Tori & Nick’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Keswick Hall, Part 2

Ok, so admit it, you’re probably playing hooky from work right now and heading off to the beach. We’re there with you in spirit! We hope you enjoyed part 1 of Tori and Nick’s wedding, and are happy to share more from their BHLDN-inspired celebration. Get ready for some serious eye-candy & sweet moments!

The FAB team:
Venue and catering: Keswick Hall
Event planning: Easton Events
Floral and event decor: Pat’s Floral Designs
Bridal Gown: BHLDN
Reception entertainment: Big Ray & the Kool Kats
Lighting: Blue Ridge Lightforms

Congratulations, Tori & Nick!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

Tori & Nick’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Keswick Hall, Part 1

Happy Friday everyone! We’re back in the office today after an incredible shoot out at Clifton Inn (more on that to come!) and a quick out of town trip, to share with you Tori and Nick’s amazingly beautiful wedding. And to answer email. Lots and lots of email. So sit back, relax, and enjoy T&N’s celebration starting now…

Oh, and part 2 is now live here. Want even more? View the complete gallery here. The password is Tori’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

Tori’s stunning BHLDN dress…just wait ’till you see it on her!

Her party dress!

Yup, Nick couldn’t take his eyes off of her either.

There are no words to describe how beautiful Tori is. Seriously, like we’ve been looking at the thesaurus and we just couldn’t find anything.

Love, love, love the smiles on this one!

Dear t&n,

Not only were we incredibly excited to share this wedding, we couldn’t actually wait for it to happen! It was so nice to see all of your guests enjoying all that Keswick Hall had to offer over your wedding weekend, setting the mood of relaxed elegance in preparation for your celebration. All brides look beautiful on their wedding day (how could they not, they’re in love and that utter happiness seems to make them glow from within), but Tori, it’s a good thing Keswick overlooks a golf course and not a major highway, because you literally would have been stopping traffic! Your custom BHLDN gown fit you and your personality so perfectly. Everyone, especially Nick, couldn’t take his eyes off of you during the ceremony–trust us, we were watching! 😉 The rolling hills provided the perfect backdrop for your ceremony.

Later that evening, your dinner tent looked like something out of a full bloom Summer garden, everything from your wedding weekend was so thoughtful and showed your guests how much their presence meant to you all. We loved the bowls of fresh peaches and the antique keys tied with a sweet array of colored ribbon at each place setting were a big hit. We saw young and old alike wrapping them around their wrists or hanging from their necks as they danced to the cool sounds of Big Ray & the Kool Kats.

Your wedding for us was like a family reunion of friends and former clients, too! It was so cool getting to see you and so many of your friends again after Maya’s and Taylor’s weddings. And while we got a taste of this among your friends especially at Maya’s wedding, we got a reminder that you all can get down! There are a number of moments we captured we can’t wait to share with you in part 2, and several more that we probably shouldn’t post on the blog, but you’ll still get to see them. 😉 Needless to say, it was very clear that everyone was having a great time that night!

Your entire day was filled with love and relaxation and and tenderness and joy and colorful beauty. We were thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you for choosing us to help celebrate with you and document your day.

xoxo…
…a&b

Sara & Matt’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Pippin Hill Farm – Part 2

You did already see part 1, including the prep and ceremony, from Sara & Matt’s wedding, right? Well, what are you waiting for? Get over & then come back right here. We’ll wait.

The FAB team:
Event planner: Easton Events
Venue & Catering: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Florist: Pat’s Floral Designs
Hair & Make-up: Moxie Salon
Officiant: Jay Sanderford
Lighting: Blue Ridge Lightforms
Gown: Vera Wang
Brides Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Men’s Ties: Otis James
Ladies’ Handbags: Ditty Bags
Cake: Maliha Creations
Reception music: Attraction band through Sam Hill Entertainment
Video: Exist N Motion Films
Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors
Calligraphy: If So Inklined
Rentals: Festive Fare
Food Truck: Carpe Donut

Loved the vintage postcards of places special to them that the guests could write their messages on. Such a sweet touch and they’ll love looking back at them throughout the years.

A short passing rain shower kept these beautiful tables from being used during cocktails. They looked a bit lonely so we kept them company for a few. 😉

Yes those are real trees in the soaring Granary, thanks to Pat’s Floral Designs and some very big, burly men! I don’t know if Pippin ever wants to see trees again in there, but it was so worth it this time. Just created such a magical and nature inspired feel. Perfect for Sara & Matt!

Love the bench seats!

The cake topper of Sara & Matt skiing was a nod to their favorite activity in their home of Colorado.

Love this table shot Anne took with the lantern lit trees reflected in the mirror. Too cool!

