Elopement at The Retreat at Cool Spring

When I receive a query to flower for an elopement, I'm always intrigued.  There's always an impossibly romantic backstory and in the case of E & A, a gorgeous setting.  The Retreat at Cool Spring in Bluemont, VA was built in 1799.  Overlooking the Shenandoah River, this architectural gem is just a few minutes from the Beaumont House studio.  Available for rent, it's the perfect spot for an intimate celebration. // All photographs Lissa Ryan Photography

 

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Despite the rain, the light was magical.

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The interiors at the Retreat are perfect.

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For the bouquet and tablescape, we used a classic palette of green and white with a focus on locally grown blooms like campanula, clematis, peony and snapdragon.

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For the chef catered dinner, we did a simple but lush tablescape.  The single white clematis blooms were a last minute addition - the clematis vine caught my eye just as I was leaving the studio.  I clipped all the blooms and added them to the table.  The bride and I talked at length about the antlers on the mantle and the best way to not bring attention to them.  They were the perfect foil for lengths of honeysuckle vine.  I wove them around each set of antlers, adding a soft pop of green to the mantle.

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