5 Garden-Inspired Wedding Ideas

5 Garden-Inspired Wedding Ideas

Not only is the Tuckahoe Plantation a historic landmark, it’s also a spectacular exclusively outdoor venue for weddings. If you’re dreaming of a garden wedding, then the plantation is the perfect venue for you! While our venue is beautiful as is, there are so many little touches you can add to transform the space into the celebration of your dreams. From natural tablescapes to flower-filled lanterns, here are a few ideas for your garden-inspired wedding.

  1. Natural Tablescapes

Rather than seating your guests at traditional round or square reception tables, use long banquet tables. This not only creates an inviting atmosphere, but encourages your guests to mix and mingle as well. Finish the look with a fabric table runner and low wedding centerpieces with lots of greenery for a garden-inspired look. For an earthy look, add moss balls to your table arrangements. If you’re having a more traditional reception, ivy is a great option. For a fresh and timeless look, seasonal flowers in bright colors will do the trick.


  1. Chairs with greenery

Chairs have a major impact on your wedding design because there are so many of them in one specific area. This is why it’s important to choose a style of chairs that’s in line with your aesthetic. Cross-back chairs are one of the hottest trends for garden weddings. Not only do they look nice, but they also come in a variety of colors from whitewashed wood to dark mahogany. For an effortless and beautiful detail, dress up your wedding chairs with simple greenery garlands.

  1. Floral aisle markers

Aisle markers are a great way to dress up an outdoor ceremony space. Beautiful flowers displayed in tin vessels are just one of the many ways you can add florals to your aisle. Whether you use small baskets or vintage watering cans, garden weddings are the perfect opportunity to experiment with non-traditional vessels for your flower arrangements. You can also end your ceremony with a celebratory petal toss! Try filling paper cones with petals and displaying them in a cute basket at the entrance of your aisle for your guests. 


  1. A unique backdrop

The exchanging of rings is one of the most special moments of your big day. Your wedding ring is a symbol of eternity and represents the uniting of two hearts endless in love. So much thought goes into choosing the perfect wedding rings, including your personal style and how it looks with your engagement ring. Many jewelers, including Blue Nile, offer their selection of wedding ring styles online to help make the process easier. With that being said, why not set the scene of this memorable moment with a gorgeous backdrop? From decorating an arch with bundles of fresh flowers such as hydrangeas and garden roses to repurposing an old fireplace mantel and dressing it up with fresh flowers, there are so many ways you can dress up your ceremony backdrop.

  1. Flower-filled lanterns

With the right lighting, your garden reception can look and feel downright magical. Utilize the structural elements that are already built into your venue such as fences, lattices, and tree branches, and hang lighting such as tinkly lights, marquee lights, and lanterns. Be sure to use LED candles rather than wick candles. Flower-filled lanterns also look beautiful when suspended from hooks or trees. Strategically hang the flowers throughout your venue for a magical, whimsical vibe.



Written by:
Amanda H.


Tuckahoe Christmas Open House


New Date: Saturday December 22nd 4-7pm


Embrace the holiday season with family and friends at Tuckahoe Plantation’s Christmas Open House! Come by on Saturday December 22nd from 4-7pm. Guests can wander the rooms, decorated in the 18th-century style, and learn about the plantation’s rich history. Treats and cider (prepared over an open fire) will be available in the Old Kitchen, and various vendors will have Christmas gifts for sale. Admission is $10 per adult for entry and $5 per child (ages 5-12 years) and free for children under 5 years.

No reservations required, but advance tickets can be purchased here.

Join us right before the event at 3:00 pm for a Holiday Swag Tutorial Class, leading right into the start of the event! The Swag Tutorial Class is $8 for admittance; ($18 total for event entry, house tour and tutorial class); materials included!

Fields, Forests, and Streams

Fields, Forests + Streams is less than a month away – November 4. Get your tickets today to enjoy a wonderful afternoon at Tuckahoe Plantation with music by Susan Greenbaum.

Some of the silent auction items include a membership from Outdoor Access, Inc., a Scout weekender bag and gift card from Tweed, Sunday brunch for 4 at Heritage, and many more items. Keep checking back as more items are announced.

