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


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