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Bethany and Jeff were married the first weekend of April this year, and we were surprised with snow on their wedding day! πŸ™‚ There was no better venue to cozy up and enjoy this last winter snow than at Early Mountain Vineyard, with its roaring fireplaces, twinkling Edison Bulb lighting, and inviting indoor space! Bethany and Jeff’s classic blush and white color palette, paired with greenery was perfect for their early spring wedding, and I love how the flowers coordinated with the beautiful blush bridesmaid dresses! To bring their floral design vision to life, we used lots of blush ranunculus, garden roses, snowberries, spray roses and a mix of eucalyptus greens- everything smelled SO good!! The reception was filled with greenery garlands and a mix of candles, using gold votives and a variety of pillar candles- the effect was so soft and romantic, perfect for an early spring wedding! Their wedding day was photographed by Bethany Snyder Photography, who did such a wonderful job, and we loved working alongside Helen and her amazing team at The Local Catering and the amazing ladies at Early Mountain as well! Bethany was such a joy to work with, and her and Jeff are such a sweet couple- it was such an honor to be a part of their wedding day! Scroll to the end of this post for a list of all the vendors who brought this wedding day to life, and enjoy looking through their wedding photos!

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Aaliyah and Shane were the winners of our Beautiful Beginnings Wedding Giftaway that we were a part of last fall, and they are the absolute sweetest!! They are getting married at the brand new Historic Post Office in Hampton, Virginia, and their wedding is going to be SO beautiful; I have been looking forward to their special day since they were announced the winners of the Wedding Giftaway!! To apply, Aaliyah created a video about their relationship, and of course Shane had be a part of it too, even though being in the military, he was deployed at the time, and their video totally brought me to tears! I knew after watching that they were a really special couple! I mean, they first met in middle school! How cute is that?! I attached their sweet application video at the bottom of this blog so you can watch too! πŸ™‚

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I recently had the pleasure of receiving some updated headshots, taken by my good friend Erika Lynn Photography at the Capitol Building, here in Richmond, Virginia! I have used them on my social media sites, website, and business branding materials, and I love the refreshed look it brings to my business! It’s important to try and stay consistent with the photos you use to represent your brand, and I’m so thankful to Erika for taking these for CIE!! If you are looking for an amazing wedding photographer, check her out HERE!

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‘m SO excited to officially announce all the details about the CIE Blooms & Brunch Workshop today!! YAY! So here’s the details:

Have you and your girlfriends been dying to learn how to make some fun flower crowns? Now is your chance! Come join us at the CIE Blooms & Brunch Workshop, where I will teach you how to make your very own flower crown and bouquet! Each attendee will have their photo taken with their designs by Chelsea Anderson Photography, and will receive their photo after the workshop! The workshop will be styled by Ruth of Raise the Ruth Events, and there will be some other amazing sponsors being announced soon!! πŸ™‚ A light brunch will be provided for attendees, as well as an amazing swag bag, and some other awesome surprises! πŸ™‚ This is the perfect way to spend time with your friends and learn a new skill together! 

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I’m so excited to introduce you today to another CIE Bride getting married this weekend!! Jess and her fiancΓ© Ryan both attended college with my husband, and they quickly became great friends of ours! Jason and Ryan played on the school baseball team together, and Jess and I quickly bonded over being “baseball girlfriends” together during the season! I was SO honored when Jess asked me to be a part of her wedding day by designing the flowers; her vision for her wedding is just gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to be surrounded by lots of gorgeous flowers this week- and the nice thing about doing flowers for your friend is that we get to enjoy the wedding after the flowers are done!! Whoohoo!! πŸ™‚ I asked Jess a few questions about her wedding and floral design planning process and to tell us all about her and Ryan, their wedding, and their newly married plans!! πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!!

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I am SO excited to be writing this post today about Sarah and Eric! Sarah is the sister of one of my wedding vendor besties, Ruth, of Raise the Ruth Events, so I knew when she approached me about being in charge of her wedding flowers I was going to be in for an amazing wedding!! Sarah and Eric have the most beautiful love story, and I teared up reading this- I bet some of you will too! πŸ˜‰ Sarah has the most stunning color palette and theme for her wedding, and I can’t WAIT for you to see all the pictures captured by Chelsea Anderson Photography! Chelsea did such a phenomenal job with their engagement photos, so I had to include a few in this post too! πŸ™‚ So… Meet Sarah and her almost-husband, Eric!! 

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