We recently sat down with the delightful couple to gain insight into the most memorable moments of their wedding celebration.
Pippin Hill: How did you meet Trent?
Jessica Johnson: Trent and I met at business school in North Carolina. We didn’t spend much time together until we sat next to each other at a Durham Bulls game. I say it fate that put us together, but Trent hints that it may have been a little more strategic than that!
Pippin Hill: What ignited your interest in a Vineyard wedding, and what factors led you to Pippin Hill?
Jessica: We wanted to get married in Charlottesville. Not only is it my hometown, but it was where we spent one of our first weekends away together. We also wanted to incorporate the gorgeous mountain views, which led us to look into a vineyard wedding. Pippin Hill’s simple elegance was what ultimately swayed us.
Pippin Hill: How did you decide on a springtime wedding?
Jessica: Honestly, the weather! We wanted guests to be able to enjoy themselves outside, so that narrowed it down to Spring or Fall. Our color palette—and my favorite flowers, tulips—helped us settle on a springtime wedding.
Pippin Hill: What inspired your wedding?
Jessica: I kept repeating the phrase “rustic elegance” as we were in the planning stages. We wanted our wedding to be timeless, but we also wanted to make sure our guests were comfortable and most importantly, had fun!
Pippin Hill: What was your favorite aspect of the planning process?
Jessica: Can I say the cake and food tasting? Pippin Hill’s catering menu made it hard to narrow our selections to just one choice! It was fun picking out the little details, whether it was flowers or wedding colors, but the best part was seeing how all of our work came together at the end. It speaks volumes about our wedding planners at Easton Events. The day exceeded our expectations. It was all so much fun; I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
Pippin Hill: Speaking of doing it all over again, if you could, what would you do differently?
Jessica: Honestly, if there was one thing we’d change, we’d make sure we packed up our leftovers from dinner. It was delicious!
Pippin Hill: When you look back on that magical night, what’s one moment you’ll never forget?
Jessica: There are so many! Walking down the aisle is a very surreal experience; you think about that moment since you’re a little girl, but nothing can quite prepare you for all the emotion it brings. We’ll never forget how special it was to have all our friends and family in one place to help us celebrate our love. One incredibly special moment was our siblings surprising us by singing and playing a song for us at the reception.
Photos by Jen Fariello Photography