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Bright Wildflower Summer Barn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 20, 2014

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Taylor and Daniel were married at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Va. on August 3. “We knew we wanted to get married on a farm and have the receptioin in a barn,” Taylor said. “The fact that when we pulled up and saw not only the beautiful river, horses running in the fields, and the barn was still being used as a barn, filled with hay, more horses, absolutely not ready for a wedding (we were the first ones to find the place), we knew it was the one. It was ‘untouched’ and smelled like a barn, couldn’t get more real then that! Most would have turned away immediately, but we knew we had found something special.” The bride wore a custom-designed lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a low back, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with patterened tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin yellow dresses and carried wildflower bouquets of sunflowers, dahlias, roses, and craspedia balls. Even though the day started off rainy, it cleared up just in time when guests arrived. Taylor’s favorite moment? “Turning the corner of the aisle and seeing each other’s faces for the first time all day, both grinning from ear-t0-ear,” she said. After all, forever was about to begin with Trooper, their pup. Following the not-a-dry-eye ceremony, the newlyweds took a few moments to themselves. “Just look around,” Taylor said. “Notice and take in all the people, who love you both and came to see you start your lives together. Just 3 minutes will make you appreciate the day that much more.” The reception kicked off  with a chalkboard sign that said, “Here’s your glass for the night. Fill it to the rim with whatever tastes right.” It served double-duty as favors in addition to seed bulbs. Tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces, lace doilies, and surrouned by mix ‘n’ matched chiavari and cross back chairs. “We even surprised my grandparents with their own weding cake with their topper from their 60th anniversary /vow renewal and a dance to the song they actually danced to at their wedding,” Taylor said. “Because it was their 67th anniversary, one of the main reasons why we picked our date.”

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Photography: Paired Images | Videography: SGD Editing | Venue: Riverside on the Potomac | Event Planner: Roberts and Company Events | Dress Store: Ellie’s Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: Allison Harper and Co. | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: David’s Bridal | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: B Floral and Event Design by Shelly Bagdasian | Caterer: Spilled Milk | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Rentals: DC Rental | DJ: Digital Solutions

You Asked, We Answered: Inviting Your Boss

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 20, 2014

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Photo: J&J Photography

Over the next few weeks, our very own WeddingWire editors will be providing answers to those tough etiquette questions that Facebook followers might not know how to address. First up, Katie asks: “Do I need to invite my bosses to my wedding if the only relationship we have is all work-related?” Find out the answer here.

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Nicki and Chance were married at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, N.C. on June 7. “When we were looking for a venue, we wanted a place that would be sentimental to both of us and would give a Southern charm to our wedding,” Nicki said. “The Bentonville Battlefields was the perfect place because it is a reminder that love can be found in the smallest, most unexpected places. We loved that it was so close to home and had so many memories for us and our community too.” The bride wore a spaghetti strap mermaid wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. while the groom wore a khaki three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short netural dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, tulips, and berries. “Once the bridesmaids and I were dressed and ready to go to the ceremony, my mom surprised me with a gift,” she said. “It was a beautiful necklace with my new initials on it. We both cried when I opened it and shared a special moment just before the wedding. It was a reminder of how much my mom loves us and supports our marriage. I loved having that assurance in my heart as I walked down the aisle.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Plus, in lieu of a traditional guest book, a Bible was signed. “Once all guests were seated, it was placed at the front,” Nicki said. “The preacher, Chance, and I also signed the Bible as a reminder that our love is a gift from God. It is a great keepsake!” The reception followed underneath a frame tent. “My favorite details were the table decorations that we used,” she said. “My mother and I decorated each table by hand. Every table was different, but they all had an antique style to them. We spent months searching stores, thrift shops, and old barns around our family farm for items that we could add. We had decorations ranging from old cigar boxes and Coke bottles to tea pots.” The dessert display had endless sweets — rainbow sprinkle cupcakes, pecan pies, and rice krispie treats. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Choose a few things to splurge on and decide on a few things that you can cut back on,” Nicki said. “It will help with your budget! As soon as we got engaged, I knew that my splurges would be my dress and my photographer. I was heppy to cut back on other details that were not as important to me. Of course, every bride’s splurges will be different but make sure you choose those up front before you get too far along in the planning process.”

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Photography: J&J Photography | Venue: Bentonville Battlefield | Event Planner: Lisa Tart | Dress Designer: Lazaro from Victorian Rose Bridals | Hair Stylist: LeeAnn Wilson and Andrea Baggett | Makeup Artist: Brittani Hines | Officiant: Scott Peterson | Floral Designer: Dutch Irish Florals | Rentals: Table Toppers | Caterer: McCalls Bar-B-Q & Seafood | Cake: Jamie and Stacy Edwards | DJ: Joey Warren

How To Create Your Custom Wedding Hashtag

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 19, 2014

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Photo: Ashley Durham Studios

With the massive amounts of social media in today’s tech-savvy society, it’s hard not to create an Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram wedding hashtag for your upcoming nuptials, especially since it stores all of your guests’ photos in one place for you to relive all those wild ‘n’ crazy moments aftwerwards. How do you create an awesome one like #krebstietheknot, #thisishowelldoit, or #ahappylittlewedding? Find out what our Adivce Editor suggests here.

Boho Chic Plantation Summer Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 18, 2014

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Brooke and Matt were married at Boone Hall Plantation overlooking Horlbeck Creek in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. on August 9. “Looking back on our wedding day, I think what made it so special was sharing our love with those who mean the most to us,” Brooke said. “I really feel like everyone got a taste of everything that makes Matt and I who we are.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a beaded bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with a braided crown updo, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, and a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, craspedia balls, succulents, hydrangeas, and baby’s breath. The wedding colors? “Neutrals with accents of turquoise, yellow, and orange,” she said. “A subtle yet warm palette for a summer wedding.” As guests arrived, they were encouraged to sit anywhere! But after the ceremony, “my brother led the Grand March, weaving them throughout the cotton deck to the Italian cookie cake we had in addition to the traditional cake,” Brooke said. “The cookie cake and Grand March have been a part of my parent’s wedding, my grandparent’s wedding, my great grandparent’s wedding, and so on. Ours would not have been complete without it.” Along with the three-course fare and late night snacks, there was also a signature drink — “Lowcountry Mojito,” which included firefly vodka, mint, simply syrup, and soda. A nod to the South! “It was sort of a mix of rustic and vintage with the laid back Charleston attidue,” she said. “Decorations were minimal.” Tables were named after streets such as Rutledge, Simons, and Broad. “I truly believe that our wedding was the definition of care free,” Brooke said. “From the casual attire to the all-night dancing, I could look around the room and see the spirit of our families on the faces of our loved ones.”

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Photography: Priscilla Thomas Photography | Videography: My Memories Films | Venue: Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation | Event Planner: Katherine Miller Events | Dress Designer: BHLDN | Shoes: Seychelles | Hair and Makeup Artist: Stella Nova | Floral Designer: Wildflowers, Inc. | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals, Yoj Events, Aggreko, and EventWorks Rentals | Caterer:Gourmet Bay Catering | Cake: Wildflour Pastry | Band: The Mighty Kicks | Ukelele Musician: Bob Urick | Bartending: MIX Premiere Bartending | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. | Lighting: Duvall Events

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