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Small packages

A planner advises: how to hold a microwedding

A guide to vintage

Charlottesville's best spots for your 'something old'

Cheek to cheek

A two-person dance floor (what a romantic idea!)

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Month by month, we help you plan your special day.

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Making Marry Take me away!

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15 Small packages: How to hold a microwedding 17 ...and where, too! 18 Safe spaces: How to make your place LGBT-friendly 21 New views: A new venue in Woolen Mills 22 Spa day: Local ideas for a pre-wedding slowdown 23 Like that? Try this! Three emerging wedding trends 24 Idea we love: A two-person dance floor! 24 Yum, yum: Cakebloom’s stylish, natural approach 27 Something old: Where to find vintage accessories

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Emily & Qiang An intimate elopement in a romantic garden setting.

Paige & Cole High school sweethearts say “I do”—where her parents did!

Anna & Cole A Pride & Prejudice-themed event for the ages.

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Sarai & Cristhian With the city below, one couple weds on the rooftop.

Ebonee & Danielle An eight-year love story and then...forever.

Tessa & Steven Artistic touches round out a romantic Pippin Hill wedding.

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Scaling down Small weddings are timely—and might be a brilliant idea

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he coronavirus pandemic has forced us to reassess many things about our lives, including how we celebrate milestones. Many couples who always assumed they’d have a big wedding with 100 or 200 guests—or even more—have put the brakes on those plans. And just like the idea of working from home, the trend toward small and intimate weddings shows signs of sticking around even post-pandemic. Is the micro wedding here to stay? Even before COVID-19, Real Simple reported an uptick in the number of small weddings, chalking up the trend to couples’ urge to slash costs—which run, for the average wedding, around $34,000. Local planner Sarah Fay Waller, whose company is Day by Fay, says it’s true that smaller weddings can cost less—though as always, the devil’s in the details. Food, drink, décor, and every other budget item can vary wildly. “In theory the smaller guest counts mean a less expensive wedding,” says Waller, who defines a micro wedding as 35 or fewer guests.

She also cautions that those who initially planned large weddings, and then had to downsize because of pandemic safety concerns, faced even higher costs—adding extra tables, for example, to help guests maintain social distance. What does a small wedding actually look like? For starters, the venue options may be different—perhaps a restaurant (Waller mentions the third floor of The Local, the back room of Tavola, or the Clifton Inn) or a smaller space within a winery or cidery, like Grace Estate or Septenary. “There are a handful of venues that really lend themselves to intimacy,” Waller says. Crafting a guest list changes, too. The question is less “Who are all the people who have meant something to me or my family?” and more “Who is in my innermost circle?” Couples need to talk through their priorities. “They realize who their nearest and dearest are,” says Waller. In 2020, she saw clients forced to uninvite some guests when curtailing their original plans—an awkward situation for everyone. On the plus side, at this point, almost anyone will be familiar enough with Zoom to watch your wedding from afar if you decide to invite some guests on a virtual basis. Some planners and bloggers see the micro wedding as a chance to plan out-of-the-box entertainment like helicopter rides or magicians. If you’re paying for fewer plated dinners,

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centerpieces, and welcome bags, perhaps you gain wiggle room in your budget for items you wouldn’t have normally considered. Other couples might see the smaller scale as an opportunity to break some rules and go a bit casual—let’s say, opting for a thrifted vintage dress instead of a traditional gown. Waller says that about half the couples currently approaching her are planning weddings for fewer than 100 guests—a real shift from what she’d experienced in her pre-COVID career. “For late 2021 or even into 2022, weddings are looking like they’ll be a little bit smaller,” she says. Ultimately, the biggest difference between a large and small wedding is probably the couple’s ability to have real conversations with each guest, rather than just a passing smile. That’s appealing no matter what’s going on in the headlines.

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Smaller venues doesn’t mean sacrificing style

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ig weddings are so 2019. All you need for a great reception is enough room for those you truly love—sorry weird college roommates and mom’s bridge group—a dance floor, and gourmet sustenance. “I think smaller venues are going to be very popular in the coming year,” says Patrick McClure of Downtown Mall event space Penny Heart. Smaller venues “don’t carry a lot of the overhead, so it can be an affordable experience.” Of course, small spaces don’t mean you have to go small on style. If you’d also like beautifully appointed rooms in plum locations, have a look at these five spots.

Old Metropolitan Hall

101 E. Main St. Old Metropolitan Hall on the mall accommodates from ceremony to reception. It’s the ideal post-vow destination but can also host nuptials, with the Sanctuary at the Haven next

door to expand the space. If you’re looking for a seated dinner for up to 100 or a cocktail soirée for 175, the Old Met is your spot. Details are key: tall ceilings, exposed brick, chandeliers, wood floors, elegant dance floor. Done.

Lewis Catherine House

1033 Afton Mountain Rd., Afton The Lewis Catherine House is relatively new to weddings but no newcomer to style. The fivebedroom rental home spills onto scenic acres diagonal from Veritas Vineyards and bucolic splendor. “It’s a great venue for the family to stay and celebrate the special weekend,” says one Facebook review of the venue.

Common House

206 W. Market St. Your wedding party will own the Downtown Mall with the Common House as your homebase. The West Market Street address comes with modern design, gourmet food and beverage, and all the extras. “All-inclusive” is the

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buzzword here, with custom dining, drinks, seating, and servers.

