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Classic Fall Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia

If a classic Southern wedding is on your agenda, you’ll want to cozy up to today’s soiree at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Complete with planning by Donovan-Groves Events, blooms by Nature Composed (how good?!) and a “burying the bourbon” tradition, every details is Southern to a T. See it all unfold in the gorgeous gallery captured by Elisa Bricker!

From Elisa BrickerThis beautiful wedding was one of my favorite fall weddings to date. Carly and David were clearly over-the-moon to be celebrating with their friends and family (and their sweet pup Dixon made an appearance too!)

Some of my favorite details from their day were the textured boutonnieres by Jenn of Nature composed (the men never get enough flowers on the wedding day do they?) and the vintage post cards of Charlottesville that they couple collected and used as a guest book.

This couple didn’t forget the southern tradition of burying the bourbon! Burying bourbon is a southern tradition that is supposed to ward off rain the day of the wedding. The tradition is that the bride and groom-to-be must visit their venue exactly a month before the wedding date and bury a bottle of bourbon upside down. Carly and David had beautiful weather on their wedding day, and had a bourbon and cigar bar (where their bottle was displayed) to celebrate!

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Reception: Pippin Hill Farm | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Thombs | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Paper Suite: Just Paper and Tea | Planning and Design: Donovan-Groves Events

A Lush Summer Wine Country Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

This perfectly sun-kissed day captured by Luna de Mare Photography at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards just left us completely smitten. From the heart-stoppingly gorgeous floral arbor by Southern Blooms to the bride’s two piece Reem Acra gown… every detail of this day thoughtfully planned by Amore Events is pure wedding perfection. Prepare for all the heart flutters, this one’s a real good one…

From Luna de Mare PhotographyAs New Yorkers, Fei-Fei and Evan wanted to escape to Virginia’s wine country, with rolling hills and lush vineyards as a destination getaway for their wedding, and they chose the incomparable Pippin Hill for their celebration.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as Fei-Fei walked down the aisle in a stunning Reem Acra two piece gown towards a tuxedo clad Evan who smiled sweetly under the arbor of overflowing florals created by Southern Blooms for this black tie affair.

Every detail was thoughtfully crafted, from the custom Invite suite and matching programs, to the perfectly placed monogram embroidered linens on the tablescape. It was an impeccably executed event with Amore Events at the helm. 

Once the ceremony concluded, as the couple celebrated their post I-do’s among the lush hydrangeas, guests were invited to sip on Pippin Hill wine and signature cocktails, nosh on aperitifs and savor the gelato favored by the couple as a little sweet surprise.

It was a truly remarkable celebration well into the night complete with a grand sparkle exit at the end of their beautiful evening. Truly an honor to capture, and one of my favorite vineyard weddings to date.

Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Videography : Josh Gooden Cinematography | Floral design : Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Gown : Reem Acra | Cake : Cakes by Rachel | Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair : Avenue 42 | Band : Men of Distinction | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Escort Cards : Paper Birch Designs | Event Design & Coordination : Amore Events by Cody | Furniture Rentals : MS Events | Invite Suite & Programs: Sable & Gray | Linen: Festive Fare | Make Up Artist : Susan Lim

Classic & Elegant Autumn Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

What’s one of the dreamiest barns in the country to tie the knot, you ask? Easy… Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is at the top of our list! Today we’re sharing the most gorgeous wedding planned by Amore Events by Cody at one of our fave rustic venues. It’s complete with a Marchesa gown so good it’ll make you do a double-take, swoon worthy blooms from Blue Ridge Floral and the most stunning photos ever captured by Orange Photographie. It’s official – we’re obsessed!!!

From Orange PhotographieDanielle & Jansen traveled from New York with their friends and family to Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia wine country for their October wedding.

Everything about the event was elegant and chic, from the bride’s fashion-forward Marchesa gown and Jimmy Choo heels to the classic calligraphy of the invitation suite. When it was time for the ceremony, the rose-filled arch framed the blue-hued mountains perfectly and provided the most stunning backdrop against which the beautiful couple exchanged vows. The gorgeous grey-blue Amsale bridesmaids’ dresses also complemented the natural colors of the mountain setting.

After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the iconic Pippin Hill lawn and veranda, guests were greeted inside by candlelight, beautiful floral centerpieces, and treys of grapes, figs, and pears, a subtle hint to the vineyard setting and autumn season. Everyone then danced the night away to The Night Years, a fabulous band that kept the party going.

Now enjoy Jansen and Danielle’s trailer film from Shaking Hands Productions!

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Photographer: Orange Photographie | Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Flowers: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Invitations: Isabel Mendez | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: Anna Breeding | Band: Men of Distinction | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

This Amethyst Gown Is The Perfect Accessory To This Fall Pippin Hill Wedding

A few months ago I mentioned on instagram that Pippin Hill in Charlottesville was my favorite wedding venue in the world. That’s a big deal. Because I see a whoooole lot of wedding venues around here. But, when it comes to Pippin Hill, there is no comparison. Knowing the owner, Lynn Easton, also means that I understand the care and thoughtfulness that went into to the planning, designing and maintaining of such a spectacular property. A property that can easily carry a design as beautiful as this one – planned by Events with Panache with florals by Mallory Joyce and photographed by Ashley Relvas – and elevate it to a place where wedding dreams are made.

From the Mother of the Bride…Kathryn and Robert knew exactly what they wanted on their wedding day and no detail was overlooked in planning this ethereal event. The couple’s love of nature led to the selection of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia as the wedding venue. Pippin Hill has been recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful outdoor venues, and the couple knew they had found the site for their wedding the moment they arrived to preview the location. After thoughtful consideration, the couple decided to wed in late October 2017 to capture the glorious colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Kathryn always new she wanted two dresses on her wedding day. With this in mind, she set out to find a dress unique enough to match the splendor of the venue. Being a true southern girl, and after trying on countless dresses, Kathryn followed her heart and selected an amethyst dress by Hayley Paige — yes, amethyst! Kathryn wanted something classic with a unique twist for the ceremony gown, and she found exactly that in the “Hayley” gown. The delicate long sleeves, beaded bodice and color variations in the tulle were nothing short of magical and that is exactly what this bride wanted on her special day.

The groom was more than happy to play whatever role his bride-to-be wanted and little did he know he had just become the paper suite designer (no pressure!). Rob worked for months with Sarah Gluchacki, owner of The Windmill Paper Boutique in Boca Raton, Florida, to create invitations that not only reflected the couple’s unique vision for their wedding day but also something that gave a bit of a glimpse as to what was in store for the guests. The letterpress invitations were beautifully encased in ivory pocketfolds with a custom bellyband and envelopes adorned with gold calligraphy. The final touch for these one of a kind invitations was a wax seal bearing the couple’s initials.


Special gifts were also shared in advance of the wedding. Robert is an avid watch collector and Kathryn selected a timepiece for his wedding gift that was something truly special. She gave her husband-to-be a Cartier watch with the sentimental longitude and latitude of Florida State University engraved on the back. The place where the couple first met and their love story began. Robert gave his bride beautiful diamond earrings to wear on their wedding day along with a “Return to Tiffany” beaded bracelet that she never takes off.

Kathryn worked with her floral designer, Mallory Joyce, to create an ethereal vision for the ceremony and reception. Mallory’s unique floral designs, coupled with the gold tabletop accents including quartz table numbers by HelloPosh of Tustin, California, created a romantic ambiance for the entire celebration.

The cocktail hour and reception were magnificent. The couple chose to serve Moscow Mules in copper mugs as their signature cocktail.

The band, Six Stylez, was even better than imagined. The guests had an amazing evening and are still talking about it! The guests were surprised at the end of the evening when Carpe Donut began serving hot apple cider donuts prepared on site, along with demitasse cups of Cioccolata Calda. The evening concluded with a sparkler send off that was captured perfectly, like every other photo, by Ashley Relvas.

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Photography: Ashley Relvas Photography | Cinematography: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planning: Events with Panach | Floral Design: Mallory Joyce | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Paradox Pastry | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair & Makeup: Kate Noda | Hair & Makeup: Anna Breeding | Band: The Free with Sam Hill Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | AV and Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Donut Truck: Carpe Donut | Invitation Suite: The Windmill Paper Boutique | Rentals: MS Events | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Table Numbers: Hello Posh

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Classic Elegance + Rustic Charm Are a Match Made in Heaven

We love a good style combination, and this bride nailed it at her wedding planned by Amore Events by bringing her classic look to the rustic gorgeousness that is Pippin Hill Farm + Vineyards. A minimal Austin Scarlett gown, timeless ivory blooms by Tourterelle Floral Design, and Ashley Cox‘s photography were the perfect combination! So if you need us today, we’ll be right here soaking up this lovely gallery.

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Rachel and Joe are high school sweethearts who started dating freshman year and have been together ever since! They both went to UVA in Charlottesville, VA, and currently reside in New York City. They chose Charlottesville and Pippin Hill as their wedding venue, as they adore the city and wanted their family and friend to experience the beauty of Virginia in the summertime.

From the Bride… When we began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to have a weekend focused on bringing family and friends together. Since we love Charlottesville, both attended UVA, and frequently take weekend trips down to visit, we thought it would be the perfect town for a short destination wedding weekend, giving us lots of time to spend with everyone.

Since all our guests would be traveling, we wanted a venue that would really highlight the beauty of the area. Between that, the delicious food and wine, and its accommodating and picturesque venue spaces and bridal/groom suites, we felt that Pippin Hill would be the ideal place and it provided a wonderful backdrop for a weekend full of celebrations!

I love neutral tones and black and white, so the bridesmaids wore champagne and the groomsmen were in classic black tuxes. When selecting my dress, I was looking for some architectural detail and minimal embellishments.

Joe was focused on music for the entire day, including the Linden Trio for the ceremony and the Silver Bullets out of Richmond, who played an acoustic set during cocktail hour and at the reception.

Two of my favorite details of the room were the cake, which had tiers of flowers between each layer, and the hanging floral installation of dendrobium orchids and Italian ruskus. I had discovered this combination at a storefront a few months prior to the wedding and loved how the linear florals added a romantic but still structured look to the hanging installation. We wanted the room to be lit entirely by candlelight during the reception, so other than the lights from the band, votives of different heights provided all the lighting for the evening. The day of was made all the more magical because of the 70-degree humidity-free day in the middle of August – we felt so lucky!


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Photography: Ashley Cox Photography | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Tourterelle Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup + Hair: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Sincerely Amy Designs | Band: Silver Bullets | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

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Both the Bride and the Groom Wore Louboutins…and We’re in Love

This wedding will live on as that time we all fell in love with not one but two red soled shoes. A Bride and a Groom in Louboutins is just the beginning of this gorgeous day. It’s infused with sweet Summer vibes and classic meets rustic details all planned by the bride with month-of assistance from Pop The Cork Designs — along with layers of blooms by Whimsical Floral Design. See the full celebration captured by Rachel May that ends with the most spectacular sparkling kiss.

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Lucy & Matt were married on a beautiful summer day in July at Pippin Hill. From the vintage Mercedes, to the gorgeous floral bridesmaid gowns from Jenny Yoo, to the beautiful paper and calligraphy from Written Word this wedding was an absolute dream to photograph.

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Photography: Rachel May Photography | Planner: Pop The Cork Designs | Floral Design: Whimsical Floral Design | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair & Makeup: Emily Artistry | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | DJ: Dj Saturdave | Groom's Suit: Beau & Co | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Brides Gown: Hayley Paige | Wedding & Reception Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

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See How 30-foot Trees Transformed a Reception Space!

Nobody, and I mean nobody, designs a wedding quite like Easton Events and this beauty of a day is the perfect example. Wanting a more intimate feel to the reception space, they brought in 30-foot trees for a cozy, woodland vibe…but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design, The Left Handed Calligrapher, La Tavola and so many vendors brought their A-game to Jen and Shane’s wedding design and the payoff was major. See it all through the lens of Katie Stoops below.

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From Easton Events… Jen and Shane, both law school students at the University of Virginia, wanted their wedding to be a relaxed celebration with friends and family. The key components that were important to Jen included residential accents, touches of copper and rose gold and a nod to her family’s Colorado background. Cowhide rugs, reclaimed wood, succulents, lush woodland florals, and blue and gray tones mimicking the Rocky Mountains were a few of the décor elements that we so loved adding to the overall design.

In order to make the reception space feel intimate, which can be a difficult task for stationed dinners in large open rooms, we brought in 30+ ft trees, which provided a major impact. Additionally, this helped separate the dining and dancing into two separate areas. Her printed suite designed by Rock, Paper, Scissors and calligraphed by The Left Handed Calligrapher was another special detail. The inner envelopes of the wedding invitations were hand tea stained providing a very natural and organic feel to the full suite. Bad weather loomed in the forecast all day, so last minute, we added a Sperry Tent to the ceremony site and décor.

