February 15, 2017

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

We are wrapping up this series with a couple more “Best of 2016” posts, but today is “Reception Details” day!! Despite the fact that all of my 32 weddings last year had different themes, it’s fun seeing these photos together. 🙂 So many unique and beautiful ideas thanks to hard work from the couples and vendors involved! Speaking of which, be sure to click on the image to take you to the blog post where you can find the talented vendors!!

There is a lot of attention to detail discussed months prior, from the color scheme to appropriate in-season flowers to table scape layouts to the big question of WHERE is the wedding happening and much more. It’s a big deal to plan a party to this scale! Enjoy looking through some of my favorite details from last year!!!

Pretty garden themed wedding with a lot of moss, lace and flowers! Love the little chandelier detail!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Elias and Anna harvested honey from their bees! Cool!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Elegant mixed with rustic! Lights strung across the room, overhead, creates a magical atmosphere! Reminds me of the California weddings they are able to host outside!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Calligraphy signage add a delicate touch!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Speaking of delicate, I love the touch of the flowers on this cake! The purple and green color scheme was a great choice for a summer wedding!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Flowers in bottles hanging from the trees around the cocktail hour area. Love!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Flowers, anyone?! *HEART EYES!!*

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love a venue surrounded by God’s beautiful creations! Also, I love the fire pit next to the water at Big Spring Farm. 🙂

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Everyone did a great job assembling this pastry table. It’s all about layers, textures, balance and colors … They nailed it!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Beautiful accent chairs for the sweetheart table with a LOT of floral drapery. Love it!!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Guests used this typewriter to send love notes to Billy and Courtney and let them know they attended their wedding day. 🙂 Also, can we just admire this cake?!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Love this unique color scheme! The peach tones mixed with greens were a great contrast!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

This will always be a favorite venue for me! A 5-minute drive doesn’t get any better!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Beautiful, classy wedding!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Fun idea for the guest book!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Fun idea for a cake topper! Eric and Ashley used vintage brooches!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I’m a fan of garland drapery across tables! It fills up the space beautifully and it doesn’t get in the way when guest want to conversate across the table!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Pretty and fun details!! Love the fun flag cake topper!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be” <3

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love the large glass window seat assignment mixed with beautiful calligraphy!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Chris and Natalie’s family came together and decorated this beautiful winter wedding with style, while not making it “Christmassy!”

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Rice crispy cake?! YES PLEASE!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

These chairs make a HUGE difference to a space! So pretty!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Pretty way to decorate the sweetheart table. Signage + Flowers!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Table assignments with Ferrero Rochers! Great way to make it different while keeping it classy, yummy and in the gold color scheme!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love that Brandon and Sam wrote special notes to each of their guests!!! SO sweet and sentimental!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Oatlands Plantation opens the house for guests to tour during cocktail hour — What a great way to entertain!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Handmade photobooth backdrop! Great idea for those who want to quickly run over for some photo booth fun!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

S’more station? YESSSS!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Guest sign in for those who love to travel!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love how Bobby and Casey included the special women in their lives. 🙂

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Rustic signage for the rustic wedding!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Koozies for everyone!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Pretty winter themed display!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Danny and Brittany thought outside of the box when it came to displaying their seat assignements and I love it!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Casey’s mom (I believe?) made this quilt! So special they get to hold on to this forever as a treasured heirloom!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Fire place and candles lit … So romantic!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

This is a fun way to display the cupcakes!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I’m a fan of natural light!!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Blue glasses are a great accent when you don’t want a heavy amount of BLUE!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Andrew and Beth Ann had someone custom make a cake topper for them! SO COOL!!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love draping lights!!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Kendra did a great job assembling this cake!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Unique way to work in a head table!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Who says you have to do anything fancy with napkins? I love this simple, tied napkin on the plate.

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Different flower arrangement heights create interest in the overall space!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I love the unique cake design — The brushed gold and flower petals! Gorgeous!!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Pretty table numbers!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

Pretty pastry table!!!

Best of 2016 Reception Details | Virginia Wedding Photographer

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