A friend was out at a bar and met Emmalie in passing. After chatting, my friend said, “Hey, I know someone you should meet—here’s her phone number.” Emmalie immediately texted me, even though she was charging her phone behind the bar! We’ve been texting every day ever since.
Emmalie brought me to Pippin Hill Farm in Charlottesville, a place I absolutely love. We walked out onto the veranda and I saw a table set up with candles and champagne. I looked at Emmalie and her hands were in her pockets—a sure sign she was nervous. I turned and spotted my friend Merideth also there, holding her camera, and then looked back at Emmalie. She was down on one knee, holding her grandmother’s wedding ring. The rest is a blur. All I remember was that she asked me to marry her and I said “Yes!”
We both fell in love with the Grand Hall at Trump Winery for the views and atmosphere. There’s a large, open building with a stone courtyard and fountain, plus views overlooking the entire vineyard. It’s very classy and airy, and checked all of the boxes for us.
We wanted our wedding to feel very ethereal—the idea sort of came to us both and we flew with it.
Mywony Bridal designed my dress, which was made of chiffon and had a low back. Emmalie got her ladysuit from Men’s Wearhouse.
Our invitation was the perfect hint at the overall vibe and feel of our special day.
Our dress code was “dressy”—a wedding is an excuse to dress up, so do it!
We loved the amazing triangle-shaped ceremony backdrop our florist created.
The weather was perfect and guests dined outside in the courtyard and around the fountain. Dinner tables were decorated with blue crystal glasses and gauzy, dusty-blue table runners and napkins.
Our first dance was in the courtyard—after many failed attempts during practice, Emmalie dipped me and nailed it when it counted!
Instead of a getaway car, we had a getaway Vespa!
It’s so easy to stray from your budget, so it’s important to spend money where it matters the most to you and your partner. Honestly, you will go over budget and you need to be realistic about it. Also, make a vision board, then reach out to vendors that you really want to be a part of your day. Then, let them do their thing—you reached out to them for a reason, so sit back and watch the magic happen.
Photography: Michael and Carina Photography
Venue: Trump Winery
Planner: Alana Futcher, Chancey Charm
Venue wedding coordinator: Patrick Butler
Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering
Food truck: 106 Street Food
Floral design: Mallory Joyce
Officiant: Colleen Swindle Titus
Cake: Cakes by Rachel
Wedding dress: Mywony
Shoes (Brianna): Manolo Blahnik
Wedding suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes (Emmalie): Tomboy Toes
Bridesmaid dresses: Lulus
Bridesman suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Music: DJ Derek Tobler
Hair: Britney Forgrave
Makeup: Anna Breeding
Getting-ready robes and hair accessories: Mood & Muse
Rentals: MS Events
Furniture rental: Paisley and Jade