Penny Heart

223 W. Main St. McClure’s Penny Heart offers the customizable space you need for your 2021 wedding. If you’d like 50 guests at a sit-down dinner or 75 milling about, this is your spot. On-premise or outside catering, full kitchen, bar, patio. “We can customize,” McClure says. “If there’s a dish you had on your first date, our team can recreate that.”

Montalto

1400-1402 Mountain Top Farm What would TJ do? Prolly have his wedding at Montalto overlooking his mountain home. Thomas Jefferson’s first land acquisition— Montalto, that is—offers a stunning space for wedding days, bridesmaid luncheons, and rehearsal dinners. The small space is ideal for 40 or so guests.


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or couples who don’t match the traditional brideand-groom cake-topper image, the wedding planning process can have an extra layer of stress. LGBTQ couples sometimes find that researching vendors means navigating the discomfort of not knowing which businesses are open to working with same-sex couples. “It can feel stressful to be asking questions around that and not knowing what kind of response you’re going to get,” says Amy-Sarah Marshall, president of the Charlottesville Pride Community Network. “You can feel unsure about what your experience is going to be like.” There can be some tricky issues involved. Marshall, who has conducted trainings for local wedding vendors on how to best serve queer couples, says it’s incumbent upon vendors to be aware of their own biases. “As humans, we want to stick people in our gender binary and make them male or female, or we see what they look like and think we understand everything that goes along with that,” she says. “That’s making a lot of assumptions.” Rather than, for example, forcing every same-sex couple into traditional masculine and feminine roles, vendors would do well to start with a blank slate as to what a wedding needs to look like. It’s helpful, Marshall says, to start with an open-ended intake. “Ask people, ‘How would you prefer to be called? What are the pronouns? Who’s involved in the ceremony?’—instead of ‘Who’s the bride, who’s the groom?’ Make yourself a list of questions that are open and allow people to define how they want to be identified.” Every part of the traditional ceremony, from who carries flowers to which parents accompany their children down the aisle, tends to emphasize gender roles. So vendors need to be ready to support same-sex couples as they reimagine these rituals. “People may want to reenact a traditional ceremony or they may need to get more creative with how they do the ceremony,” says Marshall, adding that vendors can easily research options before sitting down with potential clients. “There are lots of examples online of ways people have renegotiated a wedding ceremony to accommodate different needs.” Finally, she points out, family rejection can be a big hurdle for many queer people, and one that vendors should be aware of. “If you don’t have your family coming,” she says, “and you have to plug in different people, a vendor asking, ‘Where’s the mother of the bride?’ can be awkward and uncomfortable.’” But then, basic courtesy with any type of client, of course, should prompt vendors to be more sensitive than that.

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At The Wool Factory, the look is industrial chic By Erika Howsare

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hen The Wool Factory opened its doors to the public last July, it brought a new kind of venue to the Charlottesville wedding scene, says sales director Claire Macfarlan. “Charlottesville is very well known for barns and vineyards,” she says, “but we don’t have a lot of industrial spaces.” As a renovated textile mill that dates to 1868, The Wool Factory conjures a less-familiar aspect of local history. “Our aesthetic is very different,” she says. And here’s another bonus: It’s huge. The space can host up to 360 seated guests. Yet it can be very intimate, too. Macfarlan says that flexibility is one of The Wool Factory’s biggest pros. Its spacious main hall can be divided, plus it has a number of smaller spaces like the future Broadcloth restaurant and the Workshop loft—spots that couples have used

“I think the goal was to keep it simple and really highlight what was already here.” for many different purposes, from bridal dressing rooms and kid zones to cocktail hours and after-parties. And it has outdoor spaces like the courtyard (which can host bonfires, if that’s your thing) and the lawn along the banks of Moore’s Creek. As a private event venue, the spot offers in-house catering, and can host anything from a micro wedding for 12 guests to a grand fête for hundreds. Though it’s really only a stone’s throw from downtown, The Wool Factory and its Woolen Mills neighborhood setting feels a world away from the mall. “It’s a hyper-industrial space dropped in the middle of the woods. It’s an exposed brick backdrop and steel beams, but you can walk right outside and have a running creek behind you,” says Macfarlan. “There’s even a small beach 100 yards from our front door.” Renovations to the building focused on honoring its history, Macfarlan says. “There’s a lot that we left as it was—the concrete floors, all the original paint, and most of the light fixtures are original and refurbished.” Sun

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pours in through big original windows onto custom walnut tables and benches designed by The HeartPine Company. Architecturally, “I think the goal was to keep it simple and really highlight what was already here,” Macfarlan adds.

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Being tucked away at the east edge of town, the historic building has always been a bit under the radar. “A lot of people didn’t know this space existed,” says Macfarlan, counting herself among them. “I grew up here, and I didn’t know this property existed—this gem, very close to town.”


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In for a treat

Pre-wedding spa treatments pamper you, your wedding party, and your betrothed By Lisa Martin

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eep the stress of wedding planning from spilling into your big day with some serious self-care ahead of time. Local salons share their treatment tips for brides to reach peak calm.

(which could cause unexpected skin irritation) in the week or so before the wedding—a regular routine means no surprises.

they can do them in the salt room on side tables,” says Halo manager Stephen Brannan. “Foot scrubs are a favorite.”

