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A Classic and Heartfelt Virginia Vineyard Wedding

With intricate and intimate details at every corner of today’s wedding, it might be one of my favorites as of late! The couple, who spent most of their relationship long distance, called upon Simply Chic Events to bring their timeless vision to life while incorporating special details by the bride’s friends, like custom invitations and a sushi-themed groomsmen cake! J. Morris Flowers provided beautiful blooms which paired perfectly with mercury styled linens! And finally, Audra Wrisley Photography captured it all, including the bride’s contagious smile, which you can see in photo after photo in the full gallery, here!

From Audra Wrisley PhotographyKristin & Clinton chose to tie the knot in a beautiful winery in a sleepy Virginia town overlooking the Shenandoah mountains. The couple hoped for a beautiful celebration surrounded by family and friends, in the heart of wine country. Kristin, who lives and works just outside of Washington DC, and Clinton, who is active Navy and resides in Norfolk, Virginia, have spent their long-distance relationship with lots of phone calls and planned weekend trips. This sweet couple hosted a perfect celebration, with heartfelt touches at every turn. The bride’s stunning Lazaro gown was a focal point of their wedding day, which was designed with a classic palette of organic greens, ivories and gray with metallic accents. Echoing the organic winery theme throughout the stationery, floral wall, and rich-hued metallic flecked linens, the wedding design was beautiful and complemented the mountainous scenery.

A few words from the bride…I wanted our wedding to reflect us as a couple and for each detail to be meaningful. It was really special to me that I was able to involve so many important people in the creation of our wedding day. My best friend from middle and high school worked at a wedding cake shop and made our wedding cake and Clinton’s groom’s cake. My best friend from high school is a graphic designer and custom-made all of our wedding stationery. It is completely unique and I love knowing that no one else will ever have the same stationery.

Our wedding was pretty intimate – we had a little over 100 guests and it was the perfect size for us. We had guests come all the way from New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, and Canada. I wanted to be able to spend time with each guest and let them know how happy we were that they came to our wedding. Since Clinton has constantly moved around for his job so we’ve always had a long distance relationship. There are a lot of places that have helped define our relationship and ultimately shaped our marriage, so I wanted to incorporate that part of our story into our wedding day. Samantha, our coordinator/designer from Simply Chic Events, gave me the idea for luggage tag escort cards. I finally got the idea that I could create luggage tags with maps of all of the places that define our relationship – Charleston, SC; Portsmouth, NH; Norfolk, VA; Washington, DC; the eastern shore of Maryland; and San Diego, CA. It was a small, personal detail that meant a lot to us both.

More from the bride…When searching for a venue, my top priority was that we would be able to have an outdoor ceremony with a beautiful view. Since I wanted our wedding to be more elegant rather than rustic, finding a venue was a bit hard but when I found Breaux Vineyards it was the perfect mix. Thankfully, the weather was absolutely beautiful on our wedding day. The colors and flowers were everything I envisioned – simple yet elegant and timeless. It blended perfectly with the venue and our day. My favorite decor element was the gold and silver mercury table linens. They were a statement piece that blended seamlessly with the simple flowers, stationery, and table setting choices.

Being around all of the people we love was the best part of the day. Someone gave me advice to just stop and look during your reception and take a moment to appreciate that all of the people you love are in the same room at the same time. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. I have a few favorite moments from our wedding day. The first was reading Clinton’s note to me – the minute I opened it I could not hold myself together. Although Clinton is extremely talkative and outgoing, he doesn’t typically express his feelings out loud. He’s a poetic writer and I knew whatever he wrote would just make me melt. Another moment was our first look – I’ll never forget the look on Clinton’s face when he saw me in my dress for the first time. I also loved how surprised Clinton was when he saw his surprise groom’s cake, which was a board of sushi – his favorite food! He wasn’t expecting it at all and was so impressed with the intricate details. My friend Chelsea did an amazing job!

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Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Floral Design: J Morris Flowers | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Catering: Grandale Farm | Makeup: Conceptual Beauty | Hair: Jewel Hair Design | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | Venue: Breaux Vineyards | Bride's Dress: Lazaro | Coordination & Design: Simply Chic | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Stationery Design: Emily Stevens Studio

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Vineyards Meet the Mountains in this Classic Blue Ridge Wedding

Seated in an alcove of vines, nestled next to the Blue Ridge mountains… that all sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? One look at this gorgeous wedding photographed by Lauren Kinsey and you’ll be on Team Mountainside. It’s a classic beauty with pretty pastel blooms by Floral and Bloom Design and sun kissed portraits all sitting pretty in the vault. Have a look!

