I’m so excited to show some of our favorite photos from our Greenbrier wedding in West Virginia, though this was quite a drive for us the couple, family, and venue more than made up for it! Nestled in the mountains the Greenbrier is about 10 degrees cooler than Richmond Virginia (something we seriously enjoyed as we were working) and is such a great representation of southern class and opulence. Shooting here was such a treat, I seriously can’t wait to get back for another wedding! Here are Stephanie & Aaron’s photos as well as a little about their wedding in their own words!
WHERE IS YOUR WEDDING/RECEPTIONS AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS LOCATION?
Our wedding reception was at the Greenbrier Resort. We chose this location because of its absolutely breathtaking property and because it went along perfectly with our personalities – We wanted a wedding venue to match our style which is traditional with a bit of modern flare!
WHAT WAS YOUR THEME OR STYLE AND WHY?
Our style was traditional with modern flare because that is what represents us as a couple best. We hold to traditional customs and values but are always inserting our own special touch or modern flare! We wanted our wedding to be very romantic and I think we achieved that with the softly lit room that was shimmering with the traditional gold and ivory, but came alive with the pop of raspberry in some decor and the bridesmaids dresses…and let us not forget the groomsmen’s socks!!
WHERE DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR DRESS AND WHAT LEAD YOU TO THE ONE YOU CHOSE?
We found THE dress in Coral Gables Florida. WE searched and searched – I probably tried on about 100 dresses. I realize now why I had to look and hunt for so long. I was trying to ignore my desire for a traditional all satin wedding gown. I thought I wanted something more modern with lace and tool and sparkle, but all along really wanted a dress that make me look like what I had always dreamed about when I was little – a bride in a satin ball gown with a long train and an even longer veil!I finally put on THE dress and I absolutely lost it – I cried and cried. It was really an awesome moment. I don’t think I had truly realized I was getting married until I saw myself in that dress.
DESCRIBE YOUR SHOES AND WHY YOU WENT WITH THEM?
It’s always been about shoes with me! Shoes are my favorite part of an outfit. I am 5’8″ and ALWAYS in heels, but…my hubby is only 5’11″ and the shoes would have made me tower over him! I searched and searched for some flat shoes that actually would make me feel like a bride – I finally found the flats I loved from an English company and had them sent over! BUT i still needed my heelsMy official bridal shoes were ivory Badgley Mishka with a beautiful crystal design! I am definitely going to have to find a way top wear them again even if it means I have to vacuum the house in them
WHERE THERE ANY OTHER PIECES OF JEWELRY/ACCESSORIES FOR YOU, YOUR GROOM, BRIDESMAIDS OR GROOMSMEN THAT YOU DECIDED TO INCORPORATE?
My mother passed down a pair of earrings that she wore everyday! They were my something old. She had circular jackets made for them to make them extra special for my wedding day which was my something new. My something borrowed was a bracelet that i borrowed from my matron of Honor and my “like-a-sister” cousin, Daniela. I was her maid of honor in her wedding as well! My something blue was a piece of Irish lace that was brought back from Ireland where Aaron proposed. I had it sown onto an Irish linen handkerchief and then had it embroidered with my new married initials “sGe” and our wedding date. For Aaron’s wedding gift we each gave each other a sentimental gift from Tiffany’s (great minds must think alike!) I gave him a set of cuff links that had his initial “AGG” on the front of the cuff links and our wedding date on the back – he put them on for his big walk down the aisle! He gave me a script “G” and wrote me the cutest poem and letter about sharing his last name with me!!
WHO IS DOING YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP AND WHAT IS THE LOOK YOU ARE GOING FOR?
Lou Stevens and the Glam Squad from Richmond, VA traveled down to do all the girls’ hair and makeup! She did an amazing job! I was going for romantic and elegant and I think she achieved that look completely. But I think the person that stole the show with hair and makeup was definitely my mother! My mother’s hair and makeup looked ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I don’t think I have ever seen her look that beautiful! It was awesome!
DID YOU HAVE ANY WEDDING FAVORS AND WHY DID YOU SELECT THEM?
We had Candy’s Cake Pops as favors (but without the “pop” – they were really cake balls, i guess you would say). We had them decorated like a bride and a groom. The bride was red velvet cake for me (that is my all time favorite) and the groom was pure fudgy chocolate – they were amazing! They came from a company in Boca Raton Florida and they were perfect!
WHO DID YOUR FLOWERS AND WHAT WAS THE LOOK THAT YOU WANTED WITH THEM?
Martha Sams at Gillespies Flowers at the Greenbrier did all the flowers. I wanted a romantic and elegant look to the flowers. I didn’t really want any greenery in the flowers at all I just wanted a beautiful white cascading look to the centerpieces and Martha did an excellent job!
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CAKE, WHO CREATED IT AND WHAT DID YOU DO TO MAKE IT UNIQUE
Oh that Cake!! Our cake was one of my favorite parts of the evening! I wanted a traditional white cake on the exterior with a modern flare. So we got some beautiful modern “bling!” from Twinkle Twinkle Boutique in Coral Gables, FL. We had a beautiful Swarovski crystal “G” right in the front of the 3rd tier and two beautiful broaches that were on the front and side satin bows!
The cake flavor was red velvet of course and Limoncello! The two flavors were alternating in each tier and they were both awesome!
WHAT DID YOU DO FOR FOOD & DRINK AND WHY?
For food we had a crab cake appetizer that was to die for – I think everyone went more crazy about that crab cake then they did the filet mignon with sauce choron that was served for dinner! WE had a silver platter of chocolate covered strawberries sent to each table when the champagne for my father’s toast was poured and wedding cake for dessert!
We had two signature drinks; one was the “Blushing Bride” and the other was “The Old Fashioned Mr. Right”. The blushing bride was champagne with a little bit of Chambord raspberry liquor and a fresh raspberry garnish – matched the style of classic and traditional (champagne) with a little modern flare (the Chambord and raspberry) not to mention it matched the color of the bridesmaids dresses!!! The old fashioned mr. right was the groom’s selection – he picked it because it was the time tested classic gentlemen’s drink! Everybody seemed to really enjoy them!
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO BE GO ON THE HONEYMOON?
We went to the Excellence Resort in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. It’s a bit north of Cancun – secluded and gorgeous! WE had an amazing time sitting on the beach, soaking in the sun, and dancing the night away as husband and wife!
I love her drive, compassion for life, uncanning ability to make anyone love her. Shes smart, beautiful, and funny and she loves me.
I love the way he makes me laugh. And I love they way he makes me feel – its all different things really – he makes me feel like a little kid sometimes but the next minute like a mkost cheerished wife, i feel like when I am with him I could do anythign! I love the way we are when we are together. We just have so much fun together no matter what we are doing. It could be absolutly nothing but we’d still be having a blast!
David Abel is the owner of David Abel Photography & specializes in Wedding Photography with a very clean and timeless style. David Abel enjoys espresso, woodworking, and has an obsession for lions. Based in Richmond VA David Abel travels both nationally and internationally for weddings. Those few hours when he is not working he spends with his two crazy cats and the love of is life Kristy.