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Kelly & Jeff: A Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Engagement

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These two…creative, colorful, and completely in love. Kelly just happens to be the mastermind behind the blog, StudioDIY, which is endless fun while, Jeff seeks out & takes some of the most beautiful photos of interiors on the West Coast. There couldn’t be a better match & I’m so happy to share their desert engagement shoot with a film that NazFilms created. We spent the day in Palm Springs and then headed to Joshua Tree where the light doesn’t get any prettier. Enjoy!



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.