Meredith & Matthew - Elkington Plantation

Meredith & Matthew's wedding day was one for the books. The weather was absolute perfection after a few weeks of really questionable storms. They were married in the sweetest historic church in Accomac in front of 150 of their closest friends and family. The garden reception was held down the road at Elkington Plantation. If you haven't visited Elkington before, you really should check it out. It's quickly become a favorite venue of mine and now I want to plan all my weddings there!

Meredith even thought ahead and arranged for a bounce house to entertain the almost 40 children that would be attending the wedding. It was such a hit! From now on, I feel like all JDE weddings should include a bounce house, for the kids and the adults!

I could literally go on and on all day about this gorgeous garden wedding, but instead I think I'll let Cramer Photo's stunning images speak for me. 

I absolutely loved working with Meredith & Matthew to make their day the best ever. I'm so thankful for this crazy sweet couple and their incredibly gracious families for making me love my job the way I do. Congratulations Meredith & Matthew...I wish you both all the happiness in the world!

A huge thank you goes out to this incredible vendor team we had! You all were so amazing to work with!

Ceremony: Makemie Presbyterian Church // Reception: Elkington Events // Photographer: Cramer Photo // Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Catering: Yummy Goodness Catering Co // Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Cake & Cupcakes: Rachel Bakes // Ceremony Musicians: Orchestra of the Eastern Shore // Reception Band: The Grandsons // Bouquets: Steel Cut Flower Co // Decor Florals: Angela Benton // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals // Bounce House: ACE of Exmore // Shuttles: Shore Limo

JDE Bride: Ellen

Hey friends! I'm so excited to introduce you all to JDE Bride Ellen! Ellen & Jake got married last October, smack in the middle of Hurricane Matthew...and their day was so awesome! I've asked Ellen to share a little bit about her wedding planning journey.

Introduce yourself and your husband: I’m Ellen Anderson – My husband Jake and I got married in October of 2016 at The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia.

What's your love story? How did the two of you meet? How did you get Engaged? Two of our friends introduced us about three years ago, and we hit it off immediately. We spent the next week hanging out before Jake headed off to OCS in Rhode Island. We pen-pal-ed it for the next three months or so before I flew up for his graduation where I was introduced as his girlfriend, a title I happily accepted! To complete the trip we took the ultimate leap of faith and embarked on a ten-hour road trip back home to Virginia Beach. Somewhere between Jake slapping my hand away from the radio dial, sitting in silence and being completely comfortable with each other, and me finding “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus on Jake’s iPod, I confirmed my original thoughts about Jake… he was the one. We spent a month or so together before Jake moved down to Panama City, but continued our relationship and visited each other every month or so. When Jake visited for Valentine’s day he nervously shared news of his orders to Guam (which later got changed to Rota, Spain). I calmly replied, “Okay cool, I’m gonna stay here, but can I visit?”

Jake was SO pleased with my cool response and commitment to our relationship that he put a ring on it two months later on the night of my birthday. In typical Jake fashion, he planned an elaborate string of events and watched it go down while remaining calm, cool and collected... He made three days worth of crème brulee, a fabulous dinner, and then presented me with a series of random unrelated gifts, one by one… First was a Bonsai tree, then a “How to care or your bonsai tree” book, then a scarf, a blue rock from Afghanistan, and jewelry cleaner. He watched me get increasingly anxious about whether or not he was going to propose – I mean, it was my birthday how could he not?!? I seriously thought he might have hidden the ring in one of the crème brulees, and was distracted by thoughts of whether I would need to eat all eight servings in one night.

Then he said those magic words… not “will you marry me”.. but, “go check the pocket of my rain jacket.” And inside that pocket, there was the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. My heart felt like it was going to explode with happiness (even though I was clearly expecting this to happen.) I looked at Jake, he just sat there with a coy smile on his face until I reminded him I can’t say yes if you don’t ask me the question!!!!

We’ve been through some pretty amazing times and have spent most of our relationship apart from each other. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though, and I would not trade our love for a thing in the world

 

What 5 words would you use to describe your wedding? Clean, Simple, Perfect, Romantic, Oysters

Where did you go for your honeymoon? We’re going to St. John, USVI Islands this September!

What were your favorite/least favorite parts of wedding planning? Favorite Part: Tie between cake testing and eating cheese & drinking champagne with Holly and Liz. Least Favorite Part: Not being able to share the cake testing with Jake

If you could do one thing different throughout your entire wedding planning journey, what would it be? It’d probably be more fun to have Jake here for part of the journey, but I think he’s pretty happy that he missed out on most of it

Do you have any advice for future brides? Breathe, delegate, and focus on what you can control! And I highly recommend ALL of my vendors – it takes some special people to deal with a high-energy, determined, and sometimes a little cray cray bride – but they pulled it off with ease, and showed up for our #hurricanewedding with smiles on their faces!

Oh and… advice for the day of – when in doubt, head to the dance floor!

Who were your vendors? Venue: Oyster Farm at Kings Creek  //  Coordinator: Just Dandy Events  //  Photographer: Elizabeth Henson Photos  //  Cake: Incredible Edibles  //  Florist: Seagrass Floral  //  DJ: Astro DJ  //  Hair: Beach Bridal Artistry  //  Makeup: Makeup By Kim Porter  //  Officiant: Cotton Markert // Gown: Martina Liana - Pure English // Invitations: Minted // Wedding Day Printables: MintyPaperieShop // Runners: Jake’s Mom

Honeymoon Essentials

Hey there friends! How many of you are planning your honeymoon right now? Where are you going? Did you choose somewhere warm and sandy with colorful drinks? Or did you choose somewhere adventurous and maybe a little bit chillier? Either way, I guarantee you're going to have the BEST time with your new person, creating some really great memories as husband and wife!

