A Vintage and Whimsical Pink Wedding in Virginia
Jenn and Cody
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.
A Special Touch
A 1946 Jaguar Mark IV transported the bride and her party from the hair salon to the vineyard, and provided a great backdrop for some of the couple's portraits.
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
The Bridal Party
A Bridal Gift
The bride gave her attendants Tiffany and Co. key pendant necklaces.
The ladies wore soft gray knitted wraps made by Etsy artisan Sweet Knitting
Instead of a veil, Jenn wore two fabric flowers in her hair. They were made by Etsy vendor Cultivar
Pat's Floral Designs created Jenn's bouquet using cafe au lait dinner-plate dahlias, garden roses, parrot tulips, and dusty miller.
The Bridesmaids' Bouquets
The bridesmaids' bouquets included dahlias, spray roses, dusty miller, gray brunia berries, white hydrangea, and peegee hydrangea.
A Trio of Pups
Two of the couple's three dogs served as "flower pups" and wore pink harnesses from Suburban Dog House. The third canine served as the ring bearer.
Guests received small books that housed a poem of how the lovebirds met, photos of the couple, introductions to the bridal party, and a thank-you note to everyone who helped with and came to the wedding.
Jenn embellished vintage handkerchiefs with an iron-on "Love Is Sweet" design. Guests took one along with their program before the ceremony began.
An antique wire archway filled with peegee hydrangea and magnolia foliage anchored the ceremony site.
Jenn's father walked her down the aisle, which was strewn with rose petals.
During the ceremony, the couple's friend Bethany performed "Lullaby" by the Dixie Chicks.
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.
Bottles were displayed with their bottoms facing outward in the Champagne riddling rack, with the table numbers visible.
Guests passed their well-wishes to the newlyweds, Mad Libs-style. The bride created fill-in-the-blank cards, printed them on heavy card stock, and used the Martha Stewart Crafts doily-lace edger punch to trim the edges.
Pencils printed with sayings such as "Love Story," "Hubby and Wifey," "Kiss the Bride," "Ball and Chain," and "Love Story" were set out at the love letter 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.
Burlap garlands decorated the backs of the bride's and groom's chairs.
A cookie table -- a tradition at Pennsylvania weddings -- featured cookies baked by the couple's mothers, such as South Dakota cherry bing bars. Jenn's grandmother contributed her "slice of spice" sugar cookies, as did Chris Dunston of Cakes by Chris (in the bride's hometown).
Iced cookies in the shape of an S acknowledged the couple's new shared last name.
Jenn designed small books featuring ten of the cookie recipes and had them printed by Catprint. "Most of these recipes were passed down from one generation to another," Jenn said. "We wanted to share these with our guests so they could take home a bit of us."
Cookies to Go
Jenn made burlap treat bags for guests to carry their cookies home.
Milk and Cookies
To accompany the cookie bar, small glasses of milk were served. The "Love is Sweet" tags were attached to shortened straws.
For the Gents
A small "For the Gents" station offered items like customized golf tees and cigars.
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