Back in June I had the pleasure of providing flowers for a lovely farm to table event at Robin Hill Farm celebrating Maryland Wine Week. The event was casual and took place inside a barn on the property. I wanted the centerpieces to reflect the overall feel of the event and to be very simple and reflective of a summer evening on the farm. Nothing says rustic summer to me like wooden boxes with mini yellow sunflowers, fever few, alstromeria, gomphrenia and spray roses.
Robin Hill Farm is located in Prince George’s County, Maryland and is a family farm that has been in operation for over 50 years. The property and its barns are undergoing some major renovations right now as they are revamping the farm to become a vineyard and event space. They are prepping the land to plant their first grape vines next spring and they have been hard at work cleaning and renovating the barns to make them suitable for weddings and events.
The inaugural event held in the main barn was a farm to table dinner with wine pairings. Dream Weavers Catering prepared the food all from local farms including Miller Farms, PA Bowen Farmstead, Spider Hall Farm & Windy Willow Farm. Alan Prather provided music for the evening and the wine pairings were served by Jo-Ann and her team from Romano’s Vineyard & Winery.
Susan Hardy and her niece Shelby Watson are the driving force behind reinventing the farm as a vineyard and event space. These women have invested a lot of sweat equity to ensure the grape vines are well planted and maintained and they are learning a lot from their neighbor’s, the Romano’s, about harvesting grapes and operating a vineyard. They take pride in their family’s property in trying to maintain the look and feel of a rustic, farm atmosphere while providing the amenities you would expect from an events venue. If you’re looking for a casual and inviting location with a lot of country charm and fantastic views, you need to consider Robin Hill Farm. They are booking now for events beginning in 2014!
Photographer Stacey Windsor was the behind the lens at the farm to table event and really captured the spirit of what this family wants to bring to their community through their farm. Stacey is based in the Washington D.C. metro area and specializes in portrait and wedding photography. She did a beautiful job of documenting this very special event at Robin Hill Farm.
I’ve only just met the Watson family and their friends and neighbors but I can tell you they seem like good people with big hearts and strong values. I think my favorite part of the evening was singing “God Bless America” before dinner was served which was a tradition started by the late Mr. Watson before all big family events on the farm.
Thank you Stacey Windsor for these beautiful images!