November 2, 2011

Maureen & Danny

So much of planning an event is focusing on the large picture, securing the vendors, negotiating contracts, planning the beats of the wedding day, reviewing timelines with vendors, etc.

The good stuff, the really good stuff, are the little things.

I loved every bit of planning Maureen’s wedding with her. Once we had nailed down the big picture (which, don’t get me wrong, is every bit as important as the little picture!)…we had a blast working together to create a meaningful event, one that celebrated Maureen & Danny’s hometown, and the local artists within it….

Maureen’s wedding was brimming with little details… it all started with a photo she snapped with her iphone one morning at the Charlottesville’s Farmer’s Market. It was a photograph of local flowers clumped together in a plastic bucket. The colors were vibrant, the flowers had probably been picked just hours before.

From that photo Maureen worked with Cary Oliva to design her printed materials. Cary the actual photo of the flowers to create custom save the dates, invitations, ceremony programs and even handmade coasters (which we used for the guest place cards & favors). 

From the colors of the her invitation came the pop of pink for the bridesmaid’s dresses and the guy’s ties.

Maureen worked with Jenn Pineau of Sugar Magnolias to incorporate the same local zinnias and strawflowers throughout her wedding decor. Jenn used Maureen’s iphone photo for guidance and planted zinnias and strawflowers in her garden — that would later come together to create centerpieces and bouquets for her big day.

We selected blue for the table cloths and incorporated vintage blue ball jars to compliment the vibrant colors of the flowers.

Jewelry designer Erin McDermott, a Charlottesville favorite, designed and made earrings for each of girls— a mixture of pearls and rose quartz drops. Each pair was unique…

She didn’t stop there…Maureen asked each bridesmaid to send her a swatch of fabric that was meaningful to them. I custom designed ditty bags out of champagnes, pinks and ivories —and incorporated their fabrics into the inside of each bag. Each ditty bag was unique… 

To top it off we custom made a just married sign and ring pillow… just to keep it all local…

As you can imagine — their wedding day was stunning. And not just because it poured all morning, and the clouds parted just in time for Maureen to arrive at the farm and walk down the aisle. But because it was a day that was centered around the little things — that all added up to be one big celebration of their new life together, and the friends and family who showed up to witness and celebrate with them.

I’m so thankful to have been a part of their journey…

Congratulations to you guys! 












          {a special thanks to Patricia Lyons for these amazing photos!}

It takes a team…

Catering: Harvest Moon Catering  Ditty Bags: just a little ditty… Event Planning: Dickie Morris, just a little ditty… Flowers: Sugar Magnolias Jewelry: Erin McDermott Photography: Patricia Lyons Photography Printed Materials: byCary Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals& Festive Fare Rentals Venue: King Family Vineyards