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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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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.

 

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Yellow and Green Creative Virginia Wedding

Posted by Alexandra on Mar 26, 2013

Sara & Brad

September 29

Orange, 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?

Walking from the “staging area” in front of the Inn and down to the barn where our ceremony was held.  If felt right walking down that path and over the hill to see the adorable barn!  Also, the drive to the Inn was perfect.  The area was so pretty, just getting there was part of the enjoyment!

What three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Brad’s gray vans; my great grandmother’s broach used as a hair piece; my necklaces – made by my mom! (Barb Mallon Jewelry on Etsy)

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

Getting to the end of the aisle, seeing Brad, and soaking it all in…and then being forced to stop walking because the flower girls were meticulously placing daisies on the ground directly in front of me instead of walking to the bridesmaids! So funny! 

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

Relax! Easier said than done, I know. Not every detail will be perfect, but if at the end of the day you’re married to your best friend and you had a ton of fun, everything went the way it should have. None of your guests will notice that bunting went up in the wrong spot or they served lemonade instead of tea!

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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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