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From the Bride… My husband and I were married in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, halfway between our current home in Georgia and our hometowns in the Northeast. The whole day felt like a dream. It was a perfect breezy summer day, with blue skies. We had an outdoor ceremony that was held at a local vineyard, among our family and friends. Our guests were seated in an alcove of vines, nestled between the rolling blue mountains that surrounded them. As our loved ones began to walk down the aisle, the sun slowly started setting over the mountain tops in the distance.

The date we picked for our wedding was special to us because it marked ten years from the day we first met. We were first introduced when we were just fresh out of high school, and over the years, we have watched each other grow into the adults that we are today. We have waited so many years for this day, that I couldn’t believe I was finally seeing him all grown up, standing there, as we said our “I do’s”. The moment felt surreal.

Our wedding day was one that was filled with love and it showed. Everyone in our family had come together to help make our day a reality. My father had built the wine barrel tables for our ceremony and reception. Our three tier wedding cake was baked by my mother, and she had also sewn the textured damask linens for our reception. Our sweetheart table was set with vintage plates collected from various family members and antique stores. My husband was wearing his late grandfather’s cuff links, that his grandmother had given him as a wedding gift. For a more personalized touch, I had learned calligraphy and hand addressed our wedding invitations, and place cards. My husband constructed the escort card display using an antique frame from his mother. As a thank you to our guests, we left tiny, hand wrapped, wine related gifts at each place setting.

We had envisioned our day to be elegant, whimsical, and romantic. We pictured soft pastels, chantilly lace details, candle lit rooms, chandeliers, delicate summer blooms, and airy bouquets. Our color palette consisted of natural greens – paired with dusty rose, soft purple, and petal pink hues. We were inspired by organic elements that would play up the natural beauty of our venue. My bridesmaids and I carried free-form bouquets, accented with pastel peonies, clematis, dahlias, and handfuls of greenery. As our guests approached the ceremony site, they passed a flower bar, where they could fill cones with petals and lavender “wishes”. The ceremony and reception areas were decorated with soft florlas, light green pears, hand-made paper goods, and silk textiles. Our stationary consisted of recycled paper, and a hand-painted, watercolor monogram that accented the invitation suite.

For my wedding gown I knew that I wanted a look that was timeless and feminine. I was inspired by the iconic dresses from years ago, with soft, airy ballgown silhouettes, and lace details. When I first tried on my gown, it immediately reminded me of the dress that Jackie O. wore on her wedding day. Once we paired the dress with a chapel length lace veil, the whole thing felt like a vision from a dream, we all knew that this was exactly the gown that we were looking for.

I had given my bridesmaids the freedom to pick their own dresses. I chose a soft rosy pink and lilac color scheme for them to follow. They all looked like a vision in their gowns. One of our favorite moments of the night was when my two childhood friends privately sung a song they wrote for Jason and I, it perfectly summed up our ten years together.

After the last song was played, and all the lights were dimming out, we were having such a great time with our family and friends, that we lost track of time. Our last few guests were heading home, when my husband and I realized we missed our limo ride back to our house. We piled into the last two cars that were leaving the vineyard. With layers of tulle filling up half the vehicle, we laughed and snuggled with our wedding party until we made it home.

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Lazaro bridal | Invitations: Stephanie B Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Savoir Faire Limited | Hair and Makeup: Ana Buitrago | DJ: Y It Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A. Bank Rentals | Calligraphy Decor: Spurle Gul Studios | Day of Coordination: Infatuating Affairs | Event Manager: Breaux Vineyards | Rentals: Select Event Group | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Ribbons: Silk Willow

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Elegant Barn Wedding

Barn marrying is one of my favorite ways to say “I do” – especially when it’s a romantic meets organic set of nuptials like this one captured by Jillian Michelle Photography.  It’s a breathtaking farm setting meets some seriously cool hanging centerpieces from Sweet Root Village meets a Watters gown that will take your breath away.  See every beautiful moment in THE VAULT right this way.

