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Elegant Summer Rustic Barn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 19, 2014

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Crystal and Drew were married at The Vintager Inn in New Kent, Va. on August 2. “The whole ambiance of the venue is very laid back, yet elegant, which is really what made us say yes to the venue,” Crystal explained. “We ultimately wanted a venue that reflected our relationship and personalities.” The bride looked lovely in a strapless lace fitted gown with a bejeweled belt. She styled her hair in loose waves and carried a romantic bouquet of pink garden roses, white amaryllis, and greenery. Her ‘maids donned short mint-colored v-neck dresses. The groom and his men wore tan three-piece suits and mint bow ties. Crystal and Drew tied the knot in the elegant barn in front of their 110 guests. There were various games set up on the lawn outside, from corn hole to life-size Jenga (which was made by the bride’s father and step-mother). At the reception, family and friends dined at round tables with white linens in the elegant barn. Each table featured floral mason jar centerpieces and gold candles. After dinner guests indulged in a variety of cupcake flavors such as key lime pie, red velvet, and apple pie. Yum! Crystal and Drew shared a special moment near the end of the reception. “We chose to have our guests exit the reception to prepare for the sparkler exit outside,” Crystal said. “As guests left the reception barn, Drew and I shared one last dance together, just the two of us. The moment was so perfect because we finally had the chance to reflect on our perfect day.” Talk about a heart-warming ending to their wedding day. Crystal recommends that engaged couples try to keep their big day in perspective. “If particular events on your wedding day do not play out exactly how you expected, relax and take a moment to really ask yourself if it will matter when you look back at it 10 years from now.”

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Photography: Audrey Rose Photography | Venue: The Vintager Inn | Dress Designer: Galina at David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Jewelry: Versona | Hair & Makeup: Andra Rosenberg at Salon Vivace | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Rentals: ABZ Rentals | Flowers: Jeff’s Flowers | Cake: Frostings Bake Shop |  DJ: DJ Chuck Wills | Catering: Country Grill | Officiant: Joe Marks | Invitations: Etsy | Ceremony Musicians: Sam Hayes

Bridal Style Matrix

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 19, 2014

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The initial stages of wedding dress shopping can be totally overwhelming, especially if you don’t know exactly what you want. Lucky for you, WeddingWire’s FallBook 2014 put together a diagram to help you figure it out. Whether your wedding style is more casual and modern, or traditional and formal, our bridal style matrix has the perfect fit for you. Happy shopping!

Intimate Romantic Summer Wedding in Greece

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 18, 2014

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Claire and Robin were married at the Spetses Amphitheatre followed by a reception at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in Spetses, Greece on June 8. The decision to wed at this particular location was an easy one for the couple. “We had visited the  Poseidonion Grand Hotel on Spetses several times over the two years before,” Claire explained.” We adore the beauty of the island and the hotel is so classically beautiful, when Robin proposed we both instantly knew where to spend our magical day.” The bride looked beautiful in a flowy gown with a plunging v-neck. The dress featured a sheer lace back and short sleeves, as well as jeweled detailing at the waistline. She wore her hair in a tightly-curled updo and carried a bouquet of white roses. The groom looked dapper in a gray suit and ditched the tie for a more casual look. 85 guests looked on as Claire and Robin exchanged vows in the amphitheatre. After they became husband and wife, everyone moved to the outdoor patio at the hotel. The reception featured round tables with white linens and glass vase centerpieces filled with greenery. Friends and family enjoyed an 8-course classic Greek meal. While Claire and Robin were the guests of honor they certainly made their guests feel special. “We wrote personal letters to all our guests sharing why they mean so much to us.” How thoughtful! As for their fairytale ending? The couple enjoyed a horse-pulled carriage ride along the water, and that wasn’t even Claire’s favorite part. “Seeing my husband’s face as i walked down the aisle and seeing how happy he was,” Claire said. “Knowing my best friend and soulmate was to become my husband.”

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Photography: Anna Roussos Photography & Video Creations | Dress Designer: Jenny Packham | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Hair Stylist: Suzie Whitfield | Venue: Spetses Amphitheatre | DJ: DJ Panos | Jeweler: Steltman Jewelers  | Reception Venue/Catering/Rentals: Poseidonion Grand Hotel

Blush Shabby Chic Summer Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 17, 2014

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Samantha and Gibson were married at Angus Barn Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C. on July 4. “The grounds alone are simply breath taking,” Samantha said. “I have always envisioned an outdoor wedding near some body of water, and the Angus Barn definitely has it!” The venue held a special place in their heart as well. “My now husband proposed in the woods which are on the other side of the pond,” Samantha said. Talk about meant to be! The bride donned a strapless lace gown complete with a peach-colored sash. She wore her hair down in loose curls and carried a bouquet of blush roses. Her 7 ‘maids were outfitted in strapless blush chiffon gowns and carried baby’s breath bouquets. The groom opted for a more casual look in tan dress pants and matching vest, along with a cream-colored tie. His men wore navy dress pants and vests, and sported navy neckties. The couple exchanged vows by the water in front of 140 close family members and friends and had a beautiful wooden cross adorned with flowers and greenery as their backdrop. A wooden monogrammed letter acted as the guest book, and the reception tables featured white and burlap linens. Each table had blush and pink floral centerpieces set in mason jars, along with romantic candles. After dinner guests indulged in a three-tiered white cake. During the commotion of the reception, the couple was able to sneak outside for a moment alone, which ended up being their favorite part of the night. “We both feel that standing outside, watching the Brier Creek Fireworks whilst our loved ones mingled outside and boogied inside, was our favorite,” Samantha recalled. “It was the first moment that was simply ours.” Samantha’s best advice? “Remember, take some time for just the two of you, even if you think you’re being rude. It’s your day!”

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Photography: Amy Allen Photography | Venue/Caterer: Angus Barn Pavilion | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee | Hair and Makeup Artist: Make Up For Your Day | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony Musicians: Save the Date Music | Floral Designer: Tre Bella, Inc. | Cake: Simply Cakes | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Videography: Jacob Joyner Productions | Officiant: Joe Coffey | Event Planner: Ashley Wittington

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Fun fact: The average couple spends about 39 percent of their budget on wedding catering — more than any other vendor. WeddingWire’s FallBook 2014 features the ultimate catering guide with everything you need to know about food and drinks from over 30 experts like the differences between passed vs. stationery hors d’ouevres and plated vs. buffet dinner.

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