love and joy in my heart to be holding the hand of the man I love so much.

Also, my older brother Josh knew how much I love string lights, and so he teamed up with one of my bridesmaids’ husbands to surprise me by putting up twinkle lights along the perimeter of the yard that day.  Not only did I absolutely love the lights, but I was so incredibly touched that they had done that for me.

I was definitely a DIY bride.  I love design so much, and doing the event design for our wedding became my creative outlet – I worked away for weeks on all of the little details, from designing the stationery to picking all of the glassware and place settings.  I loved dreaming up the menus, place cards, and table numbers in the theme of the vintage wildflower field guides, and sourcing all of the elements needed to bring my ideas to life.  I also have some limited experience in graphic design, so I was able to create a custom graphic to look like a vintage seed packet with our wedding details.  We used that for our wedding favors, which were candy-coated sunflower seeds.

I wanted a gown with illusion detailing at the neckline and layering in the skirt – they remind me of icing on gorgeous cakes.  I had visited several bridal salons and tried on many without finding one that felt right.  But, like many brides, one day I happened to try on a dress that was not what I had been looking for – in my case, it was a drop-waisted gown.  It felt so right that I immediately switched course in what I was looking for.  I found a photo of a gown by Watters that had gorgeous fabric and what appeared to be the perfect drop-waist silhouette.  After making some phone calls, I was fortunate enough to find a boutique that carried a sample.  It was my first visit to Lovely Bride in Georgetown, and I did not need to try on anything else after I put that Watters gown on.  It was the one.  The only thing it was missing was the layering in the skirt and the illusion neckline that I had originally envisioned.  So I put my drawing skills to work and came up with a sketch of design changes.  I worked with a seamstress to bring the customized design to life and the result was dreamy!


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Photography: Lisa Blume Photography | Coordination: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Murray Hill | Reception Venue: Murray Hill | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Grandale Farm | Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Hair: Tress Hair Co. | Calligraphy: test | DJ: DJ Romes | Cake Topper: Green And Blue Studio Couture | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Getting Ready Venue : The Woodmark Hotel and Yacht Club | Letterpress: Laughing Owl Press | Paper Goods: Bride | Rentals: Jefferson Rentals | Rentals: Select Event Group | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box

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The Key to the Perfect Outer Banks Wedding

We don’t need to tell you that the Outer Banks in North Carolina is a gorgeous place to tie the knot – the beauty in this seaside paradise truly speaks for itself. But if you’re on the lookout for a resort that can host your Big Day sans any stress on your part, we can help. The Sanderling Resort sits right on the Atlantic and has some amazing venue + package options that will bring your entire vision full-circle. Check it out.

The key to any amazing wedding? Finding the right locale. And with Sanderling Resort, you can pretty much sit back and relax while their planners take care of it all for you, starting with helping you land on the right package option. Sanderling Resort offers five elopement packages for 15 – 60 guests that include everything from wedding cakes to s’mores around the fire pit. Their full-service package works for those larger celebrations for up to 180 guests and their winter package waives the facility fee and the food and beverage minimum, which is awesome. And if you want to talk venues – you can tie the knot seaside on their beautiful beach or Observation Deck, host a grander event at their House + Deck or Pavilion, or celebrate in an intimate soiree at their Kimball’s Kitchen or Keeper’s Loft.

From their fresh southern coastal cuisine to their team of pros that know everything there is to know about planning a seaside wedding, we love Sanderling Resort and their breathtaking Outer Banks locale. To find out more about planning your Big Day, call their fab team of wedding planners at 877.300.0624 or visit their website here.

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THIS Is How You Throw the Ultimate South Beach Wedding

Thinking of saying “I do” in South Beach? Then let this gorgeous wedding (and couple) be your guide. Literally everything about their day screams total glamour – from the decor to the dance ’til your drop reception to the luxurious W South Beach locale. Find out so much more about throwing your very own dream wedding below.

Miami is made for marrying. And the W South Beach? They know how to get it done. From your very first moments of planning to your last sip of champagne, their team of wedding professionals will help you create that wedding you’ve always wanted, just like this gorgeous couple’s Big Day. They definitely took advantage of the amazing views from the oceanfront locale, awesome venue choices (indoor AND outdoor) and customizable menus. We love the way they transformed the Great Room into an ultra-luxe Miami party, and are especially smitten with The Grove for an al fresco reception up to 150 and the Cabana at WET for an intimate celebration if you’re looking for something a bit different. And don’t even get us started on the gorgeous rooms, guest amenities and fun activities. We love the WOW factor.

