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Virginia and Ben are a gorgeous couple that chose to get married in the historic city of Bath, England where all the guests were immersed in history as they celebrated the nuptials. The two of them chimed in and shared with us both their sides of the story, which we love. And who can resist a ring bearer in a top hat? No one. Absolutely, no one. Very special thanks to Aneta MAK for letting us feature her images and to wedding planner and designer, Mary Lee Herrington of Mary Lee Herrington Celebrations for creating such a beautiful celebration!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The wedding weekend was special and unique for many reasons, starting first with the location – the historic city of Bath, England. Virginia’s side all flew in from Texas, all of whom were so excited and eager to visit England for the first time. We therefore wanted this special trip to be made extra special with quintessential British touches. To welcome the ladies, we organized a special ladies-only afternoon high tea in the idyllic Cotswolds, which is just 10 minutes outside of the city of Bath. The afternoon tea was held at the Manor House Hotel and all the Texas girls were encouraged to wear hats and fascinators. After the afternoon tea event, everyone was shuttled back to Bath to get ready for a welcome drinks at the Victoria Art Gallery that night. The next day was incredibly lucky – a bright and sunny day in England! The ceremony took place at the tiny village church where Ben was baptised in the village of Batheaston. After the ceremony, guests were shuttled back to the Roman Baths – literally the very same historic baths from the Roman Empire. Guests ate canapes and drank the signature cocktail – the Texas Two-Step – while roaming the antiquities. For dinner and dancing, we set up a beautiful reception in the historic Pump Rooms – this is the very same rooms from the British Regency Era where Jane Austen dined and also mentions in her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. We wanted to stay true to the unique historic quality of each location and chose classic elegant designs – gold gilt frames, roman numerals for the table numbers (in honor of the Roman Baths!), all ivory flowers to enhance the understated elegance of the Pump Rooms, and Regency Era chairs. We accented with gold – gold table toppers and lettering, with loads of soft candles. Virginia and Ben’s Wedding Planner & Designer, Mary Lee Herrington of Mary Lee Herrington Celebrations also said that since Ben and Virginia are an intercontinental couple, we used a vintage map as a backdrop for their escort cards. All of the stationery for the day was bespoke, designed in a classical style with letterpress on ivory paper and gold. We also brought in touches of Americana to the celebration, such as the groom’s cake that was made in the shape of a rugby ball and field! Our special day was a dream!





Tell us about your gown and where/how you found it!

My wedding gown was actually the first gown I tried on. I ended up trying on about 20 more gowns at various locations, but this one really stood out and turned out to be my favorite. The gown was by James Clifford. I loved the lace details as well as the train. I purchased the dress at Stardust Bridal Salon in Plano, Texas Erin was my stylist. She was very helpful and made the dress buying process a fun one!








What was the most memorable part of the day?

Ben’s answer: Seeing my bride walking down the aisle was easily the most memorable part of the day. Virginia looked so beautiful in her dress and it was amazing to see all our closest friends and family watching her walk through the church. A close second would have to be the first sight of the Pump Rooms for our reception. The whole setting looked breathtaking.

Virginia’s answer: During the ceremony, I looked around and realized that all of the people we love the most were in the same room watching Ben and I take our vows- I felt so lucky and loved. Such a special moment. I also loved having the drinks reception at the Roman Baths under the stars. It was such a romantic setting!



Tell us how you met/proposed!

Ben’s answer: We met in Houston when I was over there doing an internship. Virginia offered to show me around because I was new in town and everything just clicked. I proposed kneeling on the driveway to our house. I was taking Virginia out for dinner and I decided to do the deed as soon as possible so that we could start celebrating. It’s a good thing she accepted!
Virginia’s answer: Ben came to America to do a legal internship and was actually in an office in the same building as my law firm. I offered to show him around since he was new in town. From that very first outing I knew Ben was something special. We were pretty much inseparable from that point forward the entire time he was in Houston. After his internship ended, he moved back to England and we dated long distance (Houston-London) for quite some time. Eventually, Ben moved to Dallas and were able to be in the same city. One night, we were going to dinner and Ben opened the door for me as I got in the car. When I turned around, I looked down and much to my surprise, Ben was down on one knee. Later he told me he had intended to propose after dinner, but decided he could not wait.