June Editorial Collaboration

Amy Nicole Photography, Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, www.amynicolephoto.com

We’ve been BEYOND excited to share photos from a June Editorial…and here they are! Tuckahoe provided a simple and elegant backdrop for a summer-time collaboration with top-notch vendors. The warm tones and textures, accented with pops of black, compliment Tuckahoe’s historic buildings beautifully.

Amy Nicole Photography, Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, www.amynicolephoto.com

Amy Nicole Photography, Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, www.amynicolephoto.com

Amy Nicole Photography, Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, www.amynicolephoto.com

Amy Nicole Photography, Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, www.amynicolephoto.com

Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation
Design & Floral Design: Lauren Emereson Events
Photography: Amy Nicole Photography
Hair & Makeup: Anna Breeding
Dress: Tiffany’s Bridal
Tabletop Rentals: Emerson Jame
Rentals: Paisley & Jade
Invitation Suite: Typo Boutique
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Model: Braelyn Schenk
Veil & Hairpieces: Mood & Muse Boutique
Linens: Pressed Fine Linens

Amy Nicole Photography, Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, www.amynicolephoto.com

Amy Nicole Photography, Charlottesville Wedding Photographer, www.amynicolephoto.com

A Welcome Habitat for Bees

Guest Post by Sally Keys

Bees are vital to every aspect of the ecosystem. As well as producing honey, their main contribution is pollination, and their hard work adds $15 billion to the US agricultural output each year. Pollination produces bigger and prettier fruits and vegetables and so bees are very welcome visitors at the Tuckahoe Plantation’s organic vegetable plot and parterre herb garden. And without bees, the formal floral gardens would no longer yield the blooms used to create the exquisite flower arrangements and wedding bouquets displayed at the venue.

Thomas Jefferson on Bees

The rewarding pursuit of beekeeping is becoming more common and it has a long tradition dating back to when honey bees were first brought to America in 1622. Thomas Jefferson was an avid beekeeper and wrote a little about the honey bee in North America in his nature book, Notes on Virginia. Like any good farmer in the 18th century, he kept bees on his estate not simply to collect their valuable honey and beeswax but, more importantly, to pollinate crops. He may well have seen from his childhood at Tuckahoe how, even though they can self-pollinate, a healthy yield of tobacco plants was still dependent on bees to create beneficial genetic mixes.

Restoring Bee Populations

What Jefferson will not have known is that the tobacco plants helped keep bumble bees healthy, as scientists have only recently discovered that the naturally occurring chemicals found in the flowers can reduce infection levels of a common parasite by more than 80%. The state of Virginia loses a third of its hives each year, and the Department of Agriculture takes measures to attempt to eradicate and control bee diseases as well as offering advice on helping to restore bee numbers. This includes asking residents to plant even the smallest of flower boxes, so extensive gardens like those at Tuckahoe are a very welcome habitat for dwindling bee populations.

Bees and the Tuckahoe Gardens

As an exclusively outdoor venue, the gardens are a vital element of the plantation and are designed to delight all year round. The delicate yellow flowers of the Wintersweet and other winter blooming plants help bees overwinter, to be ready to gather nectar from the peonies and old roses in the summer. Early bee species, like the orchard mason bee, might enjoy the Japanese apricot blossom in February, but the crocus provides the first substantial pollen source after a long, cold season. Although it doesn’t require pollination, even the muscadine grape vine benefits from the presence of bees as the crop is stimulated by the increased biodiversity where they are working.

The beautiful gardens at Tuckahoe welcome guests to celebrate, enjoy the peaceful surroundings, and explore their history. Working alongside the attentive Tuckahoe gardener, bees are vital to the flourishing of the flowers, plants and vegetables, encouraging beautiful blooms, fragrant herbs, and healthy crops all year round.

Inclement Weather Warning

Due to Hurricane Florence, the plantation will be closed from Thursday September 13th to Sunday September 16th. All tours of the House and Grounds (guided, self-guided, or event-related) will be unavailable for the safety of our staff, clients, and visitors. Please plan your visit around the closure…the plantation is more enjoyable on a dry, sunny day!

Stay updated on our website blog and Facebook feed, or contact us at 804-774-1614 or [email protected] Please note, the Office is closed from 9/13-9/16 also, so staff will have limited phone and email access. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we look forward to your future visit!