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On your wedding day you will be surrounded by those that matter most to you – especially when it comes to your attendants. From choosing dresses to getting your hair and makeup done together, your wedding party is greatly involved in your big day. We hope you find inspiration in these local wedding parties.

photo by Adam Mullins Photography

photo by Adam Mullins Photography

photo by Adam Mullins Photography

photo by Adam Mullins Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Megan Vaughan Photography

photo by Megan Vaughan Photography

photo by Sam Stroud Photography

photo by Sam Stroud Photography

  • FocusVows - Such a sweet wedding! The wedding details are gorgeous. I absolutely love the wedding idea.

A bridal session offers a glimpse into what you will look like on your wedding day… how exciting! It’s also a way to get to know your photographer a little bit better and also capture detailed photos of just the bride. Sometimes the wedding day doesn’t allow for as many portraits as a bride would like. Giving your hair and makeup a test run is also a great idea, or you can do a completely different look altogether.

This lovely estate bridal session was captured by Karin Nicole Photography at West Manor Estate in Forest. The variety of backgrounds and options are so stunning – as is Lindsay! Take a peek at this inspirational session today.

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Vendors:

Weddings today include so many ideas and handmade touches. Having a handmade wedding with unique elements may seem overwhelming, but by searching shops in your own backyard, you can support local businesses while having one-of-a-kind items.

For our recent issue, we took a peek into Pastiche at Main for ideas, and we found so many! Take a peek at the plethora of ideas:

  • Chalkboard by Regeneration – available with or without chalk art, these frames make for the perfect signage for your wedding day
  • Little Paper Crane Necklace – perfect for attendant gifts, each of your bridesmaids would love a monogrammed necklace
  • Petaline Stamps – use these adorable little stamps throughout your stationery on envelopes, table markers and more
  • Leen Jean Studios Stationery – send out handmade invitations or thank you notes
  • Regeneration Bunting – this is a cute way to mark your table or use as decor on your special day
  • Honeysuckle Vintage Decor – for centerpieces or vignettes throughout your day, pepper vintage pieces around for decor
  • Pastiche Interiors Metal Letter – pick out your initials or another symbol to highlight or incorporate into your decor
  • Twenty23 Bow Tie – for the groom, groomsmen or dads, these ties turn a gift into a fashion statement
  • Out of Twig Vintage Handbag – to carry on your day or find as bridesmaids’ gifts, antique purses make a fun portable item
  • Honeysuckle Banner – a small banner is fun to incorporate into your day, plus it doubles as home decor
  • Pegged by Grace Cake Topper – have a mini, handmade replica of you and your beau on the top of your cake… adorable
  • Goosebeary Shop Doll – any flower girl would want a soft, sweet doll as a thank you gift
  • Burl & Badger Shave Set – as a gift for your groom or even for the groomsmen, this set would last a lifetime
  • Owl Ridge Farmstead Soaps – perfect for wedding favors, these soaps smell so wonderful
  • Honeysuckle Registry – no matter what state you choose, have your guests sign a keepsake for you to hang in your home
  • Regeneration Moss Letter – pick the letter of your new last name as a couple to have on display at your wedding

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Here is a French inspired wedding we featured in our 2015 wedding issue! When we think of romance and love, France often enters the mind… this is how it was for Sara, a student of art history who fell in love with Versailles and Marie Antoinette while on a trip during high school.

She creatively incorporated a French theme for her wedding day – one in which both of her sisters, Anna and Alexa, were instrumental in helping plan. Sara and her sisters have a history steeped in wedding wear as they grew up surrounded by the work of the YWCA and Church Street Bridal.

FRENCH INSPIRED ELEMENTS

Sara speaks French and has been to France several times, including studying abroad. She was determined to incorporate a French influence into her day. 

  • The color palette of pink, gold and blue was inspired by the regal-ness of Versailles.
  • Marie Antoinette’s signature monogram contained an “M”, which was perfect for this wedding since the groom’s last name is Morris.
  • Pastries, macaroons and champagne are all French delights that were incorporated as favors and food elements.
  • The first Christmas that Sara and Logan were dating, Sara’s mother gave her a pink pair of shoes. They reminded Sara so much of Marie Antoinette that she saved them to wear on her wedding day… almost 5 years later!

