Belle Grove Plantation

One of the things I am constantly flabbergasted by since moving to Virginia is the history a stones throw away. No matter where you are, there’s events or people or places that have captivated the cameras and minds of tourists and locals alike. I was lucky enough to experience a bridal event at the beautiful Belle Grove Plantation in King George. Did you know : That’s where President James Madison was BORN? Pretty cool stuff. Especially for me, because I love learning about this beautiful area I’ve moved to! There’s even more history about the property than I was originally aware of and learned about after I went home and read more on their website.

When I walked up to the house, I was in complete awe. I was greeted at the door and given a tour right away! I’m pretty sure I drooled a little bit at the beautiful rooms they keep. I adore historic buildings and I could have just moved in right then and there if they’d have had me! I mean, I can just see me walking the property with my delicate parasol and fan, or having a sweet tea on the upper balcony watching over the waterfront. MMMHMM. I used to be a historic interpreter back home so I definitely love to romanticize and live out those days in history. I was the Blacksmiths wife, and I was horrible at keeping the fire going. No joke, my faux husband wanted to divorce me because every time he left for lunch, he’d come back and the fire was out. However I did sneakily make spoons and tongs while he was gone.

I was set up in the gorgeous library where my booth was surrounded by books and trinkets and lovely furniture. I did not get around to meeting a lot of the vendors because I was at my booth, but before hand I snuck around snapping some photos! Links below are from the vendors I was able to check out before the day started. So whether you want a wedding hosted or a romantic weekend away in a southern gem – I highly suggest this location!

Belle Grove Plantation

That’s My Dress Bridal & Prom

Edible Weddings

Not Your Mother’s Cupcakes

Emily Elizabeth Music

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Riley and James – Marine Corps Wedding – Fredericksburg, VA

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The rainy weather finally broke last week just in time for Riley and James’ Marine Corps wedding. James is visiting from being stationed in Okinawa and what better treasure to travel back with than a beautiful new bride. Can I just preface this with the fact that I am in love with the uniform and gown? So beautiful, simple, crisp. It was a quiet, family oriented wedding that began in Stafford and ended up in downtown Fredericksburg for a brunch at Foode and photos. Riley and James have known each other since high school and after we were finished they were on their way back to their old stomping grounds to visit their teachers. How lucky for the teachers to see their pupils back as young adults together on one of the happiest day of their lives!

At some point during the afternoon I proudly walked forward, leading the way to the Sunken Road. A spot I had discovered a few days before and was itching to shoot at. Noticing I could not hear the pitter patter of newly weds in step with my own, I turned around and I caught James leaning down picking a bouquet of dandelions for Riley. The look on her face was probably one of the most priceless and adorable moments of my career. You just can’t stage those romantic moments.

Besides seeing how undeniably cute they were together, my favourite part of the walk was learning about the Marine Corps. For instance, I had no idea they had to salute the flag if they came across it. Don’t be too hard on me for not knowing – I am Canadian… but I’m learning! We ended off with a visit to the Fallen Heroes memorial where James saluted the flag and explained what the Navy anti-aircraft gun was. I had previously driven by it one time and assumed it was a prop from a Michael Bay film (okay not really but cut me some slack I was driving and paying attention to the road!).

I could go on and on about how cute these two are together – so I will just end this post with photographic evidence. I wish Mr & Mrs Booth all the best in their travels back to Okinawa and am grateful to have been a part of their wonderful wedding.

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