The view from here

Nestled along the Blue Ridge in North Garden, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard seems custom-made for wedding albums. Photo: Jen Fariello Nestled along the Blue Ridge in North Garden, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard seems custom-made for wedding albums. Photo: Jen Fariello

Pippin Hill’s mountain vista is picture-perfect “It’s a blank canvas.” That is the first message Meg Forch, event sales and marketing manager, conveys about Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards as a wedding venue. Just how versatile is it?

One couple brought in magnolia trees for their wedding reception. Forch says they chose really serene green and cream colors for their big day, and the trees imbued a perfect rustic touch. Another bride and groom relied on bistro lighting and lanterns to set the stage for their ceremony, basking in the soft romantic ambiance they created.

So is anything off limits at Pippin Hill?

“It’s rare that we say no,” Forch says. Except for bringing in outside food and wine, couples can pretty much do what they want—including bringing their own cake. Although when guests get a sniff of the specialties by Executive Chef Amalia Scatena and her brother, Bill, they may be content to let the dynamic kitchen duo take care of the sweets, too. Known for its vineyard-to-table artisan creations, the venue also provides late-night snacks for wedding guests—anything from hand-cut Parmesan fries and white truffle popcorn to mini whoopee pies and s’mores.

But the food’s not the only thing to brag about. Nestled right up along the Blue Ridge in North Garden, Pippin Hill’s mountain vista seems custom-made for wedding albums. Couples can exchange vows on the sweeping ceremony lawn or on the covered veranda (which makes a great back-up option in case Mother Nature is in a mood on the big day). Receptions are typically held in the expansive granary or in the tasting room, which also serves as an ideal cocktail hour setting. The venue can comfortably hold up to 250 people.

Brides enjoy the custom-designed bridal suite, carefully created by Lynn Easton of Easton Events, who owns the vineyard with her husband, Dean. Crafted with the smallest details in mind, the suite is a bride’s dream. (Vogue magazine recently named Easton one of the five-star wedding planners you need to know about), Brides also appreciate that Pippin Hill serves as nearly a one-stop planning experience, with the venue offering everything from table and chairs to linens and table-top essentials. “The only other stuff you need are a florist, cake, photographer and music,” Forch said.

Couples book their event for a six-hour window after the vineyard is closed, so they’ll enjoy complete privacy. Weddings are held Friday though Sunday, beginning at 5:30 or 6pm.