Happy Monday everyone! We’re starting the week off with a beautiful vineyard wedding in Virginia just outside of Charlottesville from Rob Garland Photographers. Mandy and Eli live out in Colorado, but knew that they wanted to get married overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, just as Mandy’s great-grandparents did in 1915. Mandy and Eli love the outdoors – Eli proposed on a rainy evening the night before they left to hike the Inca Trail in Peru! – and didn’t let a little bit of rain stop them from having the outdoor wedding ceremony they always wanted.
From Mandy: We both live in Boulder, Colorado but it was very important for me to have the wedding in Virginia where I grew up. We both spend a lot of time outdoors, so we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony with a view of the beautiful Blue Ridge!
I wanted to wear a gold bracelet that my great-grandmother wore in her wedding in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia in 1915. This antique bracelet, as well as limelight hydrangeas and purple sweetpeas, inspired my vision of a vintage, natural-chic, Blue Ridge mountain wedding.
My wedding bouquet and Eli’s boutonniere had purple sweetpeas. Going back to inspiration, it was the purple sweetpea that made me fall in love with the idea of a cream, purple, and green color scheme.
Our flowers and table decor, done by Beehive Events, were stunning and captured the mood and image I had for our reception.
For our ceremony, we used a prayer shawl that had been used in three generations of Eli’s family’s weddings. We also wrote our own vows, which really spoke to what we value in life and in our relationship.
The unexpected rain pattering on the tent during our ceremony set a beautiful, quiet and dramatic tone. We chose to sneak away alone right after the ceremony for a glass of champagne and some snacks. It was so fun to have those 15 minutes together to reflect on everything that had just happened.
I gathered photographs of my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on their wedding days and framed them and had Eli’s mother do the same. We arranged them on a hutch around our guestbook. I had the picture of my great-grandmother wearing the vintage gold bracelet, which was one of my favorite details!
We are also both foodies and so creating a menu with local and seasonal items, along with a few of our favorite dishes, was an area where chose to splurge! We also both agreed that our favorite part of every wedding is dancing, so we were luck to find a fabulous band, the Adrian Duke Project, who really made the night! Eli is Jewish and I am Presbyterian and had witnessed the horah dance once in my life. It was important to him for us to do it at the reception and there were some pretty hilarious pictures of our faces as we’re being hurled into the air. Many of my favorite wedding memories are on the dance floor, surrounded by the most important people in our lives.
I had the perfect vintage cake stand in mind and after searching for several months, I finally found it in California of all places. Our cake was absolutely lovely, and all of the gardenias were made out of fondant by hand.
Mandy’s advice to other couples in Virginia and the DC area:
My mother was a wedding planning champion, but it was well worth it to enlist the help of Chloe Frey, a friend and wedding coordinator, to help us. Think about what you value as a couple and that will help inform which details to prioritize. Narrow down your vendor list and meet with 2-3 in each category; there’s no need to run all over the place meeting with every possible vendor. I was overwhelmed by all the decor and design possibilities at first. Pick a few details to focus on and realize that the rest falls into place. The whole night is a whirlwind; pause and take it all in!
The following Virginia wedding professionals contributed to Mandy and Eli’s wedding:
Venue: King Family Vineyards
Photography: Rob Garland Photographers
Catering: The C&O
Event Coordination: Chloe Frey
Floral Design: Beehive Events
Band: Adrian Duke Project, Sam Hill Entertainment
Buses and Vintage Car: Ambassador Limousine, (434) 973-5466
Wedding Cake: Cakes Unlimited
Groom’s Cake: Paradox Pastry
Hair and Makeup: Moxie Hair & Body Lounge
Bridal Attire: Monique Lhuillier gown with custom veil by Kristina Constantine
Groom’s Attire: Burberry
Photo Credits: Rob Garland Photographers
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