Happy Friday!!! I am soooo excited for today! First, it’s my first official wedding of 2013! I will be shooting down to the mall this afternoon to decorate and help coordinate Amanda & Jason’s wedding on the Jefferson Memorial! I can’t thank the DC weathermen enough for their continual errors in reporting the weather – 100% rain for Friday … WHAT?! The sun is shining and it’s going to be a beautiful day – thanks guys!

Second, for today’s inspiration shoot – I have a GOOD one. And by good, I really mean, GREAT. It started with a cake. Yes, this entire elopement-styled wedding shoot was built all around an awesomely unique wedding cake: a cake made from crepes!! From there is spiraled into a beautiful collection of dessert meets cafe styled details with a bride in a beautiful short lace wedding dress and a stunning gold statement necklace. I also LOVE the detail they included in the invitation suite – you will just have to check it out to see!

From the photographer, Caitlin Gerres Photography:

The inspiration for this Garden Elopement all began with a crepe cake. After stumbling upon this beautiful and unique cake, I knew it would be perfect and I had to build a stylized shoot around it. I teamed up with Tianna of Truly Ty Photography to plan this Garden Elopement Stylized Shoot.

We wanted to tell the story of a beautiful young couple whose relationship started with two cups of tea at a café in Yorktown, VA. Savannah and Erik knew they wanted to pledge their lives to each other and they knew a bed and breakfast in Yorktown would be the perfect place to do it. Simple. Intimate. Perfect.

A Garden Styled Elopement Wedding with a Crepe Cake

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Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography | Concept and design: Caitlin Gerres Photography and Truly Ty Photography | Hair and makeup: Kelley Manning | Cakes: Sweet Emma Lou
| BouquetAleen Floral Design | Stationary: Just a Lil Studio | Venue: Hornsby House Inn

We included many details into the day that would cater to a DIY or budget friendly bride. While our cakes were created by an experienced baker, any of them could have easily been created at home. One of the cake stands was created by gluing a candle holder to a china plate, and most of the plates and tea cups were purchased at thrift stores, giving a mismatched, collected look to the reception tablescape.

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garden brunch elopment wedding details

how awesome is this wedding invitation suite?! I LOVE the use of the check receipt!


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And now, that ah-mazing cake the shoot was styled around! A crepe wedding cake!!


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Click inside for the rest of this beautiful elopement styled shoot, including full details on the pricing for using one of the Virginia Beach wedding vendors you see in this shoot!

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Interested in having one of these vendors work YOUR wedding from the stylings you see here?! These Virginia Beach wedding vendors provide the following pricing information:

Florals: The bouquet designed by Aleen Floral Design costs $200. Flower arrangements for a full wedding with a guest count of 150 people and a bridal party of 10 would cost between $1,500 and $2,500, depending on style and types of flowers. A floral design budget typically takes up 12-15% of a total wedding budget.

Cakes: Sweet Emma Lou created 3 brunch style cakes for this shoot. Dessert tables are popping up all over the wedding scene, and they allow the couple to share their favorite desserts with their guests.The featured Crepe Cake with nearly 90 crepes layered between fresh Chantilly cream is a delicious alternative to a traditional wedding cake  and costs $100 for the size featured in the shoot. The donut tower, can be made in varying sizes, starting around $70. The smaller bundt cake costs $35.00 and can be customized with the berries that are in season.

Stationary: Just a Lil Studio offers customizable packages built around three base levels. The design for the elopement session would fall in her Swan package which includes an invitation (or announcement), details card, and RSVP postcard along with a basic one-page website with an RSVP form. Prices start at $1.25 per invitation.

Reception details: The cake stands, china, tablecloths, and other accessories were purchased from second-hand and home goods stores. Total: $100

Bride’s attire: The bride’s lace dress was $10 at Marshalls. Accessories were borrowed from a friend.

Groom’s attire: The groom wore a simple black suit that he already owned.



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