Williamsburg Lodge Winter Wedding by Fareine Benz Photography

December 4, 2013

Because this new blog is very much a part of my heart, I thought I would share my special day as that day became the catalyst for so many things in my life: my wonderful marriage to my best friend and my obsession with weddings and the wedding designing process.

I'm an old soul. An old soul who found a home in Williamsburg. It was as close as I could get to England... and well, the magic of a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas speaks for itself.

Rusty and I both love history and Christmas, and I am a tiny hardcore for the number 7, so December 27th quickly became cemented as our wedding date. We had a longer engagement than what's typical, but we wanted our dream wedding and the extra time allowed us to prepare our unique vision.

As a bride, there are certain things you can get fixated on during the planning process. Let's be real. There are certain priorities! I was determined to have a great photographer (we were grateful for Fareine Benz Photography!), personal touches (it's not every day that your father-in-law will go collect and inspect 100+ pinecones just for your place cards), and the right venue. Williamsburg Lodge was the place, and it meant so much to me that when I asked, "Could I get married in the foyer of the Virginia Room if the room doesn't book?" they didn't look at me with crazy eyes. They replied that they would speak to the Fire Department for approval. I learned it never hurts to ask, and if something is on your heart, ask it.

And on December 27, 2009 at 2:30pm, I got my helpmate for life. And heck yeah, that French last name, too, that I've been wanting since middle school! :)

Photography: Fareine Benz // Venue/Catering/Cake: Williamsburg Lodge // Hair and Makeup: The Spa at Colonial Williamsburg // Bride's Bouquet and Groom's Boutonniere: The Flower Cupboard // Ceremony and Reception Florals: Flowers-Wayne Jones // Bridesmaids' Pomanders: Arbie Goodfellow // Groomsmen's Boutonnieres: DIY by Bride // Stationery and Paper Goods: DIY by Bride // Letterpress: Ajalon Printing // Bridal Attire: Ann Margaret's Bridal Boutique // Bridal Party Cloak and Stoles: SpAZooie // Bridesmaid Attire: Pure English Couture Bridal // Groomswear: Men's Warehouse // Violinist: Groom's Sister // DJ: Play it Again DJs // Favors: Donation to Compassion International

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