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Even though it has been over ten years since I lived there, I still can’t shake my love affair with Virginia, and more specifically, with Virginia weddings. Jenny and Jeremiah’s big day was equal parts elegant, rustic, classic, and romantic, and it’s the perfect example of why Old Dominion has a piece of my heart. As if the crisp blue and white color palette and seamlessly incorporated herb details weren’t enough reason to love this wedding, Jeremiah is an accomplished chef in Charleston, so naturally, he and Jenny spoiled their loved ones with the best of Charlottesville and Charleston’s cuisine, made by none other than their chef friends! Is there anything better than when a community comes together to make a wedding extra special?

Thank you so much to Sera Petras for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us!

Tell us all about the proposal! I had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and Kenya for a month and half over the summer, and when I returned, Jeremiah planned a trip for us before I had to go back to UVA. My family has been vacationing in Truro, Cape Cod since I was born, and Jeremiah has joined our family the last couple of years. It has become such a special place for both of us. Jeremiah proposed on the beach at sunset on the first night of our trip. His proposal was sweet and intimate and perfect!

Describe your wedding flowers. My vision for the flowers was to have a neutral palette that complimented the beauty of Rodes Farm and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. We went with a natural feel, utilizing lots of greenery and herbs to accompany the different varieties of white flowers. We were also able to incorporate herbs from our friends at Harvest Thyme Herb Farm throughout the wedding.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? I left this one up to Jeremiah. He decided to go the traditional route and see me for the first time in my dress when I was walking down the aisle.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. A friend, who is a beautiful singer, accompanied our piano player as I walked down the aisle. I let her choose the song and she could not have picked a more perfect one. It was called “Somebody Loved” by The Weepies. The combination of the song and her amazing voice had everyone, including Jeremiah, in tears.

Rodes Farm provided the most gorgeous backdrop for a weekend full of amazing memories. We chose this venue because of its beauty, the flexibility to hold all of our events in one place, and the ability to have all of our guests stay on or around the property. From the magnolia trees shading the porch of the brick farmhouse where we got married, to the historic barn where we ate and danced, the farm was the best detail.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Jeremiah and I wanted to include the traditions of both his current home of Charleston and our childhood home of Charlottesville in our wedding weekend. We accomplished this by throwing a Lowcountry boil and pig roast for our rehearsal dinner, and a Virginia-themed dinner for our reception. Most of our guests had never experienced a traditional Lowcountry boil, so we went all out to make it authentic, covering the tables in kraft paper and including whole blue crabs in the boil. For the reception, we assembled our favorite Virginia products that showcased the region, including country ham, local cider, apples, and cheeses.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Hire a wedding planner! We were lucky to have the awesome Amanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings coordinating for us. We could not have done it without her!

How pretty are these herb decorations? They’re a perfect detail for a chef’s wedding!

Jeremiah created the menu and had friends cater the wedding. He has so many chef friends, so it was natural for us to involve all of these wonderful chefs from Charlottesville and his fellow chefs from McCrady’s in Charleston.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Jeremiah and I are both from Charlottesville, but we didn’t meet until after I returned home from college. I was home working for a few months in between graduating and moving to Colorado, and we met at the restaurant where Jeremiah was a chef. After we started dating, we continued our relationship long distance. Jeremiah would fly back and forth to visit me once a month. After a year of long distance, Jeremiah moved out to Colorado to be with me!
When did y’all get married? October 5, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 80
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. After not finding exactly what I wanted at the stores in our area, I turned to the internet. I had a vision of what I wanted and couldn’t believe when I found my dress online. The day it arrived and I tried it on, I just knew that it was the dress for me!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Food was a huge theme of the wedding, since Jeremiah is a chef. I had to pick out our cake by myself and was so nervous that he would not approve! Lisa at Hot Cakes was amazing and knew exactly what we wanted. Her first idea fit with our Virginia theme so well, I said yes right away: spice cake with fresh apple caramel filling and cream cheese icing. It was as delicious as it sounds!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I had lots of new, a handkerchief for my old and borrowed, and a blue bow inside of my dress that my sweet seamstress surprised me with.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? By far, the biggest challenge was planning the wedding long distance, with Jeremiah living in Charleston. Between the distance and his travel schedule, he did not even get to see the venue until three months before the wedding. Thankfully, I had a wonderful support system in Charlottesville, including my family and bridesmaids, Charlie and Amy, to help me make our wedding amazing.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Everyone says it and it is really true, but the wedding goes by so fast! I am truly thankful to have the beautiful images that our photographer, Sera Petras, captured to help relive all of the wonderful details and memories.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking down the aisle and seeing my friends and family all assembled, and Jeremiah standing on the porch with the biggest smile on his face. I will never forget that moment–it was absolutely perfect!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Jeremiah and I are most excited to be ending our long distance relationship and starting our marriage together in Washington, DC. I will be working at Children’s as a neonatal nurse and Jeremiah will be opening his own restaurant.

