What an incredible day we had putting together months of planning for this shoot! I will admit, when I threw out the idea of feathers and antlers I was a little nervous myself. Even the day of, before setting up I was not 100% sure but as all of the details started to come together it was more perfect that we all imagined!
I loved this wedding for so many reasons. Little back history, Aundrea is a twin, her sister Saundrea and I used to cheer competitively together when we were in high school. There were many sleepovers, a million and one laughs and a couple orange construction cones involved in our many years of friendship. These two girls really helped make my high school memories complete. When Aundrea reached out to me to coordinate her wedding, I could not have been more honored and excited to join the fun. I knew it would be amazing and I was SO excited to catch up with her crazy family! To make the world smaller, Matt (her fiancé) and my husband James had a lot in common. It took one dinner at their house to realize they actually had high school ties as well. It is incredibly crazy how small our world is. Aundrea and Matt were married at Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Virginia. The rich history at this location can be seen as you drive up the property. Do you ever get somewhere and just think... "If these fence rails could talk, or I wonder what these walls have seen?" This is definitely one of those places. Even in December with no surrounding color or leaves on the trees, the beauty of the building and it's history is enough. Their cold December wedding day was warmed with all the love that their guests brought with them from all over the country. Many people traveled in for their special day and even a three foot cut out of Matt's head made the show!
This wedding was a whirlwind for a few reasons. Holly reached out to me just a few weeks out from her and Jeff's wedding asking to meet me at The Williamsburg Winery for a consultation with their 30 day walk through. Both Northern VA Restaurant managers, they were in for a quick planning trip and heading back home. I was excited and eager to meet them both. They are to this day, my most laid back, easy going couple. They just rolled with the punches and either way, they were happy with how the day was going to turn out... at this point, they still hadn't even landed on a florist! Many brides would be stressing majorly about that, Holly... nope just as cool as can be. It seemed like just a couple of days went by and their wedding was here. Same with the first time I met them, no stress, easy going, happy and ready to have their party! After their wedding was over, I helped take a bunch of their items, left over favors, flowers, decorations and beverages to their timeshare they were staying in. They had asked me to come join the fun earlier in the day, but with a barely two month old at home (see below for the cuteness) I was eager to get home and spend those precious moments with him. Well, one sobriety checkpoint, a wrong turn later I found them and there was no chance they were letting me out of there without a drink. It was so nice to hang out with them and their closest friends for about an hour or so and just see the love and excitement that everyone around them have for them as well.
Thank you both for being so fun! I have no doubt that you both will always laugh together.
I was out last night working on some things for the Two Rivers Wedding Giveaway that I am participating in and I was asked "How do you deal with combative brides?" I was not really sure how to answer the question because I am been so blessed to have worked with some of the nicest and sweetest people I have ever met. Jess was absolutely one of them. To make it even better, she is also a fellow JMU Alum (GO DUKES!). One of my favorite things about this wedding was how easy going Jess was. Being a teacher, everything was always super organized. This makes me job 9942670357 times easier. Every detail had been thought through perfectly and methodically. The ceremony was held at James River Baptist Church, a beautiful church just down the road from their reception venue The Settlement at Powhatan Creek. The day was perfect, not too hot for an August day in Williamsburg and full of fun, line dancing, laughter and love.
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Wow! What an incredible few weeks it has been watching the entries come in for the wedding giveaway. We have had a couple more vendors join the fun making the package valued right around $17,000! This is an amazing opportunity for one lucky couple and all of us working on this, could not be more excited to learn more about the Top 10 Finalists through their video submissions.
Before I get to the big reveal, I want to give a shout out to all of the vendors
It gives me great pleasure to announce our Top 10 Finalists. In no particular order they are:
Jeremy St. Pierre
Helen Amanda O'Connor
Meredith of Meredith Ryncarz Photography will be reaching out to each of you personally to work on the next steps in the process, so please be on the look out for an email or voicemail from her! On behalf of myself and the other vendors participating in the contest, CONGRATULATIONS and we can not wait to hear more of your incredible love stories.
