It’s been a while since I posted here, and certainly the theme of this post will be 99% unrelated from topics in the past. My husband Gregg and I got married on Sunday, May 15, 2016. We locked down the first and only venue we checked out, the Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Virginia, and have no regrets. From their website:
Middleburg was founded in 1787 and its history is indeed an interesting one. Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel and Virginia Statesman Levin Powell purchased land known as “Chinn’s Crossroads” for $2.50 an acre from Joseph Chinn, first cousin to George Washington. Powell changed the name to “Middleburg” because of the town’s location halfway between Alexandria and Winchester on the Ashby Gap trading route, which is now Route 50.
Our wedding site is comprised of the Mansion Pool area and the adjacent Woodsy Garden. Both are located opposite the Carriage House, the centerpiece of the Inn. The ruins of the historic Goodstone Mansion include the ivory-covered façade and original arbors. The natural beauty of the estate’s rolling pastures with the Blue Ridge Mountains and farmstead in the distance create a picturesque backdrop for a romantic country wedding.
Having such an intimate wedding with only a few months to plan helped reduce the stress but of course the day-of did come with a little bit of heat as the I-95 traffic from Richmond wasn’t playing nice. But, we made it up to the venue with enough time to have a glass of wine and take a few getting ready photos.
(Click on any of the photos in the cluster to view larger and as a slideshow.)
We kept the groom and officiant waiting just a few minutes but soon enough it was time to head to the ceremony site.
And… here goes nothin’! In all seriousness it was the best day that we have ever shared together.
Immediately after the ceremony we danced our first dance to Queen’s “Best Friend.” Then it was time to just relax and enjoy the rest of the evening!
We were really lucky to have found such a fantastic venue that treated us like royalty every step of the way. Special thanks to the Goodstone’s event planner Chelsea Grim and wine director/sommelier Stephen Elhafdi who were really an extension of the party. Also tremendous thanks to our photographer Britt who captured the entire event in one gorgeous photo after the next. Thanks to her we are able to relive our wedding every time we look at them.
Photography: Brittany Diliberto of Bee Two Sweet Photography
Floral Design: Jessica Brooks (the bride)
Officiant: Richard Kirk
Jewelry: pendant created by Kay Adams of Anthill Antiques
Of course every bride gets a tan: Alison Renahan of Malibu Tans
Hair & Makeup: Welsy Mourino of Elle Style Studio
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Goodstone Inn
Dress: BCBG Maxazria