April 18, 2018
Samantha and Jon’s memorable Pippin Hill Farm wedding was the ultimate way to welcome in spring at a venue with breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and the Shenandoah Mountains. This year, spring in Virginia has come into our lives with a mild case of confusion. Mini snow storms and chilly, blustery, rainy days have been uncharacteristically plentiful so far this spring, with a few little teases of the warm, awakening days ahead of us. On April 13, 2018, though, spring did a little showing off. It was 82 degrees, breezy, and full of that invigorating sunshine we have all been dying to soak up. The PERFECT day for a Pippin Hill Farm wedding.
When I arrived at Pippin Hill Farm, I was blown away by the beautiful countryside, vast farm fencing, and grand mountain views that have become signature of Charlottesville vineyards and wedding venues. Pippin Hill Farm has an enormous rustic barn, the type of reception location that many couples seek out for a peaceful countryside feel, that also exudes an elegance that speaks to the couples who also wish for that classic timelessness. This peaceful elegance that Pippin Hill Farm radiated was the perfect atmosphere for a couple like Samantha and Jon.
Last week, I shared their sunrise Washington, DC engagement session with you, but witnessing Samantha and Jon on their wedding day is part of what makes my job one that will undoubtedly continue to be fulfilling in so many ways. Jon’s nervous busyness and Samantha’s calm demeanor quickly turned to overwhelming joy and excitement during their first look quietly tucked away near the reserve room. Jon was moved to tears when he saw Samantha for the first time after they read the letters they had written to each other. During their ceremony, the warm spring breeze created magic with Samantha’s veil (just wait until you see her veil dancing in the air – it’s the stuff dreams are made of) and the two of them threw their hands in the air to celebrate after stealing not one, but two kisses at the end. After taking the time to mingle amongst their guests during cocktail hour, Samantha and Jon snuck away to the bridal suite (which was truly designed with photography in mind) for a moment of alone time before the reception. Katie, my amazing right-hand woman, and I watched as Samantha and Jon stood in front of each other, in awe, and said, “WE DID IT!” It was the sweetest moment of hugs, kisses, and talk of this is forever. Jon helped Samantha out of her gorgeous Kate Spade heels, and after grabbing a few bites of their amazing hors d’ oeuvres, the four of us ran out to soak up the last fifteen minutes of warm spring sunshine. And just you wait…I may have shared more portraits than I do normally on the blog, but I don’t think anyone will be complaining!
The sunset. You guys. The setting sun performed something spectacular that day. There are no words to describe it, but to watch Jon and Samantha get completely wrapped up in each other amidst the perfect glow of golden hour was in one word: breathtaking. (I may have squealed an embarrassing number of times. I may have held my hand to my heart in adoration quite a bit, too. But hey, I’m not scared to admit it!)
Now THOSE were the perfect Pippin Hill Farm wedding moments.
At the reception, the tables were decorated with copper chargers, candles, and centerpieces filled with tulips, roses, and eucalyptus. (And I have to add, the glassware setup just set it all off!) What also sets Pippin Hill Farm apart is its undeniably incredible hospitality. As a wedding professional, I was blown away by the way the Pippin Hill Farm staff treated their guests, clients, and vendors. The overall ambiance of the reception was that of sophistication and celebration. After dinner, Megan’s sister Kelcey, her father, and Jon’s brother Ben delivered toasts full of sweet memories, poetry written by Samantha’s dad, and beautiful wishes. After a few hours of dancing, wine drinking, and celebration, Samantha and Jon danced through an exit of sparklers. It was truly a perfect day, where even at the hardest of partying surrounding them on the dancefloor, the two of them slowed it down and looked as if time has stopped around them.
Samantha and Jon, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your trust in capturing your day and wish you both decades of the magic I saw between the two of you that day.
Venue // Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Second Photographer // Katie LaBello of Ksant Photography
Planning & Coordination // Ashley & Brooklyn of Soirees by Lauren
Officiant // Maureen Carey-Back
Floral Designer // Couture Design
Caterer // Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
DJ // Seth Kravitz of Rhythm of Love
Cookie Favors // Georgetown Cupcake
Hair & Makeup Artistry // Kreative Beauty Services
Wedding Gown Designer // Michelle De Lacy
Bridesmaids’ Attire // Nordstrom
Jeweler // Charleston Alexander
Specialty Papers + Invitations // Zazzle
Rentals // Festive Fare
Transportation // A & A Limousine
Additional Thanks // Patricia Mowatt