Ben & I got married on March 29, 2014. In honor of our upcoming 1 year anniversary (!!!!!) I am doing a series on our gorgeous wedding! Huge thank you to Rebecca Keeling for the amazing photos. When Ben and I started looking for a wedding venue, we were really looking for somewhere that would allow us to get married in the church where we met or at the winery where we got engaged. It was import that we get married in a meaningful place. The more we looked at gorgeous ballrooms, winery caves, mountain top lodges, etc. the more and more impersonal everything felt and the greater the pull I felt to get married at Lyles Baptist Church in Virginia. Lyles Baptist Church is a tiny (think 30 people on Sundays) country church in Central Virginia right down the road from my grandparent’s farm. It is a lovely little country church filled with memories of vacation Bible school and summer church picnics. It is where my parents were married. Ben and his family were wonderful about making the trek back to Virginia so that I could be the 8th generation to be married at Lyles. It meant a lot to us that we could continue that history. We made historical elegance be our design scheme throughout our wedding.
Lyles is about 20 miles away from the closest reception venue. Luckily when my mom was visiting Virginia she thought of Carysbrook Plantation, the home where my grandfather grew up and now home to family friends. They were generous enough to open their home to us for our wedding.
– I was the 8th generation to be married at Lyles Baptist Church.
– The church was built in 1774.
– My family helped found the church and have one of the stained glass windows in memorial.
– The ring bearer carried the same pillow that held my parent’s rings & the flower girl used the same basket that was used in her mother’s wedding at Lyles.
Bride & Groom Photographs
– We went back to my grandparent’s farm for photos.
– The bell in front of their home is the old “alarm system.” It was rung to summon the neighbors in case of emergency. It is also rung in times of celebration, such as newborns or weddings!
– Carysbrook Plantation was built in 1725 by Thomas Jefferson’s contemporaries.
– It was once the largest plantation in the area. Several local buildings still hold it’s name, including the Carysbrook Recreation Center!
– This is the home where my grandfather grew up.
– The reception barn is a working barn where my grandfather once shoveled hay onto tractors.
– This was the first event ever held here!
– The poles had to be wrapped in fabric to protect from the old nails that couldn’t be removed. We wrapped them in burlap printed with old postal stamps as a nod to my great grandmother who ran the local postal office.