Katie and Justin's Love Story

On a beautiful spring day in April, Katie and Justin held an outdoor wedding ceremony and tented reception at his family farm in Williamsport, MD.  It was a romantic day filled with love, friendship, and celebration. The color palette included sage green, pink, blush,white, and ivory.  

Photography by Pangtography

Planning by Jodi Colombo

Rental by Teds

Cake by Cindy's Sweets

Favors from Krumpe's Do Nuts

Ceremony and Reception held at the Ebersole private farm

 Potomac Bridals

Catering by Bowman Hospitality

DJ Ryan Smetzer

Invites from Minted.com

Vintage and Hand-made décor from the Brides personal collection




The Meeting
Katie and Justin both attended Williamsport High School together and graduated in 2000. While Katie maintains that they had classes together and knew each other in high school, Justin is quick to butt in with, "Well, we weren't really friends..."
The Reunion
Justin and Katie graduated high school and went their separate ways. But, one night circa 2010, as fate -- and a love of the Broad Axe -- would have it, they saw each other while Justin waited in line for a beer. They talked for a few and then he was gone. She apparently sent a Facebook friend request sometime in 2013 and he accepted. Fast forward 3 years and Justin posts a ridiculous photo of himself on Facebook with a crazy mustache and even crazier eyes. Katie commented "This is a good look on ya," and, alas, a conversation began. They messaged back and forth a few times, catching up, testing the waters, trying to figure out if the other was single. This was Christmas Eve. By Christmas Day, Katie had an inkling that maybe Santa hadn't put all of her gifts under the tree.
On January 7, 2016, Justin finally took Katie on a date. They had dinner at Carmine's, he held the door, and asked if he could kiss her at the end of the night. A gentleman? Katie wasn't quite sure what to do with this, but she thought she maybe liked it.
The Courtship
Justin and Katie started dating, seeing each other once or twice a week, but purposefully keeping things light. Katie had recently gotten out of a serious relationship and was feeling a little gun-shy. She knew Justin was a keeper and certainly didn't want to hurt him, and so the two decided to take things slow. But, as the weeks and months progressed, both Katie and Justin realized that what they had was something special -- and so they became boyfriend and girlfriend -- and of course, Facebook official -- on March 12th, 2016.
The Proposal
In July of 2016, Justin and Katie had planned a long weekend in Deep Creek at his grandfather's house. They packed their bags and their two dogs and off they went. Katie thought Justin was acting weird, but he claimed he was tired and she brushed it off. Once they got to the house, he seemed better and the two settled in for some quality time together. On Saturday, after they returned from a day sunbathing on the dock, they both showered and cleaned up to begin cooking dinner. When Katie went out on the deck after she had finished, Justin was sitting and playing the guitar. He pulled up a chair for her and kept strumming, both of them watching the water and chit-chatting.
Then, Justin did something weird.
He put his phone up on the railing and said he wanted to get something out of the way -- and that he wanted to make sure that Katie said yes (eventually) when he asked her to marry him. (Note: Katie jokingly -- okay, maybe not so jokingly -- told Justin that she'd only ever marry him if he learned to play Tennessee Whiskey). He told her he wanted to record it just for them and she begrudgingly agreed but told him she definitely wasn't looking in the camera! The song began, he played it perfectly, and Katie (as promised) avoided the direction of the camera and watched the water and Justin as he played.
Then suddenly, he was on his feet, his guitar was in the corner, and he was asking her to stand. And -- if you've seen the Facebook video -- you know what happened next. He proposed. She said "holy cow!" And then, YES!
And, that, friends, is what brings you here!

Beautiful invitation suite from Minted.com

Beautiful invitation suite from Minted.com

Floral tree designed by Westvirjeni for the ceremony site

Floral tree designed by Westvirjeni for the ceremony site

Shepherdstown, West Virginia Florist, Westvirjeni: A Year in Review

Shepherdstown, West Virginia florist, Westvirjeni, reflects on 2016. 

Westvirjeni started 2016 by joining Holly Chapple for her floral intensive workshop at Hope Flower Farm,  becoming a part of the Chapel Designers.  She learned how to make #hollyish bouquets and expanded her floral mechanics and design inspiration.  She was connected to an industry renound group of designers and inspired beyond her greatest expectations.


Jeni Peterson of Westvirjeni and Misty Higgins of Moments by Misty wedding photography teamed up in early February to bring you winter wedding inspiration in Shepherdstown, WV at the historic Rumsey Monument. Gorgeous bouquets, an intimate table setting, cake flowers, and a floral belt were highlights of the shoot.

As always, in February, Westvirjeni was the favorite Shepherdstown florist, creating one-of-a-kind beauties for your special Valentine's sweetheart!  Photos by Molly Humphreys, Piccadilly Posh Photography. 

In March, Westvirjeni traveled to picture-perfect St. John, USVI to style and design a Caribbean destination wedding inspirational shoot,  where she met her flower sister Jessica Aubain of Roses Too Flowers.   With the help of her photographer bestie, Molly Aguilar of Piccadilly Posh Photography, Jeni and Jessica created flower magic, highlighting the natural beauty of the Caribbean while foraging from the local flora and fauna to create an exotic table scape, bouquets, wearable florals, center piece designs, and fun aesthetics to inspire 2017 brides who are looking to get married in the US Virgin Islands.  Lettering and invitations provided by Jodi Mayo, of Mayo Post.  Email Westvirjeni@gmail.com to learn more about having a destination wedding in the USVI during their 100th year anniversary.  There are so many added bonuses if you get married this year as they celebrate their centennial anniversary!

As soon as she returned home from her Caribbean get-a-way, Westvirjeni resumed her normal wedding schedule.  The first big east coast event of the year was Dana and Dante's beautiful spring wedding at Belmont Country Club in Northern Virginia.  It was the ideal mix of classic and contemporary, and the flowers were some of Jeni's favorite of 2016. Photos by George Street Photo.

A big 2016 highlight was meeting Cynthia Rowley and providing florals for her furniture line debut at Belfort Furniture. 

Westvirjeni was introduced to Shannon Larson of Sweet Caroline Photography.  They instantly connected on an artistic and aesthetic level.  Below is one of their first styled shoots at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA. 

And a fun impromptu inspirational shoot with Shannon and Jade by the Potomac river...

And then came Anna and Paul's wedding at Fruit Hill Farm in historic Shepherdstown with photography by Pangtography.

In early June, Westvirjeni provided florals for the National Geographic fundraiser to Save-the-Rhinos at Stone Tower Winery. 

The second weekend of June was a busy one with two big weddings on the same day.  Ashley had a beautiful barn wedding at The Barn at York Hill in Shenandoah Junction, while Allie celebrated nearby in Shepherdstown at McMurran Farm.

Photos above of Ashley's wedding by A Natural Portrayal

Photos below of Allie's wedding by Sarah Murray Photography

Shepherdstown Streetfest was such a fun day! Photos by Piccadilly Posh.

Rachel and Tim were married at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Annapolis, MD.  They had a nautical themed ceremony and reception with bright colors including; peonies, stock, snapdragons, ranunculus, roses, and thistle.

The Jubach's were married in July at Green Meadows Petting Farm in Ijamsville, MD.  They had an unplugged ceremony in the barn, with 40 feet of floral garland framing their nuptials. Guests dined on farm-to-table cuisine, which was the overall theme of the day.  Even the bouquet and flowers included edibles like wine berries, rainbow chard, artichokes, and tomatoes. Photography by Brian Virts.

Kendal Carr photography and Westvirjeni teamed up mid-summer to create wearable floral headpieces and shoot the photos for the 2016 Identity Crisis fundraiser.  

Hair by Megan

MU by Shauna and Jo Beth

Models Cari, Sierra, and Gabi

Graphic design by Anna Taylor

As she thinks back to the summer, Jeni recalls, "August 13th was the hottest Saturday of the summer and we had 3 weddings and Identity Crisis.  Thanks goodness Jess flew in from St. Thomas to help me!"

