Elegant Virginia farm wedding in fall

Virginia Wedding

By Magnolia Rouge

They say the course of true love never did run smooth, and when Courtney Young and Vernetta Alston spotted each other at a friend's party, Courtney's nerves almost put paid to their grand romance. Fortunately, the two crossed paths again a few weeks later, and this time, a connection was made. Fast forward through their courtship to a picnic in Durham's beautiful Duke Gardens, where on a quiet bench set amid lichen and moss, Vernetta got down on one knee and proposed. When it came to wedding planning, the brides dreamed of a whimsical, elegant affair, and settled on the GOODSTONE INN in Virginia to host their autumn nuptials. They opted for a fresh take on fall colours - gold and navy with jewel toned blooms - to reflect the formal, fairytale feel. And this time, from the very moment they shared their first look, all nerves were a thing of the past. It was smooth sailing all the way. We were thrilled to share their special day captured by Magnolia Rouge favourites MICHAEL & CARINA, in Issue 13 of MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE.

For Courtney, finding her wedding dress was part serendipity, part sprint. A delayed flight almost put paid to her New York shopping plans, until a fellow traveller recommended a salon that turned out to have a last minute appointment - and that was where she found The Dress! She tells us, "My mom died a few years ago so my dad stepped up to help me find a dress - we were the only father-daughter pairing there! When I found my dress we both knew it was the one. I think my mom would have loved it."

Be sure to scroll right to the bottom to catch their beautiful film by JOSH GOODEN.

"As a rider and lover of horses I wanted so much to include horses in the wedding but knew that including my own would be a logistical nightmare. We were lucky when a friend suggested that her mini-pony, Diesel, could make an appearance as the 'mini-bar'. He arrived bedecked in pink ribbons and a dog pack slung across his back, complete with beer for the guests. He was a hit!"

Michael & Carina Photography/Reem Acra/Bash, Please/Goodstone Inn & Restaurant/J. Crew/Bindle & Keep/Holly Chapple/Josh Gooden/ J.M. Edwards Jewelry/Belle Epoque Bridal by Sharon Campbell/Sharon Campbell/One Love
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