Our recommendation: Essential Deep Cleansing Treatment facial at Cityspa, $105 for 60 minutes, several treatments leading up to the big event.

Our recommendation: Halo Salt Spa salt room rental, $165 for two hours, plus Foot Specialty treatment with salt scrub, $70-85 for 30 minutes.

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A facial and waxing routine

“One thing we impress upon our brides is to begin regular facials six to nine months before the wedding,” says manager Suzanne Snyder of Cityspa. “We can work to clear pores and improve complexion over time, so then you’re putting on makeup not to conceal but rather to beautify.” For body treatments, salon pros agree: Avoid any never-tried chemical peels or waxing

Treat the feet

Gather with your bridal party to enjoy relaxing foot treatments while chatting in a unique environment like Halo Salt Spa’s Himalayan salt cave microclimate, which enhances skin, breathing, and mood. “Parties can bring in food, drink, and music, and can rotate people out to do reflexology, facials, or massage, or

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Mani/pedi

A manicure plus hand massage will have your hands looking their best for showing off that ring, and a pedicure pampers those dogs so you can dance all night. “We suggest that you treat yourself to relaxing and nurturing services before a wedding,” says Oasis Spa’s Kore Russell. “Our most popular pre-wedding service is nails. We can do


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Try me

Three trends worth testing Donut desserts, wheatgrass arrangements, white bridesmaids dresses—we see you bucking wedding traditions and we’re here for it. In fact, we’d like to add to the mayhem. Here are three emerging trends in our area to keep you thinking outside the (ring) box.

Our recommendation: Oasis Spa Flower manicure & pedicure package, $100 for 1.75 hours. POST-REHEARSAL-DINNER:

Couples massage

“We host a lot of couples in the evening after their rehearsal dinner,” says Cityspa’s Snyder. “They get done with everything and are all ready for the wedding, and they can relax with side-by-side massages, complete with hot towels, music, and candles. A little getaway before the big day.” Our recommendation: Cityspa Couples’ Massage, from 30 minutes to two hours, $110 to $320.

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four at a time, and wedding parties will often come in and do nails and massages with aromatherapy.”

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A post-rehearsal dinner couple's massage will help you unwind before the big day.

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Toward the end of the night, transition from the inevitable “Don’t Stop Believin’” sing-off into a silent disco where your guests choose the tunes (and save their vocal cords).

Spare your venue the hassle of picking up hot pokers at 1am, and opt instead for glow sticks—just as fun (and decidedly more punk rock). —Caite Hamilton


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Bloomin’ beautiful

Just the two of us An idea we love: The downsized dance floor

A new cake baker utilizes the best of what’s around By Caite Hamilton

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n some ways, launching a business after a global pandemic began was fortuitous for Cake Bloom’s Susan Sweeney. With couples downsizing their weddings, that meant downsizing the cake, too—just the kind of thing Sweeney specializes in. Cake Bloom, a botanical cake bakery, incorporates greenery and florals into each design. And what’s more, her cakes are small, starting with the “baby cake” size that feeds four to six people. “Most of my weddings this year were very lastminute, rescheduled events, so they were small,” Sweeney says. “I created a line of twotier Garden Cake packages for these intimate weddings that seemed to work well.” We asked Sweeney to tell us a bit more about her business, style, and her own wedding cake. C-VILLE Weddings: Tell me a little about your background and how it led you to start Cake Bloom. Susan Sweeney: I moved to San Francisco in

my early 20s to attend culinary school, but it was my years working in the historic Ferry Building where I discovered the farmers market culture of the Bay Area—and the great diversity of California flowers and produce—that really inspired me to bake. I’m a big nature girl, and I think cakes are my way of expressing the joy it brings me. Being in Charlottesville is like a whole new world of flavors and produce to explore, and I’m just getting started. CW: How does Cake Bloom differ from other cake vendors? SS: I would say my style is what sets me apart.

After getting engaged in July, Eliza Strickland and Allen Peacock knew right away they were ready to get married—and they didn’t want to postpone plans due to COVID restrictions. So Strickland asked a close friend, Sally Branch, to help her create an intimate wedding. “We knew we wanted to keep all the traditional elements of a wedding, just on a smaller scale,” Eliza says. That meant downsizing a few key things. That’s when they came up with a “first dance” floor. And having hired Aztec Rentals for their clear tent (to drink in the view at their venue, Oakley Farm), they asked the company to make it happen. “When Sally called with the idea of a 6' x 6' dance floor, they had a good laugh and said it was the smallest dance floor they had ever done,” Eliza says. But the addition was a hit with their 28 guests. Says the bride, “It was the perfect spot for our first dances, photo booth fun, and dancing until the generator cut off.”—Caite Hamilton

Using fresh florals requires a lot of knowledge about materials. There’s the safety aspect and knowing where blooms and greenery comes from (I use local, organic growers exclusively) to ensure materials aren’t sprayed, which is so common in the wedding industry. And of course knowing what blooms are toxic and nontoxic, which requires a great deal of attention. Lastly, I think I bring an artistry to the styling that is uniquely Cake Bloom. Staying within the parameters of safety, I seek out the most interesting vines, blooms, or flowering herbs I can find to create something really special.

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CW: Can you tell me about some of the decorations/botanicals you put on the cakes for each season? SS: I’m actually working with a few growers

and buying seeds to map things out a bit better for both my fresh and pressed botanical cakes. Since this was my first season in Virginia, I’ve been learning as I go. In early spring, I’ll be pressing forsythia, lilac, and wild violets; in late spring, lavender, parsley flower, and chamomile; in summer, celosia, calendula, and bee balm.

