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Yesterday we traveled to gorgeous Charleston, and today, we’re “up North” in Virginia! V5’s Virginia is for Lovers shoot was set at the beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation, which is both the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson and an active wedding venue! A few shots of the lovely property:

Even though we were visiting on the hottest summer day, everything was still breathtakingly beautiful! Katie Stoops did a magnificent job capturing the scene, including a few classic Southern details, like this gold foil and letterpress monogram invitation by The Lettered Olive.

You just never know how things are going to work out at a photo shoot, and I love that our bride ended up wearing earrings belonging to Courtney, our stylist!

This beautiful gown is by Pronovias, from Bella Rosa Bridal in Richmond, and if I’m remembering correctly, is about $2,000! A steal for such a classic and lovely design.

Recognize anyone familiar? We were thrilled to welcome back Marissa, one of our readers, who modeled for us last year in the Charleston polo shoot! (That’s her on the right.) She came to our V5 launch party, too, so we have a very soft place for her in our hearts.

There’s something kind of old-school about the round menus laid on top of the china, but I really love it! The Lettered Olive did a beautiful job with these, too.

Little gold bells – such a sweet way to mark the bride’s and groom’s chairs! We got ours from Create for Less.

Courtney arranged all of our mid-summer flowers, using blooms from wholesaler Fifty Flowers, local Richmond source Belona Botanical Farm, and Whole Foods!

One thing I can tell you: After a hard day’s work in the sun, even the intense heat didn’t zap our appetites! Luckily Gay from A Pimento Catering was on hand, and she let us sample a few of her goodies, including mini fried green tomatoes!

As always, things ended on a sweet note with a modern masterpiece by Maggie Austin. She based the design off the invitation suite! On a behind the scenes note, we generally don’t like to photograph cakes being held by people, because, well, it’s not like any of you would hire a person to hold your cake for the duration of your reception, but we simply ran out of time on this shoot! Putting a bridesmaid to work for a few minutes was quicker than setting up another table display :)

Two little parting favors: Gold bells to be rung as the newlyweds departed, and petite jars of pickled vegetables!

Be sure to pick up your copy of V5 to read more details!

Katie Stoops and Merriment Events are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
20 Comments
  1. avatar Melissa V reply

    I may be partial to Charleston (this weekend!!) but I’m loving this Virginia shoot! The colors, the cake…all gorgeous!

  2. avatar annabella charles reply

    OMG… LOVE this shoot. well done darlings

  3. avatar Marissa R. reply

    This will remain a very special memory for me, just as the Charleston shoot has. Thank you for the lovely opportunity to share in the making of this beautiful day!

  4. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    That cake is to die for and I absolutely ADORE that gown!

  5. avatar The girls from By Invitation Only reply

    Simply gorgeous! We’re in love with everything about this wedding.

  6. avatar Kelly reply

    Beautiful work you all!

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  9. avatar Brooke reply

    Beautiful! Although I live in Chapel Hill, Tuckahoe Plantation is just minutes from my family’s house in Richmond, and the school I went to has an alumni oyster roast there every year. You did a fabulous job capturing it!

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    I love the round dinner menu on the plates! Haven’t seen this before. Nice touch!
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