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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
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  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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Have you taken our 2012 survey yet? Thanks, y’all!

Y’all didn’t I say this wedding was amazing? Bright graphic details ruled the night at Katie + Max’s reception and most of them were handmade by the couple! Even their corn hole boards were designed by K + M and then painted by Emily Brown Lacroix at Merriment Events. Standing out from the crowd of plain white cakes is the couple’s three-tiered sweet concoction based on Damien Hirst’s “Albumin, Human, Glycated.” Art-inspired desserts? They’re now a favorite in my book. Biggest hugs to Jodi Miller Photography for sharing this fun day with us!

P.S. Love the details of this wedding? Be sure to check out Courtney’s recent post on Revel — a Shopping Guide based on Katie + Max’s style!

What was the biggest challenge you faced when planning your wedding? (From the groom) Finding an amazing photographer was tough. Katie and I both professionally work with lighting and photography, so you can imagine our expectations were pretty high. Luckily, we knew from the moment we saw the first few pictures from our engagement shoot, that we had found exactly the right photographer.
Favorite design element of your big day: We loved the cornhole boards, and just couldn’t believe how well they turned out. We did the design and Emily Brown Lacroix for Merriment Events painted the boards. They look so professional that I have a hard time believing that they weren’t bought in a store. Emily made large stencils from the design to paint the board. She color-matched the paint using swatches we had sent so that everything matched the colors we had been using for details in the wedding.
What was your reception like? We loved our reception! It was held under a Sperry tent in my parent’s front yard. It almost felt like a circus tent underneath, especially with all of the lights on. We chose to have a Southern comfort food buffet. Everything felt so open, and it was really easy to see everyone. After dinner, the band began to play. We didn’t have a dance floor, so everyone ended up dancing in the mud, which was awesome!
Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: We had three long tables that formed a U-shape. We chose to go simple with the white linens, and had many colorful details that popped out against them. Aside from the centerpiece floral arrangements, we made hand embroidered and stuffed muslin hearts for the place settings. Each one had a guest’s name printed on a little hot pink flag that was attached to the heart with a pin. We then made flags of a similar design and color to wrap around our blue striped paper straws. We designed some really colorful table numbers. For the buffet cards, we cut out the name of the dish from kraft paper and glued white paper behind it. We then finished it off by sewing a stitch around the edge of the paper. Toward the end of the evening, we were served mini pies. To embellish them, we made little hot pink flags again and wrapped them around toothpicks that stuck into the pies. One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the untraditional guest book. Instead of having guests sign a book, we thought it would be great if they signed a piece of art that we could display in our home. We bought a blank 18” munny, a vinyl designer ‘toy’, and painted a pattern onto it with our wedding colors. Using a munny also had significance to us because we love and collect vinyl art.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to remember to hold on to it. If your wedding doesn’t feel inspired, it runs the risk of being less memorable.
Describe your wedding cake: It was inspired by Damien Hirst’s “Albumin, Human, Glycated”. We substituted our wedding colors for the ones that were in his painting.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Making more movies, and pursuing our lifelong dream of relaxation, good music, good food and amazing friends and family.

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography // Planner: Merriment Events // Designer: Merriment Events, the bride and groom // Venue: Kilmarnock, Virginia // Florist: Merriment Events // Wedding Cake Baker: The Buttercream Bee // Mini Pies: Sweetest Thing Bakery // Caterer: Mosaic Unique Events // Bride’s Dress: Ouma // Hair Stylist: Avenue 42 Designs // Makeup Artist: Avenue 42 Designs // Bride’s Shoes: Delman Shoes // Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. // Groom’s Fashion: Al’s Attire // Paper Goods: designed by the bride and groom, invitations and save the dates printed by Thousand Pound Press // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Skyline Tent Company, Festive Fare // Linens: BBJ Linen and Classic Party Rentals // Ceremony Décor: Honeycomb Balls from Devra Party Corp., glassine bags from Garnish // Reception Décor: Table number frames from Ikea, napkins printed by For Your Party, straws from Garnish, cornhole set from Cornhole Worldwide, painted by Merriment Events, munny from Kidrobot // Lighting: Skyline Tent Company // Band: Northridge booked via Sam Hill Entertainment

Jodi Miller Photography and Merriment Events are a part of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Honestly, one of my absolute favorite weddings EVER. I fell in love with it all over again going through this post!

  2. avatar Saukok reply

    I can’t get enough of this wedding, it’s so happy!! Thanks for the x-link to us, Nicole!

  3. avatar Shelley reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Love that handmade weddings are becoming so popular and brides n grooms are so involved!

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  5. avatar Jamie | Julia’s Poppies Design reply

    Wow!!! LOVE the use of color! So fun and cheery!!

  6. avatar Emily reply

    I love this wedding. It became the inspiration and jumping point for most of my planning. From the hanging lanterns to the flower girl pompoms, I loved the fun and colors.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! I’m SO glad you find this wedding inspiring – I can’t get enough of it, either!

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  8. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    These colors are great! Love the details.. and my favorite is the seat chart assignments!

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    Thank you!

