Allie and Oliver got married this past Saturday on a beautiful farm owned by family friends outside Sperryville, Virginia, near Old Rag Mountain. The setting was beautiful and peaceful, perfect for Allie and Oliver’s special day. There were plenty of personal touches, from the jars of seeds holding the seating cards to the end of the night bonfire, which expressed their unique spirits. The time and energy that Allie and Oliver put in to planning their wedding was readily apparent and greatly enjoyed by everyone present!
The ceremony took place in a clearing in the woods surrounding the farm, with live musical accompaniment by the Gold Top County Ramblers. The Gold Top County Ramblers continued to play their unique and fantastic blend of bluegrass, folk and classic rock during cocktail hour near the tent. They played some original tunes, a few traditional ones (“Lil’ Maggie”) and some less traditional songs (a Guns N’ Roses medley, and Outkast “Hey Ya”), displaying an adventurous avant garde streak (the banjo player had enough effects pedals for a psych rocker).
Susan Gage Caterers provided a wonderful buffet featuring local, organic vegetables, true to Oliver’s passion as a farmer in Boulder, CO. This was a theme that carried through the whole event, as we heard from Allie’s father about Oliver making a believer out of him with his cooking, and the couple meeting at the farmers’ market. Photographer Rebecca Drobis was on hand to capture every beautiful moment.
The music during dinner was an eclectic mix representing the couple’s tastes, and reflecting the rural surroundings and fun-loving crowd. Daryle played songs by The Talking Heads, Bob Marley, and Hank Williams (“Jambalaya/Down on the Bayou”).
Allie’s friend Alexa sang to the couple for their first dance, a beautiful rendition of “When You Say Nothing At All”. As the final notes of the song faded, Daryle went right into Mary J. Blige “Family Affair” and the crowd rushed the dancefloor.
The dance mix was wide ranging and fun – Weezer‘s “Buddy Holly” into Roy Orbison‘s “Oh, Pretty Woman” into Flo Rida‘s “Get Low”. There was a wild Hora by the Klezmatics and a rave up to “Poison” (Bel Biv Devoe)/”Motownphilly” (Boyz II Men). Daryle continued to smoothly jump from one decade to another, delivering one deliriously fun song after another, and the crowd loved it. There were feet and arms flying to the Prince/Kenny Loggins/Ray Charles blend!
The buses took most of the guests back down the mountain around midnight, leaving a core group of partiers dancing and drumming for another hour. Everyone had an absolute blast – congratulations to Allie and Oliver!