Brandy Hill Farm Wedding – Kaylan & Ray
Kaylan and Ray were married at the charming Brandy Hill Farm in Culpeper, Virginia. A stunning white barn with personal touches of Star Wars for Ray and beautiful succulents for Kaylan, this wedding was certainly special. Kaylan and Ray love anything outdoors so having the ceremony with the rolling hills of Virginia as the backdrop was the perfect touch.
This happy couple have actually known each other since high school. Their parents lived in the same neighbourhood, but they had lost touch for a while, running into each other here and there when Kaylan would come home from college. Nothing ever came of it until she ended up moving back to Fredericksburg to finish college at the University of Mary Washington. Ray came into the restaurant, where Kaylan was working as a server, with his family. After a bit of talking and some flirting as well as some pushing from her now mother-in-law they learned that they were actually neighbours again. This time they were living only a block away from each other in downtown Fredericksburg. They had many friends in common, and they all started spending a lot of time together. Kaylan says she still remembers the day Ray took her on a date to go ice skating, where he asked her to be his girlfriend! The rest is history!
“As an avid Hallmark movie fan I know this doesn’t sound like one of their typical story plots, but it is my favorite love story of all.”
“My husband proposed to me on March 19, 2017 on top of Old Rag Mountain. Ray told me that two of our closest friends, Ben and Katie, wanted to go hike my favorite mountain with us. I was so excited that they were joining us. Old Rag has always held a special place in my heart because i have been hiking the same trail with my dad since i was a little girl.
Well, that very cold hike turned into the best day ever! We started our hike that day we knew right away that it was going to be a little more challenging. It was freezing cold, windy, and snowing the majority of the way, which made this long hike seem even longer. After a few breaks, completing the rock scramble, a little complaining, and more than a few tumbles, we made it to the summit. There we were, enjoying the beautiful scene in front of us, when Ray bent down and pretended to tie his shoes. This is really ended up being the moment he would propose. I also learned why Ben and Katie had actually come along. A fun fact is that my amazing friend, Katie, had studied photography in college. Thanks to her I have the most beautiful pictures to always remember this day and the moment Ray proposed. The location, the view, the morganite ring, (Ray knew I didn’t want a diamond and loved morganite.) and the company that day, was everything i wanted and more.
We celebrated with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and champagne at the mountain’s peak, 3,284 feet in the air.”
Kaylan and Ray love the outdoors and wanted to incorporate that into their wedding day. They first chose a large white barn in Culpeper that made all their dreams become a reality. They chose a colour pallette of sage, dusty rose, and lots of wood accent colours. It was a very rustic wedding, with lots of wood centerpieces, succulents, baby’s breath, mason jars, and candles of all shapes and sizes. Kaylan says that she also married one of the most adorable nerds out there and she wanted to make sure to incorporate a little bit of Ray’s vision too. They were able to include his love of Star Wars into their big day. They added cute subtle Star Wars accents, like having the Rebel Emblem on their table numbers and an “I love you. I know” cake topper. Her favorite part was when they walked into their reception through a lightsaber arch made by their bridal party, with the “Imperial March” playing as they entered. “I know it’s a little nerdy, but we loved it.”
On their wedding day, Kaylan wore a beautiful two piece dress which combined a simple satin ivory bodice with a lace corseted back and a satin full A-line skirt with secret pockets and dramatic chapel length train. Her dress was accessorised by an ivory satin belt adorned with whimsical chiffon flowers. Her favourite accessory that she wore were her sparkly rose gold Kate Spade Keds, with ribbon laces. Ray wore khakis, a herringbone vest with a dusty rose tie, and his favorite Vans. His ensemble was accessorised by wooden Star Wars Rebel Emblem cuff links.
The most important thing to them when it came to wedding planning was making sure that both of their personalities were visible in everything they did. Kaylan loves succulents and very earthy things and Ray has a slight obsession with Star Wars. Somehow they took both of these things and merged them for a perfect day!
One of Kaylan’s favourite additions was their guest book. Kaylan’s very talented friend, Johnna, hand drew and painted her, in her wedding dress, holding a lightsaber and Ray, in his wedding clothes, wearing a storm trooper helmet. Things like this are just the little touches needed to let couples personalities shine!!
The gorgeous wedding flowers incorporated hydrangeas, peonies, succulents, small coral flowers and lots of greenery. The bridesmaids’ arrangements were very similar to Kaylan’s, just on a smaller scale. Boutonnieres were made from succulent cuttings for the groom and groomsmen.
They had a beautiful, yet simple, “naked” style wedding cake with layers of lemon curd and raspberry ganache filling. There were cut succulents added for decoration and the special Star Wars topper that said ” I love you, I know” adorned the top. They used a rustic tin cake stand purchased from a shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Their cake exemplified the overall theme they wanted their wedding to have.
For favours, Kaylan and Ray gave everyone a succulent in a small terra cotta pot. They also were able to double as place cards by adding small flags that designated where each guest would be seated.
They incorporated a few family heirlooms into their special day. Kaylan’s veil was actually her sister’s that she wore in her own wedding. She used Ray’s grandmother’s wedding ring when they exchanged their vows. The ring bearer’s pillow was made from fabric from Kaylan’s mother’s wedding gown. And traditionally, a Dutch reception venue is decorated with evergreen leaves, which signify everlasting love. Since Ray’s family is Dutch they used this tradition to make their own tree. Guests were given paper leaves that they could write well wishes to the happy couple and then hang on the tree. Kaylan and Ray have since kept these leaves and will cherish them forever.
Photography: Carley Rehberg Photography // Venue: Brandy Hill Farm // Event Planning & Rentals: Main Street Weddings & Events // Floral: Good Earth Floral // Stationery: Twila & Co // Wedding Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery // Catering: Caroline Street Catering // Hair: Kelly Lardie // Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne Bride // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Submitted via: Matchology