When I go on a trip, one of my favorite parts is honestly the planning and packing leading up to departure. I usually begin making a list of everything I need to pack and piecing together outfits in my head weeks out! Have you started thinking about what to pack for your honeymoon?! While some items are super obvious, others may not be. So I've teamed up with Adore Me to bring you a list of essentials to pack for your honeymoon....no matter where you're going!

And for those super obvious things, like lingerie and bathing suits, check out Adore Me! They have some really beautiful pieces for super affordable prices!

I'd love to hear what you're planning to pack for your honeymoon! And I'm always curious, how many pairs of shoes are you taking with you? Past brides, do you have any advice for honeymoon packing? Feel free to share with us!

Anniversary Session Giveaway

Last weekend we hosted our giveaway winners for a styled anniversary session and I'm just obsessed with how it turned out! First of all, our couple was AMAZING! Bailey & Robbie are the sweetest couple in the world. They've been together since they were teenagers and it's the most precious thing to watch them together. You can just tell how much they really care about each other and how happy they are with the life they've built. It was such a treat to get to know them and spoil them a little bit as they approach their second wedding anniversary.

Second, our vendor team....ALL THE LOVE for these ladies! As if this "job" wasn't already the greatest thing ever, add in the bonus of getting to collaborate with some of the sweetest and most talented ladies in the area and I'm in heaven!! Stephanie Michelle Hair and MeLissa with Dhalia Edwards spent the morning pampering Bailey and she looked gorgeous! Courtney Inghram Events created the most incredible bouquet and hair comb I think I've ever seen. The flowers fit the theme perfectly! We couldn't have pulled this shoot off without these ladies and their awesome skills. THANK YOU FRIENDS!!!

When Beth and I decided to host an anniversary session, we had so many fun ideas and I really couldn't be happier with how it all came together. Beth, these pictures are everything!! You totally killed this shoot and I'm so thankful I got to be a part of it! Huge thank you for trusting me to be a part of the team and for being such a beach-loving dream of a friend. <3

Ok so a little about the couple. Bailey & Robbie met in the fifth grade and began dating right after high school. Now, Bailey is a RN case manager, Robbie is a detective, and they have a whole gang of furry babies at home in Charlottesville. They were married in the Outer Banks back in June of 2015 and, you guys, it rained buckets on their wedding day. That didn't stop these two from having an incredible outdoor ceremony, complete with their closest friends holding umbrellas over them as they said their vows. Then, the clouds parted and the rain stopped just in time for them to walk back down the aisle as husband and wife.

When we were planning this shoot, we knew wanted to incorporate some special elements from Bailey & Robbie's wedding day. It was so fun to see what special mementos they brought from home, like the wooden sign with their last name and a set of antique skeleton keys. Also, you know I love a beautiful invitation suite!

So here are some of my favorite images from the day. Be sure to head over to Beth's blog to check out the shoot from her point of view, and to hear the really cool story behind that amazing chess set!

Photography: Elizabeth Friske Photography / Coordination: Just Dandy Events / Florals: Courtney Inghram Events / Makeup: Dhalia Edwards - MeLissa / Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair / Location: Pleasure House Point

Carrie & Kellen - Cape Charles, VA

Oh what a wedding to break into the spring season!! When Carrie & I met a year ago to begin planning her dream wedding, she had a very specific set of wishes. She wanted an outside wedding that had the perfect mix of sand and trees. And she was certain that her ceremony needed to overlook waves! When we found this rental home on the VRBO website, it was like the stars aligned for the perfect setting! A private beach and a beautiful backyard tucked among the tallest trees. It was perfect! I've grown so fond of the Eastern Shore over the past year and I'm excited to have four more weddings on that side of the Bay this year!

The morning was filled with showers and crazy wind, and then the sunshine came out right as Carrie walked down the aisle to Kellen. It couldn't have been more perfect!! I'm so excited to share these incredible pictures taken by Angie McPherson Photography. She really knocked this wedding out of the park and I was so excited to have her there to capture the day!

Carrie & Kellen exchange two of the most creative gifts I've ever witnessed at a wedding and I can proudly admit I tear up over both of them. I just couldn't help it! Carrie surprised Kellen with NFL tickets that she had hidden in her garter. Coolest garter toss moment EVER! And Kellen gifted Carrie a book all about their new family pet...A POT-BELLIED PIG! Are you kidding me?!

Congratulations Carrie & Kellen! Thank you for trusting Just Dandy Events with your beautiful wedding day! Love you both to pieces!!

Huge thank you to the amazing vendors that helped play a part in Carrie & Kellen's perfect day! Also a crazy big, thank-will-never-be-enough, high five to Katelyn from Haddy Ever After for being my sidekick for the day! <3

Venue: Way Over Yonder // Planner: Just Dandy Events // Photographer: Angie McPherson Photography // Catering: Yummy Goodness Catering Co // Rentals: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals // Cake: Mother of the Groom // Musician: Mike Davis // Flowers: Blakemores Flowers // Hair: White Unicorn Salon // Makeup: Cynthia Knott