Forget Napa Valley: The Vineyard You Want to Marry on Is Right Here in Virginia

The portraits from Courtney Chou and Son Duong’s wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, a stunning property that looks out over the Blue Ridge Moutains near Charlottesville, actually make us breathless. Take a look for yourself at their greenery-filled wedding, planned by A. Dominick Events and expertly captured in the photos below by Sam Hurd Photography.

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Laughter came easily between Courtney and Sonny, who bonded as social committee co-chairs during their second year at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. This person is going to be my best friend, Courtney remembers thinking after only a few conversations. Turns out, the otolaryngologist was right. 

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After graduation, the duo took a trip to Cambodia, where Sonny intended to propose after a sunrise bike ride to the ancient temple Angkor Wat. A broken bike chain almost thwarted the pediatrician’s carefully laid plan, but luckily the couple encountered a lone tuk-tuk driver in the early-morning hours. Sonny enlisted him with a generous tip, and the driver sped to their destination in time for Courtney to agree to be Sonny’s wife against a backdrop of fiery reds and oranges.

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The Virginia natives returned home for their nuptials, which featured lush chandeliers of greenery hanging above farm tables, a cake-and-pie bar, and hot sauce wedding favors. Adventure called again for the honeymoon, which the newlyweds spent in New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Goa, India.


Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards | Photographer: Sam Hurd Photography | Event Coordinator: A. Dominick Events | Flowers: Southern Blooms | Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier, Carine’s Bridal Atelier | Alterations: Beteena Milacci of Sewing by Beteena | Makeup & Hair: Alison Harper & Company | Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards | Cake: HotCakes | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV and Lighting | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Calligraphy: Lettering by Lynne | Music: Jukeboxx, EastCoast Entertainment | Transportation: A Goff Limousine & Bus Company | Videographer: Shaina Koren Cinematography

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.