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Intimate Charlottesville Wedding

If you were hoping for a dose of elegance, then today is your lucky day thanks to Jon Schaaf Photography and Mallory Joyce. Stephanie and Chris’ Virginia wedding was ‘casually elegant,’ mixing rich fall tones with classic gold and white touches throughout the reception. Don’t you just love Stephanie’s BHLDN wedding gown?

Intimate Charlottesville wedding - photo by Jon Schaaf Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-charlottesville-wedding

From the bride, Stephanie: We wanted our wedding to feel casually elegant, just like its setting at my aunt and uncle’s house in Charlottesville, Virginia. We’d planned an outdoor ceremony, but, when the day came, it poured! And I’m so happy it did, because the resulting ceremony was wonderfully intimate – all of our family and closest friends packed into the house to share the moment with us. I didn’t want to choose a single color for the wedding, but went with colors inspired by the changing season – deep reds, shades of purple, soft peaches, and yellows. In keeping with the casually elegant feel, we kept the place settings white and gold.

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We chose vendors who, if they weren’t already friends, felt like they could be our friends. Mallory, who coordinated our wedding and styled much of it, is a very talented friend of my sister’s. A dear friend, Allie, created our invitations, escort cards, and menus. Another friend, Ansley, created any signage, and my cousin, Kim, played violin for our ceremony. Our DJ’s (all three of them!) traveled from South Carolina to celebrate with us. Sam, who did my hair and makeup, had also done hair and makeup for two of my sisters on their wedding days. And Jon, our photographer, made every photo a comfortable, effortless event for us. Mallory designed our floral arrangements herself — everything from roses and berries to a touch of eucalyptus. She went foraging the day before the wedding to add foliage truly authentic to the place.

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Intimate Charlottesville wedding - photo by Jon Schaaf Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-charlottesville-wedding

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Intimate Charlottesville wedding - photo by Jon Schaaf Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-charlottesville-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Determine your boundaries — be they budget or number of guests — early in the process. And rely heavily on others in your life — your very capable mom, mother-in-law, and your wedding coordinator — if you can. Chris and I were in the midst of career changes and a move half-way across the country, so we enjoyed the process so much more by leaving many of the details to others we trusted. When the day comes, commit to enjoying it no matter what happens. It won’t be perfect (it might rain), but it can’t help but be joyful!

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Intimate Charlottesville wedding - photo by Jon Schaaf Photography http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-charlottesville-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: For the Beauty of the Earth; Jupiter Hymn
Recessional: Simple Gifts; Somewhere Over the Rainbow
First Dance: “Overwhelmed,” Tim McMorris

From the wedding planner, Mallory Joyce: When Stephanie and Chris got engaged, they immediately knew they wanted to be married in beautiful Charlottesville with the Blue Ridge Mountains framing their celebration. Stephanie’s uncle’s home, with its panoramic views and family memories, was the perfect location. Not ones to get caught up in what can be a lot of wedding noise, Stephanie and Chris kept just a few things at the forefront of their minds throughout the planning: making a large wedding feel like an intimate family affair, simple yet elegant decor, a meaningful faith-filled ceremony, and a delicious dinner party. Stephanie was the image of grace and beauty throughout the day. Even when a torrential downpour moved her outdoor ceremony inside, the couple remained focused on what matters most: their love for each other, a commitment made in front of all their dearest family and friends. We transformed the living room with garlands, florals, and candles, and as the rain poured down, we had a gorgeous ceremony indoors. The reception was held under a beautiful white peaked tent with guests enjoying a carefully selected menu at long tables adorned with whimsical flowers in deep reds to softer pinks and yellows and with touches of gold in the paper details and place settings. It rained for the majority of the wedding, but it only made the tent feel more cozy, with guests dancing the night away by candlelight.

Wedding Location: Charlottesville, VA / Photographer: Jon Schaaf Photography / Event Planning, Design, and Floral Design: Mallory Joyce / Venue: Private residence / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Lula Hair and Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various / Caterer: Glorious Foods / Wedding Cake: Favorite Cakes / Ceremony Musician: Kim Vu, cousin of the bride / DJ: Justin Lambert and Zack Smith / Signage: Ansley Heath, a friend of the bride / Wedding Invitations: Small Batch Prints by Allie Hasson

Kansas City Loft Wedding

Every time we see a wedding from Steven Michael Photography, we’re constantly in awe of his incredible images. Susan and Brandt’s Kansas City loft wedding was full of classic touches of pink, green, and white, and effortlessly blended classic elegance in an industrial setting thanks to the talents of Eco-Posh Events and Shackelford Botanical Design.

Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

From the bride, Susan: From the beginning, we knew that we wanted our wedding day to be relaxed, stress-free and a simple celebration of our love. It was important to us that we enjoy each and every moment and just have fun! That meant not having any aspect of the day be too formal and putting our focus into playing music reminiscent of our early relationship, dancing, delicious food that everyone could enjoy (we offered vegan, vegetarian and meat options to make all guests feel comfortable) and wine from some of our favorite California wineries. At the beginning, we did not have a theme in mind, but as we started making decisions on the venue, flowers, food and decor, everything fell into place. I couldn’t believe how it all came together in the end. Everyone told me that would happen, but it was hard to believe until I saw it for myself. The moment that I walked into our reception venue and saw all of the small pieces put together, I almost cried… it was perfect!

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Bouquet recipe: Ranunculus, dahlias, stock, garden roses, hydrangea, astilbe, dusty miller, blush pink blooms with a touch of peach and yellow.

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I loved the idea of using chalkboards for signage. We had a hard time finding chalkboards that were the size and look that we wanted so Brandt decided to make them. He used plywood, trim, stain and chalkboard paint all purchased at a home improvement store and built them within a matter of hours. It was exactly what we had in mind! We told Aimee Brodbeck (the signage designer) the theme for our day and she was able to come up with the seating chart, guest book sign, “bride” and “groom” chair signs and name/date sign designs. We loved the way everything turned out! She also made our place cards. The initial wreaths were handmade by the groom’s mother using wooden letters, ribbon and moss from a craft store. Very easy to make! We used clear, empty wine bottles with a slit in the cork (and backs of leftover invitations) for table numbers. We glued two invitations together and printed the numbers on the back. They actually came out better than expected.

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wedding ceremony - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

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Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? When we first got engaged, we got a lot of questions about what the theme of of our wedding would be. I could never answer that question because I didn’t know. Our advice is for couples is to decide on the venue (pick something that feels true to the relationship) and then start making small decisions one at a time. Even by picking a style of cake that you like, you can start to guide yourself in a style direction that is right for you. Also, once you make a decision, don’t second guess yourself. You will always see something different that you could have done, but go with your first instinct and then lock it in. If you keep changing style decisions, you may always be questioning what you could have done differently!

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Kansas City loft wedding - photo by Steven Michael Photography http://ruffledblog.com/kansas-city-loft-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Reception Entrance: “California Love,” Tupac
First Dance: “Is this Love,” Bob Marley
Processional: “You and Me,” Lifetime (Instrumental version)
Mother/Son Dance: “Close to You,” The Carpenters
Father/Daughter Dance: “Love and Happiness,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Last Dance: “Time of My Life,” Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Wedding Location: Kansas City, MO / Photographer: Steven Michael Photography / Day-Of Coordination: Erika Piquant of Eco-Posh Events / Florist: John Shackelford of Shackelford Botanical Design / Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, MO / Reception Venue: The Urban Event at The Historic Firestone Building / Wedding Dress: Watters “Chantelle” / Veil: Glamour Closet / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Lacie” / Earrings: Aqua for Bloomingdales / Bracelet: J. Crew / Hair: Angi Ouderkirk / Makeup: Jennifer Conroy / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom / Caterer: Salt Catering Kansas City / Wedding Cake: Ace’s Cake Shop / DJ: DJ Johnnie Cross / Signage Design: Aimee Brodbeck / Wedding Invitations: Evie Davis / Videoographer: Nick Miller Films






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Christmas House Inn Wedding

Photos By: Adrienne Gunde

The second we heard Adrienne Gunde and The Little Branch had paired up for this wedding at Rancho Cucamonga’s Christmas House Inn, we knew we were in for a treat – and our eyes certainly weren’t disappointed. Sue and David’s wedding was full of botanical inspiration, a bit of whimsy, and such romance that we can’t seem to stop swooning!