Photos by Moments by Misty

Photos by Moments by Misty

Natalie had a beautiful September wedding in downtown historic Shepherdstown.  Photo by George Street Photo.

The Pint Sized Baker joined Jeni in the Westvirjeni gardens in mid-September.  Beautiful, edible blooms were used to decorate a yummy chocolate on chocolate 4-layer cake.

Throughout the late summer and fall, Westvirjeni provided Moments by Misty with bridal bouquets for bridal portrait sessions.  Below are two favorites, with most of the flowers cut from the Westvirjeni gardens!

Indian summer is a favorite time in the Westvirjeni gardens.  Jeni and Sweet Caroline Photography collaborated to showcase unique wearable florals and flower crowns amongst the bountiful beauty of the thriving gardens.

In October, Jeni hosted Shepherdstown native and fellow florist, Esme, who came to town for her gorgeous baby sister's wedding.  Esme designed and styled the wedding of her sisters dreams and Jeni helped as a freelance designer.  It was beautiful and captured by the incredibly talented Pang of Pangtography.

"October was a whirlwind of weddings and the crazy life we live. I'm hoping I never have a month like that again, but I know now that whatever comes my way, I can handle it and people are there to support me.  I am so grateful for the help from Crystal and Ashley the second week of October. <3"

The silver lining of October--Flowerstock at Hope Flower Farm.  I was able to play flowers and mingle with peers and industry superstars.  The weather was beautiful and Hope was the perfect place to host this event.

In November, Jeni met the new owner of one of her favorite historic Shepherdstown homes and wedding venues. Jay and Carolyn of Wild Goose farm hosted an open house to showcase the event venue and Westvirjeni provided florals.  Pictures below by Rachel Langhorn.

For Thanksgiving, B. Vintage hosted a Westvirjeni workshop at their Charles Town studio.  Attendees made their own centerpiece and learned helpful table styling tips.

Winter whites are perfect for a bridal bouquet.  Below is a bouquet from a December wedding at The Purple Iris in Martinsburg, WV.


December was busy with numerous Westvirjeni workshops and the wreath bar. 

Right before Christmas, Jeni escaped once again to the beautiful Virgin Islands, to help Jess with Roses Too with a five-wedding weekend and some other big events.  They worked liked crazy but had a blast! 

Arbor designed by Roses Too, for a beautiful wedding at Caneel Bay in St. John, USVI

Arbor designed by Roses Too, for a beautiful wedding at Caneel Bay in St. John, USVI

And then just like that, Christmas came and went along with 2016.  Thank you to everyone who was a part of it! xx

Shepherdstown Florist, Westvirjeni, teams up with PlusPlus and Sweet Caroline Photography for a Styled Shoot at Stone Tower Winery in Northern Virginia Wine Country

Styling/Wardrobe: http://plusplus.style/
Photography: Sweet Caroline Photography
Florals: www.westvirjeni.com
Make-up: www.izzymakeup.com
Hair: Love Letters by Kayla
Models: Mollie Thorsen
Cari Funkhouser
Nadine Campeau

Stone Tower Winery is a beautiful place for a wedding, event, or just a fun day out in the beautiful Virginia countryside. I was lucky enough to gather there one misty May morning to start a shoot that would go all day and feature numerous sets with the 2016 PlusPlus rental line, Westvirjeni florals, and the artistic photography of Sweet Caroline Photography.  We had the most daring and beautiful models, and talented hair and make-up artists.  It was a fantastic group of creative women who all helped to make it a wonderful day and fabulous shoot. 

Westvirjeni and friends visit the Virgin Islands

Every year, when it's freezing cold, snowy and miserable, and we just can't take it any longer--my girlfriends and I travel to the beautiful Virgin Islands.  Over the years the trip has morphed from fun in the sun to work and play. This year I spent 17 days in "my paradise".   We visited St. Thomas, St. John, and Jost Van Dyke, hiked all over, discovered secret beaches, snorkeled with sharks and sting rays, took in the local flora and fauna, met new flower friends, styled a photo shoot and dined on amazing Caribbean cuisine.  I've been playing serious catch up since I got back, and I am about to head there again.  So I figured this was long over due and time to get this finished and published!

