Morais Vineyard & Winery Wedding

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.

Venue:
Morais Vineyard & Winery

Wedding Coordination, Flowers & Decor:
Diamond Events

 

 

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Wheatgrass Centerpieces

Growing wheatgrass for centerpieces or an escort card display, is a great way to incorporate an outdoor feel and touch of nature.  It takes approximately 10 to 14 days after planting the seeds before they are ready for display.  I recommend starting the process 15 to 20 days before the event (once the grass is 3 weeks old, the blades get so long they start to droop).  There are endless possibilities as to the type of container to grow the grass in or flowers to display in the center.  I hope to get the chance to make these again, I have lots more ideas that I want to try!

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Supply List

  • Potting soil
  • Spray Bottle
  • Tray / Container
  • Strainer
  • Large bowl for soaking
  • Wheatgrass seeds
  • Glass Cylinders
  • Mokara Orchids
  • Floating Candles – 3″

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Step One: Cover the bottom of your tray with a layer of dry wheatgrass seeds.  Afterwards, pour the seeds into a measuring cup so you know exactly how many seeds are needed per container.

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Step Two: Rinse the seeds in clean water, drain and then soak the seeds in a bowl of cool water (make sure there is plenty of water).  Let the seeds soak for about 8-10 hours.  Next, drain the water, then soak them again for another 8 hours.  Repeat this step a third time.  You should start to see little sprouts by this time.

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Step Three:  If the bottom of your tray has holes, line the bottom of the tray with unbleached
paper towels so that the roots do not protrude.  Otherwise, spread a layer of soil that has been premoistened at least a half inch deep.

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Step Four: Spread out the germinated seeds evenly and densely on top of the damp soil and then gently press the seeds into the soil.Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Step Five: Place the tray under indirect sunlight.  I grew the wheatgrass outside under a covered porch, you could also grow them inside near a window.  Wheatgrass does not like hot direct sunlight.  The young shoots need to be watered at least twice a day. If the soil gets dry, the young shoots may die off before they root.

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Step Six: Once the shoots are taller than one inch, probably about day 5, you can water them once a day (morning is best).  You must make sure that there is enough to keep the soil damp all the way to the roots but not overlay saturated.Wheat Grass Centerpiece

Step Seven: On the day of the wedding cut mokara orchids to fit inside each cylinder, fill with water and place a floating candle on top.  Voilla, your centerpiece is complete!

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Stephanie

Kristyn and Evan

We are SO excited to share today’s wedding with you!!! This fall has been FULL of amazing couples and as we begin to receive their pictures over the next few months, we will have a lot of pretty to share:)

Kristyn and Evan were such a joy to work with!! They planned their wedding to a “t” and knew exactly what they wanted but as a smart DIYer, they knew they were going to have to step back, relax and entrust an extra pair of hands the day-of their wedding to make their dream a reality.

We LOVE working at Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, Virginia; not only does it have historic charm and gorgeous views of the Loudoun country side, the owner and venue coordinator, Douglas, is a top notch professional and master of weddings!! Whitehall Manor is one of the most well run venues in the entire Washington DC area and their staff always does an incredible job and I can’t forget to mention how delicious their food is. I highly recommend their catering services!!!:)

To make the most of their budget we repurposed the bridesmaid bouquets as centerpieces during the reception.   The arrangements that hung along the aisle on shepherds hooks were also reused as centerpieces.   One advantage that our clients receive, is that when we are onsite throughout the entire wedding, we can repurpose the flowers and decor as the event transitions from one space to another.

I’m SO grateful Kristyn & Evan trusted me to help bring their wedding day to life!!  Enjoy!!

 

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Wasn’t her bouquet gorgeous!! It was designed with garden roses, dahlias, lisianthus, ranunculus, white astilbe and seeded eucalyptus.

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VENDOR CREDITS
Cake Baker:
Edibles Incredible

Caterer:
Celebrations Catering

Dessert:
Hot Apple Pie
Aldie, Virginia

Photographer:
STUDIO C Photography
Susan Centineo

Venue:
Historic Whitehall Manor
Bluemont, Virginia

Wedding Coordination & Flowers:
Diamond Events

Northern Virginia Wedding Planner – Vanessa & Amir

Vanessa & Amir had a beautiful wedding that blended two cultures, Hispanic and Persian. We were thrilled to have been entrusted with the task of setting up the Sofreh Aghd. The Sofreh is an elaborate floor spread set up for the Persian Ceremony (Aghd) that includes different kinds of food and decorations. During the ceremony, the bride and groom sit on a bench and face the Sofreh. Single women or female relatives of the couple hold a fine cloth, over the couple’s head. The women alternate grinding sugar cones over the bride and groom’s head, which is symbolism for adding more sweetness to their life together.

