Katie Stoops Photography

An intimate wedding in Sintra, Portugal

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The moment I arrived in Sintra, I fell in love. I couldn’t believe how everything just felt exciting…the cars all fighting for the same one lane road, the overgrown paths that you take a chance to explore, the warm & friendly people, & that sun…that sun felt so good. While there is so much history in Portugal, it remains a part of their present by embracing it. Every place I went, I couldn’t help but dream about what happened within those walls, by those trees,  or down that path. It really was the perfect place for a wedding & I can’t wait to return!

From Karson Butler Events… We absolutely love destination weddings and this spring wedding in the historic city of Sintra, Portugal is one of our all-time favorites. Lush landscapes, rolling hills and historic estates tucked into the mountainside provided a romantic backdrop perfect for a wedding weekend! We planned the weekend’s events at FOUR different palaces – each very different in architecture and style!

Favorite details:

*Its not everyday that you get to sleep in a palace, and Tivoli Palacio De Seteais, does not disappoint! The incredible team there ensured the wedding group felt right at home throughout their stay.

*The culinary team at Penha Longa Catering (led by the talented Sara Gomes) is incredible! We worked with them to create one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Our favorite meal was the wedding dinner! Each guest was served an individual Portuguese cataplana (a cataplana is both the name of the copper vessel and the dish itself – it looks like a copper shell and steam cooks the ingredients in broth.) During our initial consultation with the couple, I had mentioned a cataplana cooking class I had planned during my last trip to Portugal, which started our conversation about Sintra as a destination, and the rest is history! So to see this dish ultimately served as their wedding meal was really special for me!

*The intricate walls at the wedding venue Palácio De Monserrate served as inspiration for the invitation suite design (a laser cut custom sleeve matches the pattern in the walls) and the incredible cake by T Bakes! We had custom postage made using an image from a vintage postcard of the palace.

*Working hand in hand with Sofia at Brancoprata was a highlight to this wedding. We had long admired her work from afar, and were so incredibly happy to work together in her home country. The flowers were absolutely wonderful!

*A horse drawn carriage transported our bride between the palaces for the wedding.

Event Design: Karson Butler Events / Floral Design: Brancoprata /Cake: T Bakes Atelier / Invitations: Luscious Verde Via The Dandelion Patch/ Catering: Penha Longa Catering of the Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort/ Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy/ Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Quinta Da Regaleira/ Wedding Ceremony & Dinner Reception Venue: Palacio De Monserrate


Alex & Jeff’s DC Garden wedding at the Textile Museum

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What better way to welcome Spring (fingers crossed) than to show you this intimate garden wedding in the heart of DC. I could have photographed Alex & Jeff forever!

Event Designer: Events in the City / Venue: Textile Museum / Bridal gown: Judd Waddell / Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stiles / Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie / Catering: Windows Catering / Florals: Growing Wild Floral / DJ: DJ D-Mac / Day of Paper: Intrigue Design Studio / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Furniture Rentals: American Furniture Rentals


Happy Valentine’s Day! Heather & Patrick’s Tuckahoe Plantation wedding

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Happy Valentine’s Day you lovebirds! I am delighted to share with you this beautiful Virginia wedding from this past Fall. What’s even better is that NazFilms has made a Super 8 film from Heather & Patrick’s big day that you can watch below! Lots of love to all of you!

Heather & Patrick :: Tuckahoe Plantation Virginia Wedding from NAZFILMS on Vimeo.

 

Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation / Gown designer: Allure / Bridesmaid dresses: Bari Jay / Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Company / Florals: Flowers by Mona Ray / Wedding coordinator: Jenn Siess Henry / Cake: The Buttercream Bee /Invitations: Chelsey Emery via Etsy /Catering: Mosaic / Film: NazFilms

From Heather:

Favorite part of our day: Since Patrick and I opted not to do a first look, I really cherished the time we spent alone taking photos after our ceremony, soaking in the day and each other. When you asked to steal us away for a few minutes while everyone was enjoying dinner, we didn’t think twice about it. That drive down the long Tuckahoe Plantation driveway right before sunset, surrounded by nothing but trees and pristine nature, really gave us a chance to reflect on the excitement of the day. My other favorite part of the day was having all the girls over at our house the morning of for brunch while getting ready. We watched Gossip Girl, sipped on mimosas and relaxed in robes while being pampered with hair and make-up!
Why we chose Tuckahoe Plantation: Patrick and I toured four venues and the minute we walked around Tuckahoe Plantation, we knew it was perfect. It had its challenges, with our wedding scheduled mid-hurricane season and Tuckahoe being an outdoor venue, but we fell in love and didn’t look back.
Wedding planning details: I planned all the little details for our wedding and while I don’t have a creative bone in my body, I really tried to infuse the day with personal details that represented us as a couple. Some of my favorites were our wedding flowers, which included burgundy ranunculus and peach roses, a play on the colors of Virginia Tech where Patrick I first met in graduate school, a cork monogram “B” I made to display using corks I had collected throughout our engagement, two gorgeous vintage cars we were lucky enough to borrow from family friends to get to and from our venue that day and of course, getting married on our six year anniversary!
Other fun details: Patrick and I had so much fun incorporating meaningful details and celebrating small achievements during the months leading up to the wedding. We buried our bottle of bourbon the month before the wedding at the ceremony site in the pouring rain, which was such an adventure (and absolutely worth the beautiful weather we had on our wedding day!) We rented out one of our favorite local Richmond restaurants, Arcadia, for our rehearsal dinner so we could properly introduce our out-of-town friends and family to Richmond. We even scheduled cake tasting during my birthday weekend so we could indulge all weekend long.