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

From the bride, Sue: David and I wanted the wedding to be fun, casual, yet pretty. We love vintage decorative elements, so we were looking for a venue that fit with our needs. David and I got married at the Christmas House Inn in California for several reasons. We were absolutely thrilled to find the Christmas House Inn. The Inn was built in 1904 and it was built on a ranch so there are fruit trees all over the property. We had access to the entire property. We were married under the large olive tree in the front yard and our cocktail hour was done on the veranda and throughout the first floor of the house. Christmas House has a grand piano in the main room so our friend, Diana Li, played the piano and sang during the cocktail hour. We thought it would make it more intimate to have a friend provide the music for that part of the event.


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botanical wedding invitations - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

bridal accessories - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

ranunculus boutonnieres - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

coral bridesmaid dresses - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

pink wedding bouquet - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding
Flower recipe: Ranunculus, Anemones, Peonies, Roses, Garden Roses, Sage Greens and any other flower matching our color palette and style.

bridal processionals - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

ceremony decor - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

The whole property including the guest rooms have vintage furniture and decor, so it was fun for guests to roam around the space. The bridal party finished getting ready in the master suite that was upstairs, while the groomsmen got ready in the carriage house, which used to hold carriages but has been renovated into guest rooms. We had framed photographs placed throughout the house so guests could wander around and see personal photos of us. Our reception was held in the back gardens of the inn. We were surrounded by fruit trees, lush greenery, and twinkle lights that were placed all throughout the space. Lanterns and twinkle lights decorated the dance floor and guests were served drinks from a vintage bar. We loved that the venue felt intimate, like it was our home, but prettier!

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seating chart displays - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

kraft escort cards - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

David and I wanted to personalize different parts of the wedding by including our friends and family in the ceremony and reception. Our good friend, Thai Chu, officiated our wedding. He prepared such a sweet and insightful ceremony. We also asked our guests to partake in our vows. We asked our friends and family recommit to their vows to their partners after we said ours to each other. We DIYed the ceremony chair garlands. We spent a lot of time gluing and tying ribbons for the garlands and Janice (our coordinator) hung ribbons on the chandelier for the ceremony. I also made the wands for our child attendants to carry into the ceremony. Since we had four kids in the wedding (our nieces and nephews), we wanted to make sure they all had something to carry. They had a lot of fun waving them around! There were also some DIY elements for the reception. Since we had a lot of kids at our wedding, we wanted to make sure that they had activities. Our friend Nana Wyngarden and her kids Kai and Larsen created some really fun coloring books. They drew pictures of me, David, and our hobbies. The kids at the wedding colored them and we will add them to our wedding scrapbook. David also created the cake toppers. He made them out of Sculpey and hand painted them afterwards. My sister (the maid of honor) handmade my reception dress. David and I did East Coast Swing for our first dance so my sister made something that was fun to twirl in! We went to Santee Alley in downtown LA and picked out the lace and silk and she magically put everything together. It was definitely a labor of love.

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

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Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We know that everyone gives this advice, but we feel that it’s very important to follow. Make sure to enjoy the wedding day because it goes by very fast! Also, having a photographer that you get along with and trust is also important. This person is with you on one of your most important days as a couple. In terms of advice for wedding planning, embrace the process, even the things that go wrong. It’s a good opportunity to learn about each other as you complete projects together and overcome the various challenges associated with preparing for such an important event. We found that we learned a lot about each other during the wedding planning process and we’ll be able to tackle more future challenges as a couple because of everything we learned while we were dating and planning such a big event.

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding

Christmas House Inn wedding - photo by Adrienne Gunde http://ruffledblog.com/christmas-house-inn-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Family Seating: “River Flows in You,” Yiruma
Bridal Party Processional: “True,” Spandau Ballet
Bridal Processional: “On Top of the World,” Imagine Dragons
Recessional: “Love on Top,” Beyonce
Wedding Party Entrance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Newlywed Entrance: “Here Comes the Hot Stepper,” Ini Kamoze
First Dance: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Michael Buble

Wedding Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Photographer: Adrienne Gunde / Day-Of Coordination: Janice of Christmas House Inn / Florist: The Little Branch / Venue: Christmas House Inn / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Wedding Shoes: Klub Nico / Veil: Brenda’s Bridal Veils / Gloves: Dark Pony Designs / Hair Twine and Dress Sash: Twigs and Honey / Makeup: Grace Lin Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s and Groomsmen Suits: SuitSupply / Caterer: Spaggi’s / Wedding Cake: Cucamonga Cakery / Cocktail Hour Musician: Diana Li Music / DJ: Paid 2 Party / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Swing Dance Lessons: Rick Archer

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