There’s not much I would change about my wedding day. It was one of the best days of my life—from start to finish.

The mid-October weather was gorgeous, my crazy family members behaved themselves, and I even received some well wishes from the local zombies. (See the accompanying photo for context.)

When I say there’s “not much” I would change, there is one thing… I feel like it went by way too fast!

Wedding days are full of all the big events—the walk down the aisle, the vows, the first dance, the exit. Looking back, I wish I had been more intentional about slowing down in between those “made for a chick flick” scenes so I could soak up the smaller, intimate moments with my new husband. So, when planning this issue of the Central Virginia Bridal Guide, I felt it was only fair I made sure you didn’t follow in my footsteps.

Our feature story, “Just the Two of Us,” is all about finding ways to sneak those private moments into your wedding day—from an emotional first look to an intimate last dance. And if you’re interested in carrying that quiet vibe into your honeymoon, we sat down with a local travel agent to navigate the pros and cons of secluded getaways, plus their top destination recommendations.

We also deliberately chose a very intimate venue for our styled feature photo shoot—the Vaughan House Greenhouse. Photographer Megan Vaughan developed a passion for plants during a rough time of her life—later, her husband built a greenhouse on their property. Now, it’s a site for small, intimate weddings, as well as out-of-this-world photo shoots. Starting on page 25, see how it all came together from the boho-inspired dress styles to the naturally-gathered bouquets.

After waiting months or even years counting down to your wedding day, it’s very easy to get into a mindset of wanting everything to “hurry up!” It will all be here before you know it. And when it does, do everything in your power to bring time to a crawl so that your memories are full of every single moment of the day—not just the big ones.

Cheers,
Shelley Basinger, Managing Editor
Shelley@lynchburgmag.com

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