Those Sweet June Evenings

This summer truly feels like it has flown by in a flash. Our calendar has been full to the brim with fun weddings, picnics, and events! We were fully booked in June, with even two and three events each weekend. Check out some of the highlights for June!

Katy & Dustin

Katy & Dustin’s wedding felt like a breath of fresh air! Their bright colors, unique bridesmaids’ dresses, and rustic details created a true summer atmosphere. Guests enjoyed a delicious traditional buffet dinner and a fun chips and dip station during cocktail hour. Katy & Dustin incorporated a Pittsburgh tradition by providing a homemade cookie station for dessert. A rainbow even appeared right after their ceremony, which made for some great photos! We loved their sweet personalities, and Katy’s beautiful smile!

Photos by Chelsea Anderson Photography

Meredith & Logan

We absolutely loved Meredith & Logan’s vision for their wedding. She paired soft whites with dusty blues and bold reds in her design. Her flowers were so much fun to put together! Meredith’s personality really came through in her wedding details. We created centerpieces of terrariums filled with beautiful flowers, and we accented them with slate grey linen napkins and matching menu cards. Guests enjoyed artisan breads with dipping oils, honey, and butter at each table for dinner. Meredith chose a station-style dinner with a carving station, deconstructed salad station, and vegetarian pasta station. They also created specialty cocktails: a refreshing mojito and tropical rum punch. Every detail was executed to perfection!

Photos by Meredith Sledge Photography.

25th Wedding Anniversary

What an honor to cater Jeanne and Jay’s 25th Wedding Anniversary at Virginia Mountain Vineyards. They treated their guests to a beautiful event with a delicious buffet, elegant petit fors and bar desserts display, and unique hand-layed garland centerpieces. With every event, there is a story to tell, and this one is no exception. During dinner, a storm came through and the wind blew rain all through the tent. Everyone got wet, but laughter ensued! Our staff even had to break down and re-set some of their stations and décor items! Through it all, Jeanne and Jay had great spirits, and smiles never left their faces.

Gillie & Eric

This was one of the largest weddings we have ever had at the Plantation, and it was so much fun. The ballroom transformed into an elegant garden with custom-designed greenery garlands filled with flowers on each table. Gillie & Eric wanted a true southern menu, including fried green tomatoes topped with aioli and goat cheese as well as cheddar ham biscuits as passed hors d’oeuvres. They also chose a Moscow Mule as their signature beverage, which we served in personalized cups that guests took home as wedding favors. Friends and family celebrated Gillie & Eric’s marriage by dancing the night away!

Photos by Mike Topham Photography.

Marie & Douglas

Marie & Douglas’ wedding was full of simple elegance. After nearly a decade together, we are honored they chose to tie the knot here at the Plantation on Sunnybrook. Their whole day was very family-oriented, and you could tell their guests all loved them dearly. This intimate ceremony was full of love and even a few tears. For dessert, they had a sweetheart cake and a cupcake display! Their guests had a great time dancing together after dinner was served.

Photos by Kathy Jennings Photography.

Courtney & Kevin

This wedding was unique in that Courtney is an interior designer! She and her family hand-made her decorations and floral designs, and she even had her brother and dad putting up her décor items before the wedding. They had a beautiful, sunny wedding ceremony in our Boxwood Garden, where they read their own heartfelt vows. We enjoyed their Joining of the Sand ceremony, which they did in an hour glass vessel. Courtney and Kevin were such a sweet couple, and it truly came through in their wedding.

Photos by JR Wedding Photography.

Vistar Eye Center Company Picnic

Employees of Vistar Eye Center enjoyed great food and sangria at their company picnic at Boxtree Lodge. Our chefs grilled hamburgers and all-beef hotdogs on site, and we served them with delicious sides. We also served red berry sangria and white peach sangria, which was a huge hit! Adults and kids enjoyed music, games, and food on this beautiful June afternoon.

What a fun and busy month! Check back soon for an update about our July events. Even though summer is still here, we are already working on our fall & winter events. For your catering needs, call one of our event planners at 540-561-0700.