 

From Jillian Michelle Photography… Helene and Andrew live in Washington, DC but they knew that they wanted their wedding to take place outside the city to really showcase the beauty of the Virginia countryside. Shadow Creek was the perfect backdrop for their beautiful wedding. The traditional Jewish ceremony took place outside on the patio overlooking the gorgeous rolling hills. The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour on the front porch complete with a hot apple cider station. The girls at Sweet Root Village did amazing job wowing the guests with their hanging centerpieces at the reception and the Black Tie Band kept the dance floor full the entire night!

From the Bride… Living in the heart of DC, we knew we wanted a day that was focused on our marriage, family and friends, out of the hustle bustle of the city.

Our color palette came about pretty organically through the planning process. It began as “neutral” but once we worked with our incredible florist, Sweet Root Village, we realized green would also be a focus considering we wanted a lot of greenery incorporated in our florals. The style vision was to play up the natural beauty of Shadow Creek, our beautiful barn venue. We wanted to add elegant touches to an already gorgeous venue and its Virginia horse country surroundings.

Flowers were a dream of natural looking neutral blooms and greenery. We had not planned for favors but many guests ended up hanging onto the green and white throw blankets we provided for the ceremony. The rest were donated to charity. Guests did takeaway some snacks for the bus ride back to the city including breakfast sandwich biscuits and chocolate chip cookies (two of our favorite treats). Our goal for cakes was simple and delicious. Sweets by E in Herndon made that a reality with our varied flavored, sized and frosted white buttercream cakes topped with some florals. I loved being able to cut into her play on a funfetti looking flavor! My gown experience sounds cliche, but after looking at seemingly endless shops and dresses I really did know when I finally found the one.

I love the unique hanging centerpieces the creative girls at Sweet Root Village designed for us. They added an outdoorsy feel to the space and conveniently left just enough room for a scattering of candles and simple bottles of florals alongside our family style meal. Other fun DIY details were the carrot crate for the horse Mr. Z, cinnamon stick filled mason jars for a cider bar and station for FUJI Instant camera photo filled guest book.

One of my favorite moments was being outside for our ceremony and hearing the cows in the field behind us mooing amen to the Rabbi’s prayers- definitely couldn’t have had that happen in the city! Another favorite detail was hearing the our band play the slowed down version of Beyonce’s Love on Top they learned for our first dance. It made a potentially awkward five minutes in the spotlight be so personal and fun for us!

Advice I would give to brides?  Really try to be present and savor every minute of the weekend. It’s such a special time that you will want to replay in your head for the rest of your life.

Photography: Jillian Michelle Photography | Cinematography: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning: Ashlee Virginia Events | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweets By E | Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Hair + Makeup: Hair & Makeup Artistry by Claudine | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Band: Black Tie: Washington Talent | Groomsmen Attire: Suitsupply | Venue: Shadow Creek | Day Of Signage: Miss Merkle Design | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Welcome Sign: Leah Letters

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Rustic Chic Pastel Shadow Creek Wedding in Virginia

Brielle and Mike, every single one of us here at Style Me Pretty have a confession to make: your wedding day at Shadow Creek has completely stolen our hearts! Every detail is SO good that we honestly. Just to give you an idea, every pastel pretty is sure to find it’s way onto our Pinterest boards, and thanks to Elizabeth Fogarty we’ll all be spending the rest of our days in the THE VAULT!

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From Elizabeth FogartyMike and Brielle met in college at an introduction freshman course. And six years later, here they are. They wanted their wedding to be a reflection of them: fun, warm, and outdoorsy. Brielle picked blush, champagne, and eucalyptus tones for her colors and they came together beautifully! The different bridesmaids’ dresses were also perfect! Brielle purchased gowns from BHLDN, J Crew, and Jenny Yoo for her girls. The bride and groom picked this fairly new venue because of its blonde wood, vaulted ceilings, and wrought iron chandeliers. It put a whole new twist on barn weddings. This barn wedding was modern and elegant! The one fun fact about this venue is that they have a very special guest during the cocktail hour- a super friendly horse! The venue provides snacks like carrots for the guests to feed it.

