Wow, do we have a gorgeous Virginia event for you today! This sophisticated Richmond wedding is filled with lovely detailing and ideas for the bride-to-be. Here is a little bit of their story from their photographer, Melissa Desjardins. Katie and Mike are that laid back, love to have fun couple who everyone loves…they first met at VCU. Mike took her on their first date to Lee’s Fried Chicken and the rest is history! Perhaps the true test of their relationship came when Mike moved to New Orleans after accepting a job at Tulane, while Katie stayed here in Richmond to finish her schooling. It wasn’t long before she realized she needed to be with him and then they began their new life together in NOLA, even adopting an adorable dog and appropriately naming her Delachaise. When visiting RVA for the holidays in 2014, Mike proposed to Katie on top of Libby Hill with the Richmond skyline in the background. So sweet!
Here are a few of my favorite ideas from their wedding day.
- I love how classic everything is – their statement invitation, their rings. It all is very timeless and beautiful for a wedding.
- You have got to see the flower girl – she is absolutely adorable!!
- Take a moment to notice their first look photo. They were separated by sliding doors, which made for an impactful – and very sweet – first look.
- Ah! Monument Terrace makes for such a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos, and they had a beautiful, sunny day. So lovely!
- I adore the use of succulents – in the boutonniere and even as a cake topper. They are also strategically placed on the tables in rose gold, geometric glass holders like the ones you can find for your own wedding here. Greenery, white and gold completed their color palette.
- Ballrooms are so stately, and their wedding reception is absolutely divine. Gorgeous! They combined it with a classic, church ceremony – the perfect pairing!
- Their reception was complete with a white cake, first dance and signature cocktails. So fun!
I hope you enjoy this sophisticated Richmond wedding today – you are sure to gain some classic Virginia wedding inspiration today. Enjoy!
Your invitation is your first impression for your big day, and I am a huge fan of anything that involves flowers. I searched the web for floral wedding invitation ideas to share with you today. Enjoy! Wedding stationery ideas are clockwise from the top.
- It doesn’t get any easier than having a digital file to download and print yourself – this is perfect for those who need their wedding invitations quickly and on a budget. This sweet, flower filled wedding invitation suite is available via Papercharmants on Etsy here.
- Another digital download, this floral wedding invitation offers drippy florals in an array of lovely hues. Pairing it with a kraft paper envelope is just perfect! See this Etsy offering here that is also easy on your wedding budget.
- Hailing from Minted, this invitation is adorable with the prominent ampersand and oh so subtle floral touches. It’s perfect for the bride-to-be who wants something floral yet not quite overdone. It’s such a pretty statement that you can personalize here.
- Another idea from Minted, these floral wedding invitations are inspired by Grecian flowers and have an art like feel. Rich hues complement this invitation suite that you can view here.
- Wedding Paper Divas comes to the rescue when you want something that is filled with dainty florals. These Floral Trellis invitations are so pretty, and you can get them several striking color patterns.
No matter what you choose, be sure to send something to give your guests a feel as to what your day will all be about. Have fun picking out your invitations and perusing our floral wedding invitation ideas!
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When it comes to music there are many choices that you can weave throughout your day – and many times to play them. We often think of first dances and such when it comes to reception music, but why not incorporate a fun song as you cut the cake? We have come up with 20 cake cutting song ideas – from slow and nostalgic to fun, modern and quirky, this list is sure to give you ideas on incorporating wedding music selections as you cut the cake.
Here is our suggested list of cake cutting song ideas.
- Best Day of My Life – American Authors
- Build Me up Buttercup – The Foundations
- Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
- Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups
- Cuts Like a Knife – Bryan Adams
- Eternal Flame – The Bangles
- Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
- Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
- How Sweet it Is – Michael Buble
- I Can’t Help Myself – The Four Tops
- I Do – Colbie Caillat
- Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
- Kiss from a Rose – Seal
- Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love – Pink Martini
- Love and Marriage – Frank Sinatra
- Love You Madly – Cake
- Recipe for Love – Harry Connick Jr.
- Sugar – Maroon 5
- The Sweetest Thing – U2
- What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
photo – Melissa Batman Photography; cake – Love Is in the Air
Every little girl dreams about her wedding dress, but have you been searching for wedding exit looks? It’s a fun way to go from a big, long gown into something a little bit more comfortable and carefree as you wish your family and friends goodbye while you leave as husband and wife. Take a peek at five of our lace wedding exit looks today!
- I adore the name of this dress – I Now Pronounce You Posh – from ModCloth is dressy and adorable – perfect for an exit look on your wedding day! It sports a crocheted lace bodies, back buttons, a wide tulle skirt and a sweetheart neckline complete with illusion. Beautiful!