Sweet cake by Anita of Maliha’s Creations and Matt’s Mom hand made the ceramic flowers on it!

Gotta love toast props!

You know it’s a par-tay when a conga line breaks out!

The stunning bar in the tasting room.

Make your own sundae station!

Hot donuts!

And ‘smores station outside! Desserts galore. Now, that is our kind of wedding!

What a night! And that’s a wrap, folks. 🙂

Congratulations again, Sara & Matt!!

Sara & Matt’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Pippin Hill Farm – Part 1

We’ve got a special treat for you this week, as we got to not only photograph Sara & Matt’s relaxed wedding celebration, we got to do it brand new Pippin Hill Farm just 15 minutes south of Charlottesville. Enjoy, and be sure to return this afternoon for the continuation of Sara and Matt’s party. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Oh, and when you’re ready to view the complete gallery, you can view it here. The password is Sara’s maiden name and is case-sensitive.

Matt gave these gorgeous handmade ties by Otis James to his groomsmen and each one was personalized with the recipient’s name on a hand-sewn tag in the back. (Watch Otis’s short intro video on his website and you may never buy a department store tie again. Seriously!)

Gotta love a happy & beautiful bride!

Just adore this shot Bill got of Sara reflected in the hubcap of their vintage ride to the ceremony.

Sara gave each of her bridesmaids a beautiful, handmade gift, as well – Ditty Bags! Very familiar to Charlottesville brides, but every gal in the country should have one of these treasures. (I adore what Dickie did for our friend, Erin – took her favorite shirt and turned into a gorgeous little Ditty!)

Sara sneaks a peek outside the bride’s room of the reception room below.

Time to celebrate!

Dear s&m,

If there were a dictionary entry for “chill couple”, your photo would be there! You brought from Colorado your no stress, no worries, it’s-all-good attitude, which permeated the entire celebration. How could it not when nearly 40 of your friends accompanied Matt in lazily tubing down the James River the morning of the wedding? It was a good start to your day, aside from your poor groomsman, Matt, who neglected to use sunscreen prior to the excursion. But even he took it in stride. Sara, the view of you, in your dress and veil with a glass of champagne in hand, taking a moment to relax in an easy chair to watch the baseball game before you left to get married exemplified the attitude that day.

Given it was summer in Virginia, we got pretty darn lucky with the weather. Whereas the day before it was hot, sunny, and humid, the day of your wedding it was merely pretty darn warm and humid, and the clouds during your ceremony on the hill overlooking the mountains, helped keep people cool. At least until dancing that night, that is. Things really heated up on that dance floor, decorated with tall trees on either side in the rustic, soaring two-story Granary, thanks to Attraction band. Your guests were treated some amazingly good food that night, what with the various food stations positioned around the ballroom. One of the stations, our clear favorite, featured bacon on a stick. Bacon on a stick! Now that’s the way to do it! So tasty, and very possibly it was the best “vendor meal” we’ve ever eaten (we did eat our Farmer’s Market vegetables too). Seriously.

As if that wasn’t enough,  your guests were treated to Carpe Donut (yum!) at their leisure throughout the night. If fresh, hot donuts still hadn’t sated their sweet tooth, the sundae bar and s’mores (complete with a raging bonfire) most certainly did. Sticky, a little gooey, and darn tasty. And that we were present for Pippin Hill’s first big wedding ever was icing on the cake for us. (We’ve already been back to further admire the views with family & friends and sample some wine this time!)

Everywhere we turned there was a thoughtful touch – lemonade in mason jars with lids for your guests pre-ceremony (with yellow stripey straws!), elegant straw fans on each and every ceremony seat, personalized wine bottles & doughnut bags, navy flip flops for the ladies, and your beautiful light green & dark blue invitations & programs – all helped create such a lovely, relaxed feel. Sara, you and your Mom, along with Lynn, made your wedding day feel like the perfect, lazy Summer day to us. The kind where, as a kid, you spend your day splashing in the pool (or the James River), chasing fire flies at dusk (or sitting under candle lit lanterns on a breezy porch) and playing flashlight tag in the dark with friends (or running through sparklers). It fit you and your daidback personalities to a T. That is no small feat – take it from us – and we know your guests will remember your wedding day and time with you fondly for years to come.

We’re so glad we could all be a part of it, capturing you both amid those gorgeous mountain views. If the hills were 14k ft. tall, we might have been back in Colorado. 🙂 Thank you for including us in your celebration; we’re thrilled we could document it for you and your families.

xoxo…
…a&b

P.S. Be sure to check back later today for more fab details and some super fun party pics in Part 2!!

