Wedding Wednesday | Jillian B. | A Nottoway Wedding

Jillian is a Verde Beauty Bride who got married at Nottoway Plantation in April. Jillian's wedding was inspired by the 1920's and had a Great Gatsby theme. From Jillian's wedding dress down to the simple details throughout the plantation, her wedding was absolutely stunning!

Tina, Ally and Em all got to help Jillian and her bridal party prepare for her special day. The ladies got ready at Verde Beauty Studio at Nottoway and looked absolutely gorgeous! Jillian's wedding was an absolute dream. Check out the vendors below who helped Jillian create a magical wedding day!


Jillian and John's wedding was featured on the JLM Couture Real Weddings website...check it out here!

Before the "I DO"S


"I had just started my first internship as a chemical engineer at my current company and was on my second day of the job when John Mark walked in with donuts for me and my fellow intern. I should have known then what type of thoughtful person he was, but I was too busy wrapped up into looking at my just posted grades from LSU and a little upset from them, that I barely spoke to him. He later told me that he thought I was one of the most beautiful girls he had ever seen, but I didn't seem very friendly at that moment haha! We quickly became very good friends along with our other intern and spent all of our days together at work. Both John Mark and myself were in not so perfect long term relationships, so the thought of being more than friends never crossed my mind. It turned out to where both our relationships ended during our internship and John Mark asked me to go on a date. This was the first time I pictured him being more than just a friend and I wondered why I hadn't thought about it before. We hit it off immediately, and I was quite certain that I had found one of the most perfect matches for me that God could have ever created!"  

The Proposal :

"While we were on a cruise deep in the Gulf of Mexico, it was the formal night and we were both dressed up to the tee. John Mark looked so handsome in his cream suit and tie and I had on a matching Gatsby style dress. During dinner I could tell John Mark was acting a little weird, especially when he excused himself to go to the bathroom, but I didn't really think twice about it. After dinner we were walking around the boat and he asked me if I wanted to go upstairs to the top deck. I obliged, but had to keep stopping because my fancy high heel shoes to go with my formal gown were killing my feet. We sat down on the deck right below the top deck so I could rest and he kept asking if we could get up and go to the very top of the boat. I told him to wait because of my feet and then very uncharacteristically of him he got up and said "Fine! I'm going back to the room." I sat there on that bench for a minute trying to figure out what had just happened and decided to follow him back to the room. After I painstakingly made my way back downstairs (because of these terrible shoes!) I opened the door to our cabin and there John Mark was on one knee with the most beautiful ring I had every seen! I immediately busted out into tears realizing that I had messed up his perfectly planned proposal. He had left during dinner to get the ring and had wanted to go up to the top deck underneath the stars to propose to me because he knew how much I loved stars! After hugging and crying for a moment together I realized I never had said yes and then told him that I would be happy to spend the rest of my life with him!"

Wedding Prep : 

Prep Location : 

Nottoway Plantation 

Prep Attire :

From Plum Pretty Sugar

Did you do gifts for your parties? If so, what/ from where? :

Robes & Slippers : Plum Pretty Sugar , Hangers : Etsy-DressTheDressNS, Bags : Amazon, Jewelry : Charming Charlie

Bride's Style : 

Dress : 

By Lazaro, Purchased from Ivory Bridal Atelier 

Accessories :

Shoes: Emmy London  Jewelry: Sara Gabriel  Veil: Ines Di Santo 

Did you have a wardrobe change? If so, additional designer/ purchase location :

Reception Dress : By Maggie Sottero Designs, Purchased from Debbie's Bridal, Reception Headband : Etsy-BatcakesCouture

Groom's Style : 

Suit : 

By Vera Wang, Purchased from Men's Wearhouse 

Accessories : 

Shoes from Men's Wearhouse

Wedding Details : 

What made you choose where you got married? : 

"A few months into our relationship we visited Nottoway for a weekend. We fell in complete love with it and when we got engaged we knew that's where we had to get married at." 

What were your special details or parts of the wedding that were specific to you? : 

"I have always loved the 1920's and anything Art Deco, so I decided I wanted that to be the theme of our wedding, but to have beautiful colors of purples and pinks instead of the traditional black and gold you often see."

What did you choose to do as your favors? :

"We had all kinds of goodies: cigars, shot glasses, art deco wrapped chocolate bars, mini bottles of champagne and matches." 

Did you rock a hashtag? : 


Have you been featured on any other wedding blogs? :

Rehearsal Dinner has been featured in InRegister Magazine, Wedding was featured on her wedding photographer Bray Danielle's Blog!

Wise Words from the Bride : 

What is one thing you wish you would have known pre-wedding? : 

"I knew about this but didn't do it and I regret it. Make a list of all of the pictures you want that aren't the typical traditional pictures. This includes lists of pictures of certain decorations you want captured."

Advice for Future Brides? : 

"Relax, don't worry, and just have fun! I know this is easier said than done. But whatever happens that day will happen and you have to just let it fall into place.

My other advice that was given to me is that at some point during the wedding/reception just stop what you're doing, take a look around at the crowd, decorations, etc. and really take in what's happening...that all these people are here for you because they love you. Try to remember that moment and what it looked like and hold onto it." 

Vendors : 

Photography: Bray Danielle Photography

Cinematographer: Montoto Productions Wedding Cinematography

Painter: Pappion Artistry

Venue: Nottoway Plantation

Flowers: The Plantation Florist
               Bee's Wedding and Event Designs

Rentals: Event Rentals

Rehearsal Rentals: Timeless Vintage Rentals

Music: The Kadillacs
           The Original Magnolia String Quartet

Cake: Ambrosia Bakery

Coordinator: Angela Marie Events 

Wedding Dress: Lazaro

Bridal Luncheon + Rehearsal Dress: Sherri Hill

Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papel

Signage: Rachel Walker

Chocolate Bar Wrappers: Sweet Paper Shop

Confetti: Ecoparti

PB + J Sandwiches: Gourmet Girls 

Rose Petals: Fifty Flowers

Programs, Welcome Boxes, Save the Dates, Invitations, Water Bottles + Champagne Labels: Coral Pheasant