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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!


Featured on Style Me Pretty: Blood Orange styled shoot

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When the ladies of Ashley Baber Weddings wanted to create a modern, colorful wedding inspiration shoot, there was no way that I was going to say no. I love working with them and I’ve been dying to see more color in wedding & event designs! The tones of a  blood orange inspired this bold tablescape, which was staged at the beautiful VanLandingham Estate in Charlotte, NC. An overall refined bohemian theme inspired the paper goods from Rock Paper Scissors and overflowing, lush floral designs by The Place for Flowers.

The blouson Sophia gown by Mira Zwillinger was a perfect fit for our beautiful, relaxed red head bride. The versatility of the Two Birds bridesmaid gown allowed our bridesmaid to try different styles throughout the day. Plus, those dresses are incredibly flattering for many body types.

I absolutely love all of the vibrant colors, mixed with ambers on top of a soft grey linen. Fun yet elegant!

If you are looking for welcome baskets for any event, you must contact A Signature Welcome. They put together the best selection of goodies for guests & they couldn’t be any nicer to work with!

The seating chart was a surprisingly easy DIY by tracing a poster created by Rock Paper Scissors onto glass with a white paint pen.

Tired of the normal small dessert tables? Have a sorbet bar with your favorite flavors or wedding colors ready for guests to enjoy.

Coordination & Design: Ashley Baber Weddings / Wedding Gown: Mira Zwillinger / Bridesmaid Dress: Two Birds, Bella Bridesmaid / Welcome Basket: A Signature Welcome / Floral Design: The Place for Flowers / Rentals: Festive Fare & Party Reflections / Paper: Rock Paper Scissors / Linen: La Tavola / Hair & Makeup: Who’s The Fairest