Elegant and chic, this purple and ivory barn wedding from Birds of a Feather Photography is gorgeous! Lauren and Raymond’s wedding story began at a Sonoma vineyard where they got engaged, so it was only natural for their wedding to take place at one of Virginia’s stunning vineyards. Silver and ivory complemented a pale shade of purple perfectly to create a lovely elegant barn wedding, and I think you’re going to love it! Lauren is here with us today to share her wedding planning insight:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My husband and I planned our entire wedding. We got engaged in Sonoma, California, so we decided that we wanted to have our reception at a vineyard. We started by looking through blogs and getting ideas for flowers, colors, etc. We could not have done it alone though. My mom and my sister were a huge help as the day got closer. My mom carried her wedding binder everywhere she went. We are also very blessed to have such great family friends who coordinated decorations and helped set up the church.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
We researched vendors through sites such as weddingwire.com. We wanted to make sure that the vendors were capable of bringing our vision to life. We met with a lot of great vendors and decided on ones that we felt we could sit down and easily talk to. That was particularly important when it came to picking our photographer. We definitely wanted to be comfortable with the photographers since they would be taking such meaningful pictures of us.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Since getting engaged in Sonoma, we knew we wanted to have our reception at a vineyard. After looking through pictures on blogs, we loved the look and feel of a relaxed yet elegant barn wedding. The juxtaposition of the elegance of silver with the rustic look of the barn was really inspiring.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
It’s hard to pick just one thing, but I loved having all our family and friends in one place. Raymond and I are both very close to our family, so it was so nice to get to see them and celebrate with them. We have family that live in countries all over the world. It meant so much to us that they would travel very long distances so they could be with us.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Enjoy the process. It can be stressful, but it’s important to remember the real meaning behind the day. In the end, the color of the flowers are not as important as the fact that you are marrying your best friend. It’s easy to get consumed by the details and the drama, but make sure that you and your fiancé find time to enjoy your engagement together. It’s such a special time period. Being relaxed also makes the wedding day that much more enjoyable.
Oh I love Lauren’s advice, don’t you? Such a great reminder!
I think it’s great how Lauren and Raymond were inspired by where they got engaged! Are any of you getting your inspiration from your own proposal? Or something else that is a meaningful memory to you?