Jade and I stayed at Cinnamon Bay Campgrounds the first few days.  It was simple, beautiful, and peaceful.  We woke up each morning to the view of Cinnamon Bay out of our beachfront bungalow and feel asleep to the peaceful sound of the waves crashing on the shore outside.  We wrote, created art, and visited local ruins.  We met "Do Good", a local micro-farmer, at Annaberg ruins, who taught us about growing a garden with native Caribbean plants and flowers.  I'm even planning to send him some seeds, so the next time I go back, the Westvirjeni gardens will have transplanted to St. John.

Sunrise over Cinnamon Bay, St John, USVI

Sunrise over Cinnamon Bay, St John, USVI

After 3 days at Cinnamon Bay, we were ready for a hot shower and an AC room, so we headed to Cruz Bay to stay at the Inn at St. John.  What a hidden treasure.  This place is adorable and had the best vibe!  It's decked out (literally) in bright colors and beautiful local flowers.  Every room is unique and ours opened up to a beautiful pool, deck, and courtyard area.  The property manager was fantastic and the complimentary breakfast was perfect--I'd go back to stay there in a heartbeat. 

Inn at St. John, Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI

Inn at St. John, Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI

The next week was spent in Coral Bay, St. John, at a villa we rented called Island Breeze.  Jessy and family, along with Miss Molly, joined us.  We woke up each morning to sunrise over Coral Bay, Jade led yoga, and Jessy always had hot coffee waiting for us!

Love City Market, Coral Bay, St. John, USVI

Love City Market, Coral Bay, St. John, USVI

We styled a photo shoot in collaboration with Roses Too Flowers and Piccadilly Posh.  Jessica, Keri, and I designed on the porch of our villa, overlooking scenic Coral Bay and Molly captured some amazing scenes on the beach right before sunset.  We finished up our week with a fantastic dinner at Rhumb Lines, one of my favorite Cruz Bay restaurants, which specializes in Indo-Caribbean fusion cuisine. 

After sending the girls off--Jade and I moved to our final location for the next 6 days--Tree Tops, my favorite hide-a-way in Coral Bay.  Its a small but peaceful setting, made from brightly painted, old sea containers that are elevated so you feel like you're living in a tree house.  They are simple but have everything you need--and I sleep like a baby when I'm there. 







Just a Day in the Life of Westvirjeni

You never know what a day may hold.  Especially for me, and I know my friends and family will vouch for that. 

It was a beautiful, sunny day in March and pretty early in the morning.  I was so proud that I had myself up and 'out the door' by 9.  (That's a hard task for me these days) I'm headed to my 9-5 and dressed in work clothes. As I pull up Route 45 I look to my right and see this amazingly beautiful turkey laying on the side of the road.  So, if you know me at all, I stop, and get out to investigate.  Most of the time road kill is pretty beat up. I'm a little embarrassed and a bit proud to say I know this, 'cause this isn't my first road kill rodeo.  This thing was pristine.  I'm not sure what happened to him, but I will tell you what I did next.  (Don't judge.)

First, I made sure he was dead.  I'm not kidding you--I wasn't 100% sure at first.  After I confirmed the sad situation, I figured I may as well use him to create some beauties, right?  So, I pulled my car in a U-turn, and high-tailed it back to my house to get the Westvirjeni Titan and a good shovel. Mind you--there was no time for changing.  I had it in my head that I was "on the clock'--like some other crazy was going to beat me back to it. 

If you had only witnessed what happened next.  I wonder if someone I knew drove by--because they would have seen me in full office dress, on the side of the road with a shovel--trying to get this 30 pound bird into the bed of my truck.  I'm sure it was a sight.

