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Intimate Gray and Yellow Garden Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 08, 2013

Anna & Michael 

September 9

Richmond, Virginia 

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Q & A with the Bride: 

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

The feeling we had when we walked into the gardens; it felt perfect. One specific detail was the fact that we didnt have to use any decorations. We loved the way it was as is.

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

1. My bouquet, which I made myself out of fabric flowers. I love that I have it displayed in our home, and it is just as beautiful as it was on my wedding day. 

2. The lanterns that my bridesmaids carried. They were part of their bridesmaid gifts and suited the evening garden wedding vibe.

3.  The boys’ outfits. The gray and yellow color scheme with the suspenders and converse my husband wore. It was so different and cool. He still wears his wedding day shoes often. I’ve seen our color scheme done a lot since our wedding, but I still love the details. 

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

Our first look. It was so intimate and special. I definitely recommend that couples look into it. It’s really amazing to be able to spend those moments just the two of you and your photographer, of course. The kisses have never been sweeter than in that moment.

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Intimate Summer Beach Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 08, 2013

Eileen & Sammy

June 9

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

I grew up a mile from that venue, and it had my favorite view in all of Virginia Beach.

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

1. The Ceremony – our parents participated in the ceremony, and each one gave us their own blessing in turn. 
2. The Chinese Lion Dancers – it’s traditionally for a New Year’s celebration, but it just was a fun nod to my heritage. And what better way to start a new life!
3. Sammy’s Song – Sammy sang a song to me during our first dance. He picked my favorite ballad from the late, great Michael Jackson: “Ben.” But he changed the words so it was Eileen instead of Ben. It was so sweet and sentimental.

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

Celebrate! Over a hundred people are there to celebrate with you; you can do no less than oblige them by having fun on your big day.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

It would have to be Sammy’s song. He’s not a good singer, but he belted out MJ’s song like a pro.

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Olivia & Simon

May 25

North Garden, Virginia

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From the Event Planner: “Olivia and Simon, both University of Virginia graduates wanted a wedding that was ‘very Charlottesville’ but also full of  tradition. Simon was born in Kenya and grew up in Botswana, Africa and Olivia is from Ridgefield, Conneticut. So how much fun would it be to incorporate African customs into their ceremony and reception? We loved the singing by Simon’s family members during the wedding ceremony. Their singing was not only beautiful, but brought a sense of happiness and excitement to everyone in their presence. The blanket ceremony was also one of our very favorite moments – laying down blankets as the bride and groom recessed not letting their feet touch the ground.” – Amore Events by Cody

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Brilliant Idea: “Groomsladies” Tie Sashes

Posted by Kim on Jan 28, 2013

We peruse through dozens of real weddings every day (we know, poor us), and sometimes we see a wedding detail so brilliant we just have to share it with you. This is one of these ideas.

We are all in favor of couples mixing up the genders in the wedding party – Best Women, Bridesmaids, Man of Honor, we’ve seen it all, and think it’s more important to honor those you care about that stick with traditional single-sex bridesmaids and groomsmen. So we were so psyched to see Lauren and Tom’s Alexandria, Virginia wedding – which featured a mostly female groom’s side – Tom’s sister, two female friends, and one male friend. And we just adored the “groomsladies’” ensembles – gray dresses from David’s Bridal accessorized with sashes fashioned from the Macy’s ties Tom and his groomsman wore.

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Says Lauren: “One of my favorite things about Tom is how well he understands women.  He grew up with an older sister, his mother, and his grandmother all in the same house, so that’s where he gets it from. And when he chose his wedding party, he knew pretty quickly that he wanted some special ladies on his side of the aisle. Since it was a garden wedding, he knew he didn’t want a tux and so the fabulous grey J. Crew suit took shape early. That meant Paul would be in a grey suit as well, and the groomsladies in grey dresses. But Tom was confident that the groomsladies shouldn’t look like bridesmaids; that’s one reason why they didn’t carry bouquets. He came up with the tie idea as a way for them to look “Groom side, strong side,” as they kept saying, but still feminine.  The tie around the waist worked really well.

Are you having mixed-gender wedding parties? If so, how are you differentiating their ensembles? Let us know in the comments!

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