Monthly Archives: November 2011

Real Wedding Wednesday: Castle Hill Cider

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When Jill contacted Easton Events to plan her country wedding, we were beyond thrilled to work with a close friend! Castle Hill Cider was perfect for her wedding. From the organic outdoor features to the rustic barn backdrop, we transformed the space through decor elements and lavish dinner stations! Want one of the special details? Jill’s love for horseback riding was portrayed through the ring bearers horse shoe.

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Wedding Venue and Ceremony Site: Castle Hill Cider // Catering: Orzo Kitchen// Rentals: Festive Fare and La Tavola Linen// Printed Materials: Rock Paper Scissors // Makeup: Lora Elaine // Hair: Moxie // Band: The Winn Brothers Band // Cake: Wildflours // Florals: Hedge Fine Blooms // Officiant: Family Friend // Ceremony Music: Encore String Quartet // Photography: Eric Kelley Photography   // Videography: Adam Clark with Eric Kelley Photography 

Color Me Beautiful: Feathers

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Ruffling tradition in the most delicate way, satiny plumes are making subtle statements in fashion, in wedding decor, and even as iconic odes to our feathered friends in printed materials.  Adding a soft spray of feathery fringe to a clutch or heel creates an air of playful lightness; feathers aren’t just for the birds anymore. And we are loving it!

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Giving Thanks

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For this Thanksgiving we hope you take the time to….





This year we are especially thankful for

our fantastic clients

our phenomenal vendors

and our family and friends who support us in what we love.

See you next Monday!

Image 1,3,and 4 from Cup of Jo. Image 2 from Sunday-Suppers.

Moodboard Monday: Lanterns

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Lighting – it’s often what makes the difference at the events we plan.  Lighting sets the mood, creates romance, and transforms a space into a celebration.  When we came across the above images of lanterns this past season, we knew we just had to incorporate them into a few upcoming weddings.  Here are a few peeks!  We were quite taken with the idea of a room full of floating, ethereal lanterns.  Aren’t they spectacular?  We also loved the glowing lanterns hanging from the wood beams at Pippin Hill Farm‘s veranda.  Perfect mood lighting!

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Did you miss Friday? Don’t forget to enter our fabulous giveaway for a flawless face!

All event images from Easton Events.

Pottery Barn lanterns, Lantern in dining room, Event image 1 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts, Event image 2 courtesy of Dominique Attaway, Event images 3 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts, Event images 4 & 5 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts

Forget Me Not Friday: Wedding Day Makeup Part 2 and Giveaway!

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Today we continue our two-part series all about wedding day makeup with makeup artist Lora Elaine.  And don’t forget to scroll to the end of this post for a very glamorous giveaway!

virginia wedding plannerEaston: For the bride who never wears makeup, what do you recommend for her to look beautiful in photos?

Lora: Take a deep breath and jump in!  You never wear a fluffy white gown, throw a party with all of your friends and family, and dance to Frank Sinatra until midnight (or maybe you do!).  Regardless, this day is special, so I recommend embracing the frills and fuss.  Make sure you have someone who will make you comfortable and who will pamper you every step of the way, so you feel absolutely stunning for your walk down the aisle.

Easton: Should a bride play up her eyes? Lips?  Are there rules of the trade for this?

Lora: I think it depends completely on the bride.  For evening weddings, I think emphasizing the eyes with sultry, smoky shadows is fun, but if you love a strong lip color then I say embrace that!  This is the day to really enjoy yourself and perhaps wear a bit more makeup than you normally do.  The one rule I have is that I advise against dark colors for both eyes and lips simultaneously.  It tends to look too much like burlesque… which is not my favorite look for a wedding.

wedding planner charlottesvilleEaston: Is there anything certain skin types or tones should avoid on the wedding day?

Lora: Above all, every bride should be certain her makeup artist has her correct skin color.  If you think you are darker or paler than average, make sure your makeup artist has the full spectrum of tones.  It’s never good to look washed out or too yellow on your wedding day!  If you have oily skin, avoid oil-based makeup and opt for an oil-free primer and setting powder.  If you have dry skin, try a hydrating primer and finishing cream for that dewy look.

