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

Amanda & Brian - Historic Post Office

There were so many insanely special things about this wedding. We had a rockstar team of vendors on board. The bridal party was totally epic. So many of the guests were actual friends of mine. And the bride is one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever known. It was a special day indeed!

Amanda & I have been friends for close to 10 years and she's always been such a bright, beautiful light in the life of anyone she meets. She finds a way to make you laugh within the first ten minutes of talking to you. She’s incredibly gracious and caring. She’s just a seriously good person. And when I met Brian, I knew she really had met her perfect match. He’s so genuine, absolutely hilarious, and lives for making Amanda smile. Getting to know them better as a couple and playing a small part in their day was one of the highest honors I’ve had to date.

There were so many things I loved about Amanda & Brian’s wedding day. From the beginning stages of planning, they let me know that they wanted this day to really reflect who they were as a couple. One of the ways they did this was to walk each other down the aisle to be married. I love nothing more than when my couples really tailor their wedding day to feel like them! It was the sweetest moment ever!

This was also our first wedding at the Historic Post Office and, you guys, that venue did not disappoint! It’s absolutely stunning and really unlike any other venue in the area. I can’t wait to go back! I’m going to be honest and say that choosing the images for this blog post was so dang hard! My pal Elizabeth Henson Photos really captured the whole day so perfectly and I love every single image so much!

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Amanda & Brian - Thank you so much for including me in your perfect day! It meant the world to me to get to play a role in such an important of your story and I’m so crazy happy for the both of you! Congratulations {to Franklin & Dupuis too!!} and we love you!!!

Venue: Historic Post Office // Photographer: Elizabeth Henson Photos // Planner: Just Dandy Events // Caterer: Yummy Goodness Catering Co // Officiant: Lauren Gipson // Cake: Cakes By Margarita // Donuts: Glazed Doughnuts // DJ: Astro Entertainment // Florals: C&J Floral Design // Hair: Beach Bridal Artistry // Makeup: Kirsten Ponton // Linens: Waterford Event Rentals // Lighting: Stage Right Lighting // Invitations: Ro & Co Paper & Design

Khia & Troy - Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel

I'm so excited to get to share this stunning Portsmouth wedding! When I first met with Khia & Troy, I liked them immediately. They were so fun to talk to, they were obviously head over heels for each other, and they just wanted to have an incredible wedding to celebrate their love with their family & friends. Khia & Troy were both so incredibly kind and a total dream to work with throughout the entire process and I miss them so much already! I really do love when my couples end up feeling more like friends than clients. I can't believe I'm lucky enough to have this as a job!

From Khia's incredible dress {I mean COME ON with that blush!} to Troy's insane style {skull cuff links? I DIE!}, the details throughout the day had my heart so happy. Did I mention they also incorporated their sweet pug Harvey into their portrait hour? He was so dapper and just the sweetest thing! Add to all of that one of the most amazing bridal parties I've ever met, and it was like we had all hit the wedding day lottery. Seriously, this bridal party ya'll! I'll never forget, at the rehearsal the night before the big day, I kept getting pulled aside by members of the bridal party. A bridesmaid here, a couple of groomsmen there. And they each pretty much had the same thing to say: "Please make sure if you need anything at all tomorrow, you call one of us. We don't want Khia & Troy to worry about anything. This is their big day!" When your friends have your comfort and happiness on one of the most important days of your life at the forefront of their minds, you know you've struck gold.

Khia & Troy - Thank you so much for letting me and my team play a part in your incredible day! It was such an honor to help you down the aisle to each other and such a great night, getting to know your friends and families! So happy for the both of you! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Venue: Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel // Photography: Miller Rose Photography // Planning/Coordination: Just Dandy Events // DJ: DJ Rayvon // Ceremony Music: Charlotte Dettwiler // Dessert: Incredible Edibles // Flowers: Isha Foss Design // Beauty: Shear Luxury Salon // Lighting/Backdrops: Bluesteel Lighting & Design

Janelle & Nathan - Elkington Plantation

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I'm so excited to finally share this gorgeous wedding with you! We've been dreaming up this day for so long and I have to say that the carefully planned details that Janelle and her mother poured their hearts into truly came together perfectly. Pair all the beauty with the absolute sweetest families, incredible friends, and the super in-love couple....and the whole day was a dream to be a part of! Not to mention, one of my favorite Eastern Shore wedding venues, Elkington Plantation was the backdrop for the festivities. If you're considering getting married on the Shore, you need to check out this incredible property!

Since they were planning an outdoor wedding, Janelle & Nathan took the necessary precautions and buried a bottle of bourbon a month before their big day. This Southern tradition never seems to fail and we had the most incredible weather for the party of the summer. It's always so much fun to watch the bride and groom dig up the bourbon bottle before the ceremony and this crowd certainly didn't disappoint!

Nate & Nellie {that's what their friends call them and I'm basically obsessed!} planned for a large after-party at the end of the night, so opted out of a grand exit after the reception. Instead, they provided each of their guests with a small packet of lavender seeds to toss as the couple walked back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony and it was the sweetest sight!

There were a million other heartfelt details throughout the day, but I'll let the stunning images taken by Alexis Jones Photography tell the rest of the story!

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Venue: Elkington Plantation // Photography: Alexis Jones Photography // Planning/Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Catering: Mallard's // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Frank Sings Frank // Band: The Bachelor Boys // Officiant: Rev. Cory Newell // Dessert: Brown Dog Ice Cream // Flowers: Seagrass Floral // Beauty: 76 West Salon // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals //Transportation: Fun Tours

Janelle & Nathan - Thank you so much for letting me and my team play a part in your gorgeous wedding and all the days leading up to it. I had the best time getting to know you both, as well as your families! I hope to see you around the Shore again soon!