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An Intimate Chapel Ceremony To Remind Us Why We Love Weddings

This feature was a bit of a struggle. Plain and simple, there were too many beautiful photos to include in one post – so more than ever, I encourage you to head to our Vault gallery and see every single stunning snap by Michael and Carina – you will not be disappointed. From the quiet insides of this classic chapel to the blush and burgundy bouquets (thanks to Hedge Fine Blooms), it’s a classic, romantic wedding that I’m loving more and more with every minute. Join me in this beautiful bliss right this way!

From the Bride… After long conversations during chilly walks around DC, homemade gnocchi, and more hearty laughs than I’d had in years, I knew Steve was the thoughtful, smart and witty man I’d one day call my husband. As it turned out, he’d made up his mind on day one. The evening we met, he told friends, “See that girl in the silver dress? I’m going to marry her.” Three years later I wore that same dress to our rehearsal dinner at The Brookville, in Charlottesville, VA.

Our hope for our wedding was the relaxed elegance and easy joy of a close-knit dinner party. We decided on a few key factors: a single venue for the whole day, wine, and a small list of family and friends-who-are-family.We fell head over heels with Charlottesville, VA – the leisurely pace, peaceful Blue Ridge Mountains, and the fact it was driving distance for my family in Kentucky and Ohio, Steve’s New England family, and all our friends from Washington, DC. When we stepped into the quaint, 50-year-old historic chapel at Trump Winery, my heart skipped a beat, and Steve squeezed my hand. It was a moment you can’t manufacture: sunbeams filtered through the windows and lit up the pastel colors on the ceiling’s painted mural. The classic red brick exterior and white steeple reminded Steve of growing up in Massachusetts. It was perfect for our ceremony, and because the chapel only seated 75 (our exact number of guests), we knew it would feel beautifully full. We were so struck by its charm we commissioned an artist friend, Nikki Smetters, to make a watercolor insert for our invitations and programs.

We chose a timeless, neutral palette with just a touch of Old World charm. We drew inspiration from Italy (Steve’s family heritage, and our honeymoon destination), antique books that we collected throughout our engagement (with our favorite author’s names as table numbers), and a special detail from my mother’s family’s Youngstown, Ohio roots: the cookie table, a labor of love with humble origins in which women (and men!) bake up a storm for weeks before the wedding. It was amazing, and people loved making up gift bags of cookies as favors.

I will remember the whole achingly beautiful day forever: watching my best friends lovingly do each other’s makeup, my grandmother peeking in the dressing area door, ready to be “one of the girls”, and of course, our first look. I saw Steve standing in the vineyard, and my heart had never felt so full. It definitely didn’t hurt he looked so handsome! Soft bouquets by Hedge Fine Blooms in blush, red wine, ivory, gold, and sage also had me swooning, I felt like I was holding an Italian meadow in my hands.

Our guests were greeted on the chapel patio with cold local cider and upbeat music like “Goin to the Chapel” and “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole. We purposefully kept the chapel doors closed so our guests could chat with each other and linger, looking out over the grapevines and rolling hills. I remember laughing out loud, while peeking through the window of the car with my bridesmaids, as people danced to the music when the chapel doors opened. My sister walked my mom down the aisle, my father wrapped Steve in a hug, and then I married the best man I’ve ever known.

It took a village: from the al fresco cocktail hour to the family-style dinner, Cristelle and her C&O Catering team made feeding decadent, delicious food to 75 people look effortless, and everyone was so friendly our guests raved about the people almost as much as the incredible food! C&O truly captured a little essence of each of our elements in our menu: from butternut-squash ravioli with Italian sage, to Southern ham on Virginia cheddar scones… let’s just say I was not a bride who forgot to eat! Our wonderful DJ’s, Chris and Rialand with Younique Moments, surprised us by serenading everyone with “Be Our Guest” as dinner was brought to the tables. Our dear friends, Michael and MaryAlice Viljoen, did AV and day-of coordination, and were a force to be reckoned with. Patrick, the coordinator at Trump Winery, was one of the most gracious people we met throughout the planning process, and Michael and Carina, our photographers, practically became family in their quiet, intentional ways… Carina even bustled my gown when no one else could! When we think of it all now we think of joy on joy on joy, and I know we always will.



Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms | Wedding Dress: David Tutera | Shoes: Michael Kors 1248 | Jewelry : Mark Todd Jewelers | Catering: C&O Restaurant | Makeup Artist: Anna Breeding | Hair Stylist: Brianna B Adams | Calligraphy: A Little Inkling | Calligraphy: A Little Inkling | Tuxes: Charles Tyrwhitt | Wedding Venue: Trump Winery | Accessories: Global Bridal Gallery | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: Paperless Post | Watercolor Design: Nikki Smetters

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Why Your Gown is Basically Everything

There are so many reasons why we might choose a wedding for Style Me Pretty. The story, the details, the pure love that permeates every last images. But in this case…I took one look at the gown and was DONE. Ethereal and romantic while being so timeless and elegant. And photographed to utter perfection by Audra Wrisley. Every other perfect detail? Just the icing on the cake.

