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Fun fact: the Equestrian Elegance shoot in Southern Weddings V8 has actually been many years in the making! We love working with KT Merry (see past editorials she has shot for us here, here, and here), and have always known that she has a huge passion for all things equestrian. Last year, while driving through the Virginia countryside for a V7 shoot, Emily and I couldn’t stop talking about the beauty of the landscape and that we’d love to highlight it in an upcoming issue. Finally, when we connected with the talented team at Easton Events about creating something magical for V8, all the pieces fell into place for the creation of a truly incredible Virginia horse country shoot. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how it came together!

Biggest thanks to KT Merry, Easton Events, Beehive Events, the team at Pippin Hill, and so many more wonderful folks (see below for the full list!) who brought this gorgeous spring day to life!

As Emily mentioned yesterday, each of our editorials in this issue revolved around the story of a couple we dreamed up. Our Equestrian Elegance bride is an avid horseback rider, and after meeting her groom at the University of Virginia, they decided to tie the knot in Charlottesville at a celebration that highlighted the magic of this corner of the South. This stunning invitation suite by Amber Moon Design perfectly set the tone!

If many of your guests will be traveling to celebrate with you, greeting them with local treats (or simply your favorites) is a thoughtful idea. For this Virginia basket, local wine, apples, and peanuts were musts!

Y’all, how breathtaking is our bride? Beehive Events used plenty of spring blooms (including dogwoods, Virginia’s state flower) in her bouquet, and we love the way they looked against this subtly printed Romona Keveza gown. The pastel shades make a statement, but are still lovely and classic.

We were so excited to finally work at Pippin Hill Farm! The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains make a stunning ceremony backdrop–we used beautiful wicker chairs and two simple floral arrangements that set the space, but didn’t distract from the natural beauty of the venue.

Some of our favorite details from this editorial came out during cocktail hour–from treats for the horses (plus a sign illustrating proper feeding technique, of course!), to local cheeses and meats, to Virginia peanuts, to an ombré display of local wines. As a favor, guests were sent home with “horse feed”–a custom blend of granola served in classic Weck jars.

With the help of natural elements and tons of texture, our neutral color scheme had a big impact. Casa de Perrin kindly sent the most exquisite china, flatware, and glassware for us to use, which were the perfect complement to Beehive Events‘ furnishings and florals.

East West Production also made a gorgeous film to accompany this editorial–take a look below!

For more from this feature, be sure to pick up a copy of V8 online here or on news stands across the Southeast!

Photographer: KT Merry Photography | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Videographer: East West Production | Planner and Stylist: Easton Events | Florals, Linens, Rentals, and Props: Beehive Events | Venue and Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm | China, Flatware, and Glassware: Casa de Perrin | Hair Stylist: Yolonda Jones | Makeup Artist: Lora Kelley | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Paper Goods: Amber Moon Design | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Illustrations: Karina Puentes | Bride’s Gown: RK6408 by Romona Keveza | Vintage Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew | Bow Tie: Gold Coast Goods | Children’s Clothes: Petite Bebe | Vintage Helmet: Bluebird Creek Vintage

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Marion Blount reply

    This is breathtaking. Easton Events always sets the bar high! Beautiful!

  2. avatar Rhiannon reply

    This is by far one of my fave shoots in V8. It’s beautiful! Kudos to everyone involved!

  3. avatar Erin | Elizabeth Anne Designs reply

    this is absolutely breathtaking—every perfectly planned and styled detail… and captured by the lovely KT Merry!

  4. avatar Katie B reply

    Reasons why this is one of my ALL TIME favorite shoots:

    1) As a horse crazy girl who never quite grew out of it, this really speaks to my heart!
    2) The landscape, wow, I can see why you guys were inspired after driving through this countryside!
    3) Understated Elegance. The beauty of the scenery really took center stage!
    All the hearts for this one :)

  5. avatar Jessica reply

    The couple, the food, the setting is absolutely gorgeous. I love how they included the children in the wedding.

  6. avatar Bethany H. reply

    I can’t get over how gorgeous the bride is! That dress was made for her!

  7. avatar Dana reply

    this is the most perfect virginia wedding shoot in the world!

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Coming across cute Fab Finds is one of my favorite things. When I saw this week’s Fab Find, I immediate had visions of wedding guests donning their best and chatting with each other during cocktail hour on a lush green lawn while they sip on signature drinks. Crisp table linens would flutter in the light breeze. Perfect, right? You’ll see what I’m talking about, too, when I tell you about Paper Fancy’s new lucite serving trays.

Can’t you see a few signature cocktails be passed in these adorable trays? Or maybe you see them holding a cup of stirrers and some custom napkins while perched on the bar. Either way, we love it! The trays a new addition to Paper Fancy’s home collection and come in many pretty patterns and colors.

To Enter: Go to the Paper Fancy site and scroll through their collection of lucite trays. Tell us which pattern is your favorite in the comments below.

Win: A customized Paper Fancy lucite serving tray!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Kt reply

    I love the Navy Knot!

  2. avatar Amanda reply

    My favorite Paper Fancy Tray pattern is the Anchor Lucite Tray. It is so adorable! I am a Navy Wife and have been hosting many cocktail party’s for the other wives and girlfriends. This tray would fit in perfectly with the rest of our bar set up!

  3. avatar Sherri reply

    Oooh my favorite would have to be the Beti Teal with a script monogram!!

  4. avatar Katie S. reply

    These would make the perfect hostess gifts too! I can’t decide between the Clairebella Diamond and the Alex Houndstooth Navy.

