Happy Anniversary to Helen Olivia!!

One of our favorite florists and People We Love, Helen Olivia is celebrating their 5th Anniversary as well as a big move into a gorgeous new space in Olde Towne Alexandria. Marianne and her husband, Craig, named the business after their two grandmothers. Now how sweet is that? And on top of it all, they do absolutely ah-mazing work. Be sure to stop by and say hi to them and their wonderful staff if you find yourself in their neck of the woods!

PS – Many of the weddings we’ve been lucky enough to work with them on have ended up being published in print or featured on wedding blogs. Me thinks their incredible work is a HUGE reason why! I’m just sayin’. ;-D

Kat’s gorgeous bouquet.

Her bridesmaids bouquets – see more from their stunning wedding in their Weddings Unveiled feature.

**No flowers were harmed in the making of the fun ring shot from Joan & Ben’s wedding, which was featured in Washingtonian Bride and Groom.

Cheers you guys and congratulations again on your sweetly-scented, successful 5 years! Here’s to 50 more!



Holiday Party with Easton Events

’tis the season for holiday parties, and we were thrilled to do a shoot for the ever-talented folks at Easton Events at the recently renovated Jefferson Theater here in Charlottesville. A local firm had its company holiday party there, and we couldn’t have thought of a better place for it. Everyone clearly had a great time and we were glad to be able to take some detail shots of the transformed space below.

Somebody knows we *heart* cupcakes!

We recently returned from a little out of town trip and found a wonderful sight waiting for us at our front door – a large box with the unmistakeable bright pink and black colors of Georgetown Cupcake! What a sweet treat!! 🙂







They are all incredibly yummy, but if I we had to pick a favorite out of the four, we both agree that the chocolate cake with vanilla icing and chocolate sprinkles is the bomb! What’s your favorite flavor at Georgetown Cupcake??

Friday’s FAB Finds {007}

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone is planning a fun Memorial Day weekend celebration to kick off the un-official start of Summer. We have two FAB and fun weddings this weekend, so with no time to waste…the latest installment of FAB Finds!

Invitations We Love – Diana & Rob

Diana & Rob are getting married and we absolutely adore their invitations! Their rehearsal dinner invite is so fun and sets the perfect mood for a low-key, down-home BBQ, while the letterpressed wedding invite suite lets guests know that they’re in for quite the elegant party on the wedding day.







Places We Love – Hope & Glory Inn

In honor of Memorial Day, we wanted to highlight one of our absolute favorite getaways. If you’ve never been to the quaint little town of Irvington on Virginia’s Northern Neck, the exquisite Hope & Glory is the main reason to go. The inn, owned and lovingly run by Peggy & Dudley, is a old converted school house and is the perfect place when you’re in need of some relaxation. All of the rooms and cottages are simply chic, adorable and wonderfully unique – we’ve never seen another Inn or B&B like it. Their outdoor bath, under a massive canopy of leaves, is truly divine. Take one of the shiny, chrome bikes for a spin over to the Tides Inn for lunch on the water and if you stay on a Friday during the Summer, you’ll definitely want to reserve a space on their boat, Faded Glory, for a yummy, sunset all-you-can-eat crab cruise!

We’ve also been lucky enough to photograph a few weddings there over the years. Here are a few of our favorites…


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People We Love – Petal’s Edge

We’ve gotta to know Gerry & Rebecca at the FAB Petal’s Edge over the years and are always excited to work with them. In fact, we are thrilled and honored when Rebecca commissioned us to photograph her intimate wedding ceremony with her husband Chris last year! The happy couple has just welcomed their first child into the world, a healthy boy, and we couldn’t be happier for them. If you’re looking for the perfect florist for your DC-area wedding, be sure to give Gerry & Rebecca a call!



























Links We Love – Weddings Unveiled

Regular blog readers will definitely recognize this lovely wedding blog since we’ve been honored to have a few of our favorite weddings featured on it, as well as in their gorgeous magazine! You’ll want to add this fashionable blog to your RSS reader for sure! Not only do they show stunning real weddings with beautiful images, exquisite details and great ideas, they also have amazing giveaways.  Seriously, one lucky blog follower had the chance to win a Vera Wang gown! That is pretty darn sweet. Head over now for you daily dose of inspiration!


