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

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!

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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

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.

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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

 

 

Simple Outdoor Wedding In Richmond, Virginia

Fête Weddings_Wedding Planning VA_Matt Stanton Photography_Dawe Wedding17The concept behind Alison & Caleb’s wedding day was simple – to create a space where family and friends could come from all around world and celebrate together.  We helped them dream up the most magical, simple outdoor wedding – full of love, laughter (plus a few happy tears) and creativity!

So many of Alison & Caleb’s wedding details were personalized. They were married overlooking a picturesque lake in the backyard of the groom’s family estate.  The beautiful altar arch was created by Alison’s brothers, with the help of the Green Flamingo, using branches, natural foliage and minimal flowers.

One of the elements we loved most about their wedding was the DIY boutonniere bar! This station included a variety of flowers for guests to pin to their attire which represented how the guests knew the bride and groom. The categories for flowers included: Virginia or Hampden-Sydney, Peace Corps, Oregon & U of O, Duke, Bride’s Family, and Groom’s Family.  This wedding activity was a direct reflection of Alison and Caleb’s personalities: they are a beautiful, personal, unique, and well-traveled couple. So this was a perfect way for them to incorporate a personal touch as well as get their guests involved.

See more photographs of this simple outdoor wedding by Matt Stanton Photography on Borrowed & Blue Richmond.

xoxo, The Fête Ladies

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Wedding Planning & Design: Fête Weddings | Venue: Private Residence | Flowers: Green Flamingo | Photographer: Matt Stanton | DJ: Justin Spears | Catering: Groovin’ Gourmets | Ceremony Musicians: Sam Hill Entertainment | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Rentals: Classical Party Rentals of VA

Late Winter Romance: Pink and Gold Wedding Inspiration

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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

Sophisticated Valentine’s Day Wedding Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is not strictly for a red and pink color palette or heart-shaped everything. If you are prepping for your own Valentine’s Day wedding this Saturday, don’t settle for an overused Valentine’s Day theme. Instead, take a look at our sophisticated Valentine’s Day wedding ideas from our styled shoot with Rachel May Photography, as featured on United With Love.

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For this wedding inspiration, we wanted to capture the essence of Valentine’s Day without drowning in color overload. We worked with accent and complementary colors to bring out the best of the reds and pinks. To soften the vibrancy of the red, we chose soft colors like mint green, peach and white with some pops of yellow and gold.

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Southern Blooms created the most beautiful and dreamy florals to complement the festive affair. Candy Valley Cake Company and For The Love Of Chocolate created a fabulous spread of meringues, mini cakes, truffles and marshmallows. See more of our Valentine’s Day sweet treats and cocktail inspiration here.

We hope you enjoy our sophisticated Valentine’s Day wedding ideas with interesting colors and elegant touches!

xoxo, The Fête Ladies

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Photography: Rachel May Photography | Event Design + Styling: Fête Studio | Venue: Quirk Gallery | Floral Design : Southern Blooms | Cakes and Dessert: Candy Valley Cake Company | Chocolate Truffles: For the Love of Chocolate | Chairs: AFR Furniture Rental | Stationery and Calligraphy: The Weekend Type | Linen Rental: La Tavola Linens | Bridesmaid Dresses and Accessories: Bella Bridesmaid | Table, Plates, and Silverware : Classic Party Rentals of VA | XO Coaster: Sugar Paper for J.Crew | Bowtie: Mrs. Bowtie | Red Candles, Be My Bridesmaid Bracelet, Pearl Necklace, Cocktail Glassware: Quirk Gallery

Valentine’s Day Dessert And Cocktail Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we know many of you will also be celebrating your wedding day! First off, congrats! We are excited to see couples tie the knot on the most lovey of days. To give your big day a little extra holiday pizzazz, we partnered with Candy Valley Cake Company and For The Love Of Chocolate to dream up some sweet treats and signature drinks. Get ready to gush over this fabulous spread of meringues, mini cakes, truffles and marshmallows! We hope you’re inspired to try out these Valentine’s Day dessert and cocktail ideas on your special day!

xoxo, The Fête Ladies

As seen on United With Love.

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Photography: Rachel May Photography | Event Design + Styling: Fête Studio | Venue: Quirk Gallery | Floral Design : Southern Blooms | Cakes and Dessert: Candy Valley Cake Company | Chocolate Truffles: For the Love of Chocolate | Chairs: AFR Furniture Rental | Stationery and Calligraphy: The Weekend Type | Linen Rental: La Tavola Linens | Bridesmaid Dresses and Accessories: Bella Bridesmaid | Table, Plates, and Silverware : Classic Party Rentals of VA | XO Coaster: Sugar Paper for J.Crew | Bowtie: Mrs. Bowtie | Red Candles, Be My Bridesmaid Bracelet, Pearl Necklace, Cocktail Glassware: Quirk Gallery

Romantic Pink Wedding Inspiration with Rachel May Photography

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We are so thrilled to see this classically romantic pink wedding inspiration shoot with Rachel May Photography featured on Grey Likes Weddings today! A huge thank you to the amazing group of vendors that helped put this shoot together! (See below).

