If you want to have a wedding in Lynchburg, you may not immediately think of the popular coffee shop, The White Hart, but that is exactly what wedding designer Lauren of Max & Dexter Event Design did. You see, this wasn’t a traditional wedding planned over the span of a year or even months – this couple merely had a few days, and their heartwarming story follows. It’s a lengthy one, but I promise that if you read it all, you will be glad you did!
The following are Leigh’s own words about their wedding in Lynchburg.
It truly glorifies God how he has blessed us through our wedding in the hardest time. Santos and I have been dating since April our freshman year of college, almost 3 years, before finally getting married on March 8th. Our original wedding was planned for May 20th, which was planned to be a huge wedding, with over 250 guests on our list to extensively include all of our family and friends. I had already bought my dress, handwritten and printed 275 invitations that Santos and I designed together – and bought all the supplies and decor for the May wedding.
The past year has been very burdensome for us, as we have endured one trial after another. We have gone through the separation and divorce of my parents, Santos’s mother being diagnosed with leukemia, and then tragic and unexpected death of my father on February 13th, 2017. Santos picked me up from the hospital where I was in a clinical for nursing school, and we flew home to Georgia to grieve with family over the loss. This was 3 months before our wedding and my college graduation.
Heartbroken, the thought of celebrating our wedding without my dad, who I was extraordinarily close to, was just to hard to bear. Santos, supporting me wholeheartedly, ensured me it was fine with him if we cancelled or postponed our wedding because of the circumstances. After discussion we had decided to have a court/civil wedding to sign the papers and move into our apartment together for peace and quiet during the grieving period, but God intervened changing all our plans.
We wanted to still make our ceremony special, so I contacted my Theology Professor, Blake Harcup, from Liberty, to see if he could marry us instead of a Justice of the Peace. Unbeknownst to us, he had moved to Florida to plant a church in December of 2016. He informed us he was out of state, but was flying into Lynchburg for one night before leaving for a mission trip to Germany with the School of Divinity. That day, March 8th, happened to be the same day we had planned to go to the court to sign our marriage papers. He flew in at 4:00 PM, married us at our wedding in Lynchburg at 7:00 PM and left for Germany the next morning at 9:00 AM. God divinely set up everything so that he could be there with us, making the night seem even more incredible.
The owner of Sage Tryall Salon reached out to me, and offered to do my hair for the wedding for no charge. A close friend of Santos’s offered to pay the event fee to have our wedding at The White Hart where we had our first date 3 years ago. My roommate surprised me with a beautiful bouquet, payed for the beautiful decorations, bought me shoes and accessories, and dropped everything to help me get the wedding ready last minute. Our best friends payed for a hotel for the night of our wedding in Lynchburg and left roses, gifts, and cards waiting for us in the room. As if we had not been blessed enough, Lauren (Max & Dexter Event Design) and Leah (Gaudium Photography) happened to be there to save the night when our photographer was late due to camera issues,and was about to miss the whole ceremony.
My mom and brother could not make the ceremony due to dealing with legalities of my father’s death. Santos’s mom got sick and could not make it, nor could my maid-of-honor and long-time best friend. The majority of our close family and friends were not there, but being miraculously blessed with photos free of charge allowed our family and friends to still share in the joyful moments that happened that night. Taking over all financial responsibilities with the loss of financial support from my father had actually made it impossible for us to afford a photographer or take on any costs of a wedding that were all amazingly covered for us.
It has been a season of life filled with pain, but also with faith. God has walked us through every step of this hard journey, comforting us with his presence and giving us more opportunities to share his goodness with others through all that he has done for us. His word says in Romans 8:28 that he works all things together for good, and we have truly experienced that over the last month. More than anything we can testify to the verse, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” It is absolutely true.
Isn’t that lovely? If you are having a wedding in Lynchburg, be sure to check out this inspiration here.
