Virginia Wine Country Wedding from Gabe Aceves
October 22, 2013
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There's really nothing I love more than a good ol' Southern wedding. But this one, SMPers, is a little extra special. It's smothered in that southern charm sauce, with the cutest B&B setting you EVER did see. But even more than that are the photos from Gabe Aceves, captured in the most gorgeous, artful fashion. They tell the story all on their own -- making a trip to the gallery a complete and total must. Ready, set...swoon.
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From the Bride... Shortly after Dan and I were engaged, when looking for venues to hold our wedding, the first place that came to mind was The Briar Patch. We dated long distance for a year before living in the same state. We cherished the time we were able to have together during that first year, and our first weekend getaway together was to the Briar Patch so it holds a special place in our hearts.

Once we chose the location, everything fell into place over the next 15 months with much help from our families. Dan makes fun of how much I over-research every little decision, but he now agrees it paid off. We found a great team of people to make our day perfect. As far as the decor, I have always loved the look of vintage things that have a story behind them. My engagement ring was my grandmother's, and my wedding band is made from a ring my mom purchased while pregnant with me. We were married by Dan's Stepfather under a beautiful chuppah that was started by Dan's great-grandmother, then worked on by his grandmother, and finished my Dan's mom to be used for our wedding. We had a vision of how we wanted things to look, but we weren't quite sure how to execute it on our own. Fortunately, I had a chance encounter with Rosanna of Bella Villa, a great shop down the street from the Briar Patch. She completely understood what we wanted, and made everything look so beautiful.

We really wanted to utilize the patio outside of the ballroom for our guests to enjoy, and she transformed it into lounge area using her beautiful pieces. We served a family-style meal, had a great time choosing our bar with the help of Dan's sister's boyfriend, who owns a fantastic wine store, and opted for a gelato bar instead of cake. We wanted everything to reflect us, and be fun for our friends and families. We feel so blessed and had the most amazing wedding day we could have imagined.