Being in Charlottesville is like a whole new world of flavors and produce to explore, and I’m just getting started. SUSA N S W EE N E Y CW: What are some of your clients’ favorite flavors you offer? SS: My rainbow carrot cake with salted cara-

mel and my Wahoo Stout cake, a boozy cake

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featuring Three Notch’d Jack’s Java Stout and Vitae Spirits Coffee Liqueur are both very popular. CW: What did your own wedding cake look like? SS: Sadly we didn’t have a wedding cake. We

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Something old

Three spots to add vintage into your special day As the saying goes, you’ll need something old (for protection), new (for hope), borrowed (for luck), and blue (for fidelity) on your big day. Here are three local spots to check the first one off your list.

LOW VINTAGE

Head underground to scour this vintage mecca off the Downtown Mall. It’s here you’ll find the best accessories—from a sparkly pair of shoes to rhinestone earrings—and maybe even a piece or two for the honeymoon (think beaded cardigans, a great pair of cowboy boots, or a leather clutch purse). 105 Fifth St. SE, 293-9082

CIRCA

The 10,000-square-foot store is a great place to look if you’re on the hunt (and we do mean hunt!) for décor. Find frames for unique signage, vintage vases for tablescapes, and fun one-off pieces to decorate everything from the escort card display to the cake table. (Did we mention you could find a vintage cake topper here, too?) 1700 Allied St., 295-5760

ARSENIC & OLD LACE

The newest addition to Charlottesville’s vintage scene, Arsenic & Old Lace is the spot for your reception dress (if you’re a two-dress kind of bride). On a recent visit, we saw a 1980s Karl Lagerfeld dress with a cut-out neckline, and a gold metallic dress from the 1970s that’d certainly turn a few heads (and isn’t that what your big day is all about?). 105 First St. S, 989-6151

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SPARKLE B Y S T E P H A N I E VO G T M A N Dating back to the ancient Greeks in the Sixth Century B.C., wedding toasts have been a way to express good will and luck to the newly married couple. The clinking of glassware was originally a way to ward off evil spirits looking to cause mischief at the ceremony. Sparkling wine is commonly used for toasts in modern times, being considered a universal pairing wine that easily accompanies a wide variety of foods. There are many methods of production, and sparkling wine delights with its effervescent nature and varying tones. If you are considering a toast for your wedding day, why not support our local wineries, which have honed their sparkling skills and are putting out amazing products. Here are some of our favorites—cheers! Early Mountain: 2017 Blanc de Blanc Brut Reserve $45 Comprised of 100 percent chardonnay, the 2017 Blanc de Brut Reserve is aged for two years on its lees (dead yeast cells that give a rich and creamy texture to wine). Pale gold, with notes of pink lady apples and jasmine on the nose, it has a palate of light honey, clementine, and nougat. The current owners and winemaking team at Early Mountain are incredibly enthusiastic in their endeavor to share wine education, so be sure to ask about their sparkling program! Veritas: 2015 Mousseux $45 Head winemaker Emily Pelton was on a business trip in Loire, France, with her family when she first encountered a style of sparkling wine called Mousseux (“mousse” in French). The wine had a mouthfeel reminiscent of a fresh mousse, and after falling in love with it, she wanted to make a rosé sparkling that emulated the wine she tasted in France. A product of passion, the 2015 Mousseux is made of 80 percent cabernet franc, and 20 percent chardonnay, and is a pale pink color. Aromas of strawberry and baked pear give way to soft flavors of raspberry, marzipan, and freshly baked brioche. It has perfectly balanced acidity and creamy texture, made in the traditional method. Cave Ridge Vineyards: Cuvée Select $28 Cave Ridge Vineyards’ owner/winemaker Randy Phillips takes great pride in a wide selection of sparkling wine in which he utilizes the Charmat method. While all the vineyard’s sparkling is worth a mention, my personal favorite is his Cuvée Select. Made of 80 percent chardonnay and 20 percent traminette, it is bright gold with a full scent of honeysuckle and apples. Of all the sparkling wines on this list, this wine has the most rounded and soft mouth-feel, and has rich flavors of honey, yellow apples, and lychee fruit. Of special note would be Phillips’ “bubble-decker” bus, a classic English double-decker that has been renovated with a “bubbly bar” to enjoy at festivals, weddings, and events. Ankida Ridge Vineyards: 2016 Sparkling Blanc de Blancs $58 Ankida Ridge is well known for its pinot noir, but its brut is excellent too. Straw gold with tiny bubbles, this wine has bright acidity and was aged in neutral French oak barrels. Lime zest, green apple skin, and rich minerality