The Merry Merry Month of May

Between sweet weddings, exciting graduations, and beautiful memorials, May has been another jam-packed month for us! Our staff worked hard to make each of these events a reality for our clients, and each party was better than the last. Check out a few high lights from May!

Elaine & Jason

What a fun wedding! Elaine & Jason’s casual personalities shined in every detail of their wedding, including their Cinco De Mayo themed rehearsal dinner the evening before the big day! Jason is a military man, and they had a lot of fun with their unique military traditions, like the sword arch. It was a beautiful day, and they had their ceremony in our elegant boxwood garden. They enjoyed herb encrusted chicken breast, green beans, and our famous Mac & Cheese at their wedding. Delicious! To add to the fun, their guests created ice cream sundaes at the Sundae Station (a common theme for our May weddings). We loved their perfect spring wedding!

Photos by Bone and Sol Photography

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Graduation

There is a new class of doctors in Roanoke! On May 5, we celebrated the VTCSOM graduation at the Jefferson Center with a brunch-style menu. Graduates and their families enjoyed fresh pastries, parfaits, and fun food stations. Chefs created made-to-order omelets and waffles, as well as shrimp and grits. We even provided a salad station with fresh fruits and vegetables. Each table was covered in bold glitz linens that looked great in the Jefferson Center’s Fitzpatrick Hall. The students worked hard to complete medical school, and we were excited to be able to honor them on their graduation day!

Abigail & Steven

One thing that really stood out about Abigail & Steven was their love for ice cream! Along with their cake, they had a Sundae Station and our staff passed ice cream to their guests. They even encouraged their friends and family to feature their sundae creations in their Selfie Station! Abigail and Steven planned to get married in the Boxwood Garden, but the weather had other plans for them. Our staff was able to quickly change the plan and reset their entire ceremony under our beautiful covered veranda without missing a beat. The couple danced the night away with the people they loved most.

Photos by Kaitlyn Phipps Photography.

Kristen & Cameron

We absolutely loved the food Kristen and Cameron chose for their wedding and rehearsal dinner! Rehearsal dinner guests enjoyed breakfast for dinner, complete with chef-manned omelet and waffle stations. The wedding menu had a little bit of everything: passed hors d’oeuvres, buffet, and food stations. Guests especially loved their roast beef carving station, which really made their menu pop. Kristen had a clear vision for her big day, and we created creative centerpieces using flowers and our vintage tea cups, tea pots, and mirrors. We also designed and created the bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding party, all 22 of them!! After the cake cutting, guests spent an hour toasting the bride and groom, making speeches, and sharing sweet words of encouragement. Although their wedding was large, the love in the room made the whole day feel cozy and intimate.

Photos by Jasmine White Photography.

Celebration of Life Event

In 2017, two sisters came to us wanting to celebrate the life of their father, who had recently passed. They chose a date in May 2018, which happened to be the week of their dad’s birthday. The sisters chose a casual heavy hors d’oeuvres menu paired with an extensive buffet of sweets! The Plantation on Sunnybrook was transformed with photos, people, and happy memories of their dad. We were thankful to be part of this unique celebration.

Thanks to all our brides, clients, and corporate partners who allow us to be part of their big moments!

An April to Remember

Our team had a very eventful April! The month was filled with weddings, Easter Sunday brunch, surprise birthday parties, and one of the largest events we have ever done. We even sent a team to the Master’s Tournament in Augusta, Georgia! We pride ourselves in being able to execute any event, from a corporate luncheon to a beautifully designed wedding, and the month of April really put those skills to the test.

