Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wedding Spectator no. 1: Vineyard Reception

Brock grew up in Atlanta, the dreamy, quiet boy in pretty much every girl at my school's heart from 1995 until about 1999 or so when we all acknowledged that it probably wasn't going to happen. When he got married in Charlottesville, Va. last summer, it was truly the end of an era.

Even if it dealt a blow to my junior-high dreams, the wedding was lovely, and the reception one of the most elegant and beautiful I've had the pleasure of attending. Brock and Emily, who met in college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, took advantage of the landscape up in what my dad refers to as "God's country" and held their reception at Veritas Vineyard & Winery, just a winding 30-minute drive away from the church, in Afton, Va.

The reception began with a long, relaxed cocktail hour, which gave the guests plenty of time to soak up the Blue Ridge scenery from the deck overlooking the vineyard (and the bride and groom plenty of time for pictures). For folks who wanted to be in the air conditioning or closer to the bar, the impressive tasting room was open as well. Once Brock and Emily had rejoined the party and had sufficient time to mingle, the celebration moved into the ballroom/reception hall for a sit-down dinner and dancing.

As a bride, or an event planner, it's easy to see the attraction of a venue like Veritas. It's basically a one-stop shop, and somewhere like this really doesn't need dressing up. You could tell these folks do a big business in weddings and events, because everything was stunning, from the sheer fabric draping the walls to the french doors opening onto the deck to the dramatic high cieling. Add tables, a few flowers or candles, and you're ready to go.

As a guest, you just can't go wrong at a reception like this one. (Just be sure the driver doesn't drink too much!) I have never seen a more beautiful setting for a wedding celebration -- it was lush and southern, charming and sophisticated, convivial and laid-back. One of the fanciest aspects of the evening was that each course of the meal was paired with a different Veritas wine. The height of luxury! Though I've never seen so much glassware on one table.

Of course, the vineyard reception is a strategy best reserved for folks in places known for good wine -- not so much an option here in Georgia, where, I hear, the wine leaves much to be desired. For sheer natural beauty though, I have yet to beat this reception site. It's pretty much the opposite of our rehabbed industrial, urban reception spot, but in another life (or another state) the winery wedding would be near the top of my list.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like it was a beautiful wedding! If we end up having a reception in CT for the family members that can't make the trip to FL for our wedding, we are going to have it at a vineyard in my hometown!