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Melissa and Gregg were married at Montfair Resort Farm in Crozet, Va. on October 12. “Gregg and I love to go camping, so we wanted an outdoor wedding in the woods that was just as laid-back as we were as a couple,” Melissa said. “Our venue, Montfair Resort Farm, reflected our personalities perfectly and allowed us to incorporate lots of personal touches too.” The bride wore a lace dropped-waist wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore dark gray suits, accessorized with striped ties. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses in jewel tones and carried bouquets of dahlias and dusy millers. Notice they are wearing pashmina shawls too? “On the day of the wedding, fall foliage was just starting to emerge and beautiful views of the rolling hills greeted our guests [along with umbrellas],” she said. “Of course, no one hopes for rain, but that is exactly what we got. Plan B was already in place when the rain rinally stopped just long enough for us to have an impromptu ceremony outside by the lake, which turned out to be incredibly romantic.” Arrows directed everyone to the lodge for the reception afterwards. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, charger plates topped with favor  boxes, mason jars centerpieces, and wooden slab numbers. “The rustic decor was very much do-it-yourself with inspiration and colors coming from nature,” Melissa said. “A lot of things did not according to plan, but we managed to go with the flow and enjoy every moment because we were surrounded by so much love.”

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Photography: April Bennett Photography | Venue: Montfair Resort Farm | Dress Store: Leie’s Dress Boutique | Hair Stylist: Brianna B. Adams | Officiant: Jessica Fuller | Ceremony Musicians: By & By | Floral Designer: Blue Heron Farms | Caterer: The Local Restaurant and Catering | Transportation: Wahooptie

6 Things to Consider When Picking Your Wedding Colors

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 21, 2014

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There are so many elements that go into making your big day look cohesive and coordinated. From the decor and the linens, to the attire and flowers, it’s important that everything goes hand-in-hand. On top of that- there’s a color scheme to abide by! We’re here to give you a few things to think about before picking your palette. Seasonality and venue, among other things, are especially important to think about. Read on for our list of 6 things to keep in mind when narrowing down your options.

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Tori and Wade were married at The Duncan House in Tavares, Fla. on March 2. “We were looking for a venue that would do most of the talking for us,” Tori said. “The Duncan House, a 1920’s home, situated on Lake Dora, with it’s towering old oaks, made us feel transported to a different time. We took a weekend trip to Tavares and stayed the night there 18 months before our wedding. We knew immediately that it was the kind of place we wnated to share with our family and friends. The kind of place we wanted preserved in our memories forever.” The bride wore a ruched fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her short hair down in loose curls and a floor-length veil, while the groom wore black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long satin coral dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, ferns, and seeded eucalyptus. “A cold front came through the weekend of our outdoor wedding, dropping the temperatures down to a record 30 degrees,” she said. “The entire bridal party walked a couple of blocks to this nearby train station for photos, but it was so cold and windy, we just huddled together on the tracks to keep warm! We were like, this isn’t what we planned at all, but it sure is fun.” Before the ceremony, there was a grand entrace. “My dad has a 1926 Model T, and he drove me right up to the aisle,” Tori said. “Rather than have the bridesmaids escorted by a groomsmen, we asked each of our attendants to be walked down by their families or significant other. Wade even walked in carrying our, then 7-month old daughter, Juliet.” The reception followed afterwards in the backyard. Tables were decorated with white linens, navy blue chevron runners, gold charger plates, and candelabras. If dinner wasn’t enough, dessert was for sure! “Wade and I are HUGE doughnut fans,” she said. “When we first visited, we stopped at a little place on Hwy. 27 called Donut King. We knew that we had to have a donut tower at the wedding. It was a big hit.” Dancing was performed on wooden checkered floor underneath string lights and for extra entertainment, they played the shoe game too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Get started early, prioritize, and hire a wedding planner, if you can budget it,” Tori said. “Being in the industry, myself for many years, I thought I could handle it all, but thank goodness for Kehrin at Jet Set Wed. There were so many details the day-of the wedding that I could not have possibly done myself or assigned a family member to do. Knowing that I had a professional doing it all for me allowed me to relax (a little).”

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Photography: Matt Steeves Photography | Venue: The Duncan House | Event Planner: Jet Set Wed | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaid Dresses: For The Bride | Jewelry: Dunkin’s Diamonds | Hair and Makeup Artist: Kristy Alonzo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos | Officiant: Kim Hart | Ceremony Musician: Richard Blasich | Invitations: Violet Vetter | Floral Designer: Patty’s Floral Shop | Rentals: Grand Central Station Party Plus | Vintage Furniture: Sweet Southern Charm | Caterer: Levan’s Catering | Cake: Incredible Edible Cakes | DJ: Sean Corey Entertainment, LLC | Transportation: Model T Chauffeur Services

36 Signs You’re Ready to Get Engaged

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 20, 2014

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You spend so much time together you’ve essentially morphed into the same person, you know each other so well it’s scary, you can’t picture your future without the other – sound familiar?! It’s probably about time to put a ring on it. Here are 36 signs you should just get engaged already!

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Tiffany and Andrew were married in a traditional church ceremony at University of Virginia’s historic chapel followed by an outdoor reception at the Colonnade Club’s garden in Charlottesville, Va. on June 15. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, an ivory sash, and a pair of nude peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore long navy blue chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, dahlias, and greenery. “The most memorable moment was right before our ceremony,” Andrew said. “We had decided not to do a first look, but we had worked with our photographer to take photos right before it started without either of us seeing each other. The whole process worked out so well that it really heightened the sense of anticipation for the both of us. When we both saw each other as Tiffany walked down the aisle, we were both struck with emotions.” Guests were directed through campus to the reception via chalkboard arrows. Tables were decorated with tan linens, lace runners, mason jar centerpieces, and mini blueberry pies at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. Signature drinks were old-fashioned Coca-Cola bottles! By evening, the trees were glowing with string lights as everyone, young and old, danced in the grass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t feel that you have to do it yourself,” he said. “Accept from family and friends, especially as you get closer to the day of your wedding.”

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Photography: Meredith Sledge Photography | Ceremony Venue: University of Virginia Chapel | Reception Venue: University of Virginia Colonnade Club | Event Planners: Wes Fugate and Courtney Hildebrand | Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal | Shoes: Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Jewelry: Jared Galleria of Jewelry | Hair and Makeup Artist: On Location Bridal by Judy Hayward | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Gay Lee Einstein | Ceremony Musicians: String Theory Quartet | Floral Designer: Secret Gardens by Betty Jo Dominick | Caterer: The Local Restaurant and Catering| Cake: Sweet Haus | DJ: Bradley Veach 

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