On a chilly day in January, I brought together a rockstar cast of 18 vendors to create a burgundy wedding with furs, winter florals, and of course...a spiked hot chocolate bar...because honestly, how can you not???
Read on to see the amazing work that these vendors put in and the photos that fabulous Sara of Sarandipity Photography captured for the first shoot of the year!
Even on a rainy and chilly winter day, Brandy Hill Farm was warm, cozy, and everything we dreamed of! Sometimes it rains on a wedding day...but we NEVER let that ruin the day and we didn't let it ruin our shoot!
We were lucky to not only have a perfect couple with a ton of chemistry for this shoot, we also had the beautiful Erika N. to do some bridal shots. She is stunning and a blast to work with! Juli from The Garter Girl designed that delicate little burgundy garter and the classic elegant ivory one specially for our two brides. Erika rocked the Lambkin Sweetheart robe from Plum Pretty Sugar while she got ready!
These gowns are from Brides by Demetrios. The dress on the left boasted a sexy plunging neckline with intricate shimmering designs. The dress on the right had tulle and beading for days with the long sleeves making it a perfect winter choice.
We helped Erika and Gracie into their gowns. Their hair was styled perfectly by Casey Hargrove of Hair Studio at 3 West. Their makeup was beautifully applied by Sara Dodson of Vanity Affair Weddings. I mean, are they dreamy brides or what?!? Casey and Sara were an amazing team together.
Our groom Samir wore a handsome dark grey suit from The Black Tux. They send out everything a groom needs for the big day including socks, shoes, the tie, and cufflinks. The boutonniere matched our bride's winter bouquet from Twinbrook Floral Design. Here Samir waits for beautiful bride Gracie to get dressed and ready for the first look.
Everyone on my team got teary-eyed watching these two have a first look. I don't think Samir and Gracie were even prepared for all the feels! Their boutonniere and bouquet matched perfectly and those Brandy Hill lights in the background were magical!
Aren't they stunning together?
This beauty...! Sara made the models feel so comfortable and captured the very best moments!
Morie of Jes Frank Events designed the floral arrangements to drape over the dark brown Chiavari chairs from Brooke's Rental Center. The warm-lit lanterns and tableware were rented from my new friend Joy at the best bridal thrift store EVER Bride and Joy in Culpeper!
Sandy from Noted Occasions made the perfectly fitting invitation suite and Hot Chocolate Bar sign! We couldn't do a winter wedding without a hot chocolate bar...especially one that gives you the option to spike with delicious cordials. We took Sandy's escort cards to the talented Nika at Caligraphette & Co so she could write each vendor's name as our place cards.
Hailey Fleming of Whisked Away baked our favors; red velvet, vanilla bean, and strawberry shortcake macarons tied with burgundy bows. Kristina B., owner of Cupcaked Bakery made this chocolate cake with white chocolate buttercream. Noted Occasions also created this menu to let our guests know what Purple Onion Catering would be serving on the dinner menu.
This shoot was a party. We had champagne (no one told us not to drink on the job!), a gorgeous venue, and an incredible group of people working together. My JFE squad specifically was more than I could ever ask for, as always. I was beyond thankful for my main lady Nani for running all the little errands that morning including bringing lunch for the team. Bruce (the muscles), who did all the heavy lifting. Morie who does my business's florals. My models who went above and beyond their model duties to help with setup and cleanup. My vendors who were creative and generous with their time and talents. And last but not least, my friend and photographer Sara who captured the details that we'd dreamed up for months.
Stay tuned for the next shoot!
DESIGN AND COORDINATION: JES FRANK EVENTS // PHOTOGRAPHY: SARA OF SARANDIPITY PHOTOGRAPHY // VENUE: BRANDY HILL FARM // MAKEUP: SARA DODSON OF VANITY AFFAIR MAKEUP // HAIR: CASEY HARGROVE OF STUDIO AT 3 WEST // FLORALS: TWINBROOK FLORAL DESIGN AND MORIE OF JES FRANK EVENTS // MODELS: ERIKA N.-GRACIE B.-SAMIR S. // BRIDAL GOWNS: DEMETRIOS BRIDE // TUX: THE BLACK TUX // GARTERS: THE GARTER GIRL // BRIDAL ROBE: PLUM PRETTY SUGAR// RENTALS: BROOKS RENTAL CENTER // DESIGN ELEMENTS: BRIDE AND JOY // STATIONARY: NOTED OCCASIONS // CALLIGRAPHY: NIKA OF CALIGRAPHETTE & CO // MENU: PURPLE ONION CATERING CO // CAKE: KRISTINA OF CUPCAKED BAKERY // MACARON FAVORS: HAILEY OF WHISKED AWAY