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Photographed in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, & Richmond, Virginia
Virginia’s heart and soul are embodied in Pippin Hill.
Article: “HOW DID YOU MEET? Connor and I met on my favorite holiday weekend, 4 th of July. I was just finishing up school at the University of Georgia. One of my good high school friends was in summer training for the Navy not too far away in Columbus, GA. So I invited him up to Athens for the 4th . I told him to bring some friends along. He didn’t really know Connor but Connor was randomly in the same training squad as him. So along Connor came to Athens.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Connor completely surprised me by proposing on a secluded beach in Hawaii. He had all the details and timing perfectly planned out including a photographer disguised as a beach-goer who captured it all.
TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: My mom, best friend and me took a trip to New York City. I tried on many dresses over two days and found the one at the last place we had an appointment. The dress was just perfect for me and we thought it would work well with the venue.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE? I wanted something that was romantic and dreamy but yet still had a little edge and uniqueness to it.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS LOCATION? The views and setting are breathtaking. We also loved the option to have an outdoor ceremony and then move right inside for the reception. The setup of the facility made for the perfect wedding venue. It was also great that we could great ready on site. Not to mention I love wine so being at a winery was icing on the cake!
DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: I love, love flowers so I know I wanted a lot of luscious flowers! I also knew that I didn’t want them to look too traditional or structured. The florist did an amazing job making my bouquet huge and looking slightly “undo” giving it an organic sensual feeling. She used a lot of different types of flowers including orchids and
roses but all a light pink and creamy whites. And there were unique greenery hoops hung from the ceiling in the reception area to add a great vertical element to the space.
FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: The outdoor views of the gorgeous hydrangeas lining the pathway down to the ceremony and the rolling mountains in the horizon & flowers all made for the most beautiful scene for our ceremony.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Try to enjoy the process and take moments to step away from the planning process and see the big picture, so you don’t get too wrapped up in the small stuff. Remember the day is about you and your fiancé!
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Dancing the night away with everyone! Our band was awesome and they had everyone out on the dance floor.
ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT HELP TELL THE STORY OF YOUR DAY?
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR HONEYMOON: We had a marvelous honeymoon in Greece! Santorini was beautiful and so romantic!
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE OR DO DIFFERENTLY? Nope!”
PLANNING & EVENT DESIGN: Stephanie Bradshaw
FLORALS: Steel Cut Flower Co.
PAPER GOODS: Stephanie Bradshaw
HAIR & MAKEUP: Amie Decker
CATERING: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard
“The sun was perfect, shining through the oak trees while I waited for her.”
Excerpt from Martha Stewart: ‘It’s not often that a wedding beautifully masters multiple themes, but when one does, it’s especially captivating. That was the case for Madeline and Brad’s fall celebration. The black-tie event was undeniably formal but didn’t shy away from rustic touches, including country motifs. “We would have to describe our wedding as a sophisticated southern affair with the understated elegance of autumn,” the bride shares. We would have to agree.
“We wanted to show our friends and family how much they mean to us by having the very best food, drinks, and entertainment along with an atmosphere that was elegant and dreamy at the same time,” Madeline explains. Shortly after getting engaged, the couple asked Meagan Warren to help them achieve their vision. Together, they planned a timeless event that centered around nature and tradition. The former inspired their rich color palette; the latter inspired their many meaningful touches. The romantic celebration was held at Wavering Place plantation in Eastover, South Carolina, located just 30 minutes from their Columbia home. Despite hosting 125 guests, the event felt surprisingly intimate.
“My most memorable moment was our first look. I can’t remember when I’ve been that nervous and excited to see Madeline,” Brad shared. “The sun was perfect, shining through the oak trees while I waited for her. When she was walking up behind me, before I turned around, her dress sounded like a ship’s sail coming in. When I turned around, I saw Madeline looking as beautiful as I had ever seen her. It was really a great memory!” His bride agrees. “It was such a special and personal moment for us to share with each other! I will never forget the way Brad looked at me the first time he saw me.”‘
Venue: Wavering Place
Event Coordination, Planning & Design: Meagan Warren
Florals: Cote Design Florals
Shoes: Manalo Blahnik
Dress: Barbara Kavchok
Cinema: Cinema Couture
Cake: Bonnie Brunt Cakes
Catering: The Southern Way Catering
Entertainment: East Coast Entertainment