Whether you plan on saying “I do” with just a few close friends and family or want to throw the celebration of the century like this stunning duo, the W South Beach can make it all happen… and beautifully. From their amazing staff to their Whatever/Whenever® service (they’ll truly bend over backwards) to their awesome wedding packages, you honestly can’t go wrong. For site tours and booking, contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get your Miami party started.

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Contact the W South Beach to ask about SAYING “I DO” IN STYLE

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  • 1 -Year-Anniversary complimentary room night with breakfast in bed
  • Cabana for the day after the wedding with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot
  • Complimentary 1 Hour of Wonderful Bar
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Photography : Max Photo | Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Veronica Gonzalez | DJ: DJ Xio | Officiant: South Florida Officiant | Monogram, escort cards, welcome sign, & welcome bag stationary: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Bridal Robes: Etsy | Cake and Dessert Bar: Elegant Temptations | Ceremony and Reception Venue: W South Beach | Floral Design and Decor: Nellie Matos | Here Comes the Bride Sign: The Ritzy Rose | Programs: Infinity Paper | Reserved Sign: Etsy

An Insider’s Guide To Your Birmingham Wedding

When it comes to tying the knot, Birmingham is one of those hidden gems that makes your wedding weekend just as fun as it is stylish. Trust us, just one stop in “The Magic City” and you’ll be smitten. Which is why we’re teaming up The Westin Birmingham to bring you a little insider’s guide on how to make the most of your Birmingham celebration. From fun activities to amazing restaurants, we’ve got you covered.

BEST SPOT FOR PHOTO OPS

Our Pick: The Westin Birmingham.

Why we love it: We all know that choosing a venue with stellar photo ops is sooo important, and The Westin Birmingham will definitely not disappoint. We can’t get over the vertical wall and stairs combo that jumps out at you the second you walk into the lobby (hello, drama) AND the views of Uptown from the rooftop pool. Taking those newlywed images to an entirely new (breathtaking) level has never been easier.

Our Pick: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Why we love it: Three words: sooo many flowers. Plus, gorgeous greenery and awe-inspiring structures, too. Which means that you can snap those moments with your love surrounded by everything from beautiful roses to tulips to camellias, the perfect backdrop for those fall wedding captures. Bonus? It’s just a 10 minute drive from The Westin Birmingham, so you don’t have to miss your entire cocktail hour.

FAVE RESTAURANTS 

Our Pick: Todd English P.U.B.

Why we love it: No wedding is complete without a fabulous lineup of restaurants on the itinerary, and if one of those restaurants happens to be in the lobby of The Westin Birmingham? Even better. Todd English P.U.B. boasts a full Raw Bar, plus a lineup of traditional American “comfort foods” that will leave your tummies happy. And the Bloody Mary Cart? A must for your morning-after brunch AND a quick jaunt down from your luxe accommodations.

Our Pick: Perry’s Steakhouse

Why we love it: Just a short 20 minute Uber from The Westin Birmingham’s Uptown location, Perry’s Steakhouse is one of our fave spots in Birmingham. Why? It’s tasty award-winning menu will get you every. single. time. and the cocktails are super tasty. We suggest trying this locale out for a yummy rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette party.

Our Pick: Galley and Garden

Why we love it: And speaking of rehearsal dinners, the Galley and Garden is a beautiful spot for that night-before celebration with your nearest and dearest. We’re sort of obsessed with the historic Merritt House locale and the beautiful private dining options will really make your evening stand out. Oh, and the food? Spectacular.

FUN ACTIVITIES

Our Pick: Top Golf Birmingham

Why we love it: Guys, Top Golf is the best. Whether you’ve never picked up a club in your life, or happen to be the next Jordan Spieth, trust us on this one: you and your guests will love it. Plus, with good food, good drinks and fun to be had by all, it’s the perfect spot for any of those pre-wedding parties you have on the lineup… or a getaway with your love post-nuptials.

Our Pick: Sips n Strokes

Why we love it: If you’re looking for a more laid-back activity, Sips n Strokes is IT. Think wine, painting (your very own works of art) and tons of laughs with your besties. We’re loving this Birmingham hot spot as an amazing girls’ getaway with your bridal party – or a fun activity with all of your nearest and dearest who are in town to celebrate you and your love.

