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Engagement Sessions

More and more photographers and wedding planners are encouraging their couples to consider an engagement session before their wedding. There is more than one benefit to a sweet engagement session with your wedding photographer. Fearrington Wedding Director, Gilda, shares her thoughts on why engagement sessions are important.

“Engagement shoots are a great way to get to know the property where you are getting married and to get acquainted with your photographer,” said Gilda. “They let your photographer see how you interact as a couple and learn how comfortable you are with a camera.”

In addition to being a way to get more comfortable with the your wedding venue and photographer, engagement shoots can also double as a relaxed, trial-run with your make-up artist!

For more tips from our planners and more about Fearrington weddings, check out our blog! To contact our wedding planners, click here.

Gourmet & Grapes

Gourmet & Grapes is an annual fundraising event hosted at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, to benefit the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center. In the last eight years, this weekend-long culinary event has raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research. Executive Chef Colin Bedford and Pastry Sous Chef Paola attended for The Fearrington House Restaurant and served Smoked Pork with Parsnip, Confit Garlic & Ginger at The Wine Odyssey... Full Post >

The Fearrington Archives

I’m the youngest of RB and Jenny’s three kids, recently moved back to North Carolina with my own family after a decade in Maine. Upon my return, Dad loaned me a slide scanner and pointed me to a disconcertingly dusty mountain of boxes - everyone needs a project, right? Mine has become archival. The slides are all jumbled together, an assembly of jarring set location jumps and strange time wormholes. Fitch family, Fitch Lumber and Fitch Creations; Dad’s Air Force slides diligently... Full Post >

Exploring Chardonnay

Since this week's featured wine is a California Chardonnay, lets talk about it a little more in depth. Chardonnay is an ancient varietal, and no doubt one of the most popular varietals in the world. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were the focus of Benedictine monks in the 12th century. As a result, we have the world of wine as we know it. However, I firmly believe that Chardonnay as a whole is grossly misunderstood, at least in the United States. There are so many ways to make this wine, and,... Full Post >

Early Spring Planting

February in the Piedmont usually heralds the first stirrings of what truly feels like spring. While it's hard to resist the urge to get out there on the first warm, sunny day, putting your garden energy to work in a thoughtful manner now pays big dividends later! If you are starting a vegetable garden - or simply like to incorporate edibles into your ornamental beds, as we do here in the gardens surrounding The Granary - February is the ideal time to sow cold weather crops like arugula,... Full Post >

California Chardonnay

Stop by The Goat Wine Shop to pick up a bottle of this week's featured wine. We're sipping Landmark Vineyards, Sonoma California “Overlook Chardonnay” 2014! Having lived and worked in Sonoma, California for nearly two years, I drove past this winery everyday. Culturally, it is on the tip of the tongue of all the affluent and elite wine drinking locals. Why? Because it’s fantastic. A phenomenal example of California Chardonnay without being overly robust and hard to handle. It’s got... Full Post >