A Romantic Wedding at A Private Farm in Virginia

Step inside this gorgeous Real Wedding featured in Volume 5 of Wine & Country Weddings. Andrew & Maria’s celebration brimmed with Southern charm and gracious touches throughout—all wrapped in soft, soothing shades of blue, white and green complemented with a hint of pink.

Everywhere guests looked, they could see hints of the couple. Everything from their cultural roots down to the delicate details of Maria’s dress had an impact on the overall feel of their special day, making it truly unique and personal. 

Wedding Bouquet
Bride Photography
Wedding Earrings
Engagement Ring

A double-Hoo, Maria met Andrew at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Ever the romantic, Andrew was so smitten with Maria that he changed his post-graduation plans to move to Atlanta with her. It was love, through and through, and continues to be evident post-wedding. When Andrew proposed, he did so with a gorgeous painting of the stunning solid emerald cut ring that his friend had custom-made made for the momentous occasion.

Although Maria is from Danville, Virginia, and Andrew is from Michigan, the couple knew they wanted an outdoor wedding in the Charlottesville area. Once they had settled on the venue, Maria drew inspiration from the greenery and natural, romantic colors on the property. To add to the soft green surroundings, a blush and neutral palette was selected, with soft blues pulled in for classic context. The gentle color palette highlighted the romance of the venue, bringing out its organic beauty. 

Tent Wedding
Wedding Party
Wedding Reception Decor
Wedding Reception Decor
Wedding Table Settings

In September, the details came together for the elegant and relaxing evening. For the reception, the couple utilized a highly customized lighting plan to make the entire space sparkle with romance, including large pendants over the head table, a chandelier over the dance floor and bistro-lit lounge spaces scattered about.

As guests entered the tented reception space, they were welcomed with custom-made place cards accompanied with simple, varying greenery, another tie-in to the natural beauty of the farm venue.

Wedding Tables
Wedding Table Settings
Cocktail Hour
Wedding Reception Decor

Drawing inspiration from Andrew’s Italian roots and Maria’s Cuban heritage, the reception featured homemade limoncello from Andrew’s grandmother and a Cuban cigar bar for guests to enjoy throughout the night. For dinner, the couple settled with a blend of Italian- and Cuban-styled foods. 

Wedding Flowers

To help capture an essence of ease and seamlessness, the band played throughout the evening’s events. And when the guests’ feet began to ache from dancing, they could relax on one of the stylishly placed love seats.

Wedding Cake

Inspiration also stemmed from Maria’s uniquely graceful wedding dress. The A-line style gown flattered Maria perfectly, and the see-through straps only added to its all-around elegance. The floral, appliqué overlay was the inspiration for the linens on the cake table, where a similar appliqué made for stunning photographs while the couple was cutting the cake.

Wedding Cake
Bride and Groom First Dance

Andrew & Maria’s day is one they can call their own, as countless personal and cultural touches were seen throughout the celebration. It was beneath the gorgeous Virginia sky that they came together surrounded by the people they love most. ~

wedding vendors

Photographer: Sera Petras Photography
Planning: Orpha Events
Venue: Blue Ridge Farm
Florals: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design
Hair Stylist: Avenue 42 Salon
Catering: L’etoile Catering
Entertainment: Sam Hill Entertainment & Mo Sol Band
Cake: Cakes by Rachel
Bridal Dress: Ines Di Santo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Jeweler: Edelweiss Jewelry

This wedding was featured in Wine & Country Weddings Volume 5 magazine.


Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant Virginia weddings, are complemented by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Sister publications under the publishers of Ivy Life & Style Media include the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a bi-annual publication guiding visitors and newcomers on all of the happenings and businesses in the region, and CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom magazine, a bi-monthly parenting publication.

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