- Your feet deserve lacy comfort, too, as you will see from these shoes from BHLDN. The lace up detailing and flat metallic heel ensure a quick getaway as you dodge birdseed or run through sparklers. Your feet will thank you after a day of being on your feet.
- Want to be unique? How about this lovely backless lace dress by Nooree Collection on Etsy? With a boho feel and modesty lining, this little number has sweet little touches that will make your wedding exit memorable for all.
- Don’t want to buy a dress? Why not rent? I adore Rent the Runway for just that reason! This Blumarine Show Me Lace Dress is flirty and feminine and would fit a variety of body styles beautifully. Paired with metallics or pops of color, this is the way to exit with a feminine statement.
- This LOFT Floral Lace Shift Dress is a classic sheath dress covered in lace. With a back zipper and quality lining, this getaway dress will make a statement while being one that you can wear long after your wedding day.
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Rixey Manor near Culpepper, Virginia is the perfect place for an outdoor bridal session as you will see with Tamara’s images. Gorgeous! This also happens to be where Tamara and her fiance Ed will be saying “I Do” – so it’s appropriate for several reasons!
So how did their love story begin ? Tamara and Ed met online and after emailing for some time, arranged to meet at a restaurant in Shirlington, Samuel Beckett’s. Tamara had to rent a car to go meet him because her car broke down the day before. The rental turned out to be a big minivan! They connected immediately and though he said he wasn’t really looking for anything serious when he first met Tamara, within a month they were committed and seriously dating. Dates included wineries, hockey games, hiking, comedy shows at the Kennedy Center and making dinner together and watching movies.
On their one year anniversary, Ed picked Tamara up in a minivan, the same model of minivan she had rented (which they laughed over that night), a dozen roses, and stuffed fox (another inside joke). He took her to Samuel Beckett’s to celebrate. She wasn’t expecting him to propose, but when dessert arrived she was surprised with a cake (chocolate with butter creme frosting…her favorite). Written on the cake were the words, “Marry me?” alongside a stunning ring. She said yes!
What a fun story! Enjoy this lovely outdoor bridal session today – be sure to notice her lovely florals and her square engagement ring. Beautiful!
When it comes to your mom (or your future mother-in-law) a special keepsake or memento on the wedding day is so special! We came up with 5 necklace gift ideas for your mom to honor her on your special day – these would even work as Mother’s Day gift ideas, too. Take a peek!
Clockwise from top left:
- This simple, yet lovely necklace shows a circle – a ring, which has no beginning or end. That’s why we exchange wedding rings, yet a mother’s love also has no start or finish and knows no bounds. What a lovely keepsake! You can also add delicate birthstones as you can see here.
- What a pretty necklace! It’s a birthstone bar, and the stones can represent whatever months – wedding months, birth months and the like. How lovely and functional! Personalize your birthstone necklace for your mom, grandmother or mother-in-law here.
- No matter how old you get, you will always be your mom’s “baby” as you can see in this mama bird/baby bird necklace. A sweet symbol of flying away from the nest into your own household, it would be a subtle sentimental gift for your mom, and it even comes with its own sweet saying from Otis B Weddings here.
- How about real flowers she can keep forever? I adore this idea! Preserved tiny blooms (there are others to choose from besides yellow!) accent any outfit and symbolize newness. How sweet! See this necklace here.
- Ah!! Tiny crafting at its finest. Miniature wooden hoops have a slight bit of needlework in your choice of color. How fun?? Pick colors that coordinate with your wedding day, or choose colors based on birth months. This is such a lovely keepsake that will ensure mom keeps getting asked where her necklace came from. Check it out here.
Aren’t those fun ideas?? I think so!! What wonderful gift ideas for your mom. Enjoy choosing just one!
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Flower chandeliers are so beautiful and can either have a high impact or be subtly beautiful. Before you think that these creations are impossible, think again! There are several ways you can create your own with a little bit of DIY flower chandelier inspiration running through your head. Take a peek at our favorites below!
- The Sweetest Occasion has this lovely piece, which is perfect for blooms with a straighter stem. Whether you purchase your blooms or choose ones from your own garden, this would look stunning as a focal point for a garden party or even in the corner of a room. Beautiful!
- Similar to the one above, ribbons are tied to stems in order to create a centerpiece of hanging flowers. Roses of varying heights and colors are strung in a circle for a piece that is gorgeous for a table! Instructions are here.
