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Virginia Wedding Inspiration- Tuscan Southern Charm ( Styled Shoots)

Styled shoots are a creative way for photographers, stylists, and other wedding pros, to show off their talent and visions to inspire readers for their own wedding planning.

Today’s theme is southern charm with a pitch of Tuscan sparkle.

A word from the stylists, Elisa Yu-Shan of Exceptional Events by Elisa, and Sanaz Fahimi of Butterfly Photography:

Tuscany Inspired Styled Photo Shoot in Round Hill, Virginia

“Southern charm that evokes a classic and timeless feel was the inspiration for this styled shoot which was a dream to design, plan and execute.  Elisa Yu-Shan and Sanaz Fahimi wanted to showcase the heart and soul of The Manor and they pulled together a dream team to make it happen in less than a month.  Showcasing the heart behind something through photos is no small feat but Elisa and Sanaz nailed it.  We believe that beautiful surroundings, tons of yummy food and drink and a warm, inviting atmosphere create magic and that’s exactly what we did.”

VENUE

The venue, The Manor at Airmont, is a house reminiscent of times gone by with the deep front porch, the rocking chairs, surrounding countryside and black and white color scheme.  When you step inside the two-story great room ornamented by railings, it reminds you of New Orleans. The crystal chandeliers add to the drama.  The fireplace, wood floors, and exposed beams in the Conservatory create a warm balance to the drama of the chandeliers.  The back deck was re-imagined by adding string lights and  by setting the tables under the stars.

FAMILY

The Manor Is All About Family.

The Manor is a joint family venture.  A year ago, we lost our brother, Joseph, after a lengthy battle with mental illness.  After his death, what began as an idea to expand the family catering business, grew into a full-blown family business venture with the purchase of The Manor.  Celebrating Joseph’s life was the catalyst and the beginning of a new venture.  Since family is at the heart of The Manor, we want everyone that walks in to feel the warmth of our hospitality, be charmed by an unforgettable experience and leave wanting to come back.

TABLESCAPE

Setting a beautiful table at The Manor is only part of the experience.  As a family, the table is the heart of our home and the centerpiece of everything we do.  Great conversation, loud laughter, amazing food and the warmth of enjoying it with people you love is the experience we wanted to create at The Manor.

A seat at this beautifully curated table, would evoke a timelessly classic feel with the shantung silk tablecloth and the Ballet Mariana overlay from BBJ Linen.  The florals are lush and full atop a gold stand so that conversation can flow freely.  The dark, wooden cross back chairs from Sammy’s Rental balanced out the formality and glamour of the tablescape by adding casual warmth that pulled in the exposed beams of our conservatory.  We took a moment to imagine a room full of guests seated at these beautiful tables, food overflowing, drinks and laughter pouring out while the candles flicker, everyone waiting for the moment the bride and groom enter with the “just married” glow.

THE FOOD

The food is an all-important element at any wedding.  It’s one of the things that can be so memorable people will talk about it long after the beautiful day is over or it can be completely forgettable.  We wanted to elevate cocktail hour by turning the whole table into a grazing bar, a feast for your eyes, as well as, your senses.  The food at your reception should taste amazing, inspire conversation and leave you surprised by a few elements.  Nothing brings people together to enjoy an event more than food.

THE FLORALS

Incredible fresh florals set the design tone for any event.  Installs that take your breath away and make you wonder, “How did they do that?” is part of any curated experience at The Manor.  The color scheme was a combination of whites and warm blushes, a classic wedding combination.  Lush greenery coupled with the creamy roses created a beautiful backdrop inside and out to frame-in and compliment the beauty of the bride and groom.

THE DRESS/THE TUX

Jacqui wore “Luella”, one of the showstoppers from Suzanne Neville’s 2019 collection, Luella features the most exquisite lace covered bodice and full length sleeves with a fab high neckline, which sits above a romantic, ethereal skirt.

Award winning British designer Suzanne Neville has led the way in the couture bridal and fashion industry for the last 25 years, known for creating simple and elegant fashion forward gowns with a real wow factor. Suzanne’s collections include an eclectic mix of styles, fabrics, and silhouettes, her gowns are as diverse as they are unique.

THE HAIR & MAKEUP

For this bridal look it was all about a soft and neutral finish with a little pop of color. We prepped her skin using a moisturizer with no SPF because it can draw more lights than needed for a smooth finish.  I did prime her face all over which is very important.  For makeup application, Masuma used an HD foundation with a very natural finish, and blended it well all over, especially at the corners of eyes, since cameras pick up visible makeup lines.

