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This Couple’s New Year’s Eve Wedding Was an Epic Party

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Nov 122016

Looking for some major inspiration for your big day? Then look no further than our real weddings video channel, packed with tons of beautiful celebrations and countless ideas to steal for your own wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Each week we look inside one of our favorite new love stories, and today we're taking you behind the scenes of Lauren and Ben's New Year's Eve wedding.

That's right, this pair planned to ring in the new year in a really big day: With their wedding. Lucky for us, MPA Videography was there to capture every unique moment of their nuptials at Virginia's Taubman Art Museum. With such a modern venue, it's no surprise that this couple pulled off one of the prettiest New Year's celebrations we've seen yet.

To welcome 2016 (and their newly-minted married status), Lauren and Ben invited guests to join them for a black-tie wedding complete with every New Year's Eve must-have. Glittering details, a photo booth with plenty of props, noisemakers, hats, and clocks set to 12 p.m. made this fun-filled bash an evening to remember. By the looks of it, their guests had an incredible time. And how could they not, consider this couple has been together for 13 years?

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Like any good New Year's Eve party, the bride and groom made sure to plan a midnight countdown so they and all of their loved ones could usher in 2016. At the stroke of midnight, everyone hit the dance floor with champagne in hand. The party didn't end there, though. Guests danced the night away with the newlyweds before sending them off through a tunnel of waving streamers.

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See How One Couple’s Epic Proposal Influenced Their Elegant Country Club Wedding

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May 242016

Five years (to the day!) after Emily Shenk and Jason Flory first met, Emily awoke to a note from her boyfriend that was taped to the bathroom mirror and promised an adventure. "Little did she know, she was about to begin an eight-hour, 13-site scavenger hunt that I had set up all over the D.C. metro area," Jason says. She covered 35 miles worth of locations, all with special meaning to the couple: The bar where they met, the restaurant where they first dined, and even the apartment building in which they had once lived together. At the last stop, Emily found Jason on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial where he waited to join her on a bike ride to their favorite city spot, Hains Point. There, Jason popped the question and received a resounding, "Yes!"

In the end, it was their engagement that solidified their wedding plans. "Just a few weeks after we got engaged, we actually won a local radio contest for best proposal," Emily says. And the prize afforded them far more than just glory. "It had some D.C.-area vendors selected for us, including our venue, so we had to start planning around that." The bride and groom were originally nervous they wouldn't like the pre-selected locale — the Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia — but their fears were quickly diminished once they saw the expansive outdoor ceremony space and beautiful interiors.

With their nerves eased and their excitement building, the couple set the date for May 15, 2015, and planned the soft and romantic party they'd envisioned and had Jillian Michelle Photography there to capture every dreamy moment.

Emily and Jason invited 140 guests to join them for their wedding day. Their simple invitation suite got a special touch: "My mom is a professional calligrapher, among her many other talents, and she volunteered to address our blush pink envelopes in gold ink," Emily says. "She did them so beautifully and so quickly! We were thrilled with how they turned out." The suite matched the couple's overall color palette of gold and pink with pops of merlot.

Because many of their guests had to travel for the big day, Emily and Jason worked hard to make them feel appreciated. "One of the best comments we heard after our wedding was from a mentor of mine," the bride says. "She said she felt like we had a surprise waiting for our guests around every corner. I loved that she felt that way, because that's exactly what we wanted everyone to think."

Emily admits that she had a tough time finding the right wedding dress. But the second she spotted her Enzoani gown, she knew she had found it. "As soon as I saw the movement of the dress while I was walking toward the mirror, I fell in love with it," explains Emily. "I immediately realized this was the view Jason would have when I first walked down the aisle. Something about the way the dress moved when I walked felt so romantic and just how I pictured that moment would be on our wedding day."

Emily paired her dress with gold and crystal pumps.

The bride's blush and white bouquet was comprised of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, Queen Anne's lace, lilacs, lisianthus, and roses, and featured touches of seeded eucalyptus. As a special accent, the couple's florist tucked a gold bracelet that Jason's father had given to his mother as anniversary gift in with the blooms.

Jason donned a charcoal gray tuxedo and pinned a larkspur, hypericum berry, and seeded eucalyptus boutonniere to his lapel.

With all six of her bridesmaids living in different states, dress shopping proved difficult for Emily and her attendants. The solution? The bride took a few friends out on multiple shopping runs, and the women settled on one-shouldered merlot dresses that popped against the otherwise pastel color palette. Each 'maid carried a smaller version of Emily's bouquet, which was accented with a good-luck brooch that belonged to the bride's grandmother.

Jason's niece acted as the couple's flower girl, wearing an ivory dress and a floral crown of berries and petite roses.

The groomsmen coordinated with Emily's bridesmaids' attire by wearing merlot-colored ties with their charcoal gray tuxedos. "They also wore pocket watches and tie clips, their gift from us," the bride says.

At their outdoor ceremony, a petal-strewn aisle and an arch covered in curly willow, greenery, and cascading flowers created a romantic vibe. Emily walked the aisle with her father, then exchanged traditional vows with Jason. "We did write our own vows," Emily explains, "but we wanted them to be longer and very personal, so instead of saying them during the ceremony we wrote them in letters to each other, which we read individually before the ceremony."

After their first kiss, the new bride and groom found themselves overcome with emotion. "Immediately after the ceremony, we were alone with our parents and the bridal party," Emily says. "Everyone just burst into tears, even many of the guys! I think it was a combination of everyone's nerves calming down and the realization that we were actually married now. We all just lost it."

Inside the country club, half of the round tables were decorated with large arrangements while the others featured tall, cylindrical centerpieces. Each contained a mixture of greens, roses, hydrangea, and Queen Anne's lace.

The couple's white-iced wedding cake featured layers of vanilla-chocolate marble and butter rum. On top, the couple placed the cake topper Emily's parents used for their wedding.

Emily and Jason took their first dance to Last Leaf's "OK Go," then joined guests outside for a surprise. "We had fireworks about an hour after sunset," Emily says. "The venue has a large wraparound patio that overlooks a golf course, and we all watched them from there."

The newlyweds enjoyed a seven-day honeymoon in Greece. Emily has this advice for brides-to-be: "Planning a wedding is very stressful, with so many logistics and emotions involved. When divvying up tasks, play to each other's strengths. Try as best you can to keep things in perspective and approach the engagement experience as just one of many adventures together. No matter how much you plan, little things will inevitably go wrong. While it's fun to aspire to the 'perfect' wedding day, what matters most is all the days that come after."

Venue & Catering: Evergreen Country Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Enzoani || Veil: Bel Aire Bridal || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: Makeup By Brooke || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aria || Flower Girl Dress: Balance9 || Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: Brilliant Earth || Florist: Flowers By Paulette || Invitations: By Invitation Only || Music: Chris Styles DJs || Cake: Occasional Cakes || Videographer: Creative Ideation || Photographer: Jillian Michelle Photography

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Looking for more classic inspiration for your own big day? Then you'll love one couple's traditional bash in New York City, seen below.

A Backyard Wedding That Proves You Can Plan a Gorgeous Celebration in Just Four Months

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May 172016

In May of 2015, four years after they first met at church, Will surprised Darcie with a trip to Costa Rica to visit his brother and sister-in-law. "I'd convinced myself he wasn't going to propose because I didn't want to be disappointed," Darcie says. But she shouldn't have worried. As they walked along the beach to watch the sunset before dinner, Will's family slowed down, and soon it was just the two of them on a group of huge rocks jutting out into the sea. "When the sun was just right, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him!" she says. They celebrated with champagne on the beach, a dreamy start to an engagement if we've ever heard one.