Our Pick: Locked in Birmingham

Why we love it: Having a list of activities for your guests is one of the most important parts of planning your Big Day and they’ll absolutely LOVE you when you add this brain charger to their itinerary. Because nothing says “bonding experience” quite like a game that requires you to use clues to escape from a room with your friends and family. So fun, you guys.

Ready to plan the week or weekend of a lifetime? Contact The Westin Birmingham as your starting point. They’ll take care of all of your wedding dreams (luxe accommodations, beautiful venues) and the city of Birmingham will handle the rest of the fun.

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From A Sweet Spring Ceremony to Running A Marathon!

Most couples collapse post wedding, finally able to relax but these two hit the ground running… literally. They said “I do” then headed up to New England to compete in the Boston Marathon and if that is any indication on the type of marriage and life they’ll have together, we predict some pretty grand adventures! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet… we have an intimate, romantic vineyard wedding to dive into, thanks to Shannon Moffit’s pics right this way!

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From the Groom… Surrounded by our family and close friends, Kristina and I were married at Veritas Vineyard in Afton, Virginia. April 15, 2017 provided clear skies, lush landscapes, and a truly gorgeous bride – all of which were captured by our amazing photographer. We truly could not have been more pleased with the venue, meal, and band we enjoyed with the love and support of our guests.

After a delicious Easter brunch, the next morning we traveled to Boston, Massachusetts for our first success as husband and wife – completion of the Boston Marathon. The memorable weekend proved to set the pace for our marriage, and we are off and running!!

From Shannon Moffit PhotographyFrom the moment I met Kristina and Bryan, I knew they were a fun-loving couple with a fondness for adventure. They said their vows on a beautiful day in April, against the scenic mountain views at Veritas Winery. They danced the night away with friends and family– all before jumping on a plane and heading to Massachusetts to run the Boston Marathon together two days later!

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Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup + Hair: Anna Breeding | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Wedding Venue: Veritas Vineyards

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How to Bring That West Coast Vibe to the East

Dreaming of a Napa-style wedding but needing to hold your special day out East? Well then, friend, today’s lovely shoot by Shannon Moffit Photography is for you! The warm, earthy color palette, casually elegant bridal style with thanks to Emily Artistry, and desert flower infused florals by Wild Green Yonder all enhance the romantic West Coast vibe of Early Mountain – a vineyard with breathtaking views, rustic charm for days, and those quintessential Spanish-influenced details located in Virginia.

From Shannon Moffit PhotographyThe West Coast is home to some of the most beautiful vineyards in the United States, but for an East Coast Bride planning her wedding, the dream of a Napa Valley soirée may be completely unrealistic. For this editorial, our team of vendors made it a point to bring that “West Coast vibe” to the East. Early Mountain Vineyards, a humble 55-acre vineyard on the outskirts of Charlottesville, Virginia, is the perfect East Coast venue for a West-Coast-style wedding. A gorgeous building sits on the estate, complete with a number of Mediterranean and Spanish-style elements, including medieval chandeliers and sconces, exposed wooden beams, and floor-to-ceiling black-framed windows. One is immediately transported to the West Coast upon entering the space!

For the tablescape, a selection of warm earth-toned colors, desert flowers, wooden chargers, black cutlery, pops of suede, and dark cast iron candlesticks were used to complement the charm of the estate. In the great hall, the mantle was draped in cascading greenery, and the aisle of x-back chairs was lined with pillar candles, creating the perfect setting for a romantic ceremony. The Bride’s dress from Annalise Bridal featured a modern update to a classic silhouette, and she wore custom jewelry from Susie Saltzman.

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Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Event Design: Luxe and Luna Couture Events | Floral Design: Wild Green Yonder | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Emily Artistry | Calligraphy: Lazywood Lane | Wedding Venue: Early Mountain Vineyards | Bridal Boutique: Annalise Bridal Boutique | Candles: Creative Candles | Models: The Artist Agency

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From the Blue Bridesmaids to the Gorgeous Greenery, We’re Loving This Virginia Wedding!

This beautiful Bride had a vision – organic and ethereal, simple natural touches – and the finished results? Perfectly on point with said vision. The prettiest dusty blue bridesmaid dresses, greenery all around and sweet kisses galore make this Virginia wedding a prime example of romantic, rustic elegance and we’re oh so glad that Kim Stockwell captured it all!

