Celebrating their love and union in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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More than pretty flowers or a perfect place setting, Lauren and Jeremy wanted their Pippin Hill wedding to focus on what matters most. Lauren: “Our goal was for everyone at our Pippin Hill wedding to sense the love we have for each other…we wanted it to feel like us, but in a way that honored our family and friends and their never-ending support. Virginia is our home. When Jeremy decided to go back to school full-time and get his MBA he chose Darden, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. While Jeremy lived in Charlottesville, I stayed in Washington, D.C. and came to visit him on the weekends.

We spent so much time with friends wine tasting at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards. After Jeremy proposed in December 2014 while we were on vacation in Turks and Caicos, we immediately knew we wanted to get married at Pippin Hill! We wanted our wedding to honor us as a couple, as well as celebrate our future.

Pippin Hill is nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and is only about 15 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. Pippin Hill truly displays how beautiful the state of Virginia is. The grounds and vineyards provide an agrarian feel, while the private Granary room has a rustic charm of an old barn. We loved that Pippin Hill would not feel overwhelmingly rural, but that it would encompass romance, elegance and a timeless style.

Our wonderful photographers, Michael and Carina of Michael and Carina Photography captured so many moments that we have relived again and again; including when we first we saw each other in the vineyard, my father walking me down the aisle, and the insane dance party that ensued after dinner, care of our 7-piece band, DC Fusion. DC Fusion was amazing and completely set the vibe for the rest of the night. Everyone danced all night long! Since the weather was so perfect many of our guests enjoyed Pippin Hill’s outdoor veranda for cocktails and Cuban cigars. Our wedding day at Pippin Hill could not have been a more perfect way to begin this new phase of our lives together. We were beyond fortunate to have met the BEST vendors in the business, and be supported by our loving family and friends in the process. They are truly who made the day as beautiful as it was for us. We feel so fortunate that we have such an incredible day to reflect on, as we take on this new endeavor that is marriage!"


Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Event Planning + Design: Amore Events by Cody | Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Maliha Creations | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale |Cinematography: Joy Gaba | Catering: Pippin Hill Farm | Makeup: Gohar Ayvazyan MakeUp | Hair: Brianna B Adams | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Bridal Boutique: Hitched Salon | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab |


She re-made herself in the sunlight.

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Outfit 1. Asos | Outfit 2. For Love and Lace  | HMUA: Makeup by Kim Porter | HMUA: Beauty by Sharra  | Venue: Lewis Dream Home  | Film development & scanning: Richard Photo Lab
Elegance and sensuality are not mutually exclusive. Boudoir photography, at its best, is as emotional as it is sensual. Natural light perfectly compliments this atmosphere of quiet intimacy. Romance is found in simplicity; the hands, the eyes, and subtle movements.
Taking the step to be photographed in an intimate setting, though empowering, first requires the confidence to allow yourself to be vulnerable, and as much as sensuality is a part of the human experience to be embraced, vulnerability is too. Accepting and embracing our own vulnerability is what inspires confidence.


All I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to you.

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It was a joy to photograph Chris and Holly's engagement session at River Oaks in Charleston, in the perfect light of a lingering early autumn evening. Photographed on Fuji400h and HP5 film, developed by Richard Photo Lab. Coming soon to one of our favorite sources of inspiration, Style Me Pretty.


  Event Venue: River Oaks Charleston

  Hair and Makeup: Pink Dot Beauty Bar

  Dress I: Adrianna Papell

  Dress II: Self Portrait

  Shoes: Sam Edelman

  His Attire: S. Cohen Inc

His Shoes: Cole Haan

  Jewelry: Kate Spade


“We think of joy on joy on joy.”

