Carrie & John’s Virginia Beach House Wedding

Sometimes we receive wedding submissions that leave us breathless; they’re not due to any over-the-top theme or new trend of any kind. We’re left breathless because the photos perfectly capture the personalities of the couple and how genuinely, blissfully happy they are on their wedding day. This is one of those weddings, one of those couples. Meet Carrie and John, whose beach house wedding in Virginia provided a gorgeous backdrop for an intimate seaside wedding.
Photographers Andrew & Tianna had this to say about the couple:

Carrie and John couple are pretty awesome. The officiant made a comment that if they were always as fun and silly with each other as much as they were on the wedding day they had already conquered the hardest part of marriage.

Kudos to the photographers for catching how playful and radiant Carrie and John are on this day and a hearty congrats on a beautiful wedding!

Carrie & John
Beach House Wedding
Private Residence, Virginia

Event Date: October, 2014


Officiant : Vicki Harrell –

Creative Catering –

Cupcakes: Shockley’s Sweet Shoppe –

Bouquets: Galleria Florist (in Falls Church, Va) –

Rings: Direct Jewelry Outlet (in Falls Church, Va) –

Beach House: Oceanic Serenade

Photographer:  Andrew & Tianna//Caterer: Creative Catering of Virginia//Floral Designer:Galleria Florist//Bakery: Shockley’s Sweet Shoppe//

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Paige + Jordan’s 20s-Themed Wedding

Paige + Jordan chose the historic home, The Historic Obici House, as the venue for their 20s-themed wedding. Great thing there was a back-up plan of hosting the ceremony indoors as it rained on their day (originally planned for an outdoor ceremony). Brought to us by Caitlin Gerres Photography, this wedding is filled with many handmade crafty elements (think unique bouquets and center pieces).

From the photographer:

“With the help of her mom and bridesmaids, Paige crafted many of the wedding day elements, starting with the bouquets. She covered each bouquet with brooches she had collected. She created peacock feather hairpieces for the bridesmaids and feathered headbands to get her guests in the 20s mood.
She also designed and printed her own paper goods, from the invitations to the photo scavenger hunt list she created to amuse the guests throughout the evening. On the back of the program, she designed a crossword puzzle that included personal details from the groom’s favorite video game to their puppy’s name.

On the morning of the wedding, Paige and her bridesmaids put together each of the reception centerpieces from a collection of blue glass vases, bird cages, fresh flowers, and vintage finds.
The maid of honor helped execute the bride’s vision and even baked the wedding cake, a mix of funfetti and red velvet, the couple’s favorite flavors.”

I love that Paige and her bridesmaids wore mustache rings as a fun accessory. I love crossword puzzles and mad libs and all, but what a great, fun idea to do a photo scavenger hunt to keep the guests entertained for the entire wedding! This 20s-themed wedding is definitely not short on unique details and fun factor.

Congratulations to Paige + Jordan!!


Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography//Wedding Date:06.22.2013//Makeup Artist: Behind the Veil Studio//Photo Booth Equipment: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company//Event Venue: The Historic Obici House//

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Dawn + Dan’s Sweet Summer Wedding in Virginia

Today’s wedding is a sweet mix of traditional, rustic, and romance. Lauryn of Lauryn Galloway Photography did a wonderful job capturing all the small sweet and darling moments throughout Dawn + Dan’s summer Southern wedding in Virginia. Using a romantic palette of dark grey, yellow, and fuchsia pink, their family and friends all pitched in their time and talent to decorate their day.

My top favorite details of the day: Tissue pom-poms and paper lanterns stranded with lights and hung all over the reception area; Rustic details on the ceremonial mantle that acted as the backdrop. Every single little detail, like the fuchsia rosettes adorned on the “love always” wedding banner, tied all colors together and just added that little something extra and different.
Thank you so much to Lauryn Galloway Photography and Dawn + Dan for sharing such a lovely wedding with us. It is a perfect combination of traditional, rustic, and modern at the same time!