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Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Videography: Naz Films | Event Design + Styling: Easton Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Reception Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Catering: Pippin Hill Farm | Makeup: Anna Breeding | Hair: Moxie Hair & Body Lounge | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Band: The Adrian Duke Project | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Peter Richardson | Ceremony Chairs & Tabletop: Festive Fare | Ceremony Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Cocktail Tables: AFR Furniture Rental | Event Production: Easton Events | Food Truck: Carpe Donut | Lighting & AV: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge Furniture: Beehive Events | Printed Materials: Think Rock Paper Scissors | Printed Materials + Details: Think Rock Paper Scissors | Welcome Box: Marigold & Grey

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Proof that You Can’t Go Wrong with a Black + White Wedding

I’m a classic girl at heart when it comes to weddings and to me, there’s nothing more timeless than a day decked out purely in black and white. Sure, I had a bit of peachy blush in my own big day, but when I see a colorless fete like this one planned by Amore Events by Cody? I’m convinced that (even on a rainy day) this good ol’ combo does the trick. See more captured by Gianny Campos in The Vault!

From Gianny Campos Photography… News anchor Eve (Tannery) Russo and owner of Capital Printing Corp. Nolan Russo, from New Jersey, were married in a rustic-chic wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia. The couple, in their 30s, had been to every banquet hall, country club, and hotel in their area for weddings that were all relatively similar, so they wanted their wedding venue to be something different, memorable, and intimate. The wedding was a “drive-able destination,” so guests could spend a few days celebrating the couple and getting to know one another. The big day marked the end of a rare, non-stop week of rain, but it didn’t dampen what turned out to be an unforgettable wedding. Because of the soggy ground, and Eve’s meteorologists at work warning her of potential downpours, the couple chose to get married under Pippin’s long porch, which still overlooks the mountains. It provided a comfortable and stunning venue for the ceremony. The clouds ended up proving to be the perfect backdrop, with a majestic steam developing over the mountains and the colors beautifully complimenting the couple’s classic and glamorous black and white color scheme. Because family is so important to Eve and Nolan, they really wanted guests to “feel the love,” and they did that through beautiful paper and signage by Poppy and Scooter with personal touches including a custom-designed monogram, lyrics from the couple’s “song,” clever sayings, and even funny hashtags. Amore Events by Cody created the most glamorous and inviting space for the reception, with candles and greenery (some of which Cody forged herself) and luscious floral arrangements on every table. Stunning lanterns hung from the ceiling to create the perfect ambiance. Guests were able to enjoy various areas – the dance floor, a cigar bar, a fire pit, and even a local donut truck, where workers served fresh, organic donuts for dessert…a “sweet ending” for what was truly a magical day.

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Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody | Calligraphy: Poppy And Scooter | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Food Truck: Carpe Donut | Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals | Rentals: MS Events

The Groom’s Reaction to His Bride is Priceless

Give me a bouquet from Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs and I’m always on board. It’s the beginning of this classic southern affair designed by A. Dominick Events and we’ve got all the moments from the lens of Katelyn James. Adorable first look reaction, included.

From the Bride…Yes – the groom, my dress, the unbelievable weather, the incredible venue were what made my wedding day special, But also, truly? The people.

Our families, whose generosity and patience really made the day and weekend itself a reality, but who also shaped everything we believe in, and surrounded us with love on the day and always. Our wedding party made it special – they are not just beautiful humans, but they have always supported us and continue to support us. Our friends (who we consider to be family), who came from near and far and wide, to stand by us as we said our vows.

Both my parents walked me down the aisle – it was important to them, and to me – and then in the middle of the father-daughter dance, my dad and I had planned to surprise my mom by pulling her up to the dance floor with us. Then it just felt silly without my sister – we’re a unit – so we pulled her up too. It was one of my favorite non-ceremony moments. It is so hard to choose just one favorite detail from our wedding, but if I had to it would be pinning my grandmother’s wedding ring (along with a little blue ring of my mother’s) into my dress as my old, borrowed, blue – because I believe my grandmother would have really loved to have picked my dress with me!

I just wanted it to be both the loveliest and most logistically smooth day that our guests had ever attended – it was important to me that it was beautiful, that it reflected us as people and as a couple, and that guests always knew what was happening, how, and where. (As someone in the events industry, the guest experience matters!) So that was major “inspiration.” Decor-wise, I just wanted it to be lovely. Our colors were technically gray and chartreuse and white – modern (John’s taste) but also a little unexpected and romantic (my influence). And then we added in some pink for me, and some deeper greens because spring produces a bounty of beautiful flowers that are hard to resist. My dress and the venue inspired a lot – I picked my dress first, actually, which I wouldn’t have planned to do – but it ended up laying the groundwork for the tone we wanted to set. Romantic, beautiful, flows easily, and a little bit organic but refined. Boom: Pippin Hill. A match made in heaven. And the rest fell (or at least mostly!) into place.