I got my prize.  Cleansed him with a sage burning (from bundles I made last fall from the Westvirjeni gardens) and sent him off to be plucked and put back in the earth.  God has a way of giving you what you need.  I always take full advantage.  I just took feather inventory and was down to the last 6.  I'll be creating some beauty in the near future with all of the feathers. 




Shepherdstown Florist Westvirjeni and Moments by Misty Collaborate to Style a Winter Anniversary Inspirational Shoot

I wanted to work with Misty on a styled-shoot, so when the opportunity presented last weekend, I jumped on it!    Together we collaborated to style and capture a ten year anniversary shoot at the Rumsey Monument in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia. With help from Sarah Hott, for hair and make-up, Dana Knowles with Dana's Tuxedo, Becky Mack McGraw with Beckaboo's Cakes, and Liz Hackney of Fringe Lizzie, we had a great time while she captured some amazing images.

Photo by Misty Higgins Moments by Misty Photography www.mhmoments.com

Misty came up with the overall vision for the shoot.  Here is what she told me:

I always love being able to do creative and collaborative shoots. I had recently shot a few things at Rumsey Monument and wanted to see what I could do there if I really could take my time and do what I wanted. I had wanted to do something beautiful and romantic and with Valentine’s Day coming incorporate this beautiful vintage dress that I had. I knew that Rose would be the perfect model for this. I actually never use “real models”, I love shooting regular people because I think they are so much more interesting and everyone has something beautiful about them. For this shoot, I knew Rose had the romance, sensuality, and vintage appeal I was looking for, in fact, she was the only person I wanted. I wanted the shoot to be oozing with romance, a touch of timeless old Hollywood, and just the right amount of whimsy.

Photo by Misty Higgins Moments by Misty Photography www.mhmoments.com

Rose wore a crushed red velvet, vintage Jessica McClintock dress with nude, suede heels by Steve Madden.  She was adorned with a Ciner antique cascading crystal necklace and matching earrings from www.renttherunway.com.   She wore a lace shawl, designed by Misty and hand sewn by Fringe Lizzie.  She carried a romantic, cascading bouquet, designed by Westvirjeni, in a red to blush ombre, filled with David Austin Piano and Juliet roses, tulips, ranunculus, astilbe, sweet peas, anemone, seeded and feather eucalyptus and plumosa.  Greg wore a deep blue tuxedo from Dana's tuxedo (www.danastuxedo.com) with a winter white shirt and tie with a vintage lace handkerchief pocket square. 

Rose and Greg were the perfect couple and it just so happened to be their ten year wedding anniversary. To celebrate their love and enduring commitment to one another they had a romantic and intimate exchange of words and affection while Misty captured the beauty of the moment atop the scenic and historic Rumsey Monument with the chilly Potomac river as the backdrop. 

 As the sun began to set, they toasted with champagne in gorgeous burgundy goblets, sipped on hot-tea, and nibbled on sweet cake, by Becakboo's Cakes, at a sweetheart table styled by Westvirjeni.  The delicious vanilla cake was three-tiered and in a cream, red, pale pink, and gold palette, with intricate patterns and details.  Their table-for-two included beautiful, vintage, milk glass table sets, with hand-painted gold edges, from the private collection of Westvirjeni.  Matching gold flatware and blush linen napkins from Pier-One complimented the milk glass compote floral centerpiece.  It was romantic and intimate and a beautiful way for them to celebrate their love.

Other details:

  • Floral accessories designed by Westvirjeni--a boutonnière with red and white spray roses bound with vintage lace, a floral headband in a muted, romantic color palette, a floral belt inspired by Misty,
  •  A wardrobe change with a white, fox fur stole that was a family heirloom--originally belonging to Rose's grandmother, a Westvirjeni bouquet to match in a muted, romantic color palette--with David Austin Juliet's, ranunculus, sweet peas, tulips, spray roses, and purple echeveria rosettes.
  • A vintage inspired hairpin designed by Misty. 

