FOOD­IES AND FLO­RALS

WHIM­SI­CAL BLOOMS AND GOURMET BITES COM­BINED FOR A FAIRY-TALE AF­FAIR AT THE GOOD­STONE INN.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY AMY MOELLER

Whim­si­cal blooms and gourmet bites com­bined for a fairy-tale set­ting at the Good­stone Inn.

For menu-minded cou­ple Greg Blake and Michelle Hollingsworth, the Good­stone Inn was an easy choice for their wed­ding day. “Greg and I con­sider our­selves food­ies and didn’t want to com­pro­mise our pas­sion for de­li­cious food on our wed­ding day,” says Hollingsworth. “We had been to Good­stone Inn for din­ner on a mis­er­able rainy week­end long be­fore we were en­gaged. De­spite the weather, we were im­pressed with the food, at­ten­tion to de­tail, and beau­ti­ful property.” In ad­di­tion to a top-notch cater­ing ser­vice, she says, they loved the idea of hav­ing their fam­i­lies and clos­est friends stay on the property the en­tire week­end.

“From the mo­ment you come up the drive­way of Good­stone, it feels like you’re in a fairy tale,” says Hollingsworth. “The feel­ing we were go­ing for was ro­man­tic, el­e­gant, but com­fort­able, with el­e­ments of places, peo­ple, and things we love most.” On-site co­or­di­na­tors helped work out all the de­tails, from ac­com­mo­da­tions to bev­er­age ser­vice.

As for the space, the cou­ple called on the ex­per­tise of their in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor, Roberta Nook, to de­sign each site, from their cock­tail hour by the pool to the re­cep­tion in the woodsy gar­den. The cou­ple wanted a “so­phis­ti­cated and rus­tic” vibe, says Nook. “Vin­tage vi­gnettes, bloom­ing walls, chan­de­liers, a li­brary bar, and au­thorthemed tables all chan­neled the cou­ple’s pas­sion for an­tiques, art, and vin­tage books.” In the end, it was the per­fect set­ting. “Hon­estly,” says Hollingsworth, “it was ev­ery­thing we’d hoped for and more.”

The dream team: Greg Blake and Michelle Hollingsworth’s in­te­rior de­signer, Roberta Nook, worked with Rosanna Smith from Bella Villa, Becky Arm­strong from Mid­dle­burg Events Stu­dio, and Jenn Pineau of Na­ture Com­posed to trans­form the Good­stone Inn into the venue of the cou­ple’s dreams. “These highly creative and tal­ented women were able to ex­e­cute our vi­sion for a mag­i­cal, fairy-tale wed­ding,” says Hollingsworth.

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