Krysta & Neal

Our first wedding of the year! Krysta and Neal were such a fun couple with a very unique vision for their wedding. Krysta and her friends made terrariums as her centerpieces, and we added greenery and blossoms to create a beautiful look. Instead of a traditional buffet, Krysta and Neal opted for a heavy hors d’oeuvres menu and encouraged their guests to mingle and get to know others at the wedding. We also provided a delicious signature cocktail and dessert display for the wedding. Although the day was colder and rainier than we hoped, Krysta and Neal’s joy and personalities came through every detail of the day. Neal surprised Krysta by writing and recording their first dance song. Not a single dry eye in the room! (Also, check out Krysta’s AMAZING blush linen skirt)

Photos by Abby Grace Photography

Sarah & Chase

Sarah and Chase took advantage of the simple elegance of the Plantation on Sunnybrook. Sarah wore a beautiful flower crown over a dramatic braided up-do. They enjoyed a delicious southern-style buffet full of the best comfort food we have to offer! Both Sarah and Chase were so excited for their big day, which made the day so enjoyable for everyone. Her décor, from linens to flowers, were bright and light, covered with whites, pinks, and rose gold.

Photos by Emily E Martin Photography

Erica & Kyle

When we asked Erica and Kyle how they pictured their wedding, they said they wanted a springtime meadow. That’s exactly what we did! They had their ceremony up in the boxwood garden, and we lined the aisle with vintage bottles filled with wildflowers and created beautiful sprays for the pergola. Their guests enjoyed lemon pepper grilled chicken and chipotle pork for dinner. Erica is vegan, so our chefs created a custom vegan dish that was out of this world! They concluded their wedding with a glow stick send-off.

Photos by Abby Joy Photography

Ashley & Jacob

From match-book favors to a vintage get away car, Ashley and Jacob stayed true to their vintage-style vision. We created amazing centerpieces with tea lights, vintage china, and beautiful flowers. Ashley’s bouquet was full of lavender and soft colors. They chose an upscale buffet with a wide variety of choices for their guests. Our team also created custom signature cocktails for Ashley and Jacob using seasonal flavors like peach and mulberry. We had such a fun time creating their vintage inspired day!

Photos by Katie Nesbitt Photography

Ut Prosim Society Events

We had a marathon weekend putting on our largest events to date! The first night was an upscale plated 4 course dinner with wine pairings served in the Torgerson Bridge at Virginia Tech. We worked with the Virginia Tech Special Events team for months crafting an excellent meal. Our chefs prepared the dinner entrees using the sous vie technique, ensuring that each piece of meat was cooked to perfection. Once we successfully executed the plated meal, we turned the 4th floor of the Newman Library into an upscale station party. We created 7 custom food stations, from an action pasta station to a self-served sushi display. Our bartenders created 2 Hokie-inspired signature cocktails: white peach sparkling sangria and blood orange bourbon smash. We were exhausted after a long weekend of events, but we were also proud of the great job our team did in coming through for our customer.

Other Fun Events

Along with our busy weekends, we sent a group to the Masters Tournament, helped pull off a great surprise birthday party at Soaring Ridge Brewery, and put on many corporate and private events. We are a family owned and run business, and we love to work hard and play hard. Thank you so much to our amazing customers for allowing us to do what we love!

How To Create Your Wedding Day Timeline

You have your sparkly ring, dreamy venue, and maybe even your perfect wedding dress. Wedding planning up to this point has been just magical, from day dreaming with your close friends to sharing emotional moments with your family. Then, all of the sudden, the questions start coming: What time does the wedding start? Where should I book a hotel? How many tables will you have? What time is cocktail hour?

My sweet Bride, you are now entering the uncharted territory of wedding logistics. Things that previously meant nothing to you (e.g. how much time you should allow for cake cutting) will now seem like a life or death decision about which your friends and family will have very hard opinions. Take a deep breath, because we are here to help. Hold tight to your fiancé and follow these tips on how to create a wedding timeline that will keep you sane and stress free on your big day.

Identify Your Values

When you think of your wedding day, what sticks out to you? A big, beautiful feast? The perfect music? Dancing the night away at your reception? There are so many traditional and non-traditional wedding activities, but unfortunately, you can’t fit them all into your 5-or-so hour event. Think about the parts of your wedding that you truly value and write them down. That way, when your friends and family start giving you well-meaning advice, you don’t lose sight of the big picture. Work your timeline around your values, not the other way around. Remember, this day is about celebrating your love and sharing your vision with the people who love you most.

