Minimal Romanticism

Reva, Virginia

 

 

Photography | Morgan Lee Photography | @morgan.lee_photography

Venue | Walden Hall | @waldenhall

Event Planner and Floral Designer | The Faded Poppy

Gown Salon | Amanda’s Touch Bridal & Formal | @amandastouchbridalandformal

Hair Stylist | Dare To Be Unforgettable | @daretobeunforgettable

Makeup Artist | Shanelle Squire | @makeupxmisssquire

Cake Designer | Commonwealth Cake Company | @commonwealthcakeco

Calligraphy | Rachel Pack | @rachelletteringevents 

Our vision for this shoot was for the classic couple. The couple who wants a romantic and intimate wedding day, that doesn’t distract from the most important part- celebrating their love for each other. We chose shades of blue, mauve, and creams with pops of copper accents. This mirrored the Bride and Groom’s style because while the color palate is traditional, the copper accents added a fun flare. Our couple would not want to get married in a ballroom or ornate place, so Walden Hall would be the perfect setting for the ceremony and reception. The gorgeous pond and stunning front lawn offers a beautiful backdrop for the Bride and Groom portraits without distracting from the couple.

 

Jason and Catie’s wedding day started in Walden Hall’s light and airy Bridal Suite. Catie’s low, romantic, updo was the perfect compliment to her classic makeup, but again, her copper hued smoky eyes made for a dramatic pop. Catie’s dress from Amanda’s Touch Bridal and Formal highlighted her stunning bone structure, and the cut out back, with buttons down the train, was both classic in design, but offered the perfect amount of modern interest.

 

As the Bride and Groom prepped, the details of the day were able to be captured. Rachel of Rachel Lettering Events nailed the theme with an invitation suite that showcased romantic watercolor that is reminiscent of marbling found in stone. The pops of copper foiling was the perfect contrast to the deep shades of blue.

The Groom’s Suite was not without it’s fitting details as well. Jason wore his copper accents from his tie to his toes, literally. I love when the Groom sports his style, and Jason didn’t forget this when he picked out his polka dot orange socks. One of my favorite parts of any wedding day are the special touches. Jason incorporated a personal touch by wearing his Grandfather’s tie clip. And wouldn’t you know it, but it perfectly tied into the theme as well.

 

We imagined our couple would want a “first look” solely to get those pre-ceremony jitters out, but also to have an intimate moment before they celebrate with their guests. Again, the venue offered several location options for the first look. Our Bride and Groom chose the front steps of the porch. It offered the perfect vantage point for photos, and I love that you could see both of their expressions simultaneously. It also provided a smooth transition into some portraits on the lawn before the ceremony.

 

Despite being in front of an audience, Jason and Catie held their ceremony in Walden’s barn. For them, it felt like a safe, quiet, place to express their love for each other. They recited their vows under an elegant copper arbor, adorned with some simple greenery.

 

What would a celebration of love be without a signature cocktail? Catie and Jason’s signature drink was the “Blue Mule,” which was a twist on the classic Moscow Mule because obviously what is more fitting than a copper mug? This cocktail was garnished with blueberries and blackberries to add in those beautiful shades of blue that were woven throughout the day. The vintage bar cart also house their stunning cake, which resembled blue marbling and you guessed it, copper foil.

 

Our Bride and Groom chose to sit at a sweetheart table that overlooked Walden Hall’s landscape. The stunning table setting showcased the beautiful geode seat assignments with handwritten names, numerous candle sticks, and pops of blue with the antique glass goblets. The couple snuggled throughout the reception and with the barn’s billowing drapery and chandeliers, it was Photographer’s dream.

 

As “golden hour” was upon us, the couple snuck back out to the lawn for some final Bride and Groom portraits and even got a visit from a local farm dog. From start to finish, Catie and Jason’s minimal romanticism theme shined through, and most importantly, the couple’s love for each other was apparent and they were able to celebrate this on their most special day.