Real Wedding: Taylor and Whit Varner

This Virginia celebration was enhanced by the natural beauty of its vineyard setting.

Photographs by Robert Radifera.

Taylor and Whit met in Charlottesville, Virginia, when Taylor was a senior at the University of Virginia and Whit had just graduted from Mary Washington University. Mutual friends introduced them one night at Biltmore Bar and Grill, a nearby favorite. A year later, Taylor moved to Richmond for dental school, but the couple’s love only grew stronger. They made countless drives up and down Highway 64 to see each other, and four years later, they got engaged.

Taylor and Whit say the foundation of their relationship from the very beginning has always been love and laughter. They were together for seven years before they tied the knot and are more in love now than ever before.


Wedding Venue and Reception: Early Mountain Vineyards

Wedding Date: March 22, 2014

Photographer: Robert Radifera

Bride’s Hometown: Centreville, Virginia

Groom’s Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

Bride’s First Impression: “He’s cute and funny! And he plays the guitar, which I found very attractive.”

Groom’s First Impression: “How lucky am I to be talking to this intelligent, charming, and beautiful woman?”

First Date: Flaming Wok

Bride’s Gown: miLA Bridal

Hair: Daphne Latham

Florist: Betty Jo Dominick

Cake: Sweethaus

Wedding Cake Flavor: Coconut cream

Videographer: Chris Bryan, eMotion Pictures

Event Coordinator: Lauren Truslow

Wedding Flowers: Antique roses, ranunculus, tulips

Invitations: Brittney Butler (a friend of the couple)

Caterer: The Local

Music/Entertainment: Jangling Reinharts and DJ Stroud, Sam Hill Entertainment

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “Our vows and readings.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “Our vows, the songs written for the moment, special performances, home-brewed beer.”

Biggest Surprise: “The last song. One of Whit’s groomsmen played the guitar and sang a song he wrote us. Whit joined in with the guitar. It was so special and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

First Dance Song: “Madness” by Muse

Wedding Theme: Natural beauty, romantic elegance

Wedding Favors: Koozies

Honeymoon Spot: Croatia

Where They Currently Live: Iowa City, Iowa

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