Rusty B: Erik and Ann’s Hillsborough Vineyard’s Wedding

Way out on the edge of Virginia and West Virginia in the hills there is a wonderful little vineyard called Hillsborough Vineyard. The view from the back of the converted barn space onto the rolling hills beyond is wonderful, and you get a sense of what old world Virginia must have been like.

Erik & Ann had planned for dancing out on the patio and underneath the stars. Unfortunately, with the weather suddenly turning cold and rainy we had to switch up the plans for having the dancing portion of the evening outside and instead we set up everything inside the dining room for dinner and dancing. The rain was kind enough to let up around the time the ceremony was supposed to start and the staff there quickly dried off all the chairs and had everyone outside in minutes. The ceremony was beautiful with the sun setting behind the couple as it ended.


The unusual April rain held out long enough for an outdoor ceremony

After the ceremony, everyone was moved inside for a cocktail hour that was set up in the bar and dinning area, the dinning area was warm and inviting with a nice fireplace going and very elegant lighting. Musically, I played a set of Bossa Nova and Samba with songs like Ceu “Grains de Beaute”and Rosalia de Souza “Zona Sul” mixed with some rare classics that I had in my collection. For dinner I played all classical guitar music with a Spanish slant. Ann and Erik’s fathers both gave toasts, and soon dinner was served.

After dinner the first dance was Tom Waits “Picture in Frame”and the father/daugher dance was Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” I then opened the dance floor to some Motown classics and a fun 80’s set with Madonna “Get into the Groove”, Michael Jackson “Billy Jean”and sprinkled in some newer stuff like MGMT “Kids.” The biggest hit of the night was probably “Jai Ho” from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack into Panjabi MC’s “Mundian to Back Ke.” It was soon time to end the night so I slowed it down with Yo La Tengo’s “Our Way to Fall”and finished with The The’s “This is the Day.”

We then sent the couple off though the front doors by clapping and ringing bells and another great wedding was had at the vineyard.

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