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Elegant Bridal Style

Elegant Bridal Style

Elegant Bridal Style | Sam Stroud Photography

Last weekend, we celebrated Lauri and David’s marriage at The Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia. Their traditional ceremony and classic wedding reception was one for the books and their wedding photographer, Sam Stroud was there to capture every moment. Here is one of our favorite pictures of the bride that captures her elegant style beautifully. We cannot wait to share more pictures of Lauri and David’s classic Richmond, VA wedding!

Best wishes to the lovely couple!

xoxo, The Fête ladies

Grey Likes Weddings Feature

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We adored Kelly and Chris’s romantic coral wedding vision, and we absolutely love that Grey Likes Weddings does too!  Kelly and Chris were married last June at Veritas Winery in Afton, Virginia.  Although the images from Jodi Miller Photography look picture perfect, the weather was not our best friend on the day.  But that is one of the fabulous things about holding your wedding at Veritas, the rain plan in the main ballroom is beautiful, and they have a backup generator!  The happy couple and their guests didn’t even know we lost power during the evening!

Kelly & Chris - June 20th, 2015 - Vertias Winery

The wedding was a complete labor of love for the bride, who dreamed up the most gorgeous pink and coral whimsical with a large dose of southern flair!  We loved helping Kelly execute her dream wedding!  Southern Blooms created the most magical florals, and Goodheart Design was a revelation with her custom watercolor letterpress invitations and paper goods.

Kelly & Chris - June 20th, 2015 - Vertias Winery

Kelly & Chris - June 20th, 2015 - Vertias Winery

Kelly & Chris - June 20th, 2015 - Vertias Winery

Kelly & Chris - June 20th, 2015 - Vertias Winery

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To discover more about the wedding event design and the couple’s love story, check out the feature on Grey Likes Weddings.

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography / Planner: Fete Weddings / Venue and Caterer: Veritas Vineyards & Winery / Florist: Southern Blooms / Cake Baker: Sweethaus / Rentals: BB&J Linens / DJ: Roger Cruz of Astro Entertainment / Signage: The Paper Walrus / Paper Products and Calligraphy: Goodheart Design / Bride’s Gown: Custom by Augusta Jones / Bride’s Shoes and Jewelry: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: Ave 42 / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Morgan”, “Sarah” and “Rhea” in Blush, Honeysuckle and Peach Fuzz by Donna Morgan / Menswear: Jean Yves / Laser-Cut Wooden Tags: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Modern Wedding At The Rice House


Ronni and Pete’s modern wedding at the Rice House in Richmond, Virginia was one for the books.  Not even the threat of a hurricane could stop the beautiful celebration this October!  Overlooking the James River, the Rice House is a hidden, mid-century modern architectural landmark – perfect for this couple who met studying architecture at Virginia Tech!  To complement the hard line minimalism of the house, we brought in vintage lounge furniture from Paisley & Jade and organic floral arrangements by Amanda Burnette.  We particularly love Ronni’s custom made Carol Hannah dress and the peach, mustard and rose blooms!

Enjoy the beautiful photographs by Kacie Lynch Photography!

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Photographer: Kacie Lynch Photography / Planner: Fete Weddings / Venue: The Rice House / Caterer: Mosaic / Florist: Amanda Burnette / Cake Baker: Sugar and Salt / Rentals: Rent E Quip / Furniture rentals: Paisley & Jade / Invitations: Designed by the Couple / Misc. Paper Goods: ello Paper / Bride’s Gown: Carol Hannah / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair: Hair Design by Lauren / Makeup: BrideFace

The Art of the Flower Styled Shoot

Fête Weddings_Adam Barnes Photography_We absolutely adore this sneak peek from our recent wedding styled shoot with Adam Barnes Photography!  Originally inspired by “The Art of the Flower” exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this styled shoot incorporated bright colors, organic paint-like textures and beautiful blooms by Whimsical Floral Design.  The Market at Grelen was the perfect backdrop to mix art and nature together in a romantic and whimsical way!  We cannot wait to share more!

Special thanks to our industry friends for collaborating with us:

Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography
Venue: The Market at Grelen
Floral: Whimsical Floral Design
Dress: Kate McDonald Bridal
Wedding Invitation: ‘ello Paper
Catering: A Pimento Catering
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia
Hair and Makeup: Body Works Day Spa & Salon

Bohemian Wedding Inspiration at Lionheart Resorts

Photo by Amelia Johnson Photography | Fête Weddings | Bohemian Inspired Styled Shoot

This bohemian wedding inspiration shoot was truly inspired by the venue. We visited Lionheart Resorts and absolutely fell in love with it’s natural beauty and picturesque landscape. Sprawling over 300 acres in Cumberland, Virginia, Lionheart Resorts offers lush woodlands, beautiful campgrounds and wide-open fields. And some pretty cute llamas!

We chose a palette of bold jewel tones – golden yellow, fuchsia and emerald – combined with delicate, soft pinks and purples. We thought using these rich tones would look gorgeous against the warm, natural colors of the environment. We layered patterns, natural textures and other organic details to express a bohemian spirit that is wildly elegant.

Amelia Johnson was there to capture all the beauty of the day, and we are so in love with her gorgeous photographs!  We are beyond excited that the shoot is featured on Style Me Pretty today – view the full feature here.

Photo by Amelia Johnson Photography | Fête Weddings | Bohemian Inspired Styled Shoot

One of our favorite locations on the property is the old barn, perfect for a ceremony. The space offers an elegant and rustic beauty, and we crafted a fun, colorful backdrop to fit the bohemian style.

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Overall Design & Execution: Fête Weddings | Photography: Amelia Johnson Photography | Venue: Lionheart Resorts | Film Processing: Nimble Lab DC | Gown: Gossamer | Florals: Whimsical Floral | Stationery & Calligraphy: Carolyn Jane Design | Speciality Rentals: Gather | Hair & Makeup: Elle Style Studio | Silk Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Cake & Desserts: The Wicked Whisk



How To Break In Your Wedding Shoes

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Wedding shoes can be oh-so-pretty but also oh-so-painful if you don’t break in your heels before your big day!  Even Christian Louboutins and Jimmy Choos need a little love before the nuptials.

Make sure you follow these tips about how to break in your wedding shoes so your feet aren’t aching and you can dance all night long!

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Wear your shoes around the house for three to four weeks before your wedding.  This will help break them in gradually.  Start by wearing them for an hour and then increase the time until you can wear the shoes for several hours without pain.

Add extra support or cushioning if some aspects of the shoes are still uncomfortable after breaking them in.  Heel cushions, insoles and gel dots can all help.

Practice walking—in a straight line, up and down stairs, on different surfaces.  Breaking in your bridal shoes is especially important if you are not accustomed to wearing the type of shoe you’ve chosen.  If you are wearing higher heels than you are used to, really practice walking so that you can gradually become adjusted to the new height (no tripping allowed on the day!).

Wear your wedding shoes to your rehearsal for the best practice.  Practice makes perfect!

The breaking in process may not be the most fun but the result is worth it—you will look and feel beautiful and comfortable on your wedding day!

xoxo, The Fête Ladies

Elisa Bricker Photography | Marta Locklear Photography

Late Winter Romance: Pink and Gold Wedding Inspiration


With spring right around the corner, we have been daydreaming of warmer weather and brighter colors.  As an ode to winter though, we are reminiscing about our late winter romance styled shoot with Elisa Bricker Photography and an incredible team of vendors from a few years back.  Set outdoors at the historic Berkeley Planation, this shoot exuded enchantment.  We chose a beautiful palette of soft pinks and golds that added to the dreaminess of the day.

Jenn of Nature Composed created the most gorgeous and luscious floral arrangements with pops of pink combined with purple and cream hues.  We decorated one of our absolute favorite wedding tablescapes with delicate pink and gold rentals from Stonegate Rentals and Classic Party Rentals and the sweetest french macaroons (oh la la!).

