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Beauty is in the Details of This Alfresco Affair at Oatlands Plantation

Undeniable fact: this alfresco wedding captured by Lisa Zeising for Abby Jiu Photography is gorgeous. Every last floral-filled inch will make your heart skip a beat. But when you really start to peel back the layers, you’ll find the cutest personalized details tucked inside. Things like a paper floral seating card wall, a liquid courage cart to get guests on the dance floor and mini tacos + margaritas for nibbling all planned by Roberts and Co Events + florals by J Morris Flowers. See the beauty unfold right here!

Katie and Ari envisioned a breezy summer day filled with friends, and amazing food, and a great party to wrap their year long engagement. The stars aligned and not only were they given the perfect sunny June day, but their friends and family were treated to a day full of personal and fun treats to celebrate their wedding day.

Katie fell in love with the gardens at Oatlands, and with their vendor team created a garden oasis complete with floral wall seating chart, and open air tent to enjoy that glorious summer day. Guests noshed on passed pairings such as tacos and mini margaritas, and sipped summer cucumber gimlets during cocktail hour.

After cocktail hour, guests joined the couple under their open air tent for a three course dinner followed by a liquid courage cart to promote dancing and fun all night long. Glow sticks, after dinner cordials, and comfortable flip flops broke the ice and helped out their crowd to dance all night long!

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Videography : Bowen Films | Florals: J. Morris Flowers | Dress: Ines Di Santo | cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Church: St Marks Catholic Church | Catering: Design Cuisine | DJ: DJ Dan Goldman | Venue: Oatlands Plantation | Bar acessories: For Your Party | Beauty: Modern Bridal Studio | Paper: Jenifer Sirkis Designs | Planning: Roberts & Co. Events | Rentals: DC Rentals | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

This Amethyst Gown Is The Perfect Accessory To This Fall Pippin Hill Wedding

A few months ago I mentioned on instagram that Pippin Hill in Charlottesville was my favorite wedding venue in the world. That’s a big deal. Because I see a whoooole lot of wedding venues around here. But, when it comes to Pippin Hill, there is no comparison. Knowing the owner, Lynn Easton, also means that I understand the care and thoughtfulness that went into to the planning, designing and maintaining of such a spectacular property. A property that can easily carry a design as beautiful as this one – planned by Events with Panache with florals by Mallory Joyce and photographed by Ashley Relvas – and elevate it to a place where wedding dreams are made.

From the Mother of the Bride…Kathryn and Robert knew exactly what they wanted on their wedding day and no detail was overlooked in planning this ethereal event. The couple’s love of nature led to the selection of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia as the wedding venue. Pippin Hill has been recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful outdoor venues, and the couple knew they had found the site for their wedding the moment they arrived to preview the location. After thoughtful consideration, the couple decided to wed in late October 2017 to capture the glorious colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Kathryn always new she wanted two dresses on her wedding day. With this in mind, she set out to find a dress unique enough to match the splendor of the venue. Being a true southern girl, and after trying on countless dresses, Kathryn followed her heart and selected an amethyst dress by Hayley Paige — yes, amethyst! Kathryn wanted something classic with a unique twist for the ceremony gown, and she found exactly that in the “Hayley” gown. The delicate long sleeves, beaded bodice and color variations in the tulle were nothing short of magical and that is exactly what this bride wanted on her special day.

The groom was more than happy to play whatever role his bride-to-be wanted and little did he know he had just become the paper suite designer (no pressure!). Rob worked for months with Sarah Gluchacki, owner of The Windmill Paper Boutique in Boca Raton, Florida, to create invitations that not only reflected the couple’s unique vision for their wedding day but also something that gave a bit of a glimpse as to what was in store for the guests. The letterpress invitations were beautifully encased in ivory pocketfolds with a custom bellyband and envelopes adorned with gold calligraphy. The final touch for these one of a kind invitations was a wax seal bearing the couple’s initials.


