Hitched! Frances & Thad
Thaddeus Haas & Frances Frischkorn
October 7th 2012
Belle Haven, Scottsville
This wedding has a very special place in my heart– while I’ve become dear friends with the bride, Frances (while we were both deep in wedding DIY world, we got together to craft and chat one evening) and love her blog, Lila, Frances and I are part of a special club: Belle Haven Brides. Frances is an old friend of the Belle Haven family and asked to host her wedding at the grand estate long before I knew it existed (ours was technically first because our date was a few weeks earlier in the fall); but our love for Belle Haven (and its owner Jan!) and our love for photographer Sarah Cramer Shields give us a very special bond.
Frances & Thad’s wedding leaves me speechless; from the minute details and lush floral design (done by Frances, her mom, and Jan!) to the incredible love shared by Frances, Thad, and their guests to the circumstances– because of weather, Frances and Jan had to completely redesign the wedding day to be mostly indoors!– this wedding is one for the books. Let Belle Haven’s beauty awe you, Frances & Thad’s lovely personalities warm your heart, and all the thoughtful details inspire you– and enjoy the last wedding of 2012!
From the bride: My wedding dress was my maternal grandmother’s gown from 1942. The veil was bought on etsy and was originally from 1917. My shoes were from BHLDN. The pink cocktail dress from 1950s was purchased from Dear Golden on etsy. My vintage dresses were altered by Janice at Posh Style.
Our friend Aaron Hill played the oboe. The rest of the music was played on an iPod. My entry song was Sigur Ros, “III”. Our exit song was “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers.
The flowers were purchased wholesale and arranged by my mother, my godfather Otis, myself and Jan (the owner of Belle Haven) in family heirloom silver vases and assorted ditty pots. The foliage and grasses were collected on the property.
All the mismatched plates, serving dishes, utensils, linens, tea cups, trays and serving ware were either family pieces or items I personally collected at antique stores throughout VA in the year of our engagement.
The skeleton keys were all collected in Virginia and in India. Some were actually from my family home. I did all the “calligraphy”.
We did not have an official planner or day-of-coordinator, instead a family friend helped with organization on the wedding day. I personally did all the vendor organization and “styling” and I had so much fun doing all of it. I can’t imagine relinquishing that incredible creative opportunity to someone else, though I was exceedingly grateful for the help of many friends and family in the days surrounding our wedding.
images by Cramer Photo
Papers: Love vs. Design
Hair: Austin Burns of Moxie
Rentals (chair, chalkboard, tables): Stonegate Event Rentals
Rentals (all others): Festive Fare
Catering: Dinner At Home
Groom’s suit: J. Crew
Cake (egg-free): Chelsea Grahame