Lauren and Zach's wedding was absolutely amazing! They chose Montefair Farms in the beautiful, Charlottesville, Virginia. The farm had a number of cabins where a few guests stayed, a gorgeous lake, and the absolutely perfect spot for these two to celebrate joining their lives together.
Here's what Lauren had to say:
"It was important to us to have our wedding in Charlottesville, since this is where we met and where we've built a community over the course of our relationship. Since neither of our families are from the area, the planning process was somewhat challenging, but it was also fun because we knew we were creating a "destination" wedding of sorts for our out-of-town guests. We wanted to include people and places that were important to us-- the ceremony was at St. Paul's (where Lauren is a choir member), the organist and officiant were dear friends, and music was provided by Zephyrus, a local choral group with which Lauren performs. They were even willing to learn a piece in Old Slavonic, which appealed to Zach's Russian historian nerdiness. We had a memorable early date at C&O, where the rehearsal dinner was held, and Sweethaus is a favorite treat spot for both of us. At our reception, Mike Lund served outstanding local dishes, complete with Virginia wines and beers from local breweries that we and our friends adore. Montfair provided the perfect setting for some mountain views, a bonfire, and a little canoeing. "
"Zach and I met at a party-- not super exciting. I was impressed with his party game skills and his Sun Yat Sen tee shirt, haha. Then he friended me on Facebook, which is always a good sign. Ultimately, he won me over when he presented me with an Easter basket complete with a stuffed bunny clutching a tiny bottle of wine, then took me on a hike.
Zach proposed to me when I went out to visit him in California, where he spent a summer doing research. We were wandering around Golden Gate Park on a chilly evening, and he took me to the Shakespeare Garden, where he asked me to marry him. Then, as we sat there, I overheard what sounded like "Something" by the Beatles-- some quick internet searching revealed that Paul McCartney happened to be playing that evening in Golden Gate Park, allowing Zach to forever brag that he proposed during a live performance by a living legend. Nice one, Zach. We spent the rest of the evening wandering around the park singing along to "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," grabbing pizza because we waited too late and all the restaurants were closed, and calling our families back in Pennsylvania at inappropriate hours."
"Do you remember that scene in The Parent Trap where Hayley Mills, as she meets her grandfather for the first time, savors the moment and tells him that she is "making a memory"? That concept has stuck with me since childhood, and I'm so glad it did, because I actively thought about doing this on my wedding day-- not just for the "big" moments, but even just little interactions with family and friends. Now, even though much of the day is still a blur, I have certain moments that I'll always remember."
"I am so glad that we chose Liz for our wedding photography. Back in high school, I knew she was a talented artist-- I admired not only her creativity but also her ability to present a story, as evidenced by her work on our yearbook. All these years later, she brought those talents to bear in capturing our wedding-- from staging gorgeous shots to juxtaposing them creatively in our album. Even more importantly, though, she made us feel at ease throughout the whole process, which is no easy task, especially when dealing with camera-shy subjects! We never felt rushed, or like getting pictures taken was detracting from our experience of the day or taking time away from friends and family. I would definitely recommend her to any folks out there who are planning a wedding or other event!"
Officiant: The Rev. Sarah Kinney Gaventa
Planner: Karen McGrath for Amore Events
Ceremony Organist: Daniel Brinson
Ceremony Music: Zephyrus Early Music Vocal Ensemble
Band: Grit City Grass
Flowers: Karen McGrath
Caterer: Mike Lund Food
Invitations: Kayleigh DuMond Stationery