A Romantic Cream-And-Ivory Wedding at a Historic Virginia Hotel
Tracy And Andrew
Tracy Long, a fashion stylist who grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, Andrew Goodwin, a portfolio manager from Darien, Connecticut, at a mutual friend’s party in New York City in 2010. Andrew remembers that he "couldn't help but notice her friendly smile and sparkling eyes." And Tracy thinks their different backgrounds only added to the attraction: "Me being Southern," says Tracy, "I always tease him that I’ve made his life a little bit more fun."
Her roots definitely made his wedding more memorable. Since she was a little girl, Tracy knew she wanted to get married at Keswick Hall of Monticello, a Charlottesville-area hotel that she’d visited with her family. Sure enough, the October 6, 2012, wedding was held on the property. Dinner followed in a tent on a terrace, then dancing in the ballroom. The entire event featured the best of the North and South coming together, from the flowers designed by a Brooklyn-based florist to the country music played by a band from Atlanta.
Upon arrival to Keswick Hall, guests received welcome bags containing made-in-Virginia treats including peanuts, pears, and kettlecorn.
The bride's bouquet featured ivory dahlias and seasonal foliage.
Programs featured their joint initials and a velvet ribbon. Letterpressed with the table number, velvet ribbon also decorated the escort cards.
Chiavari chairs on the aisle were marked with flowers.
Father And Daughter
The aisle Tracy and her father walked down was laid with a runner that was hand-painted with the same garland motif that appeared in couple's invitation suite.
Reverend Neal Halvorson-Taylor officiated the outdoor ceremony, which included readings from Corinthians and the Bob Dylan song "Make You Feel My Love."
Tracy described their ceremony marker as "an arch of flowing greenery that was magical and mesmerizing." It was composed of dahlias and hydrangeas, along with seasonal foliage and vines.
All in the Family
The groom posed with the bride and her parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nieces.
Floral arrangements were scattered throughout Keswick Hall. Most included dahlias, hydrangeas, astilbes, clematis vines, and quicksand roses.
Tables were set with cream velvet cloths and punctuated with silver trumpet vases filled with branches and arrangements of dahlias, hydrangeas, roses, and clematis vines.
A custom guest book was covered in velvet and embossed with the pair's initials.
The couple's new monogram graced napkins at the head table.
Table numbers were letterpressed onto blue velvet placards and propped up on branches.
A four-tiered confection by Favorite Cakes alternated layers of lemon cake with blackberry filling and pumpkin-spice cake with pumpkin-cream filling. It was frosted with vanilla buttercream and decorated with gilded laurel leaves.
The Paris-inspired groom's cake, topped with a miniature Eiffel tower, was Andrew's favorite flavor: carrot cake.
Vintage Getaway Car
The couple made their getaway in Tracy's family's vintage Rolls-Royce.
Location and Catering: Keswick Hall of Monticello
Event Design and Production: Easton Events
Photography: Jose Villa
Stationery: Sideshow Press
Music: Terra Voce (ceremony); Peter Richardson Trio (dinner); Mo' Sol Band (reception)
Rentals: Festive Fare
Linens: Designing Linens Inc.
Bride's Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Bride's Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Hair: Moxie Hair & Body Lounge
Makeup: Joe Hubrich
Maid and Matron of Honor Dresses: Pamella Roland
Groom's Suit: Astor & Black