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Oh So Chic Anniversary Session

Any opportunity we get to feature an anniversary session is one we happily celebrate! Weddings just don't end on the wedding day. It's a chapter of preparation for a lifetime ahead together, and anniversary sessions always help us remember that special commitment.

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Analise and Carlton shared their story with Shannon Moffit Photography in front of gorgeous architecture and downtown art. The grounds were perfectly set for this elegantly stylish couple, but their insight and experience are even moreso as they share below.

Marriage anniversary session at the VMFA in Richmond Virginia

Cheery Turquoise Wedding on the Eastern Shore

For Tara and Mitch, getting married by the water as always a must, and what better place to tie the knot than overlooking the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in Cape Charles at the Oyster Farm at Kings Creek? With a pop of bright aqua color at the venue itself, the couple chose a cheery turquoise and coral pink color palette to complement the coastal vibes of the town... and with all the lush peony, ranunculus, and dahlia flowers, it has us absolutely swooning! From the bride's comfy lace sandals to their pastel watercolor cake that spoke to the adventure yet to come, Molly Lichten Photography captured each moment of this beautiful day by the water.

As they planned each gorgeous touch of style, Tara and Mitch paid attention to the heartfelt elements as well. The glass ceremony during the wedding itself created an heirloom to symbolize the strength of their commitment, and handwritten vows touched hearts all around as the two finally became husband and wife. Their love story may have started on an ordinary football weekend at Virginia Tech, but it culminated into a day that was fun and romantic that none of their friends and family would ever forget.

Happy bride and bridesmaid with peach coral bouquets

Modern Thanksgiving Marriage Proposal Inspiration

Our love affair with velvet isn't ending anytime soon and neither is our obsession for the beginning of happily ever afters! In this second part from our recent DIY tutorial for a gorgeous velvet marriage proposal banner made in partnership with our pals at Cricut, we have envisioned a Thanksgiving-inspired surprise proposal dinner complete with best friends and smiles for days!

With velvet hexagon chargers, sparkly copper candlesticks, jewel-toned velvet table runners, and geometric table decor, this creative team made a modern love story a reality in the palette of emerald green, navy blue, blush pink, and burgundy red. Captured by Dani White Photography, textured florals of coxcomb, roses, dahlias, and eucalyptus by Palette of Petals anchor an intimate tablescape for four while geometric place settings styled by Mad Hatter Vintage play off of unique party plateware that you'd never guess were paper! A yummy contemporary Thanksgiving menu consisted of cranberry champagne cocktails, pumpkin soup topped with crème fraîche and pomegranate seeds, copper-dusted fruit tarts, and other fall-inspired culinary delights from Chef by Design and Kadi Bakes.

In shades of blush and blue, our sweeties-to-be and besties dressed for the occasion in chic style with velvet matte burgundy lip color and braided hair details by Markia Nicole Hair and Makeup Artistry. We basically can't get enough of this inspiration! Someone go propose ASAP!

Red and pink Thanksgiving inspired tablescape floral centerpiece

Coast-to-Coast Facebook Messages and a Pup named Louis

The story of Ashley and Tyler began many years ago when they were teenagers growing up in Chesapeake, Virginia. On a sunny day, during Spring of 2002, they just happened to meet at a mutual friend's house. Always laughing and smiling, Tyler will never forget seeing Ashley for the first time. Ashley, on the other hand, has the self-proclaimed memory of a goldfish and does not remember this day as clear. They soon became friends and for the remainder of high school would see one another at parties and group gatherings, and every once in a while went on dates to the local movie theater. In the years that followed high school, they kept in touch randomly, often only saying a quick hello and catching up over social media. Over time, their friendship faded as they each set out on their own.

Tyler joined the Navy and traveled the world while Ashley stayed in northern Virginia after graduating from George Mason University. They never imagined that the quick hellos throughout the years would turn into more, but love has a funny way of evolving between two people meant for one another. Deep down, they always kept a special place in their hearts for each other.

It wasn't until late 2012, when Tyler had just returned from deployment, that Ashley struck up a conversation with him on Facebook. Their first time talking in years ended up lasting for hours, and that spark that was patiently waiting to ignite finally lit. Although Tyler was living in San Diego and Ashley remained in northern Virginia, they continued to grow their relationship over the following year.

Military life can often be difficult, especially when it means being so far away from each other, but Ashley and Tyler made it work. With a little bit of luck, Tyler was fortunate to be stationed near Washington D.C. in late 2013, and soon after Ashley and Tyler continued growing their love for one another. Ashley introduced Tyler to her too-cute-for-words French Bulldog, Louis, and a happy little family was formed. Ashley, Tyler, and Louis have now been together for nearly five years. What was once a high school crush turned into an amazing life that will soon become a happy, loving marriage.

So when it came time to propose, Tyler knew he needed to make it memorable because of the long journey they've been on. Little did Ashley know that what was "planned" as a normal photo shoot with Luke and Ashley Photography was actually a secretly months-in-the-making surprise marriage proposal. With Ashley's parents witnessing and Louis at his side, Tyler asked for Ashley's hand in marriage at Fort Monroe in Hampton. And well, the photos say it all and gave us major heart squeezin' swoons!

He put a ring on it surprise proposal ideas

DIY Marriage Proposal Banner with Cricut

Inspired by the very beginning of a wedding journey as well as autumnal loveliness, we are so excited to share our latest DIY project created in partnership with our friends at Cricut! With the trendiness of velvet and personalizing details in the wedding world, we have created a sweet wedding proposal banner tutorial for any lovebird wanting to pop the question in chic memorable style! This banner can be made with your choice of colored velvet and perfected with Cricut's new EasyPress tool to make sure your iron-on words show your love as beautifully as possible. Let's get our craft on!

Marriage proposal with a DIY handmade velvet banner
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