JDE Bride: Julia



Happy Friday friends!!  It's been a little while since I've brought you a JDE Brides post.  So I'm super pumped to start the weekend off with my bride and incredible friend Julia sharing about her gorgeous King Family Vineyards wedding!

Introduce yourself!  And your husband!
Hey there!  I'm Julia Ogden and I'm an English teacher and have a small business called Water's Edge Design  I'm also a JDE bride and my husband Justin and I got married just this past October at King Family Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA.

Rebecca Keeling Studios
What's your love story?  How did the two of you meet?  How did he pop the question?
I might be biased, but I think our love story is pretty special.  Justin and I actually met online!  I had gotten over the ending of a long relationship and felt ready to get back out there.  I just wasn't exactly sure how to do that!  My friend convinced me to sign up on a free online dating site and things just kind of snowballed from there.  I went on a LOT of bad dates, and a few good dates.  Met a lot of great guys, who just weren't MY GUY.  I even started a blog to catalog all of my adventures in trying to find the one.  Months passed and I Was ready to give up.  I went onto the online dating site to deactivate my profile when I saw that I had a message from a handsome guy with the most unbelievably cute dimples.  It was sweet and simple and at the end of it, he asked if he could call me.  He literally wrote "may I call you?" so old fashioned and sweet.  I figured, why not....I'll give it one more chance.  I gave him my number and immediately deactivated my profile.  If he wasn't it, I was going to give this whole dating thing a break for a while.

That first date turned into two years together and on the anniversary of our first date, December 15th, Justin took me to go see the lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens...we walked around the grounds, got hot chocolate, and the whole time I could tell he was trying to get me to a spot where we could be alone.  We saw this little path that lead through the woods to a gazebo, but it was roped off.  We felt like rebels hopping over it and he lead me down the path to where it was quiet and secluded.  He took my hand, lead me into the middle of the gazebo and got down on one knee to propose.  Of course I said yes....more like yelled it haha...and he told me that our whole family was meeting us at a restaurant nearby so we could celebrate together.  It was honestly the best day of my entire life.

What five words would you use to describe your wedding?
We started planning the wedding right away and I really wanted it to represent us and our personalities.  Pinterest can be super overwhelming and unrealistic so I used it a little bit for some inspiration, but mostly thought about what elements we loved in our life.  If I could choose 5 words to describe our wedding, they would be:
Romantic
Sentimental
Organic
Fair tale {I know that's two lol}
Warm

Elizabeth Henson Photos
What were your favorite & least favorite parts of wedding planning?
My favorite parts of wedding planning were:
1. How much time I got to spend with my mom and Justin's mom doing the planning.
2. Finding all of the beautiful pieces we would use for the decor.  Styling is my favorite thing to do, so to do something on this big of a scale was so fun!
3. All of the site visits and tastings!  It was so exciting to have everyone treat you like royalty and come on, free food and wine!?  Sign me up!
4. Finding my wedding dress.  I went with a small group of the women in my family and it was just so special to get to spend the day with them.  It was a pretty magical moment seeing how emotional they got.

My least favorite parts of wedding planning were:
1. Worrying about the budget.  We didn't realize it, but Charlottesville is the 2nd or 3rd most expensive wedding location in the US....THE US PEOPLE!  We just love that area because we are UVA fans and I go there every fall with my girlfriends for a winery trip.  Everything was so outrageously expensive and after we splurged on the venue, I didn't know how we were going to fit in everything else.
2. All of the tiny details that you have to make decisions about.  It can get super overwhelming and you just wanna hands things off to someone else.  {Enter Just Dandy Events to talk me off the ledge}

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
After the wedding, we stayed in Charlottesville at the sweetest little Airbnb.  It was within 5 minutes of downtown and it even had the cutest goats on the property!  It was so much more romantic and cozy than a hotel room and we have plans to go back every year for our anniversary.  We left that Tuesday for our honeymoon in Ireland and it was an incredible whirlwind trip.  We had so much fun exploring the little towns, meeting the nicest locals, and basically eating and drinking Guinness constantly.  We got home and needed another vacation from the wedding/honeymoon excitement.