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From the Bride: "After long conversations during chilly walks around DC, homemade gnocchi, and more hearty laughs than I'd had in years, I knew Steve was the thoughtful, smart and witty man I'd one day call my husband. As it turned out, he'd made up his mind on day one. The evening we met, he told friends, "See that girl in the silver dress? I'm going to marry her." Three years later I wore that same dress to our rehearsal dinner at The Brookville, in Charlottesville, VA. Our hope for our wedding was the relaxed elegance and easy joy of a close-knit dinner party. We decided on a few key factors: a single venue for the whole day, wine, and a small list of family and friends-who-are-family.We fell head over heels with Charlottesville, VA - the leisurely pace, peaceful Blue Ridge Mountains, and the fact it was driving distance for my family in Kentucky and Ohio, Steve's New England family, and all our friends from Washington, DC. When we stepped into the quaint, 50-year-old historic chapel at Trump Winery, my heart skipped a beat, and Steve squeezed my hand. It was a moment you can't manufacture: sunbeams filtered through the windows and lit up the pastel colors on the ceiling's painted mural. The classic red brick exterior and white steeple reminded Steve of growing up in Massachusetts. It was perfect for our ceremony, and because the chapel only seated 75 (our exact number of guests), we knew it would feel beautifully full. We were so struck by its charm we commissioned an artist friend, Nikki Smetters, to make a watercolor insert for our invitations and programs. We chose a timeless, neutral palette with just a touch of Old World charm. We drew inspiration from Italy (Steve's family heritage, and our honeymoon destination), antique books that we collected throughout our engagement (with our favorite author's names as table numbers), and a special detail from my mother's family's Youngstown, Ohio roots: the cookie table, a labor of love with humble origins in which women (and men!) bake up a storm for weeks before the wedding. It was amazing, and people loved making up gift bags of cookies as favors. I will remember the whole achingly beautiful day forever: watching my best friends lovingly do each other's makeup, my grandmother peeking in the dressing area door, ready to be "one of the girls", and of course, our first look. I saw Steve standing in the vineyard, and my heart had never felt so full. It definitely didn't hurt he looked so handsome! Soft bouquets by Hedge Fine Blooms in blush, red wine, ivory, gold, and sage also had me swooning, I felt like I was holding an Italian meadow in my hands. Our guests were greeted on the chapel patio with cold local cider and upbeat music like "Goin to the Chapel" and "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole. We purposefully kept the chapel doors closed so our guests could chat with each other and linger, looking out over the grapevines and rolling hills. I remember laughing out loud, while peeking through the window of the car with my bridesmaids, as people danced to the music when the chapel doors opened. My sister walked my mom down the aisle, my father wrapped Steve in a hug, and then I married the best man I've ever known. It took a village: from the al fresco cocktail hour to the family-style dinner, Cristelle and her C&O Catering team made feeding decadent, delicious food to 75 people look effortless, and everyone was so friendly our guests raved about the people almost as much as the incredible food! C&O truly captured a little essence of each of our elements in our menu: from butternut-squash ravioli with Italian sage, to Southern ham on Virginia cheddar scones... let's just say I was not a bride who forgot to eat! Our wonderful DJ's, Chris and Rialand with Younique Moments, surprised us by serenading everyone with "Be Our Guest" as dinner was brought to the tables. Our dear friends, Michael and MaryAlice Viljoen, did AV and day-of coordination, and were a force to be reckoned with. Patrick, the coordinator at Trump Winery, was one of the most gracious people we met throughout the planning process, and Michael and Carina, our photographers, practically became family in their quiet, intentional ways... Carina even bustled my gown when no one else could! When we think of it all now we think of joy on joy on joy, and I know we always will."  

As seen on STYLE ME PRETTY. 

Photography: Michael and Carina Photography

Floral Design: Hedge Fine Blooms

Dress: David Tutera

Shoes: Michael Kors

Catering: C & O Restaurant

Make-up: Anna Breeding

Hair: Brianna B. Adams

Menswear: Charles Tyrwhitt

Venue: Trump Winery

Film Development & Scanning: Richard Photo Lab

Illustration: Nikki Smetters

Invitations: Paperless Post


Coming soon to Southern Weddings

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We can hardly wait to share more from this wonderful couple! Kelsey and Kevin's Castle Hill Cider wedding is soon to be published with Southern Weddings.


Venue(s): Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, Virginia

Dress Boutique: Annalise Bridal

Dress designer: Liancarlo

Wedding Planner: Maureen McKenna, just a little ditty

Hair: Brianna B. Adams

Makeup: Emily Tucker of Emily Artistry

Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Jos A Banks

Catering: Harvest Moon Catering

Cake: Cakes by Rachel

Ceremony Music: Peter Richardson

DJ: Justin Goodman, JG Entertainment

Flowers: Kathy Lynn Floral Design

Officiant: Jim Burton

Cinematography: Altamira Film Co.

Lighting: Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting

Rentals (table linens, chargers, silverware, chairs): Festive Fare

Ceremony chairs, glassware, other rentals – Harvest Moon

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Jewelry: Earrings - Nadri

Invitations/Paper Goods: Rock Paper Scissors

Calligraphy on invitation suite: Jodi Macfarlan Calligraphy

Place cards calligraphy:  Joie de Vivre Calligraphy

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo




“If I ever marry, love,
then ever only with you."