Keep Your Guests in Mind

While your wedding day is all about you, the reality is that there are also 150 other people to consider when creating your wedding timeline. Keep the action moving and avoid long periods of no activity. Instead of having your guests wait for dinner while you take photos, provide a fun cocktail hour with delicious hors d’oeuvres and fun music. As you enjoy cake, entertain your guests with hilarious and heartfelt toasts from your Best Man and Maid of Honor. This strategy also helps you fit in as much fun as possible during your wedding!

Make Some Decisions (and stick with them)

The hardest part of wedding logistics is actually nailing down the details. Many brides make the mistake of waiting too long to make decisions, and the timeline becomes an overwhelming obstacle. For most brides, this is the first time they have had to make a wedding timeline, and they don’t know where to start. Below, we’ve provided a sample timeline just to give you a “jumping off” point.

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Don’t let the stress of wedding logistics take away from your wedding planning experience. At Plantation on Sunnybrook, our wedding planners have done this a time or two. Whether you need a full wedding timeline or advice about how to get started, we are there for you. Call us at 540-561-0700 to book a tour and speak with us about bringing your dream wedding from words on a page to reality.

Our Favorite Things: Fall Weddings!

It’s finally here. Fall is in the air, and this week we are capturing our excitement over Fall Weddings. In the past few years, we have seen a rise in couples wanting to get married in September, October, and November. The changing leaves and crisp air almost gives the feeling of a second “new year,” and an anticipation of the future. Also- fall wedding colors are the BEST.

Fall Flowers

Can we just take a second to appreciate fall-inspired floral arrangements? The bold, bright colors stand out against the neutral tones of a traditional wedding. There is so much variety, and the flower options are so fun! Fall styles make even small arrangements pop in a huge way.

Fall Colors

Those deep reds and burgundies. Dark navy suits. Fiery trees in the background. From dresses to nature, fall colors are bold and unique. You can also complement them in so many unique ways. You can soften your wine red with a pale blush or dusty blue, or embolden it with a dark navy or bright orange.

Fall Weather

Unfortunately, we at the Plantation on Sunnybrook cannot take credit for the incredible weather that a southwest Virginia fall can offer. We can take advantage of it, though! Our outdoor spaces stay cool, but not too cool, and our indoor spaces can feel like a warm hug on a chilly day. And, if it gets too cold, we can pull out our outdoor heaters so you and your guests can keep on dancing on our covered veranda.

Are you planning a fall wedding? Our September & October 2018 dates are filling up fast! Call us at 540-561-0700 for a tour!

Our Favorite Things: Vintage Details!

It should come as no surprise that we LOVE everything vintage. And our 100-year-old historic plantation home is the perfect backdrop for our favorite vintage details!

 

Vintage Furniture

Over the years, we have scoured antique stores and estate sales collecting beautiful vintage furniture pieces. From couches to buffets, we carefully curate furniture that will add an extra charm to weddings and events at our venue. There is no better way to stand out from the crowd than incorporating unique details to your event.

Vintage China

Want to add some pizzazz to your guest seating tables? Vintage will take your décor to the next level. The best part? You can mix and match your china to create a fun and unique look. Vintage china is also a great way to honor your family members. We can mix your family china in with our collection. What is more special than eating your wedding dinner on the same china your great-grandmother used at her wedding?

Vintage Photography

Have you ever seen those amazing vintage wedding photos? The ones where they separate the men and the women, and they snap straight-faced sepia-toned masterpieces? The Plantation on Sunnybrook is the perfect place to recreate some of those iconic images. Ask your wedding photographer if they are up for some non-traditional, traditional photos that will showcase your vintage style.

Talk to your wedding planner about the best ways to incorporate vintage style into your wedding to display your unique vision. We have some amazing pieces available for our brides to rent and enjoy!