And here are a few of our FAB couples who love gotten some Completely Unveiled love!







Happy holiday weekend, everyone! If you’re traveling we hope you have a wonderful time and and a safe journey. What with the holiday on Monday, we’ll have a short week next week so Friday’s Fab Finds will return on June 5. We’ll see you then!

Friday’s FAB Finds {006}

This week, probably thanks to multiple b-day celebrations for Anne (yea!), we have sweets on the brain, so without further ado, let’s get started on this weeks FAB Finds!

Ideas We Love – Twists on Candy Bars + Dessert Bars

We’ve been seeing candy bars at weddings for awhile now and they are always such a hit with guests. Kids of all ages love them and it’s easy to see why. What better way to end a spectacular and memorable evening! Lately, though we’ve noticed some fun twists on candy & dessert bars being highlighted in wedding mags and blogs and wanted to share a few of our favorite ideas with you.

First, some of the fun candy bars we’ve had the pleasure of photographing (and experiencing!). Seriously, who can’t resist turning into a kid when presented with a candy shop?!?

Laura & Tim’s candy bar featured many classics – Swedish fish, M&M’s, licorice and malted milk balls






Jenny & Jim’s custom built(!) Candy Corner featured favorites such as Whirley Pops and M&M’s (in their wedding colors, of course!)





Meghan & Matthew’s pretty spread included pink candies such as Jelly Belly’s, Good n’ Plenty’s and small bags of cotton candy, not to mention cupcakes brought in from Magnolia Bakery near where the couple lives!





Speaking of cotton candy, why not bring in a cotton candy machine!? Even if you’re not having a fair or picnic themed outdoor wedding, freshly spun cotton candy is a treat sure to bring a smile to your guests faces!

We *heart* this idea from Martha Stewart Weddings:

Bring out the kid in your guests with a confectionery classic. To take cotton candy from state fair to wedding-worthy, have your caterer match the frothy spun sugar to your palette by adding food-coloring powder to granulated sugar. For an extra-sweet surprise — and retro-chic handle — swirl the delicious fluff balls around sticks of rock candy.


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Or treat your guests to a old-fashioned ice cream float/sundae bar!

Courtesy of Brides.com

Courtesy of Brides.com

Ice cream is a fun, delicious and unexpected way to end an evening. Check out this idea we saw from planner Tara Guerard in the premiere issue of Southern Weddings magazine.

“Sure, if you’re serving ice cream at your reception, you could just place the tub in a cooler packed with ice, but it isn’t the most elegant look in the world. Karly and Judd had their favorite ice cream, a brand called Graeter’s [editor’s note: best mint chocolate chip ever], shipped in from her native Ohio. Because it only came in tiny pint-size narrow cartons and because, by happy coincidence, the design of the tubs went very well with our color scheme, I wanted to find a great way to display it. I designed a very simple ice sculpture–basically, just hollowed-out blocks of ice that allowed us to showcase the tubs of ice cream, while still keeping them adequately frozen. It actually became a really cool (pun intended!) focal point at the reception.”

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Image by Liz Banfield, courtesy of Southern Weddings magazine

We’ve actually had the pleasure of having Graeter’s ice cream (thanks Graydon & Heather!), which is a cult classic out of Cincinnati, and it’s amazing. They ship anywhere and everywhere in dry ice and your crowd is guaranteed to enjoy such a unique treat! And if you’re having an outdoor, laid-back affair, we think coolers or large tin buckets filled with ice would be just fine to display your ice cream favors.

Another recent trend is one-color candy bars. Imagine an all-white dessert bar with homemade marshmallows, coconut macaroons, and white chocolate truffles, just to name a few. Well, here, now you don’t have to!

Image courtesy of Grey Likes Weddings

Image courtesy of Grey Likes Weddings

And of course to satisfy most any sweet tooth you can bring in a donut bakery, just for your wedding. Charlottesville-area couples have the luxury of being able to hire Carpe Donut to make all-natural, made-from-scratch donuts all night long for your wedding guests. Now how fun (and cute) is that?!


