Megan and Ben met during their first period class on their first day of high school. They were fast friends who began dating at the end of freshman year, and haven’t looked back since! The couple chose The Inn at Willow Grove for their Virginia wedding when they fell in love with the charming grounds and cozy reception barn. It was important to Megan and Ben that they and their wedding party were comfortable and relaxed on a hot July day, so Megan selected lightweight gauzy gowns from BHLDN for herself and Weddington Way for her maids. Floral crowns by Good Earth Flowers woven into each ladies’ favorite hairstyle by Bobby Pins & Blush completed the look! Many elements of the day were labors of love! Megan and a bridesmaid hand-lettered signage and table numbers, she and her mother made 6 flavors of popcorn for favors, and her sister created favor labels and a Snapchat filter released for the night using the line “Poppin’ with the Tainters”. Too cute! Loving all of the sweet moments and beautiful captures by Jessica Green Photography!
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Classic New Jersey Estate Wedding
Danielle and Ray are New Jersey natives, so when they set out to choose their wedding venues, it was an easy decision. They chose to have the ceremony in the chapel of Danielle’s high school, and selected the nearby Park Savoy Estate for its unique homey rooms and stunning ballroom. The couple envisioned a classic ambiance, and brought a bit of a whimsical feel to the day with florals by Gardenias, which were filled with succulents, anemones, and ranunculus, all in beautiful pastel tones. After the wedding, all of their flowers were donated to local hospitals, assisted living, and hospice centers, including the center where Danielle’s grandmother lived during her last years. Danielle and Ray both come from Italian roots, so in addition to their 3-layer wedding cake, Conca D’Oro set up “Ray and Danielle’s Italian Bakery” at the end of the night for guests to take home sweet treats! The love that these two share shines through in each of the gorgeous images from Lindsay Campbell Photography!
Chicago Rooftop Wedding
The sweeping views of Public Chicago‘s Ava Terrace set the stage for Erica and Troy’s gorgeous Windy City soiree! The couple set out to create a warm and welcoming affair for their nearest and dearest, and were treated to a picture-perfect Chicago day for their October nuptials. Estera Events designed a ceremony and reception with an urban, modern touch. Erica and Troy said their vows in a circle of prairie grass and ferns, after which guests moved downstairs to the Library Bar to sip cocktails before being seated for a full five-course candlelit dinner. Vale of Enna worked with Erica and Troy to bring their modern romance theme to life with elegant florals overflowing with foliage. For the intimate reception, organic and lush arrangements of ferns, taper candles, and roses graced a large king’s table. A wedding planner herself, Erica knew that their day would go by in the blink of an eye, and made sure to take several moments throughout the evening to truly take in all of the joy. We know they will cherish all of the gorgeous images from Julia Franzosa Photography!
Glamorous Beverly Hills Wedding
The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills was the perfect venue for Julie and Jonathan’s dream wedding! With the help of their wedding planner, Catherine of CCL Weddings, the couple designed a private outdoor ceremony (featuring the couple’s adorable pup, Nala) and elegant indoor reception with lush and romantic florals by Heavenly Blooms. Luxury and personality came together perfectly, with champagne escort cards that doubled as favors and a cocktail hour snack of beef jerky, the groom’s favorite! We are obsessed with every fun detail in the beautiful images from Closer to Love Photography!
Whimsical + Pretty Outdoor Wedding
It’s no wonder that classic style rules the day at Meghan and Aaron’s Chautauqua, New York, affair–after all, the wedding was held at The Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution, an education center and summer resort where Meghan’s family goes back generations. To set the tone for their day, the couple sent out vintage-style stationery designed by the groom, Aaron Fetter. Following the outdoor ceremony, where bridesmaids wore short pink Jenny Yoo Collection dresses that sweetly coordinated with hydrangea bouquets by Francesca’s Floral Design, guests headed to the resort’s Athenaeum Hotel for a laid-back reception that included a buttercream cake from The Cakery, plenty of dancing, and the release of paper sky lanterns, which lit up much the way Meghan did in her Watters gown! We love these images from Hunter Photographic and can’t get enough of all of the beautiful details waiting for you in the gallery!
