Nothing says summer like bright colorful wildflowers and this wedding from Erin Lee Allender Photography is filled with summery goodness! The bride’s mom made all the cute embroidery details and the pies for the reception, making a sweetly personalized and vibrant event.
We wanted our wedding to just feel like a fun summer cookout for all our friends and family where we just happened to get married. Aaron is also a big history buff, so the fact that Ravenswood had such a beautiful outdoor space with the historic house in a convenient part of town for our guest made it the perfect location for us. I love brightly colored flowers, and I wanted wildflowers to be the main source of color for the wedding. The rest of the decor centered around the flowers.
I obviously wanted to look beautiful on my wedding day, but I also wanted to feel comfortable and like myself. That’s why I opted to forgo the veil. It just felt like too much! All I knew was I wanted a lace dress, and the one I landed on had beautiful Spanish lace that layered a casual daisy print lace with a more traditional lace and a little bit of sparkle. I like that the uniqueness was subtle and in the details. For the bridal party, my main concern was not clashing with the rainbow of wildflowers that I wanted. So, the cleanest look I could think of was white! All my bridesmaids picked their own white sundresses to wear, and I love the effect it created with the pop of color from the bouquets.
My mom is incredibly talented and crafty. So, in addition to baking all the pies for our wedding, she also did some beautiful embroidery work that made for a lovely and unique addition to the wedding. She made the ring bearer pillow, all the table numbers and my handkerchief. Each of the 24 table numbers had a different wildflower design and color scheme. It was a detail that so many people commented on as being unique, and I was so proud to be able to shock them with the fact that my mom had done all of them by hand! She also sewed my bridesmaid’s initials on the pajamas that we wore while getting ready.
My family is all about the pie, and I think one of the first things that sold Aaron on my family was my mom’s apple pie. So the dessert choice seemed like a great opportunity to be a little more personal by serving pie instead of cake. My mom baked 30 pies, cherry, apple and pecan, in the months leading up to the wedding. They were stored across the city in various friend’s freezers. It was really special to us to be able to share that piece of our family with our guests.
Photography | Erin Lee Allender Photography | Venue | Ravenswood Mansion | Planning | B Golden Events | Florals | One Wild Flower Designs | Rentals | Grand Central Party Rental | Hair | EyeDo Makeup and Hair and Haley Place | Catering | CJs Restaurant Concepts | Band | The Speakeasy | Bar | A twist of lime | Dress | Arzelle’s Bridal Chic | Groom’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | Bride’s Shoes | Marti & Liz | Engagement Ring | Standt’s Fine Jewelry | Headpiece | Anzabridal | Submitted via Matchology
Fun DIY details and a rich fall color palette make this Virginia wedding captured by Stephanie Messick Photography a must see! The bride spent hours making the geometric centerpieces and the results were worth it!
I have always wanted a fall wedding. I just love everything about the season, especially the changing leave and the nip in the air that makes me cuddle up to my love to soak in some of his warmth. Brennan knew this was my favorite season, so it was only natural we would set sights on a November date centered around fall accents. We wanted our color scheme to complement the colors of the season, yet we had to include a few of our favorite colors. Deep blue is one of Brennan’s favorite colors, so we decided to make that our base color. To complement I asked to use gold, to pay homage to my alma mater, James Madison University.
I wanted an elegant yet timeless gown. I am thankful that Bridal Elegance RVA was able to help me find a dress at a reasonable price that I was able to customize to my taste. I added a sequin-pearl belt and cap sleeves, which they were able to match the lace to my bodice. There is no other dress like it, which makes it all the more special. The bridesmaid dresses were a tough find. It was difficult finding a dress that was the right shade of blue. I also wanted to be able to give my ladies the option as to what style of dress they wanted. Funny enough, almost all of them chose the same style so we ended up going with the majority vote. Bonus: they had pockets!
Brennan’s mother, my sweet mother in law, repurposed the tattered rags of my baby blankets to make our ring bearer pillow. The pillow also included two buttons from my mother’s wedding dress. She used leftover lace from the blankets to make my garter, complete with a blue bow and another one of my mom’s buttons in the center. It held my something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue all in one!
