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Alexis & Zach: Poplar Hill Wedding in Blackstone Virginia: Pastoral Style

bride and groom at poplar hill in blackstone virginia hug and smile under a large tree with greenery in the background

Poplar Hill Wedding

The bride and groom were wed on a bright, sunshiney September day at Poplar Hill, a pastoral wedding venue and family-owned farm that combines the ancient elegance of manor house with the scenery of the surrounding countryside in Blackstone, Virginia.

A white colonial manor house at Poplar Hill, a historic wedding venue in Blackstone, Virginia.
outdoor wedding ceremony setup for a pastoral wedding at Poplar Hill in Blackstone, Virginia with EmmiClaire Photography
empty backyard ceremony area with overhanging green trees and green grass where the bride and groom will say "I do" at Poplar Hill

The Wedding Details at Poplar Hill

One of the things that I admire about Alexis and Zach’s wedding style is that they chose to forego the uber-matchy wedding trend. Instead, they opted for a more organic approach, choosing a variety of colors and elements that coordinated beautifully. “We wanted [the colors] to be not too summery but not too fall either, so we opted for a nice mix of the two.”

wedding details of the bride and groom for their pastoral wedding including invitations, rings, shoes, and jewelry

Says Alexis of her detail choices: “I wanted just simple and elegant without the price tag, so I bedazzled my dancing shoes and shopped on Amazon for a lot of my decorations!”

The Attire for this Pastoral Wedding at Poplar Hill

The lovebirds kept the color palette for attire simple, going with modern neutrals – sage green and deep navy – which complimented the pastoral wedding venue beautifully

close up of the top of the bride's beaded and detailed wedding dress that she will be married in at Poplar Hill
bride sitting centre amongst her bridesmaids in matching silk and lace robes smiling at the camera with their wedding day hair and makeup done
groom stands outside buttoning his blue vest and smiling as he awaits his pastoral wedding ceremony
groom stands in the middle of his six groomsmen in front of their wedding property manor all wearing navy blue tuxedos
groom walks towards the camera smiling as his groomsmen trail behind him all wearing navy blue tuxedos out front of the wedding venue home
detail shot of the bridesmaid's bouquets as they stand together side by side in long, sea foam green bridesmaids dresses.

I adored the gorgeous florals the couple chose. The simple neutral greenery and white color combination helped tie other whimsical wedding elements together.

bride stands underneath a large tree at Poplar hill in her wedding gown surrounded by her seven bridesmaids in their sea foam colored bridesmaid dresses

The Wedding Ceremony at Poplar Hill: A Wedding Venue in Blackstone, Virginia

Surrounded by family and friends, Alexis and Zach made their vows beneath a beautiful wooden arbor surrounded by lush trees and garden-style greenery. The sheer joy on the lovebirds’ faces as they saw each other for the first time spoke volumes about their love for one another. “I couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle,” says Alexis.

bride and groom stand facing one another in the sun during their outdoor ceremony at Poplar Hill prepared to say "I do" and live happily ever after
bride and groom standing in the sun outside facing one another holding their hands out in front of one another as they say "I do" at their pastoral-style wedding
bride and groom standing in the sun outside facing one another looking lovingly into one another's eyes as they say "I do" at their pastoral-style wedding
bride and groom share a kiss as their bridesmaids and groomsmen stand among them under a large tree cheering and celebrating
bride and groom stand just slightly in front of their bridal party who are all lined up behind them smiling at the camera and enjoying the outdoors on their wedding day

Wedding Portraits at Poplar Hill in Blackstone, Virginia

Alexis and Zach got to enjoy a lovely portrait session just the two of them between their ceremony and reception. I love how sweet these two are together. The way Zach looks at Alexis is the stuff of romance novels.

Groom wearing a navy blue tux stands behind his smiling bride and kisses her on the forehead as they stand in the backyard of a beautiful pastoral wedding venue together
Bride standing in front of a large tree in her beaded, detailed wedding dress while holding her bouquet down at her side and looking towards the grass
bride and groom embrace and lock lips following their outdoor wedding ceremony while the bride holds up her white flower bouquet behind the grooms shoulder
Groom holds his bride close at her waist while looking at her adoringly as the bride stares off smiling with one hand around his shoulder and the other hand placed on his chest.
Bride and groom walk the property of Poplar Hill where they held their wedding ceremony and reception smiling arm in arm while the groom holds his bride's bouquet
Bride and groom stand in front of a large green shrub facing the camera and smiling for their wedding photos they will cherish for a lifetime
groom stands under tree shade with his bride following their beautiful outdoor ceremony and kisses her on the forehead
Bride embraces her groom from behind smiling during sunset as they embark on their new adventure together as husband and wife
bride embraces her groom from behind while he tilts his head to look back at her and they share a moment as newlyweds before their pastoral wedding reception
bride walks ahead of the groom leading him by hand through an open field at Poplar Hill during sunset as they bask in becoming husband and wife
groom and bride walking way from the camera in an open field at their Poplar Hill wedding venue as the groom touches his nose to his wife's cheek who is looking back at the camera

Pastoral Wedding Reception

bride and groom excitedly walk towards their Poplar Hill wedding reception where their friends and family await the opportunity to celebrate with them
Outdoor tables as a part of the reception photographed midday while the guests have yet to arrive on a sunny day
Pastoral wedding reception venue photographed empty before the guests have arrived with beam ceilings and white tables
A one tier and a two tier white-iced wedding cake photographed side-by-side at the bride and groom's wedding reception with the words "Mr and Mrs" on top of each
bride and groom beaming with smiles as they walk into their wedding reception space together hand in hand ready to have an amazing continuation of their wedding day

Final Moments from this Pastoral Wedding at Poplar Hill

Alexis and Zach had the opportunity for a last dance together before their grand exit. I adored taking photos of this intimate moment where the bride and groom could revel in the final moments of their wedding day and reflect on all the love surrounding them. “The last dance was the probably the best part of the day,” says Alexis.

bride and groom share a dance on the dance floor before their guests arrive at the reception under a wooden-beamed space with white tables and a chandelier
bride and groom sharing a kiss as they exit their wedding and enjoy a send off from their guests with sparklers leading them out into the evening to enjoy their wedding night

Wedding Vendors

Venue, Catering, and Coordination: Poplar Hill

Wedding Dress: Blue Sage Bridal RVA

Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Amber Black Hair

Makeup: Beauty by Jahara Jennae

Florist: Etsy!

Cake: David Ortiz

DJ/Band: DJ Roy Robinson

Invitations: Minted

bride and groom lock eyes in a grassy field enjoying a quiet moment together before joining their guests at their wedding reception

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