Where do I begin? I first met Jacqlynn and Chris in Richmond, VA for our initial consultation. To be honest, I was little intimidated by Jacqlynn and her vision for the wedding at first because it seemed so beautiful on paper that I was afraid I wouldn't be able to live up to it in person. I am glad they saw through my excitement and nerves because I was thrilled when I got the call that they wanted to be my clients! Not only were they getting married at the same place that I said my own vows at, but they had an incredibly romantic, high class, fun filled wedding planned and I could not have been more excited to jump in on the fun! The day of their wedding we had a few clouds in the sky, one of those days where we definitely used every single minute of time to make a decision on rain. And boy did we. Luckily, we were able to get the break we were looking for and after hustling to wipe down chairs, the ceremony went off without a hitch as planned. From the gorgeous handmade arbor built by her father and perfectly manicured farm table for the bride and groom to dine at, this wedding was nothing short of fairytale. I am thrilled to have been part of this event and can now boast that an event I have worked on has been published on Style Me Pretty. Check it out: Style me Pretty - Rustic Williamsburg Wedding
I should also mention I was a little over 37 weeks pregnant, my son was born just 12 days later. It was the last wedding I had on the books before his arrival and to say it was bittersweet, well that would not do it justice. On this day I also met Karen Roa. I will be honest, not many things floor me when I walk into a wedding, however this day, I stopped dead in my tracks, in my beetle juice dress as I called it. Why do maternity dresses all have horizontal stripes?! Nevermind that, back to Karen. Karen is an amazingly talented florist. Her work is stunning and on this day, her work took my breath away. I am so honored to say that a little over a year later, we have become great friends and have had the opportunity to collaborate on some pretty amazing things and she never lets me down. Her work is simply impeccable. You see, she hung beautiful greenery on the chandeliers at the winery and all night, literally, ALL night, I gave myself a pep talk about getting up on a ladder, ready to have a baby at any moment whale sized me ON A LADDER ready to cut this stuff down. Not only did I talk myself into climbing on a ladder, but I had convince myself that it would all be ok and wouldn't take too long. Then it happened. In like a saint walked Karen and her dad, there to help clean up. Holy moly! I have probably never been so excited to see a florist in my entire life. They cleaned up EVERYTHING floral. I could not have been more relieved in my entire life. Be sure to check out her page at Aleen Floral. I promise she will not disappoint.
Lauren and Michael were married on a beautiful sunny day in Ashburn, Virginia. Their stunning church ceremony was followed up with a fun, exciting reception at Belmont Country Club also in Ashburn, Virginia. This spirited, happy couple put together a great party full of dancing, laughter and love.
Ashleigh and Zach, where do I begin. Let's start at our first meeting. Aromas - Williamsburg. First of all, any couple of mine that suggests meeting there, they are keepers. Secondly, they put up with my crazy daughter and only child (at the time), Paisley. Consider that the second test, and they passed! Immediately I could tell how nice Ashleigh and Zach were and still are! Both William and Mary graduates, they had a love for Williamsburg and it showed. They wanted to incorporate elements of their history into their wedding and did so beautifully by taking pictures in front of the Wren Building and in Colonial Williamsburg's Palace Gardens. The images from their wedding are nothing short of stunning. Ashleigh handcrafted everything for their wedding, down to the dressed up bride and groom raccoons for their place setting. Their gorgeous, sunny day in Williamsburg was absolutely perfect.
What a perfect day for Tracy and Geoff - the weather was absolutely perfect at one of Ashburn, Virginia's premier wedding destinations - Belmont Country Club. To make this day even better, it was my birthday, I promised an incredible day and it was nothing short of that! Tracy's wedding dress is still one of my all time favorite dresses and the simple elegance of her and Geoff's wedding was captivating.
It was a toasty Northern Virginia day for Ali and Jose's wedding. Their ceremony was held at the beautiful Saint Anthony's Parish in Falls Church. The gorgeous stained glass inside the church provided a stunning backdrop for the beginning of their marriage. Once the ceremony was over, family and guests continued the celebration at The Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax. This newer facility is perfect for large groups. With ample parking, large spaces and centered in the heart of Fairfax, there is something for everyone!
This is my attempt to apologize to everyone who reads my "blog". I am in fact, the world's worst blogger. I have been pretty busy with life these past six months or so. Four months ago, we welcomed our second child, and I have had a fun time adjusting again to the life of a newborn and having two children under two. I can say that we have been blessed with two VERY easy children who take care of us, just as much as we take of them. They sleep, eat, and do everything kids should do and we know how extremely lucky we are to have gotten two easy going children. SO, while I sit here and beg for forgiveness, for the lackluster blog, I encourage everyone to check out my Facebook page: Two River Events, LLC. I have done a much better job at keeping it as up to date as I can with pictures from most of the weddings and events that I have been honored to take part in. While you are there, please make sure to give it a LIKE so that you can stay up to date on all of my posts. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about pricing or to set up a free consultation. I look forward to hearing from all of you and appreciate you taking the time to stop by the world's worst blog, written by the world's worst blogger. Yours Truly, Kari
I had such a fabulous time working on this styled photo shoot. It was my first opportunity at doing one of these and WHAT a learning experience! Just like planning an actual wedding, creating details and elements of design to showcase, can be just as stressful as actually planning an actual event! Even down to the last minute dreaded "rain call". It was BEAUTIFUL all day and just an hour before our shoot time it started to rain. We could see it coming on the radar but luckily, it rained for only a little bit, and the skies cleared for us to be able to capture the images that we wanted. Talk about a game time decision: last minute table sets and scrambling to get pictures not knowing if we were going to get another opportunity without having to entirely reschedule. As hectic as I am making it seem, it surely was not that bad and I could not have done it without the help of the fantastic vendors who worked with us, and my amazing Husband, who continues to put up with my wild and crazy ideas and at 31 weeks pregnant, is my designated work horse for moving things.
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I was so excited for this wedding, not only because of the past relationship with the clients (Christie's older sister was married the same weekend as my younger sister two years ago at the very same location), but it was also my first wedding of 2014. Christie and James were married in March 2014 at Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, Virginia. They are two of the nicest people I have ever met and the love that they have for each other can be seen by anyone they are around. I am so honored to have been a part of their day and share in the start of their happily ever after.
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