The wedding day! It’s such a fun day, but sometimes we aren’t prepared for the emotions that will occur between the father of the bride and his daughter. Brides spend so much time planning the details and the budget and making sure that things are just so – have you ever thought about how you’ll actually FEEL? So much happiness and love goes around at your wedding.
But there are also some bittersweet moments as well, and one of those is between a father and a daughter. You’ve been his little girl all your life, and now he’s letting another man step in – it’s happy and sad at the same time as the proverbial torch is passed. Today, in honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, I wanted to share a few emotional father of the bride moments with you from past events on our blog.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there and enjoy these father of the bride moments!
How emotional is this shot? Both the bride and her dad tear up and get emotional about the big day. It’s something both daddy and his little girl dream about, and it is such a meaningful time.
See this lovely winery wedding in full by Allison Maxwell Photography here.
A secret garden wedding was accompanied by a sweet, secluded moment between the father of the bride and his daughter. I love it when a bride makes a special effort to be with her dad on her big day – small moments that will reign big in the mind of her father as you will see in this full wedding here.
Photo by Kam Goodrich Photography
This next one is so touching! A father covering his face due to seeing how lovely his daughter is in her gown. How fun is this look of surprise and awe – and I can see the emotion is his eyes!
See this chic hotel wedding photographed by Vness Photography in full here.
This next bride chose to give her dad a special gift always confirming that she would be his little girl. It’s a photo frame with a sentiment and one of her bridal portraits. What a thoughtful gift for the father of the bride!
View this full wedding by Jason Jarvis Photography here.
Last, but not least, is this adorable photo of a dad in surprise at how gorgeous his daughter is! A sense of overwhelm is followed by a loving hug between a dad and his daughter. How touching!
See this full wedding by Rebecca Keeling Studios here.
Wow! Lots of emotion, right? I love them all! If you are looking for gifts for your dad on the big day check here, and we also have a father/daughter dance playlist.
Green is such a lovely hue! Some colors are reminiscent of nature, and others are bright and bold. No matter your color palette, enjoy our suggestions for green bridesmaid dress inspiration. The best thing? All of these gowns are under $130 (and one is under $100).
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Our green bridesmaid dress looks go clockwise starting with top right.
- Craving something other than a solid color? The detailing at the top of this emerald green bridesmaid dress is lacy and lovely to break up the earthy hue. Gorgeous! Kate Dress by Azazie $109
- This gorgeous gown has a tinge of a blueish hue as you will see in this one. An almost strapless look is covered by a sheer halter piece that makes this style so classy as a green bridesmaid dress. Beautiful! Kailyn Dress $119
- Lime green is such a happy color, and it’s definitely a bold choice for your attendants. But for a green bridesmaid dress, it’s a color you can’t go wrong with as you will see in this dress. With the dress itself being short with a lovely strappy halter neckline, the bodice gets a lot of attention. Isn’t it lovely? Adriana Dress $99
- If you’ll notice – three of our looks all have criss cross styling in the front – did you notice? Different lengths, colors and necklines give each green bridesmaid dress it’s own unique look. Dusty sage green makes an appearance in this lovely look, complete with spaghetti straps. Haleigh Dress by Azazie $129
- This sage dress is such a lovely color for the spring or summer. It’s soft and beautiful! Complete with a side slit and unique pleating, this is both gorgeous and high impact! Lindsey Dress $119
- This criss cross halter dress is long and luxurious. Dark green is such a classic choice and would fit a variety of seasons. Lovely! Kaleigh Dress $129
Is green not your thing? Well, each of these styles is available in dozens of colors, and shop by color here. Love green but not necessarily these hues or styles? Check here. If you are looking for greenery wedding inspiration see our greenery inspiration board. It’s a beautiful color to use!
Hello! Today I thought I’d break from the norm and share with you some of our most popular Pinterest pins. Sometimes it surprises me as to what gets pinned a lot and sometimes it doesn’t. Here are some of our pins that are oldies but goodies and others that are new and trending – how exciting! And here is a link to our Pinterest page.