I had the bright (HA!) idea of making DIY prisms as our centerpieces. The DIY video tutorial made them look like an easy, Sunday afternoon project. Boy was I wrong! Brennan made over 50 prisms of all shapes and sizes out of fishing line and gold pipes. We totaled the labor to around 22 hours. They looked amazing with the white floral wreaths and fairly lights inside of them. We are currently repurposing the smaller prisms by tying blue and gold ribbon through the tops to give away as Christmas ornaments this year.
I remember going to weddings growing up and being a little peeved when the cake was cut. 99% of the time, I would pick up a piece only to find five minutes later that the next tier had a way better flavor than the one I just settled on. We didn’t want anyone else to be put in that situation, haha. Being able to have many different flavors for folks to choose from and admire (and drool over) made cupcakes by Pearl’s Bakeshop an easy choice.
Photography | Stephanie Messick Photography | Ceremony Venue | Northside Baptist Church | Reception Venue & Catering | The Renaissance | Florals | Marylee Marmer Events | Coordination | Richmond Bridal Consulting | Desserts | Pearl’s Bake Shoppe | Hair & Makeup | Lou Stevens Glam Squad | Ceremony Musicians | Nancy Schneider | DJ | Chris Gibbons | Transportation | TNT Limousine | Cake Topper | Willow Tree | Wedding Dress | Bridal Elegance RVA | Groom’s Attire | Alain Dupetit | Bride’s Shoes | TOMS | Bridesmaid Dresses | The Dessy Group | Veil | Bridal Elegance RVA | Headpiece | usa bride | Submitted via Matchology
If you describe your wedding day vibe as that of an episode of The Great British Bake Off, you know it is going to be amazing! This Virginia estate wedding from Verlee Bishop Weddings is utterly charming and sweet. We are loving the cute bird table numbers!
We basically wanted our wedding to emulate an episode of The Great British Bake Off: happy, charmingly colorful, and with sheep. We both like cool colors, so blue and purple were our top choices. We both also love animals, so once Julianne found a blog post of another couple who had a petting zoo at their wedding, we knew we needed the same thing. Seven Springs was a beautifully historical, animal-laden godsend.
Julianne wanted a light blue dress, but couldn’t find one she liked. (Get with the program, dress designers!) Grey was the next best choice. Julianne’s sister made the sash for Julianne’s dress. Jay wore a purple shirt, purple socks, and purple shoelaces because the best color in the world is purple.
We originally asked one of our friends from grad school to officiate the wedding, but when he wasn’t able to get the weekend off work, we then asked another grad school friend, whom we had already asked to be a bridesmaid. She did an incredible job—she was funny and heartfelt and perfect! We had really wanted to have someone whom we both knew well as our celebrant, and we’re glad we stuck to that. It was so nice to have a friendly face up there with us instead of someone we’d just met shortly prior.
Julianne designed the invitations, the seating chart, and our wedding website. Our best man Cory designed the individual table number signs. Julianne doesn’t drink alcohol, but she wanted to have a fun signature drink just like everyone else has at their wedding, too, so we had an Italian soda bar! Julianne’s signature drink is a lavender and vanilla Italian soda. It comes highly recommended.
We didn’t have cake; we had ice cream! Our flavors were raspberry sorbet, cherry vanilla, birthday cake, and red velvet Oreo. The ice cream came from a local place that Julianne grew up visiting after dance class every week. It was so good. We loved our music! We had music from Bake Off during the cocktail hour, and the reception was full of our favorite indie hipster jams!
Photography | Verlee Bishop Weddings | Venue | Seven Springs VA | Planning | Petals and Lace Events | Florals | Faithful Flowers | Videography | Lee Tae Cobb | Ice Cream | Gelati Celesti | Catering | Garnish Catering | DJ | Bunn DJ Company | Hair & Makeup | Bridal Glow | Stationery | CatPrint | Wedding Dress | David’s Bridal White By Vera Wang | Groom’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | Bride’s Shoes | Jessica Simpson | Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie | Necklace | Endora Jewellery Design | Bride’s Rings | Moissanite Co | Groom’s Ring | Rustic and Main | Submitted via Matchology