Love From A Distance – Real Wedding of B+B

February 10, 2016

“Distance means so little when someone means so much.” This has been our motto from the beginning of our relationship. Our first date was on Cinco de Mayo 2010. Two days later, we went skydiving before I began a deployment to the Middle East. This deployment would stretch through a significant portion of our relationship for the next two years. The eight hour time difference, sparse internet and Skype connections, and the stress of war put more strain on our relationship than we could have ever expected. Throughout my deployment, we relied on each other for support and grew in love, respect, and a trust that we had never known. We knew that if we could make it through the long distance, there was nothing we couldn’t handle as a couple. Brian proposed to me while we were on vacation during my final R&R. I had to go back to Iraq for another month so we set the date and began planning while I was 7,000 miles away!” The DW team couldn’t think of a more loving and perfect Real Wedding for this valentines day, we loved B+B’s wedding!

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 Brittney Papke and Brian Frick

September | Syria, VA

Event Planner/Floral Designer: Amore Events by Cody | Reception Location: Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA | Ceremony Location: Hebron Lutheran Church, Madison, VA | Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Lighting Company: MS Events, Charlottesville, VA |Hair + Makeup: Rouge9 Makeup Studio, Charlottesville, VA | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Minted | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Dennis Payne DJ | Wedding Colors: Grey and Peach


  • A Muse Photography

Taking Pictures with Children

February 9, 2016

Trying to get everyone to cooperate for wedding pictures can definitely prove to be challenging, especially when you have little ones on your hands! Keep in mind some of our helpful tips when it comes to managing the unpredictable mind of a child. Often times, they turn out to be some of the most memorable pictures!

  1. Give them a role – Kids also love to have a responsibility. Let them feel important by handing over a special role, that only they can handle!
  2. Give them an activity – This one is great for the toddlers. “Touch your cheeks, touch your nose, hug the bride!”
  3. Give them a prop – It can be the bouquet or bubbles. As long as you are okay with having it in your pictures. It helps to keep their minds engaged.
  4. Send Mom + Dad out of sight – It’s true, kids are always testing their parents and you are most likely to get the shots you are hoping for if Mom and Dad are out of sight.
  5. Let them be kids – This one may seem to be frustrating, but kids are kids and if you are looking for the cutest candid shots, you will get them. Let them cover their eyes for the camera, try on your veil or stick their tongue out at their big brother (don’t tell Mom). We promise they will be some of your favorite memories!

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  • Sera Petras Photography

Vow to Be Chic

February 7, 2016

 Vow to Be Chic, the first and only bridesmaid specific rental company in the industry founded by CEO, Kelsey Doorey.
The e-commerce site offers designer rental and buying options from 16+ designers including Nicole Miller, Jenny Yoo, Cynthia Rowley and the most recent exclusive addition, Monique Lhuillier. Vow To Be Chic is a budget friendly and fashionable option for your squad. Brides-to-be receive a complimentary consultation from a personal stylist, a platform to interact with their bridal party and the option to rent, try-on or buy. Renting costs start at just $50 and all bridesmaids are provided with two sizes, two weeks before the wedding. Vow to Be Chic is a fun and convenient way to style your bridesmaids without breaking their banks!
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The Creative Couple

February 5, 2016

We see every day, the same style of engagement shoots among many couples, and there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s timeless and the pictures are beautiful, but we love coming across a couple that dares to be different! Gather some fun engagement shoot ideas from these bold duos.












  • Axioo
  • Priscila Valentina
  • Camarie Photography

Claire Pettibone

February 4, 2016

The Gilded Age, from about 1870 to 1900 was a time of expansion and wealth centered in New York as the city was becoming the epicenter of society and culture in the United States. So many amazing estates were built, parties thrown, and opulence ruled the day. As always, my aesthetic is never flashy or overdone, but I found great inspiration in this era of extravagance, and created a collection using elements of metallic embroidery, delicate beading, and embellishment that would be right at home with society¹s finest, and yet, remain true to my romantic sensibility.


I was creating my first fine jewelry collection with Trumpet and Horn while designing these dresses, so the idea of rose gold, aquamarine, and pearls found their way into the gowns as well. Some of my favorite pieces include the metallic thread embroideries. An alternative to white or ivory, these textiles shimmer and impart a beautiful glow to the bride.


The hair and make-up inspiration was a nod to the Gibson Girl who became so popular during this era, but whenever I refer to history, I always try to offer it in a modern way, so that it doesn¹t come off as a costume, but as inspiration for a bride. Vivianna Martin, for Kevyn Aucoin and the Oscar Blandi teams did an amazing job bringing the look to life. Voluminous up-dos, rosy cheeks, and gold accented eyes gave the models a timeless beauty. 


Emmy London shoes were a perfect match. Emmy and I chatted about colors and general inspiration months before, and so it all made for beautiful pairings on the runway. And of course the Trumpet & Horn jewels, with touches of Edwardian and Victorian inspiration made a sparkling finishing touch.



Hope you enjoy the video with some behind-the-scenes of our day, as we photographed our 2016 ad campaign with Emily Soto and held our New York runway show that evening.

–   Claire Pettibone


Styling: Type A Society | Make-up: Viviana Martin for Kevyn Aucoin  | Hair: Oscar Blandi  | Campaign Photographer: Emily Soto | Campaign Hair & Make-up: Alyssa Lorraine | Gowns: Claire Pettibone  | Jewelry: Claire Pettibone for Trumpet & Horn | Shoes:Emmy London

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