Items that are included in the Sofreh:

  • Mirror and candlesticks: A mirror reflects what is before it, so symbolically it brings the couple abundance and brightness in their future. The candles bring passion and energy. As the story goes, the first thing the groom should see is the face of his beautiful bride reflected in the mirror, lit by the light of the candlesticks.
  • Sweets and candies: for sweetness in life, and offered to guests after the ceremony.
  • Decorated eggs and nuts in their shells: for fertility
  • Gold and silver: for prosperity
  • Fresh flowers: to bring beauty in the couple’s life together
  • Fresh Fruit: for a joyous future
  • Rosewater: to perfume the air and bring beauty
  • Holy book: from whichever religion the couple follows

While guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, the couple went around Meadowlark Gardens with their photographer, (one of my favorite backdrops for wedding pictures). After cocktail hour the wedding party made their grand entrance, which set the tone for the reception, it was obvious that it was going to be a fun night!

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Immediately after the couple is married, the bride and groom each dip one pinky finger in the cup of honey and feed it to one another.

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Venue: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Atrium

Photographer: Nuvoria Studios

Wedding Planner: Diamond Events

Goodstone Inn

We had the pleasure of attending an event at the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Middleburg this week. The beautiful estate is located on 265-acres in the heart of horse country. Rolling pastures surrounded by picturesque mountains and cozy cottages makes the perfect destination for those looking to experience the true feel of hunt country and gracious southern hospitality. There are several locations throughout the property to host a wedding. For larger weddings (up to 200 people) you can rent the entire property, using the ivy covered facade as a backdrop for the ceremony, the charming carriage house for cocktail hour and a tented reception overlooking the rolling fields and Virginia mountains. Weddings with a maximum of 125 guests can use the lawn adjacent to the French Farm cottage (which is so adorable) and for smaller weddings with less than 75 guests, the reception can take place in the courtyard of the 1940′s stone Manor House.  No matter which location is chosen, they guarantee that no other weddings will be taking place on the property the same weekend.

The catering is done onsite with a focus on fine dining by Executive Chef Benjamin Lambert.  The menus have a predominant Farm to Table emphasis with many of the vegetables and herbs grown onsite or sourced from local gardens and farms.

For more information or to schedule a site tour, contact Event Coordinator Dana Henry dhenry@goodstone.com 540-687-3333.

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Goodstone Inn & Restaurant
36205 Snake Hill Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
540-687-3333

Christina & Ed

This wedding definitely deserves the “fairy tale” title. Christina and Ed were married at Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia in the spring of 2013. The couple met while in school at Virginia Tech and even though Ed graduated and moved on to pursue his career in the NFL, their love stayed strong with constant Skyping and long distance phone calls. Their over the top wedding was a great example of the love that the two shared for each other, there was not one detail that was overlooked from the custom monogrammed button up shirts for the bridesmaids, the five tier wedding cake, to the plush lounge furniture that transformed the dance floor for the reception, guests were continually being wowed! Congratulations Christina & Ed, it was such a pleasure to make your wedding dreams a reality!

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Photography by: Hyon Smith Photography
Flowers, Decor & Coordination by: Diamond Events
Venue: Westfields Marriott

Kallie and Eric

It was so enjoyable working with Kallie in creating an elegant yet fun wine inspired wedding weekend in Loudoun County. The couple chose the Historic Whitehall Manor to host their ceremony and reception, a great Northern Virginia venue that provides multiple locations to have an outdoor ceremony and a beautiful indoor ballroom. The chance of rain weather report turned out to be in their favor with not a drop in site that Saturday afternoon. Kallie and Eric decided on seeing each other before the wedding to take most of their pictures with photographer Rick Martin so they were able to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests. Norm Voss played classical guitar as guests arrived and the adorable ring bearers carried a “Here comes the Bride” sign before Kallie walked down the aisle with her parents. Inside the room was set with light green pintuck linens and beautiful centerpieces made by Tonya Evans of Occasional Flowers. While enjoying live jazz music performed by Norm Voss, guests dined on their delicious meal prepared by Celebrations Catering. The dancing and fun quickly began as dinner came to an end, only stopping to cut the cake made by Connie of Connie’s Cake Creations. The couple danced their last dance to Time of My Life from the movie Dirty Dancing and then shuttles transported the guests back to the hotel in Leesburg to continue the fun. Mazeltov Kallie and Eric you were such a pleasure to work with!

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Wedding Cake at Whitehall Manor

Reception Venue
Whitehall Manor
Bluemont, Virginia
Wedding Coordination & Decor
Diamond Events
Stephanie Hughes
Caterer
Celebrations Catering
DJ & Live Entertainment
Norm Voss Entertainment
Florist
Occasional Flowers
Tonya Evans
Cake Baker
Connie’s Cake Creations
Photographer
Rick Martin Photography
Officiant
Ron Patrella
Rehearsal Dinner
Lansdowne Resort