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Josh and Rachele’s Winter Art Gallery Wedding

May 25, 2016

You are in for a real treat, todays Real Wedding is boutique, detailed and just lovely! Today, we are letting you hear it from the designers themselves, Sweet Root Village… did we mention that the bride is on the amazing creative team?!

“Rachele has worked for us at Sweet Root Village for two years now and not only is she a bundle of light, energy, and humor in the studio during the day-to-day, but she’s also an amazing friend to us and we’ve had the pleasure of watching her relationship with Josh from the very beginning! Josh involved us in his proposal and we got to plan Rach a rocking bridal shower. We were beyond honored to help her pull together an amazing look for her wedding as well as capture the amazing day with her closest friends and family!”

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“Rachele and Josh selected an awesome venue in the heart of their hometown of Warren, Pennsylvania. This was the second wedding to ever take place at the Crary Art Gallery and it was a dream! Rachele and Josh put together so many personal details for their day. Josh is a graphic designer and took care of designing the invitations suite, menu, and other paper goods! Rachele painted the escort display canvas and crafted heaps of details like the cocktail stir sticks for the guests at the bar as well as leather and velvet tassels securing a bundle of honey stick at each place setting. The couple surprised their bridal party with curated gifts and Rachele’s maid of honor, her sister, received a rocking oversized raw crystal ring she found on Etsy! Rachele was immensely in love with ghost chairs and a lot of details for the rest of the day ended up matching perfectly. We included crystal candalabras, lots of clear glass candle elements, crystal cake cutting tools, the acrylic signage, and glass roof of the ceremony space!”

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“For flowers, we got to pack the tables with wintery blush blooms and drape the ceremony space in vines. The greens felt almost as if they were already growing in the space! We used the same vines to accent a lot of other areas like the escort display, bar, and cake bar cart. Rachele wanted a very neutral palette for her wedding but had her heart set on one super bomb blast of bold red in her bouquet! We packed it full of every one of our favorite red flowers, including: amaryllis, garden roses, peonies, orchids, ranunculus, cosmos, tulips, and more! It was a dream to design and one massively heavy armful of goodness. We worked with lots of ferns elements throughout the day in all the centerpieces, the cake, and in the bridesmaid bouquets!”

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“Josh and Rachele’s ceremony was one of the most emotional events we’ve had the opportunity to photograph. We were crying and laughing and singing and smiling so hard throughout the entire time! Josh was an emotional mess as Rachele walked down the aisle. Heck, we were all an emotional mess! There was plenty of fun and high fives and a shower of red roses petals over their first kiss as husband and wife!”

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Rachele’s Favorite Memory from the day: Our first look! Josh looked so handsome and we were so excited to see each other and we really enjoyed spending time together before the guests arrived.

Joshua’s Favorite Memory from the day: After the ceremony was finished, we (Rachele and I) snuck away into our reception room where we enjoyed our first few minutes as a married couple. We were so happy that all we could do was hug each other while crying joyful tears.

 Advice to planning Brides:

Invest in a wedding coordinator even if it’s just for the day of the wedding! There is no better feeling on your wedding day knowing that there is someone keeping everything on track and taking care of the various problems that inevitably arise on a wedding day!

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Joshua and Rachele

Photography & Flowers: Sweet Root Village | Venue: Crary Art Gallery |  Paper Goods: The Groom 

Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal  | Rentals: Special Occasions Rentals and Design | Catering: Catering Plus

Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Jewelry: Passed down from Grandma | Hair: Mailey Shimon (friend of the bride)

Makeup: Sarah Johnson (sister of the bride, maid of honor) | Coordinator: Juli Kreko

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  • Sweet Root Village

Love at First Sight – Real Wedding of A + R

September 16, 2015

Amanda really wanted a romantic destination wedding, so she incorporated poplin swag, hanging lanterns, rifle paper table numbers with each country they had visited, postcard escort cards and amazing floral garlands. Their love for traveling, was truly evident as they decided to incorporate as many traveling memories and fun details into their big day.

In November 2008, Amanda and Rob met at a crowded bus station in the middle of Istanbul. They were both en route to an expat Thanksgiving gathering with mutual friends. Rob had only just moved to the city from North Africa a few days earlier, but he knew from the moment he saw her maroon galoshes that he was smitten. The years that followed saw them enjoy some of the best parts of expatriate life, as they traveled across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

In June 2013, Rob proposed to Amanda alongside the Bosphorus. Later that summer, they moved to Washington, D.C. where Amanda began her nursing career, and where they found themselves beginning a very different adventure: adjusting to life in their native country, after a combined decade of life abroad.

Before they knew it, they were tying the knot + celebrating from friends and family from all around the world!

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Special Moments included: “Walking into cosmic love by Florence and the Machine, First look in the Shenadoah Gardens, and speaking about our travels abroad.”

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Amanda + Robert  | 05/23/2015

Bluemont Vineyard | Virginia

Event Coordination: Pop The Cork Designs | Florist: Petals and Promises | Reception Location: Bluemont Vineyard | Ceremony Location: First Presberytian Church | Rentals and Lighting: Revolution Event Design and Production | Photographer: Sam Hurd Photography | Cake + Desserts: The Cake Boutique | Hair + Makeup: Sass Salon | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: BP Invites Caligraphy | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Beat 2 Beat DJ |


  • Sam Hurd Photography

Down Right Fun – Real Wedding of K + C

February 4, 2015

When looking at these photos, we actually felt like we were guests at Katie and Chris’s wedding. The moments captured are truly remarkable! Pippin Hill Farm is one of those venues that many fall in love with from afar, but actually setting foot on it is breathtakingly surreal, trust us + this couple.

