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Best of Hunt Country Weddings 2023

Best of Hunt Country Weddings 2023

Hunt Country had no shortage of unique weddings in 2023. From an elopement in the woods to a family affair at Salamander Resort & Spa, here are a few of our favorites.

Samantha & Ben

Poplar Springs Manor – Warrenton, VA
April 15, 2023

Samantha and Ben’s special day was set against the gorgeous stone backdrop and tree-lined roads of Poplar Spring Manor in Warrenton. Pops of eucalyptus green and pale pink flower arrangements added a touch of spring to the airy setting. The evening ended with a dazzling sparkler send-off and plenty of cheers and tears from friends and family. The couple shares, “Our wedding day was so special surrounded by everyone we love! Poplar Springs Manor was a gorgeous venue that allowed for an intimate wedding and beautiful views from no matter where you were. We’ve only lived in Virginia for a few years, but it has become our home. All of the wedding weekend memories we will remember for the rest of our lives!”

Venue: Poplar Spring Manor
Officiant: Seth Moorman
Photographer: Gracie Withers Photography
Videographer: John Case
Hair & Makeup: Tamar C Makeup
Dress: The Bridal Room in McLean
Cake: Girl Meets Cake
Cocktail Music: Rook Richards
Photo Booth: A-List Photo Booth
Shuttle: Martin’s Sedan & Limousine

Caitlin & Andy

Private Home – Warrenton, VA
April 26, 2023

When asked about her wedding to Andy, Caitilin shares, “Everything literally fell into place.” The couple eloped outside their shared home on a Wednesday surrounded by towering trees and witnessed by their adorable dog Stanley. The day was filled with personal touches like a wedding cake which the bride baked herself, and a DIY bouquet of flowers she sourced from “the side of the road.” Of their nuptials, Caitlin says, “It was perfect. But, besides perfect, it was so easy and relaxed and so fun.” She finishes, “It was just very us. We wouldn’t have done it any differently. We loved every minute of it.” 

Venue: Private Home
Photographer: Callie Broaddus
Florals: Village Flowers
Dress: LuLu’s
Ring: Hartman Jewelers

Camille & Zach

The Manor House at Airmont – Round Hill, VA
May 20, 2023

“The most memorable moment of our wedding was definitely the first look. My first look with my dad and my first look with my husband,” shares Camille. Camille and Zach didn’t let the rainy weather dim their special day; instead they leaned into it with a gorgeous tented ceremony and photos outside the Manor House. Of the venue, she shares, “We just fell in love with the place. It’s owned by the Francis family.” Camille credits the Francis family with making the day stress-free, saying, “It is a whole package and it made our wedding process very seamless.” She ends up saying what matters most is that “you are celebrating your union with your soulmate, witnessed by people you love.” 

Venue: The Manor at Airmont
Planning: Natallia Francis
Photographer: Willow Britt Studios (by Emily Petroccione & Annemarie Deale)
Videographer: George Vargas
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Khan Artistry
Florals: Natallia Francis
Dress: All Who Wander
Alterations: Elegance By Roya Tysons
Catering: Zesty Gourmet
Dessert: Honey Bee Pastries
DJ: Bryan George Music

Anna & Ian

Stone Tower Winery – Leesburg, VA
August 26, 2023

Anna and Ian’s late summer wedding was a celebration of love, family, friends, bright colors, and plenty of flowers. Their nuptials included the stunning varmala ceremony, signified by the exchanging of garlands between the bride and the groom. The bridesmaid’s mustard yellow gowns added to the abundant vibrance of the day and paired perfectly with the groom’s classic navy suit. 

Venue: Stone Tower Winery
Planning: Vida Events
Officiant: River and Root Ceremonies
Photographer: Krysta Norman Photography
Videographer: Chasing Light Productions
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anna B.
Florals: She Loves Me
Dress Designer: Kynah, Seema Gujral
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Cake: Classic Bakery
Music: Zandi Entertainment
Transportation: Road Yachts

Mari & Frank

Goodstone Inn – Middleburg, VA
September 2, 2023

Mari and Frank exchanged vows in front of friends, family, and the gorgeous Goodstone Inn ivy wall. Special touches on the September day included parasols, watercolor guest cards, and touches of something blue throughout the venue. The newlyweds shared their first dance on an elegant black-and-white checkered dance floor with a view of the sun starting to set over the countryside. 