It sounds cliche but I loved the food, the sparkling rose, the perfect gray and white of the escort cards, and the glimmering mercury glass of the votives on the tables. I loved our ceremony music and our reception DJ – it doesn’t sound like a detail, but when it’s good, it’s really good and the guests really enjoy themselves. And of course, the cookie table. It’s a Western Pennsylvania tradition, and my aunts and family members made all those cookies for us – it is such a generous and delicious tradition that we were lucky enough to have our families be willing to transport it to Virginia.

All of this would not have been possible without the most wonderful vendors (who I really continue to think of as my partners in the whole thing) – Cindy from A. Dominick Events (who saved me), Katelyn James (who captured everything more beautifully than I remember it), Pat and Sherry from Southern Blooms (who made my floral dreams come true), Hannah at Pippin Hill (who made my food dreams come true, and service look like a total breeze), Cheree Berry and team (who made my paper dreams come true) and last but not least Alison Harper’s team (who made me feel beautiful) They all brought this entire beautiful thing to life – and made it so easy and smooth for me – and I am forever grateful!

Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Event Planning: A. Dominick Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair + Makeup: Alison Harper and Company | DJ: Evan Reitmeyer | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

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A Summertime Wedding with Shades of Pink + Peach

More than pretty flowers or a perfect place setting, Lauren and Jeremy wanted their wedding designed by Amore Events to focus on what matters most. “Our goal was for everyone at our wedding to sense the love we have for each other…we wanted it to feel like us, but in a way that honored our family and friends and their never-ending support.” It’s a sense you feel in every image by Michael and Carina and you can see it all with a trip to The Vault.

From the Bride…Jeremy and I dated for over five years before getting married. We met one another while working at the same consulting firm in Washington D.C. I’ve lived in Virginia almost my entire life and Jeremy has lived in Virginia for a long time. Virginia is our home. When Jeremy decided to go back to school full-time and get his MBA he chose Darden, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. While Jeremy lived in Charlottesville, I stayed in Washington, D.C. and came to visit him on the weekends. We spent so much time with friends wine tasting at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards. After Jeremy proposed in December 2014 while we were on vacation in Turks and Caicos, we immediately knew we wanted to get married at Pippin Hill! We wanted our wedding to honor us as a couple, as well as celebrate our future. It was important to us that every detail have significance and meaning (my center diamond in my engagement ring is the diamond that Jeremy’s father proposed with to his mother, I wore my grandmother’s engagement ring and wedding ring on my right hand during our wedding ceremony; we chose our processional musical selections carefully since Jeremy is musically talented and plays both the guitar and the drums, we chose to celebrate loved ones who couldn’t be there at our wedding, among other details).

Our goal was for everyone at our wedding to sense the love we have for each other. In addition, we wanted all our friends and family to sense how much we love them and appreciate that they came to celebrate with us on our special day. We wanted it to feel like us, but in a way that honored our family and friends and their never-ending support. Pippin Hill is nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and is only about 15 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. Pippin Hill truly displays how beautiful the state of Virginia is. The grounds and vineyards provide an agrarian feel, while the private Granary room has a rustic charm of an old barn. We loved that Pippin Hill would not feel overwhelmingly rural, but that it would encompass romance, elegance and a timeless style. Even though Charlottesville is only about 2 hours from Washington, D.C. we wanted our guests to feel like they were getting away for the weekend and enjoy themselves in the countryside of Virginia and #39;s Monticello Wine Trail. We wanted our wedding to be a mixture of rustic and elegant. I have always been a romantic at heart and wanted our wedding to be classic but with our own sense of style as a couple. Pippin Hill’s setting did not need much added, as the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the vineyards, the outdoor veranda and the indoor Granary private dining room gave us plenty to work with.

As our guests entered the reception in Pippin Hill’s Granary room, they found the dinner menu displayed in calligraphy on a large chalkboard and their names and seating numbers hand-written on vintage mirrors. Bistro lights were draped from the ceiling to create soft and romantic lighting. As our guests sat down at their tables, they found a twig of lavender as an accent on their plates. We loved the idea of soft cream tablecloths with overflowing florals in blush and peach undertones. We chose white and peach peonies, ranunculus, david austin roses, garden roses, russian olives, seeded eucalyptus, hydrangeas and plenty of greenery. We wanted our florals to feel like they were snipped from the garden and effortlessly displayed in gold and mercury glass vases. We wanted muted blush undertones and nothing overwhelmingly pink. Hurricane lanterns and plenty of candles flickered throughout the evening for a timeless feel. For our head table, we sat at a large farm table with lace and greenery runners, rustic lanterns and candles. We didn’t want to detract from, but rather enhance Pippin Hill’s beauty.

