Y’all. I’m SO excited to bring you the winter wedding of Heather and Hunter! So excited for many reasons…
First and foremost, Heather just so happens to be a dear friend of mine from the way back machine. She and I were sorority sisters in college (Kappa Delta, for inquiring minds). It really is true what Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers quipped: You can’t make old friends.
Secondly, a winter wedding! This is a dream! Rich golds, lush greenery, yummy smells, crisp air… it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. As a Charlottesville wedding planner, I’ve wanted to work a winter wedding for quite some time. When Heather contacted me, the fact that her wedding was in December made me doubley excited!
My cup runneth over the weekend of December 19, when Heather and Hunter welcomed me as their friend and employee to the acclaimed Stonewall Jackson Hotel in downtown Staunton, Virginia. Staunton is a charming little gem. The small town continually receives media attention (most recently on the Virginia Tourism Blog) as a foodie locale. I personally recommend the Cocoa Mill Chocolatier, Yelping Dog Wine, Cranberry’s Grocery, and The Clocktower, all of which are conveniently located just off of Beverly Street, the “main drag” in downtown. Of course, if you’re staying overnight, you need to book a room at The Stonewall Jackson Hotel.
Heather and Hunter welcomed their overnight guests with an amenity, which is what we hospitality folks call a “welcome bag.” The personalized “Virginia is for Lovers” canvas tote created by SixPencePress contained individual champagne bottles, gourmet granola bars from the California town that Heather and Hunter now live in, sweets and treats, and a hand-written note. I highly recommend that my clients put together a little something like this for their guests. So classy.
Heather and Hunter chose to have a brunch wedding on Saturday, December 19 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Brunch is their favorite meal of the day, I learned, from the custom crossword (created by rubiazul) they provided for each place setting. Their intimate ceremony, witnessed by 34 guests, honored their Episcopalian faith. The lovely aisle runners, boxwood wreaths and bouquets were provided by the talented team at Honey Bee’s Florist. The southern touches, like the groom’s elegant Brackish tie from Charleston, South Carolina, and the donut favors provided by Pure Eats out of Lexington, Virginia, were the brain children of the bride and groom, southerners by birth and Californians by choice. Of course, these California transplants doned some fabulous fashion that speaks to their current Santa Barbara roots: Heather purchased her hi-lo gown from Allison Paris in Beverly Hills while Hunter chose to go with classic attire from Brooks Brothers. Heather’s hair and makeup were by Mandy Hemp, who you can find at the Body Essence Salon. The wedding colors were navy blue, green and gold with heavy seasonal influence, manifested in the prominent greenery.
During the reception, the guests helped themselves to a traditional southern brunch buffet that included grits and an omelet station. Signage created by Chikpea Graphics accented the hot chocolate bar and mimosa bar, both of which were served with a host of accoutrements. The guest book table, which doubled as a gift table, featured marquee L-O-V-E letters and vintage rentals by Paisley & Jade. A delicious tiramisu cake (the groom’s choice!) created by Cakes by Rachel and adorned with a custom topper by Vetiver was a huge hit amongst guests, as was the group photo (and all of these beautiful images!) captured by Shaleen Wallace Photography.
After we all ate, drank and Heather and Hunter were married, the bride and groom exited through a flurry of snowflakes! No, it wasn’t snowing (even though it was a cold December weekend)… the bride found fake snow at SaveOnCrafts.com and it was SO much fun to literally shower them with snowflakes! After all the guests had departed, I took the leftover bags of snow and dumped them on my cooperative friends to their delight. What a day! Cheers!