Where to Wed: My Top 10 Venues of 2017!

Where to Wed: My Top 10 Venues of 2017!

Virginia is such a lovely place to call home, and I am always so excited to visit new wedding venues all over the state to design flowers for my sweet brides! I have been to many different venues throughout the last several years, and I thought it would be helpful for any of my engaged readers to share my top 10 favorites (it was SO hard to choose), and features I love of each!! That way, you can use this as a guide if YOU are still searching for that perfect wedding venue for your big day! So, in no particular order, here are 10 wedding venues that are sure to impress! 

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Celia & Clint- Historic Post Office Blush Summer Wedding

Celia & Clint- Historic Post Office Blush Summer Wedding

Celia and Clint's beautiful blush wedding was definitely a highlight of my year! When I first talked with Celia, I just KNEW that we were going to be friends, and I absolutely loved working with her throughout the design process! She is so upbeat and cheerful, and when she told me she was a nurse I could just see her sharing her sweet smile and positivity with all of her patients each day!! Celia dreamed of feminine and blush florals, full of garden roses, peonies, eucalyptus, ranunculus and more!! Her bridal bouquet was so fluffy and perfect, and I loved that she wanted blush silk ribbon streamers for each bridesmaid bouquet (and hers) to complete the look!! The Historic Post Office was the perfect setting for Celia and Clint's wedding, and from when I first saw Celia and her girls sipping on some bubbly in the bridal suite, to when they were preparing to walk down the aisle, the whole day was full of smiles and laughter!! I even got to take a photo with the bride, as I gave Celia her bouquet!! (Scroll to the end for that!) Each detail was so beautiful and I absolutely loved Celia's gorgeous wedding dress- she looked like a princess!! I always LOVE working with Audrey Rose Photography, and she captured each moment throughout the day perfectly! I was so honored that Celia and Clint chose me to design their flowers, and I absolutely loved working with them both! Enjoy these photos and see the end of the post for all the vendors involved! :)

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CIE Bride Chat: Meet Aaliyah!

CIE Bride Chat: Meet Aaliyah!

Aaliyah and Shane were the winners of our Beautiful Beginnings Wedding Giftaway that we were a part of last fall, and they are the absolute sweetest!! They are getting married at the brand new Historic Post Office in Hampton, Virginia, and their wedding is going to be SO beautiful; I have been looking forward to their special day since they were announced the winners of the Wedding Giftaway!! To apply, Aaliyah created a video about their relationship, and of course Shane had be a part of it too, even though being in the military, he was deployed at the time, and their video totally brought me to tears! I knew after watching that they were a really special couple! I mean, they first met in middle school! How cute is that?! I attached their sweet application video at the bottom of this blog so you can watch too! :)

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Kayla & Andrew's Chesapeake, Virginia Wedding!

Kayla & Andrew's Chesapeake, Virginia Wedding!

Kayla and Andrew were married on a beautiful October day last fall in Chesapeake, Virginia, and had the most lovely, whimsical wedding! Their color palette of mauve, white and blush was gorgeous, and one of my favorites of the year- it's so fun to work with more unique color palettes. Kayla wanted lots of textural blooms, like dahlias, ranunculus and scabiosa paired with romantic garden roses and eucalyptus greenery for the florals, and I adore the way they all looked at her wedding! :) Another fun part for me was making those adorable succulent boutonnieres- LOVE!! I loved working with these two sweethearts; they had such a lovely and heartfelt day. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Erin Daniel Photography, and be sure to show some love to the entire vendor team listed below! 

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The Historic Post Office Grand Opening!

The Historic Post Office Grand Opening!

I was so honored to provide some centerpieces for the recent Grand Opening Event of the Historic Post Office, in Hampton, Virginia! It is SUCH a gorgeous venue- perfect for a classic, romantic wedding, and it is also the host venue of our Beautiful Beginnings Wedding Giftaway, with Aaliyah and Shane getting married in March!! I am so excited for them!! :) This venue has definitely captured the imagination of the amazing vendors that collaborated to bring this "mock wedding" to life, and I loved working alongside them, and meeting some new friends! Enjoy these photos of the floral centerpieces I designed, and check out ALL the vendors that participated, listed at the bottom of this post!

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Paula + Edgar's Wedding at Half Moone in Norfolk, Virginia

Paula + Edgar's Wedding at Half Moone in Norfolk, Virginia

Paula and Edgar were married on a beautiful August day at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk, Virginia. They were the sweetest couple to work with, and their wedding day was absolutely spectacular! They dreamed of lush garden-inspired florals, to pair with their modern-vintage wedding inspiration, and Tara Liebeck Photography captured it all perfectly!! I was thrilled to be their wedding florist, and I got to play with lots of my favorite flowers: garden roses, peonies (shipped in from Alaska), ranunculus, dahlias, greenery and more! Paula dreamed of some beautiful floral elements, including a flower arbor, (she was the first CIE bride to use my new wooden arbor) a carnation escort card display, large flower-filled centerpieces, flower crowns for the whole bridal party, and more!! :) Enjoy these magical photos, and give some love to the vendor team who brought their wedding to life, below!

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