Easton: What’s your favorite everyday product for brides… for anyone?!

Lora: For brides, definitely a touch up kit!  Every bride should have an arsenal of her favorite products the day of.  Just do it!  Your wedding day will be so much happier!  Get your makeup artist to provide you with a lip gloss, lipstick, mirror and matching bag... Favorite product in general?  Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Pen for under the eyes.  It’s like 12 hours of sleep in a pen!

best wedding plannerEaston: What is winter’s hottest makeup trend?

Lora: Lipstick!  I love lipstick!  Matte, beautiful lipstick. There is nothing quite as romantic in winter like Chanel’s matte lipstick with the pop-out container.  It’s my number 1 makeup accessory for a classic yet modern look.

Thank you, Lora!  To check out more of Lora’s portfolio we encourage you to visit her website.  In the spirit of giving and with Lora’s generous help, we are so excited to announce our giveaway!

wedding venuesWe are giving away a Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio holiday compact by Laura Mercier!  The compact includes 6 eye colours, 3 eye liners, 2 cheek colours, and 3 mini brushes!  One lucky reader will win this gorgeous makeup palette.  To enter, please comment on this post, telling us your favorite wedding day makeup look, AND become our fan on facebook!

A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Wednesday!

All photos from real Easton Events weddings.  Image 1 courtesy of Dominique Attaway, Image 2 & 3 courtesy of Jen Fariello, Image 4 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts.


Real Virginia Wedding: Hope and Eric

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It was evident from the beginning that Hope and Eric were very much in love and that their wedding would be a reflection of them.  They were married amidst the rolling hills of the Virginia vineyard landscape.  Soft gray-greens, peachy tones, and organic materials like the wood trunk cake stand invited the lush feeling of this natural backdrop inside where guests enjoyed a seated dinner and signature cocktails chosen by the bride and groom.  We just cannot get enough of this romantic, subtly rustic wedding!

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Wedding Venue and Ceremony Site: Pippin Hill Farm // Catering: Pippin Hill Farm// Rentals: Festive Fare // Printed Materials: Erika Jack // Makeup: Lora Elaine // Hair: Moxie // Band: Hipshack // Cake: Favorite Cakes // Florals: Pat’s Floral Designs // Officiant: Father of the Groom // Ceremony Music: Encore String Quartet // Photography: Dominique Attaway // Staging: Skyline Tent

Color Me Beautiful: Black & White Inspiration

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One of the best parts of planning weddings is finding inspiration, creating moodboards, and then seeing those images come to life!  We loved the above styled shoot by Grey Likes Weddings that involved dramatic displays of black and white.  A black and white wedding is classic and elegant without trying too hard.  Below are several ways we at Easton have incorporated the tuxedo theme into our weddings.  From black cummerbunds with white-stitched dates to commemorate the day to black and white anemones accompanying simple black and white printed materials, we are looking forward to our next beautiful black and white wedding!

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Inspiration board from Grey Likes Weddings.  All other images from Easton Events Weddings.  Cummerbund image courtesy of Lynne Brubaker, Anemones image courtesy of Jen Fariello, Wedding dress image courtesy of Matt Mendelsohn, Black and white checked dance floor courtesy of Lynne Brubaker.


Forget Me Not Friday: Wedding Day Makeup

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wedding planner virginiaThis week, we had the great pleasure of interviewing one of our favorite makeup artists, Lora Kelley of Lora Elaine.  So for this Friday and next, we will be sharing her tricks and tips of the trade for achieving your perfect wedding day look!  Even if you’re not a bride-to-be, we’ve found Lora has some wonderful, helpful advice to make you look glowy and beautiful every day!

Easton: How should a bride select her makeup artist?  What are the things to look for / avoid?

Lora: Brides should select makeup artists based on five main criteria.  Makeup skill, how long they’ve been working as a makeup artist, the products they use (are they professional, high end, quality products?), their portfolio, and referrals or reviews from other brides or vendors.

