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Do you ever have a moment when everything is so perfect that surely something must go wrong soon? That is how I felt all day during Elyse and Kyle’s wedding. It was seriously one of those weddings that I want to box up and unwrap every single day. (Does that make sense?  Absolutely not but go with me here).

Elyse and Kyle were married in September at Elyse’s family church and had their reception at Historic Londontown and Gardens. The weather was absolutely perfect. The ceremony was touching and personal. The food was phenomenal. The flowers were gorgeous. The band kept the dance floor packed all night. (and shout out to the photographer for keeping them ahead of schedule all day) And this couple?! Let me tell you about this couple…I had only met them in person once before their wedding day. And, I fell in love with them. Seriously, I asked Elyse to be my real life friend because she was hilarious. Kyle loves her with every ounce of his being and is so care free. I feel like I don’t have enough positive adjectives in the world to describe these two or their relationship. Guys, move from Arlington so you can be closer to me, ok?

Venue: Historic Londontown & Gardens

Photographer: Tracy Marshall Photography

Catering: Creative Cuisine

Floral Design: Michael Design Florist 

Band: Shartel and Hume Band

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Are you ready to meet the most adorable couple, ever? Christiana and John came into my life back in April looking for a wedding planner for their wedding in 6 months….6 months! Whew, it has been whirlwind finding them a venue and all other vendors! But through it all these two have stayed totally focused on the marriage and not just the wedding. It has been beautiful getting to know these two kind, Godly people and I can’t wait to watch them say “I do”!
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Chelsea Blanch Photography

1) How did you two meet? 
We met at church!
2) How did he propose? 
I came home from Florida for Easter weekend on a whim. John was picking me up on Good Friday to take me to breakfast . On our way he asked if we could stop by his house to check out the cabinets that he was getting refinished because the cabinet guy had a question on refinishing the inside of the cabinet . Knowing nothing about cabinets I said sure. So we stopped by the house and he asked me to look inside the cabinet. When I opened the cabinet door he had the ring in a box with 2 sunflowers ( my favorite ) crossed. And I looked over and he was on one knee. I was in shock but obviously said YES!
3) What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day? 
Getting married of course! I think I am most looking forward to the ceremony & being surrounded by family and friends that love and care about us.
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Chelsea Blanch Photography

4) Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now? 
Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Make sure to schedule dates and spend time with your fiancé NOT discussing wedding details and focus on building your relationship. Your wedding day is important but it’s only 1 day , it will be here and there before you it. Your relationship is more important. Also it’s your wedding ! Get what you want, make it what you love.
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Chelsea Blanch Photography

5) What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
I am most looking forward to having a partner in life, to celebrate in the good times and support each other in the hard times. I’m excited to build memories and our lives together 🙂
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My friend, sweet Lauren, is the head boss lady at Lauren Perry Studio. There is literally nothing this girl can’t do. I can come to her with this super vague idea and when that invitation suite gets shipped to my house, it is exactly what I had pictured! Come meet Lauren and learn all about her invitation and calligraphy business!
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Kimberley Florence Photography

1. Why is your heart set on calligraphy/invitation design?
Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will receive! From the moment your guests open their mailbox and pull out that beautiful little envelope, they have a sense of all of the excitement that will come once the big day arrives! Most of the time when your guests are grabbing their mail, they are inundated with junk mail, and bills. Sending your wedding invitation with hand calligraphy makes that special piece of mail stand out a little bit more, so that your guests will pause and a enjoy seeing their name in calligraphy! They’ll open the invitation and see the love and care that we have put into your design, and catch a little glimpse of the personality they know and love about you and your fiance! Giving your guests that special moment is the reason why I absolutely love calligraphy and invitation design!
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Ashton Kelley Photography

2. How did you get started in the wedding world?
I got started in the wedding world after I watched so many of my friends plan their weddings and have to settle for invitations that they didn’t love. Each of them found beautiful invitations, but they all said the same thing – they wished they could have changed one little part, or tweaked one color. By selecting a pre-designed, mass-produced invitation, they were never able to find a look that perfectly captured their unique relationship. A wedding is a celebration of two people who out of all of the people in the world, found each other, and couldn’t imagine their lives with anyone else. The way that you invite your guests should celebrate the unique aspects of your relationship, whether that is the fact that you met freshman year in Physics class, have a pug obsession, or want to spend every day travelling the world! I started Lauren Perry Studio to provide a way for couples to have custom designed invitations and calligraphy that would celebrate their love story, and make their guests feel special from the moment they open their invitation.
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Kimberley Florence Photography