But they didn't bask in the glow for too long, deciding to get married in just four months! "It's possible!" Darcie swears. They chose the groom's family's farm in Toano, Virginia, as the venue, settling on a romantic and bohemian vibe. "I didn't want anything to feel too 'done,'" explains the bride. With a whirlwind engagement and a stunning venue, the wedding was everything the couple dreamed of. See the gorgeous photos, by Chelsea Diane Photography, below!

Darcie knew she wanted an all-lace wedding dress with straps, and this Martina Liana stunner was the first one she tried on! "I knew it was the one when it was still on the hanger," the bride says. She skipped a veil, opting for a flower crown of white ranunculus, porcelina spray roses, and baby's breath instead. Her bouquet matched the crown, in white and rose hues, and combined roses, waxflower, dahlias, stock, eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and cedar branches.

William selected the suits that he and his groomsmen wore, choosing for skinny navy designs from ASOS.

"I really wanted the texture of mismatched dresses," says Darcie of her bridesmaids' blush gowns, which combined lace, beading, and more simple fabrics from shops like Anthropologie and Free People. The flower girl coordinated with the bridesmaids in a lace dress and a baby's breath crown, while the ring bearer donned a bowtie and suspenders.

The pair took on a number of DIY projects, with Darcie sourcing and painting their chalkboard signs, and William building the couple's wooden altar, which was decorated with white hydrangea, porcelina spray roses, eucalyptus, blush carnations, and myrtle for the traditional ceremony. "The officiant is a pastor from our church, and our wedding day was so special because we had the people closest to us involved," says the bride.

Even one of the groom's family's horses got in on the portrait action. The wooden fences and sprawling forests in the background created a natural, dramatic, and relaxed scene.

As escort cards, the pair purchased succulents and stuck tags directing guests to their tables directly in the dirt.

Each table was decorated with a slice of wood topped with candles and bud vases full of roses and hydrangeas. A fern was placed over each napkin.

For dinner, guests dined on risotto with spinach and red peppers, a macaroni and cheese bar ("It was a huge hit!" says Darcie), blackened mahi-mahi with mango pico de gallo, and sliced tenderloin on rolls.

For dessert, the pair served a vanilla almond and chocolate cake, decorated with waxflower, Italian ruscus, and baker ferns.

"Our DJ was amazing. We wanted the whole thing to feel like one big party, and there was tons of dancing!" Darcie remembers.

After a Costa Rican engagement, the pair decided to honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. Says Darcie of planning a wedding on such a short timeline, "There will be stressful moments, but remember that it's supposed to be a celebration, so don't get caught up in it!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Groom's Family's Farm || Bride's Wedding Dress: Martina Liana || Shoes: Anthropologie || Hair: Chelsea Jordan || Makeup: Olivia Atwood || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: ASOS || Florist: Kate Fióre Floral Design || Catering: Custom Culinary Connections || Rentals: Williamsburg Event Rentals || Favors: The Succulent Source || Photographer: Chelsea Diane Photography

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A Backyard Wedding in Virginia That Didn’t Skimp on the Color

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May 092016

Laurie's law school friend didn't let nearly 100 miles stop her from setting Laurie up with a college pal. "Blake lived in Norfolk and I lived in Richmond," says Laurie (a 90-mile drive!), "but my friend insisted we meet. I'm so glad she did!" Their first lunch date turned into seven hours wandering around Richmond, and the two were instantly smitten. A year of weekend visits followed, until Blake finally joined Laurie in Richmond in October of 2013. A few short months later, after a New Year's Eve dinner downtown, the pair returned home to find that their apartment was filled with candles and flowers, and when Laurie turned around to see what was up, Blake was down on one knee. "He'd conspired with my family to set everything up while we were at dinner. It was perfect!" she says.