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Links We Love – Retro Treats

Now that you’ve decided that you want to do a fun, retro candy or dessert station, where do you find what you need? We’ve come to the rescue with some websites that stand ready to help you outfit your sweet treat station! When my brother and I were growing up, we were lucky enough to have a Pop Shoppe just a short drive away in Alexandria. We were thrilled to see that while that store is no longer, this Canadian company has enjoyed a popular resurgence online and will ship their tasty concoctions to where ever you are.


Also, to find rock candy on a stick, Whirley Pop’s and other retro goodies, head on over to the Candy Warehouse!

People We Love – the event company

We get to work with some great wedding planners, but two of our favorites come from Charlottesville’s the event company. Jessica and Sheila are incredible at what they do–truly skilled at making dreams and visions come true – and are just darn nice, genuine people to boot! If you’re in need of a talented planner, you’ll definitely want to check them out. They even have a frequently updated blog featuring some of their past (and future!) creative events, as well as some of their favorite planning tips.

We recently had the pleasure of working with Sheila at Angela & Webster’s stunning Summer affair at Veritas Vineyard. We loved the rustic, linen-free head table, brown candles and of course, lighting by the a.v. company. (Thanks also to rock paper scissors, who did the invitations, Pat’s Floral Designs and Cakes Unlimited, too!)










Jessica was Tessie & Matt’s planner for their lovely Winter wedding at the Clifton Inn.  The vine wrapped clear tent, strung with lanterns was especially gorgeous. (Lighting by the a.v. company, invitations by Watermark Design and floral design by Pat’s Floral Designs.)
















Hope you enjoyed this installment of Friday’s FAB Finds. We’d love to hear your comments/thoughts. Happy TGIF and have a great weekend!!

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This week we interrupt our regular Friday’s FAB Finds with a special themed installment – Green Wedding Ideas! We’re all trying our best to be more environmentally conscious in our every day lives (hopefully!), so why shouldn’t that commitment also translate to one’s wedding? Aside from the some of the more obvious suggestions such as moving your ceremony flowers to use at your reception and using recycled paper for your invitations (bonus points for using soy-based ink!), thankfully it’s getting easier and less expensive to be “green” in a stylish, innovative and fun way. Don’t believe us, just see for yourself! 🙂

Ideas We Love – Fan Favors

This just might be the perfect favor for a Summer wedding. Put them out on the ceremony chairs so guests can use them if they get a little warm during your vows, like Lindsey & Tripp did for their August wedding.


Photo by Eric Kelley for Holland Photo Arts

Or have them in a basket at the reception, like Daniela & Matt. Theirs also paid tribute to Daniela’s Spanish heritage!


Ideas We Love – Tea Towel Save-the-Dates

This FAB idea comes courtesy of inaugural issue of Southern Weddings magazine. How adorable are these recycled cotton tea towels from Chewing the Cud and what a great way to announce your wedding date?! Perfect for an outdoor affair or a barnyard reception. (A few years ago, we had a wedding where the guests sat on silk-covered hay bales for the couple’s ceremony that took place on the bride’s family’s farm!) Your family and friends will certainly enjoy reusing these towels in their kitchens if they’re anything like me! Be sure to check out their stunning letterpress invites printed with soy ink on 100% Cotton rag.


Ideas We Love – Chalkboard Menus

I found this awesome, eco-friendly idea in the latest issue of In Style Weddings and thought of a few different ways you could use the idea. One, have a mini-chalkboard for a guest’s individual menu with a note at the end to take the chalkboard home as their favor. Their kids will love using it for their drawings and they’ll come in handy in the kitchen for shopping lists. Even better, use the chalkboard for its original idea and write ever-changing love-notes to your spouse! If you have a larger wedding you can just have one chalkboard menu for each table, as seen in the example below. (By the way, how cool are the terrarium centerpieces?)

Photo by Red Loft Studios via InStyle Weddings

Photo by Red Loft Studios via InStyle Weddings

Another option would be to have a few large chalkboards on easels stationed at the entrance to your reception, listing the evenings menu. Or use them to show them the table layout & names/numbers so your guests can find out easily where they are sitting.

Christy Murray Photography via The Knot

Christy Murray Photography via The Knot

Chyna Darner Photography via The Knot

Chyna Darner Photography via The Knot

Use chalk to illustrate your board with your logo, theme or items on the menu. Consider having your calligrapher or an artist friend do this for you. And while our examples here show only white chalk, why limit yourself? You could easily write in your wedding theme’s colors.

