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Stine & John | Snipes Farm Retreat Vintage Wedding

Today I bring you another “from the archives” wedding from last Fall. Stine & John are hands down one of the very sweetest couples I’ve worked with, and their special day was particularly unique because they were already married! They had officially tied the knot a couple months before in a more traditional ceremony in Stine’s hometown in Denmark. So their US wedding was more of a celebration with all of their family and friends here in the states, and I love that they made it a unique, vintage-inspired day (I mean, check out her amazing vintage dress!) at such a gorgeous and rustic location. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy this peek into their amazing day that I loved being part of!

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Such a fun and beautiful day! Thanks again to Stine & John for letting me capture their special day! Check out the other vendors below who made it all happen, and I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Venue: Snipes Farm Retreat | Florals: Locally sourced & made by bride/bridesmaids | Hair: 6 Salon | Dress: Vintage dress from Dear Golden | Groom’s Attire: Macy’s | Musician: Arioso Strings | Caterer: Belle’s Catering

Wardrobe Wednesday | Ashley Meade of Party O’Clock

I’m excited to share my second guest post today and introduce you all to my amazing friend (and former bride!) Ashley. This girl is just oozing with talent and creativity and it has been so fun getting to know and collaborate with her over the last few years as she chases her vision and establishes her own businesses. On top of it, she is a thrifing master and knows how to put together the coolest vintage-inspired outfits. So without further ado, read along to hear about her style and inspiration!

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How would you define your personal style?

I guess I would classify it as “grungy vintage prep”. I am obsessed with that sort of classic preppy style (loafers, cardigans, button-up collared shirts under blazers, etc.), but I am also a child of the 90s alternative scene, and it will forever have a hold over me.  Plus, I love how certain pieces can easily have elements of both styles.  Like pleated skirts.  And obviously anything plaid.  So I love mixing those elements together to create looks that feel very much like me. My current favorite combo is camouflage and pearls.

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Where do you find most of your style inspiration?

My number one source of inspiration is my mom.  She had the BEST style in her twenties and thirties.  Like a Southern version of Princess Diana.  I realized recently that the pieces of my wardrobe that I have the most connection to are basically manifestations of the memories I have of her closet and the pictures of her in photo albums.  Other than that, I look to vintage ads and magazines for really excellent fashion inspiration.  80′s Ralph Lauren – SWOON.  And pictures of celebs from that same era- Brooke Shields is a HUGE influence.  Princess Diana, Lauren Hutton, Diane Keaton, and Christy Turlington are also some of my faves. 

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What are your top 3 favorite places to shop?

This is kind of a tricky question for me, because 80% of my wardrobe is vintage, and the rest was obtained through clothing swaps with friends.  So number one would have to be thrift stores. I love wearing things that are unique, and thrifting is the best way to find items that are truly one of a kind (at least in this day and age!) Plus, I get to feel good knowing my money is going towards supporting community programs and stuff.  My second favorite place to “shop” is probably my own closet.  A few years ago, my parents decided that I was old enough to keep all of my childhood memories at my own house (meaning they really just wanted to turn their attic into a rec room) but going through all that stuff was THE BEST.  I rediscovered all this jewelry I used to wear in like 6th grade that is so IN right now (we’re talking turquoise earrings with dangly silver feathers from a family vacation to the Grand Canyon, and more gold hoops than I could ever dream of.)  Plus, super cute floral and leather purses that I use all the time now.  Who knew?!? And for my third place, just to show that I am a little bit normal and occasionally buy new things, I guess I would pick H&M. I hate how much I love that store.

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If you had to choose ONE favorite item currently in your wardrobe, what would it be and why?

I have this vintage wide-wale corduroy blazer from Ralph Lauren. I just about died when I found it. At a Goodwill.  It has elbow patches and woven leather buttons and I wear it with basically everything.  It is like everything I love about fall, all rolled into one excellent piece of clothing.

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Isn’t her style so fun and creative? Be sure to check out her vintage clothing shop Dreamboat Darling as well as her shop for the most adorable hand-embroidered items, Party O’Clock and follow her on Pinterest and Instagram for constant style and creative inspiration!

Jamie & Mike | Wedding Preview

Oh man. I could not have asked for a more amazing wedding to finish my 2014 season with. Jamie & Mike are just incredible, and they had the prettiest celebration on Saturday on the stunning grounds of the Airlie Center. It’s always so hard to pick just a few sneak peeks, but enjoy this little preview and know that much more is yet to come! :)

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Congratulations to Jamie & Mike and I can’t wait to share the full wedding! Happy Monday, friends!

Jenn & Tucker | Libby Hill Richmond Engagement

It happens every so often that I have couples who live out of state, but get married locally, and therefore out of necessity end up having their engagement session just days before the actual wedding. This was the case with Jenn & Tucker, which made for one jam-packed week of awesome because they killed it for the camera during this session as the perfect warm-up for their wedding. As is obvious, they’re an adorable, fun-loving couple and I had SUCH a blast getting to know them and work with them. Their wedding also went down in the books as one of my favorites, which I can’t wait to fully show off soon! For now, enjoy some of my favorites from their Libby Hill engagement session!

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Aren’t they just adorable? And they make sun-kissed lighting look gooood. :)

Happy Thursday, friends! More of this fabulous couple coming soon!

Wardrobe Wednesday | Long & Loose High-Low Shirts

I’m all about the high-low trend when it comes to long, loose, comfy shirts. It makes them a little more flattering and interesting than just a huge oversize shirt, and brings more of a trendy element to what can still be a really comfortable outfit. Add a cute accessory or two, and you’re totally set for an easy, everyday Fall look. I especially loved the look of the loafer type shoes in the inspiration photo, but it would work great with ankle boots and a scarf added, as well!

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(Inspiration photo source. All others taken by Kaytee Lauren, edited by me.)

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I found this shirt at TJ Maxx about a month ago and have worn it SO many times, since. It’s just so soft and comfy and I’m all about olive green, as well as stripes. So, it just had “Tori” written all over it. The shoes, likewise, were purchased about 2 months ago and have been an absolute staple in my Fall wardrobe. I love the woven design on them, and yet how they’re still neutral and can go with so many things.

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Shirt: TJ Maxx, $15 | Jeans: Old Navy, $19 | Shoes: Kodachrome Vintage, $35 | Necklace: Contrary, $20 | Purse: Fossil Outlet, $100

If you’re looking for amazing vintage shoes in excellent condition, I can’t rave enough about Kodachrome Vintage on Etsy. They have one of the best curated collections I’ve seen, and the shop owners are super fabulous! Likewise, if you’re ever looking for unique jewelry pieces, my friend and former bride Mary makes the coolest stuff. She’s also a Richmond native! I love getting to support other small businesses and fellow creatives and without fail the pieces that I get from places like that become my favorites.

So are you a fan of high-low shirts or does this trend leave you skeptical?