  5. avatar Paige reply

    My favorite is the navy chinoiserie! I’ve always been a big fan of that Boatman Geller pattern, and it would work perfectly with my wedding colors!

  6. avatar Susan reply

    My favorite is the Chinoiserie Turquoise Lucite Tray! It could be because it is super adorable or because it is one of my wedding colors – or both! ;)

  7. avatar Sherri reply

    Oooh the Beti Teal Beti Teal Lucite Tray with a scripted monogram is just scrumptious!!

  8. avatar Madeline C reply

    I love the bright floral and the elephant lucite! both are too cute!!

  9. avatar Allyson L. reply

    My favorite is the Madison Damask White & Black Tray! Being that’s it’s black and white it can be used in so many different ways because it’s sure to match pretty much any decor.

  10. avatar Emily reply

    I love everything!!!! I think my favorite (I’m lying – I can’t choose a favorite) is lucite tray in Alex Houndstooth Navy!

  11. avatar Natalie reply

    I love love love the Navy Knot!!!! My sweetie and I love sailing, so this would match us perfectly! ;-)

  12. avatar Kristy reply

    I love the Anchor Lucite Tray!!!

  13. avatar Kate reply

    I love the houndstooth print!

  14. avatar Ginny reply

    The bright floral pattern would look right at home in my home :)

  15. avatar Linden reply

    Belti or Suzani?!?!? I can’t decide! I love them both (and pretty much every other pattern… ) What fun presents! I love them! They would also make fabulous hostess gifts!

  16. avatar Rissi reply

    The Navy Knot Lucite Tray is the perfect mixture of casual elegance and functional luxury. I can already picture some refresing iced drinks sweating on a hot day on this pretty tray!

  17. avatar Laura P reply

    There are definitely too many good ones to choose from, but I think my favorite is the Navy Chain!

  18. avatar Kate reply

    I love the Madison Damask White & Black Lucite tray. It looks very elegant and would make the perfect addition to my kitchen!

  19. avatar Karen reply

    My favorite is the Beti pink with script monogram!

  20. avatar megan reply

    i love the anchor lucite tray! anchors always remind me of my sorority :).

  21. avatar Sandryte reply

    Bright Floral Lucite Tray! Mmmm, a candy to my eyes!

  22. avatar Sharon reply

    I really like the Pineapple, but my favorite is the subtle, elegant Stella Chocolate!

  23. avatar Rachael J reply

    I love the Alex Houndstooth Navy Lucite Tray, totally matches the colors and nautical feel my our big day!

  24. avatar Alicia reply

    love the Nautical Knot Lucite Tray in Navy! So classic, yet updated and custom! Love this website.

  25. avatar Jordan reply

    Bright Floral Lucite Tray!

  26. avatar jodie reply

    Oh mercy— too many beauties to choose from!!!! Love the crisp chevron & fish scales patterns but you couldn’t go wrong with any of these delightful prints! Can never have too many cute trays!

  27. avatar Karen @ reply

    Hi everyone!
    Thanks so much for your great comments! Good luck!!

  28. avatar Emily reply

    Madison Damask White & Black is my fave! Cute and classic :)

  29. avatar Ashley reply

    I love the Beti Pink! It just makes me smile!

  30. avatar Erin B. reply

    The OCTOPUS is soooo cute !! That or the rock lobster would be like a lovely escape to a fun beach weekend no matter where you are:) They make me happy!!

  31. avatar Caroline reply

    Love love love the Coral Repeat Lucite Tray. It would be such a great pop of color in our house.

  32. avatar Angela A reply

    My favorite is Boatman Geller!

  33. avatar Craig reply

    Boatman Geller is my favorite design

  34. avatar Carol Zorn reply

    My husband and I just had a Lilly Pulitzer wedding, so the Cameron tray would perfectly complete the arrangement of oh-so-pink wedding pictures we have on our buffet!

  35. avatar Anne reply

    I adore the Coral Repeat pattern! So cute!

  36. avatar Jeannine @ Small and Chic Home reply

    I LOVE the Cameron tray…I need a little pink in my space. :)

  37. avatar Ashley Stout reply

    I adore the Zebra Lucite Tray…our wedding is going to have zebra in it and it would be a great addition to the wedding and our new lives together.

  38. avatar Stephanie reply

    I adore the Beti Teal Lucite Tray with the scripted monogram! So pretty yet easily integrated into a new home for two students!

  39. avatar Natalie reply

    Ohh… The Chinoiserie Navy is timeless and would go great with some china I inherited…. And with a monogram… what southern charm! Love it!

  40. avatar Jenny Barber reply

    I love the beti pink. So preppy.

  41. avatar Emily reply

    I think they are all fabulous but my favorite is the Cameron Lucite Tray! I love the pattern of it!

  42. avatar Molly reply

    I love the beti teal tray. It is gorgeous and would be such a nice addition to cocktail hour =)

  43. avatar Stacey reply

    I love the Stella Chocolate lucite tray! I will soon be married and this is the PERFECT tray for entertaining! I would love to win and be proud to tell everyone that Paper Fancy is the place to shop!

  44. avatar Mary L reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Beti Pink Lucite Tray! I love those colors together and well, the monogram just pulls it all together!

  45. avatar Lauren reply

    I LOVE the Cameron and Chevron prints! Both are so adorably cute it’d be hard to decide!

  46. avatar Megan a. reply

    I love the nautical knot navy tray. So summery and reminds me of a yacht club!!

  47. avatar Annamarie reply

    I love the nautical knot navy tray, it goes perfectly with our wedding!! We love everything water related and plan to get a sailboat!

  48. avatar Bella reply

    I love the Coral Repeat Lucite Tray! What great color to spice up the house!

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