From Kim Stockwell… Morgan knew she wanted an outdoor venue with some quaint touches that reminded her of where she grew up in the rolling hills of Tennessee. Seven Springs proved to be the perfect spot tucked away right outside the city of Richmond, Virginia. Morgan worked with her planner Maggie Richard of Maggie Richard Design to make sure she got the most out of her wedding day. Morgan’s vision was organic and ethereal. She wanted the rustic touches of her hometown with the organic elegance of a well done outdoor wedding. The design was centered on dusty blues and simple natural touches. The couple said their own vows in front of friends and family under a dreamy organic inspired floral arch by Photosynthesis Floral Design. The bridal suite and reception space were filled with the fresh calm scent of lavender that was hand dried by the mother of the bride. Guests were given individual sachets of lavender to take home and enjoy. Southern cuisine was shared under bistro lights and guests enjoyed dancing into the late evening. Morgan and David celebrated with a spirited sendoff from friends and family as they departed for their honeymoon in the Keys. It was the perfect day for this sweet couple and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to capture it for them.

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Photography: Kim Stockwell Photography | Event Planning: Maggie Richard Design | Floral Design: Photosynthesis | Wedding Dress: Eddy K | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Mosaic Catering | Hair + Makeup : Elle Style Studio | DJ: Fantasia Sound | Officiant : Melody Porter | Ceremony Music: Ben Fleenor | Wedding Venue: Seven Springs | Day of Paper: Maggie Richard Design | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Photography - Assistance: Melissa Desjardins | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Signage: Grateful Heart Shop | Venue Manager: Seven Springs


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Striped Wedding Dress + Adorable Pup Make This Farm Wedding A Winner

They may be subtle, but the stripes on this Hayley Paige gown are stunning. They give the classic silhouette a fun punch of pizazz and add in the pup, and this wedding is just fabulous, no doubt about it. Caroline Lima snapped up the style and the sweet fur baby – and every other pretty detail of this rustic celebration – and they’re all in our gallery, ready to be enjoyed, right this way!

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From Caroline Lima… Meeting clients who dote on their animals as much as I dote on my golden retriever Ronon is always a pleasure. And that pleasure is easily doubled when the couples’ pup is included in their wedding!

I had the great good fortune to be Cara and Trey’s wedding photographer, and their black lab Luna (whom they call their “puppy-daughter”) was a huge part of the festivities on their day! What a treat for me and everyone else too! Luna is one of the sweetest, most well-behaved pups I have ever met! She walked down the aisle with Cara’s maid of honor Brittney, and got a huge dose of love from everyone present! The happy grin on Luna’s face showed all day long how full of love and life she is… but I think that’s to be expected, considering how kind and generous her parents are.

Cara is one of the most genuinely sweet brides I have ever worked with; she and Trey took the time to talk to each and every one of their guests and make them feel special. Cara’s emotion during the ceremony was so beautiful to see. And her Hayley Paige striped dress was completely unique! I am such a sucker for stripes, and this flowing gown was a great combination of elegance and fun!

The ceremony and reception took place at the Deep Run Hunt Club in Virginia, and we had the most beautiful weather for an outdoor wedding! This location was new to me, and it had some serious rustic charm. It was perfect for Cara and Trey and their puppy-daughter, just about half an hour away from where the bride and groom first met at Randolph-Macon College. I love it when couples keep their celebration in their community; it can mean so much to them and their family and friends.

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Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Coordination: Make it Posh Events | Floral Design: Petals & Twigs | Wedding Dress: Annalise Bridal Boutique | Cake: Sweet Fix RVA | Stationery: English Tea Paperie | Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: A Sharper Palate Catering & Events | Lighting: Lighting Professors | Band: East Coast Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Belle Arte String Quartet | Wedding Venue: Deep Run Hunt Club | Furniture: Paisley & Jade | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein

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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!

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Photography: Kylie Bricker Photography

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The Family Heirloom China Pattern Inspired This Bride’s Big Day

Working in the wedding world, I have the pleasure of hearing of some of the most thoughtful and creative ways couples honor loved ones throughout their big days. Today’s wedding decor inspo is one of those extra special ones – the sweet Bride, a high school art teacher, had one of her students recreate the floral pattern of her grandmother’s china, and Kruse + Vieira Events expertly incorporated this watercolor painting throughout the celebration. It made for not only the prettiest of weddings, but also one of the most meaningful, and you can see it all here with thanks to the gorgeous photos by Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography.

