What a beautiful intimate gathering for this wedding celebration! Thank you to Lindsey Lyons Photography for sharing with us such a whimsical gem!
My vintage theme loving brides will love all the inspirational nuggets this intimate wedding has to offer.
Candace and Ben share their story...
Q: How did you two meet?
A: We met in my first Kellogg class at Northwestern University, while I was studying for my MBA and Ben was studying for his Master’s in Engineering Management. We started dating three years later.
Q: How did he pop the question?
A: I went to UVA undergrad, but Ben is from Iowa, and went to University of Iowa. He is fascinated with history and wanted to see UVA’s grounds over Christmas. On Christmas Eve, we drove to Charlottesville, and it was serenely quiet with the students home for the holidays. He asked me on the top steps of the Rotunda, UVA’s iconic landmark.
Q: What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
A: As I walked down the aisle and Ben and I where only looking at each other.
Q: How long have you been together?
A: A blissful 7 months!
Q: How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
A: Intimate, surreal, and so special. We had a small wedding, smaller than Ben or I ever expected we would have, but it made ever moment memorable. The day still flew by in a blink of an eye despite how small our ceremony and reception was.
Q: Where did you get married and why did you select that venue?
A: We chose the Cedars because of it’s small, intimate setting. We also loved the historic colonial architecture and the lovely outdoor space that fit my classic, yet bohemian theme.
Q: Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one?
A: I own an online/brick-and-mortar responsible fashion boutique based in Chicago called Mod + Ethico. We focus on casual, modern, responsibly-made fashion and lifestyle goods – but we do not carry evening wear or wedding dresses. In selecting my wedding dress it was paramount to stick within my responsible fashion principles. I wanted a bohemian yet classic aesthetic, and chose the two pieces from Etsy: the top was a cropped lace topper by PureMagnoliaCouture and the chiffon maxi skirt was made by VMarie. My reception dress was an easy silk slip dress by The Reformation – a fashion label committed to using reclaimed fabric, offsetting its carbon footprint, and has an edgy LA aesthetic.
Q: Any other significant materials that were incorporated to your wedding? Ie: something someone gave you or something barrowed?
A: I used my great grandmother’s blue handkerchief for my something blue; my mother-in-law lent me her grandmother’s pearl cuff bracelet; my husband wrote me a heartfelt note on the bottom of my pink suede/gold leather DVF pumps. It was the perfect combination of something blue, borrowed, and new.
Q: Did you see each other before the wedding? If not, did you like waiting or would you have rather done it differently? Tell me why or why not!
A: We ended up waiting – Lindsey helped convince us to keep this tradition that was my most memorable moment of our day. Ben and I are both very sentimental, Ben, arguably more so than I. This moment will forever be in our hearts and memories.
Q: What kind of food was served at your reception?
A: We had a prix fixe menu at Berret’s with 5 courses: oysters, she crab soup, salad with mixed greens and pears tossed in a vinaigrette dressing, salmon with asparagus, and crème brûlée.
Q: Any other special details you’d like to share?
A: After dinner, the Cedars had left a bottle of wine and gorgeous white rose petals in our room. We were also so pleasantly surprised to come back to a stunning white almond cake from the Carrot Tree that could not have been more simple yet decadent at the same time.
Photographer: Lindsey Lyons Photography
Makeup Artist: Vamps and Vixens
Ceremony & Event Location: Cedars Of Williamsburg
Floral Designer: The Flower Cupboard
Cake Designer: Carrot Tree Kitchens
Happy Wedding Planning!