From Audra Wrisley PhotographyThis lovely botanical garden wedding embodies everything I love about the spring season, with soft pastel colors and a crisp Virginia breeze!

This couple’s amazing day set in a garden venue was a dream from start to finish, designed around a beautiful color palette of soft blush, lavender, blue and gray. The bride’s Watters Woo gown was elegant, dreamy and whimsical, which made for a gorgeous focal point for the wedding day. Their outdoor ceremony was full of quiet, intimate moments, as the couple spoke their vows with the birds chirping and a soft breeze rustling in front of their family and friends. The evening ended with dinner and dancing in Meadowlark’s greenhouse atrium, which a perfect way to end their lovely garden wedding.

As Amy and Paul are from Vietnamese descent, they also held a traditional ceremony, honoring their families who were all in attendance. It was a beautifully colorful morning, and Amy look incredible in her custom red dress. As photographers, we’ve rarely felt so welcomed by their warm families, and it was such an honor capturing these important moments in their lives.

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Floral Design: Scentsational Florals | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Lovely Sweets and Treats | Bride's Shoes: Klub Nico | Makeup: Suhreal Artistry | Hair: Tress Hair Co. | Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Hanging Florals Created a WOW Reception Design

After searching high and low for their perfect venue, Rachael and Matthew chose to bring all their people to Pippin Hill Farm, soaking in the magic of the Blue Ridge mountains while vowing to forever. Momental Designs set the stage with a stunning stationery suite while Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs dressed up the day with all-white stems (have you seen that hanging floral installation?!) while East West filmed and Laura Gordon photographed. See how the fun unfolded in the gallery this way.


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From the Bride… Getting engaged was beyond exciting for the two of us. Matt managed to choreograph not only a surprise engagement but an incredible post-engagement celebration party with all of our closest family and friends, several of whom flew in from around the county. From that moment on, we knew that the most important aspect to our future wedding was having all of our closest loved ones together, aka trapped, for not just one day, but for an entire weekend! We looked at venues in Minnesota (where I am from), as well as venues in DC (where we currently reside and where Matt’s family is), but we selfishly wanted something a bit more remote. We wanted somewhere that required our wedding guests to come in and stay awhile, which meant we had to go outside of our hometowns.

After attending a wedding in Keswick, VA in June of 2015, we were sold on the area. We ultimately chose Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in North Garden, VA and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision. The sheer beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the many wineries in the area, and the overall peace that you feel when you are outside the hustle and bustle of the major metropolitan areas many of our guests were coming from made it the perfect choice for us and our guests.

Thinking back on the planning process, I had a true vision from start to finish of what I wanted our big day and weekend to be. Despite our wedding taking place at a Farm, Pippin Hill truly can be transformed into a little bit of everything. The outdoor ceremony grounds have the backdrop of their winery and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the reception hall takes place in their beautiful restored barn. For me, I wanted the day and night to feel like a dream. Hanging greenery and white flowers made it feel whimsical throughout, and the many high low candles made the space feel warm, inviting, and enchanting in a sense. The hanging florals and our Huppah, created by Southern Blooms, were breathtaking and truly captured my vision. Aside from the beautiful florals and decor, the food was something of great interest to us. Pippin Hill did and incredible job with our dinner and Cakes by Rachel went above and beyond with our desserts. We opted to do individual cakes at each table couple with an assortment of mini pies that were served on gold mirrored trays. The cake was a Chocolate Sour Cream cake filled with 2 layers of Chocolate Mousse and a layer of Triple Cream and Fresh Raspberries, iced with Champagne Buttercream. The pies were Key Lime, Peach Pecan Crumble and Strawberry Rhubarb. All of these were decadent and delicious – an absolute favorite of our guests!

Overall, our entire wedding weekend was so special and everything we could ever dream it it to be. After a wonderful ceremony, great food, amazing dancing, and a send off in a vintage car, we left so thankful for our friends and family. We spent the day after our wedding at a post-wedding brunch, and the afternoon at several of the amazing wineries in the Charlottesville area. We were lucky enough to have our guests in for the whole weekend and it made for memories to last a lifetime.



Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography: East West | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Wedding Gown: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Shoes: Dee Keller | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair & Makeup: Avenue 42 | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Invitation Suite: Momental Designs | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Of Charlottesville | Rentals : Festive Fare Event Rentals | Styling & Planning : Amore Events by Cody | Veil: l'atelier couture bridal boutique

A fun-filled weekend + a breathtaking wedding? Sign us up.

You know what I love? A vacation wedding. The sort of fun-filled weekend meets breathtaking “I do’s” that happen at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. Think one part awesome nuptials, one part kayaking, boating and dolphin watching and one part relaxing spa. It’s the perfect way to celebrate with your nearest and dearest all weekend (or week!) long. Scroll to get your fun on.

