A Classic Farm Wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia
Their romance may have blossomed when they were neighbors in a small Charlottesville apartment building, but when it came time to throw their big bash, this couple headed for the wide-open beauty of her family’s bucolic Virginia spread.
Kennedy and Gregory
Kennedy and Gregory were involved with other people when they first met through friends in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2007. Greg soon moved into the apartment above Kennedy’s and during the next two years, both of their relationships ended, and their friendship deepened over kickball, game nights, and the spicy mexican-chocolate cookies that Kennedy made and tied to his door. When a mutual friend died in 2009, Greg drove Kennedy to the funeral. “Even through my tears, I was suddenly quite aware that Greg was much more than a dear friend,” said Kennedy. On June 2, 2012, the pair wed at North Wales Farm, Kennedy's family’s 1,466-acre Warrenton estate in the heart of Virginia horse country. A family friend officiated before a huge window in the airy century-old hay barn.
Old North Wales
Tying the knot anyplace but at North Wales Farm was unthinkable. It’s where Kennedy trained as a junior hunter-jumper champion, and it’s where Greg popped a bottle of bubbly and proposed atop the old steeplechase tower overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains. Now a Virginia landmark, the 18th-century farm and manor house are steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War history.
Clematis, lavender, passion flowers, peonies, garden roses, umbrella ferns, and dusty miller made up Kennedy's bouquet.
Bridesmaids in Teal
Father and Daughter
A vintage car transported the bride and her father to the ceremony.
Guests received little burlap bags filled with the farm’s own dried organic lavender, which was tossed in lieu of rice.
Climbing roses, open cut roses, clematis, jasmine, and tulip poplar transformed the barn for the ceremony. Hanging lanterns filled with water and floating candles were suspended from wagon wheels attached to the beams.
The smooching couple departed the ceremony for a private photo session. “A neighbor kindly lent us a carriage horse,” said Kennedy. The antique buggy belonged to her father.
Double-Duty Escort Cards
Matchboxes with table numbers tucked inside served as unexpected escort cards. Partygoers used them to light the candles inside the tent when the sun began to sink behind the mountains. “It was 100 percent illuminated by candlelight!” says Kennedy.
Each of the 30 tables held a one-of-a-kind arrangement of flowers, fruits, and objects such as porcelain parrots, nests, glass orbs, and antlers.
Dinner is Served
The 260 guests dined on organic, locally sourced dishes, such as chicken and spring lamb chops. The menus, letterpressed onto the same handmade, deckle-edge paper as the invitations, were finished with a wax seal.
The Groom's Cake
Designed to look as if a breeze had blown ferns and flowers onto a woodland scene, the Guinness Stout dark chocolate groom’s cake featured sugared edible flowers identical to those on the more delicate white wedding cake.
After dinner, small scrolled notes tied with leather summoned guests outside for “a pleasant surprise”—the fireworks display!
Event Design and Production: Easton Events
Catering: Design Cuisine
Rentals: DC Rental
Floral Design and Rentals: Beehive Events
Photography: Patricia Lyons Photography
Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors (VA)
Calligraphy: Tara Jones
Cake: Paradox Pastry
Music: Piedmont Chamber Players (ceremony); Pop Rocks (reception)
Tent and Lighting: Skyline Tent Co.
Makeup: Lora Kelley
Transportation: Albemarle Limousine
Videography: Shaking Hand Productions
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