Elegant Tent Wedding in Virginia

Verulam Farm, a 1936 estate nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains was the perfect wedding venue for Rebecca and Josh, a true Charlottesville couple. The farm is an expansive property so taking full advantage of it was important to Rebecca and Josh. The wedding ceremony was held in the horse field with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as an enchanting backdrop, and a classic tent reception was designed with long farm tables, natural linens, Tuscan cross-back chairs, and low candles which created a truly elegant summer evening.

The florals and décor captured the lush, romantic vibe with a palette of creams, subtle blush, and gold highlights. Chandeliers dripping with olive branches were hung in the reception barn and entrance to the ceremony, and floral arrangements of garden roses, gardenias, white lavender and olive vine adorned the space.

We love the personalized touches and ideas that the couple brought to the celebration. After dinner, guests were led by a violinist on a torch lit walk through the field and down to the barn to cap off the evening by indulging in a cigar/bourbon bar, and late night donut truck. As favors, they gave each guest custom mason shakers, courtesy of the groom’s company. All were delighted when Rebecca surprised Josh with a vintage Mercedes convertible for their getaway. It was the perfect amount of whimsy and formality to create an evening to remember!

Photographer: Eric Kelley | Event Production + Design: Easton Events | Floral Design: Beehive Events | Videographer: East West  | Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Farm Tables, Chairs, Vases, Linen, Torchieres, Bar: Beehive Events | Printed Materials & Details: Erika Jack | Venue: Verulam Farm | Catering: C&O | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier via Bella bridesmaids  | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Brides Dress and Veil: Carolina Herrera via Bergdorf Goodman | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo   | Bride’s Getaway Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Groom’s Suiting: J Crew | Groomsmen Gift: Monogrammed pocket squares via Ralph Lauren | Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Morweena Lasko and Jay Pun | Reception Music: Mo’ Soul | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Cigars: Cville Smoke Shop  | Donut Truck: Carpe Donut  | Favors: Mason Shaker

Tags: , , ,

09.03.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win a Seat from Ginny Au!

‘When we eliminate the need to control, what do we see? What can we capture?’

The Loom Series is a practical teaching platform for photographers that encourages authentic documentation of the human condition. Loom began when Ginny Au found that by manipulating a scene for the sole purpose of beauty, the authenticity and memory of a moment was lost. Loom is founded on the principle of seeking a method that encourages a true representation of how clients felt, not just what they look like.


A free seat (valued at $825) to the Loom Nashville Photography Series at Bloomsbury Farm, October 13, 2015.

– Photography of five stories curating the human condition.

– Unlimited use and publication of your images after Tec Petaja publication.

– 2 hour lectures with Ginny Au including how to implement the Loom Philosophy into your photography.

– PDF with resources and inspirational advice.

Travel & lodging expenses are not included in the prize. Read below for how to enter.

1. Post your favorite Loom photo with the tags @oncewed, @loomcurated and #loomcuratedgiveaway

After you’ve posted to Instagram, you’ll then be entered into a random drawing for your chance to win! You’ll be contacted via Instagram after the winner is chosen.

Photography: Erich McVey

Tags: , , ,

09.03.15 / Contests, Featured

Laidback New Orleans Engagement Session

If you’ve ever traveled to New Orleans, you know that it has an energy and spirit like no other place. That energy is what is leading Christine and Ben’s wedding planning, and so it is the perfect destination for their wedding as well as their engagement photos! For their engagement session with MK Sadler, they toured around some of their favorite spots, all showcasing amazing charm and a laid-back, comfortable vibe.

Looking for more New Orleans wedding inspiration? Check out this overgrown New Orleans editorial, this black tie real wedding in New Orleans, and all of our Louisiana Preferred Vendors!

More from the couple’s event planner, Jessica Sloane:
“Christine and Ben are a New York couple who love to spend time relaxing in the southern culture of New Orleans. They feel like the city brings out their fun-loving, silly personalities, in contrast to their busy professional lives in Manhattan. So, they’ve chosen New Orleans to get married and are anxious to share their love of the city with their friends and families! Meghan Kay Sadler and I got a taste of the laid-back city as we toured some of Christine and Ben’s favorite restaurants, bars and neighborhoods this past spring for their engagement session. We are all really looking forward to the celebration at Marigny Opera House next spring!”

Photography: MK Sadler | Styling: Jessica Sloane | Dress: Reformation

Tags: , , , ,

09.02.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Modern and Elegant Outdoor Wedding Part 2

Weddings like Brittany and Colter’s make us giddy. You know when a photo of a cocktail is as beautiful as this one, that there are going to be plenty of gorgeous ideas and inspiring details that brides and grooms in the planning stages of their own wedding will fall for. Brittany wanted their wedding to be casual, natural, modern, and most of all FUN. With the help of a talented team of vendors, they used a lot of wood and linen for the natural/casual side of things but also a lot of acrylic to make it feel modern, too. And don’t the garden-inspired florals and summery color palette make you wish you were a guest?

Missed Part 1 of Brittany and Colter’s beautiful wedding? See it here.

Photography: Kate Holstein | Design: Joy Thigpen | Video: Shark Pig | Flowers: Studio Mondine | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Band: Project M | Paper: Gather + Co. | Calligraphy: Invitations/Neon Sign: Betsy Dunlap, acrylic name cards: Ashley Buzzy | Makeup and hair: Amy Clarke

Tags: , , ,

09.01.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog