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

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