It was an honor to be present with Jason and Cassie along with their friends and family as they exchanged vows at Beliveau Estate Winery. I arrived at the winery while Cassie and her bridesmaids were finishing up with their hair and makeup appointment at Innovations Salon & Day Spa, so I passed a little time assisting her friends with arranging some beautiful flowers from Stonecrop Farms into centerpieces. Soon the wedding party arrived and began the final steps or preparing for the wedding. Cassie’s mother helped her into her beautiful Maggie Sottero wedding gown from Chantilly Lace which paired up beautifully with her ivory lace Blue by Betsey Johnson Leah ballet flats. The bridesmaids wore white sleeveless tops with pretty pink tulle maxi skirts from Tulle and Chantilly while the groom and groomsmen looked sharp in their grey suits from JoS. A. Bank.
The wedding ceremony took place atop a hill overlooking the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains where the altar was decorated with two wine barrels and gorgeous large pink, green, white, and magenta floral arrangements. As Cassie reached the beginning of the aisle, she teared up and took a moment to gather herself before walking to the altar arm in arm with her father.
Cassie and Jason’s officiant, Rev. Kanta Bosniak told the story of their relationship so beautifully, she was kind enough to share her words so that I could include them here:
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jason and Cassie and hearing their love story. How they met in the summer of 2012 when Cassie picked up some hitchhikers hiking the Appalachian Trail. Jason was a hiker too, and they were mutual friends with him. In late July, they connected again through their friend Miles, hiking together and staying at a hostel in Rutland, Vermont. Jason took on a protective role, giving Cassie water and food. In mid-August, they visited in Hanover, New Hampshire, where they went into town and had both their first date... and their first kiss. Their friendship deepened into love. And they maintained a long distance relationship. She was in Pawling, New York, and his home base was in Michigan. They kept in touch, talking and Skyping every day and sharing romantic gestures. Once a week, he’d play a song and send it to her. She sent him videos of cooking and gardening… “A Day in the Life of Cassie.” In January of 2013, she went to Grand Rapids and spent a week. The 0 degrees temperatures and daily snow were no impediment to the warmth of their affection. They became an official couple and began planning a future together. Jason moved to Pawling in late April and they spent two years together there working at a landscaping company. In January of 2015, they moved to Virginia. He came back to school to finish his degree and she started teaching yoga and creating a business. The following year, Jason developed and implemented a plan. He bought her a Buddha and adorned it with love notes and her grandmother’s ring. On December 21, 2016, the night before driving up to see family for Christmas, he set the stage and started the soundtrack. Playing the Van Morrison song, “Sweet Thing,” from “Astral Weeks,” he took the ring off the Buddha, got down on one knee, and proposed… And they made each other a promise that is fulfilled today.
Following the ceremony, (and a brief intermission for photos) we sat down for a meal prepared by the wonderful folks at Beliveau Estate Winery while their DJ from A Party’s Favorite Entertainment provided music. After dinner and dancing, I learned of a tradition from Cassie’s family – a giant glass vase is filled with beer and passed down the line for everyone to take a swig. Once everyone has had their turn, it is up to the bride and groom to share what is left in the vase. Their friends and family were so eager to help the newlyweds that they finished off the vase a couple of times and it had to be refilled to be sure that Cassie and Jason were able to enjoy their fair share as well!
Blacksburg Wedding Vendor Team
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue: Beliveau Estate Winery
Hair + Makeup: Innovations Salon & Day Spa
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero from Chantilly Lace Bridals
Wedding Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson Leah Ballet Flats
Bridesmaid Dresses: Tulle and Chantilly
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: JoS. A. Bank
Florist: Stonecrop Farms
Officiant: Rev. Kanta Bosniak, custom ceremony services
Wedding Rings: Heirloom engagement ring; Wedding band from Kay Jewelers, Christiansburg
DJ: A Party’s Favorite Entertainment, Roanoke