We absolutely adore the touches of gold, like the bride’s stunning Monique Lhuillier dress.  The skirt looked like the most beautiful gold confetti!  On the hazy grey winter day, the sparkling golds woven throughout really added an extra dose of romance and elegance.

Take a sneak peek into spring while remembering the best of winter with this pink and gold wedding inspiration.  See the full feature on Snippet & Ink!

xoxo, The Fête Ladies

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 Photography: Elisa Bricker Photography | Event Design & Styling: Fête Weddings | Flowers: Nature Composed | Invitations: Rifle Paper Co.  | Venue: Berkeley Plantation | Cake: Maliha Creations | Dress: Monique Lhuiller | Shoes: Valentino | Tuxedo: JoS. A. Bank | Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Macarons: Petites Bouchées | Bracelet: Kira Kira Jewelry | Jewelry: Finks Jewelers | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia | Furniture Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Models: Modelogic | Videography: Eric Kelley Photography

Bridal Boudoir Shoots

Fetestyled8 (1 of 1)The new trend in pre-wedding fun is bridal boudoir shoots. What exactly is the bridal boudoir buzz (say that ten times fast) all about?

Future brides are creatively accentuating their vixen side in a sexy, intimate, yet tasteful way. These photo shoots make for excellent honeymoon or anniversary gifts.

The popular wardrobe choice for bridal boudoir shoots is lingerie with a nice pair of heels.  If you are in the market, both Girl With A Serious Dream and Gossamer offer some of the most dreamy bridal robes and lingerie pieces – perfect for a boudoir shoot.  For a twist, simply cover up with your wedding veil to combine elegance and sensuality.

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If you’re not a lingerie person, throw on your fiancé’s favorite button up shirt or jersey to bring out the seductive tomboy in you. Remember, less is more.

You should relax and have a good time during your shoot. Choose the right photographer that will make you feel comfortable, whether the shoot is at home, in a studio, or outdoors (for the brave ones!). Your photographer will highlight the best of you to ensure the best secret surprise for your loved one.

xoxo, The Fête Ladies

Photography: Rabiah Khwaja Gohar | Overall Execution & Design: Fête Weddings | Venue: The John Marshall Ballrooms | Hair: Welsy of Elle Style Studio | Makeup: Kristen Randall

How To Repurpose Your Bridesmaid Dresses


There it is: your bridesmaid dress hanging by its lonesome in the back of your closet. Maybe you’ve been in a couple of weddings and have more than one bridesmaid dress begging to be worn just one more time. Fear not! Here at Fête Weddings, we’ve provided a crash course on how to repurpose your bridesmaid dresses.

Embellish it!

A simple add-on could transform your bridesmaid dress into a whole new outfit. Wear a blazer to bring out the chic in you or add-on your favorite scarf and jacket for the perfect, casual look!

Show off your legs!

Sure it’s winter, but who says your legs can’t make a guest appearance? Go to a trusted tailor and have your dress cut short. Couple your new short dress with a cardigan and tights to complete your ensemble. Don’t throw away that extra fabric just yet! Keep some fabric and make matching hair accessories.

Bye-bye bridesmaid!

If you’re 100% sure that you won’t be wearing your bridesmaid dress again, you can always sell it. There are websites out there (Bridesmaid Trade and Tradesey to name a few) that will buy your dress. If you can’t part with your bridesmaid dress just yet, you can always rent out your dress to bridesmaids-to-be on sites like Little Borrowed Dress.

Share the love!

Instead of selling your bridesmaid dress, why not donate it? If your dress is in good condition, give it to your local charity. Share the joy you felt with your dress by doing good!

Pass the baton!

There is no shame in admitting that you still want to keep your dress. One day, your daughter may wear it to her many fashion shows while swimming in your heels. Keep your dress to relive the memories of weddings past and to share new ones!

No matter what you do with your dress, the memories you experienced wearing it won’t ever change. Share your bridesmaid recycling stories with us by commenting below!

xoxo, The Fête Ladies

Photography: Marta Locklear Photography | Overall Execution & Design: Fête Weddings |  Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo | Florist: Nature Composed 

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