Madison and Corey’s wedding was inspired by their venue, The Retreat at Cool Spring, in Bluemont, VA. They selected this specific venue because they both are drawn to the warm, but formal interiors of traditional southern homes. Along the way while planning for their big day, they fell in love with the idea of incorporating lily of the valley as a motif throughout. It is a simple, but meaningful, nod to a time when blooms were chosen for what they represented rather than how they filled a bouquet. In this case, lily of the valley is traditionally seen as a symbol of humility, sweetness, and happiness — three qualities that they hope to bring to their marriage.
One of my favorite elements of the day was the gorgeous venue itself, The Retreat at Cool Spring. It is one of those unique wedding locations that is so tucked away in the woods of Virginia that if you weren’t looking for it, you would never know it existed. But once you stumble upon it, you are immediately stricken by its elegance and grandeur as the home is filled with both well-appointed furnishings and spectacular light. Madison and Corey’s day was also particularly remarkable to photograph as the details were extraordinary. Some highlights included the delicate bouquet wrapped with a vintage millinery ribbon, the gentlemanly details complimented by a crisp white dinner jacket, the honey-hued velvet napkins on the dining table, and the towering cake adorned with an intricate sugar wreath of greens and lily of the valley. But in spite of all those incredible details, this real couple’s deep and powerful love was the true centerpiece of the entire day. (As taken from the shoot designer, Lauren Niles Events).
A huge thank you goes out to the amazing team behind this stunning day!
Photographer | Alicia Lacey Photography
Venue | Retreat at Cool Spring
Stylist & Designer | Lauren Niles Events
Floral Designer | Amy Lauren Floral Design
Dress Boutique | Garnish Boutique
Dress Designer | Christos
Cake Designer | Buttercream Bakeshop
Hair & Makeup | Emily Artistry
Men’s Formalwear | The Black Tux
Rentals | Select Event Group
Decor | La Tavola
Paper Goods | Stephanie B Designs
Bridal Shoes | Gianvito Rossi
Rings | Susie Saltzman
Ring Box | BHLDN
Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab