Sweet romance

A soft palette warms a winter wedding

Photo: Katelyn James

Maggie Gill & James Pacana

March 12, 2016

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • The bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets included anenomes, aphrodite roses, hydrangea and ranunculus, creating a lush, elegant look in shades of blush, gold and champagne. Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

It’s fitting that Maggie and James were married at a vineyard. The day the couple got engaged, they had been visiting one Loudoun County winery after another as, unbeknownst to Maggie, James’ surprise proposal was thwarted by a bachelorette party at each location. Once he was finally able to pop the question (later that evening at Washington, D.C.’s Botanic Garden), the couple decided on a late-winter wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.

Photo: Katelyn James Photography

It was important to them to aesthetically bridge the gap between winter and spring. That meant keeping a formal vibe in a soft color palette—long, silk bridesmaids gowns in blush pink, traditional peaked-lapel tuxedos and plenty of flowers. Maggie and James were married under an arbor covered in hydrangeas, roses, magnolia branches and jasmine; lush arrangements hung above the farmhouse tables from suspended antique ladders. It struck all the right notes—elegant and romantic, just as they planned.

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Albemarle Baking Company decorated its princess cake with dogwood flowers. “It was the most delicious wedding cake I’ve ever had,” Maggie says. Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

The Details

Ceremony and reception venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Officiant: Christopher Nigel Ross (Celestial Ceremonies)  Catering: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards  Flowers: Tourterelle Floral Design  Cake: Albemarle Baking Company ν Music: The Linden Trio (ceremony), The Significant Others (reception)  Dress: Maggie Sottero “Arlyn” ν Shoes: Paradox London Pink  Rings: Charleston Alexander  Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ann Taylor  Hair: Brianna B. Adams  Makeup: Charlottesville Makeup Artist ν Day-of coordinator: Girls From Main Street   Photographer: Katelyn James Photography  Videographer: The Herrintons   Groom/groomsmen attire: The Black Tux  Favors: Jaclyn’s Cookies