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village isn’t just the perfect place to say “I do,” it also happens to be a whole lot of FUN. From the sunset tours to the boat rentals to the day trips to Sanibel Island, your itinerary will be jam packed with amazing activities that are enjoyable for every single one of your loved ones.  Just imagine a fab welcome dinner coordinated by The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village’s talented staff followed by a sunset tour OR a day-of morning spent golfing in the always amazing Florida weather OR a day-after brunch followed by a trip to the Imaginarium Museum OR all of the above. Not to mention the three resort pools, luxurious spa + salon, plus a planned expansion of the resort, which will add 35,000 square feet of space (that’s 50,000 square feet!) that can accommodate 400+ guests… all by February of 2018. We call that awesome, loves.

Whether you’re planning a small affair for 20 of your nearest and dearest or a more elaborate “I do” for 200 of your loved ones, contact The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village today to begin that journey to the wedding of a lifetime. You (and your guests!) will never enjoy a wedding more.



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  • Earn up to 100,000 bonus Starpoints®*
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We Found the Perfect Spot for Your Dream Wedding

I love ALL weddings… I really, truly do.  But, if I am being honest, it’s those seaside nuptials in paradise – aka Sanderling Resort – that really get my heart pumping. From the miles of sandy beaches to the crystal blue waters to the top-notch service, this is one locale that knows a thing or two about throwing THE perfect wedding. Fall in love with them below.

Located in the oh-so-stunning Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Sanderling Resort is everything you’ve ever wanted (and more) for your Big Day. Think space for 15-180 guests, luxe accommodations and mesmerizing sunset views to add a little touch of romance to your festivities. Not to mention their ah-mazing venue options, knowledgeable staff and relaxing spa. In other words? The teams at Sanderling Resort will turn those wedding dreams into an absolute reality.  We promise.

Contact the Sanderling Resort TODAY to speak to one of their full-service event planners to begin your vacation of a lifetime meets awesome wedding weekend.  We can’t wait to see you say “I do” in the Outer Banks.

Hurricane Joaquin Couldn’t Dampen This Wedding Day

It’s a fact that wedding days simply don’t go 100% stick-to-the-schedule, no hiccups, perfect. In fact, sometimes unexpected guests like Hurricane Joaquin threaten to crash the party. But for Marisa and Scott, the impending storms didn’t even make them flinch. Because in the end, their candlelit reception designed by Type A Society perfectly offset the weather and Laura Gordon captured every bit.

From Type A SocietyMarisa Notarnicola and Scott Wright first met during a weekend skiing at Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont. They immediately hit it off and kept in touch following their ski trip. A month later, Scott was ecstatic to find out Marisa had accepted a job offer bringing her north to New York City and significantly closer to him.

The timing was perfect for both of them. They learned quickly their values and priories were aligned– family, friends, faith and future goals. On their third date, they booked a trip to Iceland nearly 6 months away – they knew it was a little crazy but joked that they would have to stay friends until at least that trip! From that point forward they were inseparable.

Scott courted Marisa for nearly two years, and after countless adventures, he flew to Dallas to ask her father, Jim, for his daughter’s hand in marriage. A year of long-distance wedding planning, Scott entering business school, and relocating to Nashville, quickly passed and before they knew it they were hand-in-hand at the altar, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Bride’s favorite wedding detail: Our ring bearer box! It’s a heart shaped cobalt and gold porcelain ring box – the first gift Scott bought me when we started dating.

Groom’s favorite wedding detail: Our antique shuffleboard table that we converted into a champagne bar and the bagpiper that led us outside of the church after the ceremony.

Biggest surprise of the wedding: Hurricane Joaquin became a welcomed guest at the wedding! The cold and rainy weather was completely offset by the cozy candlelight and romantic draping inside the reception tent.



Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Event Design: Type A Society | Floral Design: La Fleur Du Jour | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Ashley Bush Lettering & Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Matthews Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Estate at Autumns Gate Farm | Catering: Caroline Street Catering | Makeup: Bobbypins And Blush | Hair: Kelly With 1213 Hair Studio | Band: Exclusively Entertainment | Logistical Coordination: Retha Ballestracci | Tent Rentals: Gibson Rental

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A Glam Styled Engagement Session

Michael and Carina Photography have a way with the camera that leaves us totally speechless and wanting more. Perfect example? This golden era engagement session that’s sure to inspire a bit of wanderlust. Complete with sweet kisses and one crazy chic couple, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

From Michael and Carina PhotographyThis couple left me speechless. They have been best friends for years, have a baby boy together and the chemistry between them is unreal. Floriza wore two stunning dresses and Jerome wore a classic black suit. The light and the location of their session made for a beautiful atmosphere; this is definitely one of our favorite engagement sessions of the year!



Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Dress: French Connection | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: David Yurman | Hair + Makeup: Floriza | Mens Attire: Giorgio Armani | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Trump Waikiki - Reece

Chic + Romantic Winter Wedding Inspiration

In my dream world, this is what winter would look like – crisp, clear, and not a snowflake in sight. It would still have that warmth and intimacy that we crave this time of year and add in some romance, and we have the perfect recipe for a winter wedding. Designed by Atrendy Wedding, with a Buttercream Bakeshop cake that is that I can’t stop thinking of, and hair and makeup magic by Amie Decker Beauty, this shoot captured by Amelia Johnson is just the right thing to put us all in the approaching seasonal mood. Join me in our Vault gallery right here!

