From their very first meeting at a polo match, to their long courtship that followed, a love of horses, polo and all things Hunt country Virginia has been an important aspect of our K Bella couple’s relationship. So when it came to planning their nuptials, they knew they wanted to incorporate these elements into their special weekend celebration at a Virginia estate wedding venue.
Located in the epicenter of Virginia horse country in Middleburg, Virginia, The Salamander Resort & Spa was the quintessential choice to serve as host and home base, and to commence their wedding weekend events with an intimate rehearsal dinner. After enjoying cocktails on the Grand Terrace, guests gathered in the Salamander’s wood paneled Sundlun Library for a three-course dinner and many heartfelt toasts dedicated to the couple.
POLO WELCOME PARTY
Back to where they first met, our couple shared their love of polo with their family and friends at the Great Meadow Foundation’s Twilight Polo event, where our groom has played polo for years. Guests watched the matches while sipping cocktails and enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres from their front row box seats, loudly cheering on Team Bride and Team Groom when our groom and several groomsmen joined the main polo match to play – with custom team jerseys to match.
ESTATE WEDDING VENUE SPECIAL DETAILS
Our K Bella couple’s wedding day was a lovely mix of bespoke details, artfully blending their equestrian lifestyle and highlighting our bride’s Ukrainian culture at a historic estate wedding venue in hunt country near Middleburg, Virginia.
A custom wedding invitation suite set the tone for the weekend’s events – featuring a hand-drawn equestrian illustration in gold foil on deep blue velvet for its backing, an Italian linen book cloth band (a nod to our groom’s profession) pressed with a custom monogram & wax seal, a map of hunt country Virginia on cherry wood paper and a special keepsake quote from our bride’s favorite Ukrainian poet.
Set at picturesque Oatlands Historic House & Gardens under a gorgeous sailcloth tent, the lovely couple said their I Do’s surrounded by family and friends from near and far. Rough-hewn wood bars, leather and velvet lounges carried the polo theme throughout, while one of the oldest greenhouses in the country played host to a special Ukrainian experience. After dining al fresco, guests were serenaded by the bride herself in traditional Ukrainian dress, then invited to gather in the greenhouse to learn more about her homeland through special exhibitions of her family history, Ukrainian music and culture, and to celebrate the couple through Ukrainian wedding traditions. Under the tent, the party lasted late, as the band played and guests danced long into the night.