On a beautiful May afternoon in the heart of Spring, Sara & Enrique were wed at the picturesque Veritas Vineyard & Winery. The couple, overjoyed on their special day, exuded a love contagious to all in attendance. For Sara, they “achieved a perfect mix of our personalities through our wedding. It was vintage, romantic and whimsical.”
Sara’s vision for the decor was presented perfectly in her bouquet by Blue Ridge Floral Design. A cluster of ivory roses and peonies with touches of soft baby’s breath and hints of pink, the flowers evoked the true essence of vintage romance. The dress by Betsy Robinson Bridal caught the light with its intricate beadwork arranged in a striking pattern, complementing the twinkle on her heels.
The groomsmen came dressed to impress in royal blue Calvin Klein tuxes that harmonized flawlessly with the bridal party. “All bridesmaids wore a shade of pink and in different styles, all selected individually,” Sara says. With bridal preparations finished with hair and style by Jeanne Cusick, the party was ready to process down the aisle.
Set to the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Veritas Vineyard & Winery’s lovely estate, the wedding party, friends and family cheered as Sara and Enrique exchanged rings. Keeping with the core vintage feel and giving the wedding a deeply personal touch, the bride received her mother’s wedding band while the groom received his grandfather’s.
Ceremony complete, guests headed to the reception, where “the mismatched vintage plates and beautiful flowers added great color to the room,” Sara says. And decorating the plates were menus to peruse by Fig 2 Design atop linens by MS Events. Appetites quenched with a delicious dinner by Veritas Vineyard & Winery, all in attendance danced the night away to music by Sound Connection beneath bistro lighting by Blue Ridge Light Forms. From an array of adorable and unique desserts to a traditional wedding cake and the Carpe Donut truck, all taste buds were satisfied. For Sara, “the S’mores are our favorite dessert and were available as a late night snack along with the donut truck, our favorite breakfast. We also incorporated a beautiful wedding cake made from my job (at the) Four Seasons.”
Trends will come and go in any industry including wedding flowers. Over the years, there seems to be a general shift in popularity towards loose and varied bouquets and away from the traditional neat monochrome arrangements. The easy availability of images and ideas to brides and florists through shared social spaces, such as blogs and Pinterest, has fashioned a culture which bolsters the creativity of flower designs. Evolving from a tidy display of a few select flowers, bouquets have grown not only in size and color options, but also the variety of floral elements included in each composition. From bold rich colors to unconventional greens, brides have a plethora of options to choose from to create the perfect one for their special day.
While florists have been creating arrangements that are more vibrant and colorful than ever before, brides choosing to remain in a traditional color palette spice up their bouquets with touches of subtle hues. From nosegay bouquets to boutonnieres, pastels and delicate pops of color compliment a white dress or outdoor wedding with a more naturalistic approach to greenery.
Many brides opt for cascading floral arrangements. Gracefully flowing flowers mirror the movement of a gown’s train while abundant ivy gives the display a free-spirited air. Tumbles of flowers and greenery evoke a whimsical atmosphere that amplifies the magic of anyone’s special day.
It is easy to pinpoint the substantial changes to modern bouquets in not only color and size, but also in the actual composition of the arrangements themselves. Different species of flowers are being used in a single assemblage. Instead of roses and baby’s breath, couples are choosing thistles and berries, instead of calla lilies and hydrangeas, water lilies and hyacinths. The manner in which the flowers are combined together have become bold and adventurous, with different textures and feelings. The expansion of floral arrangements options and ideas presented to a modern bride provides ample opportunities for her to create the perfect bouquet to complete her dream day.
Robert Radifera Photography captured the enchanting union of Megan and Walker Slawski on October 4, 2014, as the couple took their vows under the open sky before a backdrop of tall autumn trees.Megan and Walker said “I do” at their intimate ceremony at a private residence. The bride’s romantic lace and full-back button-down dress by Sealed with a Kiss trailed across the season’s first fallen leaves as the pair walked down the aisle as a married couple. Megan’s beautifully done hair decorated with a floral hair piece was perfected by Moxie Hair and Lounge.
A fall-theme decor completed the outdoor wedding with amber-colored goblets and votive holders, accenting dark wooden tables. The bewitching ambience was enhanced with the deep reds, greens and gold florals by Southern Blooms that mirrored the changing leaves.
The reception was breathtaking, under a spellbindingly lit and clear tent by Skyline Tent Company, which allowed guests to watch the stars come out as the sunlight faded.
Under a royal blue sky, attendees dined on food to delight anyone’s taste buds from The Catering Outfit at long tables in a homey familial fashion. The meal was concluded with a slice of cake from Albemarle Baking Company as the whole party enjoyed a beautiful evening together in celebration.
Sonya Kobe & Davis Chau took their vows on August 22, 2015, designed by planner Donovan-Groves Events. Set to the beautiful backdrop of Keswick Hall, the couple stood before friends and family as they made this special commitment to each other.
The couple chose a lavender pallet with a nod to Parisian romance. Elegant touches and attention to detail made the affair a sweeping show of taste.
The bride looked effervescent as she prepared to be wed, with hair and makeup styled by Vanessa Nguyen and dress by BHLDN.
Sonya and Davis exchanged rings selected from Blue Nile. Surrounded by stunning arrangements, the bride chose Floral Images to complete the decor with help from stylist Donovan-Groves Events. With deep purple hues, wistful lilac touches and delicate ivory tones, the flowers enhanced the wedding motif.
The groomsmen, dressed to impress in tuxes by Knot Standard, maneuvered from the ceremony to the reception. All smiles, the bridesmaids paused to congratulate the bride before they joined the other guests, prepared to dance the night away to DJ Eddie Lee.
Keswick Hall catered the reception, and as night fell, strung lights by Blue Ridge Light Forms cast an enchanting glow over the affair. The couple topped their French-themed wedding with a gorgeous cake featuring the Eiffel Tower by Maliha Creations.
The pair bid farewell to their guests with a firework fanfare worthy of a warm night along the Seine, with fireworks by Virginia Skypainters. Rentals were made through Festive Fare. Sonya and Davis will remember the magic of the day forever thanks to the timeless pictures captured by Perry Vaile Photography and film by Ethan Wise Film, which you can find by clicking here.
Nisha and Jay hosted a colorful celebration of love and diversity on August 15, 2015. Like the couple, the ceremony married Indian and Jewish cultures in order to create a unique and stunning experience. Jay arrived on white horse during a traditional Barrat wedding procession. Friends and family lead the way by dancing to the ceremony location on The Market at Grelen’s Stone Terrace.
Set to the beautifully open backdrop at The Market at Grelen, a colorful chuppah created by Real Southern Accents perfectly framed and accented the scenery as the couple exchanged vows. Punctuated by the ritual breaking of the glass, the ceremony transitioned effortlessly into cocktail hour in Grelen’s Greenhouse and Potting Shed. Nisha and Jay took the time to record their special day with photographer Katie Santmyer of KSant Photography before joining the festivities at the reception.
Grelen’s expansive 4,500 square-foot tent with custom blue stone flooring welcomed guests in enjoying lots of dancing, challah, cigars, scotch and s’mores.
Guests dined on a locally sourced menu from Mike Lund Food that was created to excite the vast array of tastes present, from meat-eaters to vegans. Friends and family dance and dined while surrounded by the breathtaking table settings coordinated by Logan Powell of Real Southern Accents who used a collection of vintage plates and farm tables from her own collection.