round out this traditional sparkling. And make sure you spend the day at the estate, where you might be greeted by a welcoming committee of vineyard dogs or roaming sheep! Thibaut-Janisson Winery: Virginia Fizz $20 The most prolific sparkling wine producer, Claude Thibaut partnered with lifelong friend Manuel Janisson to create sparkling wines in the Monticello AVA region. At a great price point, the Fizz has a honey golden color and a nose of peach pie and yellow flowers. Creamy with a touch of acidity, the flavor profile shows characteristics of spiced yellow apples and marzipan. Tiny bubbles form as a result of Claude's mastery of the traditional method. Trump Winery: 2014 Blanc de Noir $55 While Trump Winery is best known for its Blanc de Blancs, it is the only winery on this list able to produce a Blanc de Noir, composed of 100 percent estate grown pinot. Head winemaker Jonathan Wheeler shows great passion and care with this wine by utilizing early harvesting and gentle pressing techniques, and it is a labor of love. The rich nose carries notes of Bing cherry and strawberry, with bright cranberry and toast on the palate. While there’s bright acidity to this wine, there is a nice roundness to the mouthfeel to create a gentle balance. There's a limited amount of the 2014 vintage left, but the 2015 vintage will be available soon. Bluestone Winery: 2018 Blanc de Blancs $30 One-hundred percent estate chardonnay, the 2018 Blanc de Blancs has bright color and minerality. Fine bubbles with orange zest on the nose showcase a palate with Meyer lemons and wet stone. Bluestone Winery’s estate has a high elevation that allows for diurnal shifts (extreme temperature changes between night and day), and this helps preserve the balance of fruit flavors and fresh acidity in grapes. Done in the traditional method, this bubbly is one not to miss. Ducard Vineyards: 2017 XOXO Blanc de Blancs $45 Set in the valley with the backdrop of Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon, Ducard Vineyards is a gorgeous estate. Its XOXO Blanc de Blancs is made with 100 percent chardonnay, and released this last holiday season. The brightest on this list, the XOXO smells of green apples and honeysuckle, with mouthwatering clementine and honeydew melon on the palate, and it pairs best with decadent foods and desserts served at weddings.


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It goes without saying, 2020 was a difficult year to have a wedding. But the six couples in the following pages regrouped, rescheduled, and really made it work. And, as one of the brides said of the pandemic, “We’ve all learned how special the relationships we have with our family and close friends are, and the need to enjoy what time we are blessed with with those we love.” A wedding day is for celebrating a commitment, looking to the future, and appreciating those closest to you. In the end, she found, none of those things had really changed. Here’s to love conquering all.

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alk about last-minute decisions: With only a week to go before their planned ceremony, Emily and Qiang still didn’t have a venue. Enter Waterperry Farm, the romantic Free Union gardens and the only spot with the couple’s chosen date still available. “It was so gorgeous and the perfect fit for the kind of intimate ceremony we had in mind,” Emily says. Intimate indeed. The ceremony, which was led by Qiang’s Ph.D. advisor, was attended by a small group of friends. A Zoom call was set up between the couple and their parents (who were unable to attend in person) to complete the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. “It’s a way for the bride and groom to show their gratitude to their parents for raising them,” says Emily. “Our parents were so happy to be a part of our big day—even if it was through Zoom!”

AUGUS T 8, 2020, AT WATERPERRY FAR M SAFETY FIRST

For the reception, which was held outdoors in their officiant’s back yard, the couple, prioritizing safety, ordered individually packed food and wedding cupcakes.

FIRST AND LAST

Emily and Qiang met during UVA orientation on the first day of school. They sat next to each other during one of the lectures, and started talking. Five years later, they were married.

THE DETAILS

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re-pandemic, Paige and Cole had planned a fancy, 250-person black-tie wedding, with tuxedos, floor-length gowns, a large band from Atlanta, and food stations (“so people could eat but also keep partying!” Paige says). But, after mailing their save the dates in March of 2020, just as everything began shutting down, they realized the fallout from COVID-19 wasn’t shortterm. They needed to pivot. The new plan—paring down the guest list to 50, moving the ceremony to their family chapel and the reception to Paige’s parents’ home— came with a few added benefits which, according to Paige, may have been even better than the original. “We both agreed that having a smaller guest list was actually kind of nice,” she says. “Having a smaller group meant we got to visit with everyone invited and actually spend time with our closest friends and family throughout the weekend.” Plus, the new venue meant Paige and Cole could get married at St. James Chapel, the same place her parents had been married. They were even able to ride in the getaway car her parents had at their wedding. Says Paige, “While our wedding plans had been ‘messed up’ due to COVID, my Mom and Dickie [Morris, the couple’s wedding planner] worked together to make sure everything was still as special as a non-pandemic wedding.”

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HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS

While attending St. Anne’s-Belfield, Paige and Cole dated for about a year and, later, went to Cole’s senior prom together. The two kept in touch throughout college and, after graduation, decided to “give it a real shot,” says Paige.

WALK AMONGST THE FLOWERS

As guests progressed from the backyard to the reception tent, the color of the flowers became more vibrant with lilac, fuchsia, yellows, and greens. “It was so fun and cheerful,” Paige says.

SOMETHING FISHY

The couple rented a boat bar from Stonegate Event Rentals, and outfitted it as a raw bar, offering guests oysters, shrimp, and tuna tacos.

THE DETAILS

Event planner Dickie Morris at Just A Little Ditty Ceremony venue St. James Chapel (ceremony) Officiants John Zunka (Paige’s godfather) and Robert Hurst (a family friend) Catering Harvest Moon Catering Flowers Floral Images Design Studio Cake Maliha Creations Music Patrick Critzer Bride’s attire Peter Langner, Riziks Boutique Shoes Bella Belle Groom’s attire JoS. A. Bank Groomsmen’s attire JoS. A. Bank Bridesmaids’ dresses Dessy Rings Schwarzchild Keller & George Jewelers Hair Topknot Studio Makeup Rouge 9 Videographer Rachael Curry Rentals Stonegate Event Rentals (bathrooms, bistro lights, raw bar boat), MS Events and Festive Fare (tableware and linens) Favors Bowerbird Bakeshop Custom logo Rock Paper Scissors

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nna has always loved the movie Pride & Prejudice, so she knew when it came time to start planning her wedding, that would be the jumping-off point. “The antique, romantic elegance without seeming too cliché was the ultimate goal,” she says. “I wanted everything to feel very authentic.” She started with the flowers, creating an elaborate plan for her April wedding with florist Tourterelle—lots of purple flowers, cherry blossoms, and tulips. But when COVID-19 necessitated a date change, the plan needed to pivot. “Tourterelle transformed our floral vision for something that could embrace our late summer wedding,” says the bride. “They delivered the largest, most amazing roses I have ever seen.” The reception décor followed suit; Blue Ridge Event Production draped each pole in the tent, and hung romantic light fixtures above the tables. “I can’t lie that my favorite part had to be the five chandeliers that took my mind to the magical and opulent houses Pride & Prejudice showcased,” Anna says.

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QUICK CHANGE

The bride’s favorite moment from the wedding was seeing her new husband’s and guests’ reactions after she changed into her reception dress.

PRECIOUS MOMENTS

The bride and groom decided to do a first look before the wedding, giving them a chance to exchange their more intimate vows and, later, join their guests for cocktail hour. “It calmed both of our nerves and is something I will cherish and always look back on,” Anna says.

DIY DÉCOR

To ensure every detail would turn out as she imagined, Anna and her mom created a few important pieces for the event, transforming two mirrors into a seating chart display and welcome sign.

SCENE-SETTING

Snaking up the gravel drive to The Clifton, and landing at the Colonial house “pretty much sealed the deal,” Annqa says. Since it was also a place the couple’s guests could stay for the weekend, they knew right away it was where they wanted to be married.

YOU + ME

Cole and Anna met in a sixth grade math class, but it wasn’t until junior year that they became friends. Then, after attending the homecoming dance together, they decided to make it official. Even while attending two separate colleges, they kept their relationship going and, after graduation, Cole popped the question at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards with Anna’s friends and family hidden on a side porch, waiting to surprise her.

THE DETAILS

Event planner Kim Newton Officiant Bob Vanderberry (family friend) Catering The Clifton Flowers Tourterelle Floral Design Cake Favorite Cakes Music Black Tie Entertainment (DJ), Melodious Strings Bride’s attire Monique Lhuillier, Galia Lahav (second dress) Shoes Dior Groom’s attire JoS. A. Bank Groomsmen’s attire JoS. A. Bank Bridesmaids’ dresses Brideside Rings Diamonds Direct Hair Laura Henderson Makeup Videographer Rachael Curry Films Rentals MS Events Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Event Production

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harlottesville had always held a special place in the hearts of Sarai and Cristhian: After meeting at George Mason University, Sarai began working as a researcher at UVA. Cristhian would drive the four hours from his hometown to visit, and together they’d explore the town, visiting Carter Mountain, IX Art Park, and Grit Coffee. “It was so fitting to then choose a location in the city where we fell in love,” Sarai says. That location: Common House. “We loved the idea of rooftop views of the city and Blue Ridge mountains for the ceremony,” she says, “and a rich, darker theme for the reception.” The space’s design elements spoke to the couple—the mix of wood, brass, distressed metals, and colorful artwork. It was just the spot for their intimate rooftop ceremony.

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“[Sarai] looked so beautiful, and although it was a short distance, it felt like such a long moment before she came to the altar.” Cristhian Perez SETTING THE SCENE

Red and white florals contrasted the venue’s bold artwork and turquoise walls, while flowing chiffon at the rooftop ceremony softened the rustic wood and metal elements.

MAGIC MOMENT

One of Sarai’s favorite moments from her wedding? Her dad walking her down the aisle. “We almost lost my dad to COVID, and having him there to put my veil on, walk me down the aisle, and dedicate me a song during the ceremony was so special,” she says.

SWEETS FOR THE SWEETIES

The couple wanted to incorporate desserts traditional to their heritage. While Cristhian chose a Bolivian dessert called alfajores, Sarai included espumillas, a soft meringue treat from El Salvador.

DIY PRO

The night before the wedding, Sarai, her mom, and her sisters worked to put together a bouquet while her dad was quiet in the next room. “Suddenly he interrupts the chaos and says, ‘I finished a bouquet.’ When we turn around, we see the most beautiful arrangement,” says the bride. “It was so special to have an arrangement that my dad designed.”

LET’S EAT!

The family-style steak and potatoes meal pulled double duty: It cut down on staff interaction with guests, and satisfied the cravings of the couple.

