Tony & Paige

This venue was an absolute dream for our wedding! The venue has such a special charm with the beautiful outdoor gardens, antique picturesque house, and breathtaking mountains. Despite the rain, all our guests said it was the most romantic wedding under Sundara’s beautiful tent.

The food was rated an 11/10 from our guests. It was some of the best wedding food! Also, the experience of using the first floor of the house the entire day of the wedding helped make the day relaxing and run so smoothly. Although, by far, the best part of our experience was working with Cari. She always answered all of our questions, and helped guide us through so much! Our day had such little stress because of her. Through the wedding planning and the day of, she was always there and knew exactly what to do. She was just absolutely amazing, and we cannot thank her enough.

Modern Spring Open House

Spring Open house wasn’t all sunshine and blooming flowers, instead, we had a stunning modern affair on a rainy day and it was perfect!

Surrounded by some absolutely talented vendors:

Catering: Blue Ridge Catering

Photography: Kemper Mills Fant Photography

Florals: Creative Occasions Floral

Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery

Linens: BBJ Linens

We pulled together an upscale modern look that featured some simple clean lines, fresh bright white linens, and impressive greenery masterpieces created by the one and only Mark Frye with Creative Occasions Floral.


The menu featured a unique twist on fried chicken with the Modernist Fried Chicken Station some fresh spring salads, a tasty low country station, and the harissa short rib small plate!

On the sweeter side of things, Blue Ridge Catering featured a delectable dessert display.


And Fresh Baked Bakery created a showstopping cake! (Just look at how much it matched the event design!!)


With such an amazing team of vendors, a great group of friends, the open house was a smashing success despite the dreary weather!

Check out some more of the amazing images captured by the very talented Kemper Mills Fant Photography!


Spring Spectacular Open House

Our spring open houses are always full of such beautiful details we did something a little different at our 2018 open house… we staged a styled shoot during our event and it turned out so great we just had to share!

Roanoke Virginia Wedding Photographer and Photography


Vendors Featured:

Catering: Blue Ridge Catering

Photography: Kemper Mills Fant Photography

Florals: Creative Occasions Floral

Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery

Dress: Studio I Do Bridal Roanoke

Hair: Adorn Salon

Makeup: Makeup By Ravishing

Linens: BBJ Linens


The design for this open house featured an elegant spring organic design. Loose florals created by Creative Occasions that adorned the draping linens by BBJ Linens.

Roanoke Virginia Wedding Photographer and Photography


The catering menu featured delicious spring salads, a scrumptious wok & roll station, and tacos al pastor. The creative menu took everyone by surprise with fun takes on take out foods, delightful tacos, and a class steakhouse station!


Ending the evening with some delightful sweet treats provided by Blue Ridge Catering and a stunning cake created by Fresh Baked Bakery.


Check out some more from the beautiful styled shoot and open house at Sundara…



Elegant Summer Open House

While it’s always great to have an event on a beautiful sunny day, realistically that doesn’t always happen. September 1st we proved that not even a dreary rainy day will keep us from celebrating another great open house at Sundara!

We cannot thank the amazing team of vendors enough for hosting this event with us:

Catering: Blue Ridge Catering

Floral: Creative Occasions Floral

Photography: Kemper Mills Fant Photography

Cake: Fresh Baked VA

Music: Tim Martin 

Linens: BBJ Linens

Elegant floral decorating all the tables, food stations, cake and an intimate ceremony setup under the tent all designed by the very talented Mark Frye and his team at Creative Occasions Floral created the perfect atmosphere for this celebration.

Blue Ridge Catering put together a delicious menu for the evening; featuring  Compressed Watermelon, Bulgogi Potstickers, Smoked Duck Breast Lettuce Wraps, “Elote” Shrimp and Grits, and much more. The Low Country Paella caused some excitement as the amazing staff from Blue Ridge Catering carried out the large display, and believe it or not it took 4 strong guys to move this from the kitchen to the tent!

Dinner was followed by many sweet treats such as homemade key lime bread pudding and strawberry and corn cookies by Blue Ridge Catering’s talented pastry chef, Joanna Morris along with a delectable cake by Sarah Blanchard of Fresh Baked VA. This stunning blue and white cake stood out for it’s impeccable beauty and amazing taste!

As always, thank you to all of our guests who joined us in celebrating another great event at Sundara!


Photos// Kemper Mills Fant Photography  Venue//Sundara   Catering//BlueRidgeCatering

Floral//CreativeOccasionsFlorals Cake//FreshBakedVa  Linens//BBJLinens Music//TIm Martin


Spring Open House at Sundara

April 14th was a beautiful day at Sundara. Surrounded by great friends, exquisite floral, delicious food we celebrated the beginning of our 2017 wedding season.

We cannot thank the amazing team of vendors for hosting this event with us:

Catering: Blue Ridge Catering

Floral: Creative Occasions Floral

Photography: Pat Cori Photography

Cake: Fresh Baked VA

Linens: BBJ Linens

These fabulous floral creations brought spring under the tent, with bright vibrant colors everywhere you looked. Created by the very talented Mark Frye and his team at Creative Occasions Floral.

Blue Ridge Catering featured a scrumptious menu that included a Mediterranean station, a Cajun Redfish Short Plate, a Salad Station, and a Beef Short Rib Short Plate along with some delicious passed hors d’ouevres, sweet treats and specialty cocktails.

Dinner was followed by this delectable cake by Sarah Blanchard of Fresh Baked VA







Thank you to all of our guests who made this day so worthwhile for us all!




Photos// Pat Cori Photography  Venue//Sundara   Catering//BlueRidgeCatering   Floral//CreativeOccasionsFlorals

Cake//FreshBakedVa  Linens//BBJLinens



The History of Sundara

written by Patricia Trostle, edited by Cari Dones Reichl

It all began in 1984 when my husband Tom and I purchased a home in Franklin County. Although the home was built in the late 1800’s, we would become only the third owners. We chose this house because our eight-year-old daughter, Amanda, had been longing for a horse. Our new home had a small barn and plenty of room for grazing, it was perfect! We quickly settled into country living.

After seeing our children, Amanda and Emily, off to college we began to seek new adventures for ourselves. In 2003, Tom accepted a job in Louisville so we packed up the house and started another chapter in our life. We, however, kept our family home hoping to return here in our retirement years.

Soon after our move, Amanda announced her engagement and her desire to be married at our Roanoke home. After we settled on a July wedding date we began to plan their wedding from a distance.

Amanda and John’s wedding was a beautiful southern garden party. Starting with cocktails under the large magnolia trees continuing with fun and laughter well into the night as we celebrated the lovely couple.

Several months later, we learned that the photographer, Jeff Greenough, had submitted Amanda and John’s wedding to The Knot. Soon after the wedding was published we were contacted by couples interested in hosting their own weddings on our property.

Read the first Knot article about Sundara here:

We agreed to try a few events to just see how everything went. As a former high school teacher, I loved the idea of being involved with young people again. So, for three years I travelled from Louisville for each wedding. With business quickly taking off we made the decision to return home and settle back into country living.

One day I began reading a book, to this day I can’t remember the name of the book, however one thing stuck out to me. The book referred to a Hindi word “sundara” meaning ‘beautiful’ and in that context, specifically, ‘a beautiful place in life’. When it came time to name our new business, Sundara was my most obvious choice as it was a beautiful place in my life and many others.

Since we opened our doors in 2003, we have had numerous weddings published in local and national magazines. And have been honored by The Knot, Virginia Living Magazine, The Roanoker, and nominated for the Small Business of the Year Award.

Along our journey we have learned the value of supporting our community and neighbors; by participating and hosting many events for The Roanoke Symphony, Healing Strides, March of Dimes, and the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy we have found a way to give back for all that has been given to us.

Now entering our 14th year in business, and already looking ahead to a promising 2018 we must thank our wonderful clients and staff for supporting our dream and helping us create such a successful and meaningful business.

Cheers to many more wonderful years at Sundara,

Patricia Trostle

Best of 2014- Details part 3

Our Best of 2014 series ends today! It’s been so great to look back at our weddings from 2014 and we look forward to what 2015 will bring. Enjoy our last post!

Cricket Powell Photography
Clockwise: Kemper Mills Fant Photography | Lori Hedrick Photography | Kemper Mills Fant Photography


Clockwise: Cricket Powell Photography | Kemper Mills Fant Photography | Lindsay Schaffer Photography | Kemper Mills Fant Photography | Jen Fariello Photography


Clockwise: Jen Fariello Photography | Kemper Mills Fant Photography | Lori Hedrick Photography


Clockwise: Kemper Mills Fant Photography | Jen Fariello Photography | Kemper Mills Fant Photography


Clockwise: Cricket Powell Photography | Kemper Mills Fant Photography


Clockwise: Kemper Mills Fant Photography | Lori Hedrick Photography


Clockwise: Rabiah Khwaja Gohar Photography | Lindsay Schaffer Photography |Kemper Mills Fant Photography