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Featured on Style Me Pretty! A Romantic cottage wedding in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Kendall & Tito’s wedding took place at a family home, called Brushy Hill, in the mountains of Lexington, Virginia. The home has now been turned into a brand new beautiful wedding & event destination that is available to the public.

From Kendall, the Bride… Our vision was to highlight the beautiful surroundings, incorporate the laid-back feel of the countryside, and to celebrate our marriage! We wanted our guests to enjoy Brushy Hill the way we do–exploring the property, taking in the views of the Shenandoah Valley, sharing delicious food and drinks, and enjoying the chance to be together. The mature trees, blooming plants and rolling hills are so beautiful as-is, all we needed was lighting to showcase it and comfortable furniture to sit back and appreciate it. We were so lucky the weather cooperated and no tents were necessary–just strings of white lights and up lights in the trees. Climbing the hill is a favorite family activity, so we made it accessible to everyone–and a bit more thrilling–by providing golf carts. The lively band and varied menu really reflected the bride and groom’s personalities. Among the highlights were Alaskan Salmon, a macaroni and cheese bar, a Bourbon bar, and a Kir Royale station.

My favorite part of the day was the exit through the sparklers into the gorgeous 1941 Convertible Buick Roadster, followed by the magical ride in it down the hill on the rolling country roads under the canopy of tall trees and twinkling stars. It was the most peaceful, relaxing, and happiest moment relishing my new husband by my side.

Advice to new brides: slow down and enjoy every moment. Its over before you know it.

Venue: Brushy Hill in Lexington, VA/ Floral Design: Southern Blooms / Bridal gown: Watters /Cake: Pearl’s Cupcakes /Catering: Southern Inn /Invitations: Page Stationary / Hair & Makeup: Jeannie Cusick / String Quartet: Four Seasons String Quartet/ Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals / Tent & Lighting: Skyline Tent Company

You can view the feature on Style Me Pretty here: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/12/16/romantic-southern-cottage-wedding/

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You can view this wedding in the new issue of Southern Weddings Magazine. I will be posting the entire wedding very shortly. If I had to choose one cake designer that I considered the best….hands down it would be Maggie Austin. Her work is exquisite and tastes sooo good, which is very unusual to have both together.

A beachy Californian engagement shoot

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I love California. At some point in my life, I will undoubtedly live there. So when Phi & Eric invited me to come out to San Diego for their engagement shoot, there wasn’t even a question in my mind of trying to make it happen…it was definitely going to. They have two pups who look like Muppets and are loved to pieces. One of the things that Phi & Eric love doing together is going to Burning Man in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and they wanted to incorporate that in some way. Having a decorated bike at the festival is an important piece of the Burning Man culture…riding around the desert for days. Then, we headed out for a long hike down to the ocean which was worth the workout. Take a look at those cliffs! I love the contrast between the desert and the ocean-very dramatic. Naz from NazFilms and I simply can not wait for their wedding next month in Cartagena, Colombia!