A Formal Tent Wedding in Virginia
Ginger and Greg
The couple enlisted the help of designer and coordinator Jennifer Carroll to plan their evening nuptials on their Virginia estate named Edgehill, a historic property built for the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and her husband.
Ginger and Greg were looking for a beautiful site, so they looked no further than their own garden for the perfect setting. The added bonus? They could revisit the space at any time in the future.
The Ceremony Decor
At the ceremony, wide satin ribbon attached to the back row of chairs roped off the aisle, which was strewn with white petals.
The Ceremony Site
Floral arrangements lined the aisle on alternating rows. The setting sun cast a lovely glow on the 6 p.m. ceremony.
Ginger's nephews, Jack and Alex, carried the couple's wedding bands down the aisle.
Ginger and Greg took portraits with photographer Jen Fariello on the grounds of their home. Here, the couple stands in front of an old icehouse.
The Bridal Look
Ginger wore a white gown with embroidered lace by Priscilla of Boston. She posed on an antique French settee on the lawn.
The Bridal Bouquet
The bridal bouquet was composed of lush white peonies held together with satin ribbon.
The bridesmaids donned teal taffeta gowns and carried small, simple bouquets.
Cocktail hour on the lawn allowed guests to take in the picturesque environment.
Linen napkins embroidered with three Gs (in honor of the couple's first names and shared last initial) were set out during cocktail hour.
Lemonade, water, and iced tea were on hand as nonalcoholic refreshments for the early June wedding.
Escort cards, calligraphed by Heather Rolfe of Heather Belle Ink, hung from manzanita branches arranged in moss with ferns and blooms.
Large urns overflowing with floral arrangements flanked the entrance to the reception tent.
The Reception Tent
Ginger spent a great deal of time thinking about the look of her wedding. While flipping through a home decor magazine, she found a centerpiece idea with just the right feeling for her dinner reception. She then found a white birch grower in Maine (the tree is not native to the South) who hand-harvested trees of the proper diameter, dried the bark for a few months, and shipped them to their estate.
Greg and the couple's farm manager used chain saws to hollow out spots in the wood for the hydrangea arrangements, created by Pat's Floral Designs. Floating candles rounded out the look of each table in the tent.
Heather Rolfe's teal-blue calligraphy continued throughout the wedding. Here, the tented table numbers, with delicate flourishes.
The 150 guests dined on a menu by Have Food Will Travel, which included fillet of beef au poivre with Madeira sauce, and grilled salmon with dill lemon butter, both served with smashed potatoes and haricots verts.
Cootie catchers sat at each place setting, to encourage conversation among guests.
A classic photo booth at the back of the tent captured candid pictures of the guests.
The couple made spherical sculptures from wood dowels, which hung from the top of the tent over the dance floor.
Cakes of Art created this five-tier confection, which was covered in coconut shavings.
Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen played during the reception. They did a rendition of Etta James's "At Last" for the couple's first dance.
Photography: Jen Fariello Photography
Rentals: Festive Fare Rentals; Wildflower Linens
Valet Service & Lounge Furniture Rentals: The AV Company
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Skriloff of Elan Charlottesville
Ceremony Music: Madison Trio
Videographer: Dave Eklund
Vintage Jaguar: Albemarle Vintage Limousine
Tent, draping, flooring, staging, and lighting: Skyline Tent Company