From Atrendy WeddingAn ultra-feminine lace gown and a romantic updo, a gold palette with whispers of green and burgundy, and an intimate reception setting in a wine cellar set the stage for an opulent winery photo shoot with understated winter details. Over-the-top florals, candlelight, shimmer, and subtle wintery details came together perfectly under Amelia Johnson’s talented lens.

Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Event Design: Atrendy Wedding | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Wedding Dress: Hitched Salon | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | Transportation: Vintage Limos | Venue: Stone Tower Winery | Chair Rentals: Select Event Group | Drapery: Fabrication Events | Gift Basket: Marigold & Grey | Linen Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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Inspiration for an Intimate Dinner Party-Style Wedding

As many weddings become decidedly more intimate, with smaller guest lists and family-style settings, this inspiration shoot photographed by Kate Ignatowski couldn’t be more relevant to today’s bride and groom. It brings the natural, organic vibe to a Southern back porch reception, and includes thoughtful details like the stationery suite designed by Amanda Day Rose. Cozy up in the gallery right this way.

From Kate Ignatowski PhotographyThis photo shoot was set at Upper Shirley Vineyard, in Charles City, Virginia. The vineyard is set on the peaceful banks of the James River across from a wildlife refuge, making you want to slow down, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy quality time with your friends and family. This feeling was the inspiration behind our shoot.

We chose a natural color palette that complimented the blues and greens of our surroundings. And incorporated loose organic florals with flowing greenery in the ceremony design as well as the reception tablescape. There we sought to inspire an intimate dinner party feel on the extra wide, very southern, back porch. Here we imagine couples will gather, making unforgettable memories with their family and friends. One of my favorite elements was the greenery structure hanging over our reception table. The team worked so hard on this and it came together looking effortless. I also just couldn’t get over the Claire Pettibone gown. It was an absolute dream to photograph the intricate details and flowing fabric.

Photography: Kate Ignatowski Photography | Event Planning: Kate Phillips Events | Floral Design: Photosynthesis | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Sweet Fix RVA | Invitations: Amanda Day Rose | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie | Hair + Makeup: Avenue 42 | Groom's Attire: Jim's Formal Wear | Venue: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Of Virginia | Structures + Lighting: Lighting Professors | Veil + Jewelry: Hushed Commotion

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Say Hello to the Barn Wedding of Your Dreams

Planning your Big Day?  Take it from us, finding the right locale is key. It’s the one decision that can take your wedding from stunning to STUNNING, which is why we’re hosting a little meet ‘n’ greet with Updike Farmstead Weddings. Think one part 18th century farmhouse and one part rustic barn pretty. Get to know them, and their awesome wedding packages from Kristin Rockhill Design, below.


“As the Wedding Director and on-site coordinator, I will assist you in planning & designing a stunningly styled wedding at Updike Farmstead Weddings!
” – Kristin Rockhill


Nestled on six breathtaking acres mere minutes from downtown Princeton, Updike Farmstead Weddings’ restored farmhouse and renovated barn is seriously everything you’ve ever wanted in your Big Day venue… and so much more. From the expansive back porch overlooking the stunning landscape + serene farmland to the towering trees lining the property to the French country vibe bursting from every moment, Updike Farmstead Weddings is THE perfect locale for those laid-back romantics that want to say “I do” in the coolest way possible.  And don’t even get me started on their Signature Standard Package designed by Kristin Rockhill Design. Think beautifully styled farm tables, lush florals, a vintage trunk cake table display, a vintage writing desk, a tufted sofa and a welcome drink station + bar cart. It’s perfection, loves.

Whether you’re hosting a larger affair for 100 or a small, intimate get-together, Updike Farmstead Weddings will transport you and yours to that place you’ve always dreamed of. Contact them NOW to start planning your luxurious day chock-full of whimsy. Trust us… it’s going to be awesome.

Photography: Jackie Averill | Event Planning: Luxury Barn Weddings by Kristin Rockhill | Florist: Luxury Barn Weddings by Kristin Rockhill | Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Pink Cake Box | Stationery: April Lynn Designs | Makeup: Make Me Glam | Hair: Val Hairstyles | Barn : Updike Farmstead Weddings | Gowns: BHLDN | Lounge Furniture: Mazz Entertainment | Rentals: Newtown Rental | Stylist: Luxury Barn Weddings by Kristin Rockhill

A Fall Southern Wedding With Muted Pastels

When it came time for Christine, stationery designer behind Typo Boutique to plan her wedding day, a few things were certain. She envisioned a laid-back southern farm wedding with deeply meaningful details and a completely custom paper suite, of course. But one of the most unexpected moments came when Christine’s mom handmade a wedding dress bodice using lace and buttons from both her grandmothers’ gowns. This entire day is an absolute treasure and we’re so thankful for the captures by Sawyer Baird.

