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Downtown Richmond Virginia has so many opportunities for beautiful photographs as you will see here – and many without an urban feel. From parks to streets to interesting nooks and crannies, Marcus and Sam’s engagement session is so beautiful! Take a peek at the variety and beauty as captured through the lens of Crystal Reyns Photography. Enjoy!

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There’s just something about seeing a plethora of colors that makes me smile as hopefully you will with this Richmond wedding. Although they were living in New York, this couple knew they wanted to get married back in the bride’s home state of Virginia. Because it was a June wedding, they were inspired by all the colors of the season and it was made perfect by fond memories and fantastic photos.

With handmade “wedding wands” for the grand departure, giant colorful paper lanterns, lush greenery arches, and their dog Fitz playing videographer with a Go Pro strapped to his back (what a fab idea!!), there were playful fun moments all day long for the two lovebirds.

It made me happy just to soak it all in! Here are some of my favorite aspects about this event:

  1. Color, of course! I think this bride was bold in her use of different colors for both her bridesmaids and her wedding florals. So fun!
  2. Even though this Virginia wedding has fun pops of varying hues, it still has such a classic beauty to it – the bride’s gown, their getaway car (so great!) and a church wedding – can I just pause and say that I literally squealed with joy at how lovely this Richmond church is??
  3. Be sure to notice the pup – any kind of an animal appropriate for a wedding makes me happy!
  4. The ribbon shakers that guests used as the couple exited the wedding ceremony and the reception are so fun – and there’s no cleanup. So festive for this occasion!
  5. Again, the juxtaposition between classic elements and boldly fun elements (notice the bubble lanterns on the ceiling) blend seamlessly. Ashley could have gone overboard and made everything ultra-colorful, but she utilized color where it packed a punch. It’s really lovely!

 

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Elegant flower arrangements might be the go-to for centerpieces, but there are plenty of options for the bride and groom who want to add a little personality to their reception. Whether you incorporate a hobby, an activity you enjoy doing together, or a character trait you share, your centerpieces can tell your guests something about you. Here are ten centerpiece ideas to get you thinking about how to personalize your table decorations. Just click the links to head to see the actual ideas!

Not only is it a fun way to serve fresh vegetables to your guests, but for the couple that enjoys spending time in the garden together, this crudités centerpiece from Martha Stewart reflects the down-to-earth qualities of the bride and groom’s favorite hobby.

Are you and your soon-to-be-spouse a pair of bookworms? This arrangement from Etsy seller PagesGarden incorporates your love of literature with a vase of paper roses made from the pages of a book.

For the couple who loves playing games together, check out this flower and game board centerpiece from a wedding done by Lisa Gordon.

This gorgeous agate table display not only helps guests find their assigned seat, but reflects the feelings the couple shares about the beauty and solidarity of their marriage. It comes from 100 Layer Cake.

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photos by Melissa Fuller Photography

Whether you consider Lego creations a work of art or just a fun way to spend time together, this bucket of Legos is perfect for the fun couple who’s never too old for playtime. It comes from a wedding photographed by Gemma Clarke Photography. 

This display from JoPhoto is perfect for the outdoorsy, yet elegant couple. With a vase constructed of twigs and a stunning flower arrangement, this centerpiece becomes an eye-catching floral tree sculpture.

Here’s another tree-like centerpiece from Candi’s Floral Creations. With a touch of whimsy, this display tells the fairytale love story of a couple united by their romantic natures.

Pets as table decorations? Why not! This goldfish bowl centerpiece from WeddingChicks.com is both strikingly original and delightfully beautiful. Show your love of animals or reflect the tropical destination of your honeymoon by adding a goldfish or beta fish into your centerpiece. (Just be sure to take care of the fish – they are living things!)

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photos by Just For You Photography and Picture That Photography

For the bride and groom who are star struck by each other, these enchanting fairy lights from Etsy seller PerfectHoliday add a sense of wonder and magic to your special night.

Are you and your fiancé united by a love of sports? This trophy-turned-vase from Elizabeth Anne Designs is the perfect example of how you can put your athletic side on display at even the most elegant wedding reception.

When your guests sit down at your wedding celebration, give them something to talk about with a unique table decoration that shares something about you and your new spouse. What part of yourselves will your wedding centerpiece express?

Aubrey Fredrickson is a happily married, mother-of-two, stay-at-home freelance writer who loves discovering and sharing unique ideas!

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I always love it when a styled shoot comes my way – especially when it’s close to Lynchburg, Virginia. Weddings are lovely on their own, but when a team gets together to design a styled shoot, the results can be stunning as you will see. Coordinated and styled by Sarah Holland, here is what she had to say about the reasons behind this shoot.

My inspiration behind this shoot came from the idea of taking simple things, adding them together, and creating something extravagant. Sometimes simplicity can speak more beauty! When I work with brides, I love finding simple, inexpensive details that really add to the overall atmosphere of their day, and I wanted to reflect that. 

So lovely! Here are some of my favorite parts about this styled shoot:

  • The bride’s hair being half up half down (partial updo) is such a lovely choice! If you can’t decide on whether you want your hair up or down on your big day, why not opt for both?
  • A groom has so many options, and the fact that this one is wearing a traditional suit – minus a tie – is the perfect level of casualness for a meadow wedding.
  • Soft flowers, such as subtly colored roses, anemone and greenery make for a stunning bouquet.
  • We are all so used to silverware that the gold flatware adds an unexpected beauty to their sweetheart table – which utilizes books to elevate the flowers. Lovely!
  • Berries, berries, berries! These tiny fruits are colorful and flavorful and are the perfect decoration for the assortment of petite wedding cakes – yum. The other food looks delicious, too!
  • Of course the rentals are lovely, and you will see them peppered throughout this shoot.

I hope you enjoy the inspiration behind this lovely meadow wedding today!

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  • CANDACE Collins - If you’re interested in the jewelry, the site is candacecollins.chloeandisabel.com

  • Jennifer - Candace, thank you! I’ve added your site link to your name. I appreciate you giving it to me!

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