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Ashley and Kevin were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Alexandria, Va. followed by a reception at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. on September 28. “We chose an early 1960s vintage theme,” Ashley said. “The era reminded us of our grandparents, whom we love dearly, and it’s the time period of one of our favorite TV shows Mad Men.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a chunky statement necklace, while the groom stood waiting in his classic black tuxedo and bow tie. “The look on my husband’s face when I said my vows” was Ashley’s favorite moment. “Bridesmaids received vintage handbags, long white gloves, and pink Ray Ban sunglasses,” she said. “Groomsmen had polka dot socks, fedoras, pale pink pocket squares, and white Ray Ban sunglasses.” The reception followed in the the renovated ballroom that featured stunning views of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces in mercury vases and vessels, and named after pop culture icons or trends like Woodstock. The newlyweds’ first dance? “All of Me” by John Legend.

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Photography: Holland Photo Arts | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue/Caterer: Army Navy Country Club | Ceremony Dress Designer: Martina Liana from Hannelore’s Bridal Boutique |  Reception Dress Designer: BHLDN |  Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Jewelry: PARIS by Debra Moreland | Hair and Makeup Artist: Andre Chreky | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Reeds Custom Tailors | Officiant: Father Kleinman | Invitations: Dandelion Patch | Floral Designer: Vert Tige | Rentals: Perfect Settings and Party Mosiac | Cake: Pastry Xpo | DJ: Chris Laich | Favors: My Wedding Favors, Etc. | Transportation: Camelot Classics  

Traditional Southern Summer Church Wedding in Alabama

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 29, 2013

Lauren & Ryan 

July 9

Birmingham, Alabama 


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

My then fiance and I fell in love with Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church because of its historic charm. The church was constructed to be a replica of its original building, and it was love at first sight for us. I wanted a vintage feel that was still comfortable and cozy and that is exactly what this church and its grounds portray.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I loved my bridal party’s attire. The girl’s dresses and pearl necklaces turned out so southern and sweet, and I loved the classic black tuxes we went with for the groomsmen.

2. I loved the fresh peaches we scored from a local farm outside the city limits of Birmingham. They were so fresh and delicious in July and made beautiful centerpieces and accents.

3. I loved our wedding cake. Not only was it scrumptious, but Julie Hendricks made an incredible cake stand out of a peach basket that made my heart swoon.

3.  Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

There were so many great moments in our whirlwind of a wedding day, but one moment that is still particularly sweet going on 3 years later is the car ride back to the hotel. For us, I can still remember that sweet long exhale after leaving the church still on a natural high from all the celebrating that just happened and yet still in awe that you both actually did it — you got married and are now husband and wife from that moment on until forever. A very overlooked moment throughout the wedding day I would say, but special indeed. We really appreciated having a driver, so we could bask in that moment wholeheartedly.

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Rustic Purple Hillside Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 11, 2013

Emily & Robby

September 1

Knoxville, Tennessee


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We were married at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, my family’s church. Honestly, I had always dreamed of being married there. My grandmother is a founding member of the church, and the original church services were actually held in her home. There is a lot of family history in that building! Rob and I really felt at home there and that is all that really mattered to us!

Our reception was held at the Reserve at Bluebird Hill. I knew the moment I met Jan Hall, owner of the Reserve, that I wanted my reception at Bluebird Hill. She is a wonderful person and her location is just as beautiful as her! I loved working with her and our reception was beautiful.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My Dad surprised me the day of the wedding with a few mementos for me. The one that stands out the most is his father’s, my Opa’s, dog tags. He put them on the inside of my bouquet so all day I could look down and remember my Opa. I also was wearing my Nana’s wedding ring on my right hand. She was very sick leading up to our wedding, and we were all afraid she wouldn’t be there to see it, but we all got an answered prayer and her health is now better than ever!

But, my favorite detail of our wedding was actually at our reception. Both of my grandfathers have passed, so I wanted to remember throughout the day that they were there with us. Rob is a guitarist, so we decided that for the father-daughter dance Rob would play our song on my Papa’s guitar. I remember him best when he was playing his guitar. So, Rob learned to play “Mr. Roboto” by Styx for my Dad. Which was another detail that was equally as hilarious as it was memorable!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

At our ceremony, at the very end, we had our organist, Reuben Weaver, play and sing “Grow Old With Me” by John Lennon. During that song, Rob and I just got to be together. It was the very first moment that we were married. It was just such an awesome feeling! And the song was just so beautiful. I will never forget that moment.

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