Special gifts were also shared in advance of the wedding. Robert is an avid watch collector and Kathryn selected a timepiece for his wedding gift that was something truly special. She gave her husband-to-be a Cartier watch with the sentimental longitude and latitude of Florida State University engraved on the back. The place where the couple first met and their love story began. Robert gave his bride beautiful diamond earrings to wear on their wedding day along with a “Return to Tiffany” beaded bracelet that she never takes off.

Kathryn worked with her floral designer, Mallory Joyce, to create an ethereal vision for the ceremony and reception. Mallory’s unique floral designs, coupled with the gold tabletop accents including quartz table numbers by HelloPosh of Tustin, California, created a romantic ambiance for the entire celebration.

The cocktail hour and reception were magnificent. The couple chose to serve Moscow Mules in copper mugs as their signature cocktail.

The band, Six Stylez, was even better than imagined. The guests had an amazing evening and are still talking about it! The guests were surprised at the end of the evening when Carpe Donut began serving hot apple cider donuts prepared on site, along with demitasse cups of Cioccolata Calda. The evening concluded with a sparkler send off that was captured perfectly, like every other photo, by Ashley Relvas.

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Photography: Ashley Relvas Photography | Cinematography: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning: Events with Panach | Floral Design: Mallory Joyce | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Paradox Pastry | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair & Makeup: Kate Noda | Hair & Makeup: Anna Breeding | Band: The Free with Sam Hill Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | AV and Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Donut Truck: Carpe Donut | Invitation Suite: The Windmill Paper Boutique | Rentals: MS Events | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Table Numbers: Hello Posh

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Neutral and Classic Virginia Wedding at the Clifton Inn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pippin Hill Wedding in Stunning Charlottesville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Virginia Wedding That Embraces Timeless Beauty

We asked our bride, Grace, to describe her personal style, to which she said: Classic, feminine, simple, timeless. There’s nothing that give us more joy than when we see that our couples are able to successfully project their personal styles and preferences into their wedding. Grace and Stephen’s wedding at Rust Manor House in Leesburg, VA was a gorgeous display of delicate and simple elegance. Embracing the beauty of the venue, and being guided by the softness of the blue and blush hues, there was love and joy surrounding our sweet couple throughout the whole event. ~ Claire Duran Weddings & Events

From the gorgeous flowers by Holly Chapple to how Hannah Bjorndal captured everything masterfully, we truly love everything about this wedding and we hope that you do too! ~claire duran

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Photography: Hannah Bjorndal | Videography: Altamira Films | Wedding Coordination: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Flowers: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Cake: The Cake Boutique VA | Stationery: Champagne Press | Catering: Rust Manor | Hair & Makeup: Vintage Veils | Venue: Rust Manor | Getaway Car: DCA Car Service | Rentals: Party Rental LTD

Giant Floral Wreath – Making An Already Gorgeous E-Shoot Even Better!

I’ve already taken engagement shots. My wedding came and went. We don’t have any major anniversary coming up anytime soon. And yet… I’m trying to figure out any way possible my hubby and I can have a photo shoot with a hanging floral installation like this one here by Petals and Hedges. Just look at these pics – gorgeous, right!? Elizabeth Forgarty captured it perfectly for this adorable and fashion-forward e-shoot and thanks to this gallery, we’ll be dreaming of recreating this for the foreseeable future!

From Elizabeth Fogarty… This engagement session proves that hanging floral installations should totally be a thing for engagement sessions too! Petals and Hedges created an incredible floral design with a laser cut wedding date in the middle. It makes for the perfect save the date pictures!

And  who says you can’t have two fabulous dresses for your engagement session? Tricia wanted to get the bridal look with the white dress but also a little sexy look with the off the shoulder deep wine colored dress. She absolutely rocked both!

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: Tricia Christine Events | Floral Design: Petals and Hedges | Hair + Make up: JKW Beauty | Calligraphy: Leah Letters

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See How This Marie Claire Director Adds a Stylish Stamp to Her Wedding Day

When you are the Luxury and Beauty Director for Marie Claire, it’s safe to say you have a wealth of style. From a lineup of pastel hued bridesmaid dresses to a Monique Lhuillier gown with the most gorgeous back and feathery Jimmy Choos, this classic Pippin Hill Farm wedding is infused with endless amounts of beauty and style. That fashion savvy goes hand in hand with elegant design by Amore Events, stunning florals by Amy Osaba and the whole celebration so perfectly captured by Luna de Mare.

