virginia weddings

Real Wedding Wednesday: Meg and Alex

This week’s real Virginia weddings tale started on the Bumble dating app. For their first date, Alex drove from Roanoke to meet Meg, through the snow, to Lynchburg. “We had BBQ at Small Batch and then stayed up till 2 am talking.”

Meg and Alex had many special touches for their big day. “My mother made my dress. We had all our wedding signs in both English and Spanish. We had Pilones (Honduran style popsicles) instead of cake – all the decor was put together by myself, my friends, and family. The guests threw dried lavender instead of rice, and we had guests take Instax mini pictures for the guest book.”

The Scoop

Bride: Meghan, 32, Teacher, Eagle Hill School

Groom: Alex, 30, Hospitalist, Lawerence General Hospital

Wedding date: 06/12/2021

Number of guests: 150

For Meg’s attire, she wore the dress her mother made for her from the beautiful floral fabric. Additionally, she “wore rose-gold glitter Keds, part of my mom’s veil was woven into my flower crown, I wore an asymmetrical floral ear wrap instead of regular earrings. I have a blue engagement ring that has leaves on it that match my wedding band.” The bridesmaids wore white tops from Amazon and lavender skirts from Hidden Room on Etsy. Meg decided, “The color palette was all the colors because why be boring and only pick a few.”

When it came to choosing the venue, “I had seen Berry Hill on Pinterest years ago and had always thought it would be amazing to get married there. Then, when we were looking at venues and trying to plan our Virginia Wedding from Massachusetts, Berry Hill was the best option. Besides the gorgeous venue and amazing staff that work there, the fact that they provide all the rentals, linens, food, bar, and your guests can room there, too. It was a no-brainer.”

Meg leaves us with this advice: “Don’t buy extras of invitations or save the dates if you are having them premade for you. You’ll end up with all these leftovers and nothing to do with them. A waste of money. Don’t sweat the small stuff and make sure to consider your partner and their family in all the aspects; it’s not the bride’s wedding, it’s the couple’s wedding.”


Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Springfield Distillery

Pizza for Rehearsal Dinner: Full Circle Pizza

Ceremony & Reception: Berry Hill Resort

Day of planner: Steven Ouellete at Berry Hill Resort

Photographer: Amber Lamphere

Videographer: Dalton Joyce

Officiant: Pastor Vincent Jones of Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Gown: made by bride’s mother

Shoes: Keds

Pilones: Southern Plenty 

Hair: The Scissor Shack

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Amazon

Makeup: Ashley Ancheta

Invitations: Truly Engaging by Magnet Street

Flowers: Crown: Fleur by Heather Smith

Wholesale Flowers: Irvington Spring Farms

Formal wear: Bonobos

Catering: Berry Hill Resort

Music: DJ Marc with The Masters of the Ceremony

Favors: The Succulent Source

Honeymoon: St. Thomas

The author: rita

Rita Juanita Pike is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane around the world. Rita has taken inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.