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Shenandoah Valley Wedding

What could be cozier than a bed and breakfast wedding? Melissa and Kyle had once stayed at Virginia’s The Inn at Vaucluse Spring and knew it would be the perfect home for their wedding day. Brooke Courtney Photography and florist Wild Green Yonder were the perfect matches to bring the couple’s vision to reality!

Shenandoah Valley wedding - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

From the bride, Melissa: Our ceremony and reception were held at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, a beautiful 100-acre bed-and-breakfast in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, about 90 minutes from DC. We’d stayed there once years before and fell in love with it. Our wedding was the perfect opportunity to go back — this time with 50 of our closest friends and family. Kyle and I didn’t necessarily have a clear-cut theme for the wedding, as much as we had little details that we wanted to incorporate. We originally met six years ago as writers, so we tried to sneak that into the decor — in book titles, in postcards that doubled as our guestbook, and in the (not-so-subtle!) typewriter.

purple green boutonnieres - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

coral purple bouquet - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding
Flower recipe: Instead of identical floral arrangements at each table, we used various scattered stems and wildflowers — all pieced together by our amazing florist, Lori at Wild Green Yonder. We asked her for two main things: color and texture — and we got both of them. Flowers included dahlias, celosias, cockscombs, scabiosa pods, yarrow, and Joe Pye weed, and everything was grown locally in Virginia.

groom boutonnieres - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

purple boutonnieres - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

delicate hair pin - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

groom and groomsmen - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

Trying to keep things budget-friendly where possible, we DIY’ed a lot of the decor. Kyle built the postcard stand with dowels, wood stain, and twine. I designed all of the printed signage using Photoshop and cardstock. We thrifted old books and glass bottles, and used them as tablescapes. (Also fairly budget-friendly: We’re dressed in J. Crew, and my flats are from Payless.) My dad passed away almost a decade ago, and it was really important to me to remember him on my wedding day. For the ceremony, I left the chair next to my mom empty for him, marking it with a ribbon and a few blooms. At our guest check-in table, I kept a lantern lit in his memory, and in place of favors, we made a donation to the American Cancer Society in his honor.

bridal processional - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

ceremony recessionals - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

wedding games - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

Shenandoah Valley wedding - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

bride and bridesmaid - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

Shenandoah Valley wedding - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

Shenandoah Valley wedding - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Agree on when to save, and when to splurge. While our overall wedding was fairly budget-friendly, our one splurge was our out-of-state photographer. Photography was really important to us, and we were willing to spend a bit more on that because — after all the food is eaten, and after all the songs are played — photos are one of the few tangible things you’ll be able to take away from a wedding. So do your research and look for a photographer that you really love: their style, their personality (you’ll be spending tons of time with them!), and most of all, their end product.

Shenandoah Valley wedding - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

book wedding details - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

book centerpieces - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

wedding reception tables - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

dessert bars - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

wedding dessert pies - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding

Shenandoah Valley wedding - photo by Brooke Courtney Photography http://ruffledblog.com/shenandoah-valley-wedding


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Wedding Location: Stephens City, VA / Photographer: Brooke Courtney Photography / Florist: Wild Green Yonder / Venue: The Inn at Vaucluse Spring / Wedding Dress: J. Crew / Wedding Shoes: Payless ShoeSource / Hair and Makeup: Jordan K. Winn / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Caterer: The Barbecue Exchange / Pies: Red Truck Bakery / Band: Colebrook Road / Rentals: Crave Event Rentals / Officiant: Rev. Kathy Gracenin

Liancarlo Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

We’re back with more coverage of the Fall 2015 Bridal runway collections, and next on the roster is Liancarlo. While there are some absolutely stunning ivory gowns in the collection, it’s the dresses in nude, blush, silver, and blue tones that have captivated our attention the most. These gowns are exquisitely detailed, so make sure you take a close look in the galleries!






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Georgia Wedding with the Ultimate Naked Cake

Photos By: Amy Arrington

You know those weddings where you can just sense that everything came together perfectly – so perfectly that the whole day seems like a dream? Well, that’s the feeling we get when we pore over this wedding from Amy Arrington (though we suspect her dreamy film images play a big part). Signature Weddings and The Perfect Poppy made Kimberly and David’s wedding a truly special one, with romantic touches and relaxed elegance for us all to admire.

Georgia Wedding with the Ultimate Naked Cake - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

From the bride, Kimberly: We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us and a true celebration of love, family, and friends. We focused on keeping everything fun and relaxed and making sure that our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We were inspired by our beautiful venue and the storybook feel that it had and included details that hinted at our personalities and interests. Our main goal was to create a day that was filled with love and laughter and all of our family and friends creating happy memories together.

groom boutonnieres - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

floral inspired invitations - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

bridal accessories - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

berry toned bouquets - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

bridal hair - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

groom accessories - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

Some words that kept coming up while planning our wedding were “fairytale adventure”. David and I met at Disney World and were long distance for almost four years, which led to many adventures. It seemed natural to theme our wedding to one of things that was involved in building our relationship. The colors we chose were pinks and greens, which are a combination of our favorite colors. We worked together on making the signs for the bar and the guestbook and favor table and on painting the gold giraffe and bear figurines. One of my favorite decorations were the little robots that we had placed on the cake & pie table. Our first date was on March 14th – aka Pi Day – so we have always had a little joke about us and pie/pi. David also loves robots (he built one in school!) so the figurines were an adorable addition to our day.

bridal processional - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

wedding ceremony - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

wedding ceremony - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

wedding bouquet - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

floral centerpieces - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

wedding favors - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax and have fun! David and I made sure to not take anything too seriously and to just have fun with every bit of the process. Focus on choosing vendors who you feel you can trust to execute your wedding the way you envision it and take their advice. Stay open to new ideas and different possibilities.

twin newlyweds - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

confetti toss - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

wedding centerpieces - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

fuchsia wedding flowers - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

naked wedding cake - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

wedding ideas - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

cake cutting - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake

Georgia Wedding with the Ultimate Naked Cake - photo by Amy Arrington http://ruffledblog.com/georgia-wedding-with-the-ultimate-naked-cake


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
I loved all of the music at our wedding, but my favorite has to be our first dance song. We surprised our guests with a choreographed waltz to The Sleeping Beauty Suite and it was such a great moment to hear everyone gasp when we did our first big move! It is definitely an experience that we will never forget.
Processional: “I Choose You,” The Piano Tribute Players
Bride’s Processional: “I See the Light,” from Disney’s Tangled (Piano Mix) by Joel Rosenberger
Recessional: “Best Day of My Life,” American Authors
First Dance: “The Sleeping Beauty Suite,” Weiner Philharmonic and James Levine
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Mother/Son Dance: “That’s Amore,” James Marsden (Enchanted Soundtrack)

Wedding Location: Newnan, GA / Photographer: Amy Arrington / Coordinator: Corrie Kirk of Signature Weddings / Florist: The Perfect Poppy / Venue: Dunaway Gardens / Wedding Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier via Solutions Bridal in Orlando, FL / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: WToo and Love Lane from Bella Bridesmaid in Orlando, Fl / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Savvi Formalwear / Caterer: Mac the Cheese Food Truck & Catering / Wedding Cake: Bliss / DJ: DJ Chuck Walls / Wooden Robots: Painted Turtle Wooden Toys / Wedding Invitations: elli

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