Christy and Tom wanted something less like a wedding and more like an elegant dinner party in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Shawn of Beehive Events and Gay of A Pimento Catering put this vision into action on October 24th of last year where an amazing tent was constructed right outside the ruins of the old Barboursville Winery in Barboursville, Virginia. My heart sank as we pulled into the vineyard in the pouring rain and trekked through mud to check out the hustle and bustle beneath the tent. The bad news was that the ceremony would have to be moved from the ruins to the cocktail area beneath the tent. The good news was that the sun made its debut shortly before the ceremony and brought with it a beautiful sunset for guests to enjoy as the reception began.
The tent by Sperry Tents Virginia was probably the most elaborately constructed we had ever seen complete with partitioned dining rooms, a 3-sided central bar with seating, a dance area and bare bulb lights strung throughout. The warm palette of chocolate, royal purple and gold were fallish and inviting. Shawn’s flowers were fabulous as always. I have never seen persimmon included in table arrangements before and they made me think fondly of the persimmon trees we saw all over Japan last fall, oddly barren of leaves while brimming with ripe, bright fruit. The food by A Pimento was a culinary delight that included a raw bar and 4 entirely different food stations serving organic, seasonal foods grown and raised by local farmers. A table with several different cakes including coconut, red velvet, and cupcakes garnished with marzipan topped the evening off sweetly for those who had saved room for dessert. Fire pits with couch seating behind the tent gave guests a great place to gather and enjoy cigars while taking in the moonlight.
The boutonnieres might have been my favorite detail as something near and dear to my heart. Christy had the idea to use salt water flies to honor Tom’s love of fly fishing and Shawn ran with the idea to create these fallish fellows with acorn accents:
While we love Christy and Tom’s sense of style and desperately want an invitation to their next party (who wouldn’t?), we were most impressed by their warmth, their love of family and their sense of humor. How on earth they ever found RC Cola to give away as favors along with Moon Pies, I’ll never know but we used that sugar rush to get us back home to Richmond in record time!