Photographer: Sera Petras Photography / Planner: Amanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings / Venue: Rodes Farm / Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms / Wedding Cake: Hotcakes / DJ: Ron Price of Memory Bank DJ / Bride’s Gown: “Style 587” by Anne Barge / Paper Products: Tonya Brock of Winding Wheel Press / Hair Stylist: Claibourne of The Honeycomb / Makeup Artist: Anna of The Honeycomb / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Herbs: Harvest Thyme Herb Farm

lisa Written with love by Lisa
20 Comments
  1. avatar Sera Petras reply

    I am thrilled and honored to have this beautiful wedding featured here today! I am a loyal SW follower and it’s amazing to see my work here! Thank you!

  2. avatar Mimi reply

    Beautiful wedding!

    The bridesmaid dresses are lovely – any idea where they’re from? They complement the wedding very nicely.

    • avatar Jillian reply

      Mimi,
      I am pretty sure I have a bridesmaid wearing that exact dress in my wedding in July. The designer is Adrianna Papell and can be found at Nordstrom. Here is the link: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adrianna-papell-boatneck-lace-sheath-dress-regular-petite/3707071?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Navy&resultback=3277&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_9_C

      Hope that helps + is correct! :)

  3. avatar Amanda reply

    One of our favorite wedding sof all time! Jenny and Jeremiah are true jems!!

  4. avatar Leann reply

    This is gorgeous work Sera! Congrats on getting the feature. I’m excited to be working with you this Saturday!

  5. avatar kelsy mccartney reply

    HOORAY! Such a beautiful couple. I adore the herb decor, lush greenery on the tables, and the pup’s floral wreath. So lovely!

  6. avatar Christina reply

    Very pretty!!!

  7. avatar Kristopher reply

    Stunning! I love all the details, and the photo of the dog:-)

  8. avatar Rachel May reply

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! Well done Sera & Amanda!!

  9. avatar Jainé Kershner reply

    This wedding is so sweet & gorgeous!!

  10. avatar Carolee reply

    This is such a pretty wedding.

  11. avatar Nichole reply

    Beautiful wedding!!

    Where did the groomsmen get their bow ties? They look like the perfect color blue for my wedding too.

  12. avatar Nicole Spangler reply

    Oh I love these images! Simply stunning!

  13. avatar Emily reply

    I adore their tables! So gorgeous!

  14. avatar wendy laurel reply

    simply gorgeous.. love that old swing

  15. avatar kel ward reply

    LOVE this wedding! And that dress! It looks like she is floating on a cloud. Love it.

  16. avatar Lisa O’Dwyer reply

    This is gorgeous! Love the shot of them going down the aisle!

  17. avatar Wedding Rental Supplies reply

    Loved the beautiful wedding venue..and the lovely details. The colors used for the details look so stunning..specially the reception area decor and the table setting with blue linens.

  18. avatar Sarah reply

    Where are the navy bridesmaid dresses from?

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The importance of family in the South can’t be underscored enough, and for today’s couple, Brittany and Joel, it means everything–without the wisdom of Joel’s mother, the two of them would not have even met! The front porch of Joel’s childhood home subsequently made the perfect backdrop for this lovely couple to become husband and wife. For their backyard reception, Brittany was inspired to make guests feel as though they had stepped back in time, and achieved it in such a charming way, thanks to a “drive-in movie” slideshow, a barbershop quartet, and an impressive assortment of vintage china.

