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There is nothing quite like the sight of rolling Virginia hills. I imagine that anyone who lives in Virginia at some point, myself included, has a soft spot for these sweeping views, and it is easy to see why Lindsay and Bryan cite their venue as their favorite wedding detail! Once they selected the gorgeous location, they worked with vendors they love (including many family and friends) to fill their wedding with sentimental details that nodded to their relationship and the place they call home. And of course, since Lindsay works for the incredible Southern Blooms team in Charlottesville, it’s no surprise that her fall-inspired florals were breathtaking!

Thank you so much to Jen Fariello for capturing Lindsay and Bryan’s day so beautifully, and then sharing it with us!

Bryan proposed during a baseball game six months after our first date, on July 15, 2012–he played for a local league. He asked a friend who pilots antique airplanes to fly over the field with a banner: “Lindsay, will you marry me?” Turns out, everyone at the game knew about it (but me!) and both of our parents were there to celebrate. It was such a special day!

Describe your wedding flowers. They were incredible! For the palette, we were inspired by the rich and vibrant colors of fall in Virginia, and loved the idea of using local foliage and flowers in the bouquets and decor. Southern Blooms nailed it and truly outdid themselves–it was everything we could have hoped for and beyond anything we could have imagined. They are an amazing team of designers!!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The venue. Bryan and I knew we wanted to be married outside with a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so my dad suggested visiting his friend’s farm. We knew right away that it was the perfect spot! We were drawn to the wide open space and the panoramic view of the mountains.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided against doing a first look. I guess we’re a bit traditional that way, but also, I couldn’t wait to see his expression as I walked down the aisle! There’s something so special about that moment: being dressed in a gown you’ve been hiding for months, wearing something old, new, borrowed, and blue. Even though you are standing in front of everyone you love most in the world, it’s as if they all melt away and the universe only consists of two.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? E.E. Cumming’s “I Carry Your Heart.” This poem spoke to us in such a way that there was no question of whether or not to include it in the ceremony. To carry the heart of another, to carry it in our hearts, is to carry the whole of our emotional lives–the good and the bad. This type of love creates a new identity through the unity of two hearts living for each other. On our wedding, day we promised to carry each others’ heart within our own.

The biggest challenge of planning an outdoor wedding was coming to terms with the possibility of bad weather and convincing myself to not be afraid of the rain. Whenever I found myself stressing about an inclement weather plan or what to do in case of a late season hurricane, I would look up beautiful weddings of couples who got caught in the rain: romantic photos of drizzly ceremonies, colorful rain boots and flower girls splashing in puddles, dreamy shots of the bride and groom beneath an umbrella. I even found myself secretly hoping for a little precipitation!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? So many Southerns details were a part of our wedding, from the farm venue to the locally-grown flowers and foliage in the bouquets, to the sweet potato pie and corn pudding on the buffet table. We loved the idea of incorporating family heirlooms and little personal touches, like an old mantle displaying family wedding photos. Bryan’s bout included a fishing fly, and his old baseball glove was used as the ring bearer’s pillow. The bridesmaids were transported to the ceremony site via hay wagon and an antique tractor, a nod to my family’s farming roots. We used my great grandparents’ china on the head table, my dad’s homegrown sorghum syrup as favors, and Bryan’s mother’s cranberry glassware for the bride and groom.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We are blessed to call all of our vendors, who worked so hard making our day seamless and perfect, our friends. My father works for Mill Valley BBQ, who provided the delicious Southern-infused meal. Shindig’s seriously talented and organized Meghan Streit was my Young Life leader in high school, our dear friend Tod baked the wedding cake, and Bryan’s childhood minister presided over the ceremony. We were honored to have the stunning flowers provided by Southern Blooms’ skillful crew. I am so lucky to work for this amazing design company, whose owners have a great eye for detail and an unbelievable collection of everything from lanterns to the spectacular arbor they constructed of old windows salvaged from a barn in Pennsylvania. And we knew, without a doubt, that our photos taken by Jen Fariello would be gorgeous reminders of the most important day of our lives.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? When others offer a helping hand, take them up on it! We absolutely could not have planned our wedding without the support and help from our wonderful parents, family, and friends. Trust your vendors and designers: they’ve been there, done that, and know what is best.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Our mothers have known one another for years and worked together at a private school in Culpeper, VA–they even hatched a plan to set us up when we were in college. Despite this, we didn’t meet until a blind date years later in January 2012, when our good friend decided to play matchmaker.
When did y’all get married? September 28, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom and I went dress shopping on a whim–we were in Richmond running errands and dropped by a bridal shop. I tried on several styles, including one I had fallen in love while looking online. That dress was the first that I tried on and I knew that it was the one!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Walking down the aisle, “Arioso in A” was performed by violin and cello. “Ave Maria” was sung by Sherry Spencer, who wears many hats and is also lead designer/co-owner of Southern Blooms. Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love” performed by Garth Brooks was our first dance. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole was the father/daughter and mother/son dance. The last dance was to “Ain’t That Love?” by Ray Charles.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our friend who introduced us is also an accomplished chef and baked our wedding cake. Each layer had different flavors and fillings, and it was as beautiful as it was delicious!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I did! My borrowed was my friend’s sixpence, the old was a pair of pearl earrings that Bryan gave me, blue was my grandmother’s blue handkerchief, and my dress was new.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There were so many special moments! Riding in the 1949 Ford truck to the ceremony. Seeing Bryan for the first time while walking down the aisle and not realizing how fast I was moving until my dad whispered “slow down!” The surprise petal toss as we exited the ceremony. Our first dance and looking out at all of the people that we love in one space–that was an incredible feeling. Seeing our parents’ smiling faces, because none of this would have been possible without their love and support. The moment the sun broke through the clouds after the ceremony. Looking across the field after dark and seeing the illuminated cross on the ceremony altar. The sparkler exit and leaving on the old hay wagon, only to find our Jeep completely and thoroughly decorated.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Married life is great! Bryan and I are very excited to build our new home and to start a family.

