As a little girl, April would visit her families farm in Warrenton, Virginia and dream of her wedding one day taking place on the rolling green hillside. Fast forward many years later and even though April had since moved to New York her dream of one day being married on her families farm had never gone away. After getting engaged April set about planning a modern yellow and white wedding set among the picturesque scenery of Warrenton, Virginia.
The logistics of a wedding on a private property are always a bit trickier than that of planning a wedding at a facility built for them. We planned for things such as the restroom trailer, catering tent, bringing in a water source, power and measuring off the area for the tent and determining the direction it should face. The decision was made to have the tent facing the west so guests could dine and watch the sun-set over the family home.
The day began with April and her bridesmaids getting ready in the beautiful and historic family home. April then met Adrien for the first time that day in the rose garden, a magical and private little garden tucked away between boxwood hedges – the perfect spot for a couples first look. The amazing Kelsey Thompson captured every moment of the day beautifully in pictures.
I Spy Favorite Details: flower girl head wreaths, hanging tulip florals & Bloody Mary kits
As the bridal party continued with photo’s guests began to arrive. They pulled onto the property and drove down the driveway which is something right out of a storybook, passing by a large pond and cows grazing and up to the ceremony and reception location on the hillside.
A drink station kept guests cool during the ceremony and cocktail hour took place at dusk just outside the front of the tent. Modern lounge furniture dotted the landscape. Once it was time for dinner guests found their seats on the calligraphed mirror outside the tents entrance. The head table featured a magnificent hanging yellow tulip chandelier and yellow and white seersucker napkins.
The highlight of the evening was the amazing band, Lost in Paris, who kept the dance floor rocking all night long. In fact, after several encore performances guests were still begging the band to stay after the wedding was over. Eventually guests returned back to the their hotel rooms to find their welcome gifts – a Bloody Mary kit to enjoy the next morning.
Ceremony and Reception: Private family farm
Photography: K. Thompson Photography
Wedding Planner: Lauryn Prattes with Table 6 Productions
Catering: Claire’s at the Depot
Band: Lost in Paris
Linens: La Tavola
Tent and Rentals: Gibson Tents
Flowers: Maryann Sheridan