Produced & Written By Andrea Bosco | Photographs by Michael Fornataro | Art Direction by Samantha Casale
“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” Destiny Hill Farm owner Nancy Cameron tells her brides. To keep them at ease on their wedding day, she entwines sprigs of lavender into the bouquet wrap — a signature touch started by floral designer Carol Kilkeary. (The scent and calming properties of the lavender leave a lasting aroma — and stress! — behind.) Following retirement a few years ago, Nancy and her husband, Jim, purchased the 137-acre Washington farm, a property that’s been in her family since 1941. Today, the couple runs the farm, comprised of lavender, floral, and berry fields; and their four horses, two dogs, three cats, few chickens, and new donkey, Luther. Already booked through 2015, Destiny Hill has found its niche in hosting wedding celebrations. From May to October, the Camerons offer outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies, receptions in the large barn, picturesque scenery, a bridal suite, and a floral and design team that specializes in creating local, sustainable arrangements. “Here, everyone wants a rustic, elegant, and relaxed wedding, but we already provide that,” Nancy says. “We tell couples to really express themselves — no cookie-cutter weddings.” When couples decide to celebrate at Destiny Hill, Nancy asks them to fill out a questionnaire, so she can get to know their personalities better. With a better feel for who they are, she can translate those details into personalized elements for the big day. For example, Nancy recently incorporated fishing hooks into a boutonnière for an avid fisherman groom! Destiny Hill Farm Event Coordinator Mimi York works with couples during the planning process to ensure the nuptials stay unique and individualized. “We want couples to bring their story to the entire day,” she says. “Some brides and grooms display wedding photographs of all the marriages in the family that came before them. Some take advantage of the two venues for cocktails and dinner, using bright colors outside and elegant mercury glass in the barn.” One thing’s for sure — those employed and interning at Destiny Hill Farm sure love what they do. “The most fun part is seeing everything a couple dreamed of come to life, and exceeding their expectations,” says York. “The joy on their faces when it’s more than what they expected is the best. Everyone here is 100-percent committed. The energy of the farm is really great — it’s just such a happy place.”
:: Destiny Hill Farm, 1069 S Main St., Washington. 724.222.3015. destinyhill.com.
All Occasions Party Rental furnished our vision of an elegant tablescape with Champagne Fanfare Chameleon chairs; Dauphine Platinum dinner plates; Gabrielle Platinum salad, and bread and butter plates; Corrine glassware; and Bistro flatware. Linens provided by Mosaic.
Our model, WHIRL Publishing Assistant Art Director Jordan Harriger, holds a fresh bouquet of roses; delphinium; hyacinth; white, red, and pink calla lilies; Queen Anne’s Lace; snapdragons; lisianthus; dianthus, or “green trick;” hypericum berries; hydrangeas; and Chantilly snapdragons, arranged by Nancy Cameron and Carol Kilkeary. Harriger wears a Mattarazi tuxedo, $795. Eton tuxedo shirt, $275. C&G bowtie set, $155, Charles Spiegel for Men; 14K Sapphire Estate Ring with a 0.80 carat Round Brilliant Cut Diamond, $2,650. Titanium Band, $102. Vintage Black Pearl Cufflinks, $395, South Hills Jewelers.