Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables

Riley & Eric's Wedding Preview | Hermitage Hill Wedding

Riley and Eric are such a sweet and easy going couple. I actually didn't even get to meet Eric until after their ceremony and he was just as easy to get along with as if I had met him a year and a half ago when I met his new bride! Riley and her mom were definitely a very organized duo when it came to wedding planning. I've been looking forward to this wedding for such a long time and it was well worth the wait. Emma, the golden retriever was such a sweet addition to their ceremony and I love the flower collar she wore and was amazed that she kept in on the whole time too. Here are a few sneak peaks from this beautiful outdoor wedding at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables in Waynesboro. Look for the full blog post next month and watch IG for more sneak peaks as I edit my way through this beautiful wedding.

 

Vendors

Wedding Coordinator & Flowers - Sara Kite, The Faded Poppy

Rings - Keller and George Jewlers

Bride Dress - Church Steet Bridal, Lynchburg

Bridesmaid Dresses - David's Bridal

Groom/Groomsmen Suits - Men's Warehouse

Hair - Moxie Hair Lounge

Make up - Catelyn Kelsey (sister and MOH)

Pie - Family Ties and Pies

Food - Full Circle Catering

Invitations - Catelyn (sister and MOH)

Favors - streamers made my the bride and beer glasses are from Stable Craft Brewery

Jennie & Ryan's Church Wedding | Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables Reception

Jennie and Ryan were so much fun to work with throughout their wedding planning! She is from New York, while Ryan is from Texas, but they both love horses and watching Jennie feed them was entertaining! This fun loving couple chose a traditional Catholic church wedding and a more laid back yet formal wedding reception. The wedding party got ready at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton which is one of my favorite local hotels! Then the guys walked to the church taking a few portraits along the way with my amazing second shooter. The ladies skipped portraits until after the ceremony because it was drizzling just a bit outside. Their Catholic ceremony was beautiful and at my home church St. Francis of Assisi in Staunton. The stain glass windows and vaulted ceilings are always so beautiful and make the perfect setting for becoming husband and wife.

After the ceremony we took a bus around downtown Staunton for portraits. I LOVE taking photos downtown, there are so many unique spots and cool buildings to use. In fact we got a little turned around on some of the one way streets and ended up finding this beautiful brick building so we jumped out and took photos there before getting back to our original destination. Actually, twice we just stumbled upon unplanned yet amazing spots and hopped out for a quick photo!

Next it was off to Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables for cocktail hour and the reception. The best part of receptions at Hermitage Hill is that guests get to feed the horses carrots during cocktail hour. This is always so much fun to watch and all guests young and old love feeding the horses! The grounds at Hermitage Hill are also beautiful and we took a few more portraits before the reception started. Jennie and Ryan chose to use the colors blue and green for their wedding decor. They also added a few pops of color in their floral arrangements but chose to keep their reception decor simple because they loved the overall look and feel of the space just as it was. To end the night Jennie and Ryan hired a live Motown band to play at their reception. This band was so much fun to listen to and watch. The guests danced all night! I love the dance photo where just about every single guest was "getting low" and a few of the guests even did some impromptu singing with the band. It was a very lively reception and the perfect ending to a perfect wedding day!

Vendors

Second Shooter: Sarah Featherstone

Wedding Coordinator and flowers: The Faded Poppy

Dress: Anna Meier

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo

Suits: Bonobos

Hair and makeup: Hi Tech Salon and Spa

Catering: Hanks

Invitations: Minted

Band: The Groove Spot Band & Show

Reception venue: Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables

Megan and Zack Hermitage Hill Wedding | Waynesboro Wedding Photographer

I first met Megan and Zack for their engagement session in the late spring. We ventured out into the middle of nowhere to an empty summer camp which was so worth the drive. Their engagement session was so much fun and the images were amazing. You can check out this feature or my blog post to see their engagement session.

I was so excited for Megan and Zack's wedding because it was my first of two weddings I have scheduled at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables. I've heard so many wonderful things about this new venue and couldn't wait to shoot there. I also knew that Megan's wedding gown which was custom made by White Dress by Greta Kay was going to be gorgeous. The weather was so perfect for their wedding day, it was a warm and sunny October afternoon. The girls were getting ready in the bridal suite while the guys were hanging out in Hermitage Hill's brewery, Stable Craft. I love the main reception room at Hermitage Hill. There is so much natural light and lots of warmth from the wood decor. Megan chose a simple yet elegant decorations of gold and rose throughout the room.

Megan's dress was in fact amazing. She told me she wanted to look like a princess and that's exactly what she looked liked in her custom gown and headpiece. This dress had so many layers and buttons the whole way down the train. It was so much fun to photograph. The bridesmaid's dresses, also custom made by White Dress by Greta Kay were equally as stunning. They sparkled in the sunlight and fit each bridesmaid so perfectly. They even found matching flower girl dresses online, and these flower girls were so precious!

Their ceremony was held outside in the horse rink of Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables. Megan and Zack did not do a first look before their ceremony, and it was so special as they saw each other for the first time. With handwritten wooden signs and rose petals lining the aisle, Megan looked beautiful walking to meet her future husband. The flower girls and ring bearers did a great job walking down the aisle too. The sun glistened against the rose and gold sequin dresses. It was the perfect outdoor ceremony.

The reception decor inside Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables was perfect for Megan's fairy tale wedding. The gold chairs and table runners with her rose accents were delicate and beautiful. There was a large dance floor, a buffet of delicious BBQ, and a table stacked with cupcakes with a cheesecake on top! There was a lot of dancing and the couple made an exit lined with glow sticks to end the night.

Vendor List

Venue- Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables

Photographer- Christy McKee Photography

Photography assistant- Aubrey Johnson from Aubrey Gee Photography

Wedding Gown- White Dress by Greta Kay

Bridesmaids' Dresses- White Dress by Greta Kay

Menswear- Behar tuxedo rentals by White Dress by Greta Kay

Florist- Harmony harvest farm.

Rings- Bride, Kay Jewelers and Groom, Lemons' Jewelry

Hair and make up- High tech salon and spa studios and Elizabeth Colopy

Catering- Hanks BBQ

Sound production and DJ- Troy Keller with Event XTC

Invitations (not photographed)-Viking forge