A Pastoral Fall Wedding at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, Virginia

Emma Davis (26 and a teacher) and Haleigh Spencer Busby (24 and a law school and MBA student) decked out their barn venue at Castle Hill Cider in Kesw

Emma Davis (26 and a teacher) and Haleigh Spencer Busby (24 and a law school and MBA student) decked out their barn venue at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, Virginia, with rustic decor and beautiful blooms. In search of a venue not far from both of their families, who live on opposite sides of Virginia, the brides happened upon Castle Hill in Keswick. “We wanted a beautiful rustic fall wedding that would showcase the gorgeous Virginia leaves,” Emma says of their fall nuptials. “Although we didn’t go with traditional fall wedding colors, the beautiful white barn at Castle Hill seamlessly brought together the incredible landscape and the bright, airy designs we were looking for.” The brides’ talented and creative friends chipped in by helping to create DIY decor, from signs to cornhole boards. The couple’s lemon-flavored cake with raspberry jam filling was baked by a friend as well. “We just wanted to keep a very floral, rustic theme with everything at the reception,” Emma says. “We had beautiful flowers and wanted to showcase them. The theme of our wedding was definitely simplicity, and that's what inspired our reception look.” The brides decked out their rustic barn venue in flowing arrangements of greenery and flowers, along with romantic string lights. Dinner was catered by the Local, a Charlottesville restaurant that sources fresh, seasonal Virginia ingredients. They served mini Virginia ham-and-cheese biscuits and truffle macaroni and cheese. “All the food was incredible, and our guests raved that it was some of the best wedding food they'd ever had,” Emma says. The brides paired their food with wine from nearby Williamsburg Winery and ciders from Castle Hill. —Marissa Hermanson

Emma and Haleigh picked out their engagement rings together. “A week after browsing, Haleigh went back to get the set for me,” Emma says. “After being engaged for about a day, Haleigh politely asked, ‘So when do I get mine?’ ” The couple then returned to the jewelry store and picked out Haleigh’s engagement ring.
“We wanted big rustic blooms and unruly greens rather than stuffy organized bouquets,” Emma says of their bouquets, which incorporated peonies and roses.
"We love telling everyone that it was love at first sight in the toothpaste aisle at Target, but we met online after stalking each other many times. Finally, I asked her out on a date to American Tap Room in Arlington,” Emma says.
At Castle Hill in Keswick, Virginia, the brides exchanged vows under two large linden trees and a rustic altar decked out in pink peonies and roses.
The couple wrote their ceremony script, and their friend Daniel officiated. “I tried to incorporate old traditional elements and new ideas when it came to what was said, but it wasn’t specific to any religion or culture,” Emma says. “It mostly focused on the love and unity of two people.”
For their fall nuptials, Emma and Haleigh chose Castle Hill, which was well located for their friends and families. “We wanted a beautiful rustic fall wedding that would showcase the gorgeous Virginia leaves, and we found that at Castle Hill,” Emma says.
Rustic DIY elements included a seating chart made using wood, clothespins and twine.
Wedding signs and decorative pieces like the cornhole boards were created by Emma’s sorority sister, a talented artist.
“We definitely wanted to become a highlight for LGBT weddings when you searched for them,” Emma says. “We both are also very simple when it comes to taste, so our vision was very much the same.”
During cocktail hour, the brides served local wine and Castle Hill’s ciders. Emma’s friend created wooden Virginia signs that were used throughout.
The brides decked out their rustic barn venue in flowing arrangements of greenery and flowers, along with romantic string lights. “The overall theme of our wedding was definitely simplicity, and that's what inspired our reception look,” Emma says.
Rustic accents included wooden signs embellished with calligraphy, from the seating chart to the “Mrs.” signs that adorned the newlyweds' dining chairs.
Emma’s friend baked the couple a lemon-flavored cake with raspberry jam filling. “We really wanted a naked cake topped with flowers, and that’s what we got,” Haleigh says.
Emma and Haleigh danced as newlyweds to “She Lit a Fire” by Lord Huron, which became their official “song” during their first Valentine’s Day together. The DJ ended the evening’s dance party with John Mayer’s version of “XO.” “That was one of my favorite memories of the night,” Emma says.