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Tina and Isaac were married at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford. N.H. on August 2. How did he propose? “I was practicing a presentation that I had to give for work in front of her and a few close family and friends, and it was a farce,” Isaac said. “The presentation was really a list of things that I love about her and in the end, I proposed and presented her a ring.” When it came to tie the knot, they wanted a venue that served double-duty. “Everything was right there,” he said. The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of strappy high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie and matching pocket square. Bridesmaids wore short satin blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, sunflowers, asters, mums, thistle, and lisianthus. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. It then took place in the garden surrounded by immaculate landscape beds. String lights were hung overhead folding padded chairs and aisles were lined with cast iron markers. Fun fact: a live artist painted the entire scene! Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 170 witnessing. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception in the Great Hall. Guests found their seats via escort cards on place card holders, and were asked to sign a traditional guest book with well wishes and advice. Tables were decorated with white linens, mason jar centerpieces atop wooden tree slices draped with moss, chalkboard numbers, and votive candles, surrouned by chiavari chairs. “The speeches were amazing,” he said. After dinner, the three-tiered cake was cut and served. Dancing even meant wearing glow stick necklaces. The newlyweds best advice? “Don’t stress over the small stuff,” Isaac said. “It’s over so quick. Enjoy every moment of your wedding. If there is a way to greet everyone on the way into the reception or after the ceremony, do it. We didn’t even get to see everyone. Trying to make it to every table proved impossible, and if someone wasn’t at the table when you visited, then you never saw them either.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Costa Rica.

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Photography: Wilton Brothers Photography | Venue/Caterer: Bedford Village Inn | Dress Designer: Essence of Australia from Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Brian Sweeney | Invitations: Invitations.com | Floral Designer: Apotheca Flowers & Tea Chest, LLC | Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastries | DJ: DJ Dolo 

Nautical Navy Blue Summer Inn Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 29, 2014

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Starr and Chris were married at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md. on August 22. “We had looked at tons of wedding venues in the NOVA and DC areas during the two months after we got engaged,” Starr said. “They all had things we liked, but were always lacking something. When we drove into Easton and saw Tidewater Inn, we knew it was perfect for our vision. It had everything we wanted and more! It had the charm and elegance, but also had the big reception room and hotel for guests to stay. We signed that day.” The bride wore a strapless mermaid wedding gown with a ruched bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of Kate Spade peep-toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, hydrangeas, and anemones. “We decided on a classic navy and white with silver color scheme,” she said. Guests were greeted outside the garden courtyard with handkerchiefs for their tears of joy during the ceremony. “Most people have heard the song ‘Selfie’ where the lyrics go, “but first, let me take a selfie,'” Starr said. “Well, Chris thought it would be hilarious for us to take a wedding selfie after we said our vows. So the DJ started up our recessional music and then quickly changed it to the song. Then, we literally stopped and took a selfie. It’s great because no one really knew about it, and the faces in the photo are of our guests, and they are so fun and full of laughter.” Did you notice the customized anchor motif flag above the altar? Totally “trude.” The reception took place inside the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, chevron runners, round centerpieces, and votive candles. “There were so many details at our wedding,” she said. “We found lots of unique pieces throughout our planning process, but our favorites are the ones that have now been incorporated into our home. We found an awesome wire sailboat card holder and an anchor marquee sign, which are in our living room. Lastly, we had a signature drink named after our dog, Skully. We named the drink ‘Skully’s Revenge.’ The drink was pretty good too. (One part ginger liquor, one part white cranberry, 1 part citrus vodka, and a twist of lemon).” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Know what your priorities are,” Starr said. “Once you know what you really care about for the wedding, everything else is just extra, and it makes it easier to edit your needs and expectations. And if you do little things at a time, it won’t feel so overwhelming.”

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Photography: Bonnie Sen Creative Photography | Venue/Caterer: Tidewater Inn | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Jewelry: Romance Diamond Bridal Collection | Hair and Makeup Artist: Jordan K. Winn & Co. | Groom and Groomsment Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Jim Sullivan | Ceremony Musician/DJ: Crow Entertainment LLC | Invitations: Paper Snaps | Floral Designer: Seasonal Flowers | Cake: Cakes by Melinda 

Enchanting Intimate Fall Inn Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 08, 2014

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Brittany and Blake were married at the Washington Grass Inn in Greensboro, Ga. on October 11.  The bride wore a strapless sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair of cowboy boots, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a matching tie and vest. Bridesmaids wore short gray lace dresses and carried bouquets of roses, scabiosa pods, dahlias, daisies, and fiddlehead fern curls. Notice the statement necklaces too? There wasn’t one flower girl or two, but four! Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the front porch. Guests were greeted to the 13-acre historic property (circa 1852) with a chalkboard sign that said, “Friends of the bride, friends of the groom, please sit together. There is plenty of room.” Brittany was escorted down the aisle by her father through two doors. Aisles were lined with tree trunks topped with mason jars. The vows were sealed with a kiss just as the sun was setting. And in perfect time for formal portraits on the swing! The reception took place in the “cottonball room” otherwise known as the pavilion. Tables were decorated with brown linens, orange napkins, and wheat centerpieces surrounded by pine cones. Koozie favors were passed out as the dance floor got packed from entertainment of the band. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of handmade ribbon wands.