- For longer lasting benefit for your hard work, consider utilizing silk flowers in your design. Love Sparkle Pretty designed their own DIY piece with extra flair! I adore how the centerpiece has blooms and then single petals hanging down from above. And they’ll even create one for you if you don’t desire to make your own!
- Into upcycling? Well, this DIY flower chandelier inspiration is spot on perfect, then!! The House that Lars Built took an old chandelier and added paper flowers. How lovely is this?? I’d love to jump into that photo for the perfect party atmosphere – think bridal shower, bridesmaids’ luncheon or of course… a wedding. So lovely!
- Finally, We Are Scout offers the ultimate in floral inspiration – a drippy, full, colorful flower chandelier with super high impact. Gorgeous!! With two tiers, this is definitely one that will impress your guests…. no matter the occasion.
Ah! All of those floral chandeliers just make me want to go out and try my hand at making one. I don’t really have an occasion for one, but who needs an event to hang one? So lovely!
What a fun secret garden wedding we have today filled with DIY ides for you. This Richmond, Virginia wedding took place at a state park, and there are such special touches for you to see. Here are some of my favorites.
- This wedding has such a happy, fun color palette. Bright pink paired with purple and a succulent here and there make for such a beautiful selection of hues.
- The flower girl and the ring bearer – can we say cutie patooties? They are absolutely adorable!!
- Be sure to take note of the cute wedding sign. Made from vintage silverware, jewelry and serving pieces on a weathered board make for such a fun keepsake long after the wedding day. Adorable signage!
- Any wedding by a lake catches my attention – the wedding ceremony has the backdrop of water for a view. Stunning!
- In your search for considering a wedding venue, a state park just might be the place. Protected land and fun elements like water, lovely trees and privacy, they also tend to be very budget friendly. Check them out!
- When a wedding incorporates a pet, it always adds an element of cuteness! Maurice and Emily’s day included a husky, which is such a fun addition. Good dog!
- The Jenga guest book is pretty cool. What a fun idea to have each guest sign a piece of wood.
- Speaking of wood – the cake knife was a personalized wooden knife, which also makes for a great keepsake from their outdoor, rustic wedding day.
There are so many touches that make this DIY secret garden wedding so simply classy and detailed. I hope you enjoy it today!
After meeting at Liberty University their freshman year, Zach and Taylor were inseparable. They dated for four years until Zach finally proposed during an intimate walk on the beach with Taylor. So sweet! Then they ended up having a woodland wedding near Lynchburg, VA that was nothing short of magical.
When it came to their wedding, this couple worked together to plan a stunning event. “The phrase that came up most was that I wanted it to have an Anthropologie-esque, woodland feel. We definitely just wanted something that felt like it had our personality stamped on it,” offered Taylor.
Being an artsy person, Zach was actually integrated a lot into the wedding planning. Taylor recalled, “He was unbelievably helpful in this whole process—he was decisive where I was indecisive, which made things a lot easier.” From the lovely cake to the gorgeous sea glass colored bridemaids’ dresses, their concept came together flawlessly.
One item of note is their ceremony backdrop. Sorella Farms has quite a few options for ceremonies, but Taylor wanted something unique. “We had never seen anyone have their ceremony with the woods framing it…so we really loved that idea, and the floral wall and petal floor gave it this magical, woodland feel” she reflected. The backdrop – made by Adam Mullins from reclaimed barn wood and covered in florals and greenery by The Arrangement Company – ended up being Taylor’s favorite part of the woodland wedding décor. So lovely!
Advice for the bride-to-be – The best piece of advice I would give to a bride on her wedding day would be to not put so much pressure on herself. Things WILL go wrong, no question, but ultimately the goal is to marry someone you love and have the people you love there to celebrate with you. Too often there is this element of comparison when you look at “Pinterest-perfect” weddings and expect yours should look the same, when the reality is your day should just feel like it belongs to you—something that expresses who you are. Enjoy the moment.
On being a newlywed – The most helpful thing for me has been to keep the big picture in perspective. You are now dedicated to a lifetime with this person, so instead of expecting perfection right away, realize you have a lifetime to grow together and figure it out.
Favorite wedding moment – My favorite moment of my wedding day was when we did our first look and took our photos before the actual ceremony. Having that quiet, private time before the craziness set in to get to be together and enjoy the moment made the day feel even more special, and it also took a lot of pressure off by the time the ceremony came around.
On planning a wedding – A wedding planner is worth every penny, and I feel like that it something every bride should seriously consider adding into her budget. It is worth any extra money to have peace of mind that someone is always there when you need them and making sure every detail is taken care of.
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