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With another editorial for our next issue checked off the list and under our belts, we’re heading into the weekend feeling accomplished and even more excited about all that’s to come this fall! Nicole and I also had the joy of working on a mini shoot on Thursday (hint: think summer fun), which we can’t wait to unveil in just a few weeks. There may have been popsicles and a sprinkler involved.

See more from this engagement session by Blue Ribbon Vendor Kati Mallory on our Facebook page!

In case you missed it this week…

Erin of Lucky Luxe told us what she loves most about being married.
We threw a black and white bridal shower for Lisa with a clever gift theme.
We introduced our newest blogging bride, Jessica!
We also introduced you to ten of our newest Blue Ribbon Vendors.
Looking for a vintage engagement ring? Estate Diamond Jewelry has you covered!

Amy and Den shared their home state love in their colorful wedding.
Weldon and Dickie’s wedding was low key and delicious-sounding.
Shona and Charles celebrated in classic style in Atlanta.
Grace and Ben channeled old-school glamour at their Charleston wedding.

Sponsor Corner

We absolutely adore LulaKate (we wore their dresses at our V6 launch party!), so it’s with great excitement that we alert you to their big sale going on now – 20% off all bridesmaid dresses for the month of May! If you’ve been waffling on choosing a bridesmaid style, or have already made your decision but have yet to place the order, now is the time! They’ve got a style for everyone, from sassy stripes to sleek shantung. We know you’ll find something you and your ladies will love!

Have a lovely weekend, and congratulations to anyone getting married!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Erin Johnson reply

    Hey Emily!
    I was hoping I could email with you and ask you a couple of questions about your up coming trip to Charleston on the 26! If you have a min this coming wk do you mind emailing me…[email protected]! Hope you gals have had a fabulous restful weekend! Looking forward to chatting with you!
    Thanks
    Erin

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I can’t help but have a soft spot for today’s wedding–I fell head over heels in love with the venue, King Family Vineyards, during the venue search for my own wedding, and it is so much fun seeing the way Leah and Will made the space their own! These UVA alumni planned their big day from Texas, so their families and a wonderful team of vendors pitched in to help bring this sweet day to life. The pastel stripe theme that ran through so many of the details, from the bridesmaid dresses to the wedding cake, was such a fresh, summer-y twist on this traditionally rustic venue!

Thank you kindly to Jon Schaaf for sharing Leah and Will’s wedding with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Our families met for the first time at Will’s family’s beach house on Oak Island in North Carolina shortly after our engagement. One morning, the ladies decided we should make the short drive to Wilmington for some preliminary wedding dress shopping. I had absolutely no expectations of finding my dress that day, but the first dress I tried on took my breath away, and I knew it was the one. The cherry on top was that the floor model was on sale for $500!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We used pretty traditional music during the ceremony. We actually hired a local high school string quartet to play. They were great, and we saved a lot of money!
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided not to do a first look. Will really wanted to do it so that we could take pictures around Charlottesville, but I was adamant about not seeing each other before the ceremony. The look on Will’s face made it so worth the wait! He definitely got a little misty-eyed, which was priceless.

On our wedding day, it rained most of the morning. Around noon, the weather cleared up and we made the call to keep the ceremony outside. While we were saying our vows, a warm, light rain started. The temperature was perfect and the Virginia mountains looked beautiful in the mist. After spending so much time worrying about the weather, it was really an awesome moment.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our biggest challenge was planning the wedding from Austin, Texas. Thankfully, our families and vendors were incredibly helpful and made the process as painless as possible. We only made one weekend trip to Charlottesville, and the rest of our planning was done over the phone. Heather Boe, our day-of coordinator, was a huge help on the wedding weekend.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had a three-tiered cake with mint stripes. Each tier was a different flavor. We also had our cake designer make a chocolate cake for my grandfather to celebrate his birthday, which was the same day as our wedding!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met at a bar called the Biltmore in Charlottesville, Virginia. I had recently graduated from the University of Virginia and was about to start working as a nurse at the medical center. Will had just returned to Charlottesville for his second year of business school at UVA. He was out with friends on his first night back in town and noticed me and some friends at the bar. He worked his way over to us and eventually asked for my number. We went on our first date a few days later. The rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal! In April 2012, we took a trip to Cozumel, which we had been planning for quite some time. Although I thought Mexico would be a perfect place to get engaged, Will and my best friend did a great job convincing me that it wouldn’t happen until the summer. At the suggestion of his brother, Will waited a few nights after we got there, in order to throw me off. On the third night that we were in Cozumel, Will told me that he wanted to watch the sunset from a terrace over the ocean. Unfortunately, it turned out to be too cloudy to see the sunset (which I quickly pointed out). Unfazed by the weather, Will announced that he wanted to take a picture. He sent me over to the edge of the terrace while he pretended to set the camera timer (he actually turned it on video mode). I was looking out over the ocean, and when I turned around, he was down on one knee. It was perfect!
When did y’all get married? July 27, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I would say one of the biggest cost-savers was buying our own liquor. We were lucky that our venue and caterer allowed us to do this. After the wedding, we were able to return the unopened bottles, minimizing waste.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I can’t say enough good things about our photographer, Jon Schaaf. Throughout the weekend, he made everyone feel incredibly comfortable. Countless family members and friends commented on how personable and funny he was. Our photos are absolutely beautiful–they exceeded all of our expectations. Taking wedding photos can definitely be awkward at times, so having a photographer who puts you at ease is really important!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? It has been a big year for us! I finished grad school, we both have new jobs, and we’re building a house. Our move-in date is scheduled for our one-year anniversary and we are beyond excited!

