Tiffani & Trent - Cape Charles

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I actually met Tiffani & Trent at another October wedding in Cape Charles. They weren’t guests….they just happened to be driving by while we were inside the big white tent setting up for a beautiful day. They asked me to return to the Shore the next day to talk about their wedding the following October, and the rest is history!

These two wanted an upscale, backyard dinner party and I absolutely love how it came together! Tiffani considers herself to be quite the foodie, so the dinner was extremely important to her. She wanted as many locally sourced foods as possible and a menu paying tribute to the Eastern Shore. Chef Johnny Mo from Mallard’s at the Wharf knocked it out of the park and the guests couldn’t stop talking about how delicious everything was. The s’mores served after dinner were a hit too!

They also wanted classic decor that wasn’t overdone, but was still beautiful. Since we were hosting the wedding in the yard of a beach house rental, we knew we really needed to capitalize on all the pretty it came with and build on that. Eastern Shore Events & Rentals came through, as they always do, with the most perfect rentals to bring the vision to life. Between the endless string lights and the Eastern Shore crafted farm tables, the whole place looked like a dream!

Florist By The Sea also provided the most incredible greenery garlands to adorn the farm tables, making the whole tent feel so organic and welcoming. Not to mention, it smelled amazing! The bouquets those ladies created were, per usual, nothing short of stunning.

Another thing that was important to Tiffani & Trent was making sure that their guests had plenty to do, both at the wedding, and in the days leading up to it. They arranged for guests to go golfing at Bay Creek Golf Resort, meet for Brunch at The Shanty, and go for a tour at my absolute favorite of all time, Chatham Vineyards. On the wedding day, they made sure to have plenty of yard games available to their guests. Giant Jenga was a huge hit!

Working on the Eastern Shore is one of my favorite thing, in large part due to how gorgeous it always is. Literally…always. But I have to admit that my favorite part of working on that side of the Chesapeake Bay is the unbelievable people I’ve gotten to know and get to work with. They’re the kindest and some of the most talented vendors I’ve ever met. Everyone is always so welcoming and they really make this “job” of mine a total blast.

A huge bonus about this wedding, was that I also got to bring a few of my favorite Hampton Roads vendors over the bridge with me! The Dhalia Edwards team and Stephanie Michelle Hair treated Tiffani and her ladies to the best pampering while they got ready. And I finally got to have a wedding with my sweet friend Amanda from Stellar Exposures! We’d been dying to work together for so long and we really had the best day together. Here are a few of my favorite images she got from the day. Enjoy!

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This wedding day was made possible by our amazing vendor team. Huge thank you to each of them!

Venue: Rental House in Cape Charles, VA // Photographer: Stellar Exposures // Planner: Just Dandy Events // Caterer: Mallards // Flowers: Florist By the Sea // Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals // Invitations: PaperDolls Design

2018 Behind the Scenes

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas and 2019 is right around the corner. It feels like the year flew right by, packed with incredible couples, gorgeous venues, and loving families and friends.

There really aren’t enough words to explain how thankful my team and I are for this crazy journey we’ve been blessed with. All I can say is thank you. Thank you to every couple that has allowed us to play a part in your most perfect wedding day. Thank you to each of the families and bridal parties that have welcomed us in, begged us to dance, and even thought to check on us throughout a wedding day. Thank you to the insanely talented vendor teams we’ve had the opportunity to work alongside to bring these visions to life for the couples we all love so very much. And also, thank you to every couple that has included their sweet dog in their wedding day, allowed our team to gush over them, and not laughed too hard at me while I cry over how adorable they are. You guys are our people and we couldn’t adore you more.

And to my team: Emma & Paige, Kim & Julia. JDE wouldn’t be what it is without each of you. I’m so thankful to have you on my team and to call you some of the best friends I’ve ever had. Love ya’ll so much!

Here are a few of my favorite behind the scenes moments from this incredible year. Special thanks to the photographers that have shared these snaps with us! Bring it on 2019!!

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Vy & Matt - Wollam Gardens

One of the best things about playing a part in a couple’s wedding day, is looking back through the gallery and reliving the whole thing all over again! Vy & Matt’s wedding at Wollam Gardens was such an incredible day, filled with gorgeous details, delicious food, and the happiest couple. I actually met Vy in 2016 when I planned her sister Natalie’s wedding. I remember her being incredibly kind and I was so excited when she reached out to let me know that it was now her turn to get married. Vy & Natalie’s family is so wonderful and I couldn’t wait to see them all again!

When Vy told me about the venue she and Matt had chosen for their wedding, I was definitely intrigued. A flower farm in Northern Virginia? Sounds pretty enough. You guys….I had no idea. Wollam Gardens is downright incredible! The staff is so helpful and really puts their couples first. And the grounds are absolutely stunning! I think I said “this is just so beautiful” every single hour on their wedding day. Vy and her bridesmaids constructed all the bouquets and boutonnieres using flowers and greenery from Wollam Gardens. The JDE team put together all the centerpieces using what was left over and we were pretty obsessed with how whimsical it all looked when it came together. These are the simple, beautiful details that we live for.

