Tara & Sean
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Tara and Sean’s wedding was a perfect mix of classic, shabby chic, and vintage details. Their venue made it feel like an elegant, intimate back yard celebration. We love their couple shots – because as you know, I always melt when you can feel the love between the couple in their photos. A fabulous job by David Schwartz Photography, and thank you for letting us share this beautiful day!
Sarah & Matt
North Garden, Virgina
About this Wedding: “From the very beginning, Sarah and Matt knew exactly the type of wedding they wanted- it had to be elegant, intimate, fun and ultimately, incredibly personal. One of the first priorities was to acknowledge and honor the bride’s Chinese heritage and they did so by hosting a Chinese culture themed rehearsal dinner at her parent’s restaurant. The room was filled with “double happiness” signs and they held a small tea ceremony. As for the wedding day itself, they knew from the onset, that Charlottesville, where they first fell in love, was the only place to have it. In fact, their wedding was one of the very first to be held at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards. The couple personalized their wedding day from start to finish- from the bride’s pink glittery Kate Spade shoes and the handmade fans to cool down guests, to the wine corks, collected by friends over time, which held the place cards. One of their favorite details was the table numbers- which was made by the couple taking photographs of them holding the numbers around Charlottesville. As for favorite moments, the bride cited the moment she first saw her husband to be down the aisle, as well their time taking photos at sunset following the ceremony. As for advice for future brides, Sarah said “So my best advice is to truly cherish every moment during your engagement and wedding planning process. Yes, you will get frustrated at vendors and sometimes, even at each other. The important thing is to enjoy the adventure, try to laugh off the mishaps, and always remember that you are marrying the love of your life. So smile and know that, because it is a celebration of your true love, everything will be wonderful!”
Kelly & Jeff
Kelly and Jeff were married on the most beautiful October day, in Pungo Virginia. They were married at the Oak Grove Baptist Church, then they took all of their guests back to their home for a backyard/farm reception. Kelly is an art teacher and had so many great ideas for her wedding details. She also had a ton of great people helping to make her vision a reality. Kelly and Jeff are a great couple to be around. They are very comfortable with one another and it is easy to see that they are a wonderful match. They shared lots of laughs, tears (of joy!) and loving glances. Kelly was a natural and looked gorgeous in her Casablanca with Maya Couture gown. I especially loved when she ditched the beautiful purple dress shoes for some comfy cowgirl boots to enjoy her party to the fullest!
Casey & Gian
Arlington, Virginia & Washington, DC
The phrase “love is a battlefield” works wonders with Casey and Gian given their deep family military history alongside the fact that these two met for the first time while playing paintball! This lovely Washington DC wedding started and finished at the National Sheraton Hotel overlooking our Nation’s Capitol and the national monuments. The couple wanted their portraits to be taken in a way that honored their family’s military service so we traveled around to historic locations including the Capitol, The Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial.
Brandy + Russ
From the Bride: “The theme was Victorian Pirate. It was held on a replica of a 19th century pirate ship, “The American Rover”; and the reception was at an historic home run by the Women’s Club of Norfolk. Pirates greeted the guests as we docked after the two hour ceremony and cocktail sailing. Most of the details were hand made by the myself (as well as my mother, sister, and Aunt/Wedding planner) including my shoes, my hair accessory, the linens (monogramming as well), the curtains, my garter (by my mother using lace from her wedding dress), my necklace (using an antique cameo that my mother received from her grandmother when she was a little girl), the pirate flag, the ring-box/treasure chest, flower girl tussey mussey, even the corsage pins. The centerpieces were gold candelabras with crystals and flower arrangements in antique teacups as well as floral balls. The table names were famous pirates! I collected antique salad and dessert dishes to use for the place settings. The favors were personalized chocolate coins in gold bags! We had a wonderful time and I hope all our friends and family did as well! It meant so much to have so many of our loved ones gathered for this day!”
Ceremony Venue: The American Rover | Reception Venue: Women’s Club of Norfolk | Wedding Planners: Shonnie and Ashlie of Tender Touches | Photographer: Echard Wheeler | Cake: Who Wants Cake | Caterer: Cuisine & Company