Design & Décor

Romantic Love Note Inspired Wedding On The Hills Of A Private Virginia Estate

When is the last time you wrote someone a letter, no not an email, a letter.  A genuine hand written physical manifestation of your thoughts?  I am guessing short of some great lines of text on a birthday card, you can not recall, I certainly can’t.  Love notes are unfortunately a dying art, no longer do we commit to paper our thoughts, feelings and desires.  Photographer Kate Ignatowski thought that this lost art was the perfect inspiration source for a gorgeous wedding and I couldn’t agree more.  Handwritten text {in the form of calligraphy} appears at every turn throughout the shoot be it on the labels of the bottles of wine to the love notes hung playfully in the trees.  There is a true romance novel vibe going on, perfectly set on a gorgeous rolling private estate.  There is a real earthy rustic vibe which Kate cleverly enhances in natural tones of green, white & strong browns.  This wistful session has made me think of how sweet it would be for couples to write love notes to one another on their wedding day, to be read at a later anniversary date.  What a wonderful idea of a tradition to start, one that I hopes catches on!


A word from photographer Kate Ignatowski

Love notes are such a romantic and disappearing art so I wanted to inspire couples to write love notes to each other or possibly incorporate them into their wedding in their own way.

I purchased real love notes off Etsy and created some myself to use as decor, including when hung from the tree where the couple exchanges their vows. The rest of the paper suite stays within the theme with handwritten calligraphy on the invitations as well as the wine bottles. The guest place cards are hand written calligraphy as well with a love note from the couple attached. Finally, the guests are gifted their own blank notebook with a note from the couple inspiring them to “always write love notes”.

I kept with natural colors – linen, greens, and whites – to match the outdoor, rustic and romantic feel. Flowers used included Brunia, Sweet William Dianthus, Lily of the Valley, Lisianthus, Fern, and White Roses.

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Dress: BCBG Max Azria | Floral Designer: Flowers on the Park | Bakery: Momofuku Milk Bar | Photographer: Kate Ignatowski