In another life, Jen Fariello is 100% going to be my wedding photographer, and if you don’t already know why, you’re about to see visual evidence of my decision. Every wedding she captures with her beautiful eye is brilliant, and this one doesn’t disappoint in the least, but really with the bride being part of Southern Blooms by Pat’s Flower Designs, we knew it wouldn’t.
From the beautiful bride… Bryan proposed six months after our first blind date on July 15, 2012 during a baseball game. He asked a friend who pilots antique airplanes to fly over the field with a banner: ‘Lindsay will you marry me?’ Turns out everyone at the game knew about it (but me!) and both of our parents were there to celebrate. It was such a special day!
Bryan and I knew we wanted to be married outside with a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains so my dad suggested visiting a friend’s farm, and we knew right away that it was the perfect spot! We were drawn to the wide open space and the panoramic view of the mountains.
We are both attracted to things that are vintage, rusty, and weathered so we knew that incorporating family heirlooms, antique containers, and eclectic furniture was a must. I am blessed to work for such an amazing design company whose owners have a great eye for detail and an unbelievable collection of everything from lanterns to the spectacular arbor they constructed of old windows salvaged from a barn in Pennsylvania.
Bryan’s bout included a fishing fly and his old baseball glove was used as the ring pillow. The bridesmaids were transported to the ceremony site via hay wagon and an antique tractor, a nod to my family’s farming roots.
We used my great grandparent’s china on the head table, my dad’s homegrown sorghum syrup as favors, and Bryan’s mother’s cranberry glassware for the bride and groom. Adding to the sense of family we are blessed to call all of our vendors, who worked so hard making our day seamless and perfect, our friends. My father works for Mill Valley BBQ who provided the delicious southern-infused meal, Shindig’s seriously talented and organized Meghan Streit was my Young Life leader in high school, our dear friend Tod baked the wedding cake, and Bryan’s childhood minister presided over the ceremony. We were honored to have the stunning flowers provided by Southern Bloom’s skillful crew and knew without a doubt that our photos taken by Jen Fariello would be gorgeous reminders of this, the most important day of our lives. Inspired by the rich and vibrant colors of fall in Virginia, we decided on the combination of peach, copper, crimson, and plum and loved the idea of using local foliage and flowers in the bouquets and decor.
Vivid memories and favorite photos: Riding in the 1949 Ford truck to the ceremony. Seeing Bryan for the first time while walking down the aisle and not realizing how fast I was moving until my dad whispered “slow down!” The surprise petal toss as we exited the ceremony. Our first dance and looking out at all of the people that we love in one space – this was an incredible feeling. Seeing our parents smiling faces, none of this would have been possible without their love and support. The moment the sun broke through the clouds after the ceremony. Looking across the field after dark and seeing the illuminated cross. The sparkler exit and leaving on the old hay wagon only to find our Jeep completely and thoroughly decorated.
Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Event Design: Shindig Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Tod Dodson | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Kara Spangler Of Studio 500 | Hair: Gena Mills Of At Last Salon | Venue: Buckner Farm | Rentals: Festive Fare Rentals | Sperry Tent + Lighting: Skyline Tent Company