From the Bride… When we first started dating, Matt took me on a trip to New York City and we’ve always said that’s where we fell in love. There’s just something magical about New York and it’s always held a special place in my heart. On the same weekend, exactly two years later, he surprised me with another trip. He set up the most thoughtful weekend, recreating all of our memories – we stayed at the same hotel, visited our favorite shops, and ate dinner at the same table we had two years earlier. It was the sweetest gesture and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more perfect, he ended the first night of our trip by proposing!

As we started planning our wedding, we knew a farm venue would be our first choice. We set up a trip to Lexington to visit Big Spring Farm and immediately knew it was the perfect place for us. The property is the most charming, picturesque setting and the Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop is absolutely breathtaking. We fell in love with the small southern town and even though neither of us had any ties to Lexington we knew it was meant to be.

As a stationery designer, the most exciting part of wedding planning was the paper! I knew I wanted everything to be completely custom and pull in pieces of our personal story throughout the wedding. Our invitations were backed with a historical map of Lexington and our envelopes were lined with a painting of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the 1800s. I carried our custom brand through each piece of our day – from menus to drink coasters to thank you notes, everything was meaningful and completely “us”. We even included our three dogs with a custom logo design on our favors.

Another incredibly special part of our day was the top to my wedding dress. My mom made it by hand, using vintage lace from my grandmother’s gown. She made functional buttonholes down the back using buttons from both of my grandmothers’ gowns, one from my aunt and one from her own wedding dress. On the inside of the top, she sewed a heart shape that was cut from one of my father’s shirts. She also updated a dress that I had worn as a flower girl when I was three years old and reworked it for our flower girl! It was so special, both to have her make these one-of-a-kind pieces, and to incorporate so much history.

We wanted to create a laid-back, southern gathering for our guests and we couldn’t be happier with the result. I’m so thankful for our amazing team of vendors and we’ll be forever grateful for how seamlessly they brought our vision to life.

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Floral Design: Mallory Joyce | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Stationery: Typo Boutique | Rings: Tacori | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Southern Inn | Hair + Makeup: Avenue 42 | DJ: Jumpin Jack Chad | Groom's Attire: Fitzgerald's Men's Store | Venue: Big Spring Farm | Wedding Venue: Big Spring Farm | Graphic Design + Paper Goods: Typo Boutique | Rentals: MS Events | String Band: Plum Blossom String Quartet

A Venue You Need to See to Believe (Hint: There’s a helicopter!)

Choosing a venue for your Big Day is one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding… and also one of the hardest. We totally get that. Which is why we’re hosting a little meet and greet with The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village, a little slice of wedding heaven that has everything you’ve ever wanted – from the talented staff to the crazy cool amenities. Your dream day? It’s right here and waiting.

With over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, three pools, a never-ending list of fun-filled marina activities and a breathtaking Presidential Suite just waiting to host you and your main squeeze (or your entire bridal party!), The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village is taking “I do’s” to an entirely new level of amazing. Think picture perfect affairs from 20 to 200, all with those stunning views and crystal clear ocean waves. Oh, and if you really want to soak in the pretty, then check out their fabulous Heavenly Helicopter Nuptials package, a crazy cool way to amp up any wedding with the option to arrive or depart by helicopter, a ceremony for 100 guests, a one-hour cocktail reception and a dinner + champagne toast. And that’s just the beginning of the awesomeness, lovelies.

Whether you dream of making an amazing entrance on a helicopter (sooo, sooo cool) or walking down the aisle to a beautiful outdoor gazebo, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has something for everyone. Contact a Wedding Specialist today to start planning your fab day, and don’t forget to ask about rehearsal dinners, personalized menus, chartered boat cruises… and more. The wedding of the century? It’s yours.

Photography: Miranda Lawson

There’s Nothing Quite Like Young Love

Ahhhh, there’s nothing quite like a budding new romance. Take this lovelier than lovely styled shoot captured by Nicki Metcalf as example. Styled by the incomparably talented Michael and Carina, it’s a mixture of all things innocent and sweet, and thankfully we’ve got it all to share in The Vault!

From Nicki MetcalfThis gorgeous styled shoot was styled by Michael and Carina. This styled shoot was inspired by the bittersweetness of a wedding – saying goodbye to youth but the start of something new.

Photography: Nicki Metcalf | Floral Design: Aleen Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Saint Isabel Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: MaejeanVintage | Hair + Makeup: Emily Artistry | Calligraphy: Corsivo Calligraphy | Groomsmen's Attire: Burberry | Location: Williamsburg Winery | Models: Modelogic Wilhelmina | Ribbon: Fleuropean | Workshop: Michael And Carina Photography

A Greenery Filled Wedding in Wine Country

There are weddings, and then there are wine country weddings. The latter? Totally and undeniably perfect. With East West filming the fabulousness and Luna de Mare Photography behind the lens snapping the beauty, we’ve got this gorgeous greenery filled celebration waiting for you to witness in The Vault!