For her eyes Masuma used a white shadow as a highlighter on the brow bone and contoured her eyes with a taupe shade, this is critical for any eye makeup.  We again used a neutral vanilla shade all over her lids with charcoal shade to create a more defined look.  Masuma opted out for a liner because it tends to look harsher on brides and takes away from the natural finish for a daytime wedding. Masuma used waterproof mascara; it lasts longer and withstands tears.  Masuma defined her brows with gel brow liner; she finds gel helps give the right shape to any eyebrow.

A pop of color on the cheeks is like an instant face lift, so we used a matte pink blush with a very light touch, she did not use any highlighter because again it can draw more lights in unnecessary places.

For this bride we really wanted to highlight her lips, we chose light pink/peach lip color and ended the finished look with clear lip gloss. I felt with the neutral look the lip needed to be not too pale which may appear washed out on photos.  We used a blend of lip colors to achieve the perfect look.

To finish, Masuma used bronzing powder on her chest and neck to even out the skin tone, I think it made her skin look more luminous and ensured that her face matched her body.

This bride’s hair was super simple, big curls created with hot rollers and then brushed down to give a wavy look.  Masuma ensured that waves do not look too defined but not too loose at the same time.  Extra hold hair spray did the trick, her hair was perfect throughout the shoot.

OUR COUPLE

Mario and Jacqueline Paz met in college during pre-season as college athletes. The two found they are both family oriented and enjoy spending time playing cards and exploring new places surrounded by the ones they love. The couple married shortly after Mario proposed to Jacqueline at Disney World surrounded by their families. The couple has been married for a little over two years and still consider themselves living in the “honeymoon phase”. They recently bought their first home together and are enjoying the process of owning a fixer-upper with their dog Pumba. The Paz family looks forward to enjoying their time together working on their home, watching soccer games, thrift shopping and whatever new adventures come their way.

Jacqui is Miss Virginia USA 2017. She graduated from UCA in 2012;  and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology at West Virginia University Tech in 2016 while playing volleyball. She completed her Master’s degree in Forensic Science in 2019. While at WVU Tech she earned the Presidential Leadership Award.

THE CAKE, DESSERTS & TREATS

Wedding buttercream cakes are commonly known as traditional cakes. They are still a go-to icing option for many modern couples. Buttercream cakes use what is known as classic frosting. This type of frosting is incredibly simply yet versatile; allowing for easy color selection, easy flavor selection and easy style selection. It serves as the perfect canvas for floral ornaments, piping, and/or décor. Additionally, it can be light and not overly sweet.

Dessert Carts offer a popular modern-day spin-off to the dessert buffet concept.  A Dessert Buffet offer couples the opportunity to provide a wide selection of sweets and treats for their guests, while displaying them as visual art – part of the décor without breaking the bank and staying within budget.

THE DETAILS

Details differentiate an event from a GREAT event; and invitations set the tone for any event. Invitations provide a “sneak peak” of what is to come. They share logistics details, event themes and colors as well as what attire to wear. This invitation suite was created with a hand-drawn image of The Manor by the talented Caitlin Troilo-Waddell to fit the color scheme.

The invite suite was printed on rice paper and embellished with silk ribbons. The colors were kept neutral, the font elegant and simple, and the colors complimented the wedding décor. “Hand torn edges create a soft, romantic look that is full of organic texture and unique style. It is reminiscent of when paper was made by hand and the deckled edge stood out as a status symbol or representative of a more refined paper making process.

The cart doubled as a dessert cart and then turned into a bouquet bar for the guests to take a bouquet home as a favor. This white cart is the epitome of luxury, class, and fun! It was uniquely decorated as a “Flower Cart” and as a “Dessert Cart”. This cart has the versatility of looking stunning as a dessert display, floral display, cocktail cart, and the list goes on. Let us help you create your cart display in grand style!

What we Love:

What could be more romantic than an elegant southern wedding with a Tuscan twist?

Add a carefully curated venue and the magic happens- those crystal chandeliers are simply jaw dropping!

Add to this setting, details like the flower cart that plays double duty as the favors for guests to take home, and you have a memorable wedding like no other!

And they had us at – grazing bar!

Check out more of this shoot in the spring 2020 issue of Virginia Bride Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

VENUE

The Manor at Airmont

Contact: Natallia Francis

Phone: (703) 646-8125

Email: natallia@3plus2.design

Website: www.themanoratairmont.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/themanor1830

Instagram: www.instagram.com/themanor1830

An escape from the city, a place to gather with family and friends, connect, celebrate, slow time, and create memories.  Share our table and celebrate family both old and new.  Relax and remember.  Leave inspired.

