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A Sweet Country Chic Real Wedding by Katelyn James Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Trey and Kiersten have the sweetest of love stories… They met as freshman in high school when Trey attended Kiersten’s church.  One look at Kiersten and Trey told his father that he was going to marry her one day!  Better than any of the best fairytales, the two tied the knot in a country chic celebration in Scottsville, Virginia with Katelyn James on hand to document the details, moving moments, and all that highschool sweetheart love…

The day was idyllic- not too hot, not too cold- with a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the backdrop.  The event was held at Trey’s parents’ summer camp— the place where they started dating.  After Kiersten dressed in her gorgeous White by Vera Wang gown, the pair had a ‘first look’ in the camp’s corn maze.  Kiersten says, ‘Trey was already there waiting for me, after rounding the corner, we saw each other, and he literally ran to me! Best thing ever! We got to share a few very sacred moments together before we officially started the adventure of the day!’

Instead of lighting the traditional unity candle, the couple chose to wash each others feet in devotion and servitude, a loving act that symbolized their marriage. They invited everyone and anyone to join in on the ceremony, every square inch of straw bale seating was taken!

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How to Style a Summertime Picnic Table
Posted by Kate. Filed under Wedding Inspiration

By: Chelsea Fuss

Have you ever considered holding your wedding or rehearsal dinner at a local park? It can be charming, pastoral, and really inexpensive (sometimes even free)! You may wonder how to make those rustic, but often problematic picnic tables, wedding-worthy… With the 4th of July right around the corner, we thought we’d offer up some tips for a styling them into something special enough for your wedding!

Tip no. 1. Never underestimate the power of repitition. It can make a rather bland surface come to life and it gives guests somewhere to focus their eyes. Here we’ve repeated pots of seasonal Marguerite Daisies across each table. We’ve also repeated the gingham pattern with the napkins.


Tip no. 2. We found these charming paper napkins in gingham. If you want to dress things up a little more, consider sewing some out of inexpensive gingham cotton.


Tip no. 3. Use seasonal plants and don’t worry about pots. Pots can get pricey, so consider covering plants in fabric or paper. Kraft paper is a classic for picnics.


Tip no. 4. While we kept some things casual, we really wanted this to feel like a wedding, so we used china plates. They are still simple, but dressy enough for a wedding. We used simple clear glasses and real utensils to make it feel like a real table setting, rather than your everyday picnic!

Tip no. 5. Choose interesting bottles for beverages. We made the beverages part of the table setting by using these charming Swedish apple cider bottles. Try ordering in bulk through Amazon for exotic drinks like this! Make sure the label complements or matches your table setting!


Tip no. 6. Consider serving family style or making the food part of the table setting. For appetizers, we were serving bread and cheese, so we set the baguettes right on the table to evoke a French feast sort of feel. You could also set them on parchment paper.


Tip no. 7. Use color!  With all the green in the park, you’ll want your tables to pop! Choose one or two bright colors (no pastels!) and repeat them. Pale colors don’t show up well outside.


Tip no. 8. Keep things simple. The cleaner the lines, the more visually appealing your table will be. Stay away from stacking books and other knick knacks. Keep the table festive and pretty with the essentials.

Happy Summer!

Photos and Styling by Chelsea Fuss

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Summer Lovin’ in Red, White + Blue
Posted by Kate. Filed under Things we heart

Happiest Happy July sweet friends!  Here’s a little e-session inspiration in red, white, and blue, to send you off into the weekend in true Independence Day style…  Shauna and Jeremy designed an old-fashioned ice cream party picnic with gingham fabrics and luscious red velvet cupcakes to celebrate a love so timeless. The vintage style pics were snapped by Connection Photography. ♥

Hope your weekend is full of fireworks and sweet kisses.

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