Is it really August already, were has this summer gone?? We have been oh so busy and have lots of great weddings to share, starting with the wedding of Allison and Josh. It is always such an honor when someone’s parents choose you to coordinate their daughter’s wedding but the flattery that follows when they choose you to coordinate both of their daughter’s weddings is the ultimate compliment. Three years earlier we had the pleasure of working with Allison’s sister, Bethany, whose wedding had some similarities but like most sisters, they were very different.
Allison & Josh married at the beautiful St. James’ Episcopal Church in downtown Warrenton, Virginia. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as guests walked towards the church to be greeted by the big red doors & the sound of hymns. The couple took the time to pray together (without seeing each other) before the wedding, it was such a sweet moment that they shared together and captured beautifully by their photographer, Michelle Lindsay.
After the ceremony guests made their way to Airlie for the cocktail hour and reception. Café lights hung over the walkway and the sound of the live band welcomed guests as they entered the pavilion. The flowers and decor were in fall tones of ivory and burgundy with gold accents. We enjoyed working with Wedding Muse to provide the flowers while Diamond Events provided the decor rentals and coordination, between our two mega inventories we were really able to bring Allison’s wedding vision to life. It was such a fun evening of dancing, sentimental toasts, surprise performances and not to forget the delicious desserts. Allison & Josh both love cheesecake and opted for a variety of them for guests to choose from, all of them incredibly delicious and not an easy decision to make, in fact all of the cakes made by Gateau are delicious!! To light the way back to their room, mini lanterns were displayed for guests to take home at the end of the night.
Congratulations to Allison & Josh!!
Saint James’ Episcopal Church
Michelle Lindsay Photography
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Morgan and David’s fall wedding at Chantilly Farm was the epitome of bohemian chic. The eclectic event featured bold colors and vintage touches—from the bridal attire to the festive décor. Even the bride’s “something blue” shoes had that boho feel, in ethereal turquoise and gleaming silver.
The bridal party wore bright dresses and bow ties that complimented their bouquets and boutonnières, respectively. The vivid flowers held pops of red, purple, yellow and orange. During the ceremony, against a breathtaking backdrop that overlooked Floyd County, stood a birchwood arbor decorated in fall flowers. In addition to the archway, these flowers also lined the aisles on suspended hooks. In the barn reception, fun fuschia tablecloths, shimmering gold runners, and the regal navy napkins complimented the floral decor.
Equally as bohemian as the color scheme were the event’s vintage elements, which included framed family photos and colored glassware. The lightheartedness of the bohemian wedding continued in the treats that guests enjoyed. The couple celebrated their wedding with a Krispy Kreme donut cake with wooden versions of them on top. “All you need is love or maybe a donut,” proclaimed a nearby sign. As guests danced the night away, they were able to re-energize at the customizable popcorn bar.
Sometimes when it is 30 degrees outside the best thing to do is “think spring” right?! Browsing through images of the weddings that we have done and I came across this oh so colorful orange and green wedding with tropical touches at Morais Vineyards & Winery in Bealton, Virginia. The ceremony took place outdoors with the pergola, which was decorated with strands of crystals and orange Mokara orchids. The ballroom looked stunning with orange crush linens that had an iridescent shine and provided just the right contrast to the the arrangements which were mostly green flowers with pops or orange. Last but least, the gorgeous cake! The flowers used included dahlias, Mokara orchids, spray roses, hydrangea, tick dianthus, hypericum berries and amaranthus.
Morais Vineyard & Winery
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While rain can seem like an uninvited guest on your big day, wedding lore says that a sprinkling is, actually, quite lucky. Traditionally, a wedding-day rain symbolizes renewal, unity, beginnings and fertility for Mackenzie and Jason’s wedding in Vinton, Virginia (right outside of Roanoke), rain symbolized the couple’s ability to move forward and have fun. With rain threatening to come down just as the ceremony was to begin, the couple simply delayed their wedding until the clouds passed–the chairs were wiped dry and the event continued on. The couple were married under a beautiful, garlanded arch with ferns and flower petals decorating the ceremony site. The rest of wedding was as carefree as the couple, with the Harwell Grice Band entertaining guests with bluegrass tunes and light hearted donut favors from Krispy Cream (The pun-tactic signage reminded guests,” Do-not leave without a treat!”). The gold-gilded reception featured a long king table with elegant, candlelit lanterns, hearty garlands and sumptuous spray roses.
Wedding Coordination, Flowers & Decor:
Just like when they first met, Melissa & Shannon quickly fell in love with their venue. Lexington, Va.’s House Mountain Inn set the perfect September backdrop for the couple, who were looking to host a fall, country wedding. Atop the couple’s three-tiered wedding cake sat the words “Dynamic Duo”, reflecting the power pairing–as well as Melissa’s and Shannon’s love of all things superhero. This theme was reflected in details, like the comic-book-style save-the-dates (scenes from their proposal), the groom’s /best man’s processional song (Star Wars) and the superhero-titled tables. The bride’s bouquet held red roses and white calla lillies, while the bridal party’s bouquets held different shades of yellow roses with red hypericum berries. The groomsmen and groomswomen wore matching boutonnieres and wrist bracelet corsages. The decor at the ceremony and reception sites consisted of tall, glass vases with red roses and white hydrangeas, with yellow flower petals lining ceremony aisle. The two-part reception featured a s’mores bar and superhero photo props. Following the reception, attendees partied all-night-long with streaming music, a hookah bar (created from Jack Daniels bottles) and multiple games of cornhole.
House Mountain Inn
Floral & Decor:
Lauren and Sam came to us right after they booked their venue, Oatlands in Leesburg, Virginia (one of our favorite times to start working with a new couple). We helped them every step of the way, booking their caterer, guiding them with their wedding invitation wording, creating the beautiful cascading bouquet that Lauren carried down the aisle and overseeing that their entire day ran smoothly. The ceremony took place in the lower gardens at Oatlands, the peonies were blooming and the gardens were already lush and green (a real treat for early May). After the ceremony the guests made their way up the stairs to the upper gardens for cocktail hour. Guests loved mingling through the gardens and touring the property while Lauren & Sam took pictures. After cocktail hour guests made their way to the tent setup in the front lawn of the mansion. Tall centerpieces with bells of Ireland and candles suspended on the branches decorated each table. Congrats Lauren & Sam, it was a pleasure getting to know you and your family, we wish you the best in your new life together!
Candice Adelle Photography
Oatlands Historic House & Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane Leesburg, VA 20175
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