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Zoya’s Atelier

Contact: Amy Bitci

Phone: (703) 533-9600

Email: amy@zoyasatelier.com

Website: www.zoyasatelier.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/zoyasatelier

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/zoyasatelier 

Zoya’s Atelier –located in Falls Church, VA, in the heart of the DC metro area, specializes in unique and beautiful bridal and evening wear from top international designers.

CAKE, CAKE POPS, COOKIES, CUPCAKES & TREATS 

Cakes by Happy Eatery

Contact: Victoria Wu

Phone: (703) 530-8898

Email: victoria@cakesbyhappyeatery.com

Website: www.cakesbyhappyeatery.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CakesByHappyEateryVA

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/cakesbyhappyeaterybakery

Cakes by Happy Eatery is a full-service bakery open seven days a week. Our desserts are made using the freshest ingredients the old-fashioned way – every egg cracked by hand, baked daily and never frozen! Relax, have a sandwich and enjoy a latte with your favorite cupcake in our cafe, or choose from their daily selection of pastries to take home.

CATERER

Zesty Gourmet

Contact: Chef John Homan & Leanne Homan

Phone: (703) 249-5107

Email: leanne@zestygourmet.com

Website: www.zesty-gourmet.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ZestyGourmet

Instagram: www.instagram.com/zestygourmet

Zesty Gourmet has been creating great food and great memories for more than 30 years. With Zesty Gourmet you don’t need to worry about a thing. We’ll take care of all the details, from preparation to clean up. Our team of highly qualified professionals will make any event a pleasure. From weddings to cocktail parties, from church receptions to small private dinners, Zesty Gourmet is the perfect choice. Our attention to detail, experience, and reliability ensure that your event will be a smashing success.

CALLIGRAPHY (Signs)

The Manor at Airmont Team

Contact: Natallia Francis

Phone: (703) 646-8125

Email: natallia@3plus2.design

Website: www.themanoratairmont.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/themanor1830

Instagram: www.instagram.com/themanor1830

COOKIES   

703 Cookie Avenue

Contact: Laura Martinez

Phone: (703) 727-9177

Email: 703cookieavenue@gmail.com

Website:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/703CookieAvenue

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/703cookieavenue

DECOR

Exceptional Events by Elisa

Contact: Elisa Yu-Shan Lion

Phone: (703) 752-6287

Email: eyushan@exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Website: www.exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/exceptionaleventsbyelisayushan

Exceptional Events by Elisa is a full-service wedding and special event planning company. Our experienced and talented team will take care of your planning, designing, decor and logistics needs. While our office is conveniently located in Tyson’s Corner, VA, we also travel nationally and internationally. In addition to ensuring a flawless and magical event for you, our goal is to make your planning experience as fun and celebratory as the day of the event itself.

EVENT DAY OF COORDINATOR

All for You Events & Designs

Contact: Tasha Wells

Phone: (202) 550-2166

Email: tasha@allforyoued.com

Website: www.allforyoued.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/All-For-You-Events-and-Designs

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/allforyoueventsanddesigns

At All For You Events & Designs, our love for design has been a lifetime in the making. We have spent the last decade honing our skills in the event planning and design, and have been professionally sharing our passion with clients since 2014. We take great joy in providing our clients with meticulously planned events, beautiful designs, and excellent customer service…careful attention to detail is the backbone of our business.

EVENT PLANNER & DESIGNER

Exceptional Events by Elisa

Contact: Elisa Yu-Shan Lion

Phone: (703) 752-6287

Email: eyushan@exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Website: www.exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/exceptionaleventsbyelisayushan

Exceptional Events by Elisa is a full-service wedding and special event planning company. Our experienced and talented team will take care of your planning, designing, decor and logistics needs. While our office is conveniently located in Tyson’s Corner, VA, we also travel nationally and internationally. In addition to ensuring a flawless and magical event for you, our goal is to make your planning experience as fun and celebratory as the day of the event itself.

FLORAL DESIGNER

3 Plus 2 Designs

Contact: Natallia Francis

Phone: (703) 646-8125

Email: natallia@3plus2.design

Website: www.3plus2.design

Facebook:

Instagram:  

3+2 was born when my party of 1 became a party of 2. My biggest source of inspiration is my family. My amazing husband and 3 incredible kids. Our designs include floral design for weddings, social events and corporate events; and space design for home, office and commercial locations.

