Designing a Dream: One Couple's Pro Tips for Tying the Knot


Planning a wedding. The mere utterance of those words, whether internally or aloud, is enough to drive your heart rate up. There are so many elements to consider, contemplate, and decide on. Choosing a venue should be one of the initial decisions, and one that will drive many others - including ceremony, florals/decor, photographs, accommodations, and more. The venue should be a vehicle for your theme, and help to illustrate your love story throughout your wedding.

Last August, Elana and Ryan were married at Airlie, and when the photo gallery came back, our team reacted with a collective jaw drop. Stunning doesn't begin to describe it. So we thought, why not ask them to describe it? Read on for an insider's view of planning and hosting a wedding, and how their vision drove their decisions - there are some great insights you will want for yourself!

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Quaid Coxsey: wedding and event planner, style guru, equestrian enthusiast

Coco Chanel once said: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Enter Quaid Coxsey, Airlie wedding and event planner extraordinaire, and (if we do say so ourselves) the perfect combination of style, sophistication and sass. While consistently abreast of what’s trending, Quaid’s keen sense of time-honored, classic style is a bonus for both our wedding couples and event hosts alike. His prior experience in both the equestrian and floral industries left him with exceptional time management skills, diligence, and process. The result? A distinct and personalized experience for our clients. Read on to learn more about Quaid.

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2018 wedding trends embrace bold florals, natural elements, donuts, Instagram-worthy table decor, and more.

It's engagement season and we know all of the newly betrothed are pinning, favoriting, and following to collect ideas while planning for their big day. In 2017, Airlie hosted over 70 weddings, and we're currently in the midst of planning many more with our 2018 (and 2019!) couples. You could say we've got the inside scoop on what to expect in the trend department, and even what's on the way out. Read on to learn more. 


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Four ways a wedding planner will save your big day

Recently engaged and ready to start planning your big day? Decision #1 should be hiring a wedding planner. This industry professional literally lives and breathes weddings all year round, and can offer expert insight into planning the biggest party of your lifetime. At Airlie, we can tell you – weddings go smoother with a planner 100% of the time. Here are a few reasons why we think hiring a wedding planner will ensure a successful planning experience, and ultimately a relaxing and enjoyable wedding day.

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2017 Virginia Wedding Trends

Recently engaged or already knee-deep in planning your upcoming wedding? Here is a short list of wedding trends we've seen our couples embrace over the past year. The overall themes combine simplicity and class with a hint of rustic elegance.
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2015 Wedding Trend Wrap-Up

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3 Ways to ensure food is not an issue at your wedding

Planning for a wedding can be stressful, and no matter how well you try, things can be forgotten. One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard from wedding guests and wedding parties is that they didn’t get to eat. Timing can sometimes keep people from getting the opportunity to eat, and that can be tragic. Here are three ways to make sure food is not an issue at your wedding.

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