If you can’t find large chalkboards that you like, simply take any large frame you like and paint an insert with chalkboard paint found at most hardware supply stores. We’re partial to the black chalkboard paint for its neutrality and ease of re-use, but any colors you like (your wedding colors, perhaps!) could be fun.

Invitations We Love – New Orleans Suite

Here’s another FAB Find courtesy of Southern Weddings. Since we were married in the Big Easy, we’re especially partial to these gorgeous New Orleans-themed invites from Kenzie Kate. Ten percent of the proceeds from this invitation suite go towards the Green Project, a nonprofit that encourages environmental sustainability in New Orleans!


Places We Love – Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center

If you’re in search of a wedding venue, you’ll want to be sure to check out the gorgeous RR/ITC building on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown DC. You can read more about their green initiatives here, but the lowdown is their amazing chefs are committed to offering an organic menu and donating leftover food. Their sustainable building is based on “a four-point ‘green'” strategy that includes: (1) sustainable landscaping, (2) recycling, (3) environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP), and (4) employee ride share programs. We’ve had the pleasure of photographing several beautiful events at the RR/ITC and we adore working with their incredibly friendly, competent and professional staff. If you’re planning a wedding, be sure to contact Rachel Berbeza and her team today!

Carissa & Farrell chose ITC for their late Fall wedding. Such a cool space!



The ceremony took place in the dramatic Pavilion room.

Photo by Eric Kelley for Holland Photo Arts

This photo below by Bill was published in Susie Coelho’s gorgeous Style Your Dream Wedding book!!





Emily & Rob’s beautiful cake took center stage at their Spring reception.


Places We Love – Woodend Sanctuary at the Audubon Naturalist Society

Another of our favorite wedding venues is Woodend Mansion in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Holding your eco-friendly event there only solidifies your green commitment, as part of the rental fee goes towards their environmental education and preservation of open spaces and their clean air and water preservation programs. They’re don’t just practice what they preach either and have dedicated themselves to ensuring green practices are in effect at their facilities, such as using lighting timer devices, installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems and recycling all paper, cans and bottles. Read about how one couple planned their green wedding in their Audubon Naturalist Newsletter (printed on 30% post-consumer waste paper!) entitled “Green Weddings: Great Ways to Start a Marriage”. Feel free to contact Rebecca Robinson if you have any questions and would like more information on hosting your event at Woodend.

Kelley & Rick chose Woodend for their April affair and had an incredibly beautiful day.









Sara and Nadim married at Woodend on a lovely May day.






Links We Love – Eco Chic Weddings

Emily Anderson, founder and creator of the popular Eco Chic Weddings blog, doesn’t accept advertising and fills her site with stylish, fun ways to make your wedding more green. She’s been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and Town & Country Weddings and she’s  recently taken her fab tips and ideas and compiled them into a book of the same name!

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Links We Love – Great Green Wedding Blog

Another great, up to date source for many green wedding tips and ideas!

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Holland Photo Arts is also committed to partnering with companies who enforce sustainable practices. The following are just some of eco-friendly efforts we and our album companies we work with are committed to:

  • Paper  and binder board made from recycled materials or highly renewable plants rather than forests of trees
  • Paper made from cotton-linters, which are a by-product of the textile industry
  • Paper scraps and partially used materials are donated to local elementary schools for art projects
  • Biodegradable, recyclable foam peanuts in album shipments
  • Partnerships with paper mills who use hydroelectric power by using their own water source, which preserves the public source
  • Man made micro leathers that have a sumptuous leather look and feel
  • All office paper, cans and bottles used within the offices/kitchens are recycled
  • Additionally, to offset our travel-related carbon footprint, we are investing in renewable resource projects and will be completely carbon-neutral in our wedding-related activities.


In that vein, we’re proud to be an inaugural member in the invitation only, Virginia Green Wedding Consortium! Visit the consortium for more ideas and information on how you can make your wedding more eco-friendly!