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Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Blooming Arts | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Jamie Dagostino | DJ: MyDeejay | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Shadow Creek

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Romantic Fall Hued Breaux Vineyard Wedding Inspiration

Get ready to absorb the beauty ladies, because you’re in for a vineyard full. It’s a fall hued affair dreamed up by Real Doll Makeup that’s bursting with so many full-bodied colors you’ll be craving that nightly glass of red early. Complete with Meant To Be Calligraphy and a few gorg grapes, Bonnie Sen has it all to share in THE VAULT!

From Real Doll MakeupBreaux Vineyards is located in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. With their endless rows of vibrant grape vines and incredible villa inspired building, it’s hard to believe your only an hour away from Washington, DC when you arrive through their gated grounds. This shoot was organized on a quintessential fall day. The air was perfectly crisp and when we arrived, the sun was just starting to set over the mountains. Organizing the shoot was really enjoyable, with many talented vendors so excited join.

Paul Breaux, the founder and owner, has deep roots in Cajun culture. I thought it would be nice to give nod to the culture by featuring some uniquely Cajun items. For example, if you look closely, the porcelain dishware (from Anthropologie) features a Fleur-di-Lys on the rim, as does on of the cakes. We also incorporated the Jennifer’s Jambalaya wine, produced by the vineyard, which features the vineyards signature crawfish logo. The models dress was selected to create a ethereal and romantic feel to the shoot. It almost appears as if she is in a dream. We hope this styled shoot inspires many in our area to create their own beautiful escape out to this gorgeous venue.

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Photography: Bonnie Sen | Florals: Succulents and Saffron | Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye | Cake: Tart And Craft | Makeup : Real Doll Makeup | Hair: Styled By Anna Fazio | Calligraphy : Meant To Be Calligraphy | Venue: Breaux Vineyards | Creative Direction: Real Doll Makeup | Dinnerware: Anthropologie | Female Model: Victoria Chang | Male Model: Mr. George Khouri | Set Design: Carmela Sangalang

Virginia Vineyard Wedding from Vicki Grafton Photography

It all starts with a love story. Two people meeting, by chance, and even though they’ve met thousands of others, it’s this one person that truly changes their lives. It’s the look you wait for your entire life, and when it eventually happens you just can’t wait to see that look forever and ever. This is just such a love story that started with just such a look, and we are lucky enough to see a pretty chapter of it unfold thanks to Vicki Grafton Photography. A gorgeous wedding that marks the start of countless looks, and every sweet image can be seen here. Today is a good day. A good day indeed.

From the Bride… Ross and I met at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He was a senior, about to graduate in two weeks, and I was a sophomore. We met at a party that I had actually been invited to by someone else; obviously it didn’t work out for that guy. I had seen Ross before in our business administration building, and he smiled at me as we crossed paths. I actually remember telling my mom about him doing this. The last two weeks flew by and Ross graduated. I wasn’t sure if I would hear from him again, but he sent me roses for my birthday, and I knew it wasn’t the end. We continued to see each other and ended up making it official a few months later.

Two years flew by and it was my turn to graduate. My family and Ross’ all gathered to go out for a celebratory dinner the night before the event. After dinner, Ross and I took a nostalgic walk which ended at a historic building on campus, where there were candles, rose petals everywhere and a bottle of champagne. After reading a poem he wrote, he got down on one knee and popped the question. Next thing I knew all of our family, including my 89 year-old grandfather and some close family friends, jumped out of the bushes and surprised me. It was a truly special moment for us, and I’m so glad he asked me in a spot that meant so much to the both of us.

While I am all for the classics, we knew we didn’t want to have a completely traditional wedding. We chose our location, Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, VA, because of the gorgeous view and, of course, our shared love of wine. After much deliberation, we decided to set the date of September 15, 2012. I had looked through magazines and websites, but was having a hard time deciding what I really wanted. That’s when we found Vicki Grafton of My Simple Details. She helped me take everything I loved and tie it all together. Though the wedding was at a vineyard, I didn’t want it to be wine-themed. I was really inspired by burlap and lace although I included some touches of vineyard inspiration, like a wine barrel bar and cake table and the letter “A” I made out of corks. I was inspired by a neutral palate of pale pink, grey, ivory, champagne and beige. For the ceremony, the aisle was lined with shepherds’ hooks that held vases of flowers and two wine barrels stood at the end that had three tiers of white hydrangeas sitting on top of them. Our cocktail hour featured a cornhole set that Ross made and painted, a guestbook with Polaroid photos of the guests and a seating chart made out of two French doors and one antique pink door, which displayed wedding pictures from both Ross and Cathleen’s grandparents and parents. For the reception, we chose to have square and rectangular tables; some were covered in champagne colored tablecloths and others were rustic farm tables with burlap runners. The tent had clear lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and candles sat on every table to add extra ambiance. Since we were at a vineyard with perfect scenery, I didn’t need to get crazy with flowers, but Morgan from Petals & Hedges completely nailed it; the flowers were soft, elegant and natural. Overall, this day came together even more perfectly then I could have ever dreamed and it is a day that my husband and I will cherish forever.

*Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography / Wedding Venue: Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, VA / Wedding Planning + Design: My Simple Details / Floral Design: Petals and Hedges / Wedding Catering: Savoir Fare Limited / Wedding Cake: Cake Panache / Music: Cherry Blossom String Quartet / DJ: Dream Day DJs / Wedding Stationery: The Dandelion Patch / Wedding Dress: Marisa (Style #865) via Jeanette’s / Bride’s Dress Sash: Erin Cole / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom / Bride’s Shoes: Ann Taylor / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: DSW / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Brighton via Ketterman Jewelers / Groom + Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein / Flower Girls’ Tutus: Tutu Girl

* While Whysall Photography was hired to shoot the wedding, these images are from the planner who runs Vicki Graphton Photography. You can see all of the official wedding images captured by Whysall Photography right here.

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Purcellville Wedding by Michelle Van Tine Photography

No, you’re not dreaming, your simply gazing at some beyond gorgeous photos by Michelle Van Tine Photography. You may not believe it when I say that the majority of this wedding was pulled off by the bride, her family and friends, but it’s true! Everything from the bouquets to the invites were DIY and we are loving every single shabby chic inch of this wedding from the fluffy florals to the romantic table settings. Click here for even more.

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From the Bride…From top to bottom I had the joy to design this wedding- with a lot of help from my family. We took a lot of time and care to put in many small details that made every corner of the venue covered with some beautiful little treasure. We spent months collecting vases, mason jars, candle holders, and picture frames- all of which we used to individualize each of the extended dinner tables. We cut our own table runners, hung our own lighting around the dance floor, made chalkboard signs from old wooden frames found at garage sales, hand-wrote all the escort cards, and we each even designed and put together our own bouquets. This was a DIY wedding from beginning to end. But the most wonderful part about this wedding was that it was completely outdoors, from the ceremony to the reception- and there was no tent! The weather held up beautifully, so our guests were able to enjoy dancing to a live band under the stars, as the candles melted down and left a dim sparkle covering the tabletops. It created a magical ambiance that was said to be straight out of a movie.

From Michelle Van Tine PhotographyI’ve shot many weddings and I must say this wedding was on of the most beautiful ones I’ve had the opportunity to document. Every corner I turned there was a beautiful antique vase, fresh cut flowers, hand made elements and beautiful creative decorations. The bride and her family did everything from scratch, even made their own bouquets! The reception was magical. Guests feasted and laughed over candle light as the sun set behind the blue ridge mountain. As the sun gave way we discovered candles spread everywhere, even hanging all over the trees. It was a beautiful fairy tale wedding.

Ceremony + Reception Location: Silverbrook Farm B&B / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Recycled Bride / Wedding Shoes: Vintage / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew + Off 5th / Bridesmaid Belts: Sister of the Bride / Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s / Groomsmen Bowties: Southern Proper / Wedding Invitations: Chocolate Butterbean / Wedding Invitation Inserts + Calligraphy: The Bride / Floral Design: Seh Hee Koh, The Bride + Family / Wedding Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes / Bride’s Hair + Make-up: Salon Alure / Wedding Videography: Daniel Pinto / Wedding Photography: Michelle Van Tine Photography / Event Lighting: The Groom + Father of the Bride / Wedding Design, Table Design, Signage Design: The Bride, Mother + Sister of the Bride / Event Rentals+ Catering: Better Events CateringJohnny’s Kabob / Pie: Mom’s Apple Pie Company / Officiant: Pastor Eric Simmons of Redeemer Church of Arlington / Ceremony Musicians: Jordan Kauflin, Shelley Reinhart, Mary Grace Brown + Reagan Brown / Band: The Moonlighters / Day-of Coordinator: Jillian Welesk

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