Blue Ridge Wedding at Restoration Hall | Monica and Todd

The first time I met Monica and Todd was to meet each other and make sure we would be a good fit on the day of their wedding. When I gave them some suggestions on where to meet, they chose Strangeways brewing, and I already knew the were an awesome couple. The meeting went great as we sat and talked like good friends. Monica had won an engagement session from a local bridal show, so I didn’t get to work with them before the wedding but I knew things would be just fine with the time we spent together at the brewery. 

The day of the wedding, the chances of rain were high but I went in with an open mind and my fingers crossed. The guys and the girls were getting ready at different locations in Charlottesville, girls at a beautiful loft apartment and the guys at a rustic horse farm. I was so excited to get the groups outside for some pictures at these picturesque locations, but literally as I was pulling into the girls Air bnb, and it started raining. And it rained the entire time they were getting ready. I wanted to take them out so badly but they all had long dresses on and I didn’t want everyone to get wet before the ceremony. So we did what we could inside and then got on the trolley to head to the wedding. 

Restoration Hall is a fairly new wedding venue outside Charlottesville with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains located in historic Albemarle County. With the chance of rain, the ceremony would be held under a tent instead of outside in front of the mountains. Thankfully the rain subsided just in time for the ceremony and allowed all the guests to arrive on time and dry. Even under the tent, the foggy blue mountains were the perfect backdrop for this couple to say “I Do”. 

The rain would come and go after the ceremony, but at least we were able to knock out all the family and bridal party photos outside. We did what we could around the building and I asked if they still wanted to go to the bridge Monica had talked about and they said “Lets go!”. We jumped in a few golf carts and took off for the back of the property where a beautiful wooden bridge crossed a pond. It started to drizzle as we arrived, but if its going to rain on your wedding day, you have to do your bridal portraits with an umbrella or two. Before they went back to their guests to get their party started, they still needed to dig up their bourbon they buried 1 month before. It is a southern tradition to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down exactly 1 month prior to the wedding at the ceremony location to supposedly ward off rain on the wedding day. Unfortunately, this tradition didn’t hold true for Monica and Todd, but it was a good excuse to share an intimate moment with your new spouse and take a shot of some delicious bourbon!

Congratulations and happy 1 month anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman! Wishing you both the best! 

Thank you to the wonderful vendors!

Venue: Restoration Hall

Flowers: Vogue Flowers

DJ: Rockdahouse Entertainment

Cake: Paradox Pastry

Rings: Zales

Dress: Davids Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Mens Suits: Jims Formal Wear Co

Invites: Minted

Chloe and David - Douthat State Spark

Chloe and David committed their love to each other on a beautiful fall day at Douthat State Park with the mountains and lake reflecting in the background. We started off in the log cabins on the property where the guys and girls were getting ready. Once everyone was dressed and ready, we took Chloe to a small dock on the lake to meet her soon to be hubby for a first look. It was the perfect location as the wedding would also have this lake in the back ground. It is always such a touching moment when the groom turns around to see his wife dressed like a queen.

The ceremony started a little behind but was short and sweet. We were running out of daylight so we decided to push family photos back a little bit to get in some amazing portraits in front of the beautiful waterfalls they have on site. This was one of Chloe’s favorite parts of the park so we had to make sure to get there before dark. Once we wrapped up the portraits, we used the last bit of daylight to photographs the family in front of a stunning mossy rock wall. We got everyone done just in time as the sun set behind the mountain.

Chloe and her friends and family did an amazing job setting up the reception space with all the maroon and gold touches. Her gifts to her guests were warm fleece blankets and she even had a s’mores bar! As the evening wrapped up, everyone was dancing to stay warm and as a tradition, the guys took off their shirts and danced around in their vests. The night ended by sending off the happy couple with sparklers. I couldn’t have asked for a better day and a better group of people to spend the day with.

Ive known Chloe for several years now as we ride horses at the same barn. It was such an honor to me to be able to be such a large part of her big day. Thank you Chloe!

Thank you to these awesome vendors who came together and made Chloe and David’s wedding a dream come true!

Venue: Douthat State Park

Planning: Wedding Lily Events

Florist: Tammy P Thompsons - Westwood Florist

Cake: Robyn The Cake Lady

DJ: A Party’s Favorite Entertainment

Hair and Makeup: Allie Jones Makeup Artistry

Dress: Ava Laurenne Bride

Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s Dresses

Invitations: Penelopes Paper Pantry

Rentals: Anker Mobile Bartending

Catering: Hogback Mnt BBQ

Rachel & Thomas - Alvis Farm at Slate Creek

Rachel and Thomas said "I so" on a chilly December afternoon. Everyone was a good sport with the outdoor ceremony and the day couldn't have gone smoother. Rachels mom had a wonderful speech where she read a letter the Rachel wrote to her now maid of honor when she was made grade school. Rachel talked about marring a dairy farmer, living on his farm with lots of cows, and their first child was named Thomas. Its so crazy how the world is so small and how things always work out in the end. 

Red August Farm - Molly and Rich

Molly and Rich got engaged this summer and decided to plan a fall wedding at a new venue called Red August Farm in Waynesboro, VA. November 4th was a cold and rainy day, but that didn't stop Molly and Rich from celebrating with their friends and family. They even were willing to go out into the rain for their portraits. The night ended early but not before a sparkler exit and a few fun photos of the newlyweds with Molly's favorite color, blue. 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. May!!