This first pin is a really recent one, yet it’s been trending on Pinterest a lot. It’s only been up since April, but has already been repinned over 6k times. And it’s no wonder! The flower wall is gorgeous – the florals are by The Arrangement Company, Adam Mullins built the pallet wall, Adam Barnes Photography took this stunning image and Max & Dexter helped the bride with her planning. So fun! Here is a link to the original posting, and here is a link to the pin on Pinterest.
More flowers are gaining popularity, and this next pin is an odd bird. Although it’s only been pinned barely 1k times from our own board, but I found it in the hundreds and thousands on other boards. Why? Well, that just means that when we pinned it, it’s been repinned 9 hundred and something times, but the other numbers are from those who found the image on our site and repinned it themselves. Interesting, huh? This bouquet is by Petal Flower Company, and the original posting is here.
Love color palettes? Apparently this one we featured has been a popular one, being pinned over 67k times! It’s no wonder it’s one of our most popular Pinterest pins with the colors being so fresh and succulent related. Find the original posting here.
You’ll be able to tell just how old this next one is by the photo (2011!), but this DIY personalized wedding hanger has had almost 12k repins. A former bride wrote this posting for us, and I’m glad she did. So fun, and I hope the project has helped many brides be creative and monogram their own hangers for themselves and their bridesmaids.
Last but not least, one of our oldies but certainly a goodie is this one about Mother Son Wedding Dance Songs. It’s been repinned 118k times. Imagine that! I’d say that for me, it’s an all star. Finding just the right song is important, I’d say! Here is the original posting. Oh, and if you are looking for another popular playlist, try our first dance songs one here, which has over 64k repins. So fun!
I hope you enjoyed some of our most popular Pinterest pins! It was fun to actually find out what some of them were. Happy pinning!
Your honeymoon is a special time as you are whisked away for a time of rest and relaxation as a newly married couple. After all of that planning, you deserve it! Getting a new swimsuit can be a part of the fun, so be sure to take a peek at our 5 honeymoon bathing suits.
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All of the following looks are via Beach Bunny Swimwear’s Instagram feed, and descriptions are clockwise starting from the top left.
- The chain detailing on this Beach Bunny pink bikini adds an element of fun and interest to this triangle top and side tie bottom. This honeymoon bathing suit is easily adjustable with all of the ties. The crochet details are oh so perfect! Got Me in Chains Bikini Top and Bottom $130/$145
- Ah! A bandeau top is just about as cute as it gets, right? This top is paired with matching stripe bottoms to create the perfect set to make a statement on the beach. Fine Lines Top and Bottom $120/$110
- If you prefer a one piece, this plunging V tank is perfect! Whether it’s for the 4th of July or if you want to wear bridal white be semi-modest and make a statement at the same time. Rib Tide One Piece $175
- Speaking of white, here is another set worthy of a bride! With lots of bling accented by crisp white, this suit is so lovely for lounging on your honeymoon with your sweetie! Material Girl Bikini Top and Bottom $145/$175
- This one reminds me of ancient Egypt with the rich, yet subtle hues and shading. With metallic accents and the security of bands instead of ties, this suit is perfect for a dip in the sea or pool as one of your honeymoon bathing suits. Sheer Addiction Top and Bottom $110/$120
Didn’t find something to suit you (ha, pun intended!) just click here (and get free shipping and returns). So fun! Oh, and looking for honeymoon inspiration? Here you go!
I’m a firm believer in the fact that a simpler event with lovely detailing can rival the most decadent of weddings as you will see with this sweet Rustburg wedding today! I actually requested this event when I saw it in my social media newsfeed – I adored the florals and also the fact that it takes place in a town near my own. So lovely!
Here are a few of my favorite things about this wedding today!
- I already mentioned the florals, but the bouquets are oh so pretty! Locally grown blooms are incorporated into colorful cascades of flowers for both the bride and bridesmaid, who actually made their own bouquets. Talented!
