Stately Southern Wedding

Elisa Briker Photography

Deeply southern and whimsical elements contributed to make Deirdre and Jason’s wedding day both personal and elegant. Their bright color pallet of coral pink was punctuated with pops of mint and gold. As a letterpress artist, the bride took on the project of created all of the amazing paper items herself! This stately southern wedding it far too grand an affair to be missed!

Due to how fab this wedding is, we know you are going to want to see even more. Not to worry, there’s always loads more to see in the full gallery gorgeously captured by Elisa Bricker.

peach wedding invites

amaryllis wedding bouquet

plum pretty sugar bridesmaid robes

easy wedding ideas

bridal portraits

From the Bride:
As a graphic designer and letterpress printer, one of the other most important details to me was the paper goods. I letterpressed each piece of the invitation suite, and then I dip dyed each invitation with a pattern that was meant to echo the Shenandoah mountains that grace the skyline of Orange. I think my favorite thing to design was the program, where I felt we could get really personal, including a photo page of the bridal party, and a page with interesting/embarrassing facts about Jason and I.

peach bridesmaid ideas

peach wedding bouquet

We found out that there was a Catholic church in Orange, and felt the stars were aligning when we went for a mass and not only did the reading happen to be about the wedding feast at Cana, but the pastor had been a priest at my childhood church in Northern Virginia.

Elisa Briker Photography

Elisa Briker Photography

fresh flowers on food tray

Jason and I had a pretty clear vision of what we wanted for our wedding, but were having a hell of a time finding a venue in the DC metro area that fit the bill, until a coworker of Jason’s suggested the Inn at Willow Grove. Despite being an hour and a half drive from home, we knew the moment we visited that it had to be our venue. After deciding on the Inn, the rest of the details came together easily.

lounge area ideas

reception wedding ideas

hang lanterns from ribbons

Due to the venue’s availability we only had about 6 months to plan and realizing I was in a bit over my head, I hired a dear friend since high school, Meredith Zeller of Sage Nines Events to plan our wedding. She brought in her business partner, Shannon O’Kelley, and the two of them made wedding planning not only a breeze, but such a joy. They contributed countless ideas, negotiated with vendors, made sure that everything came together smoothly…and trekked all the way from Nashville to do so!

chalkboard seating chart sign

marriage advice cards

hand painted wooden table numbers

peach and gold wedding ideas

calligraphy escort cards

gold wedding ideas

peach and gold wedding ideas

elegant gold instagram sign

elegant mint and gold wedding cake

wedding dancing

Photographer: Elisa Bricker
Bridesmaid Gifts: Plum Pretty Sugar

Event Designer & Coordinator: Sage Nines
Venue: Inn at Willow Grove
Hair & Makeup: Le Mariee
Dress Designer: Marisa
Flowers: Sugar Magnolias
Shoe Designer: Kate Spade
Stationery: Lennah Press
Prop or Furniture Rentals: MS Events
Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy & Meme Davis
Cake Topper: Bonjour Poupette
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale

Read on to hear advice from Deirdre for other brides!

I would advise brides-to-be out there to consider budgeting for a wedding planner. It seemed like something that was out of my price range, but I found out early in the process that a lot of vendors are much more willing to negotiate on price with a wedding planner. And most importantly, I was completely stress-free throughout our wedding weekend and was able to enjoy every moment because my planners (Meredith and Shannon of Sage Nines) handled anything and everything that popped up behind the scenes.

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  1. -100. @designcorral says:

    Stately Southern Wedding

  2. -100. Elisa Bricker says:

    Thank you so much for including such a lovely couple. Their wedding was so sweet and thoughtful, and I was so happy to have had the opportunity to capture them.

  3. -100. @elisabricker says:

    RT @weddingchicks: stately southern wedding. romance. party of two. @elisabricker @sagenines @plumprettysugar @sagenines @amsalebrimaids ht…

  4. Truly One of My all time fav Brides! Gorgeous inside and out! Love seeing this feature!

  5. -100. @ContaxRental says:

    RT @weddingchicks: stately southern wedding. romance. party of two. @elisabricker @sagenines @plumprettysugar @sagenines @amsalebrimaids ht…

  6. -100. @SageNines says:

    RT @weddingchicks: stately southern wedding. romance. party of two. @elisabricker @sagenines @plumprettysugar @sagenines @amsalebrimaids ht…

  7. -100. Sage Nines says:

    Deirdre is hands down one of our favorite brides (not to mention one of my favorite friends – I’ve known her since we were in middle school!). She was such a joy to work with and made such a beautiful bride! DeeDee and Jason have such a special relationship and are one of those couples who are genuinely excited about being married and wanted their wedding to be a celebration of how much they love each other. It was such an honor to be a part of their day!!!

  8. -100. Caitlyn says:

    Such a gorgeous color palette – the flowers are so vibrant and tie the whole thing together : ) And how cool that the bride letterpressed all of the paper goods!

  9. -100. @EncoreRT says:

    RT @weddingchicks: stately southern wedding. romance. party of two. @elisabricker @sagenines @plumprettysugar @sagenines @amsalebrimaids ht…

  10. -100. @InvisibleTouch1 says:

    bridal portraits #southernwedding #weddingchicks

  11. -100. @AmsaleBrimaids says:

    RT @weddingchicks: stately southern wedding. romance. party of two. @elisabricker @sagenines @plumprettysugar @sagenines @amsalebrimaids ht…

  12. -100. @plumprettysugar says:

    RT @weddingchicks: stately southern wedding. romance. party of two. @elisabricker @sagenines @plumprettysugar @sagenines @amsalebrimaids ht…

  13. I see why it was titled stately! It looks magnificent. Congratulations to Deirdre and Jason.

  14. -100. @designcorral says:

    RT @weddingchicks: stately southern wedding. romance. party of two. @elisabricker @sagenines @plumprettysugar @sagenines @amsalebrimaids ht…

  15. -100. Deirdre (The Bride) says:

    Thank you so much for featuring our wedding on Wedding Chicks, we feel so honored to be included amongst such beautiful weddings, events, vendors and inspiration.

  16. -100. Morkel john says:

    This wedding is absolutely unforgettable – from the top wedding groom dress to the amazing florals… magic.

  17. -100. Olivia Fisher says:

    Awesome wedding colors!

  18. -100. Caleb says:

    Great wedding pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  19. -100. Diana says:

    Hi where did you buy the candle holders at; I have been looking for them for months.?

  20. -100. heather says:

    hello! I am planning my wedding and i really liked the gold vases those gold candles are in!!! where are those from?! thank you!!!!

  21. -100. Brittney says:

    This is a beautiful wedding and great design tips. Thanks for sharing!

  22. -100. Lauren says:

    I LOVE the gold vases. Where dis you get them from?

  23. -100. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful wedding. The pictures really show how special the day was for everyone. The photographer has helped the bride and groom capture these memories for a lifetime. The day goes by so fast that you don’t always remember what happened. I love the pic of the bride and bridesmaids wearing the robes. I work for a company that sells these type of robes – The Paisley Box @ – but we hardly ever get to see pictures of the bridal party wearing them.

  24. -100. Jessica Dayton says:

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. The photographer did an excellent job capturing memories that the bride and groom will be able to share for a lifetime. Too often the day goes y so fast and you forget what all happened throughout the day. I love the pic of the bride and bridesmaids wearing the robes. I work for a company that sells these type of robes – The Paisley Box @ – but we hardly ever get to see the bridal party wearing them. So, they look really great on them.


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