Congratulations Dawn + Dan!!!
Photographer: Lauryn Galloway Photography//Wedding Date: 08.24.2013//Venue: Cloverdale Barn//Caterer: Shaffer’s Catering//Floral Designer: Bluebells//Doughnuts: Marker Miller Orchards//Music: The DJ Connection//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Kirstin + Jeremy’s Orange & Teal Wedding

Kirstin + Jeremy’s hot summer wedding in Virginia was full of vibrant colors such as orange and teal. This fun wedding photographed by Beth Hamilton Photography was full of lighthearted moments, bright colors, and topped with a water view.

Kirstin + Jeremy worked on many DIY projects for their summer nuptials. I’m super impressed with the beautiful arbor Jeremy hand built for the ceremony. But the paper crafting is the main show here. All paper decors, including the programs, were DIY. The two framed “B”s in buttons were awesome and completed the look of the hanging paper wheels and paper flowers in matching colors. I also really like their use of big project board and turned it into a “Love” board for the gifts table. The unique centerpieces were eclectic, simple, and playful… and I just love it!

Kirsten + Jeremy’s wedding at The Planter’s Club in Virginia has been super fun to feature. Not only was the decor awesome, but the vibe that our couple set for themselves and for their guests were evident everywhere- from the shades they all wore to the group merry-go-around/laying-on-each-other at the end of the night- that this wedding is a big party for all the friends and family.

Congratulations to Kirsten + Jeremy!!!
Photographer: Beth Hamilton Photography//Wedding Date: 06.29.2013//Floral Designer:Kelly Gish Floral Designs//Event Venue:The Planter’s Club//

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Bekah + John’s Delightfully Rustic Wedding

For our bride Bekah, the amazing designer behind Laurel & Fife (a custom dress company based in Tennessee and has worked on custom gowns for The Not Wedding), it is a no-brainer that she would design and handmade her own wedding dress. Other than the photography by Val and Sarah, everything else was designed and created by our couple and their family and friends. With a pretty mix of yellow and purple, this rustic wedding is traditional, romantic, and delightfully fun for all involved (and for us to see!).

It was without a doubt that Bekah would also custom create dresses for each of her bridesmaids. Other DIY details I love were the handmade buntings hung all over the reception area (a close friend of the family’s barn), the stars backdrop, as well as the pretty yellow wedding cake baked and decorated with lavenders by a friend.

In case you’re wondering, Bekah + John got married at their church. What’s so cool about it is that it was built to look like a log cabin, so the venue perfectly tied in with their rustic theme! And to keep it eco-friendly, the couple opted to do their exit with a shower of lavender.. Got to be one of my favorite moments from the wedding!

Congratulations Bekah + John!!!


Photographer: Val and Sarah //Wedding Date: 09/28/2013//Dress Designer:Laurel & Fife//

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Tasha + Aaron’s Winter Wedding

Happy Halloween Eve!!! Besides being a super fun DIY holiday, a good reason to dress up, pumpkin everything and the best excuse to over indulge on candy- Halloween always reminds me one thing: winter. And while it might not be my favorite season; there’s one thing for sure it sure does make for some gorgeous weddings! Tasha and Aaron’s Virginia wedding inspired by the cold grey days is a pretty big treat in itself! Rebekah Hoyt Photography captured a basket full of sweet, sentimental, emotional and fun moments and bride Tasha shared a whole lot of crafting advice. So bring a big treat bag, cuz there’s no tricks today- just winter wedding perfection.


From the Bride:

I wanted to go all out with the winter theme. I ditched the traditional color scheme and opted for a more muted set of neutrals, inspired by the kind of grey winter days we get in Virginia. My husband loves the outdoors and we played it up with pine cones and tons of wood elements: this included everything from the bouquets, to the centerpieces, to the invitations, which had disks of wood stamped with pine cones on them. My sister passed away when I was in high school so to honor her at our wedding, we reserved a seat in the front row where her favorite stuffed dog “Doggy” sat in a little tuxedo. I also had several pictures of her on my bouquet.

