One night out on the town to watch a Penn State game on a local bar's TV changed it all. That's the night Jenn and Cody's paths crossed, and they have been together ever since. The information-technology professionals, now based in northern Virginia, wed in a romantic and intimate late-autumn wedding.
When the couple started dating, they spent a long weekend on a wine-tasting jaunt near Charlottesville, Virginia. Veritas Vineyard and Winery was the first one they visited, and Jenn fell in love with the place. "The moment we walked into the winery, I knew that this was where I wanted to get married someday," Jenn says. "It had a magical feeling, and we loved their wines!"
Nearly five years later, on October 23, 2010, the two returned to the Afton, Virginia, venue for their wedding.
Simply Bloom Photography took Jenn and Cody's pictures on the vineyard's grounds.
Cody wore a gray suit by Jos A. Bank, and Jenn donned a lace and ruffle Alvina Valenta gown from Jeannette's Bridal. She paired it with Badgley Mischka shoes, earrings given to her by her mother, and a bracelet from Rent the Runway
A chalkboard outlined the seating assignments. Guests were instructed to find their names and pull their corresponding bottles. The bottles contained "love letters" thanking them for being part of the special day and asking them to write letters of their own at the guestbook station.
The 50 guests went inside for the reception, where centerpieces of spray roses, dusty miller, gray brunia berries, white hydrangea, and peegee hydrangea anchored the tables. Wine bottles wrapped in screen-printed ivory burlap marked each one.
After dinner, the couple danced to "Lost in This Moment" by Big and Rich.
Photography: Simply Bloom Photography
Hair and Makeup: Face Value Studio
Rentals: Festive Fare
Event Coordination: Sasha Nel of RSVP Event Planning and Management
Floral Design: Pat's Floral Designs
Entertainment: Blue Mountain Weddings
Transportation: Albemarle Limousine