The duo spent the next 16 months planning a spring wedding in Virginia, choosing Laurie's father's home as the perfect venue for their April 18, 2015, wedding with 125 guests. "We wanted the spot where we got married to be somewhere personal and meaningful, and a place we could visit again and again," the bride explains. They made the most of their longer planning schedule, settling on a playful garden party theme with just as many paper flowers as there were real ones (a DIY project Laurie tackled with her family and friends). See more of this vibrant backyard bash, photographed by Don Mears Photography, below!

The invitations hinted at the theme to come, with colorful flowers popping out of kraft paper envelopes.

Not one to shy away from some glitter, Laurie paired a strapless Wtoo ball gown with a sparkling overlay with a pair of glittering Kate Spade pumps (with matching Kate Spade Keds to wear once the dancing got started!). "It was a dress my mom and aunt had chosen for me, and it just felt right — but I second-guessed myself and didn't buy it!" Laurie says. Later that week, she and mom passed the bridal salon again, and the dress was on prominent display in the window. "We knew it was a sign and went back to try the dress on one more time. This time I knew!"

Her bridesmaids each chose their own navy cocktail dress, with a perfect mix of textures and silhouettes. "I was so surprised that they looked like the dresses were all part of the same collection," says Laurie.

Blake and his groomsmen all wore gray suits, with light pink ties that were perfect for the spring evening.

Laurie's bouquet combined both fresh and paper flowers, with a special touch: The faux blooms contained handwritten notes from family and friends that the bride could carry down the aisle with her. "I loved having a few moments before the ceremony to read what everyone had written," she says.

The bride's father's property had the perfect ceremony location: Two trees along the river, from which the couple's planner draped white fabric above an altar of flowers and sheer white fabric. A pair of ring bearers, in matching caps and suspenders, carried "Here Comes the Bride" flags down the aisle.

Her bridesmaids' bouquets also combined vibrantly-hued fresh and paper flowers, a mix of garden roses, lisianthus, and lilies.

A white tent was lit with chandeliers for the reception on the lawn. Tables were topped with a mix of fresh and paper flowers tucked into mismatched glass jars. Pink, blue, and purple napkins popped against the white tablecloths.

The party kicked off with a Texas-themed cocktail hour, complete with a nacho bar, mini burritos, and a signature margarita. For dinner, a Southern menu of DIY mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, and a carving station reflected Blake's family heritage. As a fun addition, they also included a nod to Laurie's job as an owner of a McDonalds franchise. "We had late-night cheeseburgers and milkshake shooters!" she says.

As favors, guests received pairs of vintage spoons customized with sayings like "You're the Peanut Butter to my Jelly" and "I Love You, A Bushel and a Peck." "It was a fun way to give our guests their table assignments, as well as something they'll find use for at home," says Laurie.

For dessert, the pair served a white cake with ombré fondant flowers covering layers of vanilla raspberry cake, alongside a dessert bar of cake pops, cookies, and macarons. "I loved seeing how the dessert bar became a part of our décor," says the bride.

"Before the ceremony, Blake and I were both hidden in my dad's house — I was upstairs, he was downstairs — but could both see what was unfolding outside. It was so fun to see our guests arrive and take in the gorgeous setting," she says.

They spent their honeymoon touring Europe, visiting everywhere from Positano and Capri to Paris. Advises Laurie, "Be yourselves and have fun! Pick the things that are most important to you, and focus on those details. The rest will fall into place!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bride's Father's Home || Wedding Planner: The Cordial Cricket || Bride's Wedding Dress: Wtoo, purchased from Bliss Bridal || Shoes: Kate Spade || Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Mantura & Brittany Coffey || Groom's Attire: Nathan's Custom Tailors || Groom & Groomsmen's Ties: Collard Greens || Engagement Ring: Solomon Brothers || Wedding Bands: Schwarzschild Jewelers || Florist: Flowers Make Scents || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Cordial Cricket; Minted || Music: Choice Entertainment || Catering: Culinary Connection || Cake: Candy Valley Cake Company || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia; Paisley & Jade; Blue Steel Lighting || Favors: Bella Jackson Studios || Photography: Don Mears Photography

