Wedding Pays Homage to Couple’s Virginia Roots
Laura Holland and Craig Kemper first met as undergraduates while studying at The University of Virginia. It took more than 10 years, a breakup, and a few relocations, before the couple realized that they were meant for happily ever after.
The Invitation Suite
Ginger Bender Papers of Pensacola, Florida designed the couple’s invitation, which featured a traditional design, sprinkled with nods to Charlottesville. Angela Welch of Pen and Pauper provided the Save-the-Date and invitation calligraphy.
The Bourbon Tradition
Keeping with the Southern tradition, the couple buried a bottle of Bourbon in hopes of good weather during the wedding.
“I started checking the weather ten days before the wedding,” the bride says. “All week the forecast predicted 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday. But to our surprise (and relief), we didn’t get a drop, and our guests enjoyed an unusually mild, August evening.”
Southern Blooms created Laura’s bridal bouquet out of white- and blush-colored roses and peonies.
Laura wore her mother’s antique sapphire bracelet as “something blue” and a pair vintage diamond and pearl drop earrings as “something old.”
Laura’s five bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung knee length dresses in a summery sage green.
The Groom's Tux
Craig looked dapper in a tuxedo and bowtie ensemble from Brooks Brothers.
The couple exchange vows in a traditional service at Charlottesville’s Christ Episcopal Church.
“During an Episcopal service, there are prayers of the people,” the bride says. “We asked eight of our friends to read these during the service, and we enjoyed hearing all those voices scattered throughout the sanctuary.”
The Cocktail Hour
The couple chose to host the reception at Charlottesville's Farmington Country Club because of its ties to their alma mater, the University of Virginia.
The bride and groom wanted a menu that reflected their Southern heritage. They served deviled eggs, pimiento cheese toast, and chilled peach soup during cocktail hour. Laura and Craig then wowed guests with a tomato station, chicken and waffle station, and fish tacos at the reception.
The Father Daughter Dance
Laura and her father danced to "My Girl" by The Temptations, performed by Soul Expressions.
The Champagne Bar
During the reception, guests helped themselves to a champagne bar with three mixer variations—Chambord, St. Germain, and peach purée for Bellinis.
The Bride’s Cake
The couple’s alma mater, University of Virginia, influenced many of the details of the evening—including the cake, which was designed by Favorite Cakes in Charlottesville. “Architecture is such an important part of the university with the Rotunda, the beautiful gardens with lattice fences, and the curved, brick walls. Our wedding cake was designed on this theme, and had white lattice work over a soft green background," says the bride.
The Groom’s Cake
Kathy Watkins of Favorite Cakes, designed the groom’s cake in the shape of Virginia. She highlighted all of the cities and towns where Craig lived with symbols of the area. Craig’s own drawings of the Jefferson Memorial and CrossKeys Vineyard were on display next to the cake.