Kayti & David, owners of Mountain Run Winery, made it official last September with a DIY wedding situated on their own property that doubles as a winery and wedding venue on the weekends. 3 years ago they bought their Virginia farm, set up house in an 1880’s farmhouse, and began transforming the property into the winery/wedding venue they have today. Their nature themed wedding was filled with special details, DIY elements (including a plethora of their own wine bottles) and a wine, champagne & shades of blue wedding palette. Have a view of Megan Rei Photography’s beautiful captures of Kayti & David’s special day below.
From the bride, Kayti:
How did you met: David and I met online when we both lived in Tyson’s Corner / McLean area of Northern Virginia. We actually only lived 1 mile away from each other for a few years and had never met! Since we both were working as college professors we agreed to meet up and get some Thai food at Tara Thai – which was only about two minutes away from each of us. (We definitely went “low commitment / easy escape” for that first meetup!) Future dates included other area bars and such but we didn’t really “hit it off” until we started exploring the outdoors together. We both love being outside and love hiking so once we started going into the great outdoors for our adventures, the rest is history!
How the proposal happened: Trivia. We play trivia every other week at the local microbrewery: Far Gohn. David had the organizer put it up as a question in the third round. Needless to say, I was totally shocked and embarrassed! I forgot to say yes for a minute 🙂
Favorite part of your wedding day: The dancing. Finally being done with the traditions of a wedding and just getting to be with the people I love the most was the best part! A close second was the ceremony because it was absolutely hilarious and totally “us” (only second because I hate being in front of crowds).
Any special details of your wedding that were important to you (DIY or nontraditional details, why you chose certain colors or other details, ways your family/friends participated, etc):
1. Lilies in the bouquet and lilies around the reception – these were there to honor our grandparents, all of whom are no longer with us. The lilies in my bouquet in particular were in honor of my maternal grandmother, whose favorite flowers were lilies.
2. Food: Indian food is David and I’s favorite cuisine. The Thai food was in honor of our first date – I ordered the green curry on that date so we ordered that for the wedding. We figured going with Dave’s was a bad idea – it was called “shrimp dangerous” and I’m sure you can imagine why we figured we’d avoid it.
3. The color scheme was chosen because of the winery we own. The colors were red wine and champagne. It totally worked!
4. The “nature” theme was in honor of our love of outdoors – we love hiking so I tried to tie in branches and stones and such for the decor.
5. Far Gohn beer was served in honor of the place of our proposal.
6. I wore a garter that has been passed down for more than a hundred years by the Foster family.
7. The officiant – Al Caldwell – was the first friend we made once we moved to Culpeper. With the exception of the realtor, he’s also the first person we met here at all. He’s the farmer that owns the adjacent farm and he and his whole family have become very close friends.
8. The reading from Monty Python at the wedding was a nod to my parents. It was one of the movies we watched dozens of times growing up as my dad is a huge MP fan. – that’s also why my sister volunteered to read it.
And finally, Oh gosh… all the DIY… we cut all the wine bottles for those floating tea lights sets, we hand painted those blue and champagne bottles, we made all those lily bouquets and the blue centerpieces on the tables, I cut and dyed the table runners, I made all those cork hearts that were supposed to be aisle ends, my uncle Tom made that “forever always” ring box, and the bottle lights (the blue ones) were made from our old bottles and some purchased string lights.
Photographer: Megan Rei Photography|Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff|Dress Designer: Stella York|Dress Store: Simply Modern Bridal|Cake Designer: Gateau|Floral Designer: Randy’s Flowers|Equipment Rentals: Sammy’s Rentals|Linens and Coverings: Main Street Weddings & Events|Musicians: David Gilmore|Caterer: Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering|Hair Stylist: Mane Street Hair Salon|Reception Venue: Mountain Run Winery