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A Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Virginia’s Pippin Hill Farm

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Nov 192015

When Chad proposed to Ashleigh during a sunset sailboat cruise in Aruba after four years of dating, he unsuspectingly set the scene for their Virginia wedding, too. "He had my favorite pink champagne imported to celebrate," Ashleigh remembers. When the University of Virginia alums started looking for wedding venues, their love of wine led them toward Charlottesville's vineyards, and, from there, to Pippin Hill Farm. "It's the most breathtaking of them all — not to mention the food and wine are spectacular!" says the bride.

They embraced a romantic blush pink color scheme, tying in a travel theme as a nod to the couple's love of exploring the globe. Ashleigh took on a few DIY projects to personalize the celebration, but kept the décor refined and simple to let the beauty of the vineyard shine through. Keep reading to see their gorgeous May 2, 2015 wedding, photographed by Jack Looney and Ashley Twiggs!

The travel theme first emerged in the invitations, with a map of the local area pointing out the wedding-weekend highlights.

Ashleigh's blush Martina Liana dress jumped out at her the second she walked into the bridal salon. "I knew I wanted something different, and this felt like my personality in a dress!" she says of the silk organza and floral beading. She added soft cap sleeves to the neckline to wear during the ceremony, and chose blush peep-toe pumps by Badgley Mischka.

Bridesmaids wore petal pink Bill Levkoff gowns, choosing a few different necklines for a more personal feel. The maid and matron of honor added sparkling belts to their waistbands.

The flower girl stole the show in an oversized tulle tutu, with a pink rose flower crown in her hair.

With such a stunning view, the ceremony didn't need much in the way of additional decorations. Rows of white chairs flanked a pergola that was simply accented with roses, lilies, and greenery. Ashleigh and Chad wrote their own vows, sharing a few inside jokes and lyrics to a favorite song.

After the couple's first kiss, the wedding party headed back up the aisle with the flower girl in tow. "She had dumped all her petals at the very end of the aisle, and thought that she had to pick them up when she was done!" laughs the bride.

The reception took place inside Pippin Hill Farm's gorgeous gray barn, which the couple dressed up with two wreaths of blooms and their initials hung form the front doors.

Chad and Ashleigh's dog, Joaquin Phoenix, wore an adorable tuxedo custom-tailored by the groom's mom. At the reception, guests sipped on two signature cocktails, the Princess Bride (rosé, vermouth, elderflower, and soda) or the Wakakakaka (a twist on a Dark and Stormy, with vanilla rum and spearmint).

Tables were named after places Chad and Ashleigh have visited together, so each escort card was a plane ticket to that destination. Centerpieces combined blush and white roses, hydrangeas, and peonies, surrounded by candles.

After lobster, beef tenderloin, and fried green tomatoes, guests enjoyed hummingbird cake with salted caramel and cream cheese frosting (and late-night mini Croque Monsieurs, of course!). The silhouette cake topper included the newlyweds' dog, and matched the design on their invitations.

After such a fun celebration, Ashleigh and Chad headed to the Maldives and Thailand for their honeymoon. Says the bride, "We wanted to enjoy every part of our wedding, so we spread the celebrations out over a whole year, starting with an engagement party exactly a year before the wedding. We scheduled events throughout the weekend to really make the most of it."