Other eco-friendly ideas include:

  • Ask your caterer and cake baker about using local, organic and in-season ingredients in your wedding cuisine and check to see if they’ve been recognized by the Green Restaurant Association. Occasions Caterers was recently certified as the nation’s first off-premises catering company to achieve their highly sought after environmental certification.
  • Using eco-friendly makeup and hair products (Aveda, Sephora, etc.)
  • Providing transit such as a bus or local trolley for your guests so they’re not all driving their cars to your event
  • Use local and pesticide-free flowers and donate table flowers to a local nursing home or close-by hospital
  • Buy a vintage dress or consider recycling your new gown to Brides Against Breast Cancer
  • We recommend hiring a planner for most events anyway, and you can find one who specializes in green celebrations such as Katie Martin or Aimee Dominick
  • If bridesmaids can’t or prefer not to wear their dresses again, encourage them to donate them to the Glass Slipper Project, which distributes gowns and accessories to disadvantaged girls for their proms
  • Use clean burning soy candles over petroleum based paraffin
  • Opt for bar spirits made from organic grains such as Square One Vodka and organic wine and beers. Serving locally-brewed beer not only reduces the transport-related emissions but literally gives your traveling guests a local taste.
  • Inquire with venues and caterers about recycling paper goods instead of throwing them away. Reward those who practice sustainability by giving them your business.

So those are just a few tips and ideas to make your wedding a more green affair, but there are obviously many, many more. Don’t be “green” with envy – we’d love to hear what eco-friendly things you’re doing! Thanks so much for joining us this week and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday’s FAB Finds {004}

Happy Friday everyone! Without further ado, our next installment of FAB Finds for your TGIF pleasure…

Ideas We Love – Grooms’ Cakes!

How could more cake ever be bad? I don’t think it’s possible, so needless to say, we love seeing Groom’s cakes at weddings. Especially popular in the South (gotta love those Southern Weddings!) the second “wedding” cake is often dedicated to the groom and often highlights one of his favorite hobbies. As some of you know, we were married in New Orleans (one of our fave cities!) and on one of our site visits there, the event coordinator at our little courtyard hotel asked where we were getting our groom’s cake. Not being very familiar with this Southern tradition, we told her we weren’t having one. I wish you could have heard the gasp she made and the look of horror on her face! She was mostly joking (we think!), but exclaimed, “you gotta have a grooms cake if you get married in the South!”. Well, alllllrighhtyy then! What can I say, it’s not difficult to talk us into the idea of having more cake! So Bill was surprised that day with an absolutely delicious chocolate cake from  Swiss Confectionery on St. Charles Ave, the same bakery who did our main wedding cake. We HIGHLY recommend them – we’ll often order a cake when we visit the Crescent City – they’re that good!

I chose two football helmets facing off since that was the first professional football game we had attended together and watching football is something we love to do together. Go Saints! AND ‘Niners!


Photo by Johnny Chauvin Photography

And a few of our faves from past weddings:

Lindsey surprised Tripp with a cake of their dog, Stella! Cake by A Cake to Remember.


Tessie surprised Matt with a cake from his families favorite baker and decorated it herself with a mini-getaway car complete with custom made clay cans!


Emily and Stanton’s grooms cake was a nod to his love of golf.



And last but certainly not least, Kathleen really surprised Kyle with his groom cake – a car filled with some of his favorite things. Cake by Charm City Cakes.




Above photo by Eric Kelley for Holland Photo Arts


And speaking of awesome cakes….

People We Love – Ace of Cakes

We fell in love with Chef Duff and the amazingly talented gang at Charm City Cakes a few years back after becoming big fans of his Food Network show, Ace of Cakes. So we were super excited when we found out CCC was doing the cakes for Kathleen & Kyle’s amazing August wedding at the Mellon Auditorium.



We’re absolutely thrilled and honored to be included, too,  in his soon to be released book, Ace of the Cakes: The Book, written and produced by his uber-talented brother and manager Willie Goldman. We’ll be sure to blog about it once it comes out later this fall!

Their fabulous, six-tier creation for Kathleen & Kyle



And since we were chatting about Southern Weddings earlier….

Blogs We Love – Southern Weddings

There’s just something about them we love and we’re not the only ones! The fabulous minds behind Bliss Event Group, a wedding event design business based out of North Carolina, created a hugely popular wedding blog – The Southern Weddings Daily Blog. In fact, the blog turned out to be so popular, they recently published their first actual magazine. Now that’s a twist, online first and then in print! (Wonder if we could get Domino magazine, which recently folded, much to my dismay, to become an online design blog?)


