Mindy & Travis

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Castle Hill Cidery is one of my very favorite venues. Its beautiful grounds and striking open spaces proved the ideal setting for Mindy and Travis' rustic-elegant celebration in shades of blush, cream and champagne designed by just a little ditty and full of personal touches. Starting with the romantic floral letterpress suite by Bella Figura with calligraphy by Debi Zeinert of The Blooming Quill, each detail of the couple's celebration was chosen with care, creating one spectacularly beautiful day.

Mindy wore a romantic tulle Vera Wang gown and beaded belt; loose curls, a simple veil and silver Jimmy Choo peep toes were the perfect compliment to her classic bridal look. Bridesmaids carried petite versions of the bride's rose, ranunculus and hydrangea bouquet from Southern Blooms by Pats Floral Designs perfectly matched to their gauzy Amsale gowns, while the flower girl wore a darling dress by OliviaKateCouture. Travis chose a custom tuxedo from Astor and Black, which no doubt serves as a romantic reminder of their nuptials each time he dons it.

The couple exchanged their vows beneath a birch chuppah built by the groom; in the shade of the cidery's Linden trees, the rustic structure was a seamless natural addition and transformed the vast lawn into a sacred space. The groom's family's favorite beer, Spotted Cow, was driven from northern Wisconsin to Virginia and served during the couple's cocktail hour on the terrace, and when guests drifted into the barn, they discovered romantic bistro lights, classic Chiavari chairs and piles of romantic blooms in shades of blush and ivory. Wild Alaskan salmon the newlyweds caught during a trip to the groom's family lodge was served during dinner by Harvest Moon Catering, before the couple and their guests took a whirl on the dance floor. Mindy surprised Travis with an oil painting of their first dance by impressionist painter Rich Flynn, one of the couple's favorite momentos of their wedding day. After dinner and dancing, everyone was ready for something sweet; in addition to a four-tiered buttercream confection from Cakes by Rachel, guests enjoyed the bride's favorite brownies and old-fashioned cartons of milk–the perfect ending to one heavenly day.

Many thanks to Jen Fariello for letting me share her stunning images–tell me, what's your favorite detail or photo from this romantic fête?


  1. perfect! i love all of the beautiful lights and mix of bridesmaid dresses. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. I love the feel of this lighting the photographer utilized. It's very soft and romantic and a perfect way to capture the essence of the wedding.

  3. The lights are so pretty. They photograph so well too.

  4. This is absolutely stunning!!!



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