Southern glamour

Sentimental details fill out an Old Hollywood fête

Photo: Jen Fariello

Sara Snell & Francis Eden

June 4, 2016

With the threat of a storm encroaching on their big day, Sara and Frank decided that, even though they had wanted to wait until they met at the altar, a first look before the ceremony made sense in case it rained (“We wanted to have a few pictures to show our children,” Sara says). They met under Seven Oaks’ Jefferson oak tree, the last of, well, seven oaks on the property, all named after presidents. “The sun was shining and it was so magical getting to share that moment and have a private memory of just us,” says Sara.

  • Photo: Jen Fariello

  • Photo: Jen Fariello

  • The couple loves bourbon and used bourbon barrels as the stand for the cigar rollers, bourbon bottles as vases, and Frank even filled mini Blanton’s bottles with a batch of his homemade pineapple habañero hot sauce (to accompany the fried chicken). Photo: Jen Fariello

  • For the tent poles, Sara wanted to add some soft, lush details. Tourterelle added ferns and various flowers and vines creeping up the poles. Photo: Jen Fariello

Ultimately, the rain held off until the last bus of guests drove off, leaving the couple with the beautiful day they’d pictured: Old Hollywood with Southern charm.

“We mixed in vintage metals and gold accents with soft, romantic pastels to complement the natural greenery of the vineyard,” she says. “Everything was truly a dream.”

Photo: Jen Fariello
  • The pair met during a school trip to Indonesia and Vietnam. “We kept running into each other when we moved to [New York City] and one day I decided to go visit Frank in Connecticut. A huge snowstorm hit and they shut down the trains as soon as I got there so we were snowed in the whole weekend! It was so romantic and fun.” Photo: Jen Fariello

  • Photo: Jen Fariello

  • Sara’s bouquet incorporated a flower from every place she’s lived—roses for New York, mountain laurel for Connecticut, eucalyptus for Australia, dogwood for Virginia—and a few sentimental details like lisianthus, which her mother had in her bridal bouquet. Photo: Jen Fariello

The Details

Event planner: Colleen Miller  Ceremony and reception venue: Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Seven Oaks Farm & Vineyards  Officiant: Christopher Garcia  Catering: A Pimento Catering  Flowers: Tourterelle Floral Design  Cake: Albemarle Baking Company  Music: Small Town Rodeo (cocktail hour) and TFC Band (reception)  Dress: Pronovias  Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (ceremony), Swarovski crystal Old Gringo boots (reception)  Rings: Strickland’s Jewelers  Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bari Jay  Hair: Ashley Clarke  Tent rental: Skyline Tent Company