The Cook Wedding
Khimaira Farm was so grateful to have the pleasure of hosting the wedding of My Lo and Jeff Cook. Working with My for months gave us the opportunity to learn more about both of them. These are two very special people.
Jeff was born in Heidelberg, Germany, while his father was stationed as a U.S. Army chaplain abroad, and he has not stopped moving since, having lived in five states and visited over 40 countries. Awareness led to conviction, and Jeff has been seeking justice for vulnerable populations through non-profit and government avenues since graduating law school in 2006.
My never knows how to answer the question: “Where are you from?” Her parents left war-torn Laos and My was born during their flight through Thailand, before arriving in Brittany, France. There, between two worlds, she developed her palate and her sensitivity–sometimes preferring cheese over bamboo shoots, often not being able to decide between rice or baguette, but always choosing to let love and laughter guide her steps. My has traveled around the world to live and to work, and she carries out her family’s legacy of survival by working on human rights. She rarely says no to a glass of wine in great company, finds inspiration in people around her, and speaks four languages fluently! Rarely do we see the brides kissing the roasted pig, but My did it with flair!
One evening in March 2010, My met Jeff at the Chinese House in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, brought together by their commitment to serve others. A common friend introduced them at the after-party of a movie screening that was celebrating the survival and resilience of a human trafficking victim. That warm, electric evening, sitting under an antique wooden Chinese canopy, with friends and music around them, the pair found an affinity that would cross many borders and wait many years to bloom into a love that unites them in pursuing social justice and having the time of their lives!
To celebrate the cultural diversity that makes up their respective upbringings, they asked guests to partake in rituals representative of their unique mixed heritage. One of those moments involves tying symbolic white strings around the groom’s and the bride’s wrists while sharing a personal blessing or piece of advice with the newlywed.
The couple was joined in marriage by the Honorable Ricardo Urbina, a federal judge who traveled to Luray to perform the ceremony. It was held on a beautiful September day in the farm’s ‘field of dreams’ with the backdrop of the beautiful and majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Cocktails and appetizers were served in the gardens, and the reception was held in a barn, which in its former life was filled with hundreds of baby goats. Khimaira Farm was formerly a commercial goat dairy and still has a large herd of goats. A baby goat is brought out for the crowd to pet after ceremonies.
My wanted a rustic chic selection of Khimaira Farm decorations and chose Pink Hydrangeas and roses in mason jars and placed in antique cheese boxes to complement the farm’s handmade wooden tables. Groups of tiny clear bottles added a light look while mercury glass tealight holders added some glamor and contrasted with rustic wood slices. The farm’s lace runners over burlap colored linen provided a background that added a touch of vintage. Postcards on the tables were from places the couple had visited around the world.
The farm’s photo booth added a touch of whimsy and carefree fun for guests. The sparkler exit brought the memorable night to a close, and a chauffeured trip in a vintage 1913 Model T Ford to a mountain cabin on a starlit night was the final icing on the cake!
Name of venue : Khimaira Farm Luray VA
Name of couple: My Lo and Jeff Cook ( residents of DC)
Cake vendor: Red Velvet Cupcakery http://redvelvetcupcakery.com/
Caterer: Valley Pig Pickin http://www.valleypigpickin.com/
DJ/Music: DJ Josh Nicol : http://JoshNicol.com
Wedding Planner: Gina Harris http://www.eventsbyginaharris.com/ Linda Campbell: Khimaira Farm http://EventsAtTheFarm.com
Invitations: Handmade by groomsman Kevin Panke
Photographer: Aaron Spicer : http://www.aaronspicer.net/
Décor: Khimaira Farm : Rustic chic with a vintage flair
Limo/Transportation: Valley Connector-shuttle Dennis Fleming – antique car transport
Formal Wear: Wedding dress by Hailey Paige and purchased from Lovely in Georgetown.
Hair & Make Up: Gogo Gorgeous
Officiant: Federal Judge Hon. Ricardo Urbina
Rehearsal dinner: The Mimslyn Inn
Favors: Photos from Photobooth: Khimaira Farm