Sometimes a wedding just transports you to a time or place and gives you the feeling that you are somewhere else, and this event does just that! To describe it as ethereal or as a princess and her prince just about sums it up. In the words of photographer Megan Vaughan Photography, “I’m not sure if I can explain to you how truly magical this wedding was, but I’m going to try! It was seriously like being in a Disney movie. He was in uniform, the handsome prince… she had her tiara and was the spitting image of a princess. They were both so ridiculously happy, you couldn’t help but be happy with them.” How sweet! And those sentiments truly shine through Kevin and Angel’s photos.
There are also such personal touches to this wedding, and we are allowed to peek in at such intimate times. Their first look, an exchange of notes and even sweet kisses before they say “I do”. Honestly, I used to be against (oh, yes, traditional me, who has been married for almost 20 years) the first look, but the more I see of it, the more I think it’s such a fabulous, sweet moment for the couples that choose to do so. How perfect! Angel and Kevin even sang to each other, and here is what Megan Vaughan had to say, “You guys… they SANG to each other! ‘When God Made You.’ And I’m not kidding, it sounded like they were playing a Disney CD. These two sounded absolutely perfect together. It was seriously so beautiful, and one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen at a ceremony. I’m pretty sure half of their guests were crying. I definitely got a little misty eyed!” So sweet!
Also, (if you would allow me to get personal here for a moment) I wanted to say a word or two about Megan Vaughan. She is a “newer” name among photographers here in Central Virginia, but I feel that her business is growing due to her integrity (and of course, her talent). My dear friend, Liz, second shot for Megan during this wedding, and Liz raved about Megan’s work ethic. I can’t wait to get to know her a bit better myself, so Megan, consider this your invitation to chat over coffee sometime soon.
Ok, enough of that. Enjoy this wedding, and I hope that you have the loveliest of days!
On your wedding day you want everyone to be there. Friends and family, young and old, it’s such a special day that everyone should be there to celebrate! So much time goes into planning everything… from favors to decor, most of what is decided is geared towards adults, but what about the kids? Creating a special area for them during the reception allows for the children to keep occupied, which can ease of mind for the parents, and it will overall make everyone at your event happy no matter their age. Take a peek at these ideas from a children’s table that was styled just for you to put your thinking cap on for your own event.
Deb from Funny Face Photography told us a little bit about the shoot itself:
Everything in this shoot was designed to appeal to kids. The colors were very bright, and pretty much everything on the table the kids could play with. There was a special wedding coloring book, bubbles, stickers, fun glasses and masks that the kids could decorate as well as treats and candy. Pretty much everything on the table the kids could play with or eat, and we just tried to make it fun and engaging for them. Skittles and Starbursts were used as decor and for eating, and the colors worked perfectly with our theme! The candies along with bright flowers, confetti and colorful ribbon was also used to add a festive feel.
Take a peek at this lovely idea fest for your youngest guests…
Wasn’t that adorable? Now that you have some ideas flowing, here is a list of some simple things you can do at your own reception:
- Create a space on its own just for the kids. Don’t worry about adhering to your wedding theme, but make sure that the area is bright and happy!
- Use kid-friendly furniture that is just their size.
- The children are guests, too, so keep fun “adult” elements like table numbers, place settings and flowers so the kids feel grown up, too.
- Including a fun “to do” game of I Spy gets the kids looking around and checking things off of their list during the event. Here the game was laid in waiting at each place setting.
- Adults love candy buffets, and it’s safe to say that children will, too!
- Kid-sized favors (here they used drink mixes) make a fun take-home gift, which will allow them to further celebrate the wedding at home as a fun reminder.
- Goofy get-ups like glasses and such can make for a fun time… especially if paired with a pint sized photo booth.
- The idea of a coloring book centered on the wedding is such a fun idea! It also makes for a fun keepsake and activity all in one.
- Crafts are always a great hit for the kids. Just be sure to enlist the help of someone either hired or a teen niece or nephew to help watch the children.
When a bride envisions an outdoor wedding there is pretty much only one thing that can thwart her plans… rain! Ok, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like can also wreak havoc, but precipitation is definitely the most common threat to using the outside for your ceremony. For Abby and Ryan, their wedding day included rain, but fortunately, their venue was able to switch everything to be inside, which turned out beautifully! Their photographer, C Tyler Corvin Studio, said, “It rained all day which forced everything inside. Even with the rain we still got some great sunset photos while it was still raining.”