Vendors: Photography: Aneta MAK // Wedding Planning & Design: Mary Lee Herrington Celebrations // Church: St. John the Baptist Church, Batheaston // Reception Location: The Roman Baths & Pump Rooms // Catering: Searcy’s // Stationery: Paper+Cup Design // Flowers: By Appointment Only // Lighting: Stress-Free Hire // Stemware and charger plates: Jones Hire // String Quartet: Bristol String Quartet // DJ: The Wedding Smashers // Makeup & Hair: Claire Hanson // Cakes: Anna Tyler Cakes // Transportation: Hatts Travel 

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Sara and Sam grew up near each other, but it wasn’t until connecting at a friend’s wedding that romance sparked! They planned an incredibly romantic and spiritual ceremony that held a deep sense of tradition and meaning, and afterward hosted family and friends at Country Club of Virginia for a gorgeous reception with plenty of dancing, thanks to the James Brown cover band, The Big Payback, they hired! Sarah Der Photography captured all the love and details for us, and we are so excited to share the photos with you! Blue is so chic and on our list of upcoming trends. Don’t you love the soft palette?

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What made the wedding special and unique? We got married, got to invite everyone we love, and throw a big party to celebrate!




Tell us about your dress and where/how you found it! I snuck away to the only wedding store I knew about in Richmond (“Jingles”) to try on dresses by myself (without friends and my mom) and ended up choosing it after only a few dresses! It was not the style I originally had in mind, which is of course is how it always works, right?








What were some touches added to make it personal? We focused on making the service personal (the service was very important to us and was the one part of the wedding day that no one in our family knew about or could offer their opinion on). One special detail about the service was the breathtaking music by our incredibly talented musician friends (to whom we gave very little direction). Also, since we are both really into music, we spent a while searching for the perfect reception band – which ended up being a James Brown cover band made up of local musicians. They rocked and got everyone – young, old, black, white, northerners, southerners – dancing their faces off.





What was the most memorable part of the day? Renewing our baptismal vows together during the service – it was incredibly intimate and meaningful.






Tell us how you met/proposed! We lived in the same neighborhood and went to the same church. He first asked me out at a friend’s wedding. He proposed on a slushy winter Wednesday night. I was grumpy, wearing a cat sweatshirt, had just burnt a pot of chili and was listening to a melodramatic indie album (Youth Lagoon).



Vendors: Photography: Sarah Der Photography // Hair: Mango Salon // Cake: WPA Bakery // Reception: Country Club of Virginia // Ceremony: Third Presbyterian Church // Flowers: Beehive Events // Reception Band: The Big Payback // Gown: Watters // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anna Elyse // Bridesmaids’ necklaces (a gift from the bride): Dogeared Silver with different charms // Invitations & Calligraphy: Rock Paper Scissors

Heather and Matt adore the Pacific Northwest, and wanted to share their love of the area with their wedding guests, so they planned a wedding in Roche Harbor, where they often escape to with their boat. To add the the Northwest experience, they offered a fresh oyster bay, and even incorporated a Farmer’s Market favor! You can read more about the idea in Heather’s story below! Their wedding details were so creative and reflective of their personalities and love of the area!

Very special thanks to Jamie Grenough for sharing these gorgeous images!

OH…and that dress! It’s an Inbal Dror. We are obsessed with Inbal, who is a designer based out of Israel. Panache Bridal is one of the only places in the U.S. where you can try it on. It’s so one-of-a-kind!

