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So much of the time, there is beauty in simplicity, no? Such is the case with Ashley + Ross’s lovely morning wedding. Not wanting to break the bank, these two chose a few details to focus on — sentimental milk glass favors, arrangements assembled by the bridal party, kraft paper signage — and didn’t worry about the rest. We are loving Ashley’s David’s Bridal dress (which she bought secondhand, resulting in an even more impressive steal!) and Elisa B’s photographs from the day. Check back soon for part two!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I had finished up college in Texas and opted to do the Trinity Fellows Program in Charlottesville, Virginia the fall after graduation. Lo and behold, Ross, who went to college in Virginia, decided to stick around and was in the Fellows Program, too! We were attracted from the get-go, but attributed it to friendship until the spring. One day, we went to a vineyard, opened a bottle, and talked it out – we liked each other and it was official! We didn’t rush it, we took our sweet time and every day of dating was wonderful! We had dated just shy of two years when we got engaged. It was perfect timing to make for a short engagement and a summer wedding!
Describe the proposal. Ross is in law school, so the school-year is quite busy for him, to say the least. Over his winter break, we talked more openly about when we might get engaged. After admitting that my ring was taking a little longer than expected to make, Ross suggested that we start planning the wedding a bit since he was more available and we could make the big decisions together. I was on board and we started scouting for a venue. The day that we went to our venue to sign a contract, I had tunnel-vision set on the money and details. Literally two minutes after signing some paperwork and making a deposit, Ross and I were invited downstairs to see some final display items for our consideration. I walked into a room, looked at the plates on the table and thought “those aren’t the dishes they described to us for our wedding,” then turned around to find Ross down on one knee! He proposed and I said yes! The room was the venue’s beautiful wine cellar and the table was set for two. We enjoyed the rest of our evening sharing a bottle of wine and a private dinner. I was so surprised, it was so very special, and we didn’t have a care in the world – our date was set and our venue was already booked!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Sentimental, simple and elegant.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Some of my accessories were vintage. My pearl purse was found by my mother at a yard sale in our hometown of in Texas. My handkerchief was a gift from my great grandparents when I was born, saved and treasured for my wedding day. And the abundance of milk glass, oh my! My mother started collecting milk glass when I was a child – her affinity rubbed off on me and I had always known in my heart that I’d use those special pieces at my wedding! A couple of years ago, milk glass emerged in the wedding industry as a trend, but I knew I’d still use it, not because it’s popular, but because it’s meaningful. My mom had so much milk glass that we were able to share the love – our centerpieces doubled as favors for guests to take home!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I had gone shopping for my dress a few times and though I had learned what silhouettes I liked best, I wasn’t finding something at my price point. One day, I spotted a dress that was only available online! I found it second-hand, but still new! It was a few sizes too big, but I took a risk and ordered it anyways. It turns out that it was a risk worth taking. My seamstress did wonders to make it fit and the dress was perfect for our summer morning wedding!
Describe your wedding flowers: White, white, white! And lots of hydrangeas! Our florist prepared the corsages and boutonnieres, but the rest were bulk flowers for us to tend to. The day before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I had a bouquet-making session in the morning and an arrangement-making session in the evening. The layers of white hydrangea, stock, alstroemeria and rose with touches of hypericum berries and waxflower, made with love by me and my dear friends, had me over-the-moon happy!

Photographer: Elisa B Photography // Venue: Collina Farm at Clifton Inn // Florist: Floral Designs by Jacquelyn // Wedding Cake and Cupcake Baker: Charlottesville Cupcake // Cinnamon Rolls and Gluten-Free Cupcakes: Hungarian Bakery // Caterer: Clifton Inn // Paper Products: Delphine Press // Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal via OnceWed // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: ARoyalWedding // Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden // Bride’s jewelry: TZTUDIO // Flower Girl Dresses: Crewcuts from J.Crew // Ring Bearer Shirts: Crewcuts from J.Crew // Groom & Groomsmen’s Ties: Jos.A.Bank // Hair and Makeup: Lora Elaine Cornhole // Rentals: CornChucker // Classical Guitarist: Rafael Scarfullery // Guestbook: Parkside Harmony

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  1. avatar Mary reply

    This wedding has made me swoon. Oh. My.

    Does anyone know where the bridesmaid dresses are from?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Mary! All of Ashley’s bridesmaids wore dresses of their choosing, so we don’t have sources. My apologies! They are lovely, though!

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The gorgeous blue and white affair by Paul Johnson Photography continues! From the linens and monogrammed pillows to the hydrangea-topped cake by Katie’s Cakes & Catering and potted plants, the color theme was carried out flawlessly. Amanda + Brent were absolute troopers and laughed through their first dance on their rain-soaked dance floor. After celebrating under the beautiful trees of The Southwood House, the couple made their getaway through garnet and gold pom-poms, a nod to Brent’s Alma Mater, Florida State University. The garnet and gold show up in Brent’s groom’s cake, too (a tradition Marissa taught us all about here!). In the South, we know school pride comes right behind family loyalty.