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From Luna de Mare PhotographyThe quintessential Virginian wedding of Lia and Thomas was the epitome of elegance and grace. Located in Wine Country, the Historical Keswick Hall is nestled amongst rolling hills and vineyards, with a grand view of the Blue Ridge mountains, boasting the sprawling landscape of a pristine golf course on the property.

Designed and produced by Amore Events, the palette was kept clean and understated, with lush green garlands lining the chairs of the ceremony site, and beautiful White florals interspersed throughout the design. Paired with cut crystal and soft candlelight glowing with an air of intimacy and classic elegance, guests enjoyed aperitifs and cocktails, along with cuisine served in the dining area indoors.

Under the Moon and Stars, this classically beautiful wedding continued for outdoor twilight dancing and merriment, complete with a grand sparkler exit for the sweetest bride and groom, who gracefully kept smiles on their faces even when faced with a bit of rain.

Truly a wedding filled with honest love, friends and family and even their little pooch who couldn’t resist a little FaceTime with the cutest floral garland, this was the stuff of dreams, and I was honored to capture it all alongside an amazing team.

Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Cinematography: East West | Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Cake: Sweethaus | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair + Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Lighting: Blue Ridge Lighting | Groom's Attire: Ticknors | Venue: Keswick Hall | Bridal Boutique: The White Flower Bridal Boutique | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Coordination + Design: Amore Events by Cody | Table Scape Decor + Linen Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Nautical Meets Chic Style for this Romantic Indoor Celebration

There’s no denying we see lots of gorgeous al fresco celebrations here at SMP and there’s also no denying that they’re amazing. But sometimes ya’ need a little change of pace because let’s get real – not every wedding can take place in the great outdoors. And when a venue is as stunning as this one, there’s no need to head outside. These two said “I do” surrounded by light and sparkle and Michael and Carina captured it all, giving us ideas and inspiration to fill our eager Pinterest pagessee it all this way!

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From Michael and Carina Photography… A crystal decorative sailboat, clear chairs, a sailcloth arbor and this bride’s dress are just so dreamy! An indoor wedding, like Alysha and Max’s, is a wonderful opportunity to create a bespoke ceremony and reception space. Our couple was inspired by the nearby ocean and included clear, blue and boat elements. The clear chairs and the large sail-inspired ceremony arch made the interior of the venue appear larger and almost created the illusion of being aboard a ship. Such a unique idea! Alysha’s bouquet of wild greenery added to the windswept feel and her long-sleeved lace gown made this wedding one of the most elegant celebrations of our season.

From the Bride… Six years ago, I entered college absolutely sure that I was not going to date anyone seriously while I worked towards my degree. Within the first month, some friends invited me to a birthday party for someone I did not know. As it turned out, the handsome, confident, and engaging guy teasing me about eating mints at a party was the guest of honor. He asked me out the next day, and very soon I realized he was someone special. He was the most understanding, protective, and interesting man I had ever dated, and I knew he was the one I was meant to marry.

Less than a year afterwards, he graduated and moved five hours away, and we transited into a long-distance relationship – only seeing each other once a month. Through this, we developed an incredibly strong sense of patience, trust, and appreciation. After about two and half years of long-distance dating, Max moved back north for us to be closer together and made the decision to propose! He organized the most amazing surprise. He took me to a phenomenal dinner and afterwards walked me to a hidden marina. He then led me onto a houseboat he had rented, which was decorated with candles and roses. He proposed inside and we danced on the deck to our song while fireworks burst above us. It was like a fairy tale, and we wanted our wedding to be just as special.

About our wedding: As our engagement was on the water with fireworks overhead, we hoped our wedding could imitate the same look. In Norfolk, Virginia, we found a neat cruise ship stop overlooking the Elizabeth River. The modern design, three-story glass wall, and glossy beige floor inspired us to feature neutral monochromatic tones and clean lines, balanced with classic black accents and pops of greenery. The SS Wisconsin was docked at the complex, so we knew we had to tastefully incorporate a nautical flair.

For our ceremony, we brought in a 20 foot high mast, and draped ivory tulle through to set the clean, modern, and nautical look we wanted. We also wanted to play on the reflective quality of the room and decorated it with candles, fairy lights, starry light projectors, and a gorgeous crystal ship chandelier. We hoped it would look like you were on a ship deck at night, where you can see the overhead stars and their light bouncing off the waves.