Thank you so much to Blue Ribbon Vendor Kt Crabb for sharing Brittany and Joel’s wedding with us!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I was working for The Cotillion Southern Cafe. When I went to the owner, Kathi Vincent, to give her my two-week notice before going home to my family in North Carolina, Kathi quickly said that she had a strong feeling I should stay to meet her son, who was coming home for the holidays from Utah. Joel came home a week early and I stayed to meet him. We hit it off so much that I went back to Utah with Joel to get all of his things, and our relationship began. A year later, we were married!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We both wrote our own vows. Joel’s were the best!! He also had his vows to me printed in a frame waiting at our private villa on our wedding night.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. I walked down the aisle to “Make You Feel My Love” and we walked back up the aisle to “Oh Happy Day.”

Our wedding flowers looked like we had just walked outside and picked them. We used roses and baby’s breath, as well as all the wonderful flowers my mother-in-law, Kathi, grows around the family home. All of the wedding party carried handmade fabric flowers that Kathi made of fabrics from her wedding dress, my mother’s dress, and Joel’s sisters’ wedding dresses.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We were married on the front porch of the house Joel was raised in. We also had a pie bar, a biscuit bar, fried chicken, and mason jars to drink out of. In our invitations, we asked everyone to wear bow ties and big hats.

We did not want a DJ at the wedding because we wanted people to feel like they were stepping back in time, and we did not want a party–we wanted a celebration. We played all classic oldies music that we set up on a playlist. Joel’s brother also used the playlist in a “drive-in” slide show that played throughout the wedding.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had three wedding cakes and about twelve different pie flavors. The cakes were coconut, salted caramel, and a steel magnolia cake. The pies were pecan, key lime, hoochie mama, butterscotch, peanut butter, blueberry, pumpkin and sweet potato. I made all of the cakes and pies at the family restaurant The Cotillion Southern Cafe–Kathi has been teaching me!

I adore this shot of the barbershop quartet–what a perfect addition to a vintage-inspired wedding!

Tell us all about the proposal! He popped the question on the top floor of our first apartment together, so we could always go back to where our engagement started.
When were y’all married? November 23 2012
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did not do a first look because we wanted to keep our wedding very traditional.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Honestly, finding a dress was the most simple part of the wedding (other then marrying the man of my dreams)–the first and only dress I tried on was the one!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was pearl jewelry that my father gave to my mother, which I wore with my dress. My something old was all of the fabric in my bouquet, and my something new was a spoon bracelet I wore. I gave matching bracelets to my bridesmaids as well.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Timing, because we planned our wedding in six months!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We would have to say working with our photographer, Kt Crabb, because she was really one of our only vendors. We did all of our own foods and desserts, as well as decorations and set up.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are both looking forward to a future with many children. We are expecting our first child September 20, 2014!

Photographer: Kt Crabb / Venue: Private residence / Florist: Mother of the Groom / Catering and Desserts: The Cotillion Southern Cafe / Bride’s Gown: Style MS251001 by David’s Bridal / Veil and Shoes: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Their own / Hair and Makeup: Ashyln Showley

Kt Crabb is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    This wedding looks like so much fun! Love that they created an experience for their guests that was true to them, even if it was different from the standard dinner + dancing!

  2. avatar Katie Crabb reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely wedding! I hope it truly inspires other couples to embrace the sweet southern environment Brittany and Joel created for their wedding day. After all those pictures of pie, I think I might just have to go make some!

  3. avatar Amanda {Planning It All} reply

    There are so many home-y details I love – the “drive in,” signing the quilt, even just having the silverware for dessert in a silver chest – just like it would be at home!

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  5. avatar Kat reply

    There is just so much I adore about this wedding!!! Her big pink bow, the vintage details, those chairs… and a “Drive In” section?! The best!!!

  6. avatar Ashlyn Showley reply

    I had the incredible honor of doing the beautiful bride’s hair and makeup for this wedding. Everything about this wedding was magical, and you could truly feel the intense love between the two. Thank you, Brittany for allowing me to be apart of that day!

  7. avatar Lindsay {Everistta} reply

    What an amazing dress!

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  12. avatar Darien reply

    Does anyone know what dress this is? I’ve been dreaming of it! I have to have it it’s so beautiful! Such a beautiful wedding.

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