On the day of our wedding, I wore my Amy Kuschel form-fitted lace wedding dress that I purchased from Hitched Salon in Washington D.C. I had each of my bridesmaids wear Amsale blush chiffon gowns and let them choose their own hair and makeup styles. My two younger sisters were both my Maids of Honor and are my two best friends. The three of us have always been close since we were young, like the Three Musketeers. I wanted them to feel special and stand out from the rest of the bridesmaids. Their Amsale chiffon gowns were the same style as the bridesmaids, but their gowns had a beautiful printed pattern in a light shell color. My hair stylist, Brianna Adams and makeup artist, Gohar Beaver ensured our looks were glowy, dewy, and natural. I wanted us to look natural and effortless. The day of the wedding was perfection. We could not have asked for better weather. There was not a cloud in the sky and there was zero humidity, which is a rare occurrence for a Virginia winery wedding in mid-June. My wedding planner, Cody Grannis (Amore Events by Cody) and Pippin Hill’s day of coordinator, Hannah Davis ensured that every single detail was executed flawlessly. We didn’t have to worry about anything besides feeling all of the feelings, and just enjoying each blissful second.

Our wonderful photographers, Michael and Carina of Michael and Carina Photography and videographer, Jonathan Joy-Gaba (Joy Gaba Photo) captured so many moments that we have relived again and again; including when we first we saw each other in the vineyard, my father walking me down the aisle, and the insane dance party that ensued after dinner, care of our 7-piece band, DC Fusion. DC Fusion was amazing and completely set the vibe for the rest of the night. Everyone danced all night long! Since the weather was so perfect many of our guests enjoyed Pippin Hill’s outdoor veranda for cocktails and Cuban cigars. Our wedding day at Pippin Hill could not have been a more perfect way to begin this new phase of our lives together. We were beyond fortunate to have met the BEST vendors in the business, and be supported by our loving family and friends in the process. They are truly who made the day as beautiful as it was for us. We feel so fortunate that we have such an incredible day to reflect on, as we take on this new endeavor that is marriage!

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cinematography: Joy Gaba | Event Planning + Design: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Pippin Hill Farm | Makeup: Gohar Ayvazyan Makeup | Hair: Brianna B Adams | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Bridal Boutique: Hitched Salon | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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See How One Couple Involved Their Puppy in The Engagement Shoot

I’ve had the unique pleasure of visiting Pippin Hill Farm and let me tell you, it’s my happy place. So it’s kind of a no-brainer that couples flock to this divine establishment to relish no only to delicious food and refreshments, but also their pup friendly property. Which was perfect for this sweet pair, for they invited the talented Kim Stockwell Photography to captured their e-sesh with one special guest in mind. Their dear dog Dixie. More in The Vault!

From Kim Stockwell PhotographyChristina & Andrew have a fall wedding in Richmond Virginia planned but they knew they wanted to schedule an engagement session as soon as possible that would include their beloved dog Dixie. Sadly Dixie is terminally ill and may not be there for their big day, so capturing her was extremely important to them. We focused on a relaxed dog friendly engagement session at the gorgeous Pippin Hill in Charlottesville, Va. Christina arrived looking stunning in a perfectly tailored dress & Andrew was causal yet refined in a salmon button down with khakis. Christina & Andrew sat on a blanket on the hill & enjoyed their wine as Dixie laid next to them enjoying the gorgeous weather we had. It was the perfect day that provided the most beautiful images for them to treasure their sweet Dixie.

Photography: Kim Stockwell Photography | Event Planning: LK Events and Design | Dress: Banana Republic | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Location: King Family Vineyards | Location: Pippin Hill Farm | Shirt: Banana Republic

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Spring Blooms We Can’t Stop Staring At

Attending a floral workshop is on my bucket list. I don’t claim to be a naturally talented designer by any means, but my passion for all things pretty and full of petals has no bounds. Take just one look through these pics by Corbin Gurkin and really, how can you resist? Captured at Flowerwild’s workshop, hosted by Easton Events at their Pippin Hill property that never fails to make my heart pitter patter, every single one of these images is frame-worthy. See them all in our Vault and good luck picking just one!

