Wedding Wednesday: Pippin Hill’s Preppy Spring Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

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We love seeing Megan & Fred’s beautiful spring wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, offering a glimpse into this sunny day that will instantly warm your heart.

The color palette of deep blue, forest green and sunflower yellow shines through from the ceremony to the reception. We’re crushing over the rich blue bridesmaids dresses, and those striped napkins, we just can’t get enough!

Thank you to Elisa Bricker for sharing these cheerful images with us.

See the feature and the complete gallery on Style Me Pretty: Preppy Spring Charlottesville Wedding!

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Photo Credit: Elisa Bricker with Beehive Events and Soiree Events

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Garden to Glass Signature Cocktails

As many of you probably know, here at Pippin Hill, we’re big advocates of incorporating seasonal produce from our garden into our cuisine — but who said we had to stop there? Push the boundaries of the traditional garden-to-glass libation, sangria, by experimenting with cocktails that bring the freshest ingredients to your favorite go-to drink!

Check out some creative (and more importantly, delicious!) ways to update cocktail hour, or even your last summer soirée using Earth’s bounty as your inspiration. Fresh ingredients offer a great opportunity to put your own little flourish on classic drinks. Cocktails not only give you a chance to play with your theme; they’re a fun way to show off your own personality!

Pippin Hill’s Artisan Catering shows exquisite examples of this fun trend.

Pippin Cider: Dark Rum, Cinnamon Schnapps, Lemon, Local Apples
Is there anything better on a breezy autumn night than a glass of cider? Ask any cider aficionado and they’ll confirm our stance: fresh, local apples can’t be beat. This cozy classic  gets a splash of the unexpected with lemon and dark rum.

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Perfect Pear: Pear Liquor, St. Germain, Pear Nectar, Dehydrated Pear
This cocktail channels the Southern gentleman and his belle. Light and refreshing, pear compliments St. Germain (elderberry-flavored French liqueur) to create a whimsical take on a pristine beverage. The Perfect Pear is the perfect answer for modern elegance, and let’s face it, for a wedding cocktail hour.

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Maker Happy: Lavender Syrup, Marker’s Mark, House Sour, Candied Ginger
Who says a lady can’t be poised and spunky? If you’re the kind of person that values a night on the town just as much as a night at the ball, this is the drink for you! Our chefs love using lavender in dishes, and the fragrant herb adds a subdued elegance to bourbon whiskey. This drink isn’t your grandmother’s herbal tea—it’s a sweet and sour kick!

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Kiss Royale: Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Pomegranate Liquor, Pomegranate Seeds
Bring some zing from the garden into your glass with pomegranate. Our Sparkling wine gets a chic upgrade with sweet but tangy pomegranate. Pucker up!

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Whether a special occasion or a get together at home, cocktails with fresh ingredients are the ideal way to thank your guests while simultaneously injecting a little zing! of personality into your favorite beverage. Thank your guests with the perfect cocktail — they’ll be sure to thank you, too!

Photos:
Image 1: RachelCooks (rachelcoks.com)
Image 2,3,4: Andrea Hubbell (andreahubbell.com)

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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard’s 3rd Year Anniversary

It is hard to believe our Pippin Hill is in its 3rd year of business!

Pippin-Hill-01What started as a vision on The Hill, is now a reality for our visitors.

Proprietors Lynn Easton Andrews of Easton Events and Dean Porter Andrews, together with George Abetti, founder of GeoBarns LLC, poured passionate hearts and enthusiastic efforts into the construction and completion of our Pippin Hill.

For Lynn & Dean, they wanted to create a winery where guests “could come home” — experience a glass of estate grown Sauvignon Blanc paired with a seasonal salad, come home to friendly faces, to an afternoon passing time with family and friends. Whatever it is, they envisioned a premier event venue where guests “could come home.”

Their Virginia Farm Winery concept quickly became a reality in large part due to the indefatigable focus and skill from trusted contractor, and friend, George Abetti.  Over the seven month timeframe, George was the invaluable hand that guided the creation of Pippin Hill that draws on elements of an authentic Virginia thoroughbred horse barn.

Dean shares, “We began discussions with George Abetti several years ago, with our winery business plan followed by the very preliminary schematic sketches that he did as concept drawings for our Pippin Hill project. From that state it has been an incredible journey to design, engineer and refine our buildings, with all of its interrelated spaces and functions.

The entire 15,000 feet of Pippin Hill has Geobarn’s imprint.”

As the vision came underway, ground was broken, vines were planted and the Blue Ridge Mountains came to life. From early November’s muddy ditches to May’s first wedding, Their collaboration with George and the hard work and dedication of GeoBarns resulted in what Pippin Hill has become —
and far exceeding everyones expectations.

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Wedding Wednesday: All About Autumn!

After a summer chock-full of bright sunshine and sweet blooms,
autumn is upon us!

Before we know it, the Blue Ridge Mountain air will be crisp, the sun will set sooner, and the hills will be blanketed with stunning fall foliage.

Of course, with the changing leaves comes a shift in cuisine, decor and florals.

When it comes to weddings, we shout an enthusiastic “Yes!” to fall’s spectrum of hues, bountiful harvest and ephemeral surroundings, and here’s why:

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The transition from summer to winter is accompanied by a wide array of colors and textures perfect for a variety of styles and tastes. The vibrant sunburst tones of changing autumn leaves inspire vivid floral arrangements that blend nicely with surrounding fall foliage, while dramatically contrasting bridal attire.

Consider orange and yellow gerberas, winterberry holly, bordeaux roses, even sunflowers!

Or, opt for a more subdued, earthy arrangement of soft cottonwood, textured pinecones, ecru roses and gentle accents of silver-blue dusty miller fronds.

pippin-hill-farm-southern-bloomsAutumn doesn’t stop at the bridal bouquet! Incorporate items from the fall harvest like orchard apples or pears in bright hues, crunchy fallen leaves, and miniature gourds, squash, pumpkins, cones and pods into table centerpieces and decorations. Pillar candles in fall hues evoke the cozy feelings of fall that we all adore!

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 What would autumn be without the nostalgia of heartwarming cuisine championing the unique fall spices, flavors and smells we all know and adore?

Pippin Hill’s roasted sweet potato quinoa with currants and mint does a lovely job of utilizing local fall flavors! Presentation in copper pots is a unique spin on the standard bowl and offers perfect level of rustic elegance.

Let’s face it, a fire pit and S’more station is fun no matter the season.

But, in the fall, there’s something about the crisp evening air, that makes a roasted-chocolatey marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers that much more desirable.

It may take you back to a time of Girl Scouts and camping, but imagine a S’mores bar at your wedding to really rally that inner kid in all of us.

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Seasonal décor and cuisine aside, nothing is more beautiful than the array of colors that spew over the cascading peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall.

Imagine walking down the aisle on a crisp and sunny autumn afternoon with Pippin Hill’s lush vineyards and Virginia’s rolling hills painting the horizon.

Simply enchanting.

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Photo 1: Joe Foley Photography
Photo 2: Dominique Attaway Photography with Southern Blooms & Easton Events
Photo 3: Holland Photo Arts
Photo 4: Andrea Hubbell Photography
Photo 5: Jen Fariello with Southern Blooms and Easton Events
Photo 6: Kaptures by Kristy

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