Rebecca Keeling Studios
Who were your vendors?
Venue: King Family Vineyards
Coordination: Just Dandy Events
Photographer & Videographer: Rebecca Keeling Studios
Florist: Courtney Inghram Events
Lighting: The Lighting Professors
Caterer: Glorious Foods
Cake: Everything Emma
Styling & Decor: Water's Edge Design

If you could do one thing different throughout your entire wedding planning journey, what would it be?
I don't think I would really change anything that happened in the wedding planning journey.  I do wish our location had been a little less expensive, but it was exactly what we pictured and felt so very us, that I can't really wish we had gone somewhere else.

Do you have any advice for future brides?
1. Hire a coordinator...it is really hard trying to do everything yourself and you, at the VERY LEAST, need a day of coordinator.  That day flies by and little things are constantly popping up.  Like one of your tables collapsing in the middle of dinner lol!  As much as you love your aunt or best friend, they might not always know how to handle these things.  You need someone with experience.
2. Get ready at your venue or very close by your venue.  We booked a house close by the venue for the bridesmaids to stay at, and for us to get ready all together that morning.  Unfortunately, we had to change locations the week before and ended up at a house 30 minutes away from the venue.  It made things feel a little rushed that morning and in all the craziness, we left my bouquet behind.  Luckily someone able to bring it before the ceremony, but I didn't have it for all the wedding party pictures.  It made me sad.
3. Take a deep breath, use Pinterest sparingly, and remember that your day is going to be perfect because you are getting to marry your dream guy/girl.  Everything else is just icing on the cake.  You getting stressed out and unhappy during the planning process is the opposite of what should be happening.  Take your time, use your partner as a stress reliever and sounding board.  Try not to take advice from too many people, everyone thinks they are an expert, but only you know what you really want.  Just have fun with it and remind yourself that this is a really incredible time in your life.  It goes by fast, so don't waste in with over-analyzing table cloth colors.

IYQ Photography
Such wonderful advice Julia!!!  For a look back on some of my favorite parts of Justin & Julia's beautiful day, check out this blog post.

2016 JDE Brides Brunch



This past Sunday I got to spoil my 2016 brides and it was such a great time!!  It's a really tough time of year to get everyone together because of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but I'm so glad a few of us were able to take the time to relax and catch up a bit!


I'm fairly certain this sign is going in my office.  Champagne for Breakfast!!



Emma from Everything Emma provided all the food and, as usual, it was just perfect.  I left feeling twenty pounds heavier and needing a serious nap.






  My friend Heidi from Heidi Calma Photography was sweet enough to come and take a few pictures of the day for me and I'm so grateful!  Thank you Heidi!!!  These two ladies are just the best ever and I rarely get pictures with the two of them together!




I'm in awe of how wonderful my couples were this year and I'm so excited I got the opportunity to spoil my brides a little bit.  They definitely deserved it!!!  Now I'm excited to welcome all the 2017 couples I'm lucky enough to get to know.  Can't wait to make your day absolutely perfect!

JDE Brides: Chelsea



Happy Monday friends!!  Let's kick the week off with a JDE Brides feature!!  Chelsea is here to tell us the best parts of her journey through wedding planning, what she would do differently, and to offer a little bit of advice to all of you!



Introduce yourself!  And your husband!
Who are the Lindos you ask?  We are an active, upbeat couple that try to live graciously among others.  I am a Doctoral Physical Therapy student at ODU and Jaine is a soccer coach for various clubs/organizations.

What's your love story?  How did the two of you meet & how did he pop the question?
We met at NC Wesleyan College.  Long story short, I was looking for something on campus and asked him and he pretended he knew where it was to stall long enough to ask for my number and the rest was history!  He popped the question with such thoughtfulness!  At the beach in November he arranged purple flower petals in the sand in the shape of a heart and hired a violinist to play two of my favorite love songs before and after he asked.  Funny side note: I was having a terrible day that day and almost didn't come to the beach!  Also, we walked out on to the beach and I saw a violinist; I made a comment about how it was weird that someone would come to the beach by themselves to play the violin.  Haha!  Then I realized what was going on when he said we should go listen.


What 5 words would you use to describe your wedding?
Disney inspired, classy touches, subtle details, fun, {relatively} stress free!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
Disney World!!  We had a blast trying new foods/restaurants and watching new shows we hadn't seen before!


What were your favorite & least favorite parts of wedding planning?
Favorite part of planning was definitely planning/making the Disney details {I like Disney, can you tell?}  I also enjoyed meeting some amazing new people through the process which were our vendors!  I plan on keeping in touch with all of them.  Least favorite part was 100% the seating chart.  Good lord, this was the worst!  It's like advanced calculus trying to arrange your friends and family and you really can't put it together until you receive your RSVP's.  So by nature it is the last minute.  Second least favorite part was picking the songs.  I just had a hard time narrowing it down and envisioning what that song would be like in the moment.

Who were your vendors?
Venue: Founders Inn
Photographer: Angie McPherson Photos
Planner: Just Dandy Events
Cake: Bliss Bakery
DJ/Lighting: Astro DJ
Ceremony Music: And I Love Her Violins
Florist: Fluttering Flowers
Beauty: Maggie Carter     


If you could do one thing different throughout your entire wedding planning journey, what would it be?
I honestly can say that for the planning, I wouldn't have done a single thing differently! For the day of, while the sunset pictures turned out AMAZING {and actually some of them are my favorites for the whole day} I really missed that time with the guests at the reception and felt a little guilty about leaving for so long.

Do you have any advice for future brides?
Get a wedding planner {obviously Holly is the bomb.com}.  But seriously, I had the most stress free day EVER on my wedding day and I don't think a lot of people can say that.  A wedding planner, depending on what you decide with them, will also keep your planning on track and hold you accountable, which is what I needed.

Thank you so much for sharing Chelsea!!  I wish we could relive your wedding day all over again!!

 

JDE Brides: Rosalie



Oh friends....these JDE Brides posts are quickly becoming my favorite posts.  It's so much fun to relive each of my couples' wedding days & whole planning experience through the brides' eyes!  It brings back all the feels every time and this post is no different.  Rosalie and Troy's wedding was absolutely stunning, certainly a favorite wedding of all time for me.  And Rosalie just holds such a special place in my heart.  She's one of those brides that has become a treasured friend, as well as an amazing fellow wedding vendor!  If you're in the market for wedding invitations or even branding for your business, she is your girl!

Introduce yourself! And your husband!
My name is Rosalie and my wonderful husband is Troy. I grew up on a 100 acre farm in the small, yet charming town of Culpeper, VA and Troy is a beach boy born and raised in Virginia Beach who could spend all of his days on the water. We grew up on separate sides of the state and lived such different lifestyles, yet somehow hit it off when our worlds collided in 2008 in Harrisonburg, VA.

What’s your love story? How did the two of you meet? How did he pop the question?
Troy and I met at James Madison University at a small gathering of mutual friends one random school night. I was not prepared for what this gathering turned out to be seeing that my roommate Janie and I showed up wearing pajama pants. These weren’t just any pajama pants though, mine had tiny elves holding Christmas trees on them. Of course, Troy would argue that they were gnomes but regardless, they were Christmassy and it was APRIL. Luckily for me, even though he will never let me live it down, Troy was able to look past the gnome-elves and we instantly hit it off. I am a sucker for a good sense of humor and Troy has an incredible ability to make people laugh, whether it’s his witty responses, sharing of random trivial facts, or just by making a really silly face at the end of a sentence. I'm not sure I had ever laughed as hard as I did that night and he says the same of me... so naturally we became inseparable quickly and that's where our love story began

We dated for 6.5 years before Troy proposed. It was a brisk December morning,12/13/14 to be exact, at Pleasure House Point, where we often take our dog for long walks. We were sitting in the sand overlooking the Lynnhaven River while playing with Reggie when he started fidgeting in his coat pocket… and after convincing me he was just looking for a piece of gum, he pulled out the most sparkly vintage diamond ring! He topped it off with the most heartfelt words a gal could ever imagine hearing, and I remember thinking “is this actually happening?!” (SO cliché, I know) even though it was no secret that I had long been waiting for the moment. Troy did such an amazing job with the ring! He had my great grandmother’s engagement ring setting from 1913 set with a diamond from his grandmother’s ring... Everything was so special, low key and perfectly us! And being as attached (border-line obsessed) to Reggie as I am, I love that he was there to take it all in with us.

What 6 words would you use to describe your wedding?
Coastal
Romantic
Classic
Intimate
Fun & heartfelt!

