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Blue and White Nautical Summer Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Alexandra on Mar 28, 2013

Beth & Craig

July 14

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We already loved Farmington, having visited over the years, but the Jefferson Room sealed the deal! It’s a gorgeous two-story room with amazing light, which is perfect for bridal portraits and the bouquet toss. 

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Tall centerpieces from Pat’s Florals, heirloom lace veil from groom’s family, and amazing custom invitation suite from Fannon Fine Printing.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Have fun! If you throw a great party and you’re having fun, your guests will too!

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

Driving off in the groom’s antique car to the reception. The groom’s brother (and best man!) worked hard to get the MG running and looking good before the big day. It was nice to have that time alone before heading into the craziness of the cocktail hour.

 

Preppy and Nautical Spring Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Feb 18, 2013

Molly & Jamie

May 19

Annapolis, Maryland

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Q&A with the Bride

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The little touches  at our reception: Oyster shells used as name cards at each place setting (the Annapolis Maritime Museum used to be McNasby’s Oyster Factory), handmade sailboats out of scrap sail material and driftwood that were named for favorite places of the couple, and guests signed oars as the guestbook (that now hang in the couple’s apartment in Manhattan)
  2. Photobooth: Our family and friends had a ball snapping pics with our props, which included a Vanderbilt lacrosse helmet (the groom’s), sailor hats and life jackets
  3. The Band: Nick Carver and his group traveled through the night from Nashville, TN to present their country-esque musical stylings and covered popular dance tunes!

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Keep constant communication between you, your families and your vendors. It is crucial to keeping your big day problem-free! We made sure everyone was equipped with a vendor list, contact information on site at the church and reception venue, which included a timeline of events so everyone knew where to be and when – a bit OCD, but it kept everything on schedule!

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

At the end of the four-hour reception, guests lit sparklers and lined the dock to the bride’s parent’s boat donning a “Just Married” sign. Looking back at everyone waving as we left by boat thinking “Did that just happen?” definitely stands out as one highlight of the night! The Naval Academy happened to shoot off fireworks that night which lit up the sky on our cruise into Ego Alley. Friends hopped on local water taxis that followed us to Pusser’s for a night cap and a late night dance party – we didn’t want the party to end!


Favorite Real Wedding Details of 2012, Part 1

Posted by Kim on Dec 27, 2012

This year, we published over 200 real weddings on this blog – from glamorous affairs to laid-back celebrations, we’ve truly seen it all. But some weddings and details really stood out, and we wanted to share them with you.

Modern and Cheeky Wedding Stationery

The wedding of two graphic designers in Palm Springs, California featured some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen. In particular, we loved the paper goods – from the aisle markers to the menus, the contemporary design and informal language really sets the tone for a totally relaxed affair and showcases the couple’s sense of humor. See more of Tiffany and Mark’s completely creative wedding here.

Photo: Mike Arick Photography

Colorful Fall Nautical Wedding in Florida

Posted by Kim on Jul 17, 2012

Meghan & Jonathan

November 11

St. Augustine, Florida

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Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Only three?  All the DIY stuff was an obvious choice, we’re a little partial. Our take on northern and southern details and the things I wore were our favorites also. My groom built our cake dock to match our coastal theme, and it was so incredible. He and my dad found all the driftwood for our arch and then they built it…so special!

We assembled everything to match our coastal theme with nautical rope and our monogram. Our top favorites had to be the eight knot boutonnieres, mini faux docks that we used for the table names, and our escort cards that were a mini message in a bottle.  My aunts, sisters, dad’s girlfriend, and bridesmaids helped me do everything. Since we both lost our mothers before we were engaged, the time these ladies spent with me meant more than they will ever know.Everything was a labor of love, and it was awesome to see it all come together.

All the little things we did that were a northern and southern touch were also a favorite. Since I grew up in a real small, southern town, and my groom straight from the big apple, we wanted to express that in our style and food. Ahi tuna, spanakopita, and shrimp and grits were a few foods on our menu; we used southern mason jars instead of vases for centerpieces and our antique bottles were all from New York City.

My something borrowed, blue, and old was also a favorite. I wore my childhood best friend and matron of honor’s veil, our names and wedding date were embroidered in blue under a ruffle in my dress, and I wore our late mothers’ jewelry: my mother’s engagement ring and my mother-in-law’s bracelet,  it was very meaningful to have a piece of them with us that day. We were completely surrounded by sentimental details everywhere on our wedding day.

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

Um, the whole day? Gosh, being surrounded by everyone we love was a feeling impossible to put into words.  The surprise dance with my dad was priceless, but for just one moment, it was when the doors opened and we saw each other the first time. My groom was set on us not seeing each other before the wedding, not even for a first look, and I’m so glad he was. There was nothing like that door opening, looking straight down the aisle directly to him. He had the sweetest, proudest look on his face, and I had a perm-a-grin.  It was a moment we will never forget.

 

All this week, we’ve been inspired by the Fourth of July holiday. We shared red, white, and blue wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, as well as a super-patriotic real wedding. To kick off the weekend, we thought we’d share one more piece of red, white, and blue wedding inspiration in the form of this style shoot which took place on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan. We love the preppy, whimsical details – particularly the striped table runners, the “sign-in oar,” and the message in a bottle decor.

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