Today’s Minted Real Wedding took place in Keswick, Virginia, at a picturesque cider mill called Castle Hill. There, in front of their 170 guests, Shelby and Douglas exchanged vows and hosted an elegant celebration that featured classic details (crisp tuxedos, a vintage Bentley) mixed bright splashes of poppy red.
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Bride’s name: Shelby Sutton
Groom’s name: Douglas Colby
Wedding date: July 13, 2013
Location: Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, Virginia
Minted wedding invitation: Elegance Illustrated by Phrosné Ras
Minted save-the-date: Simply in Love by Annie Clark
Photographer: Lucy O Photo
Wedding planner: Shindig Weddings & Events
Florist: Southern Blooms, Pat’s Floral Designs
Keep reading to see more details from Shelby and Douglas’ beautiful wedding.
How did you and Douglas meet?
We met in a carpool for church and then got set up by a friend for an ice cream date.
Tell us about the proposal!
Douglas proposed to me in a garden behind the Lawn at the University of Virginia, where we went to college. It was beautiful and I was totally surprised.
How did you find your wedding venue?
My neighbor recommended Castle Hill to me. She went cider tasting there and raved about how it would be a wonderful wedding venue.
Where did you get your wedding gown? And your bridesmaids’ dresses?
My wedding dress was from J.Crew—I saw it on the website and just fell in love. I ordered it immediately. And the bridesmaid dresses were also by J.Crew!
How did you hear about Minted, and how did you choose your wedding invitation?
I heard about Minted from my sister-in-law who had used them for her wedding. I wish that I could say picking the invitation was love at first sight, but I really had such a hard time choosing the invitation because there were so many beautiful options on the site. The reason I ended up selecting “Elegance Illustrated” was for the simplicity and elegance it communicated. I loved the intricate floral design and the simple black and grey colors.
How did the invitation tie in to the wedding’s overall look and feel?
It had a lot of influence, actually. I brought the invitation to my florist to help her design my bouquet, and the invitation’s font influenced our programs and our favors (we passed out little jars of honey—I love honey!).
Did you incorporate any other Minted elements into your wedding?
We used Minted for our save-the-dates as well. Using Minted was so easy!
What were some of your favorite wedding-day details?
My husband and I got about 10 minutes alone to ourselves after we had finished taking portraits and before we were introduced at the reception, which was an absolute dream. It was such a blessing to have a moment where it was just the two of us before we celebrated with our friends and family! Also, we wrote notes to each of our guests because we thought we might not have a chance to talk to every person at the reception but wanted to make sure they knew we were so grateful they attended. It was a lot of work, but well worth it.
What were some of your fondest memories from the day?
Seeing Douglas when I started walking down the aisle; doing a surprise dance to “Teach Me How to Dougie” with my bridesmaids; and my father’s toast—he was absolutely hilarious!
Any advice for brides who are starting to plan their wedding?
Plan your planning process out so that you don’t have a ton to do in the two weeks before the wedding. It is so worth it to have time before the wedding to relax and prepare mentally and emotionally for the big day.