Kelsey and Justin were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Catholic in Warren, Va. followed by a reception at Morais Vineyards and Winery in Bealeton, Va. on October 26. “We knew we wanted to have a big wedding with a small feel, so finding a quaint Virginia winery with a room to fill our 200+ guest list was a challenge,” Kelsey said. “We ended up with about 165 and it was a perfect fit.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while her ‘maids donned taupe chiffon floor-length halter dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, succulents, and berries. The groom wore a black three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “After not seeing my husband all day and overcoming and almost dress fiasco that caused me to be 15 minutes late to our ceremony, I could not wait to walk down the aisle,” she said. Guests were escorted to their seats with mason jars. A chalkboard sign displayed, “Bring your jar to your seat and we’ll bring you something good to eat. Tables were surrounded by gold chiavari chairs, covered in neutral linens and napkins, and decorated with glass centerpieces and wooden numbers. Following dinner and dancing, a three-tiered buttercream frosted cake was served. The newlyweds’ best advice for engaged couples, who will soon tie the knot? “Just do what feels right to you and don’t stress out trying to out-do the person before you,” Kelsey said. “Every wedding is perfectly unique.”
As a former bride, I found centerpieces to be one of the biggest projects every bride faces. With the era of “DIY” brides in full swing, there is a lot expected of you! Do you go with a florist and leave it at that, or do you take on the task of creating several (at least 10) tables worth of decor, to tie your wedding together and for an extra something for guests to take home.
Sunflower Dude and I decided to incorporate Disney into the wedding, we got engaged in Disney World and went there for our honeymoon, to put it simply, we are a Disney family. On the other hand, we were having a rustic, fall wedding with burlap for miles. We decided to separate the venue into four sections: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios (MGM) and Animal Kingdom, of course! Then in each “land” we created some of our favorite places, rides and restaurants into tables!
How did you all incorporate something you love into your wedding? How did you decide on centerpieces? I’d love to know!
It’s officially my favorite time of year – Fall! Fall is obviously the favorite of many brides-to-be, too, because Fall has become the new “it” season to get married in. I didn’t have a single summer wedding to attend as a guest this year, but last weekend I started with wedding number one of four in the Autumn months!! For those of you planning Fall weddings for next year, take a look at some of the trends I think are becoming popular right now:
1. Plantable Paper – In keeping with the “green” movement, this trend not only helps the environment by making the paper useful after they are sent, but it adds the much needed texture Fall weddings crave!
Plantable Paper Invitation by baci designer stationery + events
2. Sewn Stationery – It’s as simple as it looks, just run your paper pieces through your sewing machine to add a little something extra to your day!
“Your photography coverage will begin with bride’s preparation.” These are the words you hear from just about every studio however, the groom’s preparation rarely gets mentioned.
I can understand that most guys do not have a makeup artist work on them for several hours before the wedding, and most guys do not need the expertise of a hair stylist to get that faux hawk just right. Also, we know that most grooms will be sporting a suit or tuxedo of some kind and not a wedding dress that took months to pick out and hours to put on, but at our studio we always like to extend some love to the groom and his men on their wedding day.
In this post, I wanted to focus a bit on some of the new fashion trends our studio captured for the groom this fall and winter wedding season.
With the start of falling leaves, this is the perfect time to design a Fall Inspired Wedding Board. I used more colors than usual to create this rich palette – ivory, soft peach, gold, rose, maroon and chocolate – it just screams crisp weather and early nights! Fall weddings present the perfect opportunity to use candlelight, unique textures like tulle and rich jewels.