In a sea of sundresses, it was the girl who sported a T-shirt bearing the logo of one of her favorite (but rather obscure) bands that caught Adam’s attention. Since that fateful evening in August of 2004, Lauren and Adam realized that aside from sharing similar tastes in music, they also shared a mutual affection for one another. But it took a while before things fell into place as college graduations, law school, and budding career aspirations loomed in the future for each of them. Adam’s work commitments eventually took him to Washington D.C. which meant that they both weathered two years of a long-distance relationship before fate conspired once more to bring them together again in 2011 when Adam relocated back home to Virginia. Adam proposed to Lauren a few years later by planning a picnic on the lawn in front of the Rotunda of their alma mater, University of Virginia, a special spot that brought back fond memories of their time together as students, and now made even more meaningful.
At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, a place where the timeless elegance of wine country meets the rustic charm of Charlottesville, Virginia’s beautiful countryside. Adam and Lauren had visited Pippin Hill several times before their engagement, and it had quickly become their favorite place to take in the autumnal foliage, while relaxing with a bottle of local Cabernet Franc just as the sun cast its shadows upon the valley.
Lauren and Adam envisioned a magical, intimate wedding celebration that exuded warmth and incandescence that one naturally dreams of on crisp, autumn days. Lynn Easton of Easton Events brought their vision to life with a design that evoked old world beauty in a sumptuous palette of peach, amber, and gold with garden inspired florals that appeared to grow naturally in their place.
Floral designer, Ariella Chezar, constructed a gorgeous ceremonial arbor of blush-toned dahlias and garden roses, while another wild, organic arbor greeted guests at the doorway of the Pippin Hill Granary that guests would walk through to enter the dreamy reception. Lauren’s bouquet was wrapped in a lace handkerchief that belonged to her maternal grandmother, and was accented with a shell cameo brooch that belonged to her great-grandmother (a gift from her great-grandfather who brought it back from Italy many years ago). As a nod to their Southern heritage, one of their signature cocktails was named the Blue Ridge Sunset, a blend of bourbon, blood orange juice, and Aperol. Guests entered a reception filled with delicate details such as jewel box escort cards with tender garden roses, early 18th and 19th century porcelain China, sterling silverware with knife rests, flowing, ethereal layers of fabric, and illuminating hanging candelabras that created a truly memorable and time-honored celebration.
photographer Tec Petaja / event design Easton Events / floral design Ariella Chezar / venue & catering Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards / table tops Small Masterpiece / linens La Tavola / paper goods Rock, Paper, Scissors / calligrapher Elizabeth Porcher Jones / cake Favorite Cakes / hair Lucas Shaffer, Bella Hair / makeup Stephanie Parker / bride’s gown Mira Zwillinger / groom’s suit The Black Tux / bridesmaid dresses Amsale / production & lighting Blue Ridge Av & Lighting / videography Brad Bennet, Shaking Hands Production / chandelier Beehive Events