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Photography: Brandy Angel Photography | Venue: Washington Grass Inn   

Rustic Multicolored Fall Inn Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 06, 2014

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Amanda and Robert were married at the Inn at Michell House in Chestertown, Md. on October 12. The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a ruched bodice and lace skirt, accessorized with her strawberry blonde hair down in loose curls and cluster pearl earrings, while the groom wore a brown suit, accessorized with a tie and satin-wrapped boutonniere. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched jewel toned chiffon dresses in different shades of burgundy, blush and brown and carried bouquets of dahlias, mums, lisianthus, and seeded eucalyptus. “We loved that our flowers were locally sourced and smelled amazing with herbs mixed in,” Amanda said. Guests were greeted with a perfectly-landscaped lawn overlooking the Stoneybrooke pond as they arrived for the ceremony. “We loved the rustic feel of the historic country bed and breakfast,” she said. “We were terrified of the rain. With the weather forecast, everything pointed towards us being married under a tent rather than in front of a beautiful pond in the country setting we had imagined. But the rain held out [for the vows]. . . ten minutes following the ceremony the sky opened up and there was a rain shower, but it was okay because then we had a perfect rainbow!” During the reception, escort cards were hung on vintage shutters, tables were numbered on chalkboards, and dinner was served a la buffet, including pulled pork and brisket, smoked chicken, caesar salad, potatoes au gratin, asparagus, and ratatouille. “And the candy buffet was a hit!” she said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Have fun!” Amanda said. “You will spend a year planning for this one day, and some things may go wrong, but that won’t keep you from having the best day of your life.”

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Photography: Rachel Smith Photography | Venue: The Inn at Mitchell House | Dress Designer: Cameo Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Cameo Bridal | Hair Stylist: Joanna Wilson of Victoria and Albert Hair Studio | Makeup Artist: Joy Cortina of Arbonne International Independent Consultant | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Floral Designer: Local Color Flowers | Invitations: Invitation Consultant | Rentals: Tents 4 Rent, Inc. & Photobooth Rentals | DJ: That DJ Guy

Multicultural Intimate Inn Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 02, 2014

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Lindsay and Edward were married in a traditional ceremony at the University of Virginia Chapel, followed by a reception and Korean tea ceremony at The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Va., on March 15. The bride looked lovely in a strapless a-line gown and a detailed updo. She carried a bright bouquet of ranunculuses, sweet peas, and amaryllis.  Her ‘maids donned long gray v-neck dresses with white shawls. The groom and his men looked dapper in traditional black tuxedos.  After tying the knot in front of 100 close friends and family in the U.Va Chapel, guests made their way to The Clifton Inn to celebrate. “We immediately fell in love with The Clifton Inn for its intimacy and warmth,” Lindsay said. “We wanted our wedding to be an intimate occasion with family and friends, where everyone would feel elegant yet comfortable.” Guests were escorted to long banquet tables covered with white linens and were greeted by toy bicycle place card holders with their names. Each table featured a bright floral centerpiece similar to the bride’s bouquet. Family and friends enjoyed passed appetizers and had a choice of three entrees for dinner. Following their first dance, Lindsay and Edward changed into a different set of clothes for the tea ceremony, a Korean wedding tradition. Lindsay’s favorite moment of the day was when they had a moment alone beforehand. “We had few minutes to celebrate and reflect our day for the first time as husband and wife,” she said. “It was a precious moment.” Guests ended the night enjoying a four-tier white cake. Overall Lindsay and Edward had a memorable evening that was a perfect blend of both their cultures.

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Photography: April Bennett Photography | Ceremony Venue: University of Virginia Chapel | Reception Venue & Catering: The Clifton Inn | Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Comapny, LLC | Flowers: Pat’s Floral Design | Rentals: Skyline Tent Company | Cake: Albemarle Baking Company | Reception Music: Adrian Duke Band | Invitations: Minted | Transportation: Albemarle Limousine & Easy Riders Bus | Ceremony Musicians: Afton Event Ensembles

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