Kelley + Andrew | Lela Rose Real Wedding By Anna Kirby Photography

There is so much goodness at this Virginia wedding.  The winery venue is so effortlessly elegant. And there are lovely personal touches everywhere (like a gorgeous cake created by the bride’s sister).  Kelley looked amazing in her Lela Rose gown, which was as romantic and graceful as the wedding itself.  Your Friday just got better with all of this prettiness!

Kelley + Andrew | May 28, 2016 | Nelson County, Virginia

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The Ceremony
Our wedding was a black tie event and according to the Veritas staff “our guests were the best dressed bunch they’ve ever had.” The guests were picked up from their hotels and dropped off at 6pm to enjoy signature cocktails “the belle” and “the beau.”  There was a painter, an old art professor of mine from nearby University of Virginia, who captured our special moment for us. The reception took place outside with a stunning view of the mountains and was lead by Ryan McCarthy, an amazing friend who introduced us at his wedding in Colorado in 2010. Surprisingly, Andy & I grew literally houses away from each other in Tampa, but didn’t meet until that wedding.

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The Reception
The reception began at 7pm with cocktail hour, featuring outdoor games and hors d’oeuvres  At 8pm guest were escorted into the ballroom, the wedding party was introduced and the bride & groom did a waltz for their first dance to “Moon River” by Andy Williams. After, dinner, dancing and speeches, uur cake cutting followed It was especially significant because my sister Katey, an incredible baker, made an ombre green naked cake. Last but not least the band, Yacht Rock, started playing and everyone danced the night away to the 70s and 80s with yacht hats being distributed towards the end of the night. There was also a fire pit outside with s’mores and a Photo Booth for guests.

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Kelley’s Wedding Dress Search
I probably tried on over 100 dresses. I went to 6 stores in Tampa, where I’m from with my mom, my stepmom, and a really close friend. We spent 2 whole days contemplating different options and I struggled to pick the dress that felt most like me. I’m the kind of person that is a chameleon and can pull off a number of different styles, but ultimately when I tried on “the dress” at Warren Barron in Dallas with my friend Paige, my face lit up and I knew that was the one. That didn’t stop me from dragging Paige to 5 other stores in Dallas just to be sure.


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How She Felt In Her Lela Rose
I felt beautiful and unique yet timeless.


Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
Because I don’t want it to sit in a closet or attic for years – I’d rather it be worn again and allow someone else to feel as stunning as I did on my wedding day.

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Wedding Dress: Lela Rose The Magnolia Tree | Photography: Anna Kirby  | Venue: Veritas Vineyard & Winery  | Floral Design: Southern Blooms