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Colorful Spring Historic Home Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 07, 2013

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Rachael and Jordan were married at Historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Va. “When I arrived at Historic Rosemont Manor, I instantly was reminded of my childhood home,” Rachael said. “I grew up in a 100-year-old house in downtown Leesburg and have fond memories of my time spent there. I knew right then and there that it was the venue I would be married at.” The outdoor ceremony included bright pops of color — pink, orange, and yellow as well as the indoor reception. Lantern centerpieces were surrounded with small floral arrangements, and the wedding cake featured sugar flowers cascading down three tiers. “My mother loves doing origami and handmade all the boxes that we used as favors,” she said. “It’s a good thing I was engaged for 17 months because this was not a quick task.” Her favorite moment? Seeing her husband for the first time, of course! But also when her decorator took her from the cocktail hour to show her the reception all set up before guests were in it. “It was exactly how I had envisioned it would look,” Rachael said. “As a bride, you work so hard to make your dream wedding come to life, and when you see it all come together, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

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Photography: Photography by Marirosa | Venue: Historic Rosemont Manor | Event Decorator: Yours Truly Lighting and Decor | Floral Designer: Country Way Floral & Event Design Studio | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Cake: Market Salamander | Makeup Artist: KLH Makeup Artistry | DJ: Musical DJs

Classic Teal Fall Waterfront Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 31, 2013

Morgan & Austin

October 19 

Norfolk, 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 minute I saw the venue I fell in love. I never actually looked at other venues. I knew I wanted something on the water and a unique location. When I first walked in, the floor to ceiling windows of the rotunda had me hooked! The beautiful views of the river along with the sunset make for an incomparable backdrop for any event.

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

1. The s’mores bar was my most favorite thing. I mentioned it to Shaina at Omar’s Carriage House and left the rest up to her. She came up with the layout, design, and details all on her own. She did a fantastic job, and everyone had so much fun making them.

2. I’m OBSESSED with my cake. I didn’t want to cut it.

3. I chose to sit my bridal party and their dates at a big table “family style.” You don’t see this done at too many weddings and this was something that was important to me. I’ve been in weddings before where my date has to be sat all alone because I’m at the bridal table. I wanted everyone to be included and wanted to enjoy eating and sitting with all of our close friends and family.

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

I can’t stop thinking about the wedding ceremony itself. Having all of our family and friends there watching us finally get married. It was so meaningful to have someone that is a personal family friend be able to marry Austin and I. I think about our vows. We wrote them together, and I think about how heartfelt the moment was when we stated those vows to each other

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Jenn & Ryan 

September 6

Staunton, 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?

We had looked at so many venues; they all began to run together. I wanted something beautiful and cost-friendly, and the options in Charlottesville were limited. One evening, when we weren’t really looking specifically for a venue, my husband came across The American Hotel, and I fell in love! We went to look at it the following week and booked it that day. The hotel was perfect for our style and personalities and in our budget! 

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

1. My dress – I only tried on dresses once so I knew I had to pick something that day! Once I tried it on, I knew nothing else could top it! It was discontinued and just happened to be my exact size and on clearance! I did not even need alterations!

2. Guest Tree – I saw the idea on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea. We had every guest sign a leaf to place on the tree, and when it was all full, we framed it, and it has became a centerpiece in our home! 

3. Grooms Cuff Links – Music is a huge part of my husband’s life, and as special touch, I bought him music note cuff links. It was a small touch but something that make his rented tux more customized to him!

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

The moment I can’t stop thinking about is the moment when we were saying our vows, and Ryan took out a handkerchief and wiped my tears away.  It was truly a picture of his love for me, and it will forever be a cherished memory of mine. 

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Handsome Plaid Fall Plantation Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 13, 2013

Rich & Michael  

October 22 

Goochland, Virginia

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Q & A with the Couple: 

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

We only looked at four venues and Clover Forest was the last one we saw. We knew that as soon as we approached this long and winding driveway that this plantation built in the 1700s was perfectly in sync with our personal style. Everything from the grand interiors, the library with antique carpets and mahogany walls, the beautiful lawn, brick walkways and lake in the back, it was just the perfect place for us. We could easily imagine a perfect autumn day there with all of our friends and family, and trust me, we had to really use our imaginations since when we first saw the plantation, there were several feet of snow on the ground!

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

1. The overall plaid theme was by far our favorite detail. We’re both plaid-crazy guys, so we made sure to include that part of our style in the big day. Our custom-made suits were plaid. There were plaid table runners that we painstakingly sourced with our amazing event planner, and we even carried the menswear theme throughout to the table cards and stickers on the wedding favors (mini candy bins full of M&Ms), which were inspired by classic striped oxford shirts and men’s shirt labels. Even the cupcakes had plaid toppers.

2. We put a lot of attention into the food and drinks, which we also wanted to reflect our personalities. We had beautiful mini glasses of French fries for cocktail hour passed along with exotic dipping sauces, bacon wrapped dates (a favorite appetizer of ours), and we even wanted to have our favorite wines and other adult beverages with dinner.

3. With such an interesting array of friends and family, it was great to see some of them meet for the first time. We were absolutely touched that people literally came from near and far (from Virginia, New York City where we live, from Milan, London, Paris, and even one of our best friends who is a Marine, came home for the wedding from Afghanistan). The fusion of people, who mean so much to us, really made the day.

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

Standing in a room of this grand old mansion and watching (from behind curtains) everyone arrive in their beautiful outfits and full of smiles was especially memorable and got the evening off to a great start. Then, we both remember the long walk from the house, through the gardens, and down to the ceremony site, walking to a hand-picked song by us that meant a lot (R.E.M.’s “At My Most Beautiful”). But, most of all, the vows were really memorable. We both spent a lot of time on them, and they were full of emotion as well as humor. Rich (a radio DJ by trade, someone who gets paid to talk each day) got choked up on the very first word — so much so, Michael had to do his vows first to get Rich through. It made each word all the more special. 

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Bathsheba & Wilson

July 7

Powhatan, 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?

I knew that I wanted my wedding ceremony to be outdoors in a beautiful historical, private setting and I wanted something different than the traditional ballroom.  The stone ruins of the old mill were so majestic, absolutely stunning.  It really was like stepping into a fairytale when I first visited the grounds and I knew without a doubt it was the perfect place for my romantic vintage-styled wedding.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. One of my favorite details from my wedding was the canopy at the ceremony.  It was ornately decorated with several clusters of white, ivory, and soft pink flowers and draped with crystals and pearls from top to bottom, so beautiful.
  2. I loved the feather details of our wedding.  The bridesmaids and I had ostrich feather fans, the flower girl wore feather angel wings, and there were accent feathers in my veil, the centerpieces, my bouquet, and the boutonnieres.  The bridesmaids and I even wore feather boas into the reception. They were such an elegant and fun 1920s vintage detail.
  3. The miniature wooden bride and groom that were used as our cake topper.  They were custom made and painted to look just like Wilson’s tuxedo and my dress.  The bride even had a miniature veil to match mine.  They were so adorable!

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

 The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle with my parents and seeing Wilson for the first time.  The natural greenery of the ruins of the old mill, the open sky above, and the simple elegance of the ceremony space took my breath away.  It was such a surreal feeling that we were actually getting married after our nearly ten year courtship.  We started dating when I was 16 years old and he was almost 19 years old.  I just smiled and tried taking everything in as I walked down the aisle.  The whole design of the ceremony space and the music played by the harpist was so enchanting and dreamy.  It was such a beautiful moment and one of my favorite wedding memories.

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