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Secret Garden Inspiration Shoot

Wedding Design

Okay, I am positively swooning over this styled shoot from Elissa Keno Events and shot by Kellie Kano, debuting a new wedding venue in the area called Stoneleigh Estate. Does it get much better than this rolling lawn, stunning architecture and peaches galore? And don’t even get me started on that breathtaking Jenny Packham gown.


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From the photographer, Kellie Kano: This inspiration shoot is an editorial that was shot for a new wedding venue called Stoneleigh Estate. It’s a gorgeous historic mansion in the rolling hills of Virginia with gardens designed by some of the most famous landscape architects around. I love the reflecting pool & moss covered brick on the terrace… it has such an old-world feel to it.

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stoneleigh estate wedding inspiration from kellie kano photography

Elissa & I pulled together a great group of talent for the shoot & loved what they created. Our inspiration came from the secret garden feel of the venue (also the location for ceremonies) and we decided to incorporate fresh fruit & succulents into the design to keep the southern-vintage feel. The linens, apple crates, glassware & silver are all vintage finds..even the table that was used is from one of my favorite vintage shops downtown.


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stoneleigh estate wedding inspiration from kellie kano photography

stoneleigh estate wedding inspiration from kellie kano photographystoneleigh estate wedding inspiration from kellie kano photography

stoneleigh estate wedding inspiration from kellie kano photography

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stoneleigh estate wedding inspiration from kellie kano photography

stoneleigh estate wedding inspiration from kellie kano photography

Robin with Maxie B’s made 2 darling cakes for us to use in our peach & grey color scheme & Elissa and I hand stamped the kraft bags for the peach favor table. Rachael with Tre Bella brought a stunning Jenny Packham gown for our model Kelsey to wear, AND she created the beautiful florals for the shoot (such a talented, amazing gal!).


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stoneleigh estate wedding inspiration from kellie kano photography

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Wedding Vendors (Stanleytown, VA and Durham, NC):

Wedding Venue: Stoneleigh Estate / Wedding Photographer: Kellie Kano Photography / Event Design: Elissa Keno Events / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham from Tre Bella Bridal / Wedding Hair: Salon Medusa / Wedding Flowers: Tre Bella Florist / Wedding Invitations: Paperwhites Press / Bakery: Maxie B’s Bakery

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No matter what, we’re pretty much guaranteed to love any wedding at the amazing Historic Cedarwood, and even more so when they’re photographed by the great Creative Push. Stephanie and Matt are college sweethearts who filled their wedding day with references to classic literature and poetry. I don’t know about you, but I’m totally crushing on the groomsmen’s gingham shirts!


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From the bride, Stephanie: Matthew and I met on the first day of college. He was chosen to pump up the crowd at an assembly and so he walked to the front of the auditorium, ripped off this shirt and ran around in front of hundreds of unknown freshmen. I looked at the girl sitting next to me and said, “I want to meet THAT guy!” Ten minutes later we we found ourselves in the same orientation group, became friends and grew closer together every day until he proposed!


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We involved our parents and guests in a Eucharist ceremony and we wrote our own vows. Matthew is in Divinity School at Duke University, and having our guests participate in a spiritual way was important to us and made our vows feel more powerful. Our ceremony felt like a very intimate and sacred event.


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historic cedarwood vintage wedding from creative push

historic cedarwood vintage wedding from creative push

historic cedarwood vintage wedding from creative push

As an English major now teaching language arts, I wanted our wedding styling to reflect our love of literature and poetry. Our table decorations included eclectic and vintage decor including an antique typewriter, ink wells, books and framed poems… We used vintage tablecloths from the 50’s as table toppers and napkins were tied with tags printed with a literary quotes of famous authors. We covered our monogram with sheets from an antique book.


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historic cedarwood vintage wedding from creative push


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Wedding Music:
We played classical music during the ceremony, bluegrass music at cocktail hour and Mowtown oldies and DuWop style music for the reception.
First Dance: “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” Ella Fitzgerald
Guests’ First Dance: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie Wonder

Wedding Vendors (Nashville, TN):

Wedding Venue: Historic Cedarwood / Wedding Photographer: Creative Push / Flowers, Décor, Event styling and Planning: Cedarwood Weddings / Wedding Dress: Jasmine Couture / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ali Ro / Hair and Makeup: Salon FX / Wedding Caterer: A Dream Come True / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Transportation: Nashville Wedding Cars

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