- How can you be from Virginia and not love the Dogwood? The flowers were subtly included in photographs here and there – and were even utilized for a few secret kisses between the bride and groom!
- The rings? Gorgeous!! The engagement ring was custom designed from one of our longtime preferred vendors, Bowen Jewelry Company, right in downtown Lynchburg. I think they did a spectacular job with this stunning set of rings. Swoon worthy for sure!
- Kudos for a church wedding. I think they are becoming more and more rare as couples seek to have their wedding and reception at the same location, but that is perfectly feasible with some churches, too. There’s just something about a quaint chapel event as with this sweet Rustburg wedding.
- A lavender toss? Yes, please! How fun is that – and much softer and fragrant than birdseed or rice. So fun!
- The bride is a curly girl, and the hairstylist is none other than the groom’s mother, who owns a well established (and uber cute!) salon in Altavista. I have curly hair, too, and I always appreciate when a bride incorporates her natural waves into her wedding day look. Pretty!
Ok, without further due, let’s get to this Rustburg, Virginia wedding. Enjoy!
If you want to learn about the process of having a ring designed at Bowen Jewelry Company, check out our blog post here.
Ok, it’s safe to say that when something from Lynchburg, Virginia comes my way, I give it a little extra love. After all, I live within walking distance of the downtown (a healthy walk, but still!). The buildings are so lovely, and – as you will see – there are so many places to stop and have engagement sessions. From the top of Monument Terrace to a stop by the LOVE sign near Percival’s Island, be sure to take a peek at this downtown Lynchburg e-session today photographed by Amelia Lynn Photography. As a sidebar, I met Amelia through my wedding endeavors when she was a bride-to-be. Now she has been married for a while and is a wonderful photographer – on top of being a sweet and talented gal.
Here are a few things I adore about their session.
- Ah! The red bike is so lovely, and it perfectly coordinates with Sarah’s dress. It’s adorable – both the dress and the bike.
- The use of hats is so fun. Luke wears his so well. Sarah’s outfit change is a smart choice both for color and for hat usage – to wear and to hide a kiss here and there.
- My favorite part about this downtown Lynchburg e-session is the fact that there are SO many Lynchburg landmarks showcased. If you know the area, you will recognize so many places. If you aren’t near Lynchburg, these images will make you wish you were!
- Despite the dreary day, Luke and Sarah made the best of it and had an absolutely love engagement photo session with Amelia. Beautiful!
Enjoy this downtown Lynchburg e-session today!
Love books? Me too! If you enjoy reading or just adore the quaint feel of literary pieces, I hope you gain ideas from our book wedding inspiration today. From invitations to favors (and a book DIY project!), we have five fun ideas.
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Ideas follow clockwise starting with the top left.
- What a fun DIY project from our own blog! Be sure to check here for a tutorial. Just collect old books, which can be found online here, clock hands (here) and numbers 1-12 (here) to complete the look. Set the “time” to the table number (use increments, such as 4:30 if you have more than 12 tables) and put them on your table for a fun, eclectic look that is sure to wow your guests. What cute literary wedding decor!
- This floral wedding garland from LaMiaCasa can be customized and is made out of French book pages. With a 3 dimensional look, this paper banner can be used as a backdrop for your ceremony or reception and repurposed in your home. It’s also a cute idea for a bridal shower, and with a price tag of $6, it’s super affordable for a bride on a budget.
- I love, love, love this idea! This sign is just $15, which is a super steal, and it’s customizable according to it’s color and wording. Imagine welcoming your guests with this wedding signage! It’s absolutely perfect for a book wedding, isn’t it? Oh, and here is an easel for propping up the sign. Cute!
- The invitation is the first impression your guests receive, so why not showcase your literary love with this book wedding invitation? It talks about starting the couple’s first chapter, and the RSVP card is just too cute. Sold starting for $40 for 10, and oh so literary! If these aren’t your favorite, check out this full selection of literary wedding invitations here.
