lauren + jeff | sophisticated rustic holly hedge estate wedding

Lauren + Jeff were married at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope, PA on a warm, drizzly day in October. While the ceremony was planned to be held outside on the brick patio, drizzle forced a move inside to the fieldstone barn at the last minute… which created the most romantic, cozy and intimate feel to their heartfelt vows.

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As soft, natural light streamed in through the south wall of windows in the stone barn, we captured the sweetest portraits of the newly married couple and their bridal party in maroon dresses and navy suits.

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This Bucks County wedding venue is steeped in history dating back to 1780 and carries with it such a sophisticated, rustic feel to each building and garden space on the property. The country estate, fieldstone barn, pond, brick patio, fountain and natural creek are all incredibly gorgeous backdrops for portraits; it was overwhelming in the best way possible!

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As Lauren walked toward Jeff for their intimate and private first look under a willow tree, a few raindrops fell but these two incredibly kind and patient souls, barely noticed anything other than how perfect the day was to be able to celebrate among close friends and family they rarely get to see.

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We couldn’t be happier for you, Lauren + Jeff!! And can’t wait to catch up when you come back and visit the East Coast again… maybe drinks where it all began?! Cheers to spending every rainy, cozy night together forever!

vendor team:

venue + catering: Holly Hedge Estate
florals: Mark Bryan Designs
dj: Synergetic Sounds
dress: Theia
boutique: Unbridaled
bridesmaids dresses: Weddington Way
groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
HMU: Daneene Makeup
invitations: Minted

devan + bryce | october wedding at the jefferson hotel and havana 59 | richmond

Is next week really Halloween already?! BRB I need to buy a bag of chocolate… it keeps me up at night to think about getting stuck handing out smarties because all the good stuff is sold out but this always ends up at the bottom of my to-do list EVERY YEAR! Anyone else share the same nightmare? ;)

Before this month passes us by, I have another confession… I recently discovered one of my favorite October weddings from last year got stuck in the black hole of updating and redoing my entire website and NEVER. GOT. SHARED…!?

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The most elegant and classic jewel toned color scheme carried through the entire day. Guests received a save the date with foxes dancing and Devan and her brother and sister (one of our 2016 brides!) spent the morning relaxing in adorable navy personalized pajamas. The bride wore a Hayley Paige wedding dress with 2 different sparkly shoes (JCrew flats and Badgley Mischka heels!) and the groom wore a navy suit with the most dapper gray wool vest holding his maroon tie in place.

My favorite portion of the day was when we spent time at 3 different iconic Richmond portrait locations together with Devan, Bryce and their bridal party. The skies were a perfect cloud-filled yet bright blue and the leaves were crunching underfoot… and these two beautiful people were radiating so much joy and love the entire time!

Fun masks were ready for guests to wear at the reception since it was 3 days before Halloween… obviously and the open air reception space was full of string lights, crumbling plaster and palms overlooking the Shockoe Bottom Downtown District.

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So much to love that I’m going to stop talking and just share this incredible Richmond, VA wedding day with you! I was so excited to have it featured on Hill City Bride to show off all of the planning and design that Devan did herself; not to mention, she and Bryce set aside 3 hours of portrait time for us to travel throughout the city of Richmond to iconic locations that were meaningful to them. We started at Monument Avenue, then headed to Brown’s Island Walkway and ended atop Libby Hill Park. I had never been to any of these places before and we managed to capture some of my absolute favorite portraits ever… some soft and romantic, some bold and edgy, all memorable and super sweet.

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Their church, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, gave me chills to capture; the sheer size, scale and light / shadow play that occurred during their ceremony was so beautiful. It reminded me of the churches I visited while studying abroad in Italy…

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Get ready to be transported to the most unique and fun wedding venue in downtown Richmond… Havana 59, you have my heart. Although next time we’re back, here’s hoping the construction is complete so we can take epic portraits under that neon marquee sign! The construction fencing below it was strategically composed out of most of our shots… ha. ;)

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We had so much fun being a part of your memorable day and can’t thank you enough for showing us how incredible Richmond is as a city and a place to fall in love! Cheers to you and your entire family!

xo,
Naomi

venue: Havana 59
ceremony: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
florist: The Proper Petal
DJ: DJ’s for Lovers
wedding dress: Blush by Hayley Paige
boutique: Annalise Bridal
bridesmaid dresses: Dessy
jewelry: Lindsay Marie Design
ring box: The Mrs. Box
groomsmen attire: The Black Tux
ties: The Tie Bar
hair and makeup: Avenue 42 Salon
desserts: Georgetown Cupcake and Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe
invitations: Hello Tenfold
transportation: James River Limousine

sneak peeks | lauren + jeff's elegant fall holly hedge estate wedding

I’m a huge believer in learning something new from every experience you go through and every person you meet… so with this sneak peek, I’m sharing 3 things I learned from Lauren + Jeff’s October wedding at Holly Hedge Estate.

  1. no matter what the weather forecast says, always carry at least one clear umbrella in your trunk.

  2. groomsmen should always check their pants BEFORE the wedding day to make sure they’re the right color and no one has black in what was supposed to be a sea of navy. just sayin’… LOL! It’s the best way to eliminate delays in portrait time if you don’t need to wait for the best man to drive 40 minutes to Men’s Wearhouse and back. ;)

  3. being in a relaxed state of mind is the most important thing you can bring to your wedding day… the ceremony was moved inside at the last minute and it started raining right before their first look… despite the unexpected cloudy, drizzly and dreary weather, we captured amazing moments of Lauren + Jeff, their family and the best day of their lives! we’ll always capture you in the most flattering way possible, you just need to give us some quality time with the love of your life!

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I can’t get over how absolutely stunning their Fall wedding was, amongst so much love from all over the country and with a ceremony in the stone barn that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house!

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Lauren’s timeless sense of style and elegance came together so beautifully at Holly Hedge; from the subtle texture and intricate beading on her Theia scoop backed wedding gown to her classic white strappy heels and classic low bun updo…

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Fall weddings have my heart… if you want in on this magical time of year, you know where to go to reach out! Now I need to go for a walk in the crunchy leaves that haven’t turned color yet but are still falling down… yikes!

vendor love:

venue + catering: Holly Hedge Estate
florals: Mark Bryan Designs
dj: Synergetic Sounds
dress: Theia
boutique: Unbridaled
bridesmaids dresses: Weddington Way
groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
HMU: Daneene Makeup
invitations: Minted