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With lovely pastoral views nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is a very special place. People from all over the globe gather here to study at the University of Virginia and immerse themselves in the history of Thomas Jefferson, as well as the trendy scene embodied by our local musicians gone big, the Dave Matthews Band, whom we celebrate this year on their 25th anniversary. We do it all here—art, music, history and culture, along with a passion for nature, gardening and living in a way that embraces the beauty of the countryside and the hip vibe of our downtown. Virginia is for lovers, as they say, and Charlottesville is the perfect place to begin any love story. Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings comes of our love and adoration of this place. In its editorial and curated collection of portfolios, we feature our town’s many talented wedding professionals. You will find not only beautiful craftsmanship but also people who love love—people you can trust to inspire you as you dream about and embark on one of the biggest days of your life. These amazing artisans have come together from around the world and across Virginia, to create an industry that is growing in joyful leaps and bounds—one that is committed to a level of quality on par with cities from New York to Beverly Hills. Jefferson is said to have found his enlightenment in Paris and, in similar fashion, he influenced our region to adopt many of the same passions from winemaking and sophisticated farm-to-table cuisine to a love of architecture. The beauty of our area and the work of our many amazing wedding artisans are capturing attention in regional and national wedding publications. As a result, couples are coming here to enjoy the stunning views and elegant styles of those who make it all happen for our brides and grooms with grace and down-to-earth hospitality. Just as in romance, we found ourselves similarly engrossed with each and every detail of Wine & Country Weddings’ second volume. We lingered over every photograph, perfected every word, and we now send it out into the world to share the love we have for Charlottesville. Along the way, we’ve been blown away by the responses from our contributors. We have made new friends and have met so many talented photographers, wedding planners, bakers and more … and we can’t wait to introduce them to you. We invite you now to explore the passions and special talents of our wedding community here in Jefferson’s Virginia.
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P U B L I S H E R S | Robin Johnson-Bethke, Jennifer Bryerton C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R | Robin Johnson-Bethke E D I T O R - I N - C H I E F | Jennifer Bryerton C R E AT I V E C O N S U LTA N T | Jen Fariello T E C H N I C A L D I R E C T O R | Peter Bethke S E N I O R E D I T O R | Sarah Pastorek O N L I N E E D I T O R | Mandy Reynolds G R A P H I C D E S I G N | Cristan Keighley, Barbara A. Tompkins E D I T O R I A L P H O T O G R A P H Y | Annamarie Akins, Jen Fariello, Rachel May, Robert Radifera, Beth Seliga, Sarah Cramer Shields, Aaron Watson W R I T I N G & E D I T I N G | Carrie Domenic, Gracyn Hill, Caroline Hirst, Catherine Malone, Elizabeth Morgan, Emily Morris S T Y L E E D I T O R S | Katie Brazeal, Mallory Joyce, Meghan Fleming Streit, Marisa Vrooman S A L E S C O N S U LTA N T S | Susan Powell, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz, Gayle Tate, Brandi Washburn A D M I N I S T R AT I V E M A NA G E R | Denise Simmerman S A L E S A S S I S TA N T | Caitlin Morris
Our lovely fall front and back cover and images were photographed by Annamarie Akins. Our lovely black & white spring front and back cover images were photographed by Jen Fariello.
Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings™ is an art book published in print annually by Ivy Life & Style Media and has a companion website and multiple social media channels. Editorial and curated advertiser portfolios are designed to reflect the refined and artistic aesthetic of the elegant wedding in Jefferson’s Virginia. Although every effort has been made to present correct information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of information or for the performance or goods of businesses and organizations presented herein. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher. Copyright © 2016. All rights reserved. Ivy Life & Style Media is proud to work with a Certified Green Press. Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings™ is printed on recycled content paper with up to 10% post-consumer waste (PSW) using only soy-based ink and supporting responsible forestry. You can find our paper-free digital edition online as well at CharlottesvilleWineandCountryWeddings.com, and please do recycle. Printed in the United States of America.
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If heaven had given him a choice, Thomas Jefferson once wrote he would have wished for a “rich spot of earth” to express his passions for all things related to our region’s beautiful land. He certainly found that rich spot here when he built his home at Monticello, spending his days in the garden with his family or studying quietly while enjoying the sweeping Blue Ridge Mountain views. He later founded the University of Virginia, bringing a culture that not only reveres academia but also has a sophisticated appreciation for the arts. The combination of romantic countryside, vineyards, history and the creative people who are drawn to live here, have made Charlottesville one of the East Coast’s most popular wedding destinations. The natural beauty of Veritas Vineyard & Winery as seen on this page is a prime example of the breathtaking panoramic landscapes couples find in Jefferson’s Virginia.
