Good morning this is Harry from On Sunny Slope Farm and one of the things that makes it possible for us to do what we do here On Sunny Slope Farm is that we have an awesome staff.

We can have weddings every single night and then every single morning that we have another wedding it can look like this. We have a night crew that comes in to clean up and takes care of things, and then in the morning, we have another cleanup team (I’m doing that this morning) checking on things and making sure that everything is ready and set up for our next couple. So we can host weddings every single day of the week, and it looks just as beautiful and just as clean and just as wonderful as it does every other day. So if you’re interested in having a wedding here On Sunny Slope Farm, I want to reassure you that when you get here it’s going to be beautiful, it’s going to be set up, and it’s going to look awesome.

If you want to know how we go about doing that, either call me or email me, and I would be happy to talk with you about the process that we go through to make this place beautiful every single day. Again, I am Harry Jarrett and I am the owner and operator On Sunny Slope Farm. Have a great day, and we look forward to seeing you soon.



wedding checklist

 Do a quick search for wedding checklists, and you will find a plethora of options on Google. But how do you know which one is best for you? Should you purchase an editable checklist of Etsy? Were go with the freebie of all of the not our wedding wire? Or maybe you should create one of your own.

This quick review of wedding checklists might help.

#3 The Knot and Wedding Wire many times are people’s first choice for good reasons. They are comprehensive and very customizable. But I do have some critiques:

  • I needed to login to both sites to access the wedding checklist
  • Wedding Wire now owns the Knot. Supposedly, each website will be running independently. But the information is about the same.
  • While I love to use digital devices and platforms, I could not find an easy way to print out my list and stick it in a book. I find that in planning weddings, paper and pen are your friends. With all the meetings with venues and vendors, it is helpful for everyone to be able to be on the same page, literally.
  •  There were too many choices. I had to spend considerable time figuring out what I wanted on my checklist. Spending time thinking about the tasks I needed to accomplish for my wedding planning was a good thing. Most couples do not know what is involved with wedding planning. So for couples, it does spark the imagination. But all the choices quickly became overwhelming for me even as a seasoned wedding professional.
  • There were ads interspersed in between my checklist. I felt like the list was more of a clickbait platform than a real help to my wedding planning.

#2 Magnet Street is a website where you can purchase printed material for weddings. I wasn’t expecting to see anything worthwhile on their site. But when I clicked the link, it produced a “truly engaging” PDF that I could print. The checklist was quite good and was pretty. And I like pretty.

 #1 Here Comes the Guide is my favorite for several reasons.

 So there’s my advice for you on national #checklist day.

Harry Jarrett - Owner On Sunny Slope Farm

If you are looking for a wedding or event planner, wedding or event planning services, a venue or vendors, you have found the right source!

First, I love marriage and I love weddings!

My #1 goal in wedding planning is to make sure that your wedding is beautiful, fun and stress-free for you, your future spouse and your family & friends. For decades I have helped couples plan their wedding and prepare for a healthy, joyous and long lasting married. I am registered and licensed as a Virginia officiant and a certified Prepare-Enrich Marriage Counselor.

In addition, I am the owner-operator of On Sunny Slope Farm. On Sunny Slope Farm, you will enjoy gorgeous gardens, breathtaking views, lush landscapes, and intimate reception surroundings. The beauty of our historic, 67 acre, certified Virginia Century Farm provides an air of Shenandoah Valley distinction and elegance that marries the past and present to provide the perfect backdrop for your storybook wedding, ceremony, reception, celebration or special event. On Sunny Slope Farm, we are exclusively yours on your wedding day, ensuring that your wedding is beautiful and personal in every way. You’ll be amazed at the beauty and magic On Sunny Slope Farm.

I am also the sales manager for weddings and social events at Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. Located in idyllic Harrisonburg, Virginia in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley, Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center blends a sophisticated style with relaxing comfort. Featuring well-appointed rooms and suites with mountain and downtown views, as well as compelling dining, facilities, and meeting space, this Harrisonburg hotel is an elegant and inspiring choice. Regarded as a premier destination for Virginia business and leisure travel, Hotel Madison provides superior accommodations, event spaces, and staff services, perfect for a quick visit or long-term stay in Harrisonburg, VA. Guests will be pleased to find the Montpelier Restaurant & Bar located on the property, as well as a fitness center, business center, indoor pool, and guest laundry—the essentials for feeling your best at all times.

Finally, I own and manage the My Shenandoah Valley Wedding and Harrisonburg Events. Each is designed to help with your wedding or event planning by offering vendor directories and wedding vendor selection tools.

On My Shenandoah Valley Wedding, the wedding couple or event planner will do the work and reach out to the wedding or event vendor.

My Shenandoah Valley Wedding is an online wedding directory network devoted to Shenandoah Valley Weddings. It is a filterable vendors list for those hosting a wedding anywhere in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Now you will be able to search for the vendors you need and contact them from this site! Currently, we are hosting hundreds of local Shenandoah Valley Wedding Vendors. My Shenandoah Valley Wedding is similar to WeddingWire or TheKnot, and other wedding sites. Expect this one is locally owned, operated and focused. All the vendors on the site have worked with us personally and we have found them to be congenial, collaborative, responsible and trustworthy. So they all know how to serve you well. My goal is to create a vibrant and dynamic wedding network that works for those of us in the Valley that are working so hard to create special occasions for our brides, grooms and their family and friends. My goal is that your Shenandoah Valley Wedding is easy, stress-free, enjoyable and affordable.

On Harrisonburg Events the wedding and event vendors will do the work and will reach out to the wedding couple or event planner.

Harrisonburg Events is a comprehensive wedding and event planning site that dynamically and securely connects wedding and event planners with qualified local wedding and event vendors. On the site, wedding couples and event planners post their weddings or events as jobs and let our local vendors know what categories of vendors they need. Our website does the work from there and notifies over 300 of our local and vetted vendors. The vendors can submit their resume to the couple or planners through the secure website dashboard. The planners stay anonymous until they decide to contact the event’s vendor. At any time, the event job can be closed and planners can move on to other wedding and event planning.

For Immediate Release:

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Phone: 540-830-0380



Attend the 2019 Oyster & Wine Festival On Sunny Slope Farm benefitting The Virginia Oyster Trail.


Harrisonburg (Rockingham), Virginia – The Virginia Oyster Trail is celebrating National Oyster Day and Virginia’s oyster farmers and watermen by uniting Virginia’s coastal region with the Shenandoah Valley in an exquisitely fun weekend at the Oyster & Wine Festival hosted by On Sunny Slope Farm in Rockingham County, Virginia.


Enjoy unique “merroir-terroir” pairings of oysters and wine from Virginia’s signature Oyster Trial while serenaded by premiere performing artists.


Spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day under the tent!


“An annual Wine and Oyster Weekend is held just outside town at gorgeous On Sunny Slope Farm. The festival pairs delicious Virginia wines with the sweet and buttery oysters of the Chesapeake Bay. Local craft vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment add to the fun.” Fun in Fairfax Virginia,


Introducing “High Five”- A showcase of five Virginia oyster culinary preparations – raw, roasted, fried, stewed and baked distinctively paired with an exquisite variety of select Virginia wines from five premiere winery/vineyards outside the Valley.


“The past events have been amazing. A perfect blend of VA mountains meet coast! Recommend highly.” Lisa Gruggs Hamaker, Co-owner/Ceo at Taste Virginia Tours


Special Guest: Deborah Pratt, Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion


On Sunny Slope Farm, situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Rockingham County, is a member of the Virginia Oyster Trail.  The Virginia Oyster Trail is a visitor-directed experiential “journey of discovery” program focused on the Virginia Oyster; highlighting participating watermen/aqua-artisan/aquaculture businesses.





LODGING: Hotel Madison –





Oyster Shucking Workshop|Friday, August 2, 2019 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

This hands-on experience includes a shucking lesson taught by Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion, Deborah Pratt.


3rd Annual Oyster & Wine Festival| Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Featured Guests:

Deborah Pratt, Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion


Featured Virginia Oyster Purveyors and Vineyard/Wineries

Raw Half Shell Oysters: Big Island Aquaculture

Roasted Half Shell Oysters: Big Island Aquaculture

Fried Oysters: Byrd’s Seafood Foodtruck

Oyster Stew: Cowarts/Bevan’s Oyster Company

Oysters Rockefeller: Chessie Seafood and Aqua Farms

Williamsburg Winery

Saude Creek Vineyards

Good Luck Cellars

Mattaponi Winery

Ingleside Vineyards


Featured Performing Artists:

Stephanie Nakasian Trio – Stephanie is an exciting, seasoned vocalist and master of innovative jazz improvisation, completely authentic with a fresh and vibrant sound all her own.


Chris Whiteman – Chris is a jazz guitar virtuoso having performed throughout the United States and Europe.


Kipyn Martin – Kipyn Martin is an emerging and award-winning Indie Folk artist who currently plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas.


“Valley Meets Bay” Sunday Brunch | Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Set in family farm fashion, you will delight in a menu featuring exquisite dishes from Virginia “merroir and terroir” farms, blending their bounty into a unique culinary experience.



Married 11/10/2018 On Sunny Slope Farm

Thanks to the INCREDIBLE support of the sponsors for the Spirit of the Valley Festival we are able to offer a limited number of discounted tickets.