Real Weddings: Michaela + Justin
Michaela and Justin’s sweet and colorful wedding was held at the lovely The Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo, Washington. The couple said “I do” surrounded by apple orchards and fields of flowers, and with the backdrop of a really fun and unique tied organza garland! I just adore all of the casual but classic details – their burlap table runners, hand-painted cake topper, and the beautiful and delicate centerpieces created by Melanie Benson Floral Design. And I always can’t help but smile when I see a bride rocking a short gown, like Michaela’s Melissa Sweet stunner. A huge thanks to Saskia M Photography for sharing these images with us today!
Modern Rooftop Elopement Featuring Movado + Kay Jewelers
If you’ve been dreaming of something sophisticated and elegant for your big day, but want to keep the nuptials intimate, a modern rooftop elopement couldn’t be more ideal. With just you and your fiancé, your closest friends, and the stunning Chicago skyline as the backdrop, this urban elopement is modern sophistication at its finest! Timeless watches by Movado from Kay Jewelers were the perfect gifts to accompany the chic setting, captured beautifully by Belen Aquino of Gerber Scarpelli Weddings.
Romantic Spring Texas Wedding
Debbie and Johnny may have started their relationship on different continents, but that was no match for this couple as they have trotted across the globe together! They ultimately settled in Texas alongside both of their families, and chose to hold an intimate wedding in Grapevine’s The Laurel. Sarah of Keestone Events crafted a romantic and classic wedding with a modern twist. Debbie loves neutral feminine colors and selected a peach and blush palette with pops of gold and sage, and Petals Couture created lovely garden-style arrangements to accentuate the dramatic ballroom. Debbie’s Justin Alexander gown is positively stunning, and her maids selected pink frocks from Azazie. Photography was incredibly important to the couple, and the fine art style of Allen Tsai was a perfect match – we are smitten!
Private Estate Backyard Wedding in La Quinta
Susan and Riley fell in love with La Quinta, California on a post-engagement mini-moon, and knew it would be the perfect place to tie the knot! Working with All Things Extraordinary as they planned from afar in Chicago, they selected a private estate surrounded by mountains, palm trees, and cacti for their elegant “backyard” wedding with a buffet-style taco dinner! Their desert chic soiree was a three-day affair and the party carried all the way from the margarita karaoke welcome party by the pool to the spectacular reception where guests danced the night away under twinkle lights and the desert stars. Mix and match Jenny Yoo and Lulu’s bridesmaids dresses in a palette of sage and slate were a nod to the natural surroundings, and greenery garlands graced the long wood reception tables. The entire event is perfectly organic and chic! Every moment is beautifully captured by the fantastic Damaris Mia Photography!
Festive Southern Dinner Party at Cedarwood
Sara and Conner met while were both were on vacation in Nashville. There was an instant connection, and after spending as much time together as possible during that trip, they began dating long distance and were married at Nashville’s Cedarwood just over a year later. Their festive, intimate dinner party was a nod to Sara’s Southern roots. Magnolia leaf place cards were set atop each place setting on long wooden tables where each flower was handpicked by the bride. The couple’s monogram was sprinkled throughout, even on the wreath above the historic home’s door. From their ceremony on the rolling hills of the estate to the reception glimmering with candlelight, we are smitten with this entire day, beautifully photographed by Erin Lee Allender!
French Blue + Sage Green Texas Wedding
Erin grew up spending summers nearby Horseshoe Bay Resort, so when selecting their wedding venue, she and Alex knew it would be the perfect choice! Situated an hour outside of Austin, the picturesque lakeside location is naturally gorgeous, and the couple selected their color palette of French blue and sage green based upon the surroundings. Working with Eclipse Event Co., Erin and Alex formed a cohesive vision: clean, classic, and welcoming. Erin shares “I wanted elegant yet un-fussy florals, which Gypsy Floral and Events translated into works of floral art.” With painterly arrangements set inside ginger jars and a showstopping hanging arrangement adorning the ceremony pavilion, we have to agree that these florals are heavenly! Read on to see the gorgeous images captured on film by Brittany Jean Photography and hear more from Erin—this Texas wedding is a favorite!
