Steven + Tori
September 17, 2016
The morning was one of our last southern summer showers, a peaceful drizzle outside the windows of the Vineyard Stone House at Arrington Vineyards as the bride was having her hair done inside. Then suddenly, it was as if God placed a bubble over and around the vineyard grounds and the rain showers dissipated, leaving a beautifully cloud filled sky for an afternoon vineyard wedding in September – something photographers dream of.
This venue was just gorgeous. The Vineyard Stone House is something right out of a magazine, seriously! I still can’t get over the lighting in the area where the bride gets ready – just see the images below! For the ceremony and reception, Arrington provided the beautiful tables, wooden chairs, vineyard tent, decorative wine barrels, ceremony altar doors, and so much more. With this venue, you simply do not need many decorations. Throw in some fresh flowers and you are pretty much set!
Tori’s dress was a stunning 2 piece from David’s Bridal, the bodice adorned in a shimmery beaded gold and the skirt, flowing with chiffon and gold trim, straight out of a fairy tale - fitting her style and personality perfectly. Her shoes, you ask? A strappy gold sandal, Steven by Steve Madden.
For the bride’s “something blue”, well it was all over the place! Stunning blue tipped hydrangeas, the bridesmaid dresses a beautiful slate/powder blue also from David’s Bridal, the groomsmen’s bowties, and the bride’s hair – OH THE BRIDE’S HAIR! How gorgeous it was! In her vows to her groom, she mentioned his love for her ever changing hair color, but her almost silver-blue hair for this day was nothing less than perfect against her gold trimmed dress. Yes, they wrote their vows for one another which were both sweet and hilarious – their personalities and love for one another shining through.
Even more of their personal touch on this wedding was the cake, or lack of I should say. Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, the bride implemented some of her southern roots and served pie – not just any pie, but miniature pies for the guests – a much sweeter, southern touch. So when time for the traditional cake cutting, there was instead the slicing of a mini chocolate pie for the bride and groom to feed one another.
One of my favorite things was the Wishing Stones that the bride and groom had in place of a guestbook. Guests could write sweet notes or advice in metallic markers on precious stones and then drop them in a glass vase for the couple to have these sweet mementos from family and friends in their home.
It was nothing less than a beautiful day, and I am so thankful I was able to be a part of it! Many blessings to Steven and Tori on their new marriage! “May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26