If you’re planning a winter wedding, one of my favorite color combinations is crimson, gold, and black. It is sophisticated, yet whimsical, and a gorg twist on a classic winter palette. Its looking amazing in this romantic winter shoot from Thread and Sow captured by Lukas & Suzy VanDyke. How fabulous is the gold dipped flatware? And the little bride and groom etched plates are such a great find!
We’re ending the week off with this sweet and southern bridal session from j.woodbery photography. I love the abandoned church location in contrast to her ruffled blush gown!
I am so excited to share this stunning peach and mint Pippin Hill Farm wedding from Katelyn James! With tons of handmade and personal details (the bride designed all the fab paper goods!), this wedding has become a favorite of mine. Really there is almost too much to fall in love with, get ready to go pin crazy!
Our inspiration really came from the natural beauty surrounding Pippin Hill along with the venue’s ambiance. We wanted the beautiful view from Pippin Hill to take center stage, so we chose a neutral color palette of gray, peach, ivory and blush, then accented that with coral and mint for a pop of color. Our wedding was intended to be chic, elegant, and a little rustic. Once I finally choose a dress, we added little hints of lace for a soft and romantic feel.
Bob and I wanted our day to be unique and true to our personalities. The details really made this possible. Being a graphic designer, not only was I able to envision these things, but I was lucky enough to be able to create them myself. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to design hundreds of wedding invitations for other brides, so the true challenge came when I had to create my own. Once we booked Pippin, I had the inspiration to get started. I created a simple and elegant invitation incorporating my favorite color, the soft minty aqua, along with a subtle wood grain pattern. I had so much fun designing the coordinating pieces and making them interactive for our guests. We included a music request card in addition to a “love letter,” where our guests were encouraged to send us advice, share memories, or even draw a picture! Receiving the responses and seeing what our friends and family requested and wrote in the “love note” portion was so exciting. The invitations set the overall tone and the details didn’t stop there, we were just getting started! From the favor packaging to the hand-painted escort sign and the custom corn hole boards to the hand-sewn ring bearer flags, Bob and I designed, cut, painted, assembled and crafted for a good portion of our engagement. We tackled all these projects as a team, which was the best part of it all. It was so amazing to see all our hard work come together on our wedding day.
Aside from all the details, we also really tried to incorporate thoughtful touches that represented us into the wedding. Bob and I are both foodies, so mini bottles of olive oil and soy sauce were the perfect favors for us. Over the course of our engagement, we collected tons of wine corks that were used to create a huge “M” for the welcome table as well as our place card holders. The runner was sewn by my mother out of vintage doilies for the sweetheart table and pieces of lace from her wedding dress were integrated into my bouquet. Bob’s close friend read a Traditional Irish Blessing, a reading that reminded many of the guests of the days of summer camp when they were kids. It was so moving to see how many people were affected by this reading, there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience. We also wrote our own wedding vows for the ceremony. It was so important to us to share those intimate words with the most important people in our lives.
I wish I could have stopped time during our wedding day, but it was filled with so many wonderful memories: getting ready in the beautiful bridal loft, seeing each other before the ceremony, the look in my Dad’s eyes before we walked down the aisle, the amazing speeches given by our childhood best friends, my cathedral length veil blowing right off of my head during the ceremony, and just being surrounded by our loved ones. Our DJ ended the night with “Country Roads,” which has become a tradition amongst our group of friends. I remember dancing with Bob in the middle, as everyone circled around us and sang along. As we were surrounded by all of our closest friends and family, Bob looked into my eyes and said “never forget this moment.”
Who we chose as our wedding photographer was one of the most important decisions of our wedding. Our photographer Katelyn James and her husband Michael did such an amazing job capturing all the details and emotions during the wedding. I could seriously gush about them for hours, the images are so beautiful and we will treasure them forever. A big thanks to Cody Grannis, our fantastic wedding planner, and all our other vendors for making our wedding day flawless. We could not have possibly asked for more.
Photography | Katelyn James Photography | Venue | Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard | Planner | Amore Events by Cody | Florist | Couture Designs | Cake | Maliha Creations | Mini Pies | Paradox Pastry | Invitations | Jess Creates (The Bride) | Dress | Casablanca from TLC Bridal Boutique | Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Jewelry | Plumb Crazy | Reception Dress | Ruche | Bridesmaids | J.Crew | Bridesmaids Jewelry | MLE Jewelry | Robes | Pretty Plum Sugar | Hair and Makeup | Faces by Joy | Ring Bearer Bow Ties | Apple & Ivy | DJ | Derek Tobler | Officiant | Sacred Ground Ceremonies | Transportation | UVA Shuttle Buses