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.
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.
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.
Brittany’s bouquet of stephanotis and roses, included Swarovski jewels. Feathery trim, rhinestones, and her initial in Swarovski crystals, completed the signature bouquet.
Bridesmaids carried small arm presentations of white calla lilies, with stems trimmed in satin ribbon and rhinestones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bride arrived in a carriage, and left with her groom, to live happily ever after.
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.