An intimate gathering at a fly-fishing lodge in Virginia
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The night before their Christmas-themed wedding, Paige Sandbrook and Michael Handza, their bridal party and close family members joined together at Howard's Creek Lodge. The fly-fishing camp, located on the property of the pair's Virginia wedding venue, The Greenbrier, boasts a white oak log structure, where the rehearsal dinner took place.
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Originally a barn, built in 1840, the building was a great spot for the elegant and intimate event.
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A guitarist played a mixture of acoustic renditions of Christmas tunes, classic rock, and country songs.
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The Greenbrier's signature stir sticks were added to the beverages.
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Round tables were set with plaid linens, rustic wood chairs, and sage green napkins. Roaring fires gave the room a warm glow.
Guests dined on a family-style feast of cornbread, buttermilk biscuits with apple butter, Caesar salad with smoked shrimp; slow-smoked barbecued beef brisket, macaroni and cheese, cast-iron fried chicken, country-style green beans, Portobello mushrooms and bell peppers with creamy stone-ground grits, and finally bread pudding with vanilla sauce.
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Lanterns, antlers, pheasant feathers, berries, pinecones, and greenery came together for the centerpieces. A woodland-themed Christmas tree added to the rustic scene.