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Historic Mankin Mansion Spaces

Historic Mankin Mansion, a Georgian Revival property, dates back to the early 1900’s, when it was built by the entrepreneurial brick maker and founder Edward Thurston Mankin. He not only designed the entire Italianate estate, but was a pioneer for his contribution to architecture in some of Virginia’s finest homes and beyond. Co-owners and wedding […]

10 Desserts We’ve Seen… and 10 Desserts We Want to See!

Wedding Cakes are the ultimate dessert for good luck, pictures, design and of course taste! As good as they are, we have seen some awesomely creative, unique and different wedding desserts these past few years. We have also heard rumors of other desserts that we want to see! So if you are looking for some […]

Our Fave Favors!

After witnessing a day full of firsts as a married couple, crying happy tears, toasting to your love, and dancing the night away, your guests will be sure to cherish the memory of your wedding celebration for decades! Some may have captured photos and videos to share, and a lucky few may have even caught […]

Modern Romance Meets Timeless Elegance: Ali Sue + Xander

Modern, romantic, timeless, and elegant perfectly describe Ali Sue and Xander’s gorgeous wedding day. There were so many beautiful details they incorporated into their day that made it unique to just them. A string quartet began playing before the ceremony to welcome everyone into the garden. They continued with “Julep” playing while Ali Sue walked […]

Things To/Not To Do The Week of Your Wedding!

The wedding day checklist is extensive and while there are many weekly tasks that should be completed, there are some that have to wait until the week of or a few weeks prior. These tasks include hair and makeup appointments, outings with friends and family, food and drinks, packing up décor and alcohol and so […]

I Spy Something Blue!

“Something Blue” has been an inspiration to brides for decades based on the English saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe.” The blue is specifically to symbolize the bride’s purity, love and fidelity and over the years we have seen some brilliant incorporations of blue into wedding days. […]

Proud to Celebrate Your Love

The tradition of uniting families through a wedding ceremony has existed for thousands of years, with the earliest records of marriage dating back to ancient Mesopotamia. Whether a strategic merger or a true love match, both heterosexual and homosexual unions have existed throughout history. Accounts of transgender officials and a publicly recognized third gender are […]

Magical and Joyful Springtime Wedding: Lorna + Terry

Lorna and Terry’s day was filled with so much love and laughter! The picture below with their wedding party perfectly describes the vibe of their day. Everyone was so excited to get Lorna and Terry married and it was an absolutely gorgeous day! Lorna wanted time to be able to relax and enjoy the day, […]

What About a Friday or Sunday Wedding?

The wedding world revolves around the norm of Saturday weddings, but does it really have to be that way? Saturdays are the premium date as it is in the middle of the weekend, convenient for out of town guests and easy to plan other activities around such as a rehearsal dinner or Sunday brunch. While […]

Spend New Year’s Eve with Us!

What do you think would be the best way to celebrate the end of 2022? Celebrating the start of something beautiful and new at the same time! We love a good New Years Eve Wedding. There is something so, so special about ringing in the New Year with your new partner for life, surrounded by […]

The “I Do Duffle!”

When it comes to your wedding day, the most important thing you can do is be in the moment. Relaxing and trusting your team will allow you to cherish every moment with your betrothed. Careful planning is the key to navigating the buzz of excitement and celebration without getting swept up in a hunt for […]

Classically Romantic Mauve and Navy Cally Lilly Summer Wedding: Eleanor + Rip

Eleanor and Rip had a gorgeous outdoor wedding surrounded by so much love! The ladies started by popping champagne in the Summer Parlor and the guys played some pool in the Game Room. Once we tied all the guy’s bowties, pinned boutonnieres, and Rip and Eleanor did their final last touches, they were ready for […]