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
Despite the rain, the light was magical.
The interiors at the Retreat are perfect.
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.
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.