The Wedding Planner Magazine

Southern West Virginia 2-1

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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Gail Ray's TIPS OF THE TRADE Designing for the RUSTIC WEDDING Erin Wood Photography Melissa Perella Photography Kelli Carrico Photography O ne of the first questions I ask a bride when planning her wedding is: "What 'look' are you envisioning?" It is a common question coming from an interior decorator because I approach planning a wedding or other type of event the same why I approach home decorating and design. e look and feel of a home determines its mood just as the ambience of a wedding will set the foundation for the atmosphere of the entire event. Many brides, regardless of from where they come, envision standing in front of family and friends with a gorgeous backdrop to accentuate the moment. One thing that Mia Bella Originals offers that may not be common among many event planners, is custom-made backdrops and props. Rustic weddings have become a favored d├ęcor scheme for brides, and one of my favorite themes to design. Many brides want more than the standard items offered and come to me for something custom and unique -- a piece that has character and makes a statement. Being an interior designer, I love thinking outside of the box and creating new pieces for my clients, whether for their home or wedding. Using my painting and carpentry skills, along with my passion for "junking", I bring their dream to reality. Southern West Virginia is an ideal setting for rustic weddings, and ideal for barn settings in particular. e country sides and mountains are brimming with natural surroundings, beautiful farms, homesteads, fields and barns. But if you are not privy to those settings for your wedding day, then creating the rustic look can still be

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