SHREDDING DAY Area fitness folks on last-minute workouts
SIMPLE PLEASURES HELPING HANDS 10 ideas for a smaller Charlottesville wedding
Three new vendors we love already
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In this issue...
Month by month, we help you plan your special day. 17 12 months ahead 17
Modern rentals for the contempo couple
For those who don’t want a big wedding
Bringing back the dove release
A mobile bar? Yes, please!
23 Ring shopping: What to consider 24 Best of C-VILLE: your favorite vendors
27 Six months ahead 27 The new arrangement: Trees? 29 How to honeymoon 29 Idea we love: favors for pets 31
Idea we love: ceremony in the round
33 Three months ahead 33
Pre-wedding celebrations, C’ville-style
How to shape up (quick!)
36 The art of the dance 37
Candy Girl answers: Help! I hate my dress?
98 Making Marry Beth, Jon and the view after seven years.
R EA L LO CA L W E D D I N GS
42 Allison & Joby A truly Southern celebration.
53 Rachel & Kevin
Contemporary details on the farm.
Weddings, a supplement to C-VILLE Weekly, is distributed all over Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the Shenandoah Valley. C-VILLE Weekly Editor Jessica Luck Weddings Editor Caitlin White Contributors Erika Howsare, Caitlin March, Kate Lynn Nemett, Mary Shea Valliant. Copy Editor Susan Sorensen. Creative Director Bill LeSueur. Graphic Designers Tracy Federico, Henry Jones, Max March, Lorena Perez. Advertising Director Erica Gentile. Account Executives Hannah Evans, Theressa Leak, Katie McCartney, Cindy Simmons, Eleanor VonAchen, Beth Wood. Production Coordinator Faith Gibson. Publisher Aimee Atteberry. Chief Financial Officer Debbie Miller. Marketing Manager Anna Harrison. A/R Specialist Nanci Winter. Circulation Manager Billy Dempsey. ©2018 C-VILLE Weekly.
Melanie & Susan How to pull off a fairy tale.
65 Arnita & Matthieu Going glam at Keswick Vineyards.
Laura & Kenny A downtown day blossoming with love.
79 Drake & Charles
Now this is how you DIY.
Laura & Stephen There’s no place like home.
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On the cover: Leilani and Todd tied the knot at Grace Estate Winery on July 8, 2017. Photo by Katie Barfield.
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One year before
Work out your budget. Know your limit before considering much else. Set a tentative date for your wedding. ✓ Decide on your wedding style and formality. This may be determined, in part, by how many guests you want to invite, so think about the guest list now, too. Settle on a ceremony location. Put down a deposit for the reception location. Begin the search for other wedding vendors (transportation, flowers, invitations, music, makeup artist), starting with photographers and videographers. Once you’ve chosen your wedding photographer, schedule an engagement photo session. ✓ Start shopping for wedding rings. Reserve your officiant. ✓ If your reception venue doesn’t have a caterer, decide who’ll provide the food and book a tasting. Choose a rehearsal dinner location. Shop for a dress. It may seem too soon, but it can take several months for your dress to arrive, and it may require alterations.
NINE MONTHS AHEAD: FINALIZE ALL VENDORS TOM DALY
After you’ve found the perfect gown, schedule fittings and a delivery date. Choose your bridal party and invite them to be part of your special day.
Nine months before
Start finalizing the guest list and gathering addresses. Register for gifts. If there is a groom, decide to rent or purchase attire for him and the groomsmen. Once that’s decided, place your order. ✓ Finalize all the vendors and secure your wedding date by putting down deposits. Select the bridesmaids’ gowns. These’ll take a few months to come in, too. Send out save the dates.
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By Caite White
lanning a wedding means thinking about how best to represent the two of you as a couple, down to the very last cup. But how do you set your wedding apart when you’re pulling from the same resources as everyone else? That was a question local industry vets Mallory Joyce, a wedding planner and florist, and photographer Elisa Bricker had, too, so they set about solving the problem. “I had been helping clients design their tablescapes for their weddings and was discouraged by the lack of new and unique pieces available to them locally,” Joyce says. “Elisa had been thinking of opening a boutique of housewares.” They combined their efforts and, with
some inspiration from West Coast event designers, launched Emerson James, a rental company that specializes in fresh tabletop wares. The resulting collection is a highly curated trove of chargers, china, flatware, glassware and accessories in the owners’ signature style, which they call “fresh, timeless, unexpected and inviting.” And, like a closet of outfits, the selection is designed to mix and match, so that a marble dinner plate might look just as at home atop an organic-edge wooden charger as it would on wicker. “There are already wonderful companies renting linens, furniture and large-scale kitchen and barware,” says Joyce. “We see EJR providing beautiful pieces to elevate your event and complete your design.”
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WEDDING PLANNER ONE YEAR AHEAD: DECIDE ON WEDDING STYLE
A big big day isn’t for everyone
Danielle and Ryan were married at Raven’s Roost Outlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway with less than 10 people present.
By Erika Howsare
hat’s that you say? You actually don’t want the big ol’ wedding involving three days of catered meals, bagpipers on parade, engraved nameplates to mark which boutonniere goes on which groomsman? You’re not alone. Plenty of folks opt for a smaller, simpler wedding. There are many reasons why—and cost is only the most obvious. Fewer details mean less
The low-key ceremony
Everybody knows you can get married at City Hall—and in Charlottesville, that costs $50 (plus $30 for the marriage license). Not everybody realizes, though, that the city’s officiant can also travel to nearby Justice Park or even an entirely different location. Captain William Marshall, who officiates weddings for the Sheriff’s Office, says that if you give him a heads-up a week or two in advance, he’ll venture to the spot of your choice and will charge only a small travel fee based on mileage. That includes evenings and weekends—and the ceremony might be more personal than you’d
imagine. Marshall says he loves marrying couples. “It is their moment, and I want to be a part of it,” he says. Whoever your officiant, having fewer guests makes you more nimble when choosing a ceremony site. Get creat ive: An overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway? A moving trolley? One of UVA’s Pavilion gardens?
The small reception
A smaller crowd means you can keep your reception costs down, too. Even a shelter at a city or county park, though it’s not glamorous, can be perfectly pleasant and very affordable ($50-80 for a city shelter, $60 for one at an Albemarle County park). Just be sure to reserve in advance so you don’t have to fight the softball team for your spot. Lundgren says lots of couples assume that if they hold their wedding at home, they’ll save money—but it isn’t always so. “It can be just as expensive” as renting a venue, she says, “if you have to put up tents, tables, chairs, generators.” One way to simplify is to choose the type of venue that provides food and drink, so you’re not making a second choice about a caterer. For
a dinner of fewer than 50 people, Lundgren says C&O Restaurant is a popular choice. “They have great value,” she says—and the place is, of course, a pillar of the local food scene. Two different event spaces can seat up to 30 or 40 guests, respectively. Each costs $250 to rent, and prix-fixe menus usually cost around $80-90 per person, including alcohol, tax and gratuity. The Space is a newer Downtown venue where longtime local restaurateurs Tim Burgess and Vincent Derquenne create custom menus for private parties. While The Space can seat up to 150, Burgess says they’ve hosted groups well below 50, and charge roughly $100 per guest, all-inclusive, for a dinner reception. “The shape of The Space allows for us to keep intimacy for these smaller groups,” he says. Make planning simple: Keep your decorating to a minimum, and let the exposed brick walls and artful food speak for themselves.
The slightly bigger reception
Inviting more than 50 people? Blue Mountain Brewery, in Afton, can seat up to 64 in its private event space. Meals start at $20 per person (tax, tip and beverages are separate), and there’s a venue fee that ranges from $200 to $2,500 depending on when you’re celebrating. Note that the brewery isn’t available on Saturdays. Lundgren likes the atmosphere at Michie Tavern, where period-costumed servers help set the mood for 50 to 100 dinner guests. “What a memorable experience that is,” she says. The cost of a Michie meal starts at $27 per person (not including tax, tip or alcohol), and there is no venue fee. If your budget is bigger, but you want to streamline the planning, here’s a final suggestion: Old Metropolitan Hall ranges in cost from $1,950 to $3,950. You have options for catering, but can simplify by using the in-house caterer, Brasserie Saison. OMH’s Sarah Beasley says that the space works well for ceremonies, too—perhaps even with guests seated right at their dinner tables—and needs little to no enhancement if you’re not inclined to decorate. “It’s pretty beautiful as it is,” she says. Now that sounds easy.
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WEDDING PLANNER NINE MONTHS AHEAD: FINALIZE ALL VENDORS
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ile this one under “No-longer-cheesy wedding details”: dove releases. We know the thought might conjure images from ’80s rom-coms, but take it from this bride, who hired Cville Love Birds to enhance her long-awaited “I do.” “The doves were released just as we kissed and were announced as husband and wife for the first time,” says Meryem Atkins. “I still remember our guests letting out ‘ooohhh’ and ‘woahh’ as the birds flew out from behind us.” Cole Fairchild, 16, and his 14-year-old brother, Jude, got the birds about four years ago as “an intriguing hobby,” but quickly realized the hobby could be turned into a business. In 2016, they
By Caite White
Meryem and Cameron were married in October of 2016 at Blenheim Vineyards.
launched Cville Love Birds, which offers two, four or eight doves released upon request on your big day. The brothers raise and train the birds—a purebred breed of homing pigeon (“Ours come from the line of Disney doves used in Orlando,” says Cole) that, after release, will return to the loft where they were born, sometimes from as far as 100 miles away—themselves, and handle all the logistics.
“Our first question of course was: How does this work?” says Atkins. “I was thoroughly impressed by the knowledge the boys had about doves, their migratory patterns, typical release protocol and the overall care they had taken of the birds.” Atkins and her husband, Cameron, were married in October of 2016 at Blenheim Vineyards. Says the bride, “The dove release was one of the highlights of our wedding day!”
ONE YEAR AHEAD: CHOOSE A CATERER
At first glance, a horse trailer doesn’t seem like the kind of place your guests would want to be drinking. Then again, The Bitty Bar isn’t your average horse trailer. In fact, it’s not really a horse trailer at all. Thanks to sisters Katie and Erica Painter, who created the business, where once stood two trusty steeds, there’s now butcher block counters, tile backsplash and wood floors. In other words, a perfectly stylish mobile bar that adds a charming detail to your reception. Here’s how it works: You supply the booze, and they’ll bring the bar, fully stocked with a bartender, syrups, fresh-squeezed juices and locally grown garnishes. The owners will even help you dream up a specialty cocktail. We call that a win-whinny. —Caite White
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WEDDING PLANNER ONE YEAR AHEAD: START SHOPPING FOR WEDDING RINGS
Mixed metals Locally, wedding rings are going nontraditional
t’s a detail few guests will get a good look at, but it’ll stay with you, up close and personal, for as long as you’re married. Wedding bands deserve some attention as you do your planning—and don’t leave this decision to the last minute, since rings can take one to four weeks to arrive once you’ve placed an order. So what options are out there for weddingband shoppers? The classic metal band is still certainly around—but whereas your grandparents might have chosen gold without a second thought, you’ll likely be weighing the pros and cons of gold,
By Erika Howsare
platinum, palladium and others. Then there’s the question of stones. Do you crave diamonds, or even diamonds plus a colored gem like a ruby or sapphire? A simple metal band is likely to cost $125-600, whereas more luxurious choices can easily go into the thousands of dollars. Rob Matthews, manager at Fink’s Jewelers, says his female customers frequently ask for wedding bands that can equally well complement an engagement ring or be worn without it. “When they are doing an activity or going on a trip, they may not want to wear their engagement ring,” he says, “but still want a nice-looking ring on their finger.” Cus-
tom bands can be made to contour perfectly with your engagement ring. As for the men, Matthews says lots of groomsto-be these days are interested in alternative metals like tungsten and titanium—materials that are more durable and less expensive than traditional gold. Don’t forget to look for an easy fit, too—some rings are actually labeled “comfort fit”—and something that works with your lifestyle (i.e. don’t go for something fussy if you spend weekends climbing mountains). This might be the one fashion choice you’ll live with forever.
Metals and more metals
Gold is here to stay, but it’s been joined by a number of other metals that you may be getting to know as you hunt for the perfect bands. Here are the basics: Gold, as we all know, is relatively soft; it can be combined with other metals to create “white gold,” which is essentially a plating that can be scratched off. Platinum has become very popular in recent years and, true to its luxury status, is the most expensive material for wedding bands—yet it’s not especially scratch-resistant. It’s also fairly heavy. Three alternatives that are more affordable are palladium, tungsten and titanium. Palladium looks similar to platinum, and it feels lighter on the finger. One con: Many jewelers have less experience with it, and it can be hard to repair. Tungsten is the most scratch-resistant metal, and its hardness means it’ll break rather than bend under enough pressure. Titanium is similarly durable and affordable, but very lightweight. All of these—except gold—are hypoallergenic.—EH
WEDDING PLANNER ONE YEAR BEFORE: SELECT YOUR VENDORS
Best day ever! Each year, C-VILLE Weekly asks readers to choose the best things about Charlottesville—from swimming hole to steak—including the best wedding vendors in the area. We asked local couples to tell us, if they could do it all again (if only!), whom would they entrust with their special day? Behold, the results. WEDDING PLANNER
Meghan Streit (Shindig Weddings & Events)
987-9581, shindigweddings.com Runner-up: Marisa Vrooman (Orpha Events) 960-0155, orphaevents.com Honorable mention: Adam Donovan-Groves (Donovan-Groves Events) 465-1076, donovangrovesevents.com REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE
Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Rd. (Afton), (540) 456-8020 Runner-up: The Local 824 Hinton Ave., 984-9749 Honorable mention: Ivy Inn 2244 Old Ivy Rd., 977-1222
Charlottesville High School String Quartet chsorchestra.org
Runner-up: Eve Watters 823-8600, evewatters.com Honorable mention: Michael Coleman mcolemanmusic.squarespace.com
Runner-up: Barbeque Exchange (540) 832-0227, bbqex.com
Harvest Moon Catering
Honorable mention: The Local 984-9749, thelocal-cville.com FLORIST
Hedge Fine Blooms
416 W. Main St., #1, 817-9950 115 Fourth St. NE, 293-8825 Runner-up: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design 700 N. Main St. (Madison), (540) 948-5611 Honorable mention: Blue Ridge Floral Design 791 Blundell Hollow Rd. (Afton), 361-9218
Claire Frances (Sacred Ground Ceremonies) 296-9885, sacredgroundceremonies.com
Runner-up: Dave Norris 242-5165, letdavemarryyou.com Honorable mention: Paul Walker (Christ Episcopal Church) 293-2347, christchurchcville.org TENTS AND RENTALS
Skyline Tent Company 977-8368, skylinetentcompany.com
418 W. Main St., 293-6456
Runner-up: Festive Fare 296-5496, classicpartyrentals.com Honorable mention: MS Events 984-1155, mseventscville.com
6550 Roseland Farm (Crozet), 823-7800
Runner-up: Chandler’s Bakery Rio Hill Center, 975-5203
SOUND AND LIGHTING
Runner-up: Trump Winery 3550 Blenheim Rd., 984-4855 Honorable mention: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards 5022 Plank Rd. (North Garden), 202-8063
Honorable mention: Cakes by Rachel 5853 Jarmans Gap Rd. (Crozet), 960-5872
King Family Vineyards
963-7976, jenfariello.com Runner-up: Rob Garland (Rob Garland Photographers) 293-3332, robgarland.com Honorable mention: Ashley Cox (813) 340-2690, ashleypcox.com CINEMATOGRAPHER
(540) 406-3083, vawedding video.com Runner-up: With This Ring (615) 828-3669, withthisringvideo.com Honorable mention: East West 660-4900, eastwestproduction.com
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Sam Hill Entertainment 977-6665, samhillbands.com
Runner-up: South Canal Street 481-3432, southcanalstreetband.com
Blue Ridge AV & Lighting
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Honorable mention: EastCoast Entertainment (804) 355-2178, eastcoastentertainment.com
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321 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 979-6366
John Garland DJ Services
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Rock Paper Scissors
Runner-up: Fink’s Jewelers Barracks Road Shopping Center, 284-4060 Honorable mention: Andrew Minton Jewelers Seminole Square Shopping Center, 979-7672 BRIDAL SHOP
Sealed With A Kiss
505 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 979-5683 Runner-up: David’s Bridal 9101 W. Broad St. (Richmond), (804) 747-9920 Honorable mention: Church Street Bridal 626 Church St. (Lynchburg), 847-7751 HAIR STYLIST
Top Knot Studio
103 Fifth St. SE, 244-3499 Runner-up: Brianna B. Adams (540) 661-2827, briannabadams.com Honorable mention: First Look Artistry 326-6163, firstlookartistry.com MAKEUP ARTIST
Daphne Latham daphnelatham.com
Runner-up: Evonne Burns evonneburns.com Honorable mention: Rouge 9 rouge9.com GIFTS AND FAVORS
Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates
243 Ridge McIntire Rd., 972-9100 Runner-up: The Happy Cook Barracks Road Shopping Center, 977-2665 Honorable mention: The Virginia Shop Barracks Road Shopping Center, 977-0080
Runner-up: T&N Printing 205 12th St. NE, 971-8976 Honorable mention: Caspari 100 W. Main St., Downtown Mall, 817-7880
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Six months before Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception. ✓ Meet with your florist and choose arrangements for the ceremony and reception, as well as bouquets.
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If your caterer doesn’t provide one, order your wedding cake. Begin doing research for your marriage license. Meet with both sets of parents to coordinate their day-of attire. Reserve accommodations for out-oftown guests. (Consider doing this even earlier if you’re planning a wedding on busy in-town weekends like homecoming or during other local events that draw a crowd.) Order invitations. ✓ Start thinking about honeymoon destinations.
SIX MONTHS AHEAD: CHOOSE ARRANGEMENTS
Four months before
Address and send out your invitations and announcements. Include information regarding the accommodations. (Also consider creating a website with all of the accommodation information. Guests might like to get a head start on making those arrangements and most hotels close your block four weeks out.)
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Arrange for final dress fittings. Purchase wedding guest book. Order your wedding favors, bridal party gifts and other wedding accessories (Champagne glasses, ring bearer pillow, cake knife, etc.).
onging for a breath of fresh air at your wedding site? Potted plants, trees and shrubs are a trend that can delight your guests and bring an allnatural vibe to a space. There are lots of ways to use greenery at your wedding. One of the most common: “Making a space more intimate,” says Luke Puglia with J. W. Townsend Landscapes. The company’s Hotpots service can deliver rented trees and shrubs to a site, set them up and then remove them. If, say, you have a small number of guests relative to your venue’s capacity, trees can help fill in the space and make it feel less cavernous. You can use trees to flank a doorway or define the spot where you will take your vows, much like a chuppah. “Another reason would be to hide something unsightly,”
says Puglia—for example, a “hedge” of potted boxwoods in front of the open space under a stage. He’s also helped couples planning ceremonies in open fields, using trees to frame the group of seats. Shorter shrubs or flowering perennials might line the ceremony aisle. What kinds of trees work best? Most of the year, Puglia says, “Everyone’s using deciduous trees: maples and birches.” Wintertime sees couples opting for evergreens like magnolia or arborvitae. Hotpots rents plants ranging from 6-foot perennials through 10-foot trees. Call for guidance and a cost estimate; prices can range from several hundred dollars into the thousands, depending on how many trees you need. Smaller plants that you purchase at a garden center can play a role too—picture hydran geas as table centerpieces, or tiny succulents that double as place cards and favors. Have fun getting creative with the containers.
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fter all the planning, the organizing, the tastings, the fittings, you deserve a break. That’s what the honeymoon is for (that, and spending time with your sweetie pie). But where are couples honeymooning lately? Here are five top destinations, according to Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters owner Julie Arbelaez.
Mexico and the Caribbean Arbelaez suggests Hotel Esencia in Tulum, Viceroy Sugar Beach and Jade Mountain in St. Lucia and Como Parrot Cay on Turks & Caicos.
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“If you like the great outdoors,” Arbelaez says, “it’s an other-worldly spot for a honeymoon.” Plus, she says, it’s combinable with other European cities—think Paris or London—if you and your honey are looking for a multi-stop trip.
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While a little farther afield, there’s a direct flight from Los Angeles and, Arbelaez says, “some terrific, romantic and secluded resorts on nearby islands, like the St. Regis Bora Bora or the Hilton Moorea.”
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One month before
Finalize the details of your rehearsal dinner. Go over song lists and requests with your band or DJ. Call guests who have not responded. Draw up preliminary seating arrangements for the reception. Have a trial session with your wedding-day hairstylist and makeup artist. ✓ Start taking dance lessons for your first dance. Get your marriage license with your fiancé.
Three weeks before Pick up wedding rings.
✓ Start working out (if you haven’t already!).
Confirm all arrival times with vendors. Confirm hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests. Have your final dress fitting. Finalize the seating arrangement for the reception. Attend your bachelor/bachelorette party.
One week before
Give the caterer your final guest count. Have final fittings for your groom and groomsmen. Give gifts to your wedding party, family and fiancé privately, or at the rehearsal dinner. Make arrangements for your wedding gifts to be brought to your home.
Two days before
Get a mani/pedi. Get a wax and a spray tan. Confirm flight, hotel and packing arrangements for the honeymoon. Make payment envelopes for each vendor and give them to your wedding day assistant along with your marriage license to take care of at the wedding. Confirm arrangements for the getaway car.
One day before Attend your rehearsal dinner.
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Get your hair and makeup done early. Make sure you get plenty to eat, and drink a lot of water. Have fun!
THREE WEEKS AHEAD: ATTEND YOUR BACHELOR/ETTE PARTY
Not your basic bachelor(ette) They don’t call it C-Vegas for nothing By Kate Lynn Nemett
ith beckoning natural scenery, a cosmopolitan downtown and scads of wineries and breweries that make having a good time practically impossible to avoid, Charlottesville is perfect for bachelors and bachelorettes looking to blow off some steam pre-nuptials. But the area also offers group fun options that are more creative than your standard drink-eat-drink rinse and repeat. Read on for a few out-of-the-box ideas for your ultimate Charlottesville party weekend.
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Drop me in the water Take advantage of this town’s great outdoors by playing in its beautiful rivers, which are perfect for canoeing, kayaking or lazily floating downstream in an inner tube. Find adventure on the water by booking a partial day or overnight trip with local outfitters James River Runners in Scottsville or Rivanna River Company in Charlottesville.
Bounce it out Honestly, what could be more fun than hurling yourself around a trampoline room with all your dudes? Head to Jump to let loose on more than 8,000 square feet of bouncy surfaces, including angled wall trampolines, a foam pit, a Ninja Warrior Course, two basketball goals and a dodgeball court. Your inner 10-year-old will thank you.
Musical musings Charlottesville is a live-music mecca, attracting big-name headliners while fostering local talent of all genres. Make a night of concert-hopping by checking out the tunes at several downtown venues: Start with bigger names at the Jefferson Theater, followed by the eclectic lineup at the Southern Café & Music Hall and end at old-school Miller’s for late-night pub grub and live performances.
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WEDDING PLANNER THREE WEEKS AHEAD: WORK ON YOUR FITNESS
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very bride and groom wants to look their best on their wedding day. But many engaged couples don’t have months to formulate a long-range diet and exercise plan (or, whoops, forgot). If you’re short on time—as in, your wedding is in a matter of weeks—but want to put your best bod forward, don’t panic: There are still some totally doable steps you can take. Read on for tips from some of Charlottesville’s top fitness experts for last-minute ways to slim down, tone up and look smokin’ hot by the time you’re standing at the altar.
Magen Caplinger, director of personal training at ACAC’s downtown location, says that “diet is 80 percent of the challenge.” She encourages brides and grooms to “consume lots of highquality food like fruits, veggies and proteins and limit sugar intake.” Dar Malecki, owner of MADabolic Charlottesville, agrees. “If someone has a few weeks and just wants to drop a few pounds…I would recommend a change in their nutrition immediately.” For a noticeable change within four weeks, Malecki advises folks “to ‘clean’ up their eating habits. To me, that would be to cut out all processed foods, sugars, dairy, alcohol and grains.”
Sweat. Regularly. Focused exercise is a part of every expert’s advice. As Malecki says, “Couple your clean eating with workouts, and the results will happen in those few short weeks.” Deborah Barry, an instructor at Hot Yoga Charlottesville, advises brides and grooms to hit the yoga mat “for a good sweat between three and five days per week.” Coupled with a twoweek whole foods detox, this plan helps “tone up and shed inflammation.” McKinley Lee, a Pure Barre teacher, recommends the studio’s Classic barre class, which uses your body’s resistance to strengthen, tone and increase endurance and balance, as a “fun, efficient and effective way to feel confident both
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physically and mentally before your big day.” Lee reports visible changes within eight to 10 classes, and encourages clients “to take class at least three to four times per week to really maximize results.”
Lee praises Pure Barre’s technique, which uses small, isometric muscle contractions to target specific muscle groups—arms, thighs, seat and abs— as a great way to fast-track definition in those body parts most on display on your wedding day.
Barry recommends drinking lemon water “all day long,” and Caplinger suggests intaking at least half your body weight in ounces. Drinking lots of water not only helps you differentiate between hunger and thirst, but being properly hydrated also helps your skin look nice. Says OrangeTheory instructor Emily MacDonnell, “Hello, wedding-day glow!”
Vary your workout. When it comes to both diet and exercise, quality is more important than quantity. In other words, you don’t need hours of activity, just focused work. Caplinger recommends combining cardio and strength exercises in a circuit-style workout with bouts of high intensity.
Experts also recommend keeping stress levels as low as possible, which includes remembering the importance of good nutrition when feeling overwhelmed. “Eat the right foods, but eat!” says MacDonnell. “It’s tempting to want to skip meals when the big day is getting closer… But not eating will actually slow your metabolism and cause cravings for high-fat and high-carb foods.” So there you have it: With some clean eating, a few focused workouts per week and lots of water, your altar-ready fitness goals can still be achieved. But remember: How you look is by no means what you should be sweating during this incredible occasion. After all, as Barry reminds all brides and grooms, “the important thing is that you end up married at the end of the day.”
WEDDING PLANNER ONE MONTH AHEAD: START TAKING DANCE LESSONS
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Jennings says that couples sometimes begin lessons two weeks before their wedding and expect to learn a choreographed dance. Mehring has instructed couples with even less time. But this isn’t ideal. “I had people come in a day before their wedding,” Mehring says. “I had them box step in a pattern. It was doable, but not great.” Mehring and Jennings recommend that couples budget for at least 10 private lessons, and allow more than a month to plan, learn and practice their first dance.
Learn to lead, or be led “I saw you try to lead a few times,” Jennings tells me, and quickly proceeds to rumba, foxtrot and twirl me around the room, in an effort to show my fiancé how I could be led without knowing the next step.
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y fiancé and I met at a high school dance. I was dancing on a table with girlfriends (one of whom will be my maid of honor at our wedding this May), while he stood against a wall near the room’s front door. You could say it was love at first sight. As a lover of dance-offs, late night karaoke, the Macarena and viral YouTube videos of fatherdaughter dances, I have big plans for our first dance. My fiancé would rather we not do one. Together, we visited Terry Dean’s Blue Light Ballroom for an introductory lesson with instructor Connor Jennings, and spoke with Smooth Sailing Ballroom’s owner Adam Mehring. Whether you find the prospect of planning your first dance thrilling or nerve-racking, here are a few tips to make planning and performing your first dance a ball.
WEDDING PLANNER THREE MONTHS AHEAD: ARRANGE FOR FINAL DRESS FITTINGS
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For everyone in the “follower” role, even though you may have dragged your partner to dance lessons in the first place, sit back—or rather, stand tall, place your hand on your partner’s arm and smile, Jennings tells me—and let your other half lead.
Lighten up “This is dance. We don’t want to be too serious,” Jennings says, even praising us when we visibly stumbles on a foxtrot rock turn, but keeps moving despite our wrong steps. “We teach how to dance so that it looks natural and a lot of fun,” Mehring says. He likes to learn the “vibe” of couples’ relationships before choreographing a dance for them. “Be willing to be wrong,” Jennings advises, and my fiancé agrees. “I was never really much of a dancer, but I had fun and learned a lot,” he says.
et’s talk about commitment. You’ve already found the person with whom you are committing to spend the rest of your life (well done, you!), but, as Candy Girl knows, there are still more choices to make as you head toward the aisle, perhaps the most fraught of which is the wedding dress. It’s the most expensive and most-photographed piece of clothing you’ll likely ever wear, so you want to be sure you get it right. But, like, sometimes even figuring out what you want for lunch is too much. What if you mess this up? What if you think you’ve got it right, and then you’re in the dressing room at your final fitting and it turns out to be just a house salad when what you really wanted was that yummy pasta with the smoked salmon and that buttery cheese you got at that one place that time? (Candy Gal digresses.) This won’t happen, dear reader. Because your girl is here with a voice of reason (and a few seasoned pros) to make sure you find the dress of your dreams from the get-go. Getting started is simple enough—just start. “I would normally advise starting the dress search as soon as possible,” says Susan Sorbello, owner of Sealed With a Kiss Bridal on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall (and at Short Pump in Richmond), noting that different designers have different timelines for dress delivery, and that certain styles move in and out of production. So if you fall in love with a particular dress or designer, call around to find out who carries them and come to your appointment with any inspo you’ve collected. You’ll find that your bridal consultant will be essential to this process. Her job is to put the bride at ease, understand the look she is trying to obtain, guide her in dress selection and, says Peggie Donowitz, owner of West Main Street’s The One Bridal Salon, “be able to suggest accessories and changes that might take a great dress into a one-of-a-kind dress.”
As with any great relationship, communication is key here. Tell your consultant as much as you can about what you like, loathe and are looking for, and be open to her suggestions. Donowitz notes that plenty of brides end up falling in love with something totally different than what they’d come in settled on; a good rapport (and a generous timeline) leaves space for these kind of surprises in the fitting room. As far as the appointments go, general shopping rules apply: Don’t be hungry, don’t be rushed, don’t be stressed (ha!) and wear nice underwear (in this case, nude garments similar to what you might be wearing with your actual gown). Leaving out the entourage, or booking a separate appointment to “ooh” and “ahh” and
“Relax, have fun, and trust yourself. When you find it, you will know.” Peggie Donowitz cry a little bit with your besties, leaves you room to breathe and really evaluate how you feel in a dress. If you find yourself with a dress that you just don’t love, Sorbello says, you can always sell it and move on to something else, but once you’ve found the one (and here’s where Candy Baby just can’t help herself), stop looking! The right gown will make you feel “beautiful, comfortable and confident,” Donowitz says, and the alterations process will take a sample dress from something you want to walk down the aisle in to something you cannot imagine your big day without. So, broad strokes? “How you feel in the dress is the emotion to capture,” says Sorbello, “not the cerebral analysis you do afterward.” You’ve got to, in the immortal words of Roxette, listen to your heart (maybe not the rest of that song, though; it doesn’t really set the lovey-dovey pre-wedding vibe). Candy Girl is C-VILLE Weddings’ resident wedding advice expert. She’s been doling out helpful bon mots since before you were dressing up salt and pepper shakers and making them kiss, doll.
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For their dance, Allison and her dad squaredanced to the Osborne Brothers’ “Rocky Top.”
The couple met while working together at a law firm in Washington, D.C. But it wasn’t until after Joby moved to Charlottesville to attend law school at UVA that they started dating. They were together three years before getting married.
After the party is the after-party: Allison and Joby gave guests a peek into their honeymoon, serving South African wines as a nod to where they’d be heading post-nuptials.
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When planning, start by making a list of your most important vendors (caterer, photographer, florist, DJ, etc.) to discern where you’ll spend the bulk of your budget and where you can save.
In lieu of a guest book, Rachel and Kevin asked guests to write them a note and put it inside a gold foil heartshaped piñata on the welcome table. They plan to open them on their first anniversary.
Have your planner build in some time—only the two of you—following the ceremony “to be fully present with just each other and recharge between the chaos of the day and conversations with loved ones,” Rachel says.
hen it came to finding inspiration for their Virginia wedding, Rachel and Kevin looked a bit farther away than normal—nearly 3,000 miles, in fact, to California, where they’d been living for the past four years. They decided to meld the two styles, taking advantage of Virginia’s lush Blue Ridge landscape, but adding some contemporary West Elm-esque elements. That presented itself in everything from the flowers (“a mix of favorites from Virginia, like magnolia foliage and white ranunculus, where our relationship began, and a mix of wildflower favorites from California (like the blush King Protea and white Dahlias), where we really flourished as a couple”) to the décor (“modern and structured, not draped or organic,” Rachel says). Of course, planning a wedding in Virginia from their home in California presented some challenges, so some of their choices were dictated purely by distance. For instance, colors were kept to a minimum (black linens, white chairs) and used only as an accent in flowers and attire “to ensure the palette would match,” Rachel says. Limiting what they DIYed, the bride designed the save the date, wedding invitations, menus, programs and bar signage herself. When it comes down to it, though, ultimately the couple wanted the day to feel true to themselves: “Wear clothes we felt great in, eat food and drink cocktails we loved and participate in a ceremony true to our values and relationship,” Rachel says. “Staying true to ourselves and what we loved (instead of what was on trend) was the best way to refocus on our direction throughout the planning process.”
Rachel and Kevin dated for eight years (including a year and a half-long engagement) after meeting their freshman year at the University of Mary Washington. Halfway through their relationship, they moved to California together.
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Before they met with potential caterers, Rachel and Kevin created a Pinterest board with their dream menu, to see what each would come up with for tastings. The Local delivered: goat cheese quesadillas, honey and rosemary chicken skewers, a build-your-own taco bar and—to satisfy Kevin’s request—a late-night churro station.
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elanie wanted to elope. Susan wanted a fairy tale. So they went for the best of both words: a wedding that struck the right balance between elegance, glam and sophistication, but that also created a festive, warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests. In more practical terms, that meant a clean color palette—white flowers (lilies, hydrangeas, roses and orchids), white linens (with a hint of sequin sparkle) and a few gold accents. For personal touches, they added a small pineapple to one of the tables (to remind them of Maui, where they got engaged), wine glasses with the JMU emblem for the table of Melanie’s college friends. and the couple drank from a pair of Norlan whisky glasses they had recently been gifted. And settling on the venue itself was easy to agree on—they’d spent a weekend at Veritas in 2015 and, says Susan, “fell in love with the property.” “Its majestic views, beautiful mountains and the amazing hospitality and food at the Farmhouse. At the time, we thought this would be an awesome venue for a wedding.” And what was their favorite moment from the day? Says Susan, “All of it!”
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Although the brides are vegetarian, they added meat to the menu to appeal to guests. “We wanted really good, common food presented in an elegant way,” Susan says.
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A tip to couples planning a wedding, from the bride: “Work with people who support your vision for your day. They should only make life easier and bring to life the fabulous ideas in your mind. Anything else means you need to make some changes.”
A favorite memory from their big day? Says Arnita, “The fact that we forgot to exchange the rings!” The couple wrote their own vows, but left out the part where they slip a ring on each other’s fingers. “It was quickly corrected and everyone had a good giggle in the process.”
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Laura had long-admired the blue stone in her mom’s engagement ring and knew that, when she got engaged, she wanted to emulate that unique choice. “[Kenny] made my dreams come true!” Laura says. “Now every time I look at it, I think of him and I think of my mom, and how being unique is a good thing.”
hough it wasn’t a phrase she’d ever heard before, “botanical elegance” kept ringing in the bride’s ears as she planned her big day. “I wanted our wedding to feel timeless and classic with subtle elements of nature,” says Laura. “It really inspired a lot of my decisions, from the décor to the signature cocktails.” The flowers themselves, of course, were a big part of the wedding’s aesthetic. Laura describes them as “straight from the garden,” with colors like blush, sage, clementine and lavender. More florals hung on the walls and eucalyptus branches lined the farm tables. It was easy incorporating these details into their venue, too. Downtown’s Old Metropolitan Hall, an historic spot with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and sparkling chandeliers, offered an extra element of sophistication. “We also loved that it was still a blank canvas that we could add personalized touches to,” says Laura. “It had been my dream to get married in Charlottesville for many years, and we are so lucky that we were able to get married right in the middle of it.”
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Laura, a vegan for six years, and Kenny, who eats fairly plant-based as well, decided on a meat- and dairy-free menu: bruschetta, olive tapenade and hummus, roasted vegetable pasta, black-eyed pea and avocado salad, lemon dill green beans and more.
Laura and Kenny met in a chemistry class during their first year at Clemson University. There was a definite connection, Laura says, but they didn’t start dating until Kenny returned from studying abroad in Germany their senior year.
For wedding favors, the couple created cookbooks with their favorite recipes for guests to take home and try.
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When Drake and Charles first started dating, they took a quick trip from Washington, D.C., where they were living, to Blenheim’s tasting room, and remarked—well before it was time to think of such a thing—that it would be a beautiful spot for a wedding. When it came time to plan, they’d already crossed the venue off their list.
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ome DIY weddings can turn embarrassing, with an overwhelming amount of detail or disjointed aesthetic choices or—yikes!—décor slowly unraveling and coming unglued. This is none such wedding, thanks to the clear vision of the grooms, who from the start decided on a visual theme, which was simple and elegant, and committed to planning their big day on their own. “The wedding was meant to embrace the outdoors, with the touches of white, some blues and wood accents. Earthy,” says Drake. Charles did most of the heavy lifting (“Drake supervised,” he offers) over the course of a few months—arrival kit, wedding programs, wine glass wedding favors included. The couple even handled the flowers, a mix of light blue and white hydrangeas with some white roses. “We had 500 million boxes of flowers delivered to our hotel room,” says Drake, “which we arranged ourselves (with the help of family).” Of course, they couldn’t control everything, and while the saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, the days leading up to their mid-May day were quite rainy, and on the Friday before the wedding, part of the road to their venue was flooded. Luckily, an hour before the ceremony, the sun came out and the outdoor wedding was clear. “We feel very lucky,” says Drake. In more ways than one, we’d imagine.
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The grooms didn’t want the same dry, plated entrées that had left them hungry at other weddings, so they asked The Local to create a Southern-style buffet. Says Drake, “All the best Southern carbs, pulled pork and fried chicken. No one was left hungry.”
The couple met at a bar in Washington, D.C., in early 2011. They connected briefly that night, but it wasn’t until months later that mutual friends reintroduced them. They were married almost six years—to the day!—later.
To play up the spring wedding aesthetic, Drake and Charles asked their guests to wear florals. “Folks did not disappoint,” says Drake.
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At 5'2", Laura got a few giggles at her request for a massive, lush bouquet. It turned out just as she wanted, but, she says, “I will admit that I didn’t think how heavy it would be. During the ceremony we kept passing it down to a different person because it probably weighed 20 pounds!”
Because Laura’s parents eloped, her own wedding was an especially exciting event for them. To honor them, the newlyweds had Laura’s parents cut their own wedding cake.
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A coworker of Stephen’s (and a friend of Laura’s) helped get them together, urging Stephen to ask Laura on a date. Because they’d both recently gotten out of relationships, they were reluctant to pursue anything new (Laura even made him wait for three hours on their first date!). “However, once we started talking, I knew why [our friend] had introduced us,” Laura says. “It was a perfect match.”
The couple opted for food stations—a barbecue table, a lighter table with salmon and Mediterranean fare and a Virginia cheese board and antipasti table—rather than plated entrées, to give guests some variety and encourage mingling.
For guests who might be fading after a long day of revelry, Laura and Stephen hired a coffee cart to perk up the party after dinner and cake.
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A breathtaking setting for your storybook wedding.
From rustic barns to romantic country inns, charming farmhouses to spectacular vineyard vistas, the perfect scene for your special day is waiting for you in Orange County, Virginia. Your happily ever after begins here.
Pearl’s culture of wholesome natural ingredients, coupled with pastry art is well known throughout the region as the go to place to wow your guests. All our products are baked daily to ensure that your friends and family will be talking about your special occasion well into the future. When only “Pearl’s Perfect” will do, call or visit our bakery to learn more.
www.pearlsbakeshoppe.com 711 W. Main, Charlottesville, VA (434) 293.CAKE (2253)
5812 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA (804) 285.CAKE (2253)
You've found your perfect partner.
Now let Byrd help you find the perfect home. Byrd Abbott is an Associate Broker with Roy Wheeler Realty Company. Byrd was named the 2016 Sales Associate of the Year by the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors. In 2016, she was the company top producing agent for Roy Wheeler Realty and recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Associate award. In 2014, she was the company Top Residential Sales Associate. Byrd has been a successful Realtor since 1982, with over $322,000,000 in sales and listings sold. She understands both sides of the buying/selling process and the details involved in becoming a part of a new community. Byrd’s high level of performance is reflected in her dedication to the profession and her natural gifts for working with people.
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MA K I N G M A R RY
Love on high
ost couples celebrate anniversaries with a fancy dinner, a sentimental gift, maybe a short weekend trip. For Beth and Jon Kagarise, who were coming up on their seventh year of marriage, the occasion called for something a little less expected. Photographer Beth Seliga, a friend of the couple, had recently begun offering mountaintop photo sessions—hike to the top of the Blue Ridge and be rewarded with an epic photo opp—
so up they went, Beth climbing in sweats and sneakers to the base of the mountain before changing into her dress. It was freezing, she admits, but an unforgettable experience, and “a really cool opportunity to step away from the chaos [they have three young kids] for an evening and just be us up on a mountain.” And, bonus: The sunset was reminiscent of the one they’d seen the night they were married.—Caite White
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Anna Magee, MD • Deborah M. Elder, MD, Ines W. Soukoulis, MD • Katherine Loose, PA-C 600 Peter Jefferson Parkway Suite 230, Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard at mount ida reserve
indoor & outdoor ceremony sites two distinct venues real rain plans & winter weddings on-site accomodations on-site tasting room & taphouse
featured photography by Chelsea Schaefer, Audra Wrisley, Steven & Lilly
To request a tour, call 434-566-5562 or visit us at mountidafarm.com. For more information about our Tasting Room & Taphouse, please visit mountidareserve.com