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Rudy + Rebecca | UVA Chapel + Boars Head Inn Wedding

June 13th

The best part about this job is that I get to know my clients and try my hardest to make sure that their wedding isn’t ‘just another wedding’, but one where people walk away having a great time and also knowing the couple better.

Rudy and Rebecca’s day was so special to me on many fronts. This incredible couple learned through their engagement that their love ‘goes the distance’. While both serving in the Air Force, they spent years apart overseas- she in Germany, he in England- after falling in love in college in Virginia. Just months before their wedding, they were finally able to get stationed in Japan and were finally together.

Because their love literally grew during their time apart in the air, we made sure that their wedding theme reflected that—I’m biased, but I think we knocked it out of the park! Don’t worry, I’ll make sure I point out the details below! Thanks Annamarie Akins, for these incredible images.

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The rain held off for the couple to get in a nice hot air balloon ride during cocktail hour— and we couldn’t resist these adorable Kate Spade balloons!

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I knew from he get-go that we needed to bring Chloe from English Tea Paperie in on this one for all of the custom designs. She set the tone for the event by sending out this save the date- a paper airplane with a custom map of the world in the background.
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The map plotted their love journey- starting in Virginia, a heart with R+R over Europe where they got engaged, and ended in Japan, where they live currently and will start their life as husband and wife. We made sure that map was brought back in to the wedding invitation as a custom liner for the envelope.

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For the day of papers, we gave out ‘baggage claim’ welcome boxes with his and her favorite snacks, waters, and the most adorable map of all the places on UVA campus that told Becca and Rudy’s story. Chloe hand drew all of these buildings— wow! For the programs, we wanted them to look like a real passport. Chloe didn’t miss a detail— the passport picture page even had a spot for guests to cut out their photo booth picture later that night to keep as a keepsake in the book 🙂
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The exploration pass included a ticket for the hot air balloon ride at cocktail hour, and a map of places to visit on UVA campus between the ceremony and reception.

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You’re likely drooling over those flowers by now, and for good reason. The Proper Petal did an amazing job, as well as Yellow Door calligraphy with the floral and boutonniere tags. I knew I would need help creating my vision for the ceremony door arch, and was beyond impressed with how the Proper Petal was able to execute!

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Because we had a really late reception, Becca wanted to do an exit from the ceremony instead— look at these adorable bags!

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Becca and Rudy were the first to go up in the hot air balloon from Blue Ridge Ballooning after they arrived at the Boars Head Inn.
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I then got to sneak in and show her all of the details we had planned for quite some time— one of my FAVORITE parts of a wedding day!

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Chloe from English tea Paperie not only made all of the beautiful papers, but also created a six by eight foot MAP of the world that modeled the map from the invitation suite. We gave the guests pilot wings (who doesn’t want these, even as an adult?) and they were able to find their seat at this awesome escort card display. Mad Hatter Vintage provided tons of beautiful, vintage luggage to tie it all together.

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In the reception room, we made sure that we had lush florals, a draped ceiling, and gold model airplanes- the groom flies a fighter jet so we made sure he got to take one home as a keepsake!
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Instead of a traditional guest book, we found unused vintage postcards from Charlottesville, England, Germany, and Japan for guests to leave well wishes for the happy couple.
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I say it time and time again— but what I do is an honor that I don’t take lightly. Getting to tell your story and celebrate with you on your big day the best way I know how (behind the scenes bringing it all together) is something that I treasure. Thank you, Becca, from he bottom of my heart.

Credits: Photography – Annamarie Akins | Second Shooter – Brittany Claud | Planning and Design – Alyson Taylor Events | Paper Goods – English Tea Paperie | Hair and Makeup – Avenue 42 | Venue and Catering – Boars Head Inn | Videography – Handspun Cinema | Wedding Gown – Anne Barge from Annalise Bridal Boutique | Florals – The Proper Petal | Hot Air Balloon – Blue Ridge Balloon | Rentals – Mad Hatter Rentals | Calligraphy Tags – Yellow Door Calligraphy | Robes – Plum Pretty Sugar

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Feature on Style Me Pretty | Richmond VA Wedding | Jessica + Stephen

March 14th

Pinching myself today as I think about the JOY of serving clients such as Jessica and Stephen, and checking off a business ‘goal’ of being featured on the FRONT PAGE of Style Me Pretty! When Jessica and Stephen came to me and shared that they wanted to have the reception at Stephen’s parents house, I was elated. We wanted to tell their story in every detail- Stephen was from Virginia, Jessica California with family in VA. Their paths crossed at a VA wedding, and the rest was history. We made sure that we were able to incorporate Jessica’s ‘“West Coast style” with plenty of Stephen’s “East Coast tradition”. This wedding was such a testament to how making all the details come together requires an amazing team that can execute well. So thankful for Nikki Santerre and Heart Stone Films for capturing all of the emotions and beauty of the day in ways that far exceeded anyone’s expectations. For the full list of vendors involved, scroll down to the bottom! Enjoy 🙂

 

 

A Romantic Virginia Wedding Film by Heart Stone Films I Jessica + Stephen .

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What a treat to share a ‘first look’ of the space we designed with the bride and groom. My favorite moment (besides the look of pure joy with Jess, was Stephen saying ‘wow, I can’t believe this is MY wedding, it looks like a dream!’). Made me feel like our team did something right 🙂

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A memorial table for Jessica’s late father, beautiful bar display including His and Hers signature cocktails, a mix of both modern and classic chandeliers, and lovely lounge furniture all made the tent come alive with elegance and joy.

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The couple also met at a wedding, and chose their reception band because they were playing at the event where they met. How sweet to get down on the dance floor to the same band that brought your love together!!

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Photography: Nikki Santerre Photography | Event Design: Alyson Taylor Events | Floral Design: The Proper Petal | Wedding Dress: Watters | Desserts: Sweet Fix RVA | Invitations: Sue Corral Ink | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: A Sharper Palate Catering & Events | Hair and Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy for Mirrors and Signs: Capital Calligraphy | Calligraphy for Invitations: Sincerely Amy Designs | Lighting and Draping: Blue Steel Lighting | Band: Soul Expressions |  Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Linens: Party Tables | Rentals: Rent Equip | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Silk Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Specialty Chairs: Perfect Settings | Video: Heart Stone Films