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The Martha
The Martha

The Martha Washington Inn, fondly known at “The Martha”, is located in Abingdon, Virginia. This historic inn dates from the mid-1800’s.  It was originally built as a private residence by a General, it has served many purposes.  It housed wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and later became a finishing school for young women.  The stately mansion is now a luxury hotel, complete with fine dining, gift shop, pool & spa, and ghosts!  Many guests of the hotel, and the hotel staff, have reported sightings and encounters with the building’s former residents and guests.

 

Barter Theater

Barter Theater

 

 

The Martha is located across the street from The Barter Theater, a world reknown stage play theater.  Ernest Borgnine got his start at The Barter and remains a supporter.

 

 

Brittany Sourbeer and Dallas Curtis chose to get married at the gazebo, with the reception following, in the Grand Ballroom. 

Brittany Sourbeer and Dallas Curtis

Brittany Sourbeer and Dallas Curtis

Two-hundred plus guests gathered for the celebration.  Ice-cold bottled water greeted the guests as they arrived, complete with Brittany and Dallas’s names and date of their wedding on the labels.

Hundreds of roses adorned the elaborately decorated gazebo.  Hanging amaranthus added southern charm to the full garland of lemon-leaf. 

Roses on Gazebo

Roses on Gazebo

Roses on Gazebo with Lemon Leaf and Hanging Amaranthus

Roses on Gazebo with Lemon Leaf and Hanging Amaranthus

Brittany’s bouquet of stephanotis and roses, included Swarovski jewels.  Feathery trim, rhinestones, and her initial in Swarovski crystals, completed the signature bouquet.

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

 

Bouquet Detail

Bouquet Detail

 

Bridesmaids carried small arm presentations of white calla lilies, with stems trimmed in satin ribbon and rhinestones.

Bridesmaids Bouquets

Bridesmaids Bouquets

The aisle of stone was lined with shepherd’s hooks.   On the left, were banners with “B” for Brittany, and on the right were “D” for Dallas, (sewn by yours truly). The reserved aisles were marked with shepherd’s hooks holding vases of lavish, dendrobium orchids, and roses in shades of peach and cream.  Rose petals added color to the stone walkway.

Aisle Markers of Dendrobium Orchids and Roses

Aisle Markers of Dendrobium Orchids and Roses

 

The ballroom was done in black, cream, and pink.  Towering centerpieces of white calla lilies, hydrangea, dendrobium orchids, and roses were striking against the black table linens. 

Hydrangea, Dendrobium Orchids and Callas Centerpiece

Hydrangea, Dendrobium Orchids and Callas Centerpiece

Edgy centerpieces with black birch branches, and calla lilies, with roses at the base, were uplit, as were all the centerpieces, creating a spectacular display. 

Birch Branches, Calla Lilies, and Roses Centerpiece

Birch Branches, Calla Lilies, and Roses Centerpiece

Guest tables that were lining the dance floor, had silver chargers with cylinder vases on them.  Pink, pearl, gels were lit with submersible lighting, for a fun, funky effect. Black sequin trim added sparkle to the centerpieces.

Gel Pearls and Black Sequins Centepiece

Gel Pearls and Black Sequins Centepiece

The wedding cake, by Unique Cake & Catering, had hundreds of sugar paste roses, lily-0f-the-valley, and other hand-crafted blossoms between each tier and on top.  We elevated the cake on a pedestal of glass, and covered the table beneath it with lights and rose petals.  Ribbon and rhinestone details were added to the square vases that supported the glass.

Wedding cake

Wedding cake

Jim Goodwin, from Jim Goodwin Photography, took photos for us and put together the slide show below.  All of the dresses and tuxes came from Belmeade Formal Wear.

Ashley Hembree, Events Coordinator from The Martha, was a pleasure to work with.  She made our job so much easier, as her staff assisted in carrying out every detail.  Abigail Simmons and Amanda Hartsock , from Pamela’s Exclusive Floral & Event Design, were the perfect Wedding Rehearsal and Day-of Coordinators.

Abigail Simmons

Abigail Simmons

The bride arrived in a carriage, and left with her groom, to live happily ever after.

Wedding Carriage

Wedding Carriage

A special thank you to the Sourbeers, for trusting us with their daughter’s wedding!

Click the link below to see a slide show of this wedding, made by Jim and Krisna Goodwin.

 Virginia Wedding at The Martha Washington Inn

Comments on: "Princess Bride at The Martha Washington Inn" (8)

  1. I’m lost for words….what a real fairytale wedding!
    Everything was picture-perfect!
    Pamela, you, are one clever, artistic lady, always managing to capture the moment, with such beauty, thanks for sharing here.
    Talk about romantic🙂

  2. The photos are amazing and I can just imagine being there in real life! Pam, you thought of every detail and each one was beautiful. I’m sure the happy couple were made even happier by your breathtaking decorations–you truly made memories to last a lifetime!

  3. Wow! What a gorgeous wedding! That dress was the bomb! And that cake was just perfect. Pam, kudos to you for doing such an outstanding job!!!

  4. Great job Pam, love all the gorgeous flowers and the carriage adds to the fairy tale touch!

  5. Pam,

    can I come work for you???

    Love your magical touches and creativity. You are an exceptional florist and in my 28 years in the business I have seen my share. Thank you for giving us a peek inside a beautiful celebration.

    Warmest regards,

    Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher WE Magazine for Women

  6. Wow what a beautiful place to have a wedding and all the flowers looked awesome!

  7. The flowers are simply beautiful and I love the center pieces on the tables. (I saw how you managed to put a little “retro” on the glass center pieces too. Nice touch.) And all those flowers. Just beautiful. Only you would have thought to put initial banners for seating. How creative of you. Awesome job.

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