Their wedding exemplified organic elegance with the pops of colors in the floral bouquets and the warm bistro lighting that guests danced the night away under! It looked like it was a down right fun wedding with endless celebrating! 
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“The ceremony overlooked gorgeous rolling hills with lush green landscape and a cloud painted sky.  It was the picture perfect backdrop to how effortlessly beautiful Katie looked in her gown.” – The groom

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Photography: Steven & Lily Photography | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Event Coordinator: As You Wish Events | Officiant: Rev Claire Goodman | Band: Attraction | Ceremony Musicians: Plum Blossom String Quartet | Florist: Couture Design | Lighting: Blue Ridge Lighting | Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe | Transportation: Albemarle Limo |



  • Steve & Lily Photography
  • As You Wish Events
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Mr. and Mrs. Bass – K + J’s Real Wedding

November 19, 2014

NYC couple Karen and Jeremy planned a destination wedding for close friends and family at Pippin Hill Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.  They wanted to keep the wedding relaxed, and even poked fun at wedding traditions along the way — confetti instead of rose petals, donuts instead of dessert. These unique touches outwardly reflected their personality for all to see.

The confetti canons were a personal favorite, which they had their friends launch as K+J walked down the aisle after the ceremony. Beyond this, they added many details incorporating their own style. Programs were printed on popcorn bags, and their custom logo incorporated a bird (for Karen’s last name Segall) and a fish (for Jeremy’s last name Bass) on all sorts of personalized details (cocktail napkins, drink stirrers, etc.).

At the event, guests danced the night away  with an awesome band (a real rock and roll band) The Dexter Lake Club Band, from Brooklyn and their ended on a sweet note, eating K + J’s cake which was brought down from Momofuku in New York.

Kate Headley did such a remarkable job capturing this wedding, we are totally in love!

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District Favorite: Karen’s parents surprised the couple during toasts by tracking down the stool Karen fell off of while their first date!


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Karen and Jeremy

Charlottesville, Virginia


Photography: Kate Headley | Venue + Catering: Pippin Hill Farm + Vineyard | Month of Wedding Coordinator: Maureen McKenna at Just a Little Ditty | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Hair and Makeup: Moxie Salon | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Floral: Nature Composed | Band: Dexter Lake Club Band
Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Lighting: Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs | Favors: Carpe Donut Food Truck

Vineyard Nuptials – R+T’s Real Wedding

November 12, 2014

While their guests slept in, Rebecca and Turner broke tradition and stole away for breakfast together. Taking it all in over a cup of coffee and watching the rest of the world wake up and get their day started, R&T cherished every moment of their wedding day.  A sunny day turned stormy offered a grey skied backdrop to their vineyard nuptials, saying their I-do’s in front of a little more than 100 of their closest friends and family and fur-baby/Best Man- Max.  A graphic designer for the DC World Trade Center, the bride designed all of the fabulous details of their day, letterpressing, watercoloring, die cutting, laser cutting,  assembling and tying  each save the date, invitation, thank you note, liner, ceremony program, cocktail pick and bar sign. The menu cards, escort cards and table numbers were each custom burned using her designs and carried the custom “Max in the Vineyard” and honeycomb motif throughout their wedding. The wedding exemplifies a rustic yet charming celebration. The color palate of blush, aubergine, sage green and linen were the perfect fit and truly tied all of the wedding elements together. The ring bearers, the brides nephews, rocked green chucks with their tan three piece suits and the best “man” (at least man’s best friend”) Max rocked a sage green bow tie. After dancing, guests noshed on made-to-order apple cider donuts and ice cream from Carpe Donut and sent our couple off in sparkling’ style!

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Their favorite moment:

“The actual morning of the wedding Turner and I snuck out to have breakfast just the two of us.  I was at first torn about doing this as I can be a bit of a traditionalist.  But I decided to throw tradition out the window as it had been a crazy few weeks for us before the wedding and we hadn’t had any quality time together.  Looking back I’m so glad we did.  It felt like we had this little secret that it was our wedding day as we sat in the coffee shop eating breakfast amongst strangers going about their regular Saturday morning.  Walking back to the hotel after breakfast we stumbled upon a vintage store with old class rings for 50 cents each.  Turner purchased them for his groomsmen as a funny gift and we confided in the three old women running the shop that it was our wedding day.  Overall it was a nice, quiet and calm moment to have together before the day actually began.”
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Rebecca & Turner
August 31, 2013
Afton, Virginia

Photography: Hannah Colclazier Hudson| Design & Coordination: Danielle Couick, Magnolia Bluebird design & events | Venue/ Food & Beverage/Lighting/Lounge: Veritas Vineyard; Afton, Virginia| Donuts: Carpe Donut | Floral: Nature Composed | Band: Sam Hill Entertainment | Ceremony Musician: Sam Hill Entertainment; Peter Richardson | Print & Invitations: Design District DC | Table Numbers, Menu Cards & Escort Cards: Magnolia Bluebird | Hair & Make Up: Alison Harper & Co. | Sound : The AV Company | Officiant: Rev. Claire Goodman |

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