Photographer: Jen Fariello / Planner: Meghan Streit / Venue: Buckner Farm / Florals, Farm Tables, Lounge Furniture, Altar: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs / Cake Baker: Tod Dodson / Catering and Pies: Mill Valley BBQ / Linens, Glassware, Flatware, Chairs, Round Tables: Festive Fare / Sperry Tent and Lighting: Skyline Tent Co. / DJ: Adam Smith / Bride’s Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas / Bride’s Necklace: Ananda Fashions / Hair Stylist: Gena Mills of At Last Salon / Makeup Artist: Kara Spangler of Studio 500 / Bride’s Shoes: J. Renee / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Antique 1949 Ford Truck: Tony Morris

lisa Written with love by Lisa

    Absolutely stunning!! I adore the all the gorgeous blooms and details!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Love these rich fall colors! This looks like it would have been a magical wedding to attend :)

  3. avatar Dana reply

    the most perfect VA venue!

  4. avatar Lindsay {Everistta} reply

    I was completely drawn to this gorgeous Bride’s statement necklace. I love a statement necklace on a bride!

  5. avatar Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs reply

    Thank you so much for featuring Lindsay and Bryan’s wedding. We are so honored to see our work on the Southern Weddings blog!

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Welcome back for part two of this beautiful summer soiree! Before I get started on the pretties below, I think I’ll let Lauren give y’all a little insight into their reception: It was an intimate summer white wonderland with dashes of coral charm, completely enveloped by candlelight. I’d have to agree! I also love how a change of plans lead Lauren’s family to open up their home for guests to cool down from the summer heat and enjoy the cocktail hour with cool fans. That sounds like Southern summer hospitality to me!

I know Emily would be sad if I failed to mention the amazing Sperry Tent that makes Lauren and Em “wedding tent twins”! (Make sure you check out Em’s Sperry here!)

What was the design inspiration for your reception? We had a really fun time working together with Easton to marry the classic architecture of our parents’ home and the Southern charm of a Sperry tent with the modern and clean lines that define our personal aesthetic. Our printed suite, inspired by John Robshaw, certainly helped guide the design vision for the reception as well with the menus and coral table numbers.

Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: For the tent, we chose bright white flowers, long mirrored vases, square and rectangular tables, and fantastic 5′ ivory drum shades to give the space a contemporary edge. One of our favorite design elements of the reception was our head table. We really wanted to honor our wedding party that traveled from near and far to stand up and support us on our wedding day, so we included our entire wedding party and their dates at our head table of 36! It was so special to have our closest friends right beside us throughout the reception and the bridesmaids’ bouquets added a brilliant touch of coral to our incredibly long table!
Describe your centerpieces: Our centerpieces were low, lush arrangements of white peonies, hydrangeas, and garden roses in modern mirrored boxes. We knew we wanted the flowers and the aesthetic of the reception to be timeless and the centerpieces hit this note perfectly.

If I had been a guest at this wedding, I would have carefully tucked away my escort card box and toted it home! The calligraphy is just lovely!

Love this idea, too — inviting guests to leave their marriage advice for different anniversaries!

There was a slight change in plans for our cocktail hour — due to the heat and minimal power, we opened the house for our guests to enjoy cocktails with the breeze of industrial grade fans! We passed poached Carolina shrimp, leek and Amish cheddar tarts with oven-roasted tomatoes, beef tenderloin on Parmesan crisps, gougeres with gruyere fondue, and classic mini New England lobster rolls as a nod to Boston for Rob and his family. Peter Richardson played Spanish-inspired guitar tunes to set a relaxing summer vibe. Aside from the traditional bar offerings, we also worked closely with a family friend of ours to select wines that would be special to our guests for both the cocktail hour and the seated dinner.

We carried our culinary passion through dinner to with our completely custom Italian-inspired summer menu. Working closely with our terrific caterer, Keswick Hall, we created a special meal of favorites for our guests of a warm heirloom corn soufflé and peach and baby arugula salad, followed by a course of ricotta gnocchi and sweet cherry tomatoes and a main course of grilled loin of grass-fed lamb with Parmesan potatoes and eggplant lasagna squares. Sumptuous summer ingredients at their best! The food was one of our top priorities in wedding planning as it has played such an important role in our years together and we wanted our guests to enjoy every bite of our first meal together as husband and wife!

