Where the heart is: Have your Charlottesville wedding at home

Photo by Cramer Photo. Photo by Cramer Photo.

As the saying goes, there’s no place like home. Consider then, on your special day, having your Charlottesville wedding at home. It adds a personal touch to your nuptials and leaves you with the first in a long line of memories you’ll make as husband and wife. Just don’t get stuck with cleanup!

Meredith McKown and Victor Colt Peyton
May 12, 2012

Photographer: Cramer Photo
Ceremony and reception venue: The couple’s home in Keswick
Catering: BBQ Exchange
Flowers: The bride’s mom and aunt
Cake: Princess cake from Albemarle Baking Co. and lemon cake from Jak N Jil
Music: Peyton Tochterman and Bryan Elijah Smith and the Wildhearts
Ceremony guitar: Humberto Sales
Dress: Bridal Elegance
Shoes: Old Gringo Dragon Boots
Hair: Angie Ferguson from Serenity Spa
Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors

Barbeque, cowboy boots, mason jars, and old country tunes were the elements Meredith and Colt decided were must-haves. “We kind of put the cart before the horse,” she said, “in that we decided what we wanted first and then realized we had a bit of a Southern theme going.”

They settled on their own house—a sprawling farm in Keswick—for the venue. It was originally Colt’s house, and Meredith felt having the ceremony there would carry more meaning than a vineyard or reception hall. “I felt it would be symbolic in the transition from ‘his’ to ‘ours’,” she said. “We also thought it would make the ceremony feel more personal and intimate.”

“Personal” is exactly what they got. The wedding featured all three of Meredith’s kids—Owen, Griffin, and Wren—and a good friend, Peyton Tochterman, played guitar and sang for the couple.

Still, Meredith said the best part of the wedding was her walk down the aisle. “The moment we saw each other…was more than I dreamed it would be. By far my favorite moment of our lives thus far.”

Labor and love
The couple met at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Colt was visiting his business partner’s wife after she’d given birth and Meredith was the nurse on duty.

Karen Walker and Jeff Goldsmith
October 3, 2010

Photographer: Jen Fariello
Ceremony and reception venue: Ricochet Farm
Catering: Sandy Motley Catering
Flowers: Hedge Fine Blooms
Invitations: Good Press Paper Co.
Pies: Sandy Motley Catering
Music: Seldom Scene
Dress: Lindee Daniels
Shoes: Flats from Scarpa
Tents: Skyline Tent Company

There’s one simple reason Karen and Jeff wanted to host their wedding at their Albemarle County farm: “We love our home,” she said. “It is one of the more beautiful spots in the county.” Bonus: The couple loves to entertain. “Our home is tranquil and peaceful and we wanted our guests to feel that the day of our wedding.” The couple played off the “farm” feel, adding cowboy boots, hay bales, and stenciled wooden signs. “We went rustic,” she said. They even utilized the 1850s log cabin at the back of their pro

perty, taking pictures on the porch with the band. Sounds like history in the making.

Coffee catch
The bride and groom met at Mudhouse!


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