Blush Winery Wedding

 Fall Winery Wedding in Blush

Sophie and Paul’s fall wedding was the picture of classic elegance.  While the girls got ready in the newly finished bridal suite at the Williamsburg Winery, the groom and his friends relaxed and watched a bit of football.  As the bridal party watched, they had their first look among the winery’s grape vines filled with laughter and kisses.  With a beautiful blush and burgundy bouquet in hand Sophie headed of to her ceremony with a unique twist on their own version of the unity candle.  Small bottles of pepper, vinegar, and honey were consumed to represent all that they would face through life together.

Dancing the Night Away

Following the ceremony, Paul and Sophie took time to take a sunset walk among the vineyard and savor being newly married, one of our most favorite times of a wedding day.  They finished the evening with what has to be one of my all time favorite play lists for a reception and romantic portraits in the wine cellar beneath Wessex Hall.

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Vendors

Venue: Williamsburg Winery

Wedding Planner: Two River Events

Floral Designer: Aleen Floral Design

Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Grooms Attire: J Crew

Makeup  and Hair Artist: Lou Stevens Glam Squad

DJ: Liz Daley

Cake: Wegman’s

Catering: Williamsburg Winery

Bridesmaid Attire: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux

Invitations: Smock Paper

Favors: Raleigh Tavern Bakery

Drapery: Big Top Entertainment

 

 

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Moss Rock Preserve Engagement

Vecchia and Moss Rock Engagement Session

Moss Rock Preserve in the Summer

The Preserve and Moss Rock are easily one of my favorite locations nearby for engagement sessions.  As a foodie who also has many sweet couples that enjoy signature cocktails as well as great food, this place is just ideal.  When Jessica and Cody told me they were bringing their darling dog, Tucker with them, Vecchia and the surrounding locations immediately came to mind.  With that food recommendation in hand, they drove up early to enjoy a cocktail before their portraits and then stayed late to enjoy dinner.

Construction and Proposals

Jessica and Cody met at work, slightly by accident.  He was being given a tour and human resources happened to stop by Jessica’s office.  They became friends and quietly dated, keeping their romance mostly quiet until Cody proposed.

Cody proposed on the plot of land that their house is being built. He completely surprised Jessica as he walked her out to the center of their lot and asked her where she thought their back porch would be. They found where they thought it would be, and were talking about all the good memories to come and sunsets they would watch together. Then, he got down on one knee and proposed.  Jessica was so surprised and as she relates it, a bit goofy in her excitement to say yes and put the ring on.  We can’t wait for your April wedding in 2018.Engagement Ring in pink flowersRomantic embrace engagement sessionThe Preserve Engagement Session with puppyEngagement Ring on top of lime at VecchiaBlack and White photo of Tucker the dogMoss Rock Preserve Outdoor Engagement Session

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Noah’s Event Venue

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I recently had the pleasure of touring one of the newer venues in Hoover, Alabama when I took images for their property investors back in Utah.  Jasmine, their venue manager met me and gave me a walk through of what Noah’s Event Venue has to offer.  Sweet brides, I think you will find this venue perfect for your reception, getting ready, and or your ceremony as well.

Neutral Color Palette

One of my favorite things to find when looking at venues is a color palette that doesn’t compete with a brides choice of colors.  The beautiful neutral palette in Noah’s certainly would go with most brides choice of wedding day colors without competing for attention.  The large ballroom has rich dark wood flooring and interchangeable chandeliers to suit the theme of your wedding day.  Draping is also an option that is provided through Noah’s as well as elegant chiavari chairs.  There are also several cocktail options throughout the space and I loved that there was a quiet place for both the groom and bride to get ready with their friends.Noahs Event Venue Outside of building HooverNoahs Event Venue Lighting detail HooverNoahs Event Venue Front Entry HooverBridal suite HooverBallroom at Noah's Event CenterNoahs Ballroom HooverNoah's Event Venue Garden Patio

 

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A Wedding by the Sea

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Kassie and Tyler were married by the sea in Yorktown last week.  The weather, despite the summer showers cooperated beautifully, creating a stunning sunset perfect for romantic portraits of these high school sweethearts.

A Decoder Bracelet

The morning of the wedding, Kassie sent the same decoder bracelet that Tyler used to ask her to prom back in high school with a letter for their wedding day.  As his groomsmen finished getting ready, he set to decoding her letter before their first look.  He continued to wear this sweet reminder of their history throughout the day.