What made the wedding special and unique?
Matt and I share a deep love for boating and have been visiting Roche Harbor separately since we were young. When we were dating, taking our boat up there together was magical and an ideal way to spend our time together. When we got engaged we immediately agreed upon Roche for the venue. We really looked forward to having our guests see where we spend most of our summer, and to share the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with them.
The desire to create a Northwest experience for our guests and share our love for good food and wine inspired a Farmers Market like display, which our guests could sample from during cocktail hour. Not only were the goodies local and fresh, they doubled as décor and made for a gorgeous display. The all-you-can-eat oyster bar was definitely a favorite amongst our guests. Our friends are still talking about how they kept on coming. As a parting gift, we supplied Farmer’s Market inspired bags for our guests to take the fruits, veggies and breads home with them.
Tell us about your gown and where/how you found it.

I first saw it on Pinterest and HAD to have it, but the link didn’t exist. I sent it to my sister Chelsea, who has a gift for finding information on the Internet, and she was successful! An Israeli Designer named Inbal Dror.  We found out it was making its first debut to the US and would be sold exclusively at Panache in Beverly Hills. Randomly, I had a trip booked down to California the month it came in! The dress wasn’t on the racks when we got there. Apparently, it wouldn’t be until the official trunk show later that month. Had I not asked about the dress, I would have not gotten to try it on! It was perfect. Exactly what I dreamed it would be. I was one of the first people to order the dress in the US, which was pretty cool too.









What were some touches added to make your wedding personal?
I have an obsession with Hermes, so I had to have some of my favorite porcelain pieces at our head table. My designer even decorated the fireplace with all of the orange boxes. Also, our love for greenery like ferns, air plants and succulents is strong, so it was a must to have them in abundance.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Hearing our self-written vows from one another. Also, waking up to a perfectly sunny sky, which was not likely at an October wedding in the Pacific Northwest.
 Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Matt and I met at work. He is the Owner/ CEO of a Creative Ad Agency called Creature, and I am the Financial Controller. When it came time for the proposal, we had had dinner plans, but Matt wanted to stop by the boat to “check on something”. He had petals covering the dock, as well as, roses encompassing the entire top deck. We toasted with champagne during a sunset cruise, then docked the boat for dinner at Barolo. It was perfect!



Vendors: Photography: Jamie Grenough // Venue: Roche Harbor // Catering: Bill Shaw at Roche Harbor Resort // Dress: Inbal Dror // Alterations: La Belle Reve in Bellevue // Bridesmaid dresses: Joanna August // Flowers/Design: KNJ Design- Kaleb Norman James // Hair: Amber at Roche Harbor // Make-up: Marilyn Young- Bellevue // Ring: West Coast Diamond & Gem for the stone, and 14 Karats in Beverly Hills for the setting // Dj: Pat Swayzak

Lindsey and Sheldon were married at one of our favorite all time venues ever ever ever–Blackberry Farm. We’re jealous. Add to that an incredibly beautiful and personal wedding, with gorgeous details, a genuine couple, and GORG photos by Clark Brewer Photography…well, we’re hooked. We know you’ll be too!

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Tell us about your gown and where/how you found it!

I wore Vera Wang’s “Isabella” gown made of layered ivory-colored chiffon and organza with a very simple Wang veil. I bought it at B. Hughes Bridal in Nashville and we ended up hiring Karen Kaforey, the owner of the dress shop, to plan the wedding. She was amazing.






What made your wedding special and unique?

We were blessed to have the opportunity to rent out Blackberry Farm in its entirety for the weekend. It’s one of the most magical places I’ve ever been, and the fact that the whole resort was “ours” for 2 1/2 days was kind of mind-blowing. And because all of the 120 guests were there from Friday until Sunday, we had a big outdoor party in lieu of a traditional rehearsal dinner so that everyone could celebrate with us. There were lawn games, a buffet filled with all of our favorite traditional Southern foods and a bluegrass band. The “welcome dinner” was almost as fun as the wedding itself!

