Feature Couple-Eve Tannery & Nolan Russo
Ceremony & Reception Site: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards – North Garden, VA
Wedding Gown: Ines di Santo from the Wedding Shoppe in Wayne, PA
Bridesmaids Gowns: Custom made by Pamela Ptak (Ptak Couture Custom Clothier) in Riegelsville
Mens Attire: Men wore their own tuxes
Engagement Ring: David S. Diamonds, NYC
Wedding Bands: David S. Diamonds, NYC
Hair Stylist: Ashley Russo, my sister-in-law!
Make-up: Sonya from Ave. 42 in Richmond VA
Officiant: Phillip Gates
Cake/Desserts: Carpe Donut in Charlottesville (We had a donut truck serving organic donuts and ice cream that are famous in the area)
Wedding Planner: Cody Grannis, Amore Events by Cody
Invitations: Poppy and Scooter – Baltimore, MD
Transportation: A&A Limousine, Northampton
Ceremony & Cocktail Guitarist: Rafael Scarfullery
A/V & Lanterns at Reception: Blue Ridge Lighting
Flowers: Amore Events by Cody
Photographer: Gianny Campos
Travel Agent: Jesse Katz, ProTravel International
Honeymoon Location: Hawaii
Tell me a bit about the location you chose: News anchor Eve (Tannery) Russo and owner of Capital Printing Corp. Nolan Russo, from New Jersey, were married in a rustic-chic wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia. The couple, in their 30s, had been to banquet halls, country clubs, and hotels in their area for weddings that were all relatively similar, so they wanted their wedding venue to be something different, memorable, and intimate. The wedding was a “drive-able destination,” so guests – mainly family – could spend a few days celebrating the couple and getting to know one another. The ceremony overlooked the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the reception took place inside a glamorous barn. Guests enjoyed a cigar bar, s’mores, a donut truck after dinner, and the Russo’s left with a sparkler send-off.
Advice to Future Brides (from Eve):
I think every bride will, inevitably, get wrapped up in every little detail at some point during the wedding process. It’s normal, and it can really make the difference in taking your wedding from okay to outstanding, but, the truth is, it’s not worth stressing over every little thing. At some point, you have to kind of throw your hands into the air and say, “The rest doesn’t matter; I’ve planned as much as I possibly could.” On my wedding day, I focused on the man I was marrying, and that was all that mattered – not the placement of the signage, not the gifts in the welcome bag, etc. What people took away, I hope, was our love for each other, because that’s where our focus was on our wedding day. That’s what made it unforgettable and magical to me. We also made a point to step aside on our wedding day and take everything in. We watched our family enjoying everything we had planned, and we spent some time together to talk about the day and just how magical everything was.
Advice to Future Grooms (from Nolan):
I think all grooms might think some elements of the wedding are unnecessary, but my advice would be to trust your bride. They know these things. It’s in their blood. Eve worked on details I had never heard of with our team of professionals, and they just made our wedding so special. I was very involved and gave my opinion, but Eve led the charge, and we both were very much on the same page throughout the process. We talked a lot about how we wanted our guests to feel before we even started planning, and I think that really led to the creation of a unique, intimate wedding that everyone really enjoyed. We wanted everyone to feel like a part of the celebration, and we crafted three days that would allow for that. Because of the way things were structured, Eve and I didn’t have to stress about talking to every single guest on our wedding night. We were able to visit with guests throughout the 3-day weekend, and that allowed us to really focus on each other and enjoy every minute.