A wedding filled with intimate personal touches and a swoon worthy combination of vintage + natural elements, Anna and Price were hands on in creating a day that intertwined their family & friends. The couple stuck to a mixed metal color scheme of copper, bronze, and gold which they used to highlight the natural beauty of their ceremony & reception space in the middle of the woods. Over the period of time between meeting and booking Anna and Price's wedding we realized that this could be something very special and unique unlike any other. That definitely came true when we showed up on the property and the venue couldn't be seen, in fact it was almost a 10min walk through the forest, past vintage candelabra's hung and nailed to the trees, flower peddles on the ground, walking through one of a kind hand made doors, ultimately to land in a perfectly curated venue on the most perfect day.”
Anna and Price wanted their families to be involved in the entire process, and what resulted was a stunning presentation of rustic elements meeting glamorous vintage touches completely tailored to the communal atmosphere of their family land. Anna continued to play a hands on role in their celebration, choosing to thrift the bulk of the decor. Anna told us, “I didn’t really have a color scheme, or theme I wanted to go with for the wedding until I just started going to local thrift stores & antique shops where our colors and wedding decor suddenly emerged. So in addition to using much of my mother in laws antique collection, we spent nearly eight months scavenging through our local antique & thrift stores to find furniture, glassware, brass candlesticks, and all the other decor that met our copper, bronze and gold color scheme. We had a designated “wedding room,” that we filled up and had to rent a U-haul to transport to our venue.” Each vignette and seating area held a found element that Anna + Price were able to breathe new life in to.
Anna’s quest for sustainable pieces and a connected planning experience didn’t just stop at the furniture: “I found my dream dress, a stunning Kleinfeld’s Pnina Tornai dress, at Church Street Bridal in Lynchburg, VA (a ministry, where all proceeds go to help with women & children of domestic violence). The dress shopping experience was everything I dreamed of and more, with all my bridesmaids, mom, aunt and their scoring boards in tow.
The Friday before our wedding, the bride and bridesmaids went and picked all of their own flowers for the entire wedding from our local flower farm, where you can pick and fill up a five gallon bucket for only $10.”
From the Bride: “Our venue was set in the woods on my parents land. Thirty acres, in Floyd, Virginia, called Spirit Wind Retreat Center, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. My parents really made our dreams come true by bringing our vision to life. It was really a team effort and in the months leading up to our big day, friends came near and far to clear trails, bush hog, mow, landscape, etc to make it perfect for our wedding day. The groom and his father hand built and stained a hundred benches to seat our two hundred guests.”
The walkway for the bride was bathed with stones laid in the ground leading her up to the most incredible alter/gazebo. As her two brothers, father, and Pastor laid out the ceremony, playing in the background were the sounds of nature. Wind blowing through the trees, birds chirping and calling to one another as they said their vows and exchanged rings. A beautiful song sung by her brother and his band closed everything out as the entirety of the guests came forward to pray for the couple.
Following the ceremony, guests dined at a single communal table lined with loose romantic greenery, twinkly lights, and more of Anna’s thrifted vintage candle holders and gathered glassware. From one end to the other you could see every person who was in attendance to celebrate their union. From there, we took Anna and Price up to the top of the hill to walk through golden fields at sunset. It was pure magic and their classic car, provided by a friend, was how they arrived to the reception and later drove off in for their grand exit.
When we got back, they cut the cake and shared their first dance, all in front of a custom one of a kind fireplace built just for the wedding. Anna said “I really wanted a stand alone fireplace, which was made possible using stones from the creek on the land, along with a chapel/alter that we built using a sawmill on the property and trees foraged from the land.” We were miles out in the middle of the forest unrestricted by any lights so when the sun finally set, you could look up and see almost every star in the sky. They passed out lanterns for every one to release and then lit up sparklers to send them off and end the night.
Venue: Spirit Wind Retreat Center, Floyd, VA
Photography provided by: Weddings by Davin