Destination I Do
Friday, March 9, 2012

Destination Wedding Virginia: A Countryside Dream!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Eric Kelley Photography

Eve and Evan are a Washington DC couple who wanted a destination wedding in the countryside with a weekend, getaway feel. Charlottesville, VA was the perfect option since it was a beautiful historic down within driving distance of DC. “There are great wineries, a local airport, a train and lots of historical locations to visit,” says Eve. “It seemed like a really great place to invite people for the weekend to enjoy themselves.

The couple’s guests traveled primarily from New York City and Texas, so it was inevitable they would need to travel for the wedding. Luckily, Eve and Evan made it well worth the effort. The couple held a total of seven events for their guests over the course of a long weekend. “We had a family dinner on Thursday night, a bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, the wedding, an after party for all the guests on Friday night, a late night pool party and a brunch,” recalls the bride.

Unfortunately, not as many guests were able to attend as the couple had initially wanted, but they understood this was a part of a destination wedding. The bride was able to renegotiate with the hotels so she wouldn’t be responsible for blocked rooms which weren’t used in the end. Eve and Evan also had a wedding planner on their side. The situation was ideal as their planner had offices both in Washinton DC and Charlottesville. Perfect, right?

While not everyone may have been able to attend, the couple doesn’t regret their decision to have a destination wedding. “The ability for everyone to come and be together for a weekend really allowed our friends and families to bond over the weekend. Our families and wedding parties especially bonded and everyone got to know each other and feel like the wedding was more of a vacation rather than just a night out.”

Photographer: Eric Kelley Photography
Ceremony/Reception Site: The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, VA
Wedding Planner: Danielle Freedman with A Dominick Events
Florist: Pat’s Floral Design
Gown Designer: Rivini
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Kleinfeld’s

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