First Dance at Ford's Colony in Williamsburg VA

Setting the Stage:  Wedding Reception at Ford’s Colony

Kris and Shelley celebrate their marriage at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, VA after winning The Inspired Bride’s, Be Inspired Bridal Show’s $25,000 Dream Wedding giveaway from Williamsburg Wedding Pros back in February 2015!

To begin with, I’d like to acknowledge all the wedding professionals who donated their time and talent to make the Dream Wedding a reality.  First, it couldn’t have been possible without the generous contribution of a wedding ceremony and reception site that included catering provided by Ford’s Colony and managed by Director of Catering, Brittany Rice. The club was gorgeous as always and the staff couldn’t have been nicer!

Wedding Reception in the Garden Pavilion

Pavilion at Ford's Colony in Williamsburg VA

Wedding Ceremony in Ford’s Colony Dining Room

Ford's Colony - inside wedding ceremony

Event Planning

Full Service Event Planning was provided by Kelly Coronel and her associate Ashton Hathaway of Inspired Events by Kelly, who worked tirelessly to insure even the most minute details were considered and taken care of, including encouraging moving the ceremony inside just days before the wedding when it was obvious the temperatures were going to be well of 100 degrees! Kelly even chose to include many of her decor items free of charge, just to make sure the reception had that special “zing”!  Everything looked absolutely amazing and flowed seamlessly!


Wedding Ceremony at Ford's Colony in Williamsburg VA

Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was not only gloriously designed by Alice Cooke at Cakealicious, but it was absolutely scrumptious!  And, just for those detail oriented people…the cute Flower Girl’s ruffled white dresses perfectly matched the confection! (Scroll back up to the first picture to see…)

Wedding Cake by Cakealicious at Ford's Colony in Williamsburg VA



The centerpieces, corsages, bouquets and boutonnieres were donated by Arlene Aitken-Williams of Morrison’s Flowers , and the colors just popped in the white background of the Garden Pavilion at Ford’s Colony.

Wedding Flowers by Morrison's in Williamsburg VA


Uplighting & Photo Booth

Jeff Bristow of Colonial DJs donated Uplighting and his Photo Booth, which was a huge hit throughout the night, as Shelley and Kris collected fantastic blackmail material on their adult-beverage loving guests!

Kris & Shelley in Booth at Ford's Colony


Live Music

My favorite local chanteuse, Jocelyn Oldham, who has the most amazing voice…EVER, shared her talent during the cocktail hour! If you’ve not heard her sing, check out her schedule online…it’ll be worth the trip!

Jocelyn Oldham, vocal & guitar - Williamsburg VA


Wedding Photography

Wedding photographs are one of the most important aspects of the wedding day, capturing specific moments in time as families combine and expand.  These photos are shared with generation after generation, so how lucky it was that the entire day was chronicled by local photographer extraordinaire, Kelly Mihalcoe, who was with Kris and Shelley all day long, making sure their memories were lovingly captured. Be sure to keep an eye out on her blog to see all the professional shots!

Wedding DJ Entertainment

And finally, DJ Entertainment and Master of Ceremonies services for the ceremony and reception were provided by Liz Daley Events.  The ceremony went flawlessly, as they chose contemporary music to begin with as Kris, the bridesmaids and groomsmen entered to “Giving It All To You” by Haley & Michaels, but chose the traditional “Canon in D” as performed by The Boccherini Guitar Quartet for Shelley’s entrance with her father.

The reception began with personalized introductions of the bridal party that lovingly roasted them as they entered the room to a song chosen especially for them by Kris and Shelley!  This started the evening out with lots of fun and energy!

First Dance:  “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter Dance:  “Unforgettable”  – Duet Version by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Mother/Song Dance: “A Mother’s Song” by T. Carter Music

Last Dance:  “The Story” by Brandi Carlisle

Time to Celebrate & Party!

The guests were ready to party and everyone had a fantastic time and even though most had to work on Monday morning, when the last song played, they were not ready for the night to end!  Shelley & Kris departed their celebration through a tunnel of sparklers while “Disco Inferno” played in the background!


Local Williamsburg Wedding Professionals

Here’s a sneak peak at all the wedding professionals”behind the scenes”.  Enjoy!

Congratulations again to Kris and Shelley on winning the $25,000 Dream Wedding Giveaway!!!

Happy Honeymoon!

Liz Daley with Kris & Shelley - Dream Wedding Winners