Real Wedding: Emily + Brian | Newburyport, MA

Emily and Brian’s Newburyport, MA wedding was full of classic New England charm. Following a traditional ceremony at Immaculate Conception Parish, the couple along with their friends and family, converged upon Steeple Hall at Mission Oak Grill for an evening of fine food and drinks… and LOTS of dancing.

Emily and Brian selected Blue Label as their wedding band.  With a repertoire of songs ranging from Louis Armstrong to DNCE, these stellar musicians had everyone kicking up their heels!

K + O Photo captured all the fun.  Loads of love to them for sharing their amazing work.


VENDOR DREAM TEAM
ECE Agent: ECE Philly | Band: Blue Label | Photography: K + O Photo | Coordination: Ashleigh Currier Mutly from Steeple Hall | Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Parish | Reception Venue: Steeple Hall | Caterer: Steeple Hall | Florist: Nunan Florist & Greenhouses | Make-up and hair: Backstage Salon + Spa | Trolley: Black Tie Limousine

Valentine’s Day Playlists Based On Your FaceBook Relationship Status

Valentine’s Day. It’s the most polarizing of all the holidays. Whether you have plans to spend the evening cuddled up with your BAE or you’ll be grabbing cocktails with your favorite gal pals,  we’ve put together a few fun playlists to get you through the day.

If You’re…
In A Relationship | Engaged | Married

If You’re…
Single | In An Open Relationship

If You’re…
Separated | Divorced | It’s Complicated

Venue Spotlight: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Charles City, VA

We are thrilled to spotlight one of our favorite Virginia venues today! Located a mere 21 miles southeast of Richmond, VA, the natural landscape surrounding Upper Shirley Vineyards makes it seem like you are worlds away from the hustle and bustle.  The vineyards parallel the peaceful James River and provide stunning  views of the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, a 1,329-acre island bird sanctuary.

The beauty doesn’t stop there. Proprietors Suzy and Tayloe Dameron created an environment that perfectly marries modern luxes with the historic integrity of the property. The 14,000 square foot winery is as beautiful as it is state-of-the-art. The on-site restaurant, led by Chef Carlisle Bannister, produces cuisine that is delicious as it is intentional. His reliance on local culinary partners and a commitment to seasonal ingredients provide the bedrock for Southern-inspired food that that is fresh and innovative.

A wine-lover’s dream, Upper Shirley Vineyards is the perfect event space for upscale weddings and special events. The property boasts multiple areas for entertaining including a waterfront lawn, tasting and banquet rooms, stone patios, charming verandas and even a bridal suite and groom’s den.

The overall aesthetic features a tasteful design that is minimalist and chic. The exposed beams, white walls, hardwood floors and back accents feels modern and timeless all at once. It’s a design scheme that would cause even Joanna Gaines to swoon.

“I couldn’t wait until this beautiful new venue opened!  Since first hearing about the venture in Spring 2014, I had followed the progress closely and was thrilled to finally visit in 2016.  I immediately bonded with the owner, Tayloe (a fellow Gen X’er who also left the Corporate world to pursue his dreams), as he treated me to a tasting of their award-winning wines.  Between the views of the James River from their covered porch, the culinary creations of Carlisle Bannister and their Zachariah red blend, Upper Shirley is one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon. We are so looking forward to celebrating with our clients at this venue.  Several of our bands will be performing there soon for private events, including Mr. Potato Head, Silver Bullets and Party of Four,” raved ECE Richmond agent, Stacy Schnetzka.

We couldn’t be more excited to take you on a tour of this charming venue. Many thanks to the photographers who contributed to today’s post: Kate IgnatowskiKim Stockwell Photography and Gordon Valentine Photography.

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kim Stockwell Photography

Photo Credit: Gordon Valentine Photography

Photo Credit: Gordon Valentine Photography

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kim Stockwell Photography

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kate Ignatowski

Photo Credit: Kim Stockwell Photography