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harlottesville Wine & Country Weddings is pleased to announce John & Katherine as the Wedding of the Year winners. We loved learning about their journey and their perfect day at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Sometimes love is just meant to be. John and Kate met on Halloween weekend in 2010, and within a week, they were on their first date. Four years later, John surprised Kate by getting down on one knee outside of the former restaurant where the couple had their first date in Washington, D.C. Afterwards, what John told Kate would be “meeting a couple of friends for drinks,” was a surprise engagement celebration with both sets of parents from Boston and Pittsburgh, siblings, cousins, and the

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couple’s close friends from D.C. and NYC. From the start, John and Kate knew they wanted an early spring wedding with lively flowers and food inspired by the ending and beginning seasons—a melding of winter’s comfort food with spring’s lighter, fresh fare. The couple fell in love with Charlottesville while living in D.C. They would take weekend trips to escape the city. After searching NYC and not finding the right venue for a spring wedding, John and Kate realized the perfect location was Charlottesville, with its amazing Blue Ridge views. When they found Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, they loved the elegance of the venue and the romantic views. Kate and John incorporated both their personalities

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Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings 2017  
Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings 2017