JDE Brides: Ariel

Ariel & I met back in the summer of 2009 when we were bridesmaids together in a friend's gorgeous wedding.  We hit it off immediately!  She was just as sarcastic as I am and we just rolled with each others jokes and giggled uncontrollably every time we got together.  I.Adore.Her.

Fast forward to 2012, and Ariel was getting married!!!  And she asked me to be her coordinator!  There was so much I loved about her day.  The venue was perfect, the food was incredible, and the guests were an absolute blast.

I could go on all day about how perfect this wedding was, but I think I'll let Ariel have her turn.  :)

Who are you and who is your husband?  I'm Ariel and I married Jon

How did the two of you meet?  When I Was 20, I rented my first apartment with my best friend and her boyfriend at the time.  Her boyfriend had a plethora of friends coming over and hanging out all the time playing Madden, but one friend of his always stood out, Jon.  He was hilarious and he always had this way of making me feel like I was the only person in the room.  He asked me out on our first date to Carrabbas {ooh lala} and as time went on I just fell in love with everything about him.

How did he pop the question?  On Valentine's Day night, he started preparing dinner and asked me if I wanted to go down tot he beach and look at the moon.  It was like, 40 degrees outside and I was just thinking about how cold it was, so I told him I didn't want to go.  He kept insisting, but I still said no.  Since I was being so difficult he had to improvise and he finally proposed to me, very privately in our bedroom.  Which was perfect for me. :)

What 5 words would you use to describe your wedding?  Elegant, vintage, eclectic, fun & simple

What were your favorite/least favorite parts of wedding planning?  My favorite thing about the wedding planning was picking out the colors for the wedding and all the decor.  My least favorite part was wrangling in my family to make this wedding happen!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?  Kauai, Hawaii.  The most beautiful place on earth.  We had the most amazing 7 days of our lives.

Who were your vendors?
Food: Mobile Pig-Nic {I didn't hear one bad word about them from my guests.  In fact, I heard the opposite: that the staff was friendly and helpful and the food was amazing!}
Photographer: Val and Sarah Photography
Dress: All the Rage Virginia Beach
Venue: The Planters Club, Suffolk, VA
Cake: My aunt Donna made our cake for us as a gift :)

If you could do one thing different, what would it be?  When it was time for me to go down the aisle, my music wouldn't play.  I just stood there at the end of the aisle waiting for the music to cue me in.  I looked at my brother, who was in charge of the music and basically panicking, trying to figure out why it wouldn't play.  So after about 25 seconds of me just standing there and everyone staring at me with no music playing, I finally just said "I really wanted my entrance song, so I'm just going to sing it out loud as I walk down the aisle."  Then all my family and friends joined in as I walked down to meet Jon.  It was a pretty cool recovery, but I would have definitely preferred my grand entrance.  Haha!

Any advice for future brides?  My advice is to soak in every moment of your wedding.  Soak in the ceremony and all the hugs from family and friends. Appreciate the music and the food and the cake.  Most importantly, in all the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, take a few minutes to slip away from the crowd with your new husband and just visit with one another.  It's a moment you'll be thankful you took.

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.  


Ariel & Jon: Pictures!

As promised, I'm back to share some of the amazing pictures taken by Valerie Demo Photography from our May 12th wedding.  Valerie & Sarah did such an incredible job capturing the feel of the day.  I'm just blown away looking through them.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I am!

Ariel, thank you again for trusting me and Just Dandy Events to coordinate your beautiful day.  You're such a beautiful person and you made a breathtaking bride!  <3 you!

Check out the blog for more beautiful pictures!

Ariel & Jon

I had the honor of coordinating a friend's wedding this past Saturday.  Ariel & I met back in the summer of 2009 when we were bridesmaids together in our friend Aubrey's wedding.  Aubrey had been telling me for months how well she thought Ariel & I would get along...and boy was she right.  We had the best time getting to know each other and have stayed in touch ever since.  When she asked me to coordinate her wedding to Jon {the brother of a high school friend of mine...Virginia Beach is a giant fish bowl sometimes}, I jumped at the opportunity.

Both the ceremony & reception were held in Suffolk at The Planter's Club.  I had never been to this venue, but I'd heard that it just recently underwent a major facelift.  When I arrived for the rehearsal Friday evening, I was blown away!  This property is waterfront {surprise!} and very spacious.  I knew immediately that the wedding was going to be a huge success.

We had perfect weather for the Big Day.  It was definitely hot, but since it was waterfront there was a great breeze to keep everyone cool.

Now is when I tell you my very favorite part of the day.  As with any wedding, there is always bound to be one thing that wouldn't go according to plan.  For this one, it was the music for the ceremony.  Ariel's brother had tested out all the music before the guests arrived and everything was ready to go.  However, when Ariel's father started to escort her down the aisle, we couldn't get the music to work.

Now....most of you are probably groaning and thinking of how terrible a situation that would be.  But let me tell you, the guests at this wedding were AMAZING.  Once they realized the music wasn't going to work, they all started humming the wedding march, in unison.  I cried.  It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen happen.  And I'm sure everyone in attendance will remember that for years to come.

This wedding gave me the chance to work with a few new vendors as well.  The entire thing was catered by a company called Mobile Pig-Nic.  Jerimiah came with a whole pig on a smoker hooked to the back of his truck.  He served bbq and all the fixings for a delicious dinner.  Not only was the food amazing, but the service was incredible.  Multiple times through out the night, I'd find Jerimiah helping Michelle & I restock the bar, clean up a spill, or empty a trash can.  He was ridiculously helpful!  I highly recommend Mobile Pig-Nic to anyone looking to cater a pig pickin'.

I also got the opportunity to work with the super talented Valerie Demo.  Valerie just did engagement pictures for two of my best friends.  I'm lucky enough to be in their wedding in September that Valerie will be photographing.  After seeing her work this weekend, I see why both Ariel & Jenna chose to have her capture their big days.  She's the sweetest person I've met in a long while with tons of energy and an eye for detail.  I really hope I get to work with her again soon.  And if not, there's always September!

Keep an eye out later this week for some pictures from this beautiful wedding!