Becky & James - Mimosa Barn

I can’t believe how long it has taken me to get this blog post together, but I’m so excited to finally share Becky & James’ gorgeous wedding day! They got married in April at one of my all-time favorite venues on the Eastern Shore. Mimosa Barn is such an incredible property, and if you’re looking for the perfect waterfront venue, check it out!

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When I first met Becky & James, I was immediately drawn to how friendly they both were. Working with them was always like chatting with old friends, always full of so much joy. {I mean, they even gave a thank you speech to all of their vendors during dinner. Cue all the tears!} Fast forward to their wedding weekend, and it was so obvious where Becky & James got their incredible attitudes and welcoming nature. Their friends and family were so sweet and their big day was such an amazing party honoring both the couple and all the people that have had an effect on their life together. Those kinds of wedding days warm my heart so much and I’m still in awe over the fact that I get to call this my job.

There were so many sweet details woven throughout the weekend, starting with the dress Becky wore for the rehearsal. She had her mother’s wedding dress & her grandmother’s wedding dress tailored into a perfect dress for herself. I teared up as soon as I saw it and it wasn’t even the gown she wore for the wedding day! Those kinds of details always tug at my heart and this was no exception.

Becky’s mom played such a huge role in the planning of their wedding day and she surprised Becky & James with custom wine labels on the bottles for each table. And if you know me at all, you know I love a good wine detail! These were beautiful and the guests loved the touch!

The week leading up to the wedding was full of some of the craziest storms our area has seen this year. Even during the rehearsal, I was watching the sky as all our phones were popping up with tornado warnings. But when the big day arrived, we had blue skies and the best breeze ever. I’m going to credit that luck to Becky & James burying the bourbon a month out from the wedding. I LOVE when my couples take part in such a fun tradition, and I can honestly say it’s worked for every one of my couples to date that have done it! So if you’re having an outside wedding, consider burying a bottle of bourbon at the ceremony site 30 days prior to your big day for clear skies.

Congratulations Becky & James! We love you so so much! My team & I had the best time getting to know you and all your favorite people! Here are a few of my favorite images from your perfect day!

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Venue: Mimosa Barn // Photography: Elizabeth Henson Photos // Planning: Just Dandy Events // Catering: Chef By Design // Cake: Coastal Baking Co // DJ: Jes Tipton // Florist: Simply Fresh Floral Creations by Cynthia Downing // Beauty: Anne Tankard // Bridal Gown: Silk Bridal Studio // Groom’s Attire: Mens Wearhouse // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals

Megan & Jimmy - NOAHs Event Venue

I’m so excited to finally get around to sharing this incredible wedding day with you!! A little backstory, Megan & Jimmy were supposed to be married back in September. However, a little storm called Hurricane Florence decided to try and put a damper on everything. Little did she know, postponing the wedding just made everyone more ready to party! I swear these two didn’t stop laughing and smiling the entire day. Megan gifted Jimmy a pair of socks with her face on them and he wore them for the wedding. The pictures of her realizing he had them on are just so happy!

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And then, they walked back down the aisle as man & wife to….wait for it….Rock You Like A Hurricane. Everyone lost it! They have such an amazing sense of humor and were just so happy to finally be getting married. It was the most beautiful thing to witness.

This wedding was such a labor of love from so many amazing people in Megan & Jimmy’s lives. Every gorgeous detail throughout the day was created or put together by someone that loves them so much, and I truly LOVE when that happens. Megan’s sweet mom put together the majority of the decor, the delicious cake was made by her Maid of Honor Emma {who you just might recognize as part of the #JDEteam}, her brother took care of videography, and Megan herself even designed the invitations and signage!

Another favorite part of the day, Jimmy cried his eyes out watching Megan walk down the aisle to him. You guys….nothing makes me happier than a crying groom! That might sound weird, but it’s just the sweetest thing in the whole world and I love watching all the emotion take over.

One last thing before I share my favorite images from the day. A huge HUGE thank you goes out to the amazing vendor team we had for Megan & Jimmy’s wedding. There are already a lot of moving parts when it comes to a wedding day. But when you throw in a reschedule due to a hurricane, everything is taken to a whole new level. It wouldn’t have been possible without the rockstar team we had and I’m so grateful for each and every one of them. I’ve included their links below, so be sure to check them each out!

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Venue: NOAHs Event Venue - Chesapeake // Photography: Fowler Studios // Planning: Just Dandy Events // Catering: Omar’s Carriage House // Cake: Emma Hering // Cake Topper: TheBlushingScript // Videography: Jefferson Multimedia Company // DJ: Terry Bonilla // Florist: Greenbrier Floral // Beauty: Rudy & Kelly - Greenbrier // Photobooth: Flash Photo Booth Co

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