Ask yourself if their past brides look natural?  Does their skin look dewy and fresh?  Do you see yourself in this makeup artist’s work? I would avoid anyone who does not have a substantial body of work to represent what they do.  It’s not always easy, as an artists, to keep up with these things, but it’s really important, as a bride, to know how you will look in photographs – after all, that is what you have for the rest of your life, and you want to LOVE the way you look!

wedding venue charlottesvilleEaston: As a makeup artist, what is your personal style?

Lora: Almost every single one of my brides says the same thing: “I want to look like myself, just a bit better.”  My goal is to make your natural beauty more obvious.

Occasionally, I have people request a smoky eye or bright lip (and I love doing this), but most of my brides just want to look like a natural, more glamorous version of themselves.

I think I work well with all of my brides because I have been a bride myself, and I know what looks good on skin.  I also know what reads well on camera, what feels comfortable, and what enhances a woman’s look.  I always go for a dewy, glowy skin – very fresh faced with subtle accentuating of the eyes, cheeks and lips.

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Lora:  I have six recommendations for any bride, so she feels at her best on the big day.

1. Take vitamins – specifically zinc, B7, B12 and a women’s multivitamin.  Personally, I recommend taking these to any woman every day, but definitely start when you get engaged.

2. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or stress.  Cortisol is a hormone released into your body when you experience stress, and it can make your hormones to fluctuate, causing you to break out.

3.  Avoid smoking. I have some brides who ask me why they break out around their mouth and on their chin, and the first question I have to ask is “do you smoke?”  Smoking is often something people don’t think about, but when you inhale smoke or are around it a lot, all of those toxins cling to your skin and clog your pores.  Unfortunately, that means breakouts.

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  The number one way to flush your system of toxins and help your skin cells turn over quickly is to drink lots of water.  It keeps your skin taut and plump.

5. Find a skin care system that works for you.  Right now, I am loving Arbonne.  Luckily, I have a fabulous friend who gave me their entire line (which has a European formula with yummy vitamins to nourish your skin).  My skin hasn’t been this happy in a long time!

6. Be consistent. Everything works better if you do it every day for an extended period of time.  If you have to, set yourself an alarm to remind you to take your vitamins, drink your water, and plop on that moisturizer.  Do it!  You will be so glad you did!

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Thank you, Lora! To check out the rest of Lora’s portfolio, we encourage you to head over to her makeup website.  Stay tuned for next Friday’s makeup lesson!

All images courtesy of Eric Kelley Photography.


Real Virginia Wedding: Marion and Dave

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Marion and Dave were married on a sun-soaked afternoon at Marion’s beautiful, Southern family farm.  Paul Morse, the photographer, captured some lovely bride and groom portraits amidst the breathtaking countryside. The warm peaches and soft greens of the florals and table decor reflected the Virginia landscape as the sun set, ushering guests inside a grand Sperry tent for dinner and dancing.  The night drew to a close as Marion donned a short, flirty dress and everyone enjoyed piping hot donuts from Carpe Donut.  What an evening!  We wish you all the best, Marion and Dave!

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Venue: Family Farm // Photography: Paul Morse // Lighting and Lanterns: BRLF // Sperry Tent: Skyline Tents // Florals: Pat’s Floral Designs // Late Night Shoes: Kate Spade // Catering: Keswick Hall // Rentals: Festive Fare // Ceremony Music: Encore String Quartet // Officiant: Dave Johnson // Band: Big Blast and the Party Masters // Printed Materials: Rock, Paper, Scissors // Farm Tables: Pat’s Floral Designs // Cake: Favorite Cakes // Donut Stand: Carpe Donut

Color Me Beautiful: Sheer Beauty

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Inspired by the Chrisitan Dior Ready-To-Wear 2012 runways, we were thrilled to find so many ways to incorporate sheer details into your wedding celebration.  Sheer details on wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses bring a soft, subtle sexiness that we love.  Winter and early spring brides have the perfect opportunity to cover up a bit more while also evoking a flirtatious femininity in a sheer sleeved gown (we are all about that Monique Lhuillier number!).  Sheer fabrics in table and room decor showcase color, lace, and detailing without adding heaviness; they tend to reflect and soften light which brings an airiness that we cannot resist.

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