Liz & Scott’s Wedding at Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn, Part 1

Happy Friday, everyone! Ok, so Friday’s may just be known around here as “real wedding day” in season, but we’re sure we’ll find some time to come up for air and will have some fun FAB Finds for you soon. In the meantime, you don’t mind seeing some gorgeous recent weddings, do you? Nah, didn’t think so. 🙂

First, though – OMG, is it hot enough around here for you? Well, we hope you’re either somewhere with abundant air conditioning or preferably, sipping a chilled adult beverage poolside somewhere. Reading this of course then, on your favorite tablet or laptop. Regardless, we’re so thrilled today to share with you Liz and Scott’s touching wedding celebration out at the elegantly casual Clifton Inn. (You didn’t miss their super sneak peek of some of favorite details from the day, did you?) Enjoy some of our favorites from the first part of the day, and tune in later this afternoon for part 2 – the celebration to end all celebrations!

Want more? Check out the complete wedding gallery here. The password is Liz’s maiden name.

Seriously. I die. (Yes, this is, Anne, but I think Bill kinda liked it, too. 😉 ) Love, love, love Liz’s dress and even more seeing it on her! Wow!

Yes, please.

Scott and his family react as they listen to a song his dad composed just before his passing. It was never recorded until just recently when done as a surprise for Scott on his wedding day. Learning the story brought tears to our eyes, too.

Where’s Scott? Hee, hee…such a cool shot, Bill!

This is the best in helpful groomsmen. Actually holding a beer to your mouth so you keep your hands free to waive no mas!

The Route 11 potato chips were very popular with the guys! Eat Local. 🙂

Stunning…that word is not even adequate to describe how radiant Liz looked.

Beautiful vintage white Packard to take Liz and her parents to the church.

One of Bill’s favorite shots of Anne’s…

And one of Anne’s favorites of Bill’s from the day.

We love Dads and bouquets, what can we say.

Liz’s equally gorgeous sister. Yup, it clearly runs in the family, but it actually extended to her entire bridal party and “ladies in waiting”.

Love the pop of green against their black dresses.

And LOVE this idea – Liz had her Mom and Scott’s carry miniature replicas of their wedding bouquets! How sweet is that?!

LOVE this look Liz is giving Scott at the start of the ceremony.

A well documented kiss….

And exit! Two-fisting the camera action. That’s one talented guest.

Just Married!

Of course, it started pouring down rain just before Liz & Scott arrived back at Clifton in a sleek, silver Jaguar, but their incredible staff had her covered.

Yummy letter press invitations from Epitome Papers. Yes, we said yummy. Don’t judge. It’s been a long week. 😉

The ladies had monogrammed vases for their bouquets at the reception.

Finally, a break in the rain…and just in the nick of time for their walk down to the tent!

Yes, Scott just did that. Seriously! So sweet. 🙂

Dear l&s,

Weddings are, by definition, emotional events our couples and their families. And it’s those displays of emotion that really drive us, that nourish us, that give us the primary reason to do what it is we do–capture them in all their intimate beauty. Some weddings just shake us up inside, and we well up with gratitude for the ability to document it all, preserving the fleeting moments for generations to come. Yours was the epitome of all this, starting with that look of excitement from your friends and family, Liz, looking in on you while getting your make-up done, to Scott–listening for the first time to that song that your father composed just before he passed. Combined with your toasts that evening and your families’ reactions? Well, being there to witness that is a precious thing indeed. We got a just a sneak peek at what was to be when we did you engagement portrait session, and loved it all.

But, of course a very cloudy day seemed to have a sky that just broke open with a huge downpour just as we were returning to Clifton Inn from the church, delaying things in the gardens for your portraits, but no worries. You took it all in with grace and happily gave us time to create some sweet portraits for you both in Clifton’s lush gardens. We didn’t think it could get any better, but then we got to see your tent. Wow. You and Augusta created a space of such warmth, joy and excitement for the evening to come. Those lanterns! Oh. My. Gosh. So beautiful and unique – we’re pretty certain once everyone arrived, they completely forgot about the rain. We know we did. And, little did we know, just how much your guests would not let a little clouds and rain get them down, because they got down on the dance floor that night. Whoo. Did they get down! And we’ll be honest – we might have feared for our feet at just a few times (darn those Death Heels), but it was so totally worth it.

Watching you quietly head outside the tent later that evening to sit back and watch as your family and friends celebrate was for us a “Yes!” moment. It was so nice capturing that unscripted, completely real moment for you and we just love that you stopped to take it all in. Thanks so much for providing such beautiful, poignant, emotional moments throughout the day–thank you for simply being you. For your trust, and your friendship. Congratulations to you both!!

xoxo…
…a&b

Coming up next…the big celebration!