A Formal Black-and-White Tent Wedding on a Farm in Virginia
Peach Bottom Farm's lush grounds provided a stunning backdrop for the outdoor ceremony. Grand floral arrangements anchored the ceremony, and matching flowers were tucked into the bride's hair and used to top off the ring pillow.
Sara's grandparents own Peach Bottom Farm, in Independence, Virginia. Sara's father, grandfather, and brother rolled up their sleeves to help make the space perfect for the wedding, and even built the natural steps leading down to the altar. They also re-made the pond, leveled out the land, installed a 30-foot fountain and built the area arbor. It was a complete DIY family affair, and the result was a setting that seemed to be made just for a wedding.
Sara wore a timeless Amy Michaelson gown that she found at a small shop in North Carolina. It featured an empire waist, a criss-cross back, and a wispy chiffon skirt with lace overlay.
The seven bridesmaids wore metallic gowns by Melissa Sweet. The full-length dresses boasted an oversize bow on the shoulder and captured the sophisticated elegance of the day to perfection.
The groom and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos with bow ties.
The Stationery Suite
Stationery and paper goods were done by Invitations by Lee of Charlotte; with calligraphy by Scottie Pritchard. The couple opted for classic black and white, accenting each piece with a monogram of their first initials. The programs were made into fans to keep guests cool throughout the ceremony.
Sara and Andreas wanted a very natural, elegant wedding that reflected their own personalities and taste. Their color palette of whites, greens, and a berry hue let the venue's natural beauty shine. A simple white tent accented with tiny lights, understated white linen covered tables, and organically inspired centerpieces all supported the couple's sweet, sophisticated style. With the help of wedding planners Kelly Scott and Ty Rosenbaum, they were able to see their vision to fruition.
The Bride's Favorite Part
Sara says her favorite part of the wedding was simply looking around the property throughout the night, seeing what so many friends and family had contributed to the day. A "set-up party" the night before the rehearsal ensured that everything in the reception tent looked picture perfect.
Photographers Drea and Casey Cunningham, a husband-and-wife team based out of North Carolina, captured every part of the day without interrupting a thing. The couple laughed when they saw Casey standing on chairs to shoot the dance floor and Drea on her knees shooting the ceremony.
Every part of this wedding was personal and unique. Waterford crystal vases from Sara's family were used for the centerpieces, an antique wooden ice chest stored cold drinks, and the lounge area furniture and a wrought-iron table became the wine station. A large portion of the decor was brought in by family. Here, an antique French desk for the guest book.
The couple had a schnapps table to incorporate the groom's German heritage. Sara joked that after looking at their wedding photos, it's pretty clear that their guests loved the idea as much as they did!
The four-tier buttercream-covered cake featured a wrap of calla lilies and berries. It was served on an antique bronzed cake platter. Catering was done by Scott Jeffries of Merriweather Godfrey's in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Photography: Drea and Casey Cunningham