Classic Dallas Wedding at The Crescent
Christina and Jack envisioned the biggest celebration of their lives to be a romantic, timeless wedding, celebrated with their closest family and friends. Their top priority was atmosphere and food, and The Crescent in downtown Dallas, with its outdoor ceremony courtyard and modern chic ballroom was the perfect choice! The couple worked with Sarah of Keestone Events and selected classic blush and ivory tones, warm greenery, and pops of metallic gold for a whimsical flair. Personal details abound, from the stationery and garter, both created by the maid of honor, and lavender candle favors, handmade by Christina and her family. Christina chose a stunning lace Essense of Australia gown, which subtly echoed the intricate ironwork on the terrace of The Crescent, and her maids donned comfy convertible dresses from Lulu’s. We are absolutely smitten with the beautiful images captured on film by Allen Tsai Photography!
Light + Airy South Carolina Wedding
Haley and Jay were married at Haley’s family home in Trenton, SC. The sprawling lawn backs up to a pond, and their ceremony on the dock over he water was both unique and memorable. In addition to the sentimental location, this classic Southern soiree featured some of the most gorgeous florals you ever will see! Lisa Rhodes of Fleur de Lis created a stunning ceremony arbor and fantastic bouquets with fluffy peonies and garden roses in shades of pink and coral that perfectly accentuated the lace bridal gown and crisp white bridesmaids dresses from Elegant Bridals. The tented backyard reception featured jars of Haley’s father’s famous homemade barbecue sauce as favors, a boat full of beer, and some special quiet time spent by the couple on Haley’s childhood playground. This sweet South Carolina wedding is one for the books, and we’re loving the images from Common Dove Photography!
Elegant Charleston Wedding at Middleton Place
Charleston, South Carolina’s charming Middleton Place—home to America’s oldest landscaped garden—was the idyllic setting for Jessalyn and Jefferson’s timeless spring wedding. A ceremony in the gardens was followed by a beautiful tented recetpion designed by A Charleston Bride. The Sperry Tent was festooned with greenery chandeliers by Palmetto Bloom, which paired beautifully with organic garden-style centerpieces. Loose, natural bouquets perfectly accented Jessalyn’s Pnina Tornai gown and her maids’ pale pink Hayley Paige Occasions dresses. Hopelessly in love with the fabulous Charleston light and the gorgeous images by Aaron & Jillian Photography!
Classic Boston Wedding at The Lenox Hotel
Boston’s Lenox Hotel is a historic boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, and Elizabeth and Michael’s vintage theme was a perfect complement to the graceful architecture of the venue. A color palette of soft petal pink, peach, and gold was brought to life with gorgeous florals by Table and Tulip. Elizabeth’s bouquet of gorgeous peach amaryllis, ranunculus, hydrangea, roses, and tulips may be one of our favorites in recent memory! Set against a lace Pronovias gown, the look is absolute perfection. Whimsical details filled the day, from the single bud flower curtain to the rose petal lined ceremony aisle, and the Boston summer weather could not have been more lovely. Enjoy the magical images from Arielle Doneson Photography!
Sophisticated + Modern Denver Wedding
When you think of Colorado, rustic mountain events are top of mind, but when planning their Denver wedding, Grace and Conor knew that they wanted their contemporary and minimalist aesthetic to shine. Cherry Creek’s new Halcyon Hotel was the perfect fit. Rooftop views gave guests a glimpse of the city to the north and mountains to the west, and the sleek ballroom and modern interior beautifully accentuated the theme. Grace found her dream gown, a sleek Theia Couture design, at A and Bé—it was the first gown she tried on!—while Conor selected an incredible navy Hugo Boss tuxedo. The couple eschewed the traditional bridal party and cake and splurged on a welcome party for their guests at a rooftop bar in downtown Denver and a band for the reception, accomplishing their goal of an incredible dance party! Kimberlee Berman of Sweet Bee Designs created bright, native arrangements, adding a healthy dose of color to the otherwise neutral palette. Completely spellbound by this sophisticated couple and the beautiful images captured by Sara Lynn Photographic!
Classic Blush Country Club Wedding
We are completely smitten with the romantic and airy feel of Jae and Robert’s wedding at The Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY. After a gorgeous ceremony under a to-die-for floral arch, Ivie Joy Floral Arts & Events brought the feeling of a garden indoors for the reception with natural and organic arrangements of anemones, ranunculus, garden rose, dahlia, and hydrangea, in beautiful blush and white tones. Along with white chiavari chairs, the light tones were a perfect match for sleek wooden tables in the gorgeous dining room of The Highlands. Sweet details such as doughnut cufflinks (both are dessert lovers!) and a custom gown from Mika Inatome made Jae and Robert’s wedding uniquely personal to them, and the entire day is beautifully captured by Brklyn View Photography!