Tasha has surely put her art major to good use here. She shared some of her great ideas including stocking up on craft supplies post major holidays like Christmas and Halloween. (hint, hint- all of the battery operated candles in the centerpieces were found at a post Halloween sale and a January wedding date means stock up on snow stuff after Christmas.) And who knew you could bake pine cones? Besides the insanely awesome invites and gorgeous wintery centerpieces, Tasha also made all the cute signs, the yummy cocoa favors, the cake topper, and designed the ceiling decor.

Tasha also shared the DIY Bride’s biggest rule of thumb: “don’t take it all on by yourself.” Crafty brides tend to be surrounded by crafty and resourceful friends and fam. This is wedding is just proof in the winter pudding. Thanks Rebekah Hoyt Photography for sharing this winter dream! Congratulations Tasha + Aaron!

Date: January 19, 2013

Location: Herndon, VA

Photographer: Rebekah Hoyt Photography

Ceremony Location: Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church

Reception Venue: Coomber Hall

Caterer: R&R Catering

Floral Designer: Wegmans Flowers

Cake Designer: Cakes by Marida

DJ: One & Done Events

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Veils and headpieces: Leesburg Bridal & Tuxedo

Invitations: Paper Source

Craft Supplies: Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabric, Save-on-Crafts

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Riki + Kevin’s Bright Vintage Wedding

Marvelous Things.  This wedding is just full of them!  While you could ask “what would you expect when the bride is an artist and the groom is a musician?  The truth is, Riki and Kevin are just such a marvelous couple.  They created some marvelously sunny, vintage and personal details, and it was all photographed marvelously by Marvelous Things Photography.  From henna to hairpieces and canvas escort cards to the vintage album table numbers, this wedding is simply maaaahh-velous darlings!


Riki crafted all the special details that brighten this beautiful wedding.  Yep.  That’s right all of them.  The boutonnieres and to die for bridesmaids hairpieces.  The floral arrangements via and all of the paper decor and backdrops.  (Totally digging the fringe!)  And even the vintage album table numbers, and the hand-painted mini canvases that served as place cards.

Thank you Marvelous Things Photography for capturing this day so perfectly.  Congratulations Riki + Kevin!

Vendor Information:

Date: April 20, 2013

Location: Richmond, VA

Photographer: Marvelous Things Photography

Hair Stylist:  Spa310

Caterer:  A Sharper Palate

Floral Designer:

Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses:  Coralie Beatrix

Event Venue:  Lewis Ginter Recreation Association

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Liz + Matt’s Music Inspired Wedding

Abracadabra! Voila! I think Liz and Matt are wedding magicians. Somewhere in a giant wedding top hat, they have waved a magic wand and turned a little vintage elegance, some wildflower boho chicness, some rustic barn style, cool music inspired personality, a unicorn, and the brilliant work of Lindsey Thorne Photography into one of the raddest barn weddings I’ve come across in some time!

This is one of those weddings with so much to talk about that I struggle to find a starting point. I mean the maids in black tights and leather belts- an outfit you can actually wear again! WHAT!? Love it! The black pops the fall colors brilliantly and adds so much personality! I’m talking walk through a graveyard romance kind of personality. Too freakin’ awesome! I am completely obsessed with the invitation suite from Triple Stamp Press and the graphics that rolled over into the “free records” cd favors.


As music was such a big part of their relationship the sheet music buntings and rockin’ bands that played during the wedding were perfect additions. With inspiration pulled from everything they loved, this love day is full of just the right amounts of feminine details in the doily place cards and mismatched china and the rustic goodness wooden deets and of gourds. I love the photobooth backdrops and birch and wildflower centerpieces. The backyard bake shop? Well, let’s just say I think I’m advising my daughter to screw the lemonade stand, we’re starting a rustic roadside bake shop. Oh! And I almost forgot the unicorn! Tell me this wedding isn’t magical!


Liz and Matt had a little help from their friends, and this great team of vendors can’t be overlooked. Thank you Lindsey Thorne Photography for capturing and sharing this magical day! Congratulations Liz and Matt!