Venue & Catering: Pippin Hill Farm || Bride's Wedding Dress: Martina Liana || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Jewelry, Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Fine Gems & Jewelry || Hair & Makeup: Charlottesville Makeup Artist LLC || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Invitations & Programs: Paper Street Press || Menus: Blushing Paper Designs || Escort Cards: Anthologie Press || Ceremony Music: Griff's Room Band || Reception Music: In Full || Cake: Maliha Creations || Rentals: Blue Ridge AV and Lighting, Stonegate Event Rentals || Favors: Splendid Sips || Videographer: Underground Shorts || Photographer: Jack Looney Photography, Ashley Twiggs

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This Bride Started Planning Her Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains While Deployed in Iraq

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Oct 292015

When Brittney and Brian first met in 2011, she was about to be deployed to the Middle East, but the couple didn't let that stop their budding relationship from growing. "On our second date, we went skydiving!" says Brittney. Over the course of the next two years, an eight-hour time difference, sparse Internet connections, and the stress of war tested the couple's strength, but, says the bride, "We knew that if we could make it through that, there was nothing we couldn't handle." During her final R&R in September 2013, Brian proposed while the couple was on vacation. Brittney had to go back to Iraq for one more month, so they quickly set a date for a year later on September 27, 2014, and started planning while she was 7,000 miles away.

The bride grew up in Madison, Virginia, so Brittney and Brian chose the town, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, as their wedding destination. "We wed in the same church where I was confirmed, and had our reception at the lodge where I grew up watching 4th of July fireworks and going to music festivals," she says. With the help of Amore Events, they planned a family-focused celebration with a relaxed feel, and hired A Muse Photography to photograph the big day.

Though Brittney had already ordered a pre-owned dress online, she kept her appointment at Kleinfeld so that she and her mom could have a dress-shopping experience together. "I even tried on the same dress I'd already bought, so my mom could see it," says the bride. When her stylist told her it was a safe choice, Brittney got out of her comfort zone with a sherbet-hued Tara Keely gown with a lace bodice. "I have never felt so great in a dress! I bounced out of the dressing room and knew I had to have it!" Her glitter J.Crew wedge sandals were so comfortable that she wore them all night.

To complement her red hair and colorful gown, Brittney wore a customized ombré blush veil — she had a longer ombré veil and a shorter one sewn together to add a blusher.

Bridesmaids wore gray Alfred Angleo dresses, and Brittney accompanied each woman on a shopping trip to help her find the perfect silhouette. The bride's bouquet combined a king protea, dahlias, garden roses, and greenery, all tied with a handmade silk ribbon that she used to attach her parents' wedding rings, two lucky pennies, and a gold rose that Brian had sent her for Valentine's Day while she was deployed. The bridesmaids' bouquets were all different, including one made of only greenery for a bridesmaid who was allergic to flowers.

The boutonnieres featured ivory ranunculus and blush rosebuds, tied with silk ribbon. Brian wore a custom vest and a herringbone jacket, and his groomsmen wore herringbone vests over Buffalo check shirts. Jeans and dark brown boots completed the rustic-elegant look.

"We both knew we'd have a hard enough time speaking in front of 175 guests," says Brittney, "so Brian and I decided to use the same vows that thousands of couples have used before us."

Outside the barn reception, guests played cornhole with boards customized to match the venue.

The reception décor was chosen to highlight the venue's rustic feel. Bistro lights (and a huge floral heart!) helped set the scene.

Guests sat at reclaimed picnic tables, which were decorated with lace runners and centerpieces in vintage bottles, vases, and wooden crates. Candles in lace-inspired votive holders glowed between the dahlias and garden roses.

Brittney created the oversized floral wall, which was used as a photo booth backdrop. "I cleaned out the floral section of every Michael's craft store in the area!" she laughs. At the end of the evening, guests took home jars of apple butter that were made at the lodge.

After a dinner inspired by southern Thanksgiving (think fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and salad with goat cheese and berries), the bride and groom cut into a coconut cake simply frosted with buttercream. Guests could also choose from chocolate, vanilla, and apple crumb cakes.

"It was so amazing being up in the mountains," says Brittney. "There's no cell service or WiFi, so everyone was so present." The couple headed west to Monterey, California, for their honeymoon. Says the bride, "Ask for help, and don't be afraid to tell people what you want. They want to help, but don't give them free reign over the design. Speak up!"

