Bridesmaid Luncheon Styled Shoot: Let’s Wed Hampton Roads

First of all, big huge congratulations and lots of confetti throwing are in order.  My incredibly talented friend Angie of Angie McPherson Photography has launched a wedding website!!!  Let’s Wed Hampton Roads is such a fun & dynamic site for the everyday bride.  There’s a vendor guide showcasing the area’s most talented vendors in every price category.  There are tons of inspiration boards to get your wheels turning.  And brides can even create a login to organize all their favorite things!  I’m so crazy happy to see all Angie’s hard work paying off and I’m even more excited to see how Let’s Wed is going to change the Hampton Roads wedding industry.  Go Angie Go!!

Before the big day, Angie asked me to help her put together a styled shoot to showcase for the Let’s Wed launch.  She wanted something fun and colorful, and she wanted to collaborate with some really amazing local vendors.  I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.  It was such a fun day and I’m so delighted that I got to play a part in it!

Here are some of my favorite images from the day!  Be sure to head over to Let’s Wed Hampton Roads to check out a bit more.

And a HUGE thank you to all our talented vendors that helped make this happen!
Photographer: Angie McPherson Photography  //  Event Coordination: Just Dandy Events  //  Venue & Catering: Lesner Inn Catering Club  //  Makeup: Dhalia Edwards  //  Hair: Anywhere Beauty by Shae  //  Flowers: Fluttering Flowers  //  Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals & Styling  //  Linens: Waterford Event Rentals  //  Cupcakes: Rachel Bakes  //  Invitation Suite: Ro & Co Designs  //  Dresses & Accessories: Blue Green Aqua

Rosalie & Troy - August 29th

I can’t believe I’m just finally getting around to sharing the stunning images from Rosalie & Troy’s Lesner Inn wedding.  It was the perfect way to round out the summer season with such an incredible group of vendors and some of the most beautiful details!  Rosalie & Troy’s families and friends were so much fun and we left that wedding feeling more like we had been guests than vendors.  I just love weddings like that! 

This was the first time I had the privilege of working with Shannon Moffit Photography and I’m just blown away by the pictures she took!  They’re all so gorgeous and totally capture the feelings of the day.

One of my favorite things about this wedding is that Rosalie designed all the graphic design elements including the signage and invitations.  You may recognize her name from all the other praise I’ve thrown out there for her company Ro & Co Designs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….Rosalie is my HERO.  And I’m so grateful she booked me as her wedding planner so that we could become friends and work on tons of fun projects together.

Congratulations Troy & Rosalie!!!  Love you both to pieces!!

Photographer: Shannon Moffit Photography  //  Venue: Lesner Inn Catering Club  //  Coordinator: Just Dandy Events  //  Florist: Fluttering Flowers  //  Invitations & Graphic Design: Ro & Co Designs  //  Makeup: Dhalia Edwards  //  Hair: Salon Vivace  //  Linens: Waterford Event Rentals  //  Ceremony Music: Jesse Chong  //  DJ: Chuck Wills

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?
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:
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.


Indoor Wedding Venues

Last week, I posted an entry showcasing a few of my favorite outdoor wedding venues.  So I though it'd only be fair if I also showcased a few indoor wedding venues for you to check out.  The Hampton Roads area has plenty of amazing spots to hold your wedding.  Check them out!
Lesner Inn

The Lesner Inn is one of my favorite venues in Virginia Beach. It's an amazing indoor venue with a breathtaking view that makes you feel like you're right on the beach.  Located on Shore Drive at the intersection of the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay, it's the perfect location for the couple that wants the beach "feel" to their big day, without being in the sand.  They host both receptions and ceremonies, as well as many other events such as company parties, reunions, etc.  The Lesner Inn showcases both indoor and outdoor areas for your special events.

Virgina Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center features both indoor and outdoor spots for your wedding.  However, the indoor ones are definitely unique.  Can you imagine being married with a shark tank behind you?  The pictures you and your guests would have from hosting your wedding in a venue like this one would be incredible.  And best of all, a portion of your rental fee is tax deductible and helps support the animals!

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Another unique venue in the area is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.  When you reserve one of the unique spaces at the museum, your guests are granted access to the galleries during your event.  There are multiple spaces for you to choose from depending on the feel and size of your event.  The museum is located on eight acres of beautifully maintained gardens close to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
The Water Table

One of my other favorite venues at the oceanfront would have to be The Water Table.  Not only does it have beautiful views of the marinas at Rudee Inlet, it also showcases a gorgeous fireplace that's the perfect backdrop for a sweetheart table.