A Colorful, Glamorous Wedding at Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, Virginia
Colorful, jewel-toned whimsy filled Chelsea Gilmer (24 and works in marketing) and Hayden Gilmer’s (23 and works in sales and marketing) gorgeous wedding. “I've always loved color and have a slight obsession with all things gold and sparkly,” Chelsea says. Wanting their venue to have as much character as they do, the couple chose Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, Virginia, because of its large, customizable space (they had 180 guests) and because they could “feel the love” there. Sarah Lambert from Soirees and Bouquets doubled as planner and florist for the wedding and brought the theme to life with bold, textured floral arrangements including gold-painted leaf accents. Really, though, the eclectic bridesmaid dresses served as the color palette throughout the soiree. “I have never been a fan of sticking your bridesmaids in cookie-cutter dresses,” Chelsea says. “Women are all shapes and sizes, with different style preferences. So going along with the jewel-toned color scheme, each bridesmaid got a color, and they were each tasked with picking out their dress, which served as a palette throughout the event.” But Chelsea’s Hayley Paige A-line wedding dress stole the show. The straps and keyhole back were adorned in crystals and the skirt had soft, tiered ruffles. She added a glamorous gold sequined jacket (since it was November) that perfectly fit in with her look. One of the best parts was the edible gold glitter-covered cupcake desserts. “I've never been a big cake person,” Chelsea says. “But give me a cake pop and a cupcake, and you've made me a happy lady. A family friend of ours owns a cupcake shop nearby (Cupcake Heaven in Haymarket, Virginia), so we knew we wanted to do a cupcake tower in place of the traditional wedding cake. We had a variety of cupcakes topped with edible gold glitter, of course.” See all our favorite details, beautifully captured by Stephanie Dee Photography, below.