Charlottesville has a lovely group of wedding vendors, and I have the privilege of getting together with them a few times a year. We always have a great time, and I am welcomed with open arms. One of the vendors I enjoy seeing each time is Aaron Watson from Aaron Watson Photography. He is super sweet, but aside from that, he is extremely talented as you will see from this wedding he photographed below.
The bride, Crystal made a lovely choice with her Art Nouveau inspired wedding invitation suite. For some reason, I adore royal blue and the hues that compliment the color, which are used so tastefully in this wedding.
Here is some of what Crystal and Ryan had to say:
How did you meet?
Ryan and I both moved to NYC after graduating college in 2008. Ryan was moving there from Virginia for architecture, and I was moving from Minnesota for voice over and graphic design (I ended up working for an apparel design company). My friends were friends with his friends, but we didn’t end up meeting until a birthday party at the Trophy Bar in Brooklyn, NY in July 2010. In 2011, Ryan got accepted into grad school for architecture at the University of Virginia, and I moved down with him. We got engaged at an apple orchard on a beautiful, sunny, Sunday morning.
A little about the wedding day:
For our entire wedding and reception it was sunny and hot! We provided fans, ice water, and bubble tea before the wedding to help keep our guests happy and cool. Instead of having a signature cocktail, we served bubble tea before the wedding and throughout the reception. It’s a fun drink we loved getting all the time in NYC and something we thought many of our guests may never have had before and would enjoy. We named our recipe after Alphonse Mucha’s ‘The Flirt’ – an image used in a lot of our stationary that we altered in Photoshop to look like a bride and groom.
We remembered the art style of Alphonse Mucha (the artist of the Art Nouveau movement in the early 1900s), and we realized his style is the perfect blend of our styles. We wanted the vibe of Art Nouveau without looking like we got married in the early 1900s though. This allowed for some fresh pops of color amidst the antiques in our garden venue.
We kept royal blue as the main color while also keeping our Art Nouveau vibe. We also tried to work with the colors already at the venue – pink, purple, white, and green.
Wasn’t that beautiful? I think so! Here is one last question and answer from Crystal (and it’s great advice!) before we give our vendors love…
The most important lesson you learned / best piece of advice you would pass on to other brides: Give yourself PLENTY of extra time in your timeline for unexpected delays.
Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography
Officiant: Pastor Allen Lonnquist
Florist: Donna Graves of Colonial Florist
Wedding Cake: Sweethaus
DJ/Band: Jake Battles
String Trio: The Madison Trio
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bon-Ton