First Anniversary Shoot at Hermitage Museum & Gardens

Way back in July 2014, I had the pleasure of coordinating Steve & Nicole's wedding at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club in Virginia Beach.  I’ll never forget each time I met with Nicole leading up to the wedding.  She was so organized and descriptive about the vision she had for their day.  Working with her to plan their wedding was seriously a dream.  There were so many personal and sentimental details woven throughout the whole day and I loved every bit of it.

Fast forward a year later and Nicole decided to put together a first anniversary shoot to celebrate their first year of marriage. To say I was excited when she asked me to coordinate the shoot would be a total understatement.  It was a chance to work with one of my favorite JDE couples alongside some really incredible vendors at one of the prettiest venues in Hampton Roads.

Just as with their wedding day, Nicole incorporated so many special touches throughout the anniversary shoot.  Read on to hear a bit more about the shoot from Nicole and to see the stunning images!

“Paper is the traditional gift for a first anniversary and as my husband and I thought about our first we loved the idea of photo paper.  We wanted to celebrate by capturing our first year together as husband and wife but to also honor what would have been my parents’ 35th wedding anniversary.  We share the same anniversary and we initially picked our wedding date, which is July 12th, without realizing it.  After picking the date and telling my mom, she reminded me that it was the same day her and my father were married.  I lost my dad 8 years prior to the time we were planning our wedding and that date became so special to us because although he couldn’t be there physically, I felt his presence all along the way.

We combined sentimental details to highlight both weddings.  Coral is the traditional 35th anniversary gift so as a nod to my parents we were inspired by the color, from the florals to the buttercream frosting on the cake.  I repurposed wood script table numbers to emphasize the date and included a ribbon garland and lace runner from our wedding decor.

Also, we had the opportunity to work together with two of our wedding vendors turned friends, Holly with Just Dandy Events and Mary from Bluebird’s Garage.  In fact, Mary provided the same table and chairs that were used in our wedding!

My mom had previously given me her wedding dress to wear for our rehearsal and I chose to wear both her and my dress again for our anniversary session.  I love that her dress is more a sundress than a traditional bridal gown and it was a bit nostalgic to have the chance to wear both again.

The only images my mom has from their wedding are a handful of Polaroid pictures and I knew I wanted to include them to help tie everything together.

 I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect tribute to my parents, our love, and marriage.  Ultimately, it has always been important to us to have a marriage more beautiful than our wedding day.  Jodi and Kurt truly captured that beauty for us.  Like the Polaroid pictures and my mom’s dress, these photos will be heirlooms that symbolize the strength of love for a lifetime.”

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography  //  Venue: Hermitage Museum & Gardens  //  Coordination: Just Dandy Events  //  Florals: Roost Flowers  //  Cake: Everything Emma  //  Rentals: Bluebird’s Garage  //  Signs: Water’s Edge Design  //  Makeup: Dhalia Edwards

If you're thinking of doing an anniversary shoot, I'd love to chat with you!  First, fiftieth, and every one in between is something to celebrate.

Just Dandy Events' Venue Wishlist

I know most brides have a wishlist for their own wedding.  They know where they want to host it, what they want their dress to look like, and what signature cocktails they want to serve to their guests.  But you may be surprised to know that most wedding planners have a wishlist too!

I've got a list of venues that I'm hoping my brides will reserve for their big day.  These three places are so gorgeous, and so different from one another.  I can't wait to share them with you!

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards - Charlottesville, VA

via: Pinterest
 First up on my wish list is Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.  I visited Pippin Hill back in November 2014 when some girlfriends and I went to have lunch and taste some of their amazing wines.  The staff was setting up for a wedding in the Granary and I was just in awe of the space.  I stood inside the room, mouth agape, dreaming of coordinating a wedding in such a gorgeous space.  The entire venue is stunning, the backdrop of the mountains is unbelievable, and that wine is delicious.  Future JDE Brides: Please please please, someone book this venue!!

BayVue Estate - Mathews County, VA

via: Shannon Moffit Photography, Tidewater and Tulle
  Back in the beginning of the year, I made the drive to Mathews County to check out BayVue Estate.  We had a pretty interesting winter, with lots and lots of when I arrived everything was white!  And boy was it gorgeous.  But it was also easy to see how incredible of a spot it is when everything is lush and green too.  The home has so much character and charm to it, and the property is absolutely breathtaking.  I've definitely got a soft spot for a waterfront location, and this one ticks all the boxes for the kind of setting I would love for one of my sweet couples' big day!

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

via: Jen + Ashley, Tidewater and Tulle
  Ohhhh how I love the Hermitage!  This gorgeous waterfront property in the heart of Norfolk is one of the more historical venues in the area, with crazy beautiful gardens and so much to offer to the wedding industry.  I recently coordinated a first anniversary styled shoot {keep an eye out for those images!} and I must have said "I wish a JDE bride would book her wedding here!" at least 10 times.  Seriously, this place is stunning.

Ok so there you have it.  The three venues on my wedding venue wishlist.  Now....JDE a girl out!  <3

Outdoor Wedding Venues

Couples in the Hampton Roads area are so fortunate to have such a full plate of options when it comes to choosing their wedding venue.  Here's a little bit of information about a few outdoor venues in the area that I'm particularly fond of.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

The Norfolk Botanical Gardens is a Virginia Historic Landmark.  It's a non-profit showcasing some of the most historic gardens in the region.  The museum spans 155 acres including 40 themed gardens, 95 species of birds, and 30 kinds of butterflies.

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

Also located in Norfolk is the Hermitage Museum is twelve acres of formal gardens surrounded by natural woodlands and wetlands.  The focal point of the property would be the early 20th century historic house that now serves as a museum showcasing a world-wide art collection.

Founder's Inn

The Founder's Inn & Spa in Virginia Beach boasts southern elegance for outdoor weddings.  The Inn offered both lake and garden views for wedding ceremonies and some of the best catering in the area.

Planter's Club

The Planter's Club in Suffolk is located on the beautiful Nansemond River.  The acres of waterfront property offer plenty of views for an outdoor ceremony and a banquet space inside the main building for a reception accommodating up to 144 people.

Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club

The Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club offers waterfront and golf course spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions.