Meet Haven and Erik | An Elkington wedding in Eastville, Va

This week we are gearing up to travel to Eastville, Virginia for Haven and Erik’s wedding at Elktington! We can’t wait to tell you all about our lovely couple, but also their amazing venue!

Haven and Erik both attended Virginia Tech and were in the same major but didn’t actually meet until grad school at Lynchburg College. They ended up in the same ortho study group and are now both physical therapists living in Richmond, Virginia!

These to love being out doors, hiking and spending time with their dogs. Its only fitting that Erik proposed while on a hike at Wintergreen! Haven said they were hiking past a waterfall and thought Erik has slipped, but had actually gotten down on one knew to propose!

It makes sense that they chose Elkington as their wedding venue! Elkington history starts with Thomas Savage, the infamous translator between the English and Indians. In 1608 when he was 13 years old, Thomas Savage made the trek to Jamestown as a laborer. John Smith strategically made the decision to use Thomas Savage as a “go-between” for the English and the Indians. Savage started a brand new life which included: befriending Pocahontas, growing up with the Indians, and learning the Indian language. Because Savage could speak both languages, he was the designated translator between the English and Indians. It was this that he was praised by both the English and Indians. Impressed with the work he had completed, the “Laughing King” of the Accomack Indian tribe gave 9,000 acres to Savage in 1619. This land was located on the Eastern Shore. Savage settled this land – what is now Elkington Plantation – and had become the first permanent settler on the Eastern Shore.

If traditions are important in your journey, Elkington Plantation is a great place to tie the knot. Marriage symbolizes starting a new journey. Just as Thomas Savage stepped onto the new land, he started a new journey as well. In addition to the step of courage that the newlyweds will take, they can take comfort in the fact they are getting married among the Oak and Mahogany trees on the Elkington property. Native American legend indicates that the Oak tree symbolizes strength of character and courage, and the Mahogany tree symbolizes strength, endurance, and protection. Each of these qualities being important in a marriage.