To coordinate with the rounded glass wall, we used glass vases and candle holders, clear Chiavari chairs, and glass mug favors. Mixed with the candles, the shimmery rose-gold bridesmaid dresses, and the layers of lighting, the room twinkled from floor to ceiling! The venue had a gorgeous glass-blown chandelier that made for our moon atop the dance floor. As the evening came to an end, Max and I shared a last dance alone in our sparkling room, while our song played overhead – just like our engagement night. We are so thankful for the friends, family, and vendors who helped put together such a beautiful and special evening.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Coordination: Cherry Blossom Planning Factory | Floral Design: Roost Flowers & Designs | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Invitations: Connie Taylor Krupp | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Omar's Carriage House | Makeup: Rebecca Wood | Hair: Hair by Magan | Lighting: Stage Right Lighting | DJ: Colonial DJs | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Half Moone Cruise And Celebration Center | Bridal Boutique: Posh Bridal | Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals

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Savor Fall with This Apple Orchard Engagement

Christine + Matt are here to remind us why fall is the FUN season. For starters, they planned their engagement session in an orchard (!!) and if that doesn’t make you want to throw on a cable knit sweater to set out the door to do the same then maybe this gallery captured by Sawyer Baird will do the trick. See it all in The Vault!

From Sawyer BairdAs fall approaches and we are gearing up for fall engagement season…What better way to kick off engagement inspiration than with a cozy apple orchard engagement session in the mountains of VA. Right outside of Charlottesville VA is the prettiest apple orchard upon a hill. With the perfect views and the perfect settings. This simple and yet tasteful engagement session proves location is key for a perfect engagement session. Personally I love creating an activity or doing something the couple would naturally do together. We figured grabbing some cider and enjoying our time along with creating a fun session would be the perfect engagement session. With that, it was!

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Location: Carter Mountain Orchard

The Bride Wore a Purple Wedding Gown And We’re Obsessed!

Russ and Erykah didn’t want the typical wedding day. They wanted a tight-knit celebration surrounded by 15 of their dearest friends and family, so they planned what just might be the prettiest styled elopement ever. Of course, with a dress like Erykah’s you have to have a statement bouquet and headpiece designed by La Fleur Du Jour to match, and our faves Michael and Carina didn’t miss a single second behind the camera. Head to the gallery and see just how chic an elopement can be.

From Michael and Carina PhotographyThis elopement at the Salamander Resort in Virginia was intimate, stylish, unique and oh so romantic. The bride was rocking a lilac gown, a blueberry bouquet and romantic lace-up shoes. The couple married in a romantic Virginia setting, surrounded by only 15 friends and family. It was so beautiful! 

And while it was a unique elopement, nothing was missing at all from this wedding. The calligraphy paper suite, the neatly decorated farm table, and the elegant cake, all made for beautiful accents. Personal pies made a beautiful addition to the wedding cake. This celebration was so special, and I know the trendsetting couple will inspire many brides and grooms-to-be.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral Design: La Fleur Du Jour | Wedding Dress: ModCloth | Cake: The Salamander Resort | Bride's Shoes: Nordstrom | Jewelry: Boone and Sons | Catering: The Salamander Resort | Calligraphy: Corsivo Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: The Salamander Resort | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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The Groom’s Reaction to His Bride is Priceless

Give me a bouquet from Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs and I’m always on board. It’s the beginning of this classic southern affair designed by A. Dominick Events and we’ve got all the moments from the lens of Katelyn James. Adorable first look reaction, included.

From the Bride…Yes – the groom, my dress, the unbelievable weather, the incredible venue were what made my wedding day special, But also, truly? The people.

Our families, whose generosity and patience really made the day and weekend itself a reality, but who also shaped everything we believe in, and surrounded us with love on the day and always. Our wedding party made it special – they are not just beautiful humans, but they have always supported us and continue to support us. Our friends (who we consider to be family), who came from near and far and wide, to stand by us as we said our vows.

Both my parents walked me down the aisle – it was important to them, and to me – and then in the middle of the father-daughter dance, my dad and I had planned to surprise my mom by pulling her up to the dance floor with us. Then it just felt silly without my sister – we’re a unit – so we pulled her up too. It was one of my favorite non-ceremony moments. It is so hard to choose just one favorite detail from our wedding, but if I had to it would be pinning my grandmother’s wedding ring (along with a little blue ring of my mother’s) into my dress as my old, borrowed, blue – because I believe my grandmother would have really loved to have picked my dress with me!

I just wanted it to be both the loveliest and most logistically smooth day that our guests had ever attended – it was important to me that it was beautiful, that it reflected us as people and as a couple, and that guests always knew what was happening, how, and where. (As someone in the events industry, the guest experience matters!) So that was major “inspiration.” Decor-wise, I just wanted it to be lovely. Our colors were technically gray and chartreuse and white – modern (John’s taste) but also a little unexpected and romantic (my influence). And then we added in some pink for me, and some deeper greens because spring produces a bounty of beautiful flowers that are hard to resist. My dress and the venue inspired a lot – I picked my dress first, actually, which I wouldn’t have planned to do – but it ended up laying the groundwork for the tone we wanted to set. Romantic, beautiful, flows easily, and a little bit organic but refined. Boom: Pippin Hill. A match made in heaven. And the rest fell (or at least mostly!) into place.

It sounds cliche but I loved the food, the sparkling rose, the perfect gray and white of the escort cards, and the glimmering mercury glass of the votives on the tables. I loved our ceremony music and our reception DJ – it doesn’t sound like a detail, but when it’s good, it’s really good and the guests really enjoy themselves. And of course, the cookie table. It’s a Western Pennsylvania tradition, and my aunts and family members made all those cookies for us – it is such a generous and delicious tradition that we were lucky enough to have our families be willing to transport it to Virginia.

