Our First Anniversary Celebration

Last weekend, Patrick and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a little 24 hour getaway! We were already in the same town where we got married a year earlier visiting family, so we decided the best way to celebrate would be a night at our reception venue- The Inn at Warner Hall.

Warner Hall is incredibly special to us, and the property holds some of our favorite memories from our wedding weekend!!

And for those of you who are interested, here’s a little history lesson– Established in 1642, the original six hundred-acre plantation site was established by Augustine Warner (George Washington’s Great-Great Grandfather!!) as a “land grant” from the British Crown. Augustine Warner received the acreage in exchange for bringing twelve settlers across the Atlantic Ocean to the Jamestown Settlement, a colony desperately in need of manpower to survive in the New World. George Washington himself was a frequent visitor of Warner Hall throughout his lifetime!

We checked into Warner Hall on Sunday afternoon and it was the first clear, sunny day in what felt like forever so we immediately ran down to the water, kayaked, laid out on lounge chairs, and enjoyed the day. When we returned to our room, the Inn Keepers (they’re the sweetest people!) had left a bottle of wine, a cheese platter, and flowers to wish us a happy anniversary. That evening, we went back to the same restaurant that catered our rehearsal dinner for a celebratory feast.

This trip was the perfect excuse to unplug and spend uninterrupted time together. Things move at a much slower pace in this part of Virginia, and it felt like a breath of fresh air. We were also the only guests staying at the Inn, so we really took advantage of the solitude. We left the next day full of joy and feeling so refreshed. We hope to be back again soon!

Here are a few pictures (some from my iPhone, others from my camera) of our relaxing 24 hours at Warner Hall.

The White Dog Bistro

Our breakfast for two at Warner Hall

Fingers crossed that every anniversary is as great as this one was! Until next time, Warner Hall!

xoxo,

Marybeth

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