From Corbin GurkinFlowering dogwood trees inspired the abundance of spring arrangements for Kate Holt’s Flowerwild workshop at Pippin Hill in Charlottesville. Amber Moon designed the intricate paper-cut invitations with calligraphy by Anne Robin.

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Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography | Floral Design: Kate Holt Creative | Invitations: Amber Moon | Hair + Makeup: Lula Kate | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Gowns: Gossamer | Gowns: Lula Kate | Host: Easton Events

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Classic Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Wedding

As an east-coaster, I have my bouts of jealously over those of you who live in sweet, golden California. The coast, the vineyards, that glow-y sun…! But then I’m reminded, with weddings like this one from Gabe Aceves, that our side of this beautiful nation is peppered with pretty. Specifically, the Pippin Hill Farm kind of pretty. Make sure to soak up this east coast goodness, folks—it’s all here in THE VAULT.

From Gabe Aceves… Eden + Brandon’s beautiful wedding at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Charlottesville VA was a stunning day and perfectly designed by Eden and Brandon (Eden is a style blogger and it shows). Everything was flawless and the planning was perfect by Amanda Gray from Ashley Baber Weddings.

Family and friends helped fold over 2,000 paper cranes for dance floor decoration and escort cards. Exceeding the Japanese wedding tradition of 1,001 folded cranes to ensure luck and happiness. A co-worker of Brandon’s also helped design the invitation suite and Save the Dates.

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Photography: Gabe Aceves Photography | Event Planning: Ashley Baber Weddings | Floral Design: The Arrangement Company | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara Soft | Bridesmaids' Dresses: After Six | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | Tuxedo: Hackett | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

Rustic Elegant Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Simple elegance; that singular vision is what inspired this Bride during her planning and it sure paid off. Add in some of the sweetest, most sentimental family pieces – an heirloom punchbowl, grandparent’s cake cutter – and this wedding warmed my heart to the core. Jen Fariello and East West Productions captured that warmth and this sort of celebration is the perfect way to welcome the weekend ahead.

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From The Bride… Trent and I first met in business school, but started dating after we sat next to each other at a Durham Bulls baseball game. After graduating from business school, I headed north to Pennsylvania and Trent stayed in Durham, NC. On one trip down, Trent surprised me with a picnic in the Duke gardens, where he proposed in my favorite spot. I apparently forgot to say yes! The surprises continued the next day: he arranged a brunch at our favorite restaurant with both of our families – it was the perfect proposal!

As we began our wedding planning, we both agreed we wanted to get married in Charlottesville, VA; it’s my hometown, but also where we spent one of our first trips away together. Pippin Hill’s simple elegance really aligned with our wedding day vision: to keep things simple yet timeless. We wanted to ensure that when we looked back at our pictures several years down the road, that we would still be happy with all of the choices we made. I would say that phrase (“simple elegance”) was really the inspiration for our wedding day: my dress was very simple and allowed me to personalize it with a beautiful lace bolero for the ceremony and an awesome beaded belt for the reception. What I loved was also incorporating meaningful touches into our wedding: we offered our guests lemonade out of a family punchbowl that had been in Trent’s family for several generations, we used my grandparents’ cake cutter for our cake cutting, I wore a family ring given to me by my grandmother, and included Hershey Kisses as our wedding favors, since I worked at Hershey’s.

I did want to take the more traditional route and wanted the first time Trent saw me to be me walking down the aisle. However, I did a “first look” with my two brothers and dad, which was very special to me. Seeing Trent, and walking down the aisle, was a surreal experience; you think about that moment from the time you’re a little girl, but nothing really prepares you for all of the emotion that moment brings. My siblings surprised us with a musical performance of Coldplay’s “Yellow” during the reception that was incredibly special and touching. We can both honestly say it was the best day of our lives, and we really appreciated having everyone we loved in one place and helping us celebrate.

Jen was our amazing photographer and gave us so many beautiful pictures, it’s hard to pick favorites, but there are a few that really stand out. There is one black and white picture taken from behind of Trent and I running down a hill. It captures our excitement, the light in the picture is absolutely incredible, and the motion in my dress surprised even me that it could look like that! Another one we loved was of us and our siblings sitting on the steps in front of the tasting room; it’s such a casual and fun shot that shows how much we all love each other. To name one more, Jen did a long exposure with Trent and I as someone else ran around us with sparklers; it’s an incredible shot that looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale.

