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I am still so in love with our styled editorial (check it out here!) – each and every part was absolutely stunning, and the shoot was featured on the cover of our 2016 wedding issue of clutch. Flower crowns are all the rage, but when we asked Emily Garbee Harris of Body Works Day Spa & Salon in Lynchburg to take on the task of providing hair and makeup for our bride, I had complete trust in Emily. She so exceeded my expectations and created such a lovely look!

Our bride – Jacqueline (actually married for over a decade!) – had her hair in braids, and Emily created a stunning wedding updo complete with flowers of all kinds – blue eryngium thistle and yellow billy balls were the main stars from Bloom by Doyle’s. The makeup also complemented the look beautifully. Take a peek at a little behind the scenes in photos by Lindsey Hinkley Photography.

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Hotel weddings have such a classic beauty about them – refined, beautiful and top notch, and this Le Meridien event is no exception. Dara and Kelli were introduced to each other via a mutual friend, and when Dara proposed, he got down on one knee but also had the help of their dog, Bryce to ensure that Kelli would say yes. So fun!

From beautiful architecture to stunning views, here is what I adore about this Arlington, Virginia wedding:

  • Lamb’s ear adds such a natural element of softness to flowers, and it makes the perfect appearance in the bouquets.
  • Ah! The first looks are so emotional – from the look on Dara’s father’s face (so sweet!) to the happiness in Dara and Kelli’s expressions during their own private first look – the emotion captured is beautiful.
  • Kelli’s look is so flattering. From the lovely lines in her gown to her swept back hair, she really let her natural beauty shine through!

I hope that you enjoy this chic hotel wedding today!

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Ah! This Lynchburg, Virginia engagement session is so much fun, and part of the reason I love it so much is that it’s location – Riverside Park – is just a stone’s throw from where we live. It’s so beautiful and filled with trails and interesting nooks and crannies, which made it perfect for John and Victoria’s e-session with Ashley Eiban Photography. And as a sidenote, Victoria’s fringe boots are oh so fabulous.

I hope you enjoy this session today – I hope it inspires you to take a walk in the park with your love!

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Today I am totally thinking pink! It’s such a lovely, timeless color – it perfectly embodies the sweetness and love of a wedding. Beautiful! It gives this Williamsburg, Virginia wedding such a soft, garden feel.

For Matt and Carrie, the campus of William and Mary seemed the obvious choice for their special day – after all, it’s where they met in 2009 when Matt was a senior and Carrie was a junior. Friends set them up to attend a sorority event together, and they immediately hit it off – great job, friends! They moved to Los Angeles in 2013, and in the fall of 2014 Carrie returned for homecoming – alone, she thought. When she arrived on campus Matt surprised her and proposed to her near the Wren building. Family and friends were present, which made the proposal that much sweeter.

Here’s what I love about this wedding:

  • The bridesmaids chose their own dresses, which allowed them to show off their personalities. So fun!
  • Carrie’s father not only walked her down the aisle, but he performed the ceremony. And Carrie’s parents are both alumni of William and Mary and met at the college, too. It’s fun to have so much family history in one place!
  • Charlie, the dog, was the “flower girl” and wearing roses for this wedding. How adorable.
  • Matt and Carrie were married on the steps in the Sunken Garden – they were the first couple to choose that location, but I have a feeling that many others will follow suit.
  • The multiple, fun frosted cakes at the reception are both classic and interestingly beautiful.
  • Gold accents – it seems like silver was en vogue for so long, and gold took a back seat. It makes me so happy to see it making such a huge comeback.

Without further due, I hope you enjoy this gorgeous Williamsburg wedding!

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  • Ashley Glasco - Beautiful post! Thank you again for the feature! 🙂

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Today is the perfect day to feature… puppies! Oh yes, and a lovely Virginia engagement session with Emily Marie Photography at Prince William Forest Park, of course. These pups are so cute, and they are happy that their favorite humans are getting married.

Joey and Diana met while spending time with mutual friends, and right away they knew there was something special going on. They decided to move in together, which was definitely a turning point in their relationship – for many reasons! While moving, they spent the day unpacking boxes, moving furniture, and handling all the stresses that coming with a moving day. During the craziness of moving, it didn’t once cross Diana’s mind that Joey was planning on proposing to her that very night! In the middle of unpacking a box late at night, Joey asked Diana to come out to their new backyard for just a quick minute. Diana, who was very intent on finishing unpacking that box, at first refused, but after a little more prodding, Joey convinced her to take a break. She walked outside and Joey asked the love of his life to marry him! They celebrated their engagement by grabbing the closest bottle of wine, unpacking some wine glasses, and enjoying some pizza! The exact wine they enjoyed was utilized in their engagement session. What a sweet story!

Their adorable little pups, Louisa and Gracie, will also be helping them celebrate their wedding, as well as walking down the aisle. So fun. I hope you enjoy this cute session today!

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