Elegant California Villa Wedding
Christine and Daniel’s wedding is equal parts romantic, dreamy, and classic. With the beautiful villa and gardens of Villa Montalvo as the setting and perfect Northern California weather provided by the month of May, the couple’s graceful ivory and blush color palette came to life within the lush green foliage. Charmed Events Group brought the elegant setting to life with lace linens from La Tavola, a dramatic draped arch decked with greenery and florals by Tango & Foxtrot, and fresh, clean centerpieces of peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus. A gorgeous lace-embellished cake from Studio Cake completed the scene. Christine is radiant in a sophisticated Allure gown to match Daniel’s chic black tux, and to honor their heritage, both donned traditional Korean wedding attire from LeeHwa Wedding for an incredible sunset portrait session. We are completely in love with every moment captured by Danielle Poff Photography!
Soft + Romantic Florida Wedding
Caroline and Brandon’s St. Petersburg wedding is equal parts soft and romantic, and elegant touches abound! The couple, who opted to eschew a first look, caught their first glimpse of each other as Caroline walked down the aisle of the gorgeous St. Mary our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in a sophisticated custom Augusta Jones gown. During the full Catholic mass, the couple both used their baptismal candles to light the same unity candle that Brandon’s parents lit on their wedding day. In the months leading up to the wedding, Caroline and Brandon had taken dance classes, and their choreographed first dance was a hit at the reception! Along with their guests, many of whom traveled to Florida for the big day, the couple danced all night! The ballroom of The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club was transformed with lush arrangements by Botanica International Design Studio featuring peonies, roses, greenery, and a sea of candlelight. We are smitten with every beautiful image from Kristen Weaver Photography!
Elegant Greenhouse Wedding
The spectacular Planterra Conservatory set the scene for Megan and Jack’s classic Michigan wedding. The couple selected the greenhouse for its airy and romantic feel, and the lush locale didn’t disappoint! Planterra’s team created a spectacular atmosphere of hanging wisteria, garlands and swaths of greenery, and clusters of trees and plants. The result? Breathtaking! Wanting the greenery and abundance of candlelight to shine, Megan selected accents of glittering gold tableware, blush napkins, and cashmere Alfred Angelo bridesmaids frocks. And of course, her sophisticated Justin Alexander stole the show! In lieu of dessert, guests enjoyed a cheese cake and charcuterie station from Continental, a big hit! Every moment is beautifully captured by Kelly Sweet Photography!
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More Wedding Inspiration from Virginia
Traditional Virginia Wedding with Pops of Pastels
Southern weddings are usually steeped high in customs and ceremonies that are nothing short of endearing. When Catherine and Benjamin were planning their Richmond wedding, they made sure to include a bourbon burial and unearthing to hold off the rain for their big day (definitely a big deal in the south). Around her Tommy’s Garden bouquet, Catherine wrapped a handkerchief that her maternal grandmother had on her wedding day. She also commissioned Incredible Edibles Bakery to create a carrot cake tier since it was her paternal grandmother’s favorite. These touching gestures carry on through David Abel‘s lens as he captured some of the most heartfelt scenes during Catherine and Benjamin’s fall wedding. Not going to lie, the tender moments from this Virginia wedding took our breath away.
Vintage Virginia Estate Wedding Inspiration
The historical Salubria House was a beautiful backdrop for this beautiful vintage Virginia wedding inspiration planned by Bella Giornata Events. Bri and Wes wanted to commemorate their life together and Bri’s red hair inspired many of the shoot’s details, including the stunning florals by Love Blooms. A bouquet full of protea perfectly matched with Bri’s vintage-inspired gown from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection. Delicate gray calligraphy invitations and acrylic menus from Alchemy Calligraphy added a modern edge to the heirloom setting. Smitten with the lovely images by Kir Tuben!
Romantic Historical Wedding Inspiration
Gunston Hall Plantation set the scene for this romantic and organic inspiration shoot from Amelia Lawrence and Andrea Rodway capturing the magic of old-world Virginia with an organic, romantic feel. A soft palette of dusty blues and mauves with deep plum was brought to life with textures like ivy and fern accents and wild Virginia blackberries, and sweeping fabrics, such as the hand-dyed cheesecloth table runner and spectacular tulle gown from French Knot Couture. Vintage Floral Design created large, organic arrangements and a dramatic hand-tied bouquet of Earl Gray roses, white fluffy chrysanthemums, and chocolate cosmos. The tabletop echoes the historical surroundings with vintage elements such as depression glass, brass candlesticks, and softly-hued glassware. From the mansion to the Magnolia lined road, the lovely tablescape to the elegant stationery, every moment captured by Andrea Rodway is absolutely picture-perfect!
