A Bluemont Vineyard Wedding in Bluemont, Virginia
Natasha + John ( + Scobey bear!)
Bluemont Vineyard was the first wedding venue that Natasha and John toured after becoming engaged, and they immediately knew this was the perfect space for their fall vows. Nestled into the side of a mountain, the venue boasts amazing views of the Loudoun Valley overlooking the vineyard and orchards below. The stable would also be perfect for their “Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ” rustic chic fête. Natasha knew she wanted their wedding day to be a celebration that incorporated all of the things they loved…including their pup, Scobey!
And it was such a beautiful wedding for these two! Natasha and John are so sweet together – and we loved that John could barely keep it together every time he saw his beautiful bride (or mom!) It was adorable! We adored being able to document Natasha and John’s day and wish them all the best! Congrats, you two!
Tell us about your wedding inspiration and venue!
“John and I were married at Bluemont Vineyard, in Bluemont, Virginia on October 09, 2015. When we were doing site visits in early 2014, Bluemont Vineyard was the first venue we saw, and we immediately fell in love with it! We loved the history and rustic look of the stable with the high wood beams and stone floors. The scenery outside was exactly where I dreamed we would be married and we knew it would look even better with the leaves changing in the fall. John and I knew we wanted to have an outdoor/indoor type wedding, so Bluemont was perfect for us. We actually didn’t visit any other sites after Bluemont, and quickly booked the venue soon after.
The theme for our wedding was, “Beer, Bourbon and BBQ.” John and I love all three and we wanted our wedding to reflect our love for good drinks and food. I incorporated the bourbon theme by using empty bourbon bottles as our centerpieces and we even had a specialty bourbon cocktail, “The Bourbon Smash.” I especially love all things “southern.” I had three different sets of cocktail napkins – one said, “cheers y’all”, another had our monogrammed initials, “NEJ” and the last was GOP themed (I work in politics and John and I are very active in that community.)”
What qualities in John do you most admire?
“John is extremely funny, witty, loyal, and has a big heart. He’s the type of friend where if you need anything at 3 in the morning, he’s there for you, no questions asked. I admire how protective John is, and how much he shows he loves me, our dog, and our families. John is a family man with upstanding values and morals. He could not wait to get married, and he especially could not wait to wear a ring to symbolize our marriage – to me that is so sweet because it shows how he could not wait to be a husband and eventually a dad to our “real” children!”
How did you and John meet?
“John and I met on December 06, 2008 through a mutual friend, Victoria. I was new to the DC area (having just graduated college in Florida), and John lived and went to school in Virginia. It was our friend’s 21st birthday, and knowing I was new to the area, Victoria invited me out to celebrate with her friends just so I could meet more people. I met John that night but I was much more interested in watching my alma mater, South Florida Bulls, play a huge rival that I wasn’t paying much attention to him. After the game (which we ended up losing), John and I talked the rest of the night and he tried to cheer me up. He was so funny and charming that I was disappointed he didn’t ask for my number at the end of the night. The next day, I called Victoria, and asked her to give John my number and he called me later that evening. We began dating a few weeks after that!”
What qualities do you most admire in Natasha?
“I admire Natasha’s compassion and ability to feel other’s pain and emotions. I admire her ability to comfort those around her. Although not always so, Natasha’s patience. I also love her intelligence, drive, and ambition. She is also a culinary master who loves to take care of those around her by providing the comfort of a home cooked meal. I can’t wait to have children with her because I know she will be such a great mother and will instill so many great qualities upon them.”
What is your favorite wedding day memory?
“One of our fondest memories of the day was spending time with our friends and family who we haven’t seen in a while. Most of my friends and family live in Florida or over on the west coast, and John’s father lives in Arizona, so it was nice to have everyone be in the same room together. We loved seeing everyone having fun, and enjoying all the wedding festivities like cornhole, the fire pit, and the s’mores bar. Best of all, our favorite memory was coming to the realization that we were finally married!!”
How did John propose to you?
“John proposed to me on December 06, 2013. He contacted my best friend, Alecia (who was my MOH) and told her his plans. She called me and asked if I would fly down to Florida that weekend to go wedding dress shopping with her. Of course I agreed. After John had dropped me off at the airport in Washington DC (our home), unbeknownst to me, he then drove home and grabbed our dog and a packed bag and began his 800 mile trek to Florida. He arrived 14 hours later in Orlando in order to sit down with my father and ask for my hand in marriage. He then drove two more hours to Tampa and checked into our hotel for the night where he eagerly waited for the huge surprise. Later that day, Alecia and I had plans to meet up with some friends in downtown Tampa. As we were walking around, looking for our friends, I noticed a big group of people getting their photo taken and I had thought I stepped into their picture. At the time, I had no idea the group of people were actually our friends who were there to witness the entire proposal. As I was walking towards them, Scobey our dog comes running out behind the wall and that’s when I knew. Scobey was wearing a shirt that read, “Daddy has a question” and John comes from behind the wall shortly after. It was such a surprise because I had no idea he was planning on proposing. The entire proposal was extra special because John made sure we were in Tampa, that our dog was involved, and that we were surrounded by our friends who we consider family.”
Did you have any favorite wedding details?
“John and I love our sweet pup, Scobey Bear, and so for our wedding, I wanted to include a little piece of “home” on all our guest’s tables. A couple weeks before the wedding, I asked our friends and family to submit a photo of their dog to me. I framed each picture and placed the appropriate photo on each guest’s table. While I did have table numbers, I called each table by the dog’s name. So for example, our friend’s Meghan and JJ sat at the “Zoe and Ghost” table (they have two huskies.) Each table setting was so personal to our guests and everyone was able to have their dog with them at the wedding. I also love monogrammed letters and I had to make sure I got a customized monogram wiht our new initials hanging up in the venue.”
What advice do you have for couples currently planning their own weddings?
“Relax, have a few drinks, and push through it. Make sure the day-of you really get to enjoy your wedding day. Sit and eat dinner, dance with your friends and family, and take a moment to look around to appreciate your hard work and planning.”
Virginia Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: Bluemont Vineyard
Officiant: Larry Ung
Wedding Coordinator: Amy Thunell, Bluemont Vineyard
Hair & Makeup Artist: Jamie D’Agostino
DJ Entertainment Services: Archon DJ Services
Catering: Savoir Faire Limited
Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal via White Swan Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen & Groom Attire: Black by Vera Wang via Men’s Warehouse
Videographers: White In Revery