As we look forward to the start of another wedding season, it seems our local vendors are inspired! We have had several teams share beautiful editorial shoots lately and I hope seeing them will inspire brides and other wedding professionals alike!

This week’s shoot is from Lindsay Zovko Photography. The setting was Montfair Resort Farm a versatile venue in our area that offers indoor and outdoor areas as well as several cottages that are perfect for out of town guests. Tourterelle Floral Design created the beautiful bouquet and flower crown, Emily Mora Makeup did the bride’s makeup, and her hair was styled by Top Knot Studio.

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With one more winter storm in the forecast, we thought this was the perfect time to share a snowy engagement session from Robert Radifera Photography. Jenny and Mario chose a private horse farm for this charming session. We love the fantastic, turquoise blanket they used as a prop as well as the huge, galvanized metal letters they held for a few photos.

Want to see more of Jenny and Mario? Check out the sneak peek from their Mount Ida wedding on Robert’s Facebook page!

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Shopping for your wedding gown can be such a wonderful experience. Between sharing a special day with some loved ones to looking like a bride for the first time, it can provide that moment when “it all gets read.” Anyone who has seen Say Yes to the Dress has a general idea of how an appointment works at a wedding salon, but we have five pieces of advice to add as you plan your first trip to find your gown.

1. Think “inner circle” instead of “entourage.”

Say Yes to the Dress has many people thinking that a trip to the bridal salon should includes a gaggle of friends and every female relative the bride has. With everyone chiming in with opinions, a large group can close an appointment down. What’s more, the opinions can be so numerous that you might be a tad overwhelmed. Bring your inner circle to the appointment and let the bridal shower be the gathering for a larger group.

2. Do some homework, but don’t fall in love with a dress on paper

So many brides create Pinterest boards or rip pages out of magazines that show stunning gowns on very beautiful models. Some of those dresses will look great on you. Some of them won’t. Be careful about falling in love with a dress you’ve only seen on a model.

3. Hydrate and eat!

Trying on dresses for an hour or more can be tiring. Prepare for you appointment by having a meal and hydrating yourself. If you schedule more than one appointment in a day, bring some snacks to eat between stops. Being tired or hungry can make you want to stop looking before your appointments are over.

4. Try each silhouette and style the first time out.

It’s amazing how many brides write one type of dress off completely before their first appointment. You never know when the trumpet gowns you swore off will become your favorites. People who don’t want to look at strapless gowns often reference wearing a strapless dress that didn’t fit properly at some point in their life. Your wedding gown will be altered to fit you precisely and if it’s strapless, it will stay up.

5. Give yourself time to fall in love.

For every bride who says she knew she had found “the one” the moment her wedding gown went on, there are several who didn’t have that experience. For every bride who cries when she sees herself in the mirror wearing her gown, there are several who didn’t. If you are the bride who falls in love at first sight, that’s wonderful, but don’t pressure yourself. Plenty of brides make multiple visits to the bridal salon before they settle on their dress.

Best of 2014: Jason Keefer Photography

by Stephanie MarieMarch 20, 2015

We’re wrapping up our Best of 2014 series with one last favorite photographers, Jason and Tammy Keefer! We could rave on and on about Jason and Tammy– not only are they incredible members of the Charlottesville wedding community, but their work is unparalleled; their photography is full of life, capture the most minute but poignant […]

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Rachel & John’s Boar’s Head Inn Wedding by We Are The Mitchells

by Stephanie MarieMarch 18, 2015

There’s nothing that says “Charlottesville” like a beautiful UVA Chapel wedding and nothing that says “spring” more than a pretty pastel pink color palette– and this wedding, photographed by We Are The Mitchells, effortlessly combines both! The dainty florals by Hedge Fine Blooms enhance the romance of the UVA garden and Boar’s Head Inn portraits […]

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Local Wedding Scene Gets NYT Love!

by Stephanie MarieMarch 16, 2015

The Charlottesville wedding community was featured in the New York Times Style section on Sunday– as an illustration about the rise of venue competition in key wedding destinations around the country. There is a growing demand for weddings at notable cultural institutions, quirky urban warehouse spaces or picturesque resorts, farms and vineyards that are easily […]

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Vintage Romance Shoot at Trivium Estate by K.D. Burke Photography

by Jeannine SmithMarch 13, 2015

We have found that brides searching for inspiration photos during their wedding planning have mixed feelings about styled shoots. These shoots are a opportunity for wedding professionals to “play” with fellow vendors and try out new ideas without using someone’s real wedding as their laboratory. Today’s feature is such  great example. Kimberly of K.D. Burke […]

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Rainy Day Wedding from NK Swingle

by Jeannine SmithMarch 11, 2015

The rain plan. It’s something every couple has to think about at some point in their planning. Even if your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception are indoors, weather will be a factor when it comes to transportation, timelines, and photography. The lovely couple whose wedding we’re sharing today chose an inn for their venue so […]

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Thrifty Vintage Ash Lawn Styled Shoot by Amanda C. Blake Photography

by Stephanie MarieMarch 5, 2015

We love a fun styled shoot– but when a shoot is easily re-creatable for real brides, it’s ten times better! This “thrifty” shoot at Ash-Lawn Highland finds inspiration from the popular vintage, eclectic wedding trends– mismatched china, vintage books, handcrafted details galore! Real brides, take note: any of these vignettes can be part of your […]

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3 Steps to Defining Your Wedding Style

by Stephanie MarieMarch 4, 2015

Thanks to the proliferation of wedding blogs and magazines out there, it seems like EVERY wedding has a quick, definable style: vintage rustic Southern wedding; whimsical boho indoor wedding; monochromatic and sophisticated city wedding… it’s enough to make any bride panic with the need to define and articulate her special celebratory aesthetic! The good news: […]

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