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Bohemian Wedding Inspiration at Lionheart Resorts

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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

 

 

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

Simple Outdoor Wedding In Richmond, Virginia

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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

The Clifton Inn FAM Trip

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Back in December, we were lucky enough to be invited to the Clifton Inn FAM Trip!  We were definitely spoiled — we had the opportunity to stay in their luxury suites, enjoy their fine dining and really just get the full Clifton Inn experience!!!

The first night, they threw an amazing welcome dinner!  The chef prepared a delicious 5-course meal complete with wine pairings.  As we sat down to dinner, we could truly appreciate how intimate and beautiful the Clifton Inn is as a wedding venue.

Many wonderful vendors contributed to the dinner experience.  Rock Paper Scissors created the custom watercolor invitations, itineraries and menu cards.  MS Events provided all the rentals (we love their crossback chairs!) and —- decorated the space with beautiful florals. Jen Fariello Photography was there to capture all the best moments.

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The next morning, we woke up to a yummy breakfast buffet and bloody mary bar!  We then set forth on a wine tour with Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company to Jefferson Vineyards, King Family Vineyards and Pollak Vineyards with a pit stop at the artisan market Salt for lunch!

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We have always cherished the Clifton Inn and the FAM Trip just confirmed our love for this beautiful and unique Charlottesville wedding venue. From the incredible cruise, breathtaking grounds and hotel, and warm and world-class service, the Clifton Inn is beyond amazing!

xoxo, The Fête Ladies

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography 

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