What were your favorite/least favorite parts of wedding planning?
As soon as we got engaged, we promised each other to make the wedding planning a fun, stress-free, and heartfelt journey... and I really feel that we accomplished that!

What I loved:
Trying on wedding dresses!
Having the best group of bridesmaids EVER
DIY craft sessions with Troy
Dreaming up a theme that represented both Troy and I. It was so much fun for me to blend my soft, playful, & feminine aesthetic with Troy’s rustic nautical roots to create our wedding day look! Being a graphic designer, I adored finding a way to incorporate this throughout every element of our day!
Meeting new people along the way. Aside from planning and experiencing the most amazing day of my life, the people I have met and the friendships I have gained through the process are truly invaluable!
Writing my vows and being reminded of the true importance behind it all

What I didn’t love about wedding planning:
Budgeting!
Accepting the fact that we would not be able to please everybody

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We spent a week out west! We started out in Big Sky, MT before exploring Yellowstone National Park and ultimately ending the week in Jackson Hole, WY. We had such a blast visiting all of the local shops, trying new foods, hiking, horseback riding, more hiking, pool side lounging, trying not to get eaten by a bear watching wildlife, and more hiking.

Who were your vendors?
Venue & Catering: Lesner Inn Catering Club
Coordinator: Just Dandy Events
Invitations & day of paper goods: Ro & Co Designs
Cake: Jarod Clemente (Troy’s cousin)
Dress: Wtoo “Mimi” gown purchased at Ava Clara Couture Bridal
Make up - Melissa Roomsberg of Dhalia Edwards
Hair - Andra Del Rosario at Salon Vivace
Linens (table runners) - Waterford Event Rentals
Ceremony/Cocktail/First Dance Music:  Jesse Chong
Reception DJ - Chuck Wills

If you could do one thing different throughout your entire wedding planning journey, what would it be?
Hire a videographer! I so wish I could sit back, press play, and revisit the moments that unfolded throughout the day. Especially being able to hear Troy and I recite our vows to one another.

Do you have any advice for future brides?
A few tips:
A First Look!  One of the best decisions we made was to take a moment away from all of the madness to see each other for the first time before our ceremony. It allowed us to take a deep breath, let the moment sink in, and feel all the emotion we were about to feel all day. And to see Troy’s reaction in such an intimate setting was honestly the most special moment of the day (aside from hearing his vows!). It was also a great way to get the wedding party portraits out of the way so we were able to spend more time with our guests after the ceremony!
Try not to stress!  Remember why you are getting married, and try to truly make it be an event about (and for) the both of you. Have faith in your vendors and wedding coordinator and trust that they will do their job well! And once it's happening, just go with it.



 


JDE Brides: Kaitlin




Kaitlin was my October 10th bride this year and her wedding definitely falls into the top five category for me.  I swooned the whole time over all the sentimental and well thought out details she had planned.  But at the end of the day, my favorite part was how Kaitlin and her new husband Jared really focused on the whole purpose of the day: To get married and start a wonderful journey together.  Here's what Kaitlin had to say about planning her wedding.

Introduce yourself! And your husband!
I’m Kaitlin and my husband is Jared.  I’m originally from Kalamazoo, MI - yes, there really is a Kalamazoo! I attended the University of Michigan, which makes me a proud Wolverine - I bleed maize n’ blue! After graduating from college, I took a job in Norfolk, VA and I’ve been here ever since. I’m currently the Marketing & Design Coordinator for a Property Management Company here in Hampton Roads. When I’m not working, I enjoy getting crafty, trying new restaurants, hanging out with friends, being in the sun n’ sand and cuddling with our cat, Leo and puppy, Scout.  Jared is originally from an itty bitty town called Montrose, Pennsylvania. Jared joined the Navy after graduating from high school - Last September marked his 8 year anniversary! Jared is a damage controlman, or what civilians would call a firefighter for the ship. Through the Navy, Jared has traveled the world and been to places such as Brazil, Peru, Korea, Malaysia, Dubai (three times), China, Australia, India, the Philippines and Haiti. When Jared isn’t working he enjoys playing sports, eating chicken wings, goofing around and hanging out with friends.

