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.
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
Wedding Planning, Coordination, Flowers & Decor:
Oh where to start, Jamie and David’s wedding was AMAZING, I am not sure how else to say it. There was not one detail that was overlooked, from the letterpress invitations, to the over the top flowers, the band that kept everyone dancing to the sparkler exit. The ceremony took place in Radford, Virginia in a church that Jamie grew up in and the reception took place on the campus of Virginia Tech (where the couple met while going to college) at the German Club.
Wedding Planning & Coordination:
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!
- Potting soil
- Spray Bottle
- Tray / Container
- Large bowl for soaking
- Wheatgrass seeds
- Glass Cylinders
- Mokara Orchids
- Floating Candles – 3″
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We are excited to begin a new series on our blog spotlighting wedding vendors and their businesses. Today’s featured vendor is Kendra Barnes of CUTEnCRAFTY. Kendra’s mission of ensuring that groomsmen don’t show up wearing gym socks to the wedding has turned into a complete online store that now offers products for both bridesmaids and groomsmen. As a thank you, Kendra is offering a 10% discount to our clients and readers using the discount code “DIAMOND” enjoy!
Tell me more about Cute n Crafty? How did you get started? What is your mission & vision for your company?
CUTEnCRAFTY specializes in wedding gifts for the groom, bride and bridal party. My main product is the “Cold Feet” label, which is a cute gift that is usually delivered to the groom by the Maid of Honor on the morning of the wedding. It can really put a smile on a groom’s face – which is great to ease those pre-wedding jitters.
I started this business on a whim! I made my first “Cold Feet” label for my husband for our wedding in April 2013. The morning of, I took my husband’s wedding socks and I made a label for them that read: “Just to make sure you don’t get Cold Feet. With love, from your bride”. I had the “Cold Feet” socks delivered to him by the Maid of Honor. It made for a great photo opportunity, put a smile on his face, AND ensured that he didn’t wear a pair of his holey socks to our wedding!
That fall, after our wedding, my husband was wrapped up in fantasy football three days per week. I started to get bored and wanted a hobby of my own. I had been encouraging my cousin to get on Etsy and sell her products and it hit me – now was the time to act on my craftiness and my desire to pursue my entrepreneurial spirit! I spent an entire week getting my Etsy shop up and running… and the rest is history! Since then I have sold over 4,000 pairs of “Cold Feet” socks and other items online and in three brick and mortar stores in D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Several months after I opened my shop, I decided to create my own line of socks so that I could offer my customers consistency in quality and availability. The argyle socks seen here are exclusive to CUTEnCRAFTY. I designed them from start to finish and I am proud to say that we are one of the few places you can find yellow and gray argyle socks! How cool is that?!
Our mission at CUTEnCRAFTY is to provide high quality, unique wedding gifts for the bride, groom and bridal party (but most importantly to make sure the groom doesn’t get cold feet and groomsmen don’t show up in gym socks).
What is your favorite product on the Cute n Crafty website… Go!
The “Cold Feet” socks are my favorite! Hand’s down! They were my very first product and they are such a cute, inexpensive “day-of” gift!
Where do you see your business going next?
I would like to see my business continue it’s growth, without sacrificing quality and customer service. I am working on partnerships with retailers and wedding planners. My goal is to make CUTEnCRAFTY an integral part of the wedding planning process. I want brides and grooms to say “Okay, we’ve got the dress and the tux picked out, now lets go to CUTEnCRAFTY for the socks.” I would also LOVE to make it into Oprah’s magazine! That would be awesome!!!
What advice would you give your clients?
Dream big. Be grateful. Give Love. Laugh Lots…and make sure your groomsmen don’t show up in gym socks!
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!!
Hot Apple Pie
STUDIO C Photography
Historic Whitehall Manor
Wedding Coordination & Flowers:
Chelsea and Jeffery visited almost every venue in Northern Virginia before concluding that the charm and character of The Carlyle Club in Alexandria was the perfect fit for their wedding. Chelsea and her bridesmaids got ready nearby at Hotel Monaco, a gorgeous hotel whose eclectic design and furniture is a photographers dream for bridal portraits. Hotel Monaco is also pet friendly, so Chelsea’s dog Manee, was able to partake in the festivities of getting ready. Manee even made an appearance during the ceremony! The bridesmaid carried bouquets of all dark pink flowers including roses, calla lilies and gerbera daisies. Chelsea’s bridal bouquet was all white garden roses and gerbera daisies.
The Carlyle Club
411 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314