How to Plan for Rain on your Wedding Day

You wake up the morning of your wedding, and look out the window. It’s raining. You take a deep breath and brace yourself for the next few hours full of people telling you “It’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day!” (NOT helpful, Aunt Carol). However, you are not worried about the weather! You followed these steps before hand to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch.

Have a Plan B before your Plan A.

Weather planning starts as soon as your venue search begins. Ask each venue about their back-up plan for inclement weather, and make sure you love it! There’s nothing worse than loving Plan A, and then feeling like you are compromising your vision for Plan B. Has your venue dealt with weather problems in the past? Ask them how they overcame the challenges. Make sure you are confident in your venue’s ability to be flexible when it comes to rain. Your peace of mind is at stake! Work with your venue and planner to create a Plan B that fits your needs. You may love Plan B so much, that it becomes your Plan A!

Coordinate your Vendors

Once you create your weather plan with your planner and venue, loop in your other vendors. Your photographer, videographer, and DJ should all be comfortable with your weather plans long before the big day. You may never even need to deploy Plan B, but coordinating your vendors ahead of time will make your wedding day run much smoother and save you a lot of stress!

Wait it Out

In many places, especially in Virginia, weather can change on a dime. On Monday, the Weather Channel app may forecast rain all day on Saturday. Resist the urge to change your whole wedding day plan right away. As hard as it is, wait the weather out for as long as possible. Discuss with your venue the “last possible moment” to make a call on executing your Plan B. Make sure you know all the vendor fees associated with last-minute changes. Because you have already coordinated your venue, planner, and other vendors, your event team should be able to seamlessly make changes in a timely manner and give you the wedding of your dreams.

When you spend a whole year planning for one day, changing plans due to weather can make you feel emotional and defeated. However, if you can be proactive by creating a weather plan that you love, you can navigate the weather in the least traumatic way possible. Rely on your venue, planner, and vendors to keep the event rolling so you can focus your attention on what matters most: marrying your true love and celebrating with the most important people in your life.

Company Picnic at EcoVillage

There's no better way to show your employees how much you appreciate their work than with a big party! Steel Dynamics has been celebrating their employees with a family picnic for many years, and we were so excited to partner with them to create an incredible event. 

We put on the Backyard Barbeque-themed picnic at EcoVillage in Floyd, VA. Guests were entertained with bingo, inflatables, carnival games, live entertainment, and even a petting zoo!

And let's not forget the food! We crafted a classic, yet creative Backyard Barbeque menu display that wowed the crowd. Along with lunch, we created and designed an ice cream station, chip bar, snow cone station, and an array of carnival treats. 

We have been planning and executing company picnics for nearly 20 years, and it is one of our favorite types of events. Something about a fun atmosphere, delicious foods, and exciting activities really gives us something to celebrate! 

Thinking about throwing a company picnic or corporate event? Call us at 540-561-0700 to hear how we can help!

The Janelle Terrace

Imagine: a covered outdoor veranda, a bubbling waterfall, beautiful flowers all around. The Janelle Terrace provides our couples with a great outdoor ceremony and reception space that surrounds them with natural beauty. The best part of this space is its versatility. From your ceremony to your dance floor, the Janelle Terrace has you covered.

After your ceremony, the Janelle Terrace can be transformed into the perfect party space. You and your guests can dance the night away!

Come out to the Plantation on Sunnybrook to check out the Janelle Terrace along with the entire venue!

The Boxwood Garden

There is nothing better than a beautiful, outdoor wedding. The Plantation on Sunnybrook has many different indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, and one of our favorites is the Boxwood Garden. The large space, beautiful greenery, and beautiful white pergola is the perfect backdrop as you marry the love of your life.


Add white drapery and flowers to the pergola to create an elegant and romantic look to your ceremony.

You can also use the Boxwood Garden to take unique photos with a luscious, green background in any season.

The Boxwood Garden can even be transformed into an amazing reception space!


It’s no secret why the Boxwood Garden is one of the Plantation on Sunnybrook’s most popular spaces. Contact us for a tour of our entire wedding venue!