Photographer: Jon Schaaf / Videographer: Doug Stanford / Day-Of Coordinator: Heather Boe / Venue: King Family Vineyards / Florist: Sugar Magnolias / Wedding Cake: Albemarle Baking Company / Caterer: The Local / Rentals and Lighting: MS Events / Band: Hipshack / Paper Products: Minted / Hair and Makeup: Moxie Hair Lounge / Bride’s Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Sassy Stripes” by LulaKate / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Dana reply

    those bridesmaid dresses look phenomenal with the ceremony venue!

  2. avatar Mikkel reply

    I absolutely love all the details and the soft colors! The striped cornhole with matching wedding cake is amazing. And the horse shoes where the dress was hung up…love it! Congratulations!

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Can you believe we are only 20 days away from the arrival of V5? To help pass the time, join me for another look into Bridal Market 2012. I have lots of gorgeous gowns to share, plus an impromptu mini SW fashion show!! (PS: Don’t miss out on Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.)

We will start with the always amazing Badgley Mischka.

If I had to pick one word to describe this collection from Badgley Mischka, it would be glamour. The pleated tulle, delicate Chantilly lace and crystal embroidery (which was on almost EVERY gown – oh my stars) was soft and subtle and at the same time oh so glamorous. As a traditional ‘ballgown bride,’ I couldn’t help but wonder about trying on one of these lovely form-fitting beauties.

Our next step was a good ol’ squeal fest as we met and became fast friends with all the lovely LulaKate ladies. It was so fun to see these dresses in person, since they frequently make appearances on the blog in Real Wedding posts. Look for a few of these beauties in V5, too!

Somehow the LulaKate ladies convinced us to pull the frocks that we had been drooling over and have a mini SW fashion show. Marissa snagged a beautiful lace and striped dress with a detachable bow-belt, and I picked a lovely grey and white rugby stripe dress with pockets! After trying them on and prancing around, we decided we needed a place to wear these lovely dresses again.

Isn’t Katherine, the brilliant creator of LulaKate, just adorable? We were so grateful for her and her team and all their Southern hospitality.

Up next was Watters. During this show we were able to preview both the Watters and Wtoo collections, and boy oh boy were there a LOT of lovely dresses.

The camellia lacy overlay on the gown above added a layer of lovely texture to an already beautiful tulle ballgown. And of course, how can you not love the whisper pink beauty below with the hand-beaded detailing? We saw a lot of soft blush colors during Bridal Market this year, and this was definitely one of the prettiest.

The lovely C20 collection had some great LBD options that would be perfect for bridesmaids or maybe for a rehearsal dinner? This crewneck illusion lace dress was so chic, and I died over the hidden pockets in the sleeveless black satin number.

Finally, we stopped by the lovely Donna Morgan booth to take a peek at the fresh new styles and colors in their 2013 bridesmaid collection. We loved seeing the work of our friends Trent Bailey and Jackie of Merci New York on the walls of the Donna Morgan booth. The new campaign is gorgeous, y’all!

The coral dress, with its sassy texture, seemed like it would be the perfect thing to dance the night away in. And of course, we were all big fans of the stylish lace peplum in delicate pink.

We’ve got two more Bridal Market posts coming up, so stay tuned! BIG huge thanks to Kat Harris for photographing all these beauties for us!

P.S. Which is your favorite gown from this post? So hard to choose!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    I love the last Badgely cuz it’s just SO Badgely ya know? I had my girls wear LulaKate and I just think her gowns are the cream of the crop. Love that she is bringing in some lace textures! My favorite Watters gown is Row 3 left one. so girly!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite with Badgley, because they’re all just so stunningly detailed, but I’m going to go with the one that looks like it has seashell embellishments. For Watters, I love the camellia lace overlay, and I adore all three of those bridesmaid looks! Love LulaKate and Donna Morgan as well!

  3. avatar Whitney reply

    I love the last dress for my bridesmaids – the lace in delicate pink. Can you send me more details on that one? I MUST find it.

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Whitney! I am pretty sure the lovely pink peplum will be available in the spring 2013. I will reach out to our Donna Morgan contact to confirm and definitely pass along any info I can collect for you!!

  4. avatar Victoria reply

    I love that LulaKate dress that Marissa tried on! I think it would work so beautifully for a rehearsal dinner dress or bridal shower dress.

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Oh Victoria! It was even better in person! I about died when I got to try it on! It’s inspired by Blake Lively – die again! : )

  5. avatar Kat Harris reply

    As crazy as NYC was…all these posts are making me want to go right back this instant.

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Kat! I was thinking the exact same thing as I was crafting this blog post. We saw a LOT of gorgeous in 3 short days.

  6. avatar Deb reply

    OMG I’m obsessed with Marissa’s dress! It’s perfect for a shower dress. I looked on the LulaKate website and didn’t see it. Do you know the name of it? LOVE

  7. avatar Quesa reply

    AHHH same! I need that LulaKate dress. I must wear it to my rehearsal dinner in December. How do I get my hands on it??!

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