Virginia DIY Winery Wedding: Jess & Dave

Winery wedding by TALLsmall Photo Today’s wedding from TALL+small Photography is so classically lovely, so elegant, and has such a personal, down-home feel.  I love the setting: a bit of winery, a bit of farmland, with the breathtaking beauty of the Virginia hills surrounding.  Also, the kitty photo bomb is pretty great!

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Advice for planning couples? Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Have the top three things on your list and be willing to skimp out on all the rest.  Most of your guests are going to remember the emotions and joyfulness of the day – not all the little details.  But if you want all the little details, find creative DIY ways to make them unique to you and your husband-to-be.  AND, be open to delegating…you will have plenty of people that are able and willing to assist you so you’re not stressing out the months leading up to the big day.

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I love the two views of the bride walking down the aisle – one of the bride and one of the groom.  This is why a second shooter is so important, although it can certainly be done with just one photographer (but two gives you a better shot at two perspectives).

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DIY projects included: wooden floral centerpiece boxes, which were built, stained, and distressed by Dave’s parents from scratch.  Paper dot garland:  We bought packets of cardstock from an online Scrapbook company.  Then we used a  1.5” hole puncher to punch the dots, bought peach colored thread, and my mom sewed the dots together to make over 50 feet of garland using her 20+ year old sewing machine.  We used this to decorate the mantel in the reception room, the gift table, the favor table, and the backdrop for the photo booth.  Table Numbers:  We used the IKEA TOLSBY frames, printed table numbers (each had a special meaning) and description of meaning on card stock.  We then decorated the card stock with strips of navy blue Washi Tape with polka dots – a simple and quick way to spruce them up.  I also used the Washi tape on various framed signs throughout the wedding and on the wedding favor boxes.

Winery wedding by TALLsmall Photo Winery wedding by TALLsmall Photo Winery wedding by TALLsmall Photo Winery wedding by TALLsmall Photo What made our wedding US?  Our wedding was comfortable but elegant, sweet, emotional and filled with love, laughter, and dancing (lots and lots of dancing!)

Don’t you love this classic wedding?  Also, the bride shared her cocktail hour playlist, which I thought was pretty original and fantastic, so I’m including all of their musical choices below to give you some fresh ideas.  I especially love their first dance song choice: “Green Eyes” by Coldplay (one of my personal favorites).

The confetti garland DIY is also pretty great, and if you don’t have sewing skills like this bride’s mother, you can do a similar confetti garland using this DIY.

Cocktail hour playlist:  Not Enough – J Mascis / Love Lust – King Charles / Flowers in Your Hair – The Lumineers / Bricks or Coconuts – Jacuzzi Boys / Ho Hey – The Lumineers / Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Distraction – The Avett Brothers / Separate by Trampled – Turtles / Jon and Roy -Little Bit Of Love by Jon And Roy / Write It All Down For You by Elliott Brood / Go To Sleep – The Avett Brothers / My Only Offer – Mates of State / Oh Christine – The Cave Singers / Kids (MGMT) – Dr. Fox’s Old Timey String Band / Wires – Coconut Records / Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show / That’s Some Dream – Good Old War / Mykonos – Fleet Foxes / The Fall – The Avett Brothers / That’s The Way That It Was – Pierre de Reeder / Northwestern Girls – Say Hi / Devils in Boston – Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers / Pretty Girl From San Diego – The Avett Brothers / Lost In My Mind – The Head and The Heart / 1234 – Feist / Keep In Touch – Jaakko & Jay / Girl U Want – Freelance Whales / Blood – The Middle East / Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men / Sparrow And The Wolf – James Vincent McMorrow

{Vendors} Photographer: TALL+small Photography / Day-of-Coordinator:  Barbara Shifflett of Harvest Moon Catering / Caterer:  Harvest Moon Catering / Venue: King Family Vineyards / Flowers:  Family friend, Dwayne Pitsenbarger / Band: Bryan Elijah Smith and The Wild Hearts / Videographer:  Citrus Ceremonies / Wedding Cake: Paradox Pastry / Donut truck by Carpe Donut


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  1. Posted Apr 10 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    What a lovely wedding! Love the details. Great photos, too!

  2. Posted Apr 10 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! I absolutely love the floral arrangements.

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