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Having a wedding at home is such a lovely possibility, and that is exactly what Billy and Jessica decided upon for their wedding day. Jessica’s grandmother’s Forest, Virginia farm served as the ceremony site, and it’s stunning – from getting ready to saying, “I do,” the setting is so beautiful! Then the couple continued their celebration at a Lynchburg country club. So fun!

There is so much to love about this wedding, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Jessica’s soft beige gown is covered in lace, and the silhouette is so flattering for her figure. The color complements her flawless Asian skin so perfectly. Her hair and makeup also let her natural beauty shine through!
  • The flowers – from barely open buds to full blooms – are soft in color and add so much texture. And be sure to notice that mantel – stunning! The brass pieces on the reception tables are the perfect accent pieces.
  • Pink! It’s such a serene color, and it looks lovely on just about anyone – the bridesmaids really shine.
  • If you don’t want to do a huge cake, why not opt for a smaller one and treat your guests to cupcakes? They are just the right serving size.

I hope you enjoy this wedding today – it has lots of inspiration and beauty!

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This is it! With all of the months of planning and coordinating behind you, you have finally made it to the night before your Big Day. With a few precious hours until you are aisle-bound, it is natural to feel some pre-wedding jitters. However, there is no reason to get worked up when you should be winding down. Here are a few ways to relax and de-stress the night before.

Reflect

After the busyness of the rehearsal dinner, be sure to set aside some solo time for reflection on the major step you are about to embark on. Allow yourself to feel excited and really take a step back and bask in the momentous occasion that is ahead of you. The wedding day itself will be a whirlwind of energy and emotions, so it can be grounding to take a moment for yourself before it all starts.

Netflix and chill

…with your ‘maids! Chances are this is one of the last times you will get to have a full-on sleepover with your besties, so take advantage of it. Although it may be tempting to pop out a bottle of bubbly and chat into the wee hours, play it safe and opt for pajamas and movies so you and your gang will wake up ready and refreshed in the morning.

Disconnect

By the night before your wedding, everything should already be in place. That means that there is no need to anxiously text your caterer in the middle of the night or to second-guess your choice of centerpieces while browsing Pinterest. What’s done is done (and perfect!), so it is time to assign someone as your main point of contact and surrender your phone to your maid of honor. (Of course, you can still send a goodnight text to your sweetheart!)

Sleep, sleep, sleep

Although sleep may be the last thing on your mind, it is also the one thing that you need! After a quick sweep to ensure that everything is in the right place and ready for the morning, take your planner’s cap off and prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep. Trust me – your morning self will thank you. (Under-eye circles are not the latest bridal look.)

No matter your big plans for the night before your wedding day, just be sure to relax. You have surely spent months and months wrapped up in details and now is your chance to let go of everything and enjoy the fruits of your labor. All that is left is the big ‘I do,’ so it is time to simply sit back and enjoy!

Amanda Zack is a wedding PR specialist with OFD Consulting, based in Richmond, VA. She also serves as a Public Relations adjunct professor at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Wow! Virginia Military Institute definitely makes for a lovely wedding backdrop as you will soon see. Kyle graduated from VMI in 2015 and Lora worked at the W&L Law School for 3 years after college, so their connections to the town of Lexington are strong. They also both have close families. In fact, it was Kyle’s sister who set the two of them up. She was a bridesmaid as was Lora’s twin sister. So fun!

Here is a little of their story in Lora’s own words.

  • Where and how did you meet? Through Kyle’s sister Anna, one of my closest friends. She had mentioned him before but I had brushed it off with the typical “oh I love you Anna but I don’t do setups.” Then, she brought him to a friend’s party, apparently with the intention of playing cupid all along, and the rest is history.
  • How did he propose? We spent the day Christmas shopping and running errands together before Kyle went out of town that evening. We had just finished dinner and were about to part ways when he asked if he could give me my present early. I tried to object saying I didn’t have his with me and I would see him Christmas day, but he said “it would kill him to wait any longer” so I had to accept! The next thing I knew he was down on one knee. It was the biggest and best surprise of my life.
  • Why did you choose this location? I have lots of family in Lexington and spent countless hours tearing around our family’s farm on ponies as youngin. After college, I lived there for three years while working at W&L’s school of law and loved every minute it. Plus, Kyle is a VMI grad and a native of Rockbridge County, so there was no question of location when it came time to wedding plan.
  • What is your favorite memory from this location? Marrying the man of my dreams, hands down. Beyond that, it’s almost impossible to pick. Lexington in general is an incredibly special place. The small town feel is inescapable and irreplaceable. For example, on my way into Lee Chapel to walk down the aisle, literally seconds before the wedding, the dean of the law school who I consider a dear friend was jogging by, did a double take, ran over and gave me a huge hug then took a picture of me for his wife who was also a friend, colleague and running buddy of mine. Such a sweet small world!

Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoy this lovely VMI wedding today.

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Ok, before you look at this, I’m going to go ahead and admit – I totally asked Kelsey of Kelsey & Nate Photography for this session! It showcases my city of Lynchburg, Virginia in such a fun and different way – and who can resist a couple who ends their engagement session by riding off into the sun (ok, not quite sunset, but still!)?

Also, I found out that this couple is the brother-in-law and sister-in-law of one of our designers, which makes it even more fun to blog. Plus, this couple is gorgeous, and they are so in love – it shines throughout each and every photo… enjoy!

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Ah! There is so very much to love about Christian and Megan’s Sierra Vista wedding. From classic details to a lovely color palette, this couple had the perfect weather and such a beautiful day!

Here are some of my favorite elements:

  1. The color palette of the flowers is so stunning! Whites and greens are combined with the slightest hue of purple in the form of succulents and textured blooms. The size and shape of Megan’s bouquet reminds me of weddings that took place in the 1930s era. Plus elements like the fern lined aisle and oh so wonderful wedding arch are all decked out with flowers and greens. Perfection.
  2. Speaking of eras and throwback – Megan’s hair is so classically beautiful. It reminds me of an updated Gibson Girl hairdo with the sweeping front. So fabulous!
  3. Those bridesmaids dresses? What a stunning color! Somewhere between a silvery gray/blue/purple hue – they are an unexpected, refreshing color to say the least.
  4. Teacups galore! A variety of vintage sets in many shapes and patterns served to thank their guests.
  5. It’s always fun when a couple has wedding bubbles as a sendoff!

I hope you enjoy this wedding today – and it goes without saying to say that Sierra Vista is full of beauty!

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