Dark + Romantic Wedding Inspiration
We’re always so thrilled to debut work from Michael and Carina Photography‘s The Little Workshop, and could not think of a more wonderful way to begin 2016! Their latest work is inspired by embers: a glowing fire, smoldering ashes, dark and rich. Wit Weddings created magic with the interior of The Lewis Dream Home, bringing the theme to life with torches, candles, and romantic charcoal calligraphy on the invitations from Stephanie B. Design. Florals by White Magnolia Designs in a lush, deep palette evoke the rich feeling of winter. We adore the unique, layered Vera Wang gown and delicate robe from Girl With A Serious Dream, both perfectly elegant and befitting the splendor of the shoot. Not a detail is left unfinished, down to the deep black ruffles on the petite cake from Buttercream Bakeshop. We are, as always, enchanted by every beautiful image from Michael and Carina Photography!
Earthy Autumn Elopement Inspiration
The rich colors of autumn and the gorgeous setting of Seven Springs VA provide the backdrop for today’s stunning rustic elopement inspiration designed by Maggie’s Misc Events. Deep hues of indigo and plum grace the tabletop and bouquet, both featuring lush florals by The Proper Petal, and whimsical purple calligraphy by English Tea Paperie adds an airy touch. The bodice of the gown from Annalise Bridal Boutique is absolute perfection when paired with berry lips and a loose twisted braid styled by Elle Style Studio. We’re absolutely enchanted by each beautiful image from Nicki Metcalf Photography!
Rustic Fall Wedding Inspiration
Virginia’s late fall colors are positively stunning, and today’s inspiration shoot shows them off to perfection! Using the transition from autumn to winter as their inspiration, the team of Reverie Supply and Wild Green Yonder brought the mood of the season to life. The bouquet created by Lori Tran of Wild Green Yonder may just be one of our absolute favorites ever with its sprawling greenery, autumn blooms, and flowing ribbons from Silk & Willow. The inimitable Laura Hooper Calligraphy hand-lettered gold ink on charcoal paper to create stationery that beautifully encapsulated the spirit of the shoot, and we adore the lace Sarah Seven gown paired with loose, easy waves styled by Erica Basha. We’re smitten with each and every image from Reverie Supply!
Eclectic + Natural Dinner Party Ideas
We just love a pretty party, and this colorful and eclectic display styled by Beehive Events had us at hello! The elegant palette of mauve, purple, silver, and green unexpectedly yet perfectly matched the Asian-inspired touches such as an oriental rug, cherry blossoms, and scroll art. Printed china and sequin linens add a whimsical feel, as do delicate orchids at each place setting. A party isn’t a party without cocktails, and A. Pimento Catering staged a fabulous cocktail bar with refreshing beverages of citrus, ginger, and mint. We would love to be a guest at this soiree, but will have to settle instead for oohing and aahing over the gorgeous images from Jen Fariello Photography!
Classic Virginia Campus Wedding
Emily and Jason’s classic wedding was held on the campus of their alma mater, the College of William & Mary—we love the air of Americana the Virginia setting and abundance of blue hydrangea blooms from Events in Bloom give! The intimate ceremony was held at the campus’s The Wren Chapel. Continuing the historical theme, Emily wore the same penny in her Nine West wedges as her mother did on her wedding day in 1973. Emily’s timeless off-shoulder lace embroidered gown from Bobbie’s Bridal Boutique is stunning, especially when accented with the pearl earrings she borrowed from Jason’s mother. Bright pool blue Bill Levkoff bridesmaids dresses continued the single-color scheme, paired with hydrangea bouquets nearly identical to Emily’s. We love the bold pops of blue at the reception, held at The William & Mary Alumni House, where the flower of the day also adorned the couple’s cake from Wedding Cakes by Charlie. One of our favorite details? The college’s pep band performing outside the alumni house to kick off the post-ceremony party. How fun! We hope you enjoy these lovely images from Michael & Carina Photography!