Hallie and Glenn’s wedding was the perfect blend of modern romance and timeless elegance, and we’re so glad photographer Erich McVey was there to capture it! Overflowing with gorgeous lush greenery, the venue gave the feeling of an intimate backyard celebration. From Hallie’s incredibly stylish gown to the special olive branch details throughout, this day was filled to the brim with classic beauty.
“I had always imagined my wedding in my parents’ backyard so I knew we had to find a venue that would feel similar,” says Hallie. “We had stayed at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville once or twice as a family and it was always in the back of my mind. The real deciding factor was that we would have the whole inn to ourselves for that special weekend: since most of Glenn’s family was coming from across the country, we knew this would be perfect. They were really able to be a part of everything, without having to go back and forth to a hotel between events. We had the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception at the Clifton and everything was flawless.”
Hallie and Glenn’s invitation suite by Brown Linen Design featured botanical envelope liners, vintage stamps, and modern calligraphy.
Hallie looked effortlessly chic wearing a bodice featuring geometric seaming paired with a fit and flare skirt with a dramatic draped train.
“After speaking to Rev. Bhavani Metro, we knew right away she was the perfect fit for our ceremony. Being an Interfaith Minister of Integral Yoga since 1980, it is very important to her to honor all traditions. After speaking with Rev. Bhavani for over an hour on the phone, and meeting her in person a few months later, she really got to know us as a couple. Even though we didn’t want any religious touches to the ceremony, she was really able to create service that reflected our personalities and values and connection as a couple. Rev. Bhavani turned our ceremony into something very significant and meaningful, even in such a short period of time!”
Your ceremony in three words: Laid-back, personal, intimate.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Glenn and I are not religious at all so we really wanted to ceremony to be universal and very ‘us.’ Rev. Bhavani sent us a ton of templates and options for the different parts of the ceremony and we kind of picked and chose what we liked for each. I would say it was traditional in terms of the language but also had a lot of our own touches. Very personal but short and sweet at the same time.
What was your ceremony music? I asked two of my cousins, Peter and Hannah, to play the music for our ceremony and it was perfect! Peter played some of his own stuff on the piano as the guests were being seated. As the girls came down the aisle in twos, he played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. When I walked down with my dad, he and Hannah (violin) played Canon in D together, and as we walked out Peter closed with “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” and sang along too! It was such a fun touch!
What were your ceremony readings? We had one reader in the ceremony, Beth Klineman, our close family friend who was also my Kindergarten teacher! She read a little piece from Charlotte’s web that I just love:
“Why did you do all this for me?” Wilbur asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our favorite part about the ceremony was feeling and seeing all of the love and support we had while standing up there. From our wedding party (most of whom we have known since we were about 2 years old) to all of our friends and family who traveled so far for us – it could not have been a better. Knowing that they were just as excited as we were about being married could not have felt more special.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Be present! It sounds cliché but the whole night goes by so quickly – you won’t even feel like you were there.
“Every single second of our reception was my favorite. I never imagined it would all come together as perfectly as it did. Glenn and I both agree that the feeling we had that night will never be topped. Just the warmest feeling of love and support in the tent. But if I had to choose just one favorite moment, it would actually be a moment before the reception. After Glenn and I finished with pictures, the two of us and my mom hopped on a golf cart to go down and see the tent before anyone was in it. I think we all got chills. It was the most beautiful set up I have ever seen. And of course seeing the reaction from all of the guests was pretty special too!”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I have a very rustic and loose style – some may call it organic. For most people, flowers are the main focus, but I like a lot of bark, sticks, stones and greenery, and wanted the reception to have an earthy, rustic look, with nothing too perfect or pristine. An ‘enchanted forest’ theme kind of came into its own with the amazing greenery around the tent poles. Olive branches were another motif – not only do we love the look of them, but my parents have a very special Papillon at home named Olive who we all could not love more. We thought it would be a bit overwhelming for her to come to the wedding, so we figured she could be there in spirit.
Family Style Menu: Greens: Garden arugula with house made ricotta, pears & lemon shallot dressing // Veggies: Balsamic grilled seasonal vegetables / Roasted fingerling potatoes with olive oil, sea salt & thyme // Land & Sea: Braised beef short ribs with stone ground grits & roasted onions / Seared sea scallops with melted leeks, carrots and bacon // Sweet: Hallie’s specialty pound cake with buttercream frosting and cream cheese filling // Late Night Snack: Blue Ridge Pizza Co. wood-fired truck
Did you have a signature cocktail? Yes! This was a last minute addition but it was a hit. It was a vodka, cucumber and basil drink named “The 27” after the favorite number we both wore while playing lacrosse!
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? I have a little bit of an obsession with pink and black leopard print, and wanted some slights hints here and there without going too crazy. The outside of our cake was very unassuming and beautiful with a white buttercream frosting and some olive leaves and olives, but the Clifton Pastry Chef made an amazing pound cake that was pink and black leopard print on the inside – I have no idea how he did it! This was one of my favorite details.
First Dance: “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Father/daughter dance (Glenn and his mom came in halfway through my dance with my dad): “Cruisin’” by Smoky Robinson
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Everything was perfect. I would maybe add about 3 hours to the ceremony…