3. Who is your ideal bride and groom?
My ideal bride and groom is a couple who loves a traditional, southern look with a twist of fun, modern colors and designs! They love cheering on their school’s football team on Fall weekends, and going on adventures together. The groom isn’t quite sure about this whole wedding planning thing, but watching his bride’s eyes light up when she finds just the right wedding shoes makes it all worth it. You can find him spending time with friends on the weekend watching sports or checking out a local craft brewery. The bride is so excited to finally be marrying her best friend, and can’t wait to see how all of the special details she’s planned come together! She’s usually found decked out in preppy clothes and Lilly Pulitzer prints catching up with her friends at brunch; They love finding silly things to laugh about, and believe you should always treat your guests with Southern hospitality!
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Kimberley Florence Photography

4. Why is the invitation design important to the overall wedding design?
The design of your invitation provides a sneak peek into the style of your wedding day. When your guests receive your invitation, they are clued into the level of formality of the event, the color scheme, and your wedding style! This sets the tone for your big day before your guests even arrive. When your invitation portrays a level of formality, your guests know to break out their favorite cocktail dress, when it portrays a fun laid-back look, they know they can leave the heels at home and break out a sundress!
Connect with Lauren!
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Alicia and Ian are getting married tomorrow! I met with them a couple of months ago and, if I can be transparent, at that time they decided to go with another wedding planner. I was bummed but understood. Fast forward to about 3 months ago and my phone starts ringing with a phone call from Alicia. “Hmmm, this is weird.” Long story short, their planner decided to pack up shop and left them stranded! Her mistake was my gain because this couple is amazing. Alicia is so kind hearted and loving & Ian goes right along with everything; simply assuring Alicia along the way. It is so amazing to watch these two together and see how their partnership works.  Their wedding is going to be such to be an amazing day! The weather is forecasted to be perfect, their vendor team is amazing–I truly think it will be one of those weddings that I will just love to be a part of!

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Alicia Lacey Photography

1) How did you two meet?
We met at a party hosted by one of Ian’s college roommates who happened to be a friend from my hometown.
2) How did he propose? 
We took a trip to Europe in June 2015 to run a race in Svalbard (part of Norway that is in the Arctic Circle). After the race, we traveled to Germany for a few days and then took a 2-day trip to Paris where Ian proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
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Alicia Lacey Photography

3) What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day? 
Seeing each other during the first look, saying our vows, dancing our first dance. 🙂
4) Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now? 
1. When ordering your dress, order a size up and prepare and plan for alterations from the beginning to allow yourself time to get the dress to the way it looked when you decided it was “the one”. The way it looks when you try it on is not the way it looks when you order it in your size.
2. Create a joint Gmail account for you and your partner and use this to email vendors, save your contracts, price quotes, conversations, etc.
3. Your wedding is a pretty special and unique event. If you really want something, don’t be afraid to splurge. There’s a lot of FOMO and it can be hard to discern what you really want from what you think would look really cool but try not to get hung up saying “it’s only one day, why spend all this money?”. It is one day but it’s one day for the books and that counts for something.
4. Hire a wedding coordinator!
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Alicia Lacey Photography

5) What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
Referring to one another as husband and wife, getting a pet (or 3) and planning new adventures!
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In case you didn’t read their intro post (here), Bettina and JP got engaged at The Inn at Perry Cabin. St. Michael’s has always held a special place in their love story so it was only fitting that their wedding reception would take place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

These two have some of the kindest hearts, ever. Bettina and JP are seriously the sweetest and most thoughtful people. Their families were hilarious (Grandma got on stage with the band…it was awesome)! I think, more than anything, I loved their “go with the flow” attitudes. You see, two days before their wedding there was a threat of a Hurricane coming up the coast. Gourmet by the Bay were total rockstars keeping me aware of other possible venues (yes, it looked that bad), then where the new tent location would be, and finally letting me know when tent was up and settled. Again, total rock stars!

So, yes, we did have to move the tent location but the hurricane stayed off the coast and they had  beautiful late summer weather for their wedding day.  They were still able to get married with almost 365 degree views of the water. It wasn’t everything they imagined their day to be but I do think it was absolutely gorgeous. (P.S. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and watch their video! Ah-mazing!)

Bettina and JP, thank you for allowing me to be a part a part of your amazing day! <3

Venue: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (& The Inn at Perry Cabin)

Photographers: Michael and Carina

Catering: Gourmet by the Bay

Wedding Coordinator: Sara Reynolds Events

Florist: Seaberry Farms

Band: Attraction

Videographer: Shutter and Sound

Hair: PSC Artistry

Make-up: The Make-up Chic

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