Abby and Ryan reside in the Hill City of Lynchburg and are both also actively involved with Freedom 4/24, which is a locally based ministry that raises awareness and funds to combat the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of women and children. Check it out here.
Abby was able to fill us in on their love story leading up to the wedding…
Ryan and I met on July 17th, 2011 at a bonfire being held at a friend’s home. I was new to the church we both eventually worked for and was invited to the gathering to meet some other young people. I remember Ryan as “the really tall guy dressed like an athlete who insisted on shooting an airsoft gun at other people indoors.” Ryan remembers me as “the girl he had to get inside so he could see if I was actually pretty or if the light of the bonfire was playing tricks on him.” You’ll have to ask him what his final determination was.
He proposed at an overlook on a short hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Lynchburg, VA, where we had a our first date in 2011. The setting was beautiful… his wonderful sister and brother-in-law had been there just moments before us setting up lanterns, candles and sprinkling popcorn (my all time favorite food) on the stone floor to set the scene for him to “pop” the question (get it?). Ryan said the most tender things about love, marriage and us before getting down on his knee and presenting the perfect ring to me in marriage. I was a mess. Shaking, crying, confused about which hand an engagement ring goes on, I flubbed out some sort of “yes” or nodding-type motion, and we were officially engaged!
Take a peek at the loveliness of their day. There are so many details to soak in!
- Photographer - C Tyler Corvin Studio
- Floral Designer - The Arrangement Company
- Bridesmaids’ Dresses – David’s Bridal
- Cake – Coffey Cakes
- Catering/Venue – West Manor Estate
- DJ – DJ Barry Tosh
- Flower Girl Dress – J Crew
- Gown – Church Street Bridal
- Groomsmen Suits – Joseph A Banks
- Hair/Makeup – Sarah Kline
A destination wedding may not be in your future, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have exotic engagement photos. Our VA photographers love to travel, and K.D. Burke Photography is no exception… I actually think that Florida is her second home in her heart! Lauren and Tom’s session is so lovely, and it included places in and around Key West such as Casa Marina Resort, The Reach A Waldorf Resort, and Old Town Key West.
No matter what your weather today, be sure to sit back and soak in the rays along with Tom and Lauren. I’d love to be where they are right now!
Didn’t you adore that? If you are craving more of K.D. Burke Photography‘s work just head to her site to see more!
It’s safe to say that I adore this wedding! The celebration of Ian and Annalisa was actually the first real wedding that I chose for our 2014 issue of clutch, the bride’s guide to have and to hold.
What set it apart? Well, there are so many unique elements. I love the groom’s attire (a kilt and his military jacket!), and this wedding also oozed with DIY touches and tradition… truly, that is what caught my attention the most. This event truly honored the heritage of both Annalisa and Ian, which combined Filipino traditions with Scottish kilts. Add a decked out pooch and adorable flower girls, and it’s just perfect!
“While almost everything was a DIY project, it truly was a monumental effort by so many friends and family that brought our vision to life for our wedding day. I’m a designer and Ian is an engineer so it was a lot of fun for us both to have these DIY projects,” offered Annalisa. Here are some of the DIY projects to keep an eye out for:
- Annalisa made her own bridal bouquet, bridesmaid lanterns and flower girl hair wreaths for her bevy of nieces.
- Vintage china, vases, books and candlesticks were collected over time to use for place settings, centerpieces and decor.
- Ian and his groomsmen built the dance floor and hung the globe lights.
- The flower arrangements were made by Annalisa’s aunts.
Enjoy this glimpse into their special day, which was photographed by April B Photography.
- Photographer – April B Photography
- Rentals (chairs/linens) – Lynchburg True Value
- Bride’s Gown – Designer Maggie Sottero
- Bride’s shoes – Traffic
- Bride’s Wedding Band – The Irish Walk
- Cake – The Sweet Lobby
- Caterer – First Run Catering
- DJ – Barry Tosh
- Flower Girl Skirts – Princess Doodlebeans on Etsy
- Groomsmen Attire – Express
- Hair Stylist – Jim of This and That Hair Studio
- Invitations – Minted
- Makeup Artist – Stephanie Humphries
- Officiant – Rev. Lisa Noelle Abend
- Venue – Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast, Nellysford
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