A few favorite moments from the day: 1) When I arrived on site to begin setup, I finally got the chance to meet Matt. He introduced himself with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen, gave me a huge hug, and pretty much gushed for five straight minutes about how excited he was to be marrying Vy. 2) After we sent Vy and her sweet dad down the aisle to meet Matt, we headed back down the hill toward the reception area. For the next fifteen minutes, we heard so many bursts of laughter coming from the ceremony. The genuine happiness surrounding every single bit of this wedding had my heart soaring all day. That’s what it’s all about you guys.

Per usual, I could go on and on about all the perfect aspects of the day. But instead I’ll let the incredible images from Danielle Real Photography do the talking. Vy & Matt, congratulations! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day, for welcoming us in to your circle, and just being two of the kindest people we’ve ever met. We’re so insanely happy for you!

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I can’t rave enough about our amazing vendor team!

Venue: Wollam Gardens // Photographer: Danielle Real Photography // Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Caterer: A La Carte Catering // Cake: The Icing Cakes // Ceremony Musicians: Leesburg String Ensemble // Flowers: Wollam Gardens // Beauty: Makeup By Brooke // Rentals: Sammy’s Rentals

Darcy & Nick - The Water Table

Congratulations Darcy & Nick! Gosh, where to start about their perfect wedding day?! First of all, I’m so fortunate to get to know my couples. They’re each so different from one another and yet, they each light my heart on fire. I know I say it often, but it still blows me away that this little dream of mine has brought so many incredible people into my life. So so thankful for each and every one of my couples that allow me and my team to play a part in one of the most special days of their lives.

Darcy & Nick were married at the Water Table back in October. The days leading up to their wedding were a little soggy in our area. But come Saturday morning, everything was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, no rain, wind, or even extreme heat. It was the most blissful weather for the happiest couple!

If I had to choose my top three favorite moments from Darcy & Nick’s gorgeous wedding day, they would be as follows: 1. Their first look. When Nick turned around to see his beautiful bride, Darcy said something along the lines of “I’ve been waiting all day to see you!” And naturally, we all teared up. These two are just so happy to BE together and it shows in every interaction they share. 2. Their portraits with Chani. You all know I’m obsessed with every dog I meet as it is, but this sweet girl was just incredible! She was so well-behaved and so insanely happy to see her parents! She was smiling just as big as the two of them! 3. The Father Daughter dance. Darcy and her dad choreographed a mashup dance and it.was.everything. I don’t think I’ll ever listen to Bohemian Rhapsody without thinking of those two.

Other highlights of the day included Nick’s cousin officiating the ceremony {I love when couples find ways to include their loved ones}, all the amazing pumpkin details Darcy labored over to create the perfect fall wedding, and of course, the Duck Donuts served with the cake. I mean come on….any time I can snag a maple bacon donut, I’m beyond elated. Add on to all of that the fact that we had an absolute rock star vendor team and I was one happy planner! Huge thanks to my pal Angie McPherson for the gorgeous images! Trying to narrow down my favorites to keep this blog post from being a mile long was tough. Enjoy!

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To Darcy & Nick, thank you. Thank you for trusting us with your vision, for letting us get to know your incredible families, for allowing us to party with your friends. For loving us as fiercely as we love you. Congratulations! Hug Chani for us please!

Sending out huge thank you’s to each and every one of our amazing vendors!

Venue: The Water Table // Photographer: Angie McPherson Photography // Planner: Just Dandy Events // Caterer/Cake: Chef By Design // Donuts: Duck Donuts // DJ: Astro Entertainment // Hair: Shelby DiFernando // Makeup: BlushTones // Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals // Getaway Boat: Carmel E

Lily & Kevin - Mimosa Barn

Oh I’m so excited to share this stunning wedding day! Lily & Kevin were married in September at Mimosa Barn on the Eastern Shore and it was truly the PERFECT day. Lily & Kevin are both doctors and their heart for helping others was so apparent throughout the entire weekend. Per usual, listening to their loved ones give speeches about them had me in tears. These two are so loved and so valued by everyone that knows them. I consider myself so fortunate to be witness so much love and support and to call it a job.

These two spent a year of their relationship long distance with Lily in Hampton Roads and Kevin in Birmingham. It always blows my mind to watch couples conquer time apart and build such a strong relationship in the process. Watching them interact on their wedding day had to be the sweetest thing because you just could tell how happy they were to finally be together.

Ok on to the perfection of the day! To start, Mimosa Barn is such a unique venue! It’s the perfect mix between country barn and waterfront oasis. There are so many gorgeous spots on the property to take advantage of. In fact, we changed the ceremony site at the rehearsal and Plan B was even better than Plan A! To be honest, you really can’t go wrong with Mimosa Barn. I’m so excited to have two more weddings booked there in 2019!

We had the most incredible weather with lots of sunshine and a cool breeze. Eastern Shore Events & Rentals strung bistro lights all over the property, we put out corn hole for the guests to play during cocktail hour, and the band Soul Expressions kept the dance floor packed all night.

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Lily & Kevin, I’m so incredibly happy for the both of you! You make the best kind of power couple and I love how happy you make each other! Thank you so much for allowing me and my team to play a small part in your perfect day! Sending all the love down to Alabama!

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This wedding day was made possible by our amazing vendor team. Huge thank you to each of them!

Venue: Mimosa Barn // Photographer: Marie Violet Photography // Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Caterer: Amy B Catering // Ceremony Musicians: Orchestra of the Eastern Shore // Band: Soul Expressions // Flowers: Birdsnest Blooms // Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals // Shuttle: Shore Limos