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It all begins with a dream and a love story, blooming into a bride envisioning the day she will marry her best friend. From the venue and caterer to the music and décor, couples have endless options to help create their special day. Jefferson himself dreamed that our region would someday produce wines that would rival those of Europe. As the birthplace of American wine, today we compete for and win prestigious awards around the world. With each unique winery pouring its own delicious wines in an array of sumptuous settings, it’s no wonder that Charlottesville has been called the Provence of the South. As a result, our enchanting vineyards and historic properties are the perfect fairy-tale setting for couples wanting a refined and intimate event. With over 40 vineyards and venues, couples getting married here are
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undoubtedly spoiled for choice. After selecting your venue, the options continue. From breathtaking tents and outdoor soirées to rustic barn receptions, brides and grooms will be able to capture the true essence of a sophisticated country fête. Our region is no stranger to celebrity. World-renowned author and local resident John Grisham hosted for his daughter what may have been our most stunning wedding yet at the family’s country home. Above, a loving couple shares an intimate moment at the gorgeous King Family Vineyards in Crozet, known for their polo as well as their award-winning wines; and on the next page, the charming newlyweds are ecstatic to be able to celebrate with family and friends at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, a charming venue that has risen to national prominence. Combine our perfect mountain views with a local
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farm-to-table menu and enchanting personal touches, and the stage is set by our talented local wedding professionals for the celebration of a lifetime that will rival events held from New York to Los Angeles. Sprawling green lawns, towering trees, a gorgeous house nearbyâ€”these are just a few of the advantages of choosing an estate wedding. Outdoor ceremonies at one of the many estates or vineyards in our region continue to be among the top selections for brides and grooms. And the style of your outdoor wedding can be cozy or regal, depending on your vision. The open space leaves endless options for ceremony seating, whether you want a circular arrangement, a spiral or semicircle formation or a more traditional tried-and-true design. To the upper left, opulent Keswick Hall gives brides and grooms the options of having a celebration that takes advantage of luxurious interior spaces or an outdoor reception reflecting timeless elegance. Blue Ridge Farm, at the bottom left, has recently opened as a private estate that offers an English manor style with a gorgeously embellished barn and pool house for entertaining guests in gracious style. The mountain views are unparalleled and guests will enjoy strolling the grounds. At bottom right, Seven Oaks Farm has served as a private residence and is also newly available for wedding celebrations. Exchanging vows under the blue Virginia skies and stately oak trees, just as the bride and groom are doing to the right at Castle Hill Cider, is a dream come true. Castle Hill's pastoral fields and flowering meadows surrounding the property create a peaceful escape, and the terraced lawns provide extra space for dinner guests.
Charlottesville is paradise for outdoor lovers and for those who appreciate amazing scenery. Couples are undeniably charmed by the local barns that house their outdoor cocktail hour and reception. Including elegant wedding details such as crystal chandeliers inside these rustic chic spaces lends a charm that warms the room. Youâ€™ll want to work within these gorgeous rustic spaces, so as to not detract from the intimate feeling a barn can provide while staying connected to the country setting. Whether in the enchanting Blue Ridge Farm barn (seen top right), the new and incredible artisan-crafted Lodge at Mount Ida (bottom right) or Verulam Farmâ€™s gorgeous barn (bottom left), the dark hues and soaring timber ceilings pair well with golds, creams, whites and even splashes of bright colors. At Veritas Vineyard & Winery (this page), couples may choose to entertain in the striking wide-open spaces or the more intimate venues of The Farmhouse at Veritas, the Mezzanine or in Saddleback Hall.
Couples can also wow their guests with a reception set beneath a grand tent, a popular trend in our local wedding scene. Serving as a blank canvas, tents allow couples to have free range to instill whatever décor and theme they want, decorating with café lights, rustic wood chairs or linens draped to highlight the high ceilings. They also lend natural sunlight to photographs, including beautiful sunsets, flower gardens and twinkling lights. Castle Hill Cider (featured above) and Seven Oaks Farm & Vineyards (seen top right) with its impressive reflecting pool are amongst the many venues where couples may choose to tie the knot outdoors. The farm-to-