Celebrating History

Kassie lovingly included wedding dresses and a brooch from family members by wrapping her bridal bouquet in the lace and securing it with a flowering pin.  Another sweet moment was the anniversary dance that honored her grandparents who have been married 59 years and still were dancing the night away like newly weds.

A Nautical Send Off

At the end of the evening, Kassie and Tyler left their reception in a sea of bubbles as they made their way onto a boat waiting at the Yorktown Dock to take them away as their friends and family cheered them on.

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Vendors

Venue: Freight Shed

Wedding Planner: Alpha Planners

Florist: Jeff’s Flowers of Course

Hair and Makeup: Jess Barbini

Dress: Janie’s Bridal

Caterer: Alpha Pitt Smokers

Brewery: St. George

Videographer: Sarah Hessler

DJs: ACME DJs of Virginia

Cake: Natasha Boyd

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Losing my Wedding Dress

Dreams and Wedding Dresses

I think every little girl dreams of her wedding day in some aspect or another.  Growing up there always were items in our home and my grandparents that had been passed down through generations.  Whether that was a pair of pearl earrings or an antique bed that had been my grandfathers in the 1920s, these types of items were always there, holding stories of our heritage.  Because of this, my dreams for my wedding day included heirloom pearls and parts of my mother’s wedding dress.  Sadly, her dress was long gone when it was time for me to get married.

As I became a mother, the idea of having my wedding dress available for my daughter to use, or at least see became rather ingrained in my legacy loving heart.  I wanted so strongly to hold on to items that would allow our children to physically see and touch their history that I forgot that legacy and love are not found in the things.  They are found in the words, in the stories, and in our actions.  It took something unimaginable happening to remind me of this.

A Lost Bridal Box

We recently relocated to a new city and while we have moved frequently, we have never lost a whole box before.  The moving truck had been delayed for two weeks and we were very excited to have our home put back together again, even if they were delivering it on our wedding anniversary.

The day was extremely hot and a bit stressful, as moving tends to be.  The driver finished unloading the truck and he and Jason were going through final paperwork, only to realize that there was one box missing.  I briefly overheard them discussing which one it might be, as they slowly searched through the house to find it.  I asked Jason which box it was and could tell it wasn’t good.  It was my wedding dress.

Losing my Wedding Dress

Losing my wedding dress was one of the best things that could have happened to me.  Nothing can be better for a person when they are asked to examine their heart and their beliefs about things and people.  I loved my dress!  I felt like a princess in it and was devastated that they had lost it.  Initially, I kept telling myself that it was in one of the larger boxes and that they had miss placed it or miss labeled it.

Later, I became angry and heartbroken.  Angry that I hadn’t gotten more portraits in it to really tell the story of who I was then, who we were then.  Heartbroken that my daughter had been robbed of the option to ever really see that dress.  Later as the week progressed and I came to realize it was no where in the house . . I finally broke down and cried in Jason’s arms.

Losing my dress wasn’t some epic event.  It wasn’t the end of the world but it did sting.  So, I cried and my husband did what he does best.  He fixed it . . with his words and his kind heart.  He said, “I will go to the ends of the earth if it means finding that dress for you again.”  Then he slowed danced with me in our new house and reminded me that having that dress or not having that dress didn’t alter his memory of me walking down the aisle.  It didn’t alter the joy filled stories we would tell our kids about how we met.

Love isn’t Found in the Things

Losing my dress made me examine where my heart was.  So often we get so wrapped up in what dress we will wear or the perfect color palette for our day and we forget that love isn’t found in the things.  Love is found in the moments when we are at our ugliest and at our worst and our spouse comes along side us and loves us anyway.  Love isn’t created because of a perfect wedding or flashy proposal.  Love is found in the ordinary and the every day.

The depth of his willingness and commitment to find this thing that I had lost served as a reminder of what should look like.  I may have lost my wedding dress but I fell in love even more with my husband because of it.

Update

Over the past week I drove up to Virginia to photograph a wedding.  I had an opportunity to stop by our old house and pick up some of our mail.  On a whim I asked our landlord if they would just check the house for me to see if my dress was there.  I didn’t think it would be.  After all the moving company said they had it on the truck.  What a shock it was when the landlord called me back to tell me they had found my dress.  It doesn’t change my viewpoint but it was an unexpected blessing for them to find it a month later.

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