Heather & Greg, A Romantic Summer Wedding at the Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia

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Directly from the  Snippet & Ink post:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Greg and I really wanted a location where our friends and family could enjoy exclusive use of the property and unwind for the weekend, sort of like a mini vacation. The Clifton Inn provided the perfect combination of a picturesque landscape, excellent service and accommodations, and superb food. Greg and I spent our first weekend at The Clifton Inn in April and we fell in love with everything about it.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Greg and I realized the weddings we’d attended that were designed for everyone to spend time together were those that we most enjoyed. Since our wedding was over Labor Day weekend, we tried to plan events that everyone could enjoy. Greg’s parents hosted welcome cocktails for all of our guests on Friday evening, our friends spent time at the pool on Saturday during the day, and we encouraged all of our guests to check out everything else that Charlottesville had to offer, from the shops downtown to the local wineries. Looking back, it was perfect. Even if Greg and I didn’t get a chance to spend a lot of time with each guest on our wedding night, we were able to spend quality time with them at other times throughout the weekend.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It is hard to pick a favorite moment or part of the day from such a wonderful weekend, but Greg and I both loved the half hour we got to spend alone on the morning of our wedding. We each woke up early and played a friendly game of cornhole on the front lawn of the Inn. It was the only part of the day before we were married where it was just the two of us and it was the perfect moment together before the craziness of the day began.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received came from one of my best friends that had just gotten married the prior year. She told me to make a point of spending a few moments alone during the reception. Shortly after the dancing started, we grabbed hands and a plate of mini desserts and snuck into the backyard for a few moments together. From where we stood, we could watch everyone dancing under the lights. It was such a treat to enjoy that romantic moment alone with my new husband in the midst of so many people that loved us. I will always cherish this advice because you really do spend so little time alone on your wedding day. That moment for us will last a lifetime.

What advice do you have for other brides?  It might sound cliché, but really, whatever happens, go with the flow and stay calm. Also, hire a wedding planner! I could not have survived the wedding planning process without our amazing planner.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  You have to sit down and give serious thought to what is most important to you. If you splurge on everything, you will far exceed your budget. So pick out the one, two, or three most important aspects of the wedding to you and your husband-to-be and splurge on those areas. If it does not make the list, then you have to be flexible. For example, I always thought that I wanted a band at my wedding. We have been to many weddings where the band really made the reception. But, when Greg and I assessed what was most important to us, a band did not make the list. We decided to go with a DJ and it could not have been a better decision. We were able to stay closer within our budget, and most importantly, our DJ was fantastic!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  After our reception, we hosted a late night celebration at the pool with drinks and snacks. Greg and I didn’t hesitate to swap out our wedding gear for bathing suits so that we could spend a little more time with our guests. For me, this really symbolizes the entire weekend for us. We had such a great time celebrating this incredibly momentous occasion with everyone that had helped us to become the people that we were, individually, and together. We soaked up every moment of it!

Event Designer: Amanda Gray with Ashley Baber Weddings / Venue, Catering, & Cake: The Clifton Inn / Floral Designer: The Arrangement Company / Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley / Floral Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Gown: Marisa / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Plate Rentals: Festive Fare / Lighting: Blue Ridge AV Lighting / Stationary: Ava Anderson & Rock Paper Design / DJ: Derek Tobler


Kathryn & David, An Annapolis Waterfront Wedding

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Kathryn & David’s wedding was so lovely. It was in their backyard (on the water!) with all of their favorite people present. It was the perfect late Summer wedding with a colorful nautical theme and cool breeze blowing as the sun set. Plus, there was the sweetest dog present which made me even more excited to be there. I am so happy to have been able to witness such joy on this gorgeous day. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! xoxoKatie

Location: Couple’s home in Annapolis, MD / Event Design & Rentals: Dawn at Something Vintage Rentals / Florals: the amazing Petals & Hedges / Catering: Ken’s Creative Kitchen


Lisa & David, An Irish Wedding at Ballyvolane House

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To say that this was a dream come true is an understatement. I have always wanted to visit Ireland and to be able to photograph a wedding and make new friends just seemed so unreal. I will always remember this time as one of the best experiences of my life. You can read lots of juicy details about Lisa & David’s Irish wedding on the Martha Stewart Weddings site, here. I hope you love this wedding…I’ve been dying to share it for ages & ages! Cheers!

To view Lisa & David’s wedding film from Sharkpig, click on over here.

Below is a list of wedding professionals who completely raised the bar for me after working with them. I am in awe of their talent and can’t wait to work together again.

Ceremony: Castlelyons Parish / Reception: Ballyvolane House / Bridal Gown: Dawn Fitzgerald Atelier /Bridesmaid Dresses: Ghost/ Tulle Hairpiece: Beatrice Couture Designs/ Bridesmaid Shoes: Zara/ Groom’s Suit: Tom Ford / Floral Design: Mark Grehan of The Garden / Wedding Designer: Jemma Cassidy of HipHip / Event Stylist: Jenn Blake of Scout / Film: Geoff Boothby of Sharkpig