What a weekend

A days-long celebration at Veritas Vineyard keeps the love overflowing

Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

Chloe Hodson & Elliott Watkins

November 1, 2015

It all started with the suit. Elliott had a traditional tweed three-piece made in England, where he’s from, and the wedding planning unfolded from there. “That kind of created a theme for us,” says Chloe. “We tried to incorporate elements of England, like a traditional English wedding cake and mini beef Wellington appetizers, with American traditions like burying the bourbon, mini late-night sliders and Bud Light.” The couple crossed a Union Jack and an American flag behind them at the altar and set up a gin and bourbon bar for guests.

  • Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

  • Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

  • Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

  • Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

Chloe and Elliott met as kids in Elliott’s grandparents’ backyard in England and reconnected when Elliott was looking for work in the wine business following winemaking school. Their friendship blossomed into a romance and he proposed on Christmas Eve, just over a year after they started dating. Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

“We had Elliott’s family bring in lots of interesting gins from England, which we had paired with different tonics and garnishes for people to sample. We did the same for the bourbon,” Chloe says.

But what was her favorite part of the day? “Besides all of it?” she asks. “Really, just the flow of the weekend.” Chloe’s family owns and operates Veritas Vineyard & Winery and, because the couple had a small wedding, they were able to host guests in the winery’s bed and breakfast. “Elliott and I were really able to spend time with our guests for the entire weekend rather than just see them briefly at the main event.”

  • Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

  • Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

  • Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

  • Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

The Details

Ceremony and reception venue: Veritas Vineyard & Winery  Photographer: Sarah Cramer Shields (Cramer Photo)  Officiant: Bhavani Metro  Catering: Veritas Vineyard & Winery  Flowers: Amy Webb (Blue Ridge Floral) ν Cake: Kathy Watkins (Favorite Cakes)  Music: Derek Tobler  Dress: BHLDN (Watters skirt and Needle & Thread beaded gown)  Shoes: BHLDN  Rings: Suz Somersall ν Bridesmaids’ dresses: ModCloth and Shabby Apple  Hair and makeup: Mike Herzog and Austin Burns (Moxie Hair & Body Lounge)  Calligraphy: Ally Pamer (Thick and Thin)  Paper goods: Rock Paper Scissors  Groom’s attire: In Tweed  Lighting: Skyline Tent Company Cinematographer: Ian’s Creations