Vendor Information:

Photographer: Lindsey Thorne Photography

Event Venue and Catering: Amber Grove

Event Planner: Wood Grain & Lace Events

Invitation Designer: Triple Stamp Press

Dress Store: Rizik’s

Other: Anthropologie

Tuxedo and Mens Attire: H&M,Thick As Thieves

Genevieve + Sean’s Retro-Rustic Book Inspired Wedding

“Let books be your dining table, and you shall be full of delights.  Let them be your mattress and you shall sleep restful nights.” (Author unknown)  Let them be your centerpieces and I’ll drool over every photo in this bookalicious and style filled gallery.  From the bride’s amazing vintagesque dress, to her perfect makeup, amazing ink and the flowers (paper, lace, fabric and otherwise) there is not a single page that I would skip over in this gallery.  This wedding deserves a Pulitzer.  Or at the very least, a Cliff’s Notes end cap as a guide of how to create high style, sentimental beauty.  But wait, it gets better!  The bride shared her inspiration and tutorial from (Hey! We can’t come up with every great idea here, you know..)

From the Bride:

“Books have always been a passion of mine and luckily for me, they are also something my husband loves. We first met on a blind date over coffee at a bookstore and immediately bonded over our love of literature. I began my wedding crafts by collecting books I had originally planned to donate. We used these planters along with mason jars I wrapped with twine and book pages to display the flowers. I also made paper hearts out of book pages along with paper flowers to decorate the tables at the wedding. I am a master esthetician and makeup artist so I had a lot of fun the day of our wedding doing makeup on my bridesmaids along with my fellow MUA Lorene Soto.”

Oh! And let’s not forget the fabric flowers created from her grandmother’s heirloom lace napkins and tablecloths that completed her cool kitten  look so perfectly.  While Genevieve’s craftiness is pretty rad in itself, she had the amazing hep-cat team of helpers.  Kelley Truxel at Event Studio was the mastermind behind the design and coordination of this special shindig at beautiful Bluemont Vineyards.  And Purple Fern Photography has totally razzed my berries with the photos that captured the mood and aesthetic of the day so perfectly.  Thank you for sharing this with us and congratulations Genevieve + Sean!

Vendor information:

Photography: Purple Fern Photography

Event Venue: Bluemont Vineyard

Design and Coordination: Kelley Truxel at Event Studio

Makeup: Glow Skincare and Makeup

Michelle and Justin’s Recipe for an Old Hollywood Wedding

Ever wonder if there is a science to DIY? Need a recipe book for a romantic DIY wedding?   I think our next couple, Michelle and Justin, may have established a prize winning formula.  This glammed up wedding at The Inn at Old Silk Mill in Virginia has little bit of an old Hollywood feel with a lot a bit of DIY eye candy.


From the bride: “Justin and I joke that we were born DIY’ers. There’s not a day that passes where we don’t mutter at least once, “I can do that”. So we knew a DIY wedding was in the cards for us from jump street. Mix that up with a dash of frugalness and a pinch of perfectionism and you’ve got yourself a glimpse into our DIY wedding. Everything from the centerpieces and altar, to my feather bouquet was dreamt up and put together by myself, Justin, and our amazing network of friends and family.”

From feather filled hurricanes and alternative fillers in vases, to sparkling branches and the coolest yarn escort card holder I’ve ever seen; I love that Michelle and Justin found some simple, budget savvy ways of having an event sans beautiful blooms.


And there it is folks; the formula for a fabulous DIY wedding!  While I wouldn’t change a thing about this elegant event, I would have to add that a fantastic photographer like Sheaulee Ng Photography and the beautiful brick drop of the The Inn at Old Silk Mill will just add to full flavor of this delicious and delightful DIY formula.  We do want to thank Michelle and Justin for sharing this sweet wedding recipe and wish you many congratulations!

Vendor Information:

Photographer: Sheaulee Ng Photography

Venue: The Inn at Old Silk Mill

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