All of this would not have been possible without the most wonderful vendors (who I really continue to think of as my partners in the whole thing) – Cindy from A. Dominick Events (who saved me), Katelyn James (who captured everything more beautifully than I remember it), Pat and Sherry from Southern Blooms (who made my floral dreams come true), Hannah at Pippin Hill (who made my food dreams come true, and service look like a total breeze), Cheree Berry and team (who made my paper dreams come true) and last but not least Alison Harper’s team (who made me feel beautiful) They all brought this entire beautiful thing to life – and made it so easy and smooth for me – and I am forever grateful!

Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Event Planning: A. Dominick Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper and Company | DJ: Evan Reitmeyer | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

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Saying “I Do” With a View Never Looked So Good

Rustic weddings are awesome, but a rustic wedding tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina at Majors Estate? Well, that’s an entirely new level of amazing. Think acres upon acres of breathtaking scenery, five traditional American log cabins and the beautiful Pigeon River providing a gorgeous backdrop for walking + hiking. In other words? Saying “I do” at Majors Estate is a total MUST.

Located between Asheville and Waynesville in North Carolina, Majors Estate is the sort of rustic meets romantic locale perfect for hosting your Big Day… and beyond. From their awe-inspiring ceremony and reception sites (hello, traditional white chapel and fab barn) to their lineup of crazy cool outdoor activities to their talented staff that knows all there is to know about hosting your dream event, Majors Estate will make everything you’ve ever imagined (and more) happen. We can promise you that.

Whether you’re planning an intimate set of “I do’s” for a small group of friends and family or have a much grander affair in mind, Majors Estate will completely pamper you AND wow all of your guests. Contact them now to start planning that dream day, and don’t forget to keep Majors Estate in mind when it comes to those family vacas, corporate retreats and social gatherings, because, well… you’ll want to celebrate there time and time again.

See A Wedding Workshop Inspired by Garden Roses

When the ever-so-talented Holly Chapple hosts a class for floral designers you know you’re in for a world of pretty. And this June workshop inspired by none other than David Austin garden roses? Well, it certainly didn’t disappoint. For each and every one of these creations belongs to the class that crafted them and thankfully Jodi and Kurt Miller captured it all to revisit time and time again in The Vault!

From Holly ChappleThis photo shoot was inspired by David Austin garden roses, and Holly’s recent journey to London. Holly teaches her Chapel Designer workshops in the UK, Australia, throughout the USA and at her farm Hope Flower Farm. Holly brought many treasures home from her most recent visit to London, she was there this April to teach the London Chapel Designers conference. The garden rose bunting and matching doilies were purchased at Hampton Court Palace, these items and their beautiful garden rose pattern inspired Holly to create a shoot based around the items she gathered in London and her beloved David Austin roses. Vintage silver containers were gathered in London and were also used in the tablescape. On the table you will find lovely salt and pepper shakers, silver tea strainers, tea sets and gorgeous silver all purchased in London. The fact that her guest teacher Robbie Honey was coming from London helped to Solidify her desire to create an English Rose Garden – Tea party shoot. Baker and food stylist Sarah Orman also from London, went about creating traditional English tea party treats. I Sarah could bring an authentic tea party vibe to the shoot.

All florals were dripping with david austin garden roses, peonies, and vine. We wanted to create a design that looked a natural trellis. This area would be the perfect place for our table scape. The arbor custom made at the workshop was covered in vine and floral. The structure was a fabulous group project led by Holly Chapple. Robbie taught the designers about cascading bridal bouquets and the tradition of wiring stems. Custom stationery was designed by Sarah Kate Couture who did custom sketches of garden roses which complimented the bunting.

Photography: Jodi & Kurt Photography | Floral Design: Susie Puckett/ The Everyday Gardener | Floral Design: Simplified Celebrations | Floral Design: Bramble & Bee | Floral Design: Deborah Hudgens | Floral Design: Laura Boucher/ Laura B Florals | Floral Design: Houston Flower Girls | Floral Design: Benn Kuhns | Floral Design: Flower Vibes | Floral Design: Dolly Creekmore Goings | Floral Design: Forever Cole Events | Floral Design: Holly Urban | Wedding Dress: Hitched Salon | Cake: Fresh Bakes | Invitations: Sara Kate Couture | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hitched Salon | Hair + Makeup: Jamie Dagostino | Floral Design + Teacher: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Floral Design + Teacher: Robbie Honey | Flower Girl Dress: Little Birdies Boutique DC | Food Stylist + Baker: Sarah Orman Of My Modern Diary | Location: Hope Flower Farm | Model: Ashlynn Sommers | Model: Audra Avery | Model: Robbie Honey | Model: Cari Funkhouser | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Ribbon: Honey Silks And Company | Vintage China and Antiques: Hope Flower Farm