Order your valentine florals via www.westvirjeni.com

Valentines Day florals from Shepherdstown florist Westvirjeni are now available under the order tab on www.westvirjeni.com.  Visit the 'Valentines Day' tab on her website and view the available options.  Once you know what you would like to order, go to the order tab, complete the form, and submit your order.  Orders will be available for pick-up or local delivery Sat Feb 13th and Sun Feb 14th unless otherwise arranged.  Payment of cash or check will be due no later than time of delivery or pick-up.

We have traditional florals available and unique options for the 'hard to buy for Valentine'.  As always, we are happy to prepare a custom arrangement--just give us your budget and any specific instructions, blooms to include, or color schemes and we'll design something amazing for you!

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Valentines Day

Shepherdstown florist, Westvirjeni is offering an array of custom florals for your valentine! All of the arrangements designed by Westvirjeni are custom made and require advance ordering.  Visit www.westvirjeni.com to view the Valentines Day gallery with items available for order.  To place an order email Jeni at westvirjeni@gmail.com.

On Monday, Westvirjeni's Jeni Peterson and Molly Humphreys of Piccadilly PoshPhotography collaborated to bring you fun inspiration for a Valentines Day tablescape and show off some of the 2016 Westvirjeni Valentine floral options.  So much fun...take a look at what we came up with!

Photography by:  Molly Humphreys, Piccadilly Posh PhotographyShepherdstown, WV www.picadillyposh.com

Styling and Florals by: Jeni Peterson, Westvirjeni Shepherdstown, WV

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Westvirjeni attends Hope Flower Intensive with designer Holly Chapple

Last week I had the honor and privilege to attend a one on one floral workshop with internationally known wedding floral designer and stylist Holly Chapple in nearby Waterford, VA at her newly acquired Hope Flower Farm and home studios.  I gleaned so much from this kindred spirit and gained a new friend along with numerous tips and tricks for design, mechanics, and business best practices.  Take a look at some of the floral art we created together!  I can't wait to return and play again in the summer, when the gardens are filled with amazing treasures and buzzing with bees and butterflies.  Until then, I'll bring summer to me while I practice my techniques, order my seeds, and plan for planting season.

Designing and practicing techniques in the Holly Chapple studio.

Designing and practicing techniques in the Holly Chapple studio.

Free form bridal bouquet designed by Westvirjeni, using the new techniques taught by Holly Chapple.

Free form bridal bouquet designed by Westvirjeni, using the new techniques taught by Holly Chapple.

This bridal bouquet looks lovely and doubles as a centerpiece or accent arrangement when placed in this milk glass vase.

This bridal bouquet looks lovely and doubles as a centerpiece or accent arrangement when placed in this milk glass vase.

Practicing designs with white hydrangea, ranunculus, roses, chamomile, and sweet peas in a gold compote bowl.

Practicing designs with white hydrangea, ranunculus, roses, chamomile, and sweet peas in a gold compote bowl.

Floral design by Westvirjeni in a white and yellow color scheme in a silver nesting bowl.

Floral design by Westvirjeni in a white and yellow color scheme in a silver nesting bowl.

Floral Accessories, part 2

Floral accessories aren't just for weddings--they are a fun way to jazz up a photo shoot or give a one of a kind gift on a special day!  Check out these custom, hand-made beauties, designed by Westvirjeni.

Floral Bracelet designed by Westvirjeni with purple pheasant feathers, dried grasses, and mums on a sterling silver bracelet.


Floral bracelet designed by Westvirjeni with mums, rosemary, spirea, and grouse feathers.


Custom antler headpiece designed by Westvirjeni with feathers and dried flowers from the Westvirjeni gardens.

Floral Accessories

My bestie is having a baby and one of our friends did an amazing pregnancy shoot for her!  She asked me to design a floral hair piece and matching bracelet for it.  I love making these non-traditional accessories, and they are a fun alternative to use instead of a corsage or bouquet in a wedding--for bridesmaids and other special women.  The shoot was by the talented Katie Bryan with JadenReese photography. Check out the floral accessories designed by Westvirjeni. 

Photo Credit: JadenReese Photography

Photo Credit: JadenReese Photography