Another thing that made the wedding unique was that Sheldon and I asked my father’s best friend Chris (like a second father to me) to officiate and the three of us wrote the entire ceremony from scratch. We wanted the ceremony to reflect our deep and eclectic spirituality without drawing from one specific religious text. Sheldon and I wrote the vows and ring exchange statements ourselves and also read love letters we’d written to each other during the ceremony. My mother read a prayer in Marianne Williamson’s book Illuminata, and two of my girlfriends read a passage from The Alchemist. It’s crazy—I asked each of them to select readings that fit Sheldon and me but also asked that they remain a surprise until the day of the ceremony. A few minutes before the wedding began, the girls realized that they’d independently chosen the exact same passage from the exact same book. So, they “winged it” with grace, splitting the selected passage right down the middle.

We also, despite plenty of concern about and extensive preparations made to address the hot, humid, insect-ridden conditions standard in TN in August, had PERFECT weather. Even when it didn’t seem “perfect.” It started to get cloudy during the outdoor ceremony and then LITERALLY as the last musician put his instrument away and Clark snapped the last family photo, the sky broke open and it poured rain. Which meant that we had to be creative with the photography and that Sheldon had to carry me around all evening so that I didn’t ruin my dress. My favorite pictures from the wedding resulted from us having to “deal with” the rainy weather—-i.e. all the photos taken on the swing (the tree above it provided shelter). And another amazing thing about the rain was that it continued throughout the evening and kept us all cool as we danced like banshees under the tent until 2am. I don’t think we would’ve been able to dance like that if the rain hadn’t cooled the night down.






What were some touches added to make it personal?

Craig Duncan, the frontman of the quintet who played at both the welcome dinner and during the ceremony, is supremely talented. Sheldon and I wanted to process to our song “Simple Life” by The Weepies and to recess to “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers. Craig and his team learned both songs prior to the weekend and played them perfectly.

Another personal touch was that instead of a traditional guest book, we asked family and members of the wedding party to collect postcards from around the country and the stacks of blank postcards were placed around the property all weekend. My sister bought a vintage mailbox and she and my mother decorated it. Then guests were asked to write favorite memories of us as a couple or of the weekend itself and by the end of the weekend the mailbox was stuffed with postcards. Every few weeks, either mom or Jamie (my sister) mails us a few of the postcards and we read and laugh and cry and keep them in a special box to remind us of the magical weekend.








What was the most memorable part of the day?

I don’t even know how to narrow that one down. The entire weekend was breathtaking. Sheldon says that for him, it’s when he saw me for the first time before I walked down the aisle. Something small but sweet that just came to mind for me is that after the ceremony all the guests gathered for cocktail hour and Sheldon and I hung back with Clark and Campbell to take pictures and decompress for a moment. When it was time for us all to come together for dinner, because it was raining, Sheldon had to carry me from the farmhouse where we were to the barn where the dinner was. As he did, I saw many of our guests clustered around the window sweetly “spying” on our little “over the threshold” moment. I also should mention how lucky we were to have Clark and Campbell Brewer shooting photographs and video throughout the weekend. They’re incredibly gifted at what they do, but more than that, they are such precious, open, fun guys and felt like old friends from the first time we met them. They were ever-present and yet never obtrusive and we were able to be present with our experience without feeling like we were being watched. Which was vital to us because we wanted the weekend to feel—for us and everyone else—organic and whimsical and free-flowing. And it did.





Tell us how you met/proposed!

We met in Los Angeles through mutual friends in 2008. I know it sounds silly and cliche, but we knew almost instantly that we’d end up together. Sheldon proposed about a year after we started dating on the day after Christmas. We were visiting my parents for the holidays and he asked their permission like the perfect gentleman he is. On December 26th, I awoke at the crack of dawn to him kneeling by the bed in my childhood bedroom with a ring. After I ran through the house screaming about being engaged, I think I went back to bed. Shel was like, “I’m sorry it’s so early—I just couldn’t wait any longer!” We were engaged for more than 3 years before getting married, but jobs kept changing, we kept moving cities, and the timing wasn’t right until it was. I’m glad that everything unfolded the way that it did, because our wedding was completely perfect and completely “us.”






Lindsey & Sheldon from Campbell Brewer on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Clark Brewer Photography // Super 8 Videography: Cambell Brewer // Wedding Planner: Karen Kaforey // Venue: Blackberry Farm // Wedding Gown: Vera Wang from b. Hughes Bridal, Nashville // Florist: Clay Pots Floral, Pat Felts Knoxville, TN // Bluegrass Band (Rehearsal Dinner & Ceremony): Craig Duncan, Nashville // Wedding Band (Reception): Burning Las Vegas, Nashville // Baker: Mag Pies, Knoxville

Alicia and Jeff planned a gorgeous wedding combining Alicia’s love for woodland creatures with her elegant aesthetic (which obviously involved some creative wrangling from her designers of Intertwined Events!) The celebration took place at one of our fave venues, Casa Romantica, and was shot by Candice Benjamin. We know you will love it all!

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Tell us what made your wedding unique and special? 

Of course having my closest friends and family at the wedding was the largest part of the day being special and unique for us.  Design-wise, I think those qualities came naturally because we just followed our own sense of style. I was hesitant about things being “rustic” and nearly downright allergic to “whimsy”, but once I let go of trying to figure out a theme and went with what I liked, it all fell into place.  Thank goodness for my wedding planner, Katie Webb of Intertwined Events, because she just understood me right off the bat and lined me up with vendors who could work with her to execute my vision and effectively read my mind.  I was determined to walk the line between organic and modern, which is tough to do, and I think pretty special in how we pulled it off.  I have a thing for antlers, branches and other raw elements like that, so we were able to incorporate classed-up versions of those things that I find beautiful and a little bit strange.  My taste tends to be very offbeat, a word people use to be nice, whereas my husband is far more conservative, and it was important to me to be able to reflect both of us, even where we are divergent.  Katie and the other vendors, particularly the florist, were great at balancing me when I started to go into left field, softening hard elements that I like so much.

The ceremony took place at the church that my grandmother attended for many years, and that choice was very personal to me. Of course, as tends to happen in the planning process, a wrench was thrown in the works when the priest who presided over her funeral service retired a couple of months before my wedding, but it still meant very much to me to celebrate my new life with my husband, witnessed by family and friends, in a place that meant so much to her, my mom, and her family.  Since the wedding was in November, a month when Catholics celebrate those who have passed, a cross with her name on it hung on the wall, and that was really special for us.
At the end of the day, what made it special and unique was that I really did put my heart into every little detail, wanting it all to be beautiful according to my taste and to reflect us as a couple. My heart went into velvet chocolate ribbons with rosemary sprigs around the napkins, it went into pizazzing up the linens, it went into the signature cocktails, the bridesmaids dresses, ceremony music, ceremony musicians, everything.  No doubt it was a stressful way to live, but fortunately I had a great group of vendors that oftentimes I could just fall back and trust.  It all paid off in the end with a wedding that was exactly how I wanted it.
I even got to eat dinner, which I hear is pretty special and unique.
Tell us about some of the personal touches.
I had a few personal touches, even though I steered away from DIY due to time constraints and distrust of myself holding a can of paint or a glue gun.  We dropped the glass-clinking-earn-a-kiss tradition in favor of a must-do list of options which included waving streamers with bells, serenading us, toasting us, or telling a lawyer joke.  We are both lawyers, so the bigger the laugh, and our profession can be a tough audience, the better the kiss, and I will say, there were a few good ones in there.  The most popular one was having to write a haiku about love, even though I was sure that would bomb.  We even inspired my aunt from Cuba to write a dirty one in Spanish!  People had a ton of fun with that one.
I was in love with little aesthetic elements like our bear-bunny cake topper, which was borne of my inclination towards the weird and my husband’s inclination away from more traditional cake toppers.  I saw them on Etsy and fell in love with them, so I deferred to my husband to pick his favorite, and I picked mine accordingly.  I thought they were amazing at balancing weird with pretty.
My husband really feels a connection to music, so there were some songs that were very personal to us.  The anniversary dance was a song his grandfather loved, which was important to my husband and his dad.  The song playing during the cake cutting, though I’m sure very few people actually heard it, is a goofy song that we sing to each other from a TV show that we like.  Of course the first dance song was very personal and meaningful to both of us, even though it seems lighthearted.  We’ve associated so many of our special moments with songs that it was great to hear “the One we mangled the lyrics to on a lazy Saturday morning” played at a celebration of our relationship.
Tell us about what you remember the most from the day.
Most of the day is pretty hazy, unsurprisingly.  I barely got my hands on a cocktail, so that wasn’t the reason, so I know it was pure excitement and nerves.  The one thing that stands out the most is when I was standing on the church steps listening to the entrance music for the bridal party, which incidentally I also can’t really remember.  The double doors to the church were open for my bridesmaids, and my husband and I hadn’t done a first-look, so I was standing off to the side a little bit to not be so visible.  I was so nervous, I felt like I was going to start shaking and crying.  It didn’t help that my dad said “Don’t cry, because if you do, I will” and the thought of my dad crying was almost too much to handle.  My frazzled mind felt chaos everywhere with my sisters processing in, my dad talking to me, latecomers trying to squeeze in before me or hang around behind me, and the church coordinator and my wedding planner giving me smiles and words of encouragement.  When I looked up into the church, trying to get a peek of what was going on in there, I noticed my husband was right in my eyeline.  In trying to avoid him, I had placed myself in perfect view.  However, we both just started smiling so big, just beaming, that I didn’t feel nervous anymore, the chaos in my mind cleared, and I just wanted to get in there and see him.  I pretty much grinned like a fool the rest of the walk down the aisle, sat like a deer in headlights through the ceremony, natch, then continued to grin and laugh back down the aisle and through the reception.  I’m still kind of grinning like a fool.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We actually met at work.  I was introduced around during my first week, but he was always out of his office.  Fast forward to the next week, and the elusive senior associate had set up a “welcome” happy hour for the newbies and all the existing associates and partners to interact.  I was stuck in the office working on a project, so I arrived late and took a seat at the opposite end of the table from the host, whom I still hadn’t met.  The long table was packed and I was sitting with my friends, so we didn’t interact until the middle of the table thinned out.  As I’m chatting it up, I hear this deep voice say something I can’t fully hear, then that whole half of the table just erupts in laughter.  I leaned forward and looked down the table to figure out who the unicorn funny lawyer was, and he was leaning in at the same time to drive the joke home, smiling and laughing himself.  I always thought when some of my married friends said “the world stopped” it was just a fluffy expression, like “seeing stars” and “hearing crickets”, but wouldn’t you know it, it really did seem like everything stopped.  I just felt this inner peace and clear knowledge that this person would be very important in my life.  How cool, I thought, a lawyer with a beard.  This was before beards were hip and more common, and yes, that was my real first solid thought about him.  I carried that weird sense of knowing with me throughout the ups and downs in our relationship; I had this innate calm that no matter what, everything was going to work out okay, which, as a natural worrier, was a first for me.  We still had times of turmoil and happiness, but for the first time, even from the beginning, I felt in my bones that it was all going to turn out right in the end.  So I married him.  That proved me wrong!  Just kidding.  Of course, his telling of that night and how we met is much more subdued, it’s shortened to just “we met at work” and leaves out the fluff, but that’s what makes us great for each other.

Vendors: Photographer: Candice Benjamin // Event Planners & Design: Intertwined Events // Venue: St. Catherine of Siena Parish Church // Venue: Casa Romantica // Videographer: FlyFennix // Florals: Bloom Box Designs // Entertainment: Ocdamia Strings // DJ & Lighting: Honored Occasions // Rentals: Bloom Box Designs // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Catering & Rentals: Carbonara Catering // Cake & Mini Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop