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Purple Garden-Inspired Wedding with Popsicles

Crossfit brought Jessica and Christian together, but it was the brunch that followed that sealed the deal. After partnering together for a class at the gym, the pair was chatting when Christian found out Jessica's favorite meal is breakfast. Fortunately, that was the perfect segue to ask her on a date, and, as they say, the rest is history.

It was clear that the love of their family and friends was the main inspiration for their wedding at Historic Mankin Mansion, as they involved their guests throughout the day, epic dance party and all. For Jessica, her favorite memory was getting ready in the morning. Due to a few celebratory drinks during their rehearsal dinner, Christian spent the morning in the hotel room with her, and she enjoyed spending the time leading up to the ceremony with him. Captured by Don Mears Photography, this purple and magenta-hued Richmond wedding was filled with lovely garden details such as antique key escort cards, colorful popsicles, crystal chandeliers, and roses for days.

Jessica and Christian shared some wise advice for other engaged couples who are in the middle of planning their wedding. "Don't focus too much on the details unless that brings you pleasure," she said. "The most memorable parts of the day involve the people you are celebrating with and the union you are celebrating for."

Emotional Vow Renewal Inspiration

Cynthia and Chris were married four years ago, and by way of an inspiration shoot, they renewed their vows in this gorgeous ceremony with their two children at The Mill at Fine Creek. Captured by Andrew and Tianna and coordinated by Just Dandy Events, the entire creative team envisioned a sweet and simple homage to the couple's love story and how the story grows with each of life's chapters. With a timeless lace gown from Milk & Honey Bride, ombré red and orange calligraphy, and the most gorgeous paper flowers you've ever seen, it was lovely intimate romance set against the backdrop of weathered stone walls. To help tell their story, the bride shares their background:

I have always wanted to do a vow renewal in real life even before I got married. I think it's important to relive those moments that you once shared before. It takes you back to when it was just the two of you holding hands with no cares in the world. And that's what I love about Chris! He brings out the carefree side in me, but most of all, our love story is my favorite.

We both had a pretty rough year in 2008. Chris' grandma (who was his best friend) and my aunt who was mine died 3 days apart from one another from the same type of rare cancer. In 2009, we just so happened to both be in the wedding party of a mutual friend when we noticed each other. I told him he looked familiar and me the same to him. We couldn't figure it out until one day when I was working at a physical therapy office. I randomly walked in on what wasn't my shift at the time, and he was getting therapy. From then on out, Chris started coming in when I was working.

Both of us agreed that we felt my aunt and his grandmother brought us together. After dating for a year, we realized he knew my aunt. She worked as a lunch lady in Kellam High School, and that's where he had went. She would always tell us that there was this boy she just loved that she always gave him extra ice cream. Many years later, we figured out that boy was him! And then the rest was destiny.

Romantic Periwinkle and Gold Wedding

We always love it when we publish couples' engagement sessions and then get to see their wedding stories on the big day afterwards! Awhile back, we featured Raven and Willie's adorable high school sweethearts-themed engagement, so when we saw them in their wedding best, it gave us big smiles! Raven and Willie, together with the talent of Kelsey Ann Events, created a memorable celebration at the Woman's Club of Portsmouth filled with periwinkle blue and gold details that left us swooning. From the gold chiavari chairs to the pastel blue linens and blooms to the gorgeous ceiling drapery, this natural light-filled venue was meant for this!

Raven and Willie decided to share a sweet first look before the ceremony, and the love in their eyes was obvious as they walked the grounds together sharing the few precious minutes before officially becoming husband and wife. Luke and Ashley Photography created stunning portraits, and the ladies in soft blue and blush pink dresses lined up beautifully alongside the bride. Our favorite moment, though, is near the end of the reception, as family and friends toasted to Raven and Willie’s theme of "better together." Keep scrolling for stunning spring wedding inspiration and all the love you can handle!

Spotlight Feature On: Fairfield Flowers

Stylish, elegant, and intimate is how Charlene Wesseler of Fairfield Flowers would describe her ideal wedding couple. Family-owned and operated for over 26 years in the Hampton Roads area, Fairfield Flowers is all about providing outstanding customer service through consistently researching current wedding floral trends, tailoring to each client's wedding budget and style, and being that flower friend that you feel like you've known forever.

[photo: Nikki Schell Photography]

Colorful and Fun High School Sweethearts Wedding

We believe beach weddings should be full of color, fun, and laughter, and this big day fits all three requirements perfectly! Local high school sweethearts Caitlin and Ryan celebrated in vibrant style at the Yacht Club at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach. Their shared love of travel was evidenced on their reception tables and Dr. Seuss-inspired table seating chart that showed guests where the couple had been and where they were headed.

Jessica Ryan Photography captured both the smiles on the couple's faces and each gorgeous detail that helped tell Caitlin and Ryan's wedding story. Navy blue was the color palette with pops of tangerine, bright pink, and green. We love the bride's scalloped neckline wedding dress, the wicker plate chargers at each place setting that anchored the high and low floral centerpieces (filled with the trendy fern!), and the towering berry-topped partial naked cake. You can't help but feel their joy when looking at their wedding day memories!

How to Create a Free Wedding Website with Minted

There aren't many people nowadays who don't have some sort of online connection. Heck, it's practically the only way now to communicate with family and friends who live all over the world! So to make wedding planning a bit easier and oh so chic, creating a stylish wedding website as your Hub of I Do Soon updates is a must. Thanks to Minted, we're sharing our top reasons on why you need to have a wedding website and then how to make a FREE website to take your wedding style to a digital level. Let's get clicking!

And Memo was his Name-O

It's no secret that we're obsessed when couples bring in their beloved pets into their wedding-related sessions, and Memo the handsome bay horse is no exception! Heather absolutely adores her equine character of a friend and wanted to have a post-wedding bridal session with him at the Amazing Grace Stable in Carrollton. So one bright sunny day with Ryann Winn Photography, they joined Memo for an afternoon of bridal beauty and horsin' around.

With a strapless sweetheart neckline, pearl barrettes, and handpicked sunflowers, Heather was the picture of a sweet Southern rustic bride. From the giant toothy grin from Memo to the casual walk around the stable grounds, it was a wonderful memory to keep forever: just a girl and her horse.

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