Good day lovelies! I have some more wedding pretty to share with you today and it comes straight from the lens of the talented Candice Adelle Photography. Shades of purple paired with silver and a scatter of pink, set the stage for June romance amid the picturesque grounds of Virginia’s Stone Tower Winery.
From the photographer, Candice Adelle Photography: Rebecca and Roy’s gorgeous summer wedding was breathtaking from the very moment it began at Stone Tower Winery. Rebecca’s wedding details were filled with stunning purples and silvers that shined just like her vibrant personality. The incredible lace detailing of her dress had all eyes focused on her. Their ceremony was filled with love, tears, laughter, and was truly something special to be a part of. The winery’s greens gave us a picturesque backdrop for their portraits and made the purples and grays of the bridal party attire really pop. The reception was where the party came to life. The couple danced and laughed the night away with their treasured family and friends. They are sure to have their very own happily ever after.
From the Bride, Rebecca: How did you meet? Roy and I met through work. He was my boss and pretended not to be interested in me until my last day on the job when he finally asked me out on a date! Unbeknown to me he had asked the girls I worked with what type of wine I like, which is Merlot, so when he asked me out he said “for a glass of Merlot”, he hedged his bets that I would say yes. Now a running joke between us whenever we want to go out for date night, is “for a glass of Merlot.”
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen? Roy proposed to me on Christmas day 2015. I was recovering from foot surgery and was still in my pajamas. Our family had just finished opening up gifts and my parents were down stairs in the basement watching TV while I was upstairs relaxing on a couch. Roy completely surprised my mom when he walked up to her and showed her the ring and asked: “what do you think she will say”? He then walked upstairs to me and told me there was one additional gift he had for me. That was when he knelt down on his knee and proposed. I don’t remember what his exact proposal was because I was too busy crying!
How did you decide on your venue? The venue decision was easy. Roy and I had gone on vacation to Italy the year prior to our wedding. We fell in love with the Tuscany region and their rolling hills and lush green vineyards. We wanted our wedding to be Tuscan inspired. As soon as we visited Stone Tower and saw the spectacular view of the vineyard, we fell in love! There was also a huge water fountain in front of the tasting room that was of a wild boar; an exact replica of a water fountain we saw in Florence, Italy – so needless to say, the venue was meant to be!
Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design? My color palette are my favorite colors – purple and silver. It was very difficult to select what shade of purple because I love them all. Finally I saw a bridesmaid’s dress with a darker “eggplant” shade and knew that was the perfect color! As for the design – rustic chic!
Three things you’re glad you did.
1. Spent considerable time talking with the caterer. I went with A La Carte and they were fabulous! They let us have two tastings because there was a pasta we liked, but felt it needed “something.” Our friends, who were with us for the tasting, are foodies and recommended an ingredient for the pasta. The caterers incorporated the ingredient into their pasta and invited us back for a second tasting. The caterer was so impressed with the results of the improved pasta recipe, they now permanently included the ingredient in the pasta.
2. Carefully interviewed the caterers, photographer, DJ, officiant and florists to get to know their personalities. In some cases I interviewed multiple vendors to make sure they were a good match for me and my husband. Most of the vendors were recommendations from the venue or other vendors.
3. Ensuring the venue we chose was a good fit for our family dynamics. Lots of outdoor space just in case certain family members needed to escape; i.e. step parents, ex-husbands, etc.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
* 15 minutes before I had my “first look” with my husband, the photographer was taking pictures of preparations. The photographer asked what was in my jewelry box and I pulled out a sparkly belt that I decided not to wear. She asked for me to put it on, just to see what it looked like against the dress, and she fell in love! Everyone in the room demanded that I wear it. I asked the room “does anyone know how to sew?” My sister’s husband, who is a former Army Ranger, said he does – and so with 5 minutes left before pictures my sister’s husband is sewing on the belt!
* My first dance. Me and my husband went to a professional dance studio to learn how to dance. The song, “I will wait” by Mumford and Sons is a very difficult song to dance to because it moves between very slow and very fast rhythms. I am so glad we practiced the dance because we nailed it!
* Everything! I loved how much fun everyone had throughout the evening!
Do You have any advice for other brides?
* The venue is the most important part of the wedding so make sure you consider it carefully and reserve it immediately. Everything else will follow. I picked the food, the type of wedding dress, decorations, etc. based off the venue.
* After making a decision, move on! Don’t second guess yourself or you will go insane. All my vendors remarked about how easy I was to work with because once I made a decision, I never looked back.
* Remember that it is YOUR wedding, not anyone else. I had a very difficult bridesmaid who complained about the color scheme, the dress, the shoes, having the ceremony outside, everything! At first I considered making changes based off the complaints, but had to remind myself that it isn’t her day, it is mine. This is the one time in your life it is ok to be selfish; in fact it is expected! Although I hated hearing the term “Bridezilla”, I began to embrace it.
Photographer: Candice Adelle Photography|DJ: Bobby G’s Disc Jockeys|Floral Designer: Worldgate Florists|Caterer: A La Carte Catering + Event Design|Dress Designer: Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection|Reception Venue: Stone Tower Winery