Maggie and James were married at the picturesque Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and the celebration is absolutely breathtaking. The Girls From MSW planned a day filled details that are every bit as elegant as they are rustic—like ladders dripping with florals and suspended over dining tables and an amazing floral arbor—all beautifully created by the Tourterelle Floral Design. Thankfully, Katelyn James Photography was behind the lens to capture the adorable bride and groom on their gorgeous day set against the spectacular scenery of Virginia’s wine country!
How did you meet and become engaged?
From the Bride: We actually met online! Our first date was at a Spanish tapas restaurant in Arlington, and we talked for 7 hours straight until the last bar in Arlington finally closed. We’re both huge foodies and I’m pretty sure that half of that first date was spent talking about restaurants, cooking, and food!
James and I recently moved from Arlington, Virginia up to Delaware for work. We both miss Virginia a TON, so when James suggested we spend a weekend touring some wineries in Loudon County I had my suspicions that he’d propose, but also thought it could just be because we were homesick. We spent the afternoon wine tasting, and at every single winery we went to there was a rowdy bachelorette party that appeared every time we were alone, spoiling James’ proposal “plan A”. After hitting a few wineries we headed back to our hotel in Arlington and grabbed a cab into DC for dinner. James asked the driver to drop us off at the National Mall. He brought me to the Botanical Gardens where we’d spent time together before, and asked me to marry him there! I had to make him repeat his whole speech because I was so excited and crying so much that I missed about half of it!
What made the wedding special/unique? Memorable? Special touches?
From Katelyn: One of my favorite moments of the entire day was watching Maggie read her letter from James just moments before the first look. James reminded her of all the ways that she has made him a better man and how much he adores her. She fought back the tears but it was a tough battle. She was about to see him for the first time and their wedding day was beginning!! They’ve been looking forward to this day for years and it was finally here! Their family and friends arrived at Pippin Hill right as the sun was beginning to dip behind the mountain. The ceremony ended at dusk and the party began!
I absolutely LOVED their decor and details! They had antique ladders suspended from the ceiling that were draped in florals. Pippin Hill is gorgeous on its own but after Maggie and her mom added their touch, it was just STUNNING!
Photographer: Katelyn James Photography // Event Planner: The Girls From MSW // Floral Designer: Tourterelle Floral Design // Invitation Designer: Thinking Paper LLC // Reception Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards // Cake Designer: Albemarle Baking Company // Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor Weddings // Hair Stylist: Brianna B. Adams // Makeup Artist: Charlottesville Makeup Artist // Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero // Dress Store: Nicole’s boutique // Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Black Tux // Cinema and Video: The Herrintons // Band: The Significant Other