- Last, but certainly not least, take a peek at these library card favor pouches. I miss library cards, don’t you? Add a bit of nostalgia as you fill these little pouches with whatever you wish for your own book wedding.
photos by Steven and Lily Photography, see more here
When you’re newly engaged, the last thing you want to think about is your wedding budget. Chances are you’d rather be filling your Pinterest board with gorgeous bouquets, centerpieces and the like. However, when you’re newly married, the last thing you want is to deal with debt from overspending on your wedding.
So, how is a couple supposed to create a budget for the biggest day of their lives? Well, be sure to look at our wedding budget tips to help!
Creating a wedding budget is a two-person job, regardless of who is taking on the bulk of the planning. Set aside some time to sit down one-on-one and come up with a number that seems reasonable. Consider who will be footing the bill – are you getting help from family members or will you be handling the costs yourselves? Discuss with one another until you come to an agreement on a number, be it $10,000 or $100,000.
Break it down
Once you have an idea of how much you’re willing to spend on your wedding, it’s time to break it down into categories. There are many resources online that can help allocate your expenses out by category, so don’t hesitate to do research first. Generally, the venue and catering takes up about half the budget so set that aside.
From there, determine the top three must-haves for your wedding. It could be great music, delicious food, or photography that lasts a lifetime. Whatever your ‘big three’ are, make them priorities on your budget. If you already have certain vendors in mind, don’t be afraid to request a quote and include that in your budget as well. The more realistic your numbers are, the more likely you are to stick to it.
Factor in ‘hidden’ fees
While it’s easy to allocate your budget out to the big things, keep in mind that there will be other expenses to consider as well. Be sure to set aside some extra money for taxes, as well as tips for certain vendors. The best way to account for these additional expenditures is to create a contingency budget – 10% is a reasonable amount. This is money that isn’t allocated out, but acts as an emergency fund to cover costs that weren’t originally factored into the budget.
Stick to it!
This is, of course, easier said than done. Remember that you set a budget together for a reason. While it may not seem like much to spend a bit extra on upgrading a bouquet, small expenses can certainly add up. If possible, look for ways to DIY parts of your wedding to save some pennies. Be firm and resolute with your budget, keeping in mind that your wedding is much more than the little details.
Once you’ve finalized your budget, it’s time to move onto the next step – picking your venue and vendors! While this can be exciting, it’s essential that it takes place after setting the budget in order to ensure your chosen vendors are all within your price range.
We hope these wedding budget tips were helpful. Happy planning! For more budget tips check here.
Want to spice up your way? Well, temporary wedding tattoos are the perfect way to do so. Whether you coordinate as a couple or have fun with your bridesmaids, here are five of our favorite ideas.
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Descriptions for our temporary wedding tattoos flow from left to right below.
- This customizable diamond tattoo is super cute! The names of the wedding couple are placed in a banner across the diamond, which make fun wedding details to leave on the tables for guests to enjoy and apply during the reception – or give them out at the rehearsal dinner so guests can wear these temporarty tattoos to the wedding. $200/50 pieces
- Love Disney or -better yet – headed there for your honeymoon? Then these Mr. and Mrs. temporary wedding tattoos are the cutest! Little Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ears show where your love lies – with each other and Disney! $6/pair
- Organizing a bachelorette party? This temporary tattoo from Siideways is perfect! I love the different typography, and it is completely customizable with the bride’s name. How fun is that? $1.50
- Craving another choice as a couple? This one may do! These temporary wedding tattoos say “all of me” and “loves all of you” to create the perfect pairing for just $5.60
- If shiny and metallic is your thing, then this “bride tribe” tattoo is fun for a bachelorette or shower. Get your maids together, and give them all one of these to sport!
Temporary wedding tattoos can be so much fun! They are low commitment (lasting 2-7 days) and add an element of fun. If you want more options, check out this full listing filled with ideas here.
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