THE DETAILS

Officiant Pastor Olives Villamizar Catering Common House Flowers Ceremony arrangements by Winchester Floral Cake Bittersweet Bakery Bride’s attire David’s Bridal (dress), Dareth Colburn Designs (veil), RitzyBridal (garter) Shoes Badgley Mischka Groom’s attire The Modern Suit Bridesmaids’ dresses David’s Bridal, Jenny Yoo, Lulus Rings Reines Jewelers Hair and makeup Studio 321 Favors Loft 1021

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y the time they stood at the altar in Stuarts Draft’s MayLane Barn, Ebonee and Danielle had already been married two years. A member of the U.S. Air Force, Ebonee was just starting recruitment and basic training when the couple got engaged, so they decided to make it official sooner rather than later. “It was just better having that peace of mind that my name would be on whatever orders she received when her training was complete,” Danielle says. So they had a quick, 10-minute ceremony, then lunch with friends at a Mexican restaurant, “like it was any other day.” In the intervening two years, they saved up and homed in on what they wanted for their dream wedding. For the brides, that meant a day that felt “natural and romantic,” from the autumn color scheme (burgundy, gold, and navy blue) to the flowers (loose, airy arrangements that incorporated plenty of greenery). “We knew we wanted to have a fall wedding because we love seeing the color of the leaves changing around that time,” Danielle says. “The venue has a beautiful field, pond, rolling hills, a beautiful barn, and plenty of trees with changing colors.” Aside from the décor, the couple felt it was important to have their family share in the day. Both the DJ and officiant were Ebonee’s cousins, as were the flower girls. Two of Dani’s cousins served as bridesmaids. “It just made everything so much more personal and meaningful,” Danielle says.

THE DETAILS

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HERE WE GO

A huge Steelers fan, Ebonee’s favorite moment was walking into the reception to the tune of “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Kalifa. The couple strode in waving their Terrible Towels.

DRINK UP

Danielle’s dad lent a hand on signage, creating an unplugged sign (asking guests to refrain from using cellphones during the ceremony) and a sign for the couple’s signature drinks, which incorporated their cats’ names: “Koda’s Carmel Apple Cat-tail” and ”Willow’s Orange Cinnamon Whiskey Whiskers.” The sign now hangs in their kitchen at home.

THROUGH THE AGES

The couple DIY’d their table numbers, which included a picture of each of them at the age (Table 1 had a picture of the brides at 1 year old). “It was a great way for family to look back at special moments in time and a great way for our friends who we met later in life to see what all we were up to before we met,” Danielle says.

LET’S EAT!

For the menu, Danielle and Ebonee knew they wanted to incorporate their favorite—Mexican food. They approached Bridgewater-based El Charro and, though the restaurant had never catered before, they got their wish. The couple offered guests a steak and chicken fajita bar and a nacho bar, with chips, salsa, and queso.

LONG TIME COMING

Though the two were good friends throughout high school, it wasn’t until after Ebonee graduated that she worked up the courage to confess she had more-than-friendly feelings for Danielle. Turns out, the feeling was mutual. “I was shocked by this,” Ebonee says. “It was like we were meant to be.”

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Love to live where you work & play? Ideal Location in River Run. Walk the trails; Golf at Meadowcreek, Bike to Downtown Cville... High Vaulted Ceilings, Wood Burning Fireplace; Quaint covered Buy and Sell Cville Team deck & Beautifully wooded views. Can’t Nominees: Candice & Bert beat this petite paradise in Albemarle Passionate about Helping County! Open Kitchen layout & fully People SELL & BUY Residential Real Estate in the equipped to be your personal retreat; Charlottesville Area. We can’t or investment opportunity. Master Bedwait to connect with you room spacious for home office & pocket & Share Some of our Best doors for privacy to living area. CommuAdventures! Buy and Sell Cville Team nity Pool,Nominees: Roads, Trash all paid in HOA Candice & Bert 943 Glenwood Station Ln #203 dues. Roof Replaced this month; 1/2021. Passionate about Helping Buy and Sell Cville Team PennPeople Park SELL is just a stroll down the Charlottesville, VA 22901 & BUY Residential Nominees: Candice & Bert RealGolf, Estate in the street! Tennis, Playground, hiking Charlottesville Area. We can’t trails, picnic, basketball,socwait to baseball, connect with you Passionate about Helping & Share our Best cer... Must see!Some MLS#of 612198 $145,000 Candice van der Linde, Realtor @Candice_Realtor Adventures! People SELL & BUY Residential

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WEDDING PLANNER

QUEENS OF HEARTS

SWEET STUFF

After the ceremony, the bride and groom danced with their mothers in Pippin Hill’s courtyard under bistro lights. “They made this amazing day happen and have been our support system through it all,” Tessa says. “An unspeakably special moment for both of us.”

Steve’s sister, Madeline, owns Maddie Bakes, a Chicago-based bakery. She made the couple’s custom cake, complete with decorative sugar flowers that mimicked Tessa’s abstract art theme.

CHOICES, CHOICES

“[Pippin Hill] was everything we wanted,” Tessa says: It was close to Washington, D.C., where they live, and it embraced its bucolic surroundings. Plus, they knew the food and wine would impress guests. A surf-and-turf menu combined both the bride and groom's favorite foods, and a warm veggie salad nodded to the fall season.

MEET AND RE-MEET

After graduating from Miami of Ohio, Tessa and Steve reconnected at a mutual friend’s party. Steve asked Tessa for her number and then convinced her to give him a kiss on the cheek in exchange for buying her a drink.