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Videography: East West | Event Planning: Easton Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm

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Romantic Summer Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

One all-star venue complete with stunning views, a blushing Bride who can’t stop smiling, pretty pink and peach florals, some sparkly tables, and I am well settled into my happy place. Katelyn James made my dreams a reality with these perfect pics and The Herrintons’ film is the icing on the cake. Amore Events by Cody worked their magic and this right here is why I so adore weddings.

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From Katelyn James PhotographyI got teary reading Katelyn’s questionnaire before the wedding. She shared that she wanted this day to be special…. for many reasons. The reason that got me misty was that she has a special needs sister that will never have a wedding day… and so she gave her a daddy/daughter dance to her so that she could experience that special moment. Oh the tears were rolling!

As beautiful as the floral chandelier was…. and the stunning sequenced table runners with gorgeous centerpieces and mercury glass… the most beautiful part of this wedding were Dan and Katelyn’s hearts to have a genuinely meaningful celebration. Enjoy this elegant Charlottesville wedding!

Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Videography: The Herringtons | Event Planning: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Three Little Birds Stationery | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Arte Latica | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Rouge 9 | Hair: Top Knot Studio | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting | DJ: King Studios | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Bridal Boutique: Hannelore's Of Olde Town | String Trio: Encore String Trio

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Elegant Winter Wedding at Pippin Hill Vineyard

After the Groom popped the big question – at a rustic chic farmhouse vineyard – it only made sense to say “I do” in the very same place. Friends and family gathered for true southern hospitality while surrounded by stunning Southern Blooms By Pat’s Floral Designs blooms and Shindig Weddings And Events décor. See all the love through the lens of Jen Fariello Photography right over here.

From the beautiful Bride… Grant and I met while working at a university in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. I saw the job as a temporary solution until I could secure a position at my alma mater in Virginia, so I was surprised when Grant and I started spending time together and I found myself enjoying being home more than I ever thought possible. Once I finally secured that job, we were in love and both knew that Grant would follow me up to Virginia.

On the February weekend that Grant moved to Charlottesville, I followed a friend’s suggestion to take him to one of the newer vineyards in the area, Pippin Hill. Although it was a wintry day, we enjoyed the beautiful views of the mountains while enjoying amazing Virginia wine and planning our future adventures. A year and a half later, Grant lured me to Pippin after work under the pretense of attending a tasting event and proposed on a beautiful July afternoon with the vineyard to ourselves.

In terms of choosing a wedding venue, we both had our eyes on Pippin Hill from the time of our first visit. We loved not only the stunning views, delicious food and wine, and farmhouse chic decor, but we felt truly welcomed and taken care of every visit because of their outstanding staff and focus on southern hospitality. We planned our wedding day for February 1, 2014, nearly a year to the day of our first trip to Pippin.

Stylistically, Grant and I wanted the aesthetic to match that of Pippin, which is classically elegant with a rustic feel, and we wanted everything to feel seasonally appropriate without being overly “wintry.” I wanted colors that would softly blend in with a winter landscape while adding a modest touch of color and texture, which is why I picked a long dusty purple Amsale dress for the bridesmaids and then selected soft pink, white, and green florals for the bouquet. I loved the pop of the white anemones in the bouquet, as well as the soft texture of the lamb’s ears. One of my favorite design aspects of the wedding was the beautiful invitation suite that I featured a custom monogram of our initials surrounded by wintry branches and a light gray envelope with white calligraphy topped off with vintage stamps.

I honored my maternal grandmother, who passed away when I was in college, in a couple of ways on the wedding day. I wore her beautiful fur coat as we left the church to go to the reception and for a few photos with my bridesmaids, a couple of whom also had fur stoles. Also, I wrapped my grandmother’s handkerchief around my bouquet to serve as my “something old.” It felt truly special to have two of her treasured items with me at all times on the wedding day.

My most vivid memories are from the actual ceremony, which is when everything stood still for a little bit. I remember all of the songs, the beautiful homily our pastor delivered, and running out of the church past all of our friends and family into the waiting car. My favorite photo is of Grant and me leaving the ceremony at Pippin through all the sparklers…our wonderful photographer Jen had asked him to dip me for one final kiss as we left and she captured it perfectly. I also love the photos that feature the back of my dress!

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Event Planning: Shindig Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Favorite Cakes | Invitations: If So Inklined | Ceremony Venue: Christ Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Make Up: Rouge 9 Make-up Studio

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