Venue: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant
Planning: Vida Events, Kylie Elizabeth
Photographer: Hannah Baldwin Photography
Videographer: Whitecaps Film
Makeup: Bridal Glow with Victoria O
Florals: Vintage Floral Design
Baker: Signature Sweet by Amanda
Donuts: Strite’s Donuts
Ceremony Music: Two Rivers Chamber Music
DJ: Chris Styles
Transportation: Chariots for Hire & Royal Golf Carts

Katherine & Erwin

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast – Middleburg, VA
September 12, 2023

The day of Katherine and Erwin’s wedding began with Katherine and her close friends getting ready in a cozy cottage at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast, while Erwin dressed in the main house. The ceremony took place on the hill at the back of the property with breathtaking views of the mountains and sunny skies. Lush, colorful florals and the blending of American and French heritage added a truly personal touch to the evening. As the night wore on, a gorgeous sunset cast a warm, romantic glow over the celebration and the dance floor came alive with laughter and joy. It was a truly vibrant wedding, both in terms of color and atmosphere. 

Venue: Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast
Planning: Becca Lynn Events
Photography: Samia’s Studios
Florist: Trojan Florist
Catering: Genesis Delight Catering
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cake
DJ: Black Tie Entertainment & DJ Matthew Johnson

Leché & Eric

Waterford Old School Auditorium – Waterford, VA
September 2, 2023

The Waterford Old School Auditorium was an idyllic venue for Leché and Eric’s wedding celebration. Sunflowers and smiles filled the old school, creating a warm, welcoming, and undeniably happy atmosphere. The couple cut into a small cake sitting on tiers of cupcakes. The wedding was a true homegrown effort with the groom’s brother as the officiant, the bride doing her own makeup, and the groom’s family providing the flowers. 

Venue: Waterford Old School Auditorium
Officiant: Paul Dorsch
Photographer: Jess Brown Photography
Hair & Makeup: Bride
Bouquet & Boutonniere: Jess Brown
Florals: Groom’s Family
Catering: Magnolias at the Mill
Cake: Wineberry Cakes

Taylor & Nate

Shadow Creek – Purcellville, VA
September 23, 2023

Taylor and Nate had a tropical storm to contend with on their special day. But, as Taylor shares, things turned out better than they could have ever imagined. She shares, “What I didn’t expect was how much all of our vendors would step up and bring new visions, plans, and dreams to life. From the venue having a rain plan, to our photographer and videographer being by our sides to calm every nerve, to our florist, baker, and rental company designing our vision better than we could have imagined, to our caterer serving up some of the best food we’ve tasted, to our coordinator ready to jump in and snuff out any disastrous issues before they could spoil the day. We were incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many great people on what truly was the best day of our lives, despite the unyielding wind and rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia.”

Venue: Shadow Creek Weddings & Events
Planning: An Exceptional Event
Photographer: Maddy Williams Photography
Videographer: Ace19 Media
Hair: Boho Bridal Babe
Makeup: Hyer Beauty
Florals: Bee Inspired Events
Dress: Ava Laurenne Bride
Catering: Savoir Fare Limited
Cake: Out of the Bubble Bakery
Band: Bachelor Boys Band

Judith & Chris

Salamander Resort & Spa – Middleburg, VA
September 29, 2023

Family was front and center at the wedding of Judith and Chris. The ceremony took place on the anniversary of Judith’s grandparents’ (Noodle and Papa) wedding anniversary. The couple tied the knot at a nearby church before hosting guests at Salamander Resort & Spa. The couple kept it classic with black bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits and hints of blue in the hydrangea bouquets. A visit from Cupcake, Salamander’s mini horse, put smiles on everyone’s faces and added to the Middleburg feel! 

Venue: Salamander Resort & Spa
Planning: Sarah Obenour, ETC Coordinator
Photographer: Kir Tuben Photography
Videographer: Shutter & Sound Films
Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Claudine
Florist: Fantasy Floral
Cake: Jason Reaves, Salamander Resort & Spa Executive Pastry Chef
Band: Spectrum
Transportation: Chariots for Hire

Jessica & Justin

Birkby House – Leesburg, VA
November 10, 2023

Jess says, “From beginning to end, we tried to be in touch with the guest experience. Our venue in downtown Leesburg, Birkby House, served as the perfect spot for our guests — a beautiful outdoor ceremony amidst fall foliage, indoor cocktail hour in the charming manor house, and our reception in the newly built conservatory. Our favorite moments included surprising our guests as we entered the reception in traditional Korean dress (called hanboks), late-night pizza on the dance floor, and being surrounded by our loved ones who were visibly having a great time! It was an unforgettable night.”

Venue: The Birkby House
Planning: Hellen Bark Weddings
Photographer: Samantha Leto Photography LLC
Videographer: Your Story
Hair: Pins-N-Brushes
Makeup: Christina Lee
Florals: Flower N Florist
Catering: Tuskies Events
DJ: DJ Edwin Park
Photo Booth: SillyShotz Photo Booth

Published in the February 2024 issue of Middleburg Life.

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