A Natural Greenhouse Wedding at The Market at Grelen in Somerset, Virginia
“The Market at Grelen’s natural beauty and serenity was the genesis of our design process,” Anna Blazier (27 and a graduate student at the University of Virginia) says. She and Josh Heuslein (28 and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia) highlighted their venue’s natural beauty with lush floral arrangements and a soothing blend of blues, greens, blush and wine. “You just can’t beat being surrounded by blooming flowers, berry vines, rolling hills and impeccable sunsets,” Anna says of picking the location. To add a personal note, the pair included their mutual love of science in a sweet way: Guests signed a book of scientific imagery. “Getting married at a nursery, we really wanted the flowers to be local, fresh and natural,” Anna says. She carried a garden bouquet of peonies, cosmos and foraged foliage and donned a pair of sassy red suede heels, which “turned out to be incredibly comfortable—a win-win,” she says. Reception tables were topped with blue and white linens, local blooms, gold-rimmed glass chargers and beautiful plates painted with a variety of pheasants, other birds and foliage. “The natural world drives our curiosity,” Anna says of the animal iconography. “We worked to create a space that felt ethereal, calming, yet inspiring. The light and the view made everything shine.” For their guests visiting from around the country, the couple featured Virginia’s cuisine: sweet potato ham biscuits, fried green tomatoes, cheddar and mascarpone mac and cheese, hot smoked salmon and roast pork with chimichurri sauce. “We still get comments on how delicious the food was!” the bride says. The couple also loved their cake so much, “we brought pieces with us on our honeymoon to Sedona, Arizona,” Anna says.