THE DETAILS

Event planner Adam Donovan-Groves Officiant Thomas Doman Catering Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Flowers Nature Composed Cake: Maddie Bakes Music The New Royals Bride’s attire Love By Pnina Tornai Shoes Valentino Groom’s attire State & Liberty Groomsmen’s attire State & Liberty Bridesmaids’ dresses Amsale Rings Market Street Diamonds Makeup Poneh Grey (Makeup By Shirin) Hair Devon Baltimore (up-do specialist) Videographer Shaking Hands Productions

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Keswick Vineyards

“The perfect outdoor wedding venue” The Estate grounds and Aurora tent create a versatile and expertly designed space that has all the luxuries of an indoor facility, while being surrounded by the beauty of the lush vineyards and Blue Ridge Mountains. Our stress free, all-inclusive package makes this the perfect place for your spring, summer, or fall wedding.

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1165 Pen Park Road Solid 1930’s bungalow waiting for a new owner to bring back the charm. Located on Pen Park Rd., just minutes from Downtown Charlottesville, the John Warner Parkway with the Meadowcreek Golf Course, tennis courts & the Rivanna River Trail just down the street. Two parcels(combined acreage .79 acre) offered with the house on one and a large garage/workshop on the second parcel. Several possibilities for future uses and value.

Nestled into the mountains of Madison County, this farmette sits on 19+ acres featuring several out buildings, including a horse barn, a 1200 sq ft metal shop as well as remnants of older buildings, perhaps original to the property, part of the land grant to John Powell Jr by Lord Fairfax in 1749. The 3 BD 2 BA newer construction home has an eat in kitchen in addition to a formal dining room and a wood stove in the living room for cozy winter evenings. The mostly open land has bucolic year round mountain views perfect for year round living or weekend getaways.

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Broomfield Farms

MLS 607306 Harris Mountain Lane

Broomfield Farms, part of the Mount Ida Reserve Community in eastern Albemarle County has 6-30 acre private home sites surrounded by mature trees, rolling pastures and Blue Ridge views. Starting at $100,000.

Mountain views on this 15 acre parcel in one of the most charming corners of western Albemarle county! Set on a quiet country lane, this private parcel features a creek, springs and 3 open acres with elevated building sites set among mature hardwoods. Located 17 miles from Barracks Road Shopping Center outside of bucolic Free Union.

MLS# 609669 Serenity, Privacy and Comfort in this well maintained and recently updated Home. Amazing Mountain and Rockfish River Views. Finished walkout Basement: area for a 3rdbedroom/home office/studio. New appliances including energy efficient washer/dryer on main level. Custom dog kennel. Raised garden beds. Separate workshop/outbuilding with electricity. Hike, bike, paddle, swim and fish from your backyard. 35 minutes to Charlottesville. 20 minutes to Lovingston. Move in ready. Come take a look.

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A great opportunity to build your dream home on a 2 acre lot in Western Albemarle County just minutes from Route 250 East & West, Interstate 64and Route 151. The elevated lot is located down a country lane and is mostly wooded. Close to the Brew Ridge Trail along Route 151 in Nelson County but located in the Western Albemarle School District. Recent work includes a full survey, road improvements and a septic soil test for a 3-4 bedroom home. Bring your home plans and lets get started!

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15 Langdon Woods Dr Build and enjoy your custom home in Langdon Woods, a preservation community located just minutes from the Charlottesville/ Albemarle airport fortraveling, Route 29 for easy commuting, Hollymead Town Center for shopping and the Blue Ridge Mountains for beauty! Langdon Woods offers wooded, private lotsfrom 2-4.4 acres with a walking/ running trail and a community lake with a dock. Bring your builder and come see why you should be living in Langdon Woods. Tranquil,country living with amenity & convenience in beautiful Northwest Albemarle County.

Gently rolling, wooded parcel in much desired Ivy area of Western Albemarle County, just off Dick Woods Road. This 21 acre parcel is ready forbuilding your custom dream home! Additional land is available.

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CHRISTY MCKEE PHOTOGRAPHY

M AK I N G M A R RY

We go together When her family heard that the owners of Stelle Rose, an historic train station in Staunton, were restoring the building, Ashley Kellison booked the venue right away. “In my mind it was the ideal place to give me a vintage theme,” she says. “I was picturing the ’40s era, where you see the women sending their men off to war and them kissing at the train station. So romantic!” Ashley and her fiancé, Vincent, rented furniture from Richmond-based Paisley & Jade, and were able to get portraits in front of lines of dormant trains on the property. “It really made it seem like we had turned back time,” Ashley says. And they got lucky: Only one train came by their ceremony site near the tracks, about 30 minutes before they said “I do.”

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Escape to our Estate The Greencroft Club is a charming country estate nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains minutes from downtown Charlottesville in lovely Ivy, Virginia. Our inclusive packages offer affordable elegance customized with your inspirations. We offer indoor and outdoor options and give you exclusive use of our estate for your unforgettable day. Our experienced professional staff offers gracious hospitality with thoughtful attention to every detail to create the wedding day of your dreams.

The Greencroft Club 575 Rodes Drive | Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 (434) 296-5597 | Events@GreencroftClub.net c-ville.com/weddings


A quintessential destination for Virginia weddings and social events, the Quirk Hotel is an artful blend of contemporary meets vintage. By design, the Quirk Hotel features a myriad of versatile event spaces that range from traditional ballrooms to more unique sites like an alfresco film screening pavilion, art gallery, rooftop restaurant and outdoor lawn. Beyond the venue, count on a team of dedicated specialists to flawlessly execute a memorable event. A four-season destination, the Quirk Hotel is your steppingstone to infuse your special day with the allure and southern charm of the Commonwealth.

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