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Good morning friends! Have any of you watched the TV show, Hart of Dixie? I just caught an episode last night and fell in love with the melodic accents. Plus, I love Rachel Bilson — she’s so fab.

For those of you out there who aren’t morning people, this wedding will do the trick. It’s like a happy jolt of wedding coffee! We could not stop talking about Katie + Max’s wedding when it landed in our inbox and appeared on our computer screens during last year’s Real Wedding call for V4. The bright colors and huge amounts of handmade details (and this time I mean details — no corner of this wedding was ignored!) were the sweetest bits of eye candy. Katie + John are both artists working in the film industry and brought an energetic burst of life to the events. I don’t know where to begin with these images from Jodi Miller Photography, so I’ll let you soak in the joy at your own pace.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I had just gotten my dream job. I walked in on the first day, and Max, who was an intern at the time, saw me as I first walked in to the front desk. Being new and needing training on the studio tools, I was put into a class with interns. Max was also in that class. After we started dating, Max was hired full time. We’re lucky to work at a place that accepts employee couples. We’re actually even in the same department.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Bright, casual, intimate
How many guests attended your wedding? We had 42 family members, family friends, and close friends.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Why was this design special to you as a couple? We wanted a modern, colorful, fun, and casual design. I was so happy about marrying Max, but to be honest, I was also nervous about being a bride and receiving attention. I tried to counteract that feeling by really focusing on making the wedding casual and fun. Because we are both artists, we really had fun getting into the nitty gritty details. I probably spent way too much time deliberating over things that people would never notice, but it was so much fun to do anyway! I was quite happy with how everything turned out because I felt that it was a good melding of our styles. We made a lot of the details ourselves, but in doing so, decided to keep shapes, designs, and ideas simple. In deciding to make so much of it, what really helped more than anything else was a digital cutting tool. It could cut vector designs out of so many materials: cardstock, adhesive cardstock vinyl, and fabric ironed on to interfacing to name a few. I got it for Christmas, and I’m sure it has now paid for itself many times over!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I am pretty obsessed with my wedding dress, and if you had told me that I would be saying that even two months before the wedding, I wouldn’t have believed it. The hunt was extremely challenging and without hope for a long time. I knew what I wanted, but I just couldn’t find it. I wanted something romantic, but casual. I was about to lose hope until a friend at work encouraged me to keep up my search. I had a back-up dress that would work just in case, but I went to go look again. I ended up finding the dress on Etsy. It was what I had wanted all along. The girl who designed and made it even let me tweak a few of the details! It arrived less than a month before the wedding, which is terrifying, but what a relief!
Briefly describe your wedding flowers: The dining table arrangements were clusters of pink and orange ranunculus, yellow mums, and billy buttons in bud vases. The cocktail table arrangements were ranunculus and chamomile. My bouquet was made of white, light pink, dark pink, yellow, red, and orange ranunculus, delphinium, scabiosa, billy buttons, and chamomile.
Tell me a bit about the wedding ceremony. The sun came out for the first time in days right before the ceremony began. An unbelievably fun bluegrass band, Northridge, was playing as we all walked down the aisle. We had a lot of fun picking out the songs, and we decided on Teardrop Waltz and Lover’s Waltz for the processional. It really helped keep the feeling casual. We had a very sweet and brief service. We had a reading of Robert Fulghum’s Union. At the end of the ceremony, we walked back down the aisle to Big Rock Candy Mountain, which is a very whimsical, fun, and upbeat song.
Did you try anything new or untraditional? Is mistakenly allowing your partner to put the ring on the wrong finger considered new or nontraditional?

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography // Planner: Merriment Events // Designer: Merriment Events, the bride and groom // Venue: Kilmarnock, Virginia // Florist: Merriment Events // Wedding Cake Baker: The Buttercream Bee // Mini Pies: Sweetest Thing Bakery // Caterer: Mosaic Unique Events // Bride’s Dress: Ouma // Hair Stylist: Avenue 42 Designs // Makeup Artist: Avenue 42 Designs // Bride’s Shoes: Delman Shoes // Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. // Groom’s Fashion: Al’s Attire // Paper Goods: designed by the bride and groom, invitations and save the dates printed by Thousand Pound Press // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Skyline Tent Company, Festive Fare // Linens: BBJ Linen and Classic Party Rentals // Ceremony Décor: Honeycomb Balls from Devra Party Corp., glassine bags from Garnish // Reception Décor: Table number frames from Ikea, napkins printed by For Your Party, straws from Garnish, cornhole set from Cornhole Worldwide, painted by Merriment Events, munny from Kidrobot // Lighting: Skyline Tent Company // Band: Northridge booked via Sam Hill Entertainment

Jodi Miller Photography and Merriment Events are a part of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Gina reply

    I loved it all! It is so perfect and colorful… a real Spring party! These colors make me smile :)

  2. avatar Katie @ Lovebird Productions reply

    I am in love with this wedding and its unique details! I love the idea of poms down the isle. Such a fun wedding and sweet couple! :)

  3. avatar Sarah @ Sweetbox Events reply

    Such a fun and colorful wedding! So many cuteness in one wedding! Love all the details :) Esp the poms!!! Courtney from Merriment Events sure can execute a wedding really well!! Love her work!

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