We’ve fallen for this classic Southern wedding from David Abel Weddings! With lovely traditions, like sharing a taste of scotch from a handmade pewter bowl, this wedding is too sweet! The dusty blue and green color palette is perfect for summer, with floral print linens making a whimsical pop.

Our goal for our wedding was to have a classic, traditional southern wedding, complete with southern food, good bourbon and monograms! I knew from the beginning that I wanted dusty/french blue to be my main wedding color. Throughout the planning process the color scheme evolved to multiple shades of blue!

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

We both also knew we wanted to get married in Brooking’s hometown of Richmond, VA. My mother really wanted a church wedding, but I didn’t want to worry about the logistics and cost of transporting guests from the ceremony to the reception location. Brooking’s mother is a member of the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club in Richmond and suggested that I look at the club to host our reception. Conveniently enough, there was a beautiful church across the street from the club! On top of that, the vibe and decor of the Woman’s club screamed southern! After touring the space I knew I had found the perfect location to make my southern wedding dreams come to life!

father daughter first look at wedding

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

The center diamond on my engagement ring is a Chenault family heirloom that dates back to the late 1800s. Brookings great great grandfather was a privateer and traveled to Peru in search of diamonds in the late 1800s. The center diamond on my engagement ring is the diamond he returned with from his Peru trip! My best friend from college sang Ave Maria during our ceremony as the bridesmaids walked down the aisle. This is the same song that was played during Brooking’s parents wedding ceremony.

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

Brooking is half Scottish so we decided to do a hand fasting during our wedding ceremony. We also shared a taste of scotch after the ceremony out of a beautiful pewter his aunt gave us as an early wedding gift. Both of these are Scottish wedding traditions and were fun to incorporate and have captured.

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

It wouldn’t be a southern wedding without a good old fashioned monogram! We decided to incorporate our wedding monogram in subtle ways throughout the day. We monogrammed our wedding programs, unity candle, guest towels for the bathrooms, matchboxes for the bourbon bar and drink sticks for cocktails at the bar. We have a 1 year old yellow lab Leia who was a bit too young and wild to have in our wedding ceremony. We hired Emily from Emily Baird Designs to sketch a picture of Leia and print her face on our cocktail napkins with the caption “Cheers! Love Leia”. It was a fun, easy way to incorporate our pup that made all of our guests smile!

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

We opted to skip out on a large wedding cake and went for a small dessert bar, cutting cake and a groom’s cake. It was enough dessert where guests were able to get their sweet tooth fix and have plenty of options, but it cost about a third of what it would have if we had a large wedding cake created. We also decided not to do favors for our guests. We decided that our guests would better remember a great experience versus a custom cookie or koozie. So in addition to hiring a great band, we created a self serve bourbon and cigar bar that guests enjoyed after dinner.

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

blue and green classic Southern wedding | David Abel Weddings | Glamour & Grace

Photography | David Abel Weddings | Ceremony Venue | Grace Baptist Church | Reception Venue | Tuckahoe Women’s Club | Planning | Just a Little Ditty | Florals | Floral Images | Catering | Cater 2 Events | Groom’s Cake | Pearl’s Bakery | Linens | Festive Fare | Calligraphy | Miller Calligraphy | Band | Sam Hill Entertainment | Hair and Makeup | Honeysuckle and the Opal | Dress | Celebration Bridal | Veil | The Gilded Thimble | Shoes | Something Bleu Shoes | Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie  | Groom’s Attire | Jos A Bank | Submitted via Matchology

We love a good fairytale inspiration here on Glamour & Grace, so couldn’t resist this whimsical shoot from Alix Art Photography. Taking inspiration from a handful of storybook tales, this shoot is packed with lush florals and romantic vibes.

Inspiration for this particular Fairytale styled shoot came from a timeless literary theme, the Kiss of True Love, which surfaces in quite a few classic Fairytales. From Sleeping Beauty in a bed of flowers, Snow White falling asleep due to a poisoned apple, & even the Little Mermaid, they all have one thing in common, the princess needs the Kiss of True Love to break the Spell she is under. Its not just princesses who need the kiss, the Prince also needs the magical kiss, lest we forget about the The Frog King, or Beauty and the Beast where he needs True Love’s kiss to lift the curse. Even in our modern day culture we believe that to reach our Happily Ever After, we need the Kiss of True Love to lift us up and sweep us away into wedded bliss. Modern Day Movie, Dreamwork’s animation Fairytale: “Shrek” even has Fiona the Ogre needing the Kiss of True Love to break the magical ogre spell she is under. Disney’s Frozen also mentions True Love’s Kiss, despite the kiss not actually working to unfreeze Anna and revealing treachery by Prince Hans. It turned out to be a sisterly Act of True Love later in that particular story which broke the spell. When we really start to look, the theme of True Love’s kiss is literally all around us in the modern world. Its found hiding in dozens of dramatic movies, even the romantic comedy and its the main photographic highlight, “cant miss” shot for any Wedding Photographer, “Now you may Kiss the Bride!” and seal the deal.

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical storybook wedding ideas | Alix Art Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Alix Art Photography | Venue | Partage Winery | Florals | Kats Flower Affair | Makeup | Designs by Donovan | Wedding Cake | B’z Cakes | Furniture Rentals | Forage Vintage Rentals | Calligraphy | Wild Quill Calligraphy | Wedding Dress | Bride Chic | Submitted via Matchology

With colorful pastels and a dreamy farm setting, this shoot from Lauren Beauregard Photography inspired by Anne of Green Gables is a vintage lover’s dream! We love the amazing hand-painted wedding invitation (look at that stunning liner!) And the mini cake place settings are too adorable! The stand out detail though is the handmade wood oval arch. Covered in trailing blooms, it is the epitome of romance!

Anne is one of my personal all time favorite characters and to honor her timeless romance with her childhood love Gilbert Blythe, I wanted to embody all things Anne in a modern bridal editorial. To accomplish this I gathered the most wonderful team of specialized vendors to bring to life a whimsical Anne inspired theme utilizing summer colors, fresh fruits, wild blooms, and classic elements straight from the pages of the novel Anne of Green Gables (like the infamous raspberry cordial incident).

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

The venue selected was the absolute perfect setting between the farmhouse and a beautiful barn hidden away in the woods. The entire location reminded me of Anne’s beloved Green Gables, with its landscape that fit the novel perfectly. To bring focus to the beauty of the natural surroundings, my grandfather made our team an oval shaped custom arch, innovating to create a window to the story we were capturing. This arch was not the only personal aspect added to this editorial, my grandfather actually gave me all of my grandmother’s milk glass dishes to be used in our tablescape. Fusing my own story with Anne’s brought a unique emotional element to the shoot that was not anticipated.

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage springtime wedding ideas | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Venue | The Barn at the Woods | Florals | Anthousai Floral Design | Paper Goods | The Letterbox Shop | Cakes | The Round House Bakery | Hair & Makeup | Kerri Unruh | Dress | Lillian West from Prescott Bridal | Ring | Kelley Jewelers | Submitted via Matchology

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