Set in the glorious surroundings of majestic mountains and vineyards in the Virginia countryside, Hillery & Michael wed at the beautiful Pippin Hill Farm. The Bride, a beauty director for a national publication, had a very clear vision of what she wanted her Wedding day to look and feel like and guided the team into creating an event to remember. The wedding was truly the epitome of classic elegance designed by Amore Events, who created the regal affair with a fresh green & white palette for a neutral design. The florals by Amy Osaba were created to inspire the feel of an indoor garden oasis, with the softest candlelight shimmering against the table scape decor. Hillery wore an exquisite Monique Lhuillier gown, and her bridesmaids wore shades of pastels sans her Maid of Honor (also the Brides Sister) who donned a beautiful floral print gown. At the end of an evening of dinner and lots of dancing , they headed straight through their sparkler exit. Waiting for them was a classic vintage Ford which once belonged to her Grandfather, who at one point owned the largest Ford Collection in the US, marking a nostalgic and beautiful end to their day.

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Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Cinematography: East West | Event Design & Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Cake : Sweethaus | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | HMUA : Avenue 42 | Welcome Tote: Southern Grown Vintage

Why Finding the Perfect Wedding Vendors has Never Been This Easy

We all know that you can’t have an amazing wedding without an amazing team of vendors, but we also know that finding that oh-so-awesome dream team takes a lot of work and research. Unless, you make plans to attend the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort on Sunday, March 10th from 5 – 9 pm. It’s your chance to mix and mingle with the best in the biz, plus find those wedding pros that will turn your destination wedding on the Outer Banks into the celebration you’ve always wanted.

Duck, North Carolina is one of those vacay spots you never want to leave and Sanderling Resort sits right smack-dab in the center of all of the action. With gorgeous views, luxe accommodations and a talented staff that knows a thing or two about dream weddings, you can count on that celebration of the century to happen. Now add in a meet + greet with talented OBX Wedding Professionals, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, a reception style dinner and dessert samplings and it’s not just an evening planning your big day… it’s a lot of fun, too. You can even dabble in Sassy S’mores at the Firepits at the Event House. (Yum.)

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Trust us on this one, you guys – the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort is one of those events you seriously can’t miss. Mark those calendars for March 10th from 5-9 pm, then visit Sanderling Resort to purchase tickets, book rooms and learn more about getting those engagement pictures taken. You’re going to have a blast.

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 | 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

Your Sneak Peek At One Of Miami Beach’s Most Stylish Wedding Venues

You know what’s better than ogling over one of our fave South Beach venues? Seeing one seriously stylish duo tie the knot in that very space. We call that that a win-win, and we suggest you cozy on up for one of the prettiest weddings ever at the W South Beach. It’s one glam detail after another that will have you booking this Miami hot spot in a heartbeat.

When it comes to your Big Day, we know that finding that dream locale isn’t always easy – whether you plan on tying the knot with only a few in attendance or want to host a luxe reception in that over-the-top Miami style we all love. The W South Beach makes it so, so easy with an experienced team of wedding professionals that will help you create that statement-making event you’ve always wanted – big or small. From their breathtaking Atlantic views to their fabulous amenities to their FOUR venues (check out the tree-filled Grove, one of our faves), they have you covered. And don’t just take our word on it – take your cue from this stunning duo, who hosted what can only be described as a movie-like celebration, complete with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception with dancing ’til dawn.

W South Beach is all about next level weddings with every glamorous detail that you could possibly imagine. Trust us, your every want will be taken care of, right down to their amazing Whatever/Whenever® service, aka, the best concierge service on the planet. Need even more proof? Take it from beautiful bride, Samantha – The best part of working with the W was not having to worry about our day not being beautiful. The venue itself is so stunning without anything extra, it was comforting to know that, no matter what, it would be beautiful. Working with Marina made everything about the day less stressful. She really helped organize our dream wedding from start to finish!

See more of their beautiful day here, then contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get planning.

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 | 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 La Tavola | 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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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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