Garden Whimsical

A Perfect Blend – The Real Wedding of D + J

April 15, 2015

When this wedding first crossed my path, the first thing I did was ‘ooh and aah’ over the gorgeously unexpected color combo. It became even more exciting for me when I found out that the DW team knew the couple personally. After that, it was hard not to fall in love with everything about it!

In the most basic of definitions, marriage is all about compromise. In our opinion, a wedding should be a symbol of that for the couple’s family and friends; a blending of what’s important to each of you to create a fresh, new life that represents why you are who you are.

By incorporating both of their home states, North Carolina and Virginia, they each had the perfect amount of details involved {We crushed on the hidden dogwood flower in her bouquet!} that defined them both separately and together!

When it was all said and done, the affair was filled with love, laughter and cherished memories, and it all started when she walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” recreated by a classical music trio.

The abundance of blooms and the complete air of romance in Oak Ridge Estate’s garden setting only served to highlight the liveliness of this couple’s relationship, and the proof is on your screens today!

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Favorite Detail: “As a way to save on our budget, we had a bouquet-making party with my bridesmaids the day prior. We had a great time putting together the bouquets and sipping on mimosas! When we were done, each girl had a beautiful and unique bouquet for the ceremony.”

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Cocktail hour consisted of appetizers such as VA ham biscuits and fried green tomatoes as well as NC boiled peanuts and VA roasted peanuts. Jes, the groom was a craft beer love, so instead of a traditional “signature” drink, he chose to have a beer tasting for the guests to sample his favorite VA & NC beers before choosing their own favorite!

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 John Edmund Snyder IV (Jes) and Dena Kathryn Stanley

June 6, 2014 | Charlottesville, VA


Photographer: Sera Petras of Sera Petras Photography  | Event Planner:  Cody Grannis of Amore Events | Florist: Cody Grannis | Reception and Ceremony Location: Oak Ridge Estate | Rentals: MS Events | Valet + Transportation: A&A Limo | Catering: Barbecue Exchange | Hair + Makeup: Charlottesville Makeup Artist | Entertainment: Linden Trio (Ceremony Music), Bent Mountain Trio (cocktail hour band), Nathan King of King Studios (DJ)


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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 |



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    Event Coordinator

Ornate Glamour

July 16, 2014

Today, we are sharing with you at styled shoot at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, DC. The True Story Studios and team were inspired by the ornate glamour of the early 20th century. Delicate silver and gold details are woven throughout the shoot, while still incorporating lush garden elements into the table setting and European bouquet. The gowns (“Lisette” by Rivini and “Orange Blossom” by Claire Pettibone) each feature beautiful lace and embroidery. The lovely models in the shoot were also just married!

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Photography Credit: True Story Studios

Styling Team:

Event Planning & Styling: Elegantly Chic Events | Venue: Tudor Place | Bridal Attire: Hannelore’s of Old Town | Groom Attire: Matt’s Tailor and Tuxedo | Flowers: Wedding Muse | Cake: Gateau | Stationary: Jennifer Borkowski | Hair:- Claire Liscouski at Maude Hair | Makeup: Samantha McDonald


Be Ripe

May 16, 2014

Although it is rainy here in the district, just think what it will do for your tomato plants…

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Spring Photo Shoot from A. Dominick Events

May 6, 2014

Hello dear readers, are you all ready for a HUGE dose of pretty? Planners extraordinaire A. Dominick Events recently teamed up with florist Saivita and DC Rental to create pure magic at The Loft at 600 F Street.

Photographer Bonnie Sen captured all of the details right here for you!

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After meeting the lovely Saivita and hearing about her love of all things flowers, we dreamed up the idea of doing a photo shoot together.  As planners, we are often amazed at how different a table can look by changing the rental elements even with the same flowers.  And these lovely images were born.  Sai provided a few gorgeous arrangements of blush roses and trailing Jasmine all set in concrete cubes.  The juxtaposition of concrete against the exposed brick, at The Loft at 600 F Street, made perfect sense.

Our first look was inspired but the adorable teal plates and loads of clear glass candlesticks (all rentals are from DC Rental).  We loved how the mix of clear and color played together for a polished but still romantic look.

The second table look was inspired by gold accents.  Gold is huge this year, but can become too much very quickly.  By mixing the Tuscan cross back chairs, with the lacy chargers and the gold the overall effect is rustic but current and dressy enough for a DC bride.

Bonnie Sen did an amazing job capturing the all of the looks and details and as always was a pro to work with on the shoot.

The fabulous vendor team:

Planner: A. Dominick Events

Rentals: DC Rental

Venue: The Loft at 600 F Street

Photography: Bonnie Sen

Florist: Saivita

Farm Table: Something Vintage

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