Pippin Hill is such a lovely venue, it’s no wonder Meredith and William chose it to celebrate their wedding day. Details we love? The bride wore her grandmother’s veil, the groom and groomsmen wore monogrammed cummerbunds, and bridesmaids chose their own dresses in shades of nude. If you’re planning an elegant, traditional wedding, we know you’ll love this!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? My something old was my maternal grandmother’s veil. She went to Belgium to buy it when she was getting married. She wore it in her wedding and then my mom wore it in hers. My something blue was a blue ribbon pinned inside my dress that my paternal grandmother pinned in since she wasn’t able to travel to the wedding. My paternal grandmother gave me the knife she used at her wedding to cut the cake so William and I were able to use that same knife to cut our cake.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Ahh the welcome bags. We’d been told by so many people not to worry about welcome bags that they are so much more of a hassle than its worth. But we were having a destination wedding, and I felt like if people were making the effort to travel to Charlottesville, I should make the effort to welcome them. My compromise was that I wasn’t going to make it fancy but really reflective of William and me so I included all of our favorite things, including blue Powerade and Sour Patch Kids. It was definitely a lot of work but I’m glad I did it.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Start with a budget! It’s so much easier to make decisions when you can look at it from a budget perspective. You can really focus on what’s important to you and make tweaks accordingly. Out of respect for my parents, I’m going to keep the specific breakdown private but I will say that things add up fast!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? A friends’ mom told me on the Thursday before our wedding to “take mental snapshots over the weekend. Take a step back, look around, soak it in and take a mental snapshot.” I took that to heart and can really remember each event of the wedding and how I was feeling. I tell all my friends who get married to do the same! // On the advice of our wedding planner, I set a date (mine was Wednesday) after which, I told everyone that if something was going wrong not to tell me about it. There were so many unknowns the week of our wedding – the snow storm was preventing guests from getting in, venues didn’t know whether they would have power, etc. But by that point, I was just ready to get married and couldn’t worry about things I couldn’t control. By Wednesday, I was able to relax and just enjoy the weekend and trust that my support system was working behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Just remember, at the end of the day, you’re going to be married and that is all that matters! Also, our wedding planner was 110% worth every single penny. I have been in a lot of weddings and looking back at ours, I am so beyond thankful that I wasn’t concerned over one logistical detail. So if you’re debating hiring one, I say do it!
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I would have had the videographer there while I was getting ready and during the reception instead of just at the rehearsal dinner and ceremony.
“While Charlottesville is a beautiful location for an outdoor ceremony, it was really important to us to be married in a church. St. Paul’s Memorial Church was a no-brainer – the church is elegant yet simple. It is also right on the corner (near UVA grounds) which was easily accessible to our guests and gave them a chance to see where we met.”
Your ceremony in three words. Simple, Christ-centered, and holy.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Our incredible wedding planner, Easton Events, gave us a guideline of ceremonies they had which helped us plan the ceremony.
Who officiated your ceremony? Stan Buckley was the pastor of Williams’ hometown church, First Baptist Jackson, and he officiated.
What was your ceremony music? This was actually kind of stressful because we chose this last. I just assumed I would know instantly what I wanted but there are so many options and didn’t know how to choose. I asked my grandmother who is involved with music at her church in Baton Rouge for her advice and looked at what friends had used in their ceremonies.
What were your ceremony readings? Ephesians 4: 1-6
What were your vows like? Our vows were the traditional vows – that was important to us because we’d talked about what each of those vows meant.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our ceremony was really simple and ended up lasting only 12 minutes (that was probably our guests favorite thing about the ceremony, ha!), but what I loved most about it was that it was really about the fact that our marriage isn’t just about William and me, but about our covenant with God and that there are three, not two, in this union.
“Pippin Hill was exactly what we wanted our reception to be. It’s rustic, elegant, and sits on a breathtaking landscape. I knew just from seeing the pictures online, and as we pulled up for the first site visit I told the planner, ‘I don’t even need to go inside…this is it!'”
How would you describe your reception? Elegant, rustic, and fun.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Blogs! I wasn’t one of those girls who had known what they wanted for the wedding their entire life so I had to hit the blog and Pinterest scene hard. I just pulled images that I liked and relied on our amazing planner and her team to make that vision come to life! I trusted them and it was exactly what we wanted.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Honestly, my favorite part was after William and I took pictures while our guests had cocktails. Our planner arranged for us to go to the loft for 15 minutes to eat dinner, just the two of us, before we joined the reception party. I start to tear up thinking about those 15 minutes because it was such a joyful time.
What was your wedding menu? Oh gosh there were so many things but the main ones I remember were the sliders – everyone was raving about the sliders!
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Carrot cake was the main cake but we also had an almond poppyseed cake and a chocolate on chocolate groom’s cake.
First dance: This Magic Moment from the Sandlot movie
Father/daughter dance: Brown Eyed Girl
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? A friend told me to make the reception really “us”, that when you look back on weddings that they all kind of blur together unless there’s something really unique to the couple. That made a lot of sense to me so we decided to have a foosball table during cocktail hour because William LOVES foosball and we also used the Wahooptie which is a big green ridiculous party bus from the ceremony to the reception. They were just little things but ones that made the wedding more reflective of our personalities. // The week of our wedding there was a huge snow storm – Pippin Hill didn’t even have power on the Friday before the wedding. By the grace of God, Saturday afternoon was 60 degrees and sunny. All of our guests were able to have cocktail hour outside and enjoy the beautiful setting. // Our band, Right On Band, really set the tone for the evening – they came out in platform glittered boots and feather boas – it was just a really fun energy! // A favorite moment would be that during our first dance, William’s niece, CeCe, who was 2 at the time, came and grabbed my hand and swayed back and forth with us – it’s such a special memory!