From Kruse + Vieira EventsIt was such a pleasure to help Melissa and Brennan plan and design their romantic Stone Tower Winery wedding. From our first meeting, Melissa had mentioned the desire to use her grandmother’s china pattern as the guide for her color palette. We ended up taking it a step further and having one of her high school art students recreate the floral pattern in watercolor form to use throughout her big day. This was just one small example of the thoughtfulness that this couple put into commemorating their loved ones and their relationship through the deliberate personal touches that permeated their big day.

The ceremony took place at St. John’s the Apostle where Melissa’s uncle officiated the wedding. Following the ceremony, guests were greeted with a wine tasting bar at Stone Tower Winery as a nod to the couple’s proposal, which took place after a visit to their favorite wine tasting bar. It was important to Melissa and Brennan to provide their guests with interactive and personalized experiences. Food and wine played a big part of that with a curated passed appetizer selection from Occasion’s Catering to pair with the couple’s favorite Stone Tower wines. The French fry station ended up being one of the bigger hits of the evening with the Cacio e Sale (parmesan and sea salt) – a nod to the Bride’s Italian heritage – being the crowd favorite.

One of the biggest wow moments ended up being the escort card display directing guests to their tables. Melissa spent hours collecting photos of the couple’s friends and family with them that we turned into black and white polaroid-esque escort cards displayed on a large wooden frame adorned with delicate blooms and stunning Café au lait dahlias.

Melissa loves soft lavender, blush, and white blooms so there was no shortage of peonies and roses in the bouquets and centerpieces. Sweet Root Village even added some fragrant little fresh lavender buds to the boutonnieres. Simple, elegance was our guiding principle for the tables, which allowed Sweet Root Village’s stunning florals to be the main focus. We paired natural linens with lots of soft candle light and several other romantic textures such as silk ribbon tied around the menus and a vintage lace runner on the head table. After dinner, the dance floor filled up quickly and remained packed throughout the evening with several spontaneous dance-offs bursting out. The dancing went on into the night and only paused shortly when late night snacks of Brennan’s favorite breakfast food – egg and bacon biscuits –were served before finally coming to an end with a stunning sparkler exit.

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Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Event Planning + Design: Kruse & Vieira Events | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Ceremony Venue: St. John's the Apostle | Reception Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Makeup: DNA Lab | Hair: Brianna B Adams | DJ: Black Tie Entertainment | Transportation: Road Yachts

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A Southern Inspired Wedding With The Prettiest of Color Palettes

With nods to classic Southern style, the good ol’ Kentucky Derby and some of the prettiest shades of blue I’ve seen, this wedding has quickly risen in the ranks of “ones not easily forgotten”. Sera Petras captured this garden wedding at the gorgeous Market at Grelen and we’re already eager to see more. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the pics below – and even more in our gallery right this way!

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From The Market at Grelen… A destination garden wedding of white and blue with pops of color. Anna and Josh are a truly sweet couple with exuberant light hearted personalities. Their day of design, designed with this in mind, was a combination of robin’s egg blue, white, with pops of peach and fuchsia wild flowers. A combination of hand crafted vintage plates with fresh flowers in elegant mint julep cups gave an nod to Kentucky Derby, old Southern style. The morning of the wedding, a large storm blew through, moving the ceremony inside Grelen’s real working Greenhouse. Guests celebrated the intimate moment with the couple among the live potted plants. Because of the storm, Anna and Josh’s sunset photos were a romantic showcase of pink. What a beautiful day it was!

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Photography: Sera Petras Photography | Event Planning: Marisa Of Orpha Events | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Wedding Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Reception Catering: L'etoile | Entertainment: Peter Richardson | DJ: Thomas Dean | Transportation: Quicks | Wedding Venue: The Market at Grelen | Event Rentals: Festive Fare | Event Rentals: Gibson Rental

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An Absolutely Beautiful Boudoir + Bridal Shoot For All Brides-To-Be

Before the hustle and bustle of the busy wedding day, this Bride decided to take a few moments and capture the beauty of the moment to remember forever. And so, Alicia Lacey snapped away and this lovely lady donned a few gorgeous gowns and robes, and prepped for her upcoming “I do’s”. These finished results have us swooning in every sense and completely convinced that every bride-to-be needs to take note!

