Summer Lavender Session || Barnswallow Artisan Gallery

About our inspirational session: The romantic inspiration of June. This dizzy-dancing month brought abundant gifts from the earth to our celebration in the shadow of the Blue Ridge. With effortless ease, the intimate wedding ceremony featured lavender in peek bloom, the guiding gift to friends and family assembled under the limbs of a large Dawn Redwood tree. The dreamy scent, texture and color of lavender filled the senses and created lasting memories.

In this gently sloping field, a hand-hewn oak dining table by Tim Smith was placed under the Dawn Redwood and set for the farm-to-table meal. Seating by artisan Joe Sheridan consisted of handsome maple-twig armchairs and bold tree slab benches. They perfectly complimented Smith’s rugged keepsake table. Handled Mason jars fashioned with solar lights swayed in the gentle breeze above the table from long tree limbs.

The tabletop was simple elegance…porcelain plates, each one-of-a-kind and a textured sight, by gifted potter, Mary Anne Burk. Hand-blown chunky glassware by Bruce Galloway was the perfect partner to Burk’s plates. The design team of Janice Arone and Mary Ann Burk of The Barn Swallow styled the rest of the tabletop show. Appropriately faded purple linen napkins, vintage flat wear and whimsical eye candy such as marble parakeets, Parisian gilded mirrors and antique silver candlesticks left in the grey patina of age created authentic enchantment.

A simple European-inspired supper was served and joyful toasts were made with ice cold Prosecco and lavender hibiscus iced tea. Margot Diaz of Mon Chéri Cakes used farm fresh, organic ingredients to fashion la pièce de résistance…The wedding cake. A butter lemon cake, soaked in Grand Marnier and filled with local peach butter was finished simply with orange-scented butter cream frosting. Fresh hydrangea blooms and sprigs of lavender adorned the sweet little cake that rested on a unique corrugated steel cake stand atop an antique French café table. Of course, lavender ice cream sourced from White Oak Lavender Farm, sprinkled with fresh blueberries and served in mismatched vintage glassware, complemented the rich cake with just the right amount of cold creaminess.

The hopelessly romantic bridal flower crown and bouquet were designed and fashioned by MaryAnn Burk of The Barn Swallow Blooms and Flower Farm. The bride wore several strands of pearls in varying lengths by Edith Meriwether Designs. Charlotte Sudol of Georgetown West crafted the bride’s flowing, natural hair and dewy, youthful and natural makeup was applied by Jules Sudol A delicate hand-dyed wide ribbon sash of faded purple from Silk & Willow balanced the variegated purple blooms in the bride’s floral crown.

The hand of Rachael Kesler Palm, owner of Joie de Vivre Calligraphy, penned the perfect invitations and stationary on heavy weight organic cotton paper with muted purple and heather ink tones.

Celebrant Kate Adams presided over the lovely garden ceremony under a hand crafted arch surrounded by blossoms.

Photographer Beth Seliga of 3 Cats Photo was delighted that our evening session was bathed in soft diffuse sunlight illuminating the wedding table in lovely golden-hour hues. She chose to photograph the session on Portra 800 film, both medium format and 35mm, which added softness and texture to her subjects. The film was developed and scanned by Alex Leggett of Fine Labs.

Our lavender inspired wedding would not have been possible without grower Elizabeth Jones and her very own Buckingham Lavender Farm. Buckets and buckets of freshly picked bunches truly served as our crowning delight.

Name: Margot Diaz
Company: Mon Cheri Cakes

Name: Edith Meriwether Designs
Company: The Barn Swallow

Name: Joe Sheridan
Company: Joe Sheridan’s Rustic Arts

Name: Mary Ann Burk
Company: The Barn Swallow

Name: rachael kesler palm
Company: Joie de Vivre

Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon
Company: Silk and Willow

Name:Mary Ann Burk
Company: The Barn Swallow

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