Sara’s advice to future brides? Do not let the stress of planning make you lose sight of why you are getting married! My husband and I would take one day a week during our engagement to go out on a date and not talk about the wedding. It was my favorite night of the week because it put back into focus that the wedding is one day but our marriage would be forever. 

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Vendors

  • Alterations – The Gilded Thimble
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Becky’s Bridal
  • Bridesmaids’ Jewelry and Hairpieces – Charmingly (Etsy, Anna Barksdale)
  • Cake – Coffey Cakes
  • Ceremony Gown – Becky’s Bridal
  • DJ – Official Entertainment
  • Florals – Rod Meek
  • Hair – Studio Style and Spa
  • Harpist – Renee Hall
  • Macaroons and Pastries – Our Daily Bread
  • Makeup – Thomas Dunn Studio
  • Planner – Rod Meek
  • Photography – Crystal George Studios
  • Reception Gown – Church Street Bridal
  • Tuxes – Men’s Wearhouse
  • Veil – Kleinfeld’s (her “something borrowed” from her sister, Anna)
  • Venue (Ceremony) – Greene Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Venue (Reception) – Corinthian Ballroom
  • Videography – Shaking Hands Productions
  • stéphanie - Hello,
    It is a French-inspired wedding but then the French there a long time lol
    A wedding in Louix VIX, at present, the French weddings are American-inspired :)
    Thank you for your site that I love and sorry for the bad English, I used google translation ^^

This couple’s lovely personal wedding had so many meaningful details, and a refreshingly lovely color palette. We loved it so much that we featured it in our 2015 issue of clutch, the bride’s guide to have and to hold!

Your wedding day is all your own, and it is the perfect time to celebrate family while creating personalized elements to incorporate throughout your day. A personal touch was so important to Brittany and Tanner, and their wedding was truly full of personality!

Here are some unique elements we loved about their day:

  • Brittany chose the color of the dresses, but the bridesmaids were able to pick their own dresses online, which made for an eclectic, yet cohesive, array of gowns.
  • Her grandmother’s suitcase, mason jars (which were then decorated with burlap and lace!) and candlesticks were incorporated into the wedding day decor.
  • Brittany personalized thrifted frames, chalkboards and chicken wire to add personality into her day.
  • A coffee and cookie bar was set up during the cocktail hour for guests to enjoy… complete with cookies baked by the bride’s family and personalized B&T coffee sleeves! Guests were able to pack some cookies to go in cute little “Mr. & Mrs.” bags.

Brittany got creative and used recipes tied up with twine and a cookie cutter as favors for her guests. “Each of the recipes was special to me because they all played a part in a special era of my life,” she reminisced. She grew up baking with both of her grandmothers, who taught her the gift of giving homemade. What a great way to honor them on her day! Here are the recipes she chose to share with her guests:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
  • No Bake Energy Bites
  • Oatmeal M&M Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Blossoms
  • Snickerdoodles

We were able to snag one of Brittany’s recipes to share with you. Yum!

No Bake Energy Bites 

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup flax seed, ground
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Stir all of the ingredients together until combined. Once combined, pop it in the fridge for 45 minutes so that it will slightly harden. Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls. Keep refrigerated and serve.

Now that we have tempted your taste buds, let us give you lots of ideas from Brittany and Tanner’s lovely day. Enjoy!

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Vendors:

  • Banners – Bride’s Sister
  • Bride’s Bracelet and Earrings – Penelope
  • Bride’s Ring – Lautares Jewelers
  • Bride’s Shoes – Toms
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses – ForHerAndForHim.com
  • Cake and Cupcakes – Jenn Anne Cupcakes
  • Catering – Charley’s
  • Chairs – Lynchburg True Value
  • Coffee Service – The Muse
  • DJ – Music, Music & More Music
  • Exit Wands – Ginger Ray Vintage
  • Florals – bloom by Doyle’s
  • Getaway Dress – J Crew
  • Getaway Shoes – Payless
  • Gown and Belt – Bridal Mart
  • Groom’s Ring – Fink’s Jewelers
  • Hair – Cuttin’ Cottage
  • Headpiece – Michael’s
  • Invitations – Bride (on WeddingChicks.com)
  • Makeup – Bride (and Sister)
  • Necklace – Charming Charlies
  • Photography – Jane Bradley Photography
  • Prints on Tables – Naptime Diaries and Honeysuckle
  • Program – How Lovely Paper (Etsy)
  • Venue – The Trivium