October is a beautiful month in the Virginia Foothills. The leaves are turning hues of orange, gold, and red. The crisp, cool temperatures make it pleasant outside. The sun is shining. On Saturday, October 12, all those elements combined to create a beautiful backdrop for Jessie and Juan-Miguel’s wedding day.
Jessie and Juan-Miguel hosted 110 guests here at the Inn at Willow Grove for their ceremony in the Boxwood Gardens and their reception in the Barn and Ruins. Our Boxwood Garden is, as the name implies, flanked by boxwoods creating a private, almost cocoon-like space behind our historic manor house. Jessie and Juan-Miguel were married under our white pergola, which they chose to leave bare to showcase the space in its natural beauty. They utilized our white padded folding chairs for their guests, which were set up on either side of the brick aisle.
After their ceremony, all guests moved to cocktail hour at the slate patio just down the path from the Boxwood Gardens while Jessie and Juan-Miguel took pictures on our overlook lawn. The overlook truly “overlooks” the entire property as well as an expansive field behind our fence, which provides an unobstructed backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The scenery is breathtaking. Many of our transient guests do not venture up to the overlook, but we encourage all of our wedding couples to use the space for pictures. We even transport them on our Kubota for ease of use!
The reception was held in our Barn, so named for its red exterior, rustic beam running the length of the ceiling, and chunky floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. 110 guests comfortably fit at our round tables; our maximum capacity is 200. We provide all flatware, glassware, pintuck linens, tables and chiavari chairs for up to 150 guests. Jessie and Juan-Miguel served a plated meal. Guests selected from either chicken couscous or rack of lamb. All of our meals are prepared by our banquet culinary team; we do not permit outside food and beverages.
After dinner, the party moved to the adjacent Ruins for dancing and more cocktails. The stone foundation of the ruins are original to our historic property. We retained them during our excavation and renovation in 2008, but now have a permanent tent with perimeter lighting resting atop the stone walls. Many couples adorn the space with additional lighting such as chandeliers or bistro lights, but nothing is necessary.
We had a great time celebrating with this fabulous couple and wish them many more years of happiness! For more information on our weddings, contact Michele Sigler at 540.317.1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the amazing team of wedding professionals who helped make this day truly fabulous:
Kara Leigh Creative || Photographer
Rebekah Kemp || Second Shooter
Prime Time Sound & DJ Services, LLC || DJ
Lacy’s Florist and Gift Shop || Florals
Rouge 9 Makeup Studio || Makeup
PS Hair || Hair
Well Spun Weddings || Videography
Chandler’s Bakery || Cake
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