MAKEUP

Makeup by Masuma

Contact: Masuma Papia

Phone: (703) 229-3729

Email: mua@makeupbymasuma.com

Website: www.makeupbymasuma.com

Facebook:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/makeupbymasuma

Masuma is the founder and prime makeup artist at Makeup by Masuma. She loves working with people and ensuring her clients’ satisfaction. Combining her passion for makeup and her empathy, have led her to a very successful career. Her goal is to make each client feel beautiful inside and out, no matter the occasion. Her clients include wedding couples, wedding parties, local TV hosts, runway models and models for print publications.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Butterfly Photography

Contact: Sanaz Fahimi

Phone: (571) 274-7107

Email: photographycenter@yahoo.com

Website: www.butterflyphotographycenter.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/butterflyphotographycenter

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sanazbutterflyphoto

Award-winning studio Butterfly Photography travels the world documenting its clients’ most cherished life moments. Studio founder, Sanaz Fahimi, leads the team with a photographic style that’s been featured in magazines published around the world. Her loyal team continues to innovate and reinvent both the business and their creative approach to the art form.

RENTALS (Chargers, Linens, & Napkins)   

BBJ Linen

Contact: Brittany Bonta

Phone: (202) 945-7631

Email: bbonta@bbjlinen.com

Website: www.bbjlinen.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBJLinen

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbjlinen

Since 1983, BBJ Linen has been the leader and pioneer in linen rental for special events. Our mission is to elevate event experiences with artfully designed and curated linen collections to make celebrations worthy of your story. BBJ Linen provided Ivory Lamour Linens, Ballet Mariana Overlays, Rose Quartz Velvet Napkins and Alabaster Blush Chargers.

RENTALS (Dessert Cart & Floral Cart)

Perfectly Adorned Event Decor

Contact: Kelisha Obua

Phone: (410) 417-8132

Email: perfectlyadornedeventdecor@gmail.com

Website: www.perfectlyadorneddecor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/perfectlyadornedeventdecor

Instagram: www.instagram.com/perfectlyadornedeventdecor

Perfectly Adorned Event Decor is a Premier Luxury Event Décor Company and event essential rental source.  Every event deserves beautiful décor, no matter how big or small. We work diligently to create aesthetically pleasing designs, paying attention to all the details while making a statement. Our collection includes stunning Backdrops, Table Décor, Centerpieces and much more.  Our belief is that first impressions are lasting ones. Envision, Execute, and Experience the Perfectly Adorned Way.

RENTALS (Chairs, Tables, Table Settings)

Sammy’s Rentals

Contact: Sammy Pineda / Christine

Phone: (703) 361-6216

Email: info@sammysrental.com

Website: www.sammy’srental.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sammys-Rental-Inc

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sammysrental 

Sammy’s Rentals is the first choice for weddings, corporate events, parties and special events. Our entire staff is committed to providing a great experience every step of the way. We will provide all you need to make your event a complete success!

From tents to tables, chairs, linens and much more. We’ve got everything you need to host a great event.

RENTALS (Farm Tables)  

Local Wood

Contact: Ben Carpenter

Phone: (703) 475-3512

Email:

Website: www.localwoodva.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Local-Wood

Instagram: www.instagram.com/localwoodva

Live edge tables, counter tops, mantels, flooring, barn doors and more custom mill work crafted from reclaimed wood for your home and business.

STATIONERY

KK’s Stationery & Printing

Contact: Caitlin Troilo-Waddell

Phone: (540) 317-5440

Email: iinfo@kay-kays.com

Website: www.kay-kays.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KKsPrintingStationery

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kksprinting

Caitlin Troilo-Waddell began her career in the paper industry in 2006. She has always had a love of crafts, scrap booking, and printing.  Caitlin’s design skills came naturally. She founded KK’S Printing & Stationery in 2011 and quickly became one of the top printers in Virginia’s Piedmont. Caitlin has a large family that supports her passion. The name “KK’S” actually came from a nickname her niece gave Caitlin when she was little! Caitlin strives for perfection and loves working with engaged couples and corporate clients in setting the tone for their wedding day, business, or event.

SWEETS & TREATS

Krazy Krafts and Sweets / KK&S Events

Contact: Tracey Fowlkes

Phone: (410) 371-1888

Email: krazykraftd@gmail.com

Website: www.kks-events.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kksevents1

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kksevents

KK&S favors will add the perfect touch to any event. Our favors range from imported chocolate to delectable popcorn or customized wearables such as a satin pillow or tote bag. Custom favors are made available in a variety of colors and themes.

 

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond VirginiaFredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The  Shenandoah ValleyCoastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va, we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

 

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.
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