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Held at the beautiful Trump Winery, the venue truly set the tone for this romantic styled shoot. With the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop, we incorporated various pinks, greens and golds as the primary palette. Soft, flowing linens and organic calligraphy (by the lovely Korie of The Weekend Type) were only a couple of the ornate elements included.

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How stunning are these florals by Jenn at Nature Composed? As always, she knocked it out of the park! The bright, beautiful colors added such life to this shoot.

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Photography: Rachel May Photography | Event Design & Styling: Fête Weddings | Venue: Trump Winery | Flowers: Nature Composed | Hair & Make-Up: Avenue 42 | Rentals: Festive Fare | Cake: Paradox Pastry | Calligraphy: The Weekend Type | Bridal Gown: Hitched Salon | Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank | Getaway Car: Albemarle Limousine | Jewelry Box: The Mrs. Box

Elegant Farm Wedding Inspiration

Fête Weddings_Wedding Planning VA_Adam Barnes Photography_Ralph Lauren Wedding_MainWe’re kicking off the week with a healthy dose of elegant farm wedding inspiration. Inspired by Ralph Lauren, we sought to capture the designer’s natural elegance, sophistication and timelessness in this styled shoot. Classic styling, layers and layers of pretty texture and an equestrian flair abound in these gorgeous images by Adam Barnes Photography at Mount Ida Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

We are very lucky to have this shoot featured on Ruffled and Style Me Pretty!!!

Bridal Accessories and Dresses: Bella Rosa | Bridesmaid Jewelry: J. Crew | Venue: Mount Ida Farm | Flowers: Amanda Veronee | Furniture & Specialty Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Hair : Elle Style Studio | Invitation Suite: ‘ello Paper | Linen And Tablescape Rentals: DC Rental | Makeup: Avenue 42 | Mini Hat: Two Back Flats | Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Overall Design and Execution: Fête Weddings | Top Hat: Paisley & Jade | Videography: Shaking Hands Productions

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Thanksgiving Inspiration

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Do you know how you are going to decorate your table tomorrow for Thanksgiving? While we love the classic colors of orange and red for Thanksgiving decor, we created our own Thanksgiving inspiration with a modernized color palette. Shades of mauve pinks and blush, burnt orange and gray with touches of silver and dashes of wood elements inspired us!

For more fresh ways to decorate your Thanksgiving table, check out this fall tablescape we styled.

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The Fête Ladies share their families’ Thanksgiving traditions, and twists on tradition, below:

From Wendy:  Thanksgiving in our house is non-traditional. Several Thanksgiving dinners ago, we discussed how much we didn’t like turkey. Ever since then we have had a turkey free Thanksgiving! My mom is an amazing cook. We always tell her she missed her true calling in life, to be a chef!  Every year my mom whips up a creative menu for our Thanksgiving feast! Our meals have ranged from crab cakes, to lobster tails and steak, to linguini with fresh marinara and clam sauce. I think you can see a theme here – we are big seafood foodies!  So much so, if you ask my 7 year old nephew, Drew, what he wants for dinner he would say crab cakes.

Roasted vegetables and a “BIG salad” are staple side dishes of any meal my mother prepares. We do, however, each have a couple traditional favorites that we still have at our Thanksgiving dinner.  My mothers homemade stuffing and my grandmother Hick’s cranberry salad are two traditional side dish must-haves at our Thanksgiving table.  Unfortunately, I don’t know what is on the menu for this year, but I know it will be delicious.

From Anna:  Each Thanksgiving, my family gathers at my grandparent’s house for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The spread includes all the fixings: a roasted turkey, grandma’s famous southern cornbread stuffing (my favorite), mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie! The football game is always on the TV, the younger grandchildren bundle up to play games in the backyard, and the women gather around a warm cup off coffee and a slice of pie to catch up on each other’s life.

While my family keeps Thanksgiving pretty traditional, one of my favorite new traditions is having our very own “Thanksgiving” brunch at home over the extended weekend. Since the holidays can get pretty hectic, it’s nice to take time to celebrate what we’re thankful for at home (just the 2 of us). We fill up on our brunch favorites, sip on mimosas and kick off our Christmas decorating!

From Ainsley:  For me, Thanksgiving is a time for eating too much and some good, old-fashion family time (Griswold style)! I have to have my stuffing, my sweet potato casserole, my cranberry sauce and my pumpkin pie! My Nana always makes the most beautiful flower arrangements for the dinner table. Uniquely, I always have multiple Thanksgiving dinners each year – last year I had two in one day!  Luckily, my dad usually switches up the typical Thanksgiving feast, serving oysters.

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