What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was Southern in the sense that we wanted each and every one of our guests to feel very special, welcomed, and relaxed. Although our group was a large one, our goal was for the reception to feel like an intimate dinner party for all of our favorites! Hosting our guests in our home really accomplished this feeling!
What is the one thing that made your wedding different from anyone else’s wedding? Other than marrying the greatest guy I know, I think what made our wedding special is knowing that we will be the only couple to be married at our parents’ house. Every time we return to visit, it is a reminder of our special day, and that will always be so treasured. We also made an effort to really personalize all of the wedding details, from the welcome bags to the favors, to give our guests even more of a glimpse into our story together as a couple.

Our wedding cake was absolutely gorgeous! Kathy of Favorite Cakes designed a hexagonal crisp white cake with delicate hand pulled sugar flowers for a dash of soft elegance. We offered three scrumptious flavors to each guest: poppy seed cake with almond buttercream, lemon cake with fresh blueberries, and yellow cake with orange chocolate ganache! Delish!!

Tell us a bit about your first dance. I think our first dance was one of my fondest memories of the night — it really felt like just the two of us melting into each other in this cozy, magical tent. We danced to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, which is a bit off the beaten path, but we adored the sweet lyrics. All of our guests clapped along to the fun tune, which kicked off an amazing night of dancing into the wee hours!
Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? We included my dad and Rob’s mom in a parent dance to “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. One of the most touching moments was when my mom brought her dad to join us on the dance floor together.

We’re so glad that Lauren + Rob’s bourbon burying worked to ensure a gorgeous wedding day!

Did you include any Southern traditions in your wedding? We did! Our most successful Southern tradition was burying the bourbon by the willow tree in our backyard. While we had the crazy derecho the Friday before the wedding, our wedding day was stunningly sunny! We heard thunder rumbling and lightning flashes throughout the ceremony, but the sun still peaked through and we credit this Southern tradition for our beautiful (very warm!) wedding weather! I also surprised Rob with cannoli as a personal take on a groom’s cake and a nod to his Boston hometown! Lastly, we sent our guests home with recipe books of Southern family favorites and my mom’s sugar cookies that we baked and decorated together the week before the wedding!

What was the funniest moment of your wedding? What was the scariest? I worked with Easton throughout the planning to hide a surprise cannoli for Rob to taste during the cake cutting. One of the funniest moments was seeing the shocked look on Rob’s face when I unveiled the cannoli for him to taste in lieu of cake—so precious!
What was the biggest challenge you faced when planning your wedding? I would have to say the biggest challenge was coordinating an outdoor wedding at our own home in the height of summer. One of the most special features of my parents’ house is the beautiful view of the Blue Ridge mountains, so we felt strongly about hosting the wedding outdoors in the calm, natural setting of the backyard. It took substantial planning, but we were incredibly blessed to work with a team of vendors that believed in our vision and made it a fantastic reality!
Did you try anything new or untraditional? Our wedding party made a grand and unexpected entrance to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which was fantastically fun! Rob and I followed to Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been,” setting a young and lively tone for the reception!
Did you toss the garter or bouquet? We did a bouquet toss from the balcony in front of the house before running downstairs for a sparkler soiree! We wanted to end the night on a fun note and we were shocked by how quickly the departure crept up on us!
Tell us about your grand exit. Rob loves to golf, so after the sparker soiree we drove off into the night on a golf cart with an adorable “Amore” sign!
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Enjoy every moment — it is so incredibly unique to have your friends and family gathered in one place to celebrate, so relish in your time with them. As involved as you may be in the planning process, try to trust the professionals you have hired to execute your vision to ensure that you savor the day. If you are married to the man of your dreams by midnight, then your wedding really is absolute perfection.
Who was your favorite vendor and why? I can say with extreme certainty that Easton Events was our most outstanding and favorite vendor. Augusta Cole, Lynn Easton Andrews, Libby Woodard, and the entire Easton team created the most magical celebration anyone could hope for and all while juggling quite extreme natural elements! They took our vision to another level and truly created flawless excellence for our wedding day. I loved every minute of our planning experience and I am lucky enough to continue working with Easton as I will be joining their fantastic team this Fall to create many more beautiful weddings!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    This wedding truly looks like an unforgettable experience. And that cake is right up my classic aesthetic alley! :)

  2. avatar Kat reply

    I’m obsessed with all the lovely paper products; the stationary suite & reception signage are elegant & traditional while still fun!

  3. avatar Amy reply

    What a gorgeous venue! Love the white cake, too!

  4. avatar Huma Naqvi reply

    My friend is absolutely in love with the idea of the guests leaving ideas for marriage advice! I was wondering what the year 1 and year 5 vases said on the labels? As well as the wording for the main card? Any help would be greatly, greatly, greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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