After searching high and low for their perfect venue, Rachael and Matthew chose to bring all their people to Pippin Hill Farm, soaking in the magic of the Blue Ridge mountains while vowing to forever. Momental Designs set the stage with a stunning stationery suite while Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs dressed up the day with all-white stems (have you seen that hanging floral installation?!) while East West filmed and Laura Gordon photographed. See how the fun unfolded in the gallery this way.
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From the Bride… Getting engaged was beyond exciting for the two of us. Matt managed to choreograph not only a surprise engagement but an incredible post-engagement celebration party with all of our closest family and friends, several of whom flew in from around the county. From that moment on, we knew that the most important aspect to our future wedding was having all of our closest loved ones together, aka trapped, for not just one day, but for an entire weekend! We looked at venues in Minnesota (where I am from), as well as venues in DC (where we currently reside and where Matt’s family is), but we selfishly wanted something a bit more remote. We wanted somewhere that required our wedding guests to come in and stay awhile, which meant we had to go outside of our hometowns.
After attending a wedding in Keswick, VA in June of 2015, we were sold on the area. We ultimately chose Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in North Garden, VA and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision. The sheer beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the many wineries in the area, and the overall peace that you feel when you are outside the hustle and bustle of the major metropolitan areas many of our guests were coming from made it the perfect choice for us and our guests.
Thinking back on the planning process, I had a true vision from start to finish of what I wanted our big day and weekend to be. Despite our wedding taking place at a Farm, Pippin Hill truly can be transformed into a little bit of everything. The outdoor ceremony grounds have the backdrop of their winery and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the reception hall takes place in their beautiful restored barn. For me, I wanted the day and night to feel like a dream. Hanging greenery and white flowers made it feel whimsical throughout, and the many high low candles made the space feel warm, inviting, and enchanting in a sense. The hanging florals and our Huppah, created by Southern Blooms, were breathtaking and truly captured my vision. Aside from the beautiful florals and decor, the food was something of great interest to us. Pippin Hill did and incredible job with our dinner and Cakes by Rachel went above and beyond with our desserts. We opted to do individual cakes at each table couple with an assortment of mini pies that were served on gold mirrored trays. The cake was a Chocolate Sour Cream cake filled with 2 layers of Chocolate Mousse and a layer of Triple Cream and Fresh Raspberries, iced with Champagne Buttercream. The pies were Key Lime, Peach Pecan Crumble and Strawberry Rhubarb. All of these were decadent and delicious – an absolute favorite of our guests!
Overall, our entire wedding weekend was so special and everything we could ever dream it it to be. After a wonderful ceremony, great food, amazing dancing, and a send off in a vintage car, we left so thankful for our friends and family. We spent the day after our wedding at a post-wedding brunch, and the afternoon at several of the amazing wineries in the Charlottesville area. We were lucky enough to have our guests in for the whole weekend and it made for memories to last a lifetime.
Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography: East West | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs | Wedding Gown: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Shoes: Dee Keller | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair & Makeup: Avenue 42 | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Invitation Suite: Momental Designs | Photo Booth: Photo Booth Of Charlottesville | Rentals : Festive Fare Event Rentals | Styling & Planning : Amore Events by Cody | Veil: l'atelier couture bridal boutique