How did the two of you meet?
Jared and I met through online dating, we had both joined the site in hopes of meeting new people. Our initial conversations were typical; filled with questions, flirting and a glimmer of hope that it could be something special. After a week of talking through OkCupid, I grew impatient that Jared had yet to ask for my phone number, so I took matters into my own hands and gave him my number with the hopes he’d take the hint. A couple of days went by and we had transitioned from talking through OkCupid to texting and phone calls. Again, I grew impatient that Jared hadn’t yet asked me out on a date… so I asked him if he wanted to meet up for ice cream. We met for the first time at Skinny Dip, a frozen yogurt bar near my house; I remember seeing him and thinking to myself, he’s even cuter in person. We spent the next two hours walking around and talking, just getting to know each other and from there the rest is history. Over the next several months, we continued getting to know each other, spending more and more time together. We’ve been inseparable from that point on.

How did he pop the question?
Jared and I had just returned from Michigan, after spending the weekend with my family for the holidays. After eating dinner he asked if I wanted any ice cream, and mentioned that he thought there were some ice cream sandwiches leftover from when his Mom was in town the weekend before. I got up and basically ran into the kitchen, frantically looking through the freezer trying to find the ice cream. After moving everything in the freezer (twice) and finding no ice cream, I was bummed and yelled to Jared “There’s no ice cream in here! You owe me!” I slammed the door shut and turned around to find him down on one knee with a little red box in his hand. It took him a couple of seconds before he said, “Will you marry me?” and of course I screamed “Yes!”

What 5 words would you use to describe your wedding?
Romantic, Classic, Elegant, DIY and Fun :)

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
Playa Mujeres, Mexico. We knew we wanted to stay at an all-inclusive resort because we wanted to be able to relax and enjoy each other after all of the work, effort and stress that went into planning the wedding. Originally Jared and I were thinking about Jamaica, but after finding the Secrets Resorts in Playa Mujeres and falling in love with the setting and all their amenities, we knew we had found the right place for us!

What were your favorite/least favorite parts of wedding planning?
My favorite part of the wedding planning process was actually the planning! I’m a planner at heart, so it was a fun not only planning our dream wedding, but doing it with Jared. Through the wedding planning process we really grew as a couple, making each and every decision together, big or small. Whether we were adding items to our wedding registry, finalizing our menu or picking out napkin colors - we made those decisions together. Sure there were disagreements and times when it wasn’t easy to compromise, but at the end of the day, it made us a stronger couple and made the big day that much more special!

My least favorite part of the wedding planning process was trying to please everyone! To be honest, you just can’t do it - you’ll drive yourself crazy. It took a few months for me to realize that I wasn’t going to please everyone and be ok with that; I’m a people pleaser so it’s hard to me to accept. At the end of the day, Jared and I were the ones who needed to be happy - after all the day was about the two of us, our commitment to one another and our future together. You just have to remember that during the planning process - It’s easy to get caught up in all of the other details that go into planning a wedding.

Who were your vendors?
Ceremony & Reception: Founders Inn
Ceremony Musicians: Harbor String Quartet
Officiant: Chuck Daniel
Caterer: Founders Inn
Florist: Studio POSY
Dress: Jingles
Wedding Coordinator: Just Dandy Events

If you could do one thing differently throughout your entire wedding planning journey, what would it be?
If I could do one thing differently, it would be not stressing the little stuff. These days with Pinterest, it’s so easy to get caught up in the super cute, little details that everyone swoons over. Pinterest is great for inspiration and collecting your thoughts and vision into one place, but it also sets super high standards that are often hard to reach given budget restrictions, time, energy, etc. I frequently found myself pinning until 2:00am and then stressing about how I was going to be able to finish all of these little details that I had obsessed over. Remind yourself that the big day is about you and your husband, your love for one another and your future - It’s that simple!

Do you have any advice for future brides?
My advice would be to have fun with it and enjoy each and every moment! You only get to experience it once and for most girls, it’s a day that you’ve dreamt of for a long, long time! You’ll be surprised how quickly the months turn to days and the days to hours before the big day arrives, and it’s over in what feels like the blink of an eye. So enjoy each and every moment of the planning process; enjoy being the center of attention during your bridal showers, calling your man ‘your fiancé’ every chance you get and have fun planning this very special day the two of you will remember for the rest of your life.