Real RVA Wedding: Trish & Scott’s Ashton Creek Vineyard Wedding
Trish & Scott
October 17, 2015
How They Met
Trish & Scott met while working at the same law firm in the fall of 2012. They had both graduated from UVA at different times, so they bonded over their alma mater as well as their shared values and pizza topping preferences. “Very important for a healthy relationship,” Trish jokes.
How He Asked
Trish tells us, “It was a very gloomy Tuesday evening in January 2015. Work had been abnormally stressful and overwhelming. I was nothing but sour grapes by the time we were driving to our apartments in the Fan before walking to dinner. Scott seemed a little quieter than normal, but I didn’t think much of it at the time.
He suggested that we eat at Joe’s Inn, which was the first place we ever shared a meal. It had been a regular, familiar spot for us ever since, whether it was for breakfast or for a casual late-night dinner.
We ducked in to the cozy restaurant and each requested the Meatloaf Special. I felt as if all was right again in the world after chowing down on comfort food! We talked about our days, as we usually do, paid the bill, grabbed our boxes of leftovers, and headed back toward our apartments on Grove Avenue.
It was a quiet night with almost nobody in sight, and the street lights glowed from above. We reached the front steps of his apartment, and I got ready to say goodbye before heading home.
“Can you hold this?” he asked, as he handed me his take-out box. He bent down to tie his shoe, supposedly.
I said, “Scott, your shoe isn’t untied.”
He stood back up, having changed nothing about his shoe. Apparently, Scott’s original plan was to kneel down, pretending to tie his shoe, then stealthily retrieve the ring from his coat pocket and propose on bended knee.
“Well, I guess now’s a good time as any,” he said. I had no idea what he meant!
He grabbed the ring out from his pocket, got down on one knee, managed to get out a few lovely words, and asked me to marry him in the stillness of the evening. Of course, I immediately said yes. It was absolutely intimate, low-key, and very us!”
“I chose neutral tones like white and cream with pops of berry and gold. I asked the florist to be heavy on fresh greenery as well. I’d been enjoying colors like burgundy, marsala, and various berry tones and love how they pair with lush greenery; it was a little whisper of summer in our early fall wedding!”
The Perfect Place
“Both Scott and I were born and raised in the central Virginia, so we knew we wanted to hold the wedding in the area and engage as many local vendors as possible! We attend First United Methodist Church in Hopewell, as do Scott’s parents; in fact, his parents and a few other family members in past generations got married there too, which made our ceremony much more meaningful. We are very close with our families, and we loved the fact that we could continue a tradition on Scott’s side!
Scott and I both attended UVa (though at different times), and we were surrounded by many gorgeous vineyards and green fields. I randomly ran an internet search for “vineyards near Richmond, VA,” mostly for fun. Ashton Creek Vineyard in Chester popped up. Although the “Barn” (Event Center) was unfinished at the time we went to visit, I knew the family that owned it had such a great vision of what was to come. People thought we were a little bold for signing a contract while there were still tools and sawdust lying around, but everything was finished by the time our wedding day arrived! We couldn’t have been more pleased with the individuals at both venues and truly believe that Richmond and the surrounding areas is full of extraordinary people and resources.”
Trish tells us, “For the name cards, I hand-wrote each guest’s name on a tag that was pinned to an apple grown right here in Virginia. I always equate fall to apple season because I’d frequent apple orchards with my family and friends growing up. And who doesn’t love a favor you can eat?! The table number holders were created with wine corks as a nod to the reception venue.”
Trish says, “We wanted the wedding to exude fresh simplicity and comfort. We knew we wanted to pare things down that day to focus on the meaning of our commitment and to just enjoy time with our loved ones. Because I didn’t plan on going over the top with decorations, I put a lot of focus on florals, simple candles, and charming people with yummy food!
We love that Trish & Scott had special bags of activities for all of their little guests! Trish says, “I decorated the goodie bags with a white paint pen and slipped in things like snacks, wind-up animal toys, and coloring books.”
Before the sun set, Trish & Scott were able to use the beautiful vineyards at Ashton Creek for some final portraits together!
“Both of us were overcome by how much love surrounded us in the form of our family and friends. From the ceremony to the reception, it was incredible to know that everyone showed up to root for us—some as far as Germany! There may not be many more occasions where we can get all of those people in the same room again. We really tried to savor and cherish being “in the present” that day.
We didn’t opt for a send-off; instead, we stayed behind after the reception ended to help clean up the reception venue with our close family and friends. We wouldn’t have had it any other way because we got to spend extra time with those who helped make the day possible. We also got to divide the spoils of all of the floral arrangements, which the ladies thoroughly enjoyed!”
Photography: Kelsey and Nate | Rehearsal Dinner: Wagstaff’s Steak House | Ceremony Site: First United Methodist Church in Hopewell | Veil: Blanca Veils | Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations & Stationery: Vistaprint | Flowers: Over the Top Flower Shop | Photobooth: Elle Photo Booth | Catering: Mission BBQ | Cake & Sweets: Apple Tree Cake Co & Sweet Candies