From a fiesta-inspired celebration at New Kent’s Vintager Inn to an elegant soiree at Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, these weddings truly capture the sentiment of “Virginia is for Lovers.”
—Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke—
The Wedding of: Kristin & Thiago
Bride Kristin, donning stunning strapless sweetheart neckline ballgown with a tulle skirt, and groom Thiago, sporting a navy suit and blush tie exchanged vows at Church of the Holy Spirit and then celebrated their nuptials surrounded by all their family and friends in downtown Roanoke at the historic Hotel Roanoke. The newlyweds’ ballroom reception was brought to life with white and navy linens, lush pink blooms, and glitzy gold decor like Chiavari chairs, lanterns and candle votives. After dinner, guests sampled an array of cupcakes at the couple’s tasty dessert bar, and the live band Horizon kept the dance floor packed as the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away. The couple capped off their wedding celebration with a grand glow stick exit.
—Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk—
The Wedding of: Meredith & Thomas
Living in Antwerp, Belgium with her fiancé Thomas, Meredith knew she wanted to get married back home in Virginia, so the couple planned a nuptial celebration at Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum of Art. With the groom’s Belgian family and their European friends in tow, the couple jet-setted back to the bride’s old stomping grounds for a stunning wedding. Norfolk’s posh art museum set the tone for their classic black-tie affair. Their ballroom reception was decked out in black linens, simply chic white floral arrangements, and gold embellishments. During cocktail hour, a string trio serenaded guests, and a mix of Virginia cider and Belgian beer — as a nod to the bride’s and the groom’s homes — were served. Guests sampled an array of hors d’oeuvres like apricot scones with ham and wild mushroom grilled crostini. And for dinner, friends and family feasted on an array of delicious dishes along with a mac ’n’ cheese martini bar.
—The Vintager Inn in New Kent—
The Wedding of: Caroline & Jennifer
Caroline and Jennifer’s rustic fiesta-inspired wedding captured their laid-back and fun personalities. In an outdoor ceremony on The Vintager Inn’s lawn, the brides tied the knot, writing their vows themselves with a dear friend officiating the nuptials. As the couple recessed down the aisle, a mariachi band broke out in celebratory music. The band also serenaded guests during the cocktail hour that followed, where guests played corn hole and enjoyed tacos and tequila. Inside the inn’s rustic red barn, the newlyweds celebrated with dinner and dancing. Paying homage to their inner wanderlust, Caroline and Jennifer used luggage tags as escort cards and favors, and in lieu of table numbers, they named each table after a place they traveled together and decorated tables with photos of their journeys. Friends and family celebrated the newlyweds with a barbecue-style dinner, dancing, photo booth, cupcake and cake pop bar, and a celebratory glow stick exit.
—Glass House Winery in Free Union—
The Wedding of: Lea & Vinny
Lea and Vinny’s June nuptials at Free Union’s Glass House Winery were laid-back, light-hearted and filled with love. In an intimate ceremony surrounded with 50 of their closest friends and family, Lea and Vinny said “I do” by the vineyard’s pond during sunset. Paying homage to their love for Star Wars, the bride surprised the groom by processing down the aisle to “Imperial March,” Darth Vader’s theme song, which caused their guests to erupt in laughter. After their fun and personal ceremony, guest joined the couple for a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet-style reception that was catered by the couple’s friend who owns Fardowners in Crozet. And the groom, who used to work in a bakery, made the wedding cake with the help of a friend. After a reception on the deck, guests made their way inside the winery’s tropical plant conservatory for an epic dance party among the lush plantings.
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Marissa Hermanson is a Richmond, Virginia-based journalist who writes about arts and culture, food and drink, home and decor, travel and weddings. You can find her stories in Apartment Therapy, Domino, Dwell, Houzz, Southern Living, The Kitchn and The Knot.