We adore the look and feel of this wedding blog, and they choose some fantastic real weddings from around the country to highlight. It’s home to serious eye candy and some truly gorgeous, and more importantly, unique weddings. In fact, one of our favorite couples from last year Jennifer and Brigg’s recently had their fantastic and sweet Southern wedding highlighted! Be sure to check out their feature, if you haven’t already. Even if you’re not getting married in the South, you’ll want to add this one to your RSS feed!

Thanks for joining us! Have a FAB weekend and let us know of your own FAB Finds in the comments!

Friday’s FAB Finds {003}

Yea, it’s Friday! You know what that means, more of our Fab Finds! Hope you enjoy them. 🙂

Ideas We Love

Unique Table Names or Numbers! Naming or numbering tables is a necessary detail so your guests can find where they’re sitting quickly and easily, but no one said they had to be boring. Many of our couples throughout the years have put their own unique spin this sometimes overlooked element, either by naming their tables after some of their favorite vacation spots or tying in their theme of their wedding stationary on the identifying paper stock. Here are a few of our more recent favorites from past weddings, as well as a few that we’ve found online and fell in love with:

Tessie & Matt named their tables after their Grandparents


Jess & Matt chose some of their favorite places in DC


Monica & Glenn named their tables different types of wine


Kelly & Joe went with snapshots of themselves at various points throughout their lives


Kathleen & Kyle used vintage postcards of some of their favorite places


Martha & Steve’s table numbers used the same font and graphics found on their invitations, menu cards, and escort cards


Liz made their table numbers to tie in with their wedding colors at her wedding to Scott


Marcie and Garrett’s unique design complimented their escort cards


Following photos and links courtesy of The Knot

Libby and Dave created table cards with the phrase “Better Together” and images of activities they love doing as a couple like remodeling houses, wine tasting in Napa, and snow shoeing the Cascades.

Libby and Dave’s Real Wedding

Photo by Red Loft Studios

Photo by Red Loft Studios

Tables were named after trips Janeene and Serge had taken or plan to take — like their honeymoon to Bora Bora.

Janeene & Serge’s Real Wedding

Photo by Ira Lippke Studios

Photo by Ira Lippke Studios

Since the couple has moved around the country so much, they decided to name their tables for all of the different places they had lived. The mother of the groom created artwork for each address, which was displayed on the tables as well as the escort cards.

Suzanna & Derek’s Real Wedding

Photo by Matthew Tennison Photography

Photo by Matthew Tennison Photography

The bride’s friend, Meredith, created table cards with various San Francisco neighborhoods.

Photo by Angie Silvy Photography

Photo by Angie Silvy Photography

Blogs (& People!) We Love

Lunchtime often finds me in front of my computer, but I love it. It’s the perfect time for me to catch up on a few of my favorite wedding blogs and The Bride’s Cafe is always one of my first visits! Janie, the mastermind behind TBC is an incredible floral designer in her own right, as well as an all-around sweetheart, so it’s no surprise that she’s put together one of the prettiest and most popular bridal blogs out there. Even her logo is delightful (and makes me long for a frothy drink!)


We are honored to be members of her national vendor directory, Crème de la Crème, as well. Janie features some of the most beautiful Real Weddings (you may remember seeing Laura & Scott’s lovely UVa chapel and Veritas Vineyard wedding from last Fall highlighted recently!) and she has some of the best contests on her blog! Recent giveaways have included jewelry, books, custom monogram rubber stamps to an ultimate free wedding to one lucky couple! How amazing is that?! Stop by often for your daily dose of inspiration and be sure to leave a comment or two for Janie!

Invitations We Love

We are getting excited for some wonderful May weddings this year and Ann & Justin’s is most certainly one of them! (We recently did their engagement photos at the cherry blossoms!) They’ll be marrying in the gardens at the gorgeous Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg and recently shared their lovely invitation with us. I love the unique design motif and the fun pink and orange graphics accented with brown cardstock and type!





Invitation by Invitation Consultants.

Wedding Movies We Love

And now for something completely different! 😉 Anyone who knows us, knows we LOVE movies, so of course, we have enjoyed a few wedding movies over the years. Of course, Father of the Bride ranks right up there, but one of our all-time faves, has to be Muriel’s Wedding. This little indie from Down Under features Toni Collette in one of her first feature film roles and it is absolutely hilarious. And if you like ABBA, you’ll absolutely love this movie! Add it to your Netflix queue today!


