Pippin Hill Outdoor Wedding

Michael and I live in Florida, but when it came time to plan our wedding we knew nothing could compare to the beauty of my hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia. As soon as we found Pippin Hill I immediately fell in love with the venue: from the gorgoues views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the bridal suite, barn reception area and soft colors it was absolutely perfect.

Lynn Easton Andrews and her team at Easton Events created an event that was beyond our expectations. They took my simple idea of a romantic and timeless affair and turned it into an evening that no one will soon forget. We chose a color pallate and decor that would allow the natural beauty of the vineyard to shine through. Soft blushes, ivories, greys and pale green florals were accented with hundreds of glittering candles evoking a truly romantic feel.

90% of our guest list were from out of state, so it was very important for us that the wedding reflected the southern charm of Charlottesville. Trips to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello were arranged, guests received Virginia peanuts and UVA goodies in their welcome bags, the food at the reception was locally inspired and we had custom Charlottesville maps created with our favorite restaurants and attractions.”

Photographer: Eric Kelley // Event Design, Styling, and Production: Easton Events // Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design // Venue: Pippin Hill Farm // Save the Date: Rock Paper Scissors // Invitation: Hogan Birney, Mama’s Sauce // Calligraphy: Tara Jones // Map: Elizabeth Blackburn, eDanae // Catering: Pippin Hill Farm // Cake: Favorite Cakes // Chargers & Napkins: Festive Fare  // DJ: 20 South Productions // Videographer: Meet + Cute Films // Dress: Reem Acra // Hair: Lucas Shaffer // Make Up: Lora Elaine

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04.24.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win $350 from Bloomingdales Registry

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Recently Engaged?? If so, then do we have a treat for you! We’ve partnered with Bloomingdales to give away a $350 gift card to use online or at any of their store locations. Bloomingdale’s has an incredible selection of beautiful home goods, linens, kitchenware and even furniture. You can register for a variety of luxurious linens, amazing flatware, or the ever so popular  KitchenAid mixer. I pulled together some of my favorite pieces from Bloomingdales.com shown above.

When you sign up for a Bloomingdale’s registry you’ll be assigned a Personal Registry Consultant – there for you from the day you register until the last item is in your home. In addition,  you’ll receive expert opinions and insightful advice to calm any wedding nerves you might have.

You’ll receive 10% off remaining home items on your registry, up to 6 months after your wedding date. And as an added perk, Bloomingdales offers FREE monogramming on almost all sheets, towels and robes – a perfect way to personalize your home!

Enter to Win: Comment below naming your favorite registry item and linking to your registry with Bloomingdale’s. Don’t have a registry yet with Bloomingdales? No problem! Sign up here to get started.

The contest ends April 30th, so hurry to make your Bloomindale’s registry now!

04.24.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Ranch Wedding Ideas

When selecting a setting and arrangements for a romantic design, I believe keeping the elements simple and organic provides the necessary palette for a whimsical affair.  At this shoot, Odalys Mendez gracefully captured the warmth and natural beauty of the farm setting, which set the tone.  The darling Austin Healey car inspired the choice of English garden flowers to adorn a lush garland draped across the back of the car. The pop of dark florals juxtaposed against the lighter shades of pink added a delightful touch by Holly Carlisle. With its soft, airy lines and classic elegance, the gown from Ines Di Santo was a luxurious choice to tie the design together.

Photography: Odalys Mendez // Planning: Sarah Chancey // Flowers: Rosegolden // Invitation Suite: Lazaro Press // Gown: Ines Di Santo// Groomswear: The Modern Gent // Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN // Bride’s Earrings: BHLDN // Hair and Makeup: Raney O’Keefe // Furniture Rental: Blue Eyed Yonder // Plates, Linens, and Lanterns: Pottery Barn // Location: Private Ranch

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04.22.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Wedding Ideas Blog

Crown Braid Chignon Tutorial

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One of our most popular pins from yesterday’s Springtime Maidens story is the pretty hairstyle of one of our lovely bridesmaids, so I’m thrilled to share the tutorial on how to recreate this crown braid chignon at home. This wedding hairstyle for long hair is particularly lovely because it incorporate the french braid and chignon. Please let us know how it goes if you try this wedding hairstyle for long hair at home. Enjoy!

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1. French braid front section of hair from one ear to the other. Leave end of braid out until Step 7.

2. Take the top section of hair, tease it and pin securely with bobby pins creating a half up – half down look.

3. Then starting on one side of the hair take a section of hair, twist it and bring it the opposite side and pin it with bobby pins. Make sure to cover the previously secured bobby pins from Step 1.

4. + 5. Then take the remaining “tail” from the section of hair just pinned with an additional section of hair, creating one section of hair, twist and bring it the opposite side and pin securely with bobby pins directly under the previous twist.

6. Repeat the process until there is no longer any more sections on either side and you are left with just the “tails”.

7. + 8. Pin the remaining “tails” by twisting and overlapping, mimicking the overlap twist look.

9. + 10.  After all hair is twisted and pinned, bring the braid into the back and secure with bobby pins. Making the “tail” of the braid mimic the already pinned twists.

11. After all is hair and braid is pinned securely, gently tug at hair creating a looser more full look.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Styling & Design: Ginny Au // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Paige // Bridesmaids Gowns: Nordstroms

Check out more popular hair tutorials:

Fishtail Braid Tutorial

A Tutorial on Long Wedding Hair Updos

French Braid Bun Hairstyles

Waterfall Braid Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

Fishtail Bun Wedding Hair Tutorial

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04.17.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured