Ashley & Doug's Virginia Horse Country Wedding

Ashley & Doug’s love for each other couldn’t be more apparent. Their heartfelt ceremony, set at the bride’s parent’s home in the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside, was a true tear jerker. Their families surrounded them and all put so much heart into the setup of the day and it showed. The day was hot and eventually turned dark and stormy, even a few tornadoes were reported not all that far away! The rain came in sideways to the tent and there was a river over the dance floor, but in the true spirit of celebrating love, everyone just grabbed a towel, threw it under their feet and danced the dance floor dry! Everyone had a fabulous time and I doubt Ashley and Doug would have had it any other way!





























Catering: Grandale Farm

Cake: Edible Incredibles

Florist & Coordinator: Event Studio

Videographer: Rimas Vasiulis Films

DJ: Hesson Entertainment

Hair: Flow Blow Dry

Makeup: Makeup by Mellisa Franklin

Makeup: Faces by Alicia

Wedding Dress: Avail & Company

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Mera Bridal

Equipment Rental: Select Event Rentals

Horse Carriage: Shenandoah Carriage

Haper's Ferry, WV Egnagement: Jennie and Chris

Wow! Two higschool sweethearts found their way back together and are making it official! Jennie and Chris live three states away, but contacted me to take their engagement photos at Haper’s Ferry to commemorate not just their favorite spot to travel together, but also the spot where Chris proposed! I was honored to be chosen and had such a great time hiking around with these two laid back, sweet, and fun loving people. We found all sorts of amazing spots in the locks, perfectly blooming wildflowers (swoon!), and even picked up some pretty fun photobombers who were climbing out of the river after a full day of tubing. Too funny! One of the sweetest things about this session though was the cute fishing hook Jennie had made with the date they first got together. We hung her promise ring from way back then next to her engagement ring. I would love to add the wedding rings to that photo in the future!

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A Slideshow for Jess & Matt

I’ve been playing around with slideshows lately and came up with one for Jess & Matt’s GORGEOUS Spring wedding from Whitehall Manor. Check it out!

Justine & Mike's Arlington and DC Engagement

All good stories start with “So we decided to get an Uber…” right? Ha ha! Well this one certainly did! Justine & Mike knew they wanted to take photos around Iwo Jima (an homage to Mike’s service in the Marines) and take photos in D.C.(to commemorate living in one of their favorite cities) but they also knew it was kind of a pain to drive around (and park) in all the places they wanted to be so they suggested we all take an Uber. Quick, no parking woes, and we’d all be together. Brilliant idea but we didn’t count on the grand tour of D.C. that we’d get by a driver unfamilar with the area! It’s a good thing we budgeted some extra time before the sun went down!

Eventually, we made it to where we wanted to go and had a chance to focus on the photos. Mike warned me in our first meeting that he was absolutely not photogenic and hated having his photo taken. Justine wasn’t quite as admant about her feelings on being photographed, but like most people, she wasn’t the biggest fan either. Well, hopefully, after the whirlwind, hilarious, and fun time we had (and the beeeeautiful results!) I’ve changed their minds on having their photo taken. I enjoyed every second of their adventurous spirits (they were totally game for sneaking into the bushes for some “secret garden” inspired frames) and my heart was warmed by the sweet way they treated eachother. I can’t wait for the wedding!

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Vendor Spotlight: Sweet Blossom Cakes

OH MY! Let me tell you this: you have not lived life fully until you’ve had a slice of Sweet Blossom Cakes’ delicious confections! Truly. The artist & baker behind Sweet Blossom is Tatyana and I’ve known her for around two years now. I can tell you with confidence that her culinary and decorating skills are some of the best I’ve seen in the industry in nearly a decade. Of course, because of that, I just had to interview her and enlighten my readers (and hopefully help them in their quest for finding the perfect wedding treat)! Take a look at what she had to say and then get ready to hold on to your tummies! You’re going to be positively starving for cake after you check out the photos of her work!

Q: How did you get your start in weddings?

A: I was doing birthday and event cakes for years and my friend asked me to make her wedding cake, it turned out very beautiful!

Q: Why did you want to be involved in weddings?

A:  A wedding cake is the centerpiece of that event and its a lot of opportunity to use my creativity, imagimation and tell their story in this cake.

Q: What is one unique thing that your business brings to the table?

A: My perfectionism and attention to detail comes across in my realistic sugar flowers. Also, taste! I use the best ingredients and recipies to ensure that everything tastes as good as it looks!

Q: What inspires you?

A: When I have a meeting with couples I ask them to bring anything what they want incorporate in their wedding cake. Its could be fabrics from bridemades dresses, flowers, invintation cards, gown lace etc.

Q: What are the top services that your company provides?

A: Wedding and other event cakes, cupcakes and minicupcakes.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for couples?

A: To cut the cost of wedding cake get the guest list under control! The price of everything is based on the number of guests that you have. Don’t be afraid to bring up your budget with your baker or other vendors. I would rather have someone tell me how much they’ve been planning on spending up front rather than finding out after we’ve gone through the design process that the cake
we’ve worked out is beyond their means.

Q: What is your most frequently asked question?

A: How far in advance I bake my cakes. You’ll get a cake that was baked from scratch, never from mixes. I will generally bake the cakes two days before the wedding, frost and get them ready for assembly the day before, and finish with decorating on the day of the wedding and assembling at the reception site.

Q: What is a realistic budget for your services?

A: My cakes starts $6.00 per servings and goes up depending on design.

Q: In regard to wedding cakes, what is the most important piece of information that you wish all couples knew?

A: To make sure their baker is licensed, insured & has good standing with the state’s health inspector. It is something I take very seriously and my clients can rest assured knowing that they’ve hired a responsible professional who isn’t going to end up giving their guests food poisoning!


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