Kelly & Alex’s Personalized, Brightly Colored Virginia Wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Images: Olivia Jacob Photography

Happy Thursday Romancers! Loving the pops of color and personal touches (thanks to Lula Mae Events) in today’s real Virginia wedding feature. A down to earth couple, with an adorable wedding, at a gorgeous venue in DC – I’ll take it!¬†Kelly and Alex met at a Fourth of July party in 2010 and quickly became friends. They spent the next six years camping, hiking, cooking together, and adopting an adorable kitty who loves to play dress-up. Check out all the details and pictures from their big day below.

Alex and I first met at a Fourth of July party in 2010, through a mutual friend, Elise (a bridesmaid and the wedding officiant!). Alex and I became part of the same group of friends in DC, and over the next few years, we bonded over our shared love of good food, football and spending time outdoors camping and hiking. Somewhere along the way, I developed a crush on Alex. Although it took Alex a bit longer to realize that he felt the same way, we started dating Memorial Day weekend of 2013 and have been inseparable ever since.In April 2016, Alex and I went hiking in Virginia at one of our favorite spots — Old Rag, a 10-mile hike with an amazing view at the summit. After eating a picnic lunch, Alex proposed and I said “Are you serious?!?” quickly followed

The whole day was magical, but the first look was an extra special moment for us. After months of planning and anticipation — and a busy morning of getting ready — to finally be able to see each other on our wedding day, in our wedding attire, was really emotional. We also loved being able to spend time taking photos together before the ceremony — it felt like we were in our own little world!

One of the most important things for us was for our wedding day to be a truly joyful celebration, and for the whole day to feel “like us.” Early on in the planning process, we found a colorful, polka dot invitation suite on Etsy that we loved (I’m known for my love of polka dots!). We used the invitation suite as inspiration for many other elements of the decor and to help set a fun and colorful, yet still elegant, style for the day.

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Let Them Eat Cake: Bright Purple, Whimsical Boho Inspired Wedding Design

Images: Kendal Hulbert Photography

A wedding designed with cake in mind. This sounds like my kind of wedding design. Really thought I loved the bright colors of this shoot and the whimsical meets boho details of the florals & table spread. A fun reminder that you CAN use bright colors and funky florals at your wedding! Happy Tuesday Romancers.

We love cake. And this shoot was inspired by our cake design. We wanted fun, colorful, and relaxed and thats what we got. The farm where the shoot took place also gave us the opportunity to incorporate some fun farm animals which gave the whole shoot the relaxed atmosphere we were trying to create.

Vendors: Photographer: Kendall Hulbert Photography//Event Planner: Garden Rose Events & Design LLC//Floral Designer: Flowers By Eddie//Equipment Rentals: Floyd Rustic//Cake Designer:For The Love of Sweets//Makeup Artist: Jolina Does Makeup//Hair Stylist: Love at First Curl //Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Red, Teal, & Gold Modern Wedding Details, Design, & Inspiration

Images: Bliss Culture Photo

The first week back after vacation is always one of the toughest. Couple that with the fact that I am sick … AGAIN…and well, it’s an especially welcomed Friday for this woman. I’m looking forward to a non-wedding weekend, full of the Zoo, a long overdue massage appointment, Penn State football and brunch with an inspiring industry colleague. Bring it on weekend.

Here’s some beautiful, modern teal, red, & gold wedding inspiration for your Friday.

Colleen & John’s Modern, Fall Backyard Wedding in Virginia

Images:  Amber Kay Photography

I love the simplicity of at home/backyard weddings. They always take the focus back to what a wedding day really should be all about: the couple & their marriage. Colleen & John got married in Colleen’s grandparent’s backyard surrounded only by 20 of their closest friends and family and their adorable son Jack. They used a modern, Fall color palette (pumpkins, but pops of a royal blue and wild flowers – LOVE) and incorporated some fun family traditions into the day. Happy Thursday Romancers.

They both got ready in her grandparent’s home as well in a very relaxed environment. Guests gathered on the deck over looking the back yard for the nuptials and then dined in the backyard together at one long table. At the beginning of the ceremony the couple and their guests let balloons go with the names of loved ones who had passed and couldn’t be with them on the day. It was an evening of smiles, laughs, tears, and love.

Xuni & Habib’s Romantic, Travel Themed Engagement Pictures at Leesburg Airport

Images: Maria Fasih Photography

Hey Romancers! I’m back for now. A week in Vermont with some needed unplugging, TONS of family time, and Fall temperatures. I took yesterday off to catch up on life and am getting back to the normalcy (normal for my life lol). Today I have a really cool engagement session for you, shot at the Leesburg airport because the couple both work for an International airline! I love these images and also their love story is so real. A great thing to take a small break from the insanity of the news, to think about <3

My husband and I have been together for about 3 and 1/2 years now. It’s a long time to some people and a very short amount. of time in other’s opinion but it’s a wonderful

So how did we meet? In an airport…in Washington Dulles airport… Wanna hear the story? erm, READ the story? Here goes:

Him and myself worked at the same airport since 2011 I believe so seen each other couple of times pass by each other but never said a word. In my mind: “he is very different then other guys “, oh well who cares ! :) And for him I think he never showed any interest. As fate would have it, he ended up working for the same company I work and we ended up talking to each other off course work related & we use to go out for company schedule meetings , dinner or lunch.

It all started there. We talked forever! and were 1 year apart in age. We had almost everything opposite you can imagine – nothing common I guess that’s why they say opposite attracts …Came back together and he just like any other fairy tale story he proposed me in New York this time we ended together forever and for married. I guess again it was all in fate !

For those of you who have lost your faith in miracles, magic, prayer, etc….wonderful things DO happen and at the times you least expect them. Neither of us have imagined he is going to be my husband or she is going to be my wife. I remember working together I always use to check him out staring out the walls at the airport thinking, “Oh God, he’s staring at me…just keep looking at the walls ” It was amazing..

We have been married now for 10 months. Now !! They say marriage isn’t easy, they were right. We fight, we argue, we laugh, we cry but in the end we get through it all. There’s no one else I would rather go through this all with. One year down, many more to go. I love him more than words could ever explain.

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