Ceremony Venue: Hebron Lutheran Church || Reception Venue & Catering: Graves Mountain Lodge || Wedding Planne & Florist: Amore Events by Cody || Bride's Wedding Dress: Tara Keely || Shoes: J.Crew || Jewelry: Kleinfeld || Hair: Kim Peterson || Makeup: Rouge 9 || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Groom's Attire & Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew || Ribbons: Silk & Willow || Invitations: Minted || Additional Paper Goods: Something Printable; Simple Simon Design || Music: Michael Coleman; Playback DJ || Rentals: Paisley & Jade, MS Events || || Photography: A Muse Photography

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WATCH: Go Inside an Autumnal Wedding in Virginia

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Oct 032015

Does it feel like you've hit a wedding planning roadblock? Don't let that dead-end derail your weekend of big day prep! If you're searching for fresh inspiration served up in a new way, consider our real wedding video series, which is packed with the sweetest love stories and plenty of incredible ideas. Each week we've been spotlighting one of our favorite new couples, and today we're taking you inside Joanna and Clay's stunning fall celebration in Mineral, Virginia.

The pair asked Shaking Hands Productions to capture the details of their autumnal nuptials at the Cedar Bluff Farm, and for other couples putting the finishing touches on their own fall I do's, you'll want to pay close attention to every seasonal aspect of this party. The video kicks off with a snapshot of their very fall-inspired wedding stationery. Delicate greenery and bird details make this invitation feel perfectly suited for the season.

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Then, the ceremony starts in a barn decked out with hay bails, seasonal-hued flowers, and plenty of glowing lights. They even made sure their tented reception space was reminiscent of fall, with low centerpieces comprised of mixed blooms, mismatched vintage plates, and antler accents. While still being perfectly classic and beautiful, the venue certainly screamed of fall.

Other cute ideas we loved? How this adorable couple included not one but two of their pets in the ceremony! Keep your eyes peeled to catch a snap of their two pups, both dressed up with with seasonal garlands, as they get ready to walk down the aisle.

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WATCH: We Can’t Get Enough of This Couple’s Dreamy Winter Wedding in Virginia

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Sep 192015

Summer might be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean wedding planning is over — especially for those couples hosting winter nuptials! Before you head out to meet with your planner, consult with your florist, or even search endless racks of beautiful wedding dresses for "the one" this weekend, it's important you take some time to figure out what you want your wedding day to look like. After months of seeing nothing but bright summer weddings, winter brides are in for a treat: Our real wedding video channel, which is filled with tons of beautiful love stories from couples across the country and abroad, has incredible inspiration for every season. Each week we've been spotlighting our favorite new love story, and today's couple, Laura and Avery, hosted one of the most perfect winter weddings we've ever seen.

The pair asked East West Productions to capture their late December wedding at Virginia's beloved Pippin Hill Farm, and the finished product is every winter-loving bride's dream. Although there's no snow on the ground, these super sweet nuptials breathe winter spirit thanks to carefully selected seasonal details. If you're the type of bride that cringes at the idea of a late winter wedding, trust us, this rustic bash will completely change your mind. The trick to pulling off a winter wedding that feels like the season and not like a holiday party is to choose the right décor elements. For Laura and Avery, that was twinkling candlelight, plenty of greenery, and subtle sparkle.

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One of the biggest wow moments at this wedding? Their incredibly decorated ceremony space. Pippin Hill's barn was done up with glowing candles and café lights, swags of evergreen and pinecones along the aisle, and a stunning seasonal-inspired altar of greenery. To stand out against her winter-white décor, the bride chose a soft blush-hued wedding dress.

If this couple's vows leave you in tears, you'll be pleased to know that there's lots of love and fun during their reception. With every guest out on the dance floor, lots of cheering, and an incredible multi-tiered wedding cake, this wedding shows brides that you can truly throw a great party... whatever season you're tying the knot in!

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