From Wild Green YonderThe age old wisdom of, “your wedding day will go by in a flash,” was heard by this real bride, Lauren, more times than she could easily count. She knew the whirlwind of the big day would preclude her from capturing all those little details that she wanted to cherish forever. To compensate for this, she opted to do a boudoir and bridal session beforehand to ensure she could slow down and soak in the moment. Lauren embodied the essence of femininity during her boudoir portraits by wearing three different, yet complementary looks that included a vintage two-piece set by Claire Pettibone, a dreamy lace robe and a flowing floral wrap. For her bridal portraits, Lauren’s elegance and grace were highlighted by her bespoke Paolo Sebastian gown. The entire look was complemented by a lush bouquet designed by Wild Green Yonder overflowing with peonies and silk ribbons.

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Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Floral Design: Wild Green Yonder | Wedding Dress: Paolo Sebastian | Engagement Ring: David Yurman | Jewelry: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart | Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Hair: Nancy Vaughn of O'Haira's Salon + Day Spa | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Floral Robe: BHLDN | Hair Clip: jennifer behr | Hand-dyed Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Lace Robe: GirlandaSeriousDream | Lingerie: Claire Pettibone | Mini Paintings: ArtExistentia | Pearls: Mikimoto | Tailor: Zoya's Atelier

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Intimate Rooftop Ceremony + Grand Reception = Magic

Torn between a big or small wedding? How about both?! That’s what these two did and I’m absolutely loving it. They started with a beautiful intimate ceremony followed by a grand celebration for all their friends and family. This dynamic worked wonders – and Nichole Meredith captured it all. This is one gorgeous gallery my dears, dive right in and enjoy!

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From Nichole Meredith… Salma and Yusuf chose to have an intimate rooftop ceremony this past April at The Bellevue Conference Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Their ceremony was followed by a celebration where friends and family joined together. Guests traveled from all over the world to celebrate this loving couple and it is no surprise why; Salma and Yusuf are two of the kindest souls. It was very important to them that their family and friends be highlighted and honored throughout the day. The Bellevue Conference Center provided the perfect platform for their intimate ceremony! When the clouds threatened rain we headed inside for the ballroom and were provided a beautiful backdrop for portraits. 

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Photography: Nichole Meredith | Floral Design: The Bellevue Conference Center in Chantilly | Wedding Dress: Love Couture Bridal | Cake: Edibles Incredibles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Makeup: Naveen Ghannam | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: The Bellevue Conference Center in Chantilly | Film Development: The Find Lab

Our Fave Places To Tie the Knot In Buckhead

There’s no doubt that Atlanta’s wedding game is strong, especially if you’re looking to take your celebration a little north to the uptown district of Buckhead. But if you find yourself waffling on just where to say “I do” in this historic locale, no worries. We’re counting down four of our faves to help you out.

Photo Courtesy Of: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta 

THE WESTIN BUCKHEAD ATLANTA

Why we love it: With over 30,000 square feet of event space, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta always delivers when it comes to hosting magazine-worthy celebrations. And their talented weddings team, culinary expertise and proximity to all of that fab Buckhead shopping is key to any awesome wedding week or weekend. Plus, we absolutely adore those luxe accommodations. It’s just what you need after dancing the night away with your loved ones.

What you can’t miss: Their reception options. With over 20 venues woven throughout their property, you can celebrate your newlywed status in everything from a grand ballroom to a garden terrace. Urban vibe meets serene green space never looked so awesome.

Photography: Amy Arrington

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Why we love it: You know we love a good garden ceremony, and if you’re looking to say “I do” surrounded by lush florals or just steps away from a picturesque pond, you’ve found your winner in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We’re especially fond of the Alston Overlook with its Midtown skyline views and intimate setting for just 60 of your nearest and dearest. Now that’s romantic.

What you can’t miss: The Rose Garden. It features over 21 varieties of your fave flower and it’s amazing.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis 

THE SWAN HOUSE

Why we love it: Put simply, ceremonies at The Swan House are quintessential southern affairs. They’re grand, they’re classic and they’re all sorts of take your breath away dreamy. So are we obsessed? You betcha. And those gorgeous staircases are literally are everything.

What you can’t miss: The museum tours. Guests aren’t allowed to party inside the mansion, but you can offer them tours of all of the beauty before you say your “I do’s.” We absolutely love that.

Photography: Carla Gates

THE ESTATE

Why we love it: Centered in the heart of Buckhead, once you enter the grounds of The Estate, you’ll feel like you’ve literally into another time and place. That’s because these three acres smack-dab in the center of the city are surrounded by tall trees that cocoon you from all of the outside activities. And with outdoor ceremony options that include a beautiful fountain, you’ll be giving your Big Day that historic charm you wanted.

What you can’t miss: The charm and history. This sweet locale won The Buckhead Beautification Award for a reason.

If you’re ready to tie the knot in Buckhead, be sure to visit each of these amazing locales for more information. And don’t forget to contact The Westin Buckhead Atlanta for all of your reception and accommodation needs for an event that is fabulous from start to finish.

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A Virginia Farm Wedding Filled With Familial Touches

While family is an integral part of most weddings, some take it to a whole other level. Case in point, this Virginia celebration, where the bridal party was made up of the Bride’s sisters AND brothers, the Groom wore a family heirloom Army uniform also worn by his father and grandfather on their wedding days, and the cake was baked by the Mother of the Bride. All of these actions pumped up the love level a ton and we can’t get enough. See it all in our gallery filled with Kim Stockwell’s pretty pics!

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From Kim StockwellThe joy on Jordan and Eric’s wedding day was palpable. Smiles and laughter filled the mountainside ceremony as they pledged their love to one another. The bride had a very clear vision for her day, she wanted the rolling hills of the ceremony to complement her simplistic neutral aesthetic.

There was a strong emphasis on the importance of family as the bride is one of seven children. The mountainside backdrop was also home to the bride’s older sister, Jillian, who was married there in November of 2015. The oldest of the bride’s sisters will also marry there in 2018.

She chose to have a mixed gender bridal party as she wanted all of her siblings standing by her side. During the ceremony the bride’s father sang as the groom’s father officiated their ceremony. The groom wore a family heirloom Army uniform that was worn by his father and his grandfather on their wedding days. The desserts were also a family affair: the wedding cake was baked by the mother of the bride and the pies were prepared by bridesmaid and sister of the bride Jaclyn. Guests were greeted at the reception with eucalyptus lined tables and candle light as the couple shared their first dance under bistro lights. Guests danced as the band played well into the evening. The reception concluded with a joy filled sparkler send off.

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Photography: Kim Stockwell Photography | Floral Design: Vivian's Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Wedding Cake: Kim Beasley | Invitations: Etsy | Catering: Tasteful Affairs | Hair: Megan Payne Urban Halo | Wedding Venue: Khimaira Farm | Photography - Assistant: Sarah Der Photography | Pies: Jaclyn Beasley | Pre Ceremony Venue: Hotel Laurance | Ribbon: Silk and Willow

9 Wedding Locations You Havent Heard About Yet

We know that finding the perfect wedding venue isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for something that totally speaks to you and yours. So today we’re running through a list of nine (yes, NINE) fab venues we absolutely love, so you can find that dream locale. Scroll for some hidden gems you haven’t even heard of.

THE ST. REGIS WASHINGTON, D.C.

Why we love it: Just steps from the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the perfect mix of luxe accommodations and upscale wedding offerings – all with a dash of historical charm. You can opt for a cocktail hour in the Italianate revival lobby, or celebrate your “I do’s” in the Astor Ballroom with its hand-stenciled ceiling (an original 1926 decorative feature) and Palladian windows overlooking The Astor Terrace. This place is beautiful, you guys – and it’s no wonder it continues to be named the “Best Hotel for Small Weddings” by Washington Magazine. It’s just that good.

What you can’t miss: The Astor Terrace. Perfect for ceremonies OR receptions, this gem of an outdoor space features a dreamy fountain. Need we say more?

W SCOTTSDALE

Why we love it: Located smack-dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is every modern lovin’ bride’s dream. Think totally chic contemporary spaces (both indoor and outdoor) perfect for celebrating your Big Day, plus amazing accommodations that will make your entire wedding weekend.

What you can’t miss: Their fab W Insider service. It’s concierge plus some with everything you’ll ever need just a push of a button away. Whatever you want, whenever you want it.

LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA

Why we love it: Situated just three blocks from the ocean with great access and breathtaking views, plus offering up some awesome amenities for guests (hey there, Bicycle Programme), Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica seamlessly combines a glam spot to say “I do” with all of that laid-back Southern Cali charm we love so much. We’re obsessed with their Pool Terrace receptions, not to mention their chef-inspired catering menus and views of the Pacific Ocean.