See all the photos from Amanda + Brent’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet was all white tulips and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were white tulips and white irises. The mothers’ corsages were orchids. To add to the heirloom feel, we added a vintage-looking diamond earring around each one. We decorated the house in magnolias and hydrangeas. Inside the house, we used more hydrangea to create splashes of color on tables, the mantles and in the midst of the generational pictures. Instead of using vases, we used silver pitchers, coffee pots and Revere bowls to hold the hydrangea.For our center pieces we had either a silver candelabra or white flowers. We had different flowers on each dining table but each arrangement was white. Our design concept was to make it look like we went and cut fresh flowers from behind the plantation house. We had gladiolus, larkspur, tulips, irises, callas, hyacinth, lily siberia, and delphinium.
Describe your wedding cake: Our cake was a three-tier cream cheese pound cake with cream cheese icing. We had blue hydrangeas between each tier.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Brent’s favorite detail was the garnet and gold (for Florida State University) pom poms for the grand send off. My favorite detail was getting to spend the day with my bridesmaids upstairs in the Southwood house and watch the house transform into our wedding venue.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The photographer!! Paul Johnson photographers were even more amazing than I could have ever imagined.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our first dance. Since it rained 45 minutes before the wedding, the dance floor was soaked. When we started dancing, my dress absorbed the water and became more of a mop than a dress. It stuck to the floor and made it difficult to dance. Without skipping a beat, I picked up my dress and held it in one hand while Brent and I danced and laughed together.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? The officiant, my aunt, discussed that in the Book of Mark, the apostle tells us, “From the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh.” She then began to describe a custom in an area of the Netherlands that exemplifies this verse. After the wedding ceremony, the newlywed couple enters their house through a special door. The door is never used again until one passes on and the body is carried out through that same door. God designed marriage like that house. It has one door that is locked tightly. That lock, which keeps the marriage bond secure, is loving commitment for life, which includes a commitment to being reconciled if the relationship should falter.

Photographer: Paul Johnson Photography // Planner: John Gandy Events // Venue: The Southwood House // Florist: Missy Gunnels Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Katie’s Cakes & Catering // Caterer: Catering Capers // Bride’s Dress: Simply Elegant // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Ann-Kay reply

    That is one of the most beautiful weddings i have ever seen. The bride looks stunning and the dress is breathtaking! The venue, the colors, all the details, everything is just perfect!

  2. avatar Lindsay reply

    I just love that sweet wedding! All the details were superb. I really liked the escort card idea. So unique!

  3. avatar Sally Watts reply

    Oh my word-this one just makes me want to go back and get married all over again (with a Ga Bulldogs cake-coughcough).
    The blue and white is just fabulous. Wish I’d thought of it 10 years ago!
    Gorgeous photos. I love the color pops.

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We’ve been seeing a lot of all-white bouquets on the blog lately, and Emily + Brian’s florals help prove why we love seeing them again! The clean and sophisticated blooms by Jade Water Designs tied all the elements of their ceremony together perfectly–all the way from the men’s boutonnieres (dapper, indeed!) to the tall vases at the altar. I can’t stop staring at the bridesmaids’ cobalt blue dresses from Jasmine Bridal. They stand out magnificently against the green landscape at Legare Waring House in Charleston and flanking the beautiful bride, make her look radiant. We can’t wait to share Part II with you! A huge thanks to Virgil Bunao for sharing this wedding with us, and a huge hug to Stacey with Red Letter Events for designing such a beautiful celebration!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We are both graduates of Virginia Tech, but did not have the pleasure of knowing each other as Hokies. In 2009, life’s events had both led us to Charlotte, North Carolina. I was working at a local hospital, completing my clinical work prior to graduating medical school in the spring, and Brian was working for a technical recruiting company in the city. Mutual friends from Virginia Tech had invited us to play on an intramural flag football team in February. Beers and touchdowns made flirting a breeze, and here we are! We are now living in beautiful Charleston, SC where I am completing her medical residency as a family physician.
Describe the proposal. It was Easter 2010. We had planned to go to church in historic downtown Charleston. Brian seemed preoccupied during the entire service. After church, he asked if I wanted to walk to the Battery and look at all the beautiful blooming azaleas. As we approached the water on the Battery, he produced a beautiful ring from his pocket and I said “yes”.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Comfortable, Southern, exciting.
Describe your wedding flowers: Romantic, clean, and all white.

Photographer: Virgil Bunao Fine Arts Weddings // Planner: Red Letter Events // Venue: Legare Waring House // Florist: Jade Water Designs // Wedding Cake Baker: The Cake Stand // Caterer: Granville’s // Paper Products: Lindsay Creative // Bride’s Dress: The Gown Boutique // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: The Gown Boutique // Bride’s Shoes: // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: B2 by Jasmine Bridal // Accessories: bride’s and bridesmaids’ own.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Katelyn reply

    Go Hokies!!!

  2. avatar Kate reply

    LOVE this wedding! Do we know where the Groom’s suit is from?

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