Thanks so much for stopping by and we hope you found a little inspiration for your own wedding!

Wedding Pro of the Week: Rev. Claire Goodman

Many of you have mentioned how much you enjoyed seeing some of our featured vendors this past winter, so we’ll do our best to keep it going during the busy wedding season, as well, although it might not be every week. Next up, is Rev. Claire Goodman!

We’ve been lucky enough to work with Claire on a few weddings over the years. Although she’s based in Charlottesville, we’ve photographed weddings she’s officiated both in Charlottesville and Washington, DC. Each time she brings a wonderful and personal touch to each ceremony, having gotten to know the couple over their months of planning. Claire is an interfaith minister and is just a very sweet person to involve in your celebration, no matter how large or how small.

Wedding Pro of the Week – ATrendy Wedding

This week’s wedding pro we love (see below for more) is none other than Pam Barefoot of ATrendy Wedding, based in Northern Virginia. We’ve known Pam for as long as we’ve been in business and have absolutely loved working with her each and every time. She’s the epitome of cool and collected, while ensuring each detail is expertly taken care of. If you’re in need of experienced help with planning your wedding, run, don’t walk to the phone and give her a call. She specializes in creative event design, taking a twinkling of a theme and massaging it into reality. Our first wedding with her of 2008 is coming up next month with Marcie & Garrett, and we can’t wait to see what they all have cooked up for their wedding. In the meantime, here are a few images from a couple of fantastic weddings we’ve done with her in the past:

Here are some from Christina & Aaron’s springtime wedding in Middleburg:

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Here are some from Holly & Ken’s fall wedding in Arlington:

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Wedding Pro of the Week — Pat’s Floral Designs

Previously posted, but as a reminder:

We’ve been lucky enough to have a few Winter weddings keeping us busy and are also hard at work on a complete website redesign, but since we don’t have quite as many weddings or portraits this time of year to blog about, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight a few of our favorite vendors in Charlottesville, Richmond and the DC Metro Area and showcase some of their amazing work. Especially since we know many of you are in the midst of your planning for 2008 and 2009! While we certainly won’t be able to feature all of our favorites, all of them can be found on our recommended vendor list in the Client Area. Let us know if you have any trouble finding it or would like further information on any of them. Enjoy and happy planning!

This week we’re thrilled to present Pat’s Floral Designs. We’re been working with Pat and her daughter Sherry for several years now and have grown to become friends as well as fellow wedding pros. When it comes to florists around Charlottesville, you really won’t find a nicer and more talented pair of people. They are the the kind of floral designer you come to with an idea of a theme, color or flowers you would like to see, and let them work their magic. Everything we’ve seen has been gorgeous and fresh, and we’re delighted to be able to work with them. (P.S. to clients – This is just a small sampling of their work that we’ve photographed. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to see more from any of these weddings.)





















Wedding Pro of the Week — Sweet Creations

We’ve been lucky enough to have a few Winter weddings keeping us busy and are also hard at work on a complete website redesign, but since we don’t have quite as many weddings or portraits this time of year to blog about, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight a few of our favorite vendors in Charlottesville, Richmond and the DC Metro Area and showcase some of their amazing work. Especially since we know many of you are in the midst of your planning for 2008 and 2009! While we certainly won’t be able to feature all of our favorites, all of them can be found on our recommended vendor list in the Client Area. Let us know if you have any trouble finding it or would like further information on any of them. Enjoy and happy planning!

First up…Shauna of Sweet Creations.

She first came on the scene for us this past spring at Jon & Danielle’s wedding in Northern Virginia. Hers are one of the most tasty cakes we’ve tried, and have even had a couple of them made for ourselves for special occasions (the last photo below, taken with my iPhone so it doesn’t quite do the cake justice, was a surprise by Anne for our Valentine’s Day celebration–how cool is that?!). We’ve been witness (and tasted) some ornately decorated cakes, and while they’re a blast to photograph, the merely beautiful but really tasty ones are some of the ones we’ve found guests really remember. Here are a few images from Shauna’s cakes. Enjoy!









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