What you can’t miss: Their venues. From the Delfina Ballroom to the Terrazza GardenLe Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has you covered when it comes to celebrating in style.

HOTEL COLONNADE CORAL GABLES, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 

Why we love it: Ideal for those travel lovers who want to say “I do” in complete luxury, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables has elegant weddings (and accommodations) down to an absolute science. From their 23,000 square feet of event space to their gorgeous venue options (hello, marble-tiled rotunda) to their talented staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing the perfect wedding, you’ll most definitely be making a statement.

What you can’t miss: Their Make a Green Choice Program. Guests receive a $5 food credit or 500 SPG points just for making the choice to conserve natural resources in their room. We love that.

THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST

Why we love it: It’s hard not to fall in love with a setting as pretty as Hamilton Lake and when you add in a climate-controlled tent and fully-renovated guest rooms, you have yourselves one of the prettiest wedding locales in all of Chicago. Plus, the Westin Chicago Northwest also offers up a plethora of indoor + outdoor venue options, customizable menus AND your very own wedding specialist.

What you can’t miss: Their 24-hour room service. (Enough said.)

SHERATON SAN DIEGO HOTEL & MARINA

Why we love it: You honestly can’t go wrong with a San Diego wedding, and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is the epitome of a perfect SoCal soiree with a gorgeous seaside location and deluxe amenities. Now add in a stunning garden ceremony spot (with marina views) and indoor venue options that are just as cool and you have the perfect place to say “I do.”

What you can’t miss: The Culinary team. They’ve been named “Best Caterer” by San Diego Magazine for 15 years running. Yum.

THE EQUINOX, A LUXURY COLLECTION GOLF RESORT & SPA, VERMONT

Why we love it: You know we can never get enough of Vermont weddings and if you’re looking for the perfect destination spot: this is it. From their three unique venues (Pond Pavilion, Colonnade Ballroom and Meadow House) to the amazing views of the Equinox Mountain and the Taconic Mountain Ridge, The Equinox Resort has everything you’ll ever need for that dream wedding… AND can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 250 guests.

What you can’t miss: The activities. This four-season resort offers up a world of fun-filled adventures, from golfing to skiing to fishing to snowshoeing – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

THE ST. ANTHONY, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, SAN ANTONIO

Why we love it: Four words: Open-air rooftop ballroom. Yep, you can literally dance the night away under the stars. Plus, the St. Anthony has been hosting weddings for over a century, so you know you’re in good hands with their talented staff of event professionals. From their gorgeous rooms to their convenient downtown locale, you won’t be missing a thing.

What you can’t miss: The details. From crystal chandeliers to a winding staircase to theatrical lighting and a 19th Century French tapestry, get ready for some non-stop oohing and ahhing.

THE WESTIN GALLERIA & OAKS HOUSTON

Why we love it: If you’re having a celebration with a lot of out-of-town guests, you can’t pick a locale better than the Westin Galleria & Oaks Houston. Its Uptown location paired with its amazing guest amenities and reception space for up to 1,000 makes it the ideal location for those looking to explore the Galleria neighborhood of Houston. Think shopping, dining and spa-ing the days away. It’s perfect.

What you can’t miss: The Monarch Ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city, this 24th floor gem is a reception dreamland.

Visit SPG Weddings to find out even more about these hidden gems AND all of the amazing perks of having an SPG Wedding. You can thank us later, friends.

This Classic Arlington Wedding Was a Tear-Jerker!

Any Bride will tell you, it’s those unplanned, intimate moments with your loved ones throughout the wedding day that you’ll remember most, and we’re sure this Bride, Maddy, would agree. Elizabeth Fogarty Photography recalls two sweet moments of this classic, navy and gold wedding at the Army Navy Country Club planned by Engaging Affairs: when Maddy’s sister shared heartfelt words while the ladies were getting ready and when her father saw Maddy for the first time – the Bride teared up for both!

From the Bride… We met on New Years Eve at a party. We both work at Under Armour and were introduced through a mutual friend. Chris says that he knew I was the one the minute I walked through the door! Our words for the wedding day were classic, elegant, FUN! Our colors were navy with gold accents and white flowers. The important elements of our big day were the music, our friends and family, and the flowers.

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: Engaging Affairs | Floral Design: Edge Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Ceremony: St. Aloysius Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Army Navy Country Club | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Boone and Sons | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper and Company | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Band: ANDY KUSHNER ENTERTAINMENT

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