Amy and Scott’s beautiful garden wedding, photographed by Gayle Driver Photography, took place at the James Madison University Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Wanting to embrace the liveliness of summer and the beauty of their venues surroundings, the couple went with a vibrant color palette of fuchsia and navy. The bride and bridesmaids dazzling pink bouquets provided by Blakemore’s Flowers, and pretty fuchsia parasols, add an exquisite burst of color and pops against the bridesmaids navy gowns. I just love all the pink gerbera daisies used throughout the décor – so pretty and summery.
From the Bride, Amy:
How did you meet?
Scott and I met in during the first year of our education masters program at James Madison University. We began working on projects together and became close friends. We discovered we had lots of mutual friends and were able to get to know each other better by spending time with them. We were friends for two years until Scott, finally, asked me out on our first date during the last year of our program. We went out on a few dates and quickly discovered we were meant for each other.
What were your Wedding Planning, Inspiration and Style?
Our wedding took place in August, so I wanted our colors to be bright and create a cheerful, summer atmosphere. I have always loved navy and fuchsia together. I decided on navy bridesmaid dresses and fuchsia flowers because our ceremony was outside and I wanted the flowers to really stand out against the greenery of the botanical garden where our ceremony took place. I was, also, very excited about the idea of wearing fuchsia heels!
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
The entire day was absolutely unforgettable. There are so many memories that Scott and I will cherish forever.
A few of my favorite memories are: when I walked down the aisle and Scott and I first saw each other, our vows to each other, seeing all of our friends and family having a blast all in one place, and the dancing! We will also always remember that it began raining just as I began to walk down the aisle. It was actually a blessing because it had been humid and muggy before, but we stayed nice and cool during the ceremony because of the raindrops. We truly believe it was God’s blessing on our marriage. After all, it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day!
Do You have any advice for other brides?
Your wedding day is the one day of your life you can plan exactly as you would like it. Have fun! All of the decisions you make, although it may be stressful at times, will come together beautifully to create a very special day for you and your husband to remember forever. All of the work is definitely worth it! Have fun, stay calm, and enjoy your day!
Photographer: Gayle Driver Photography
Floral Designer: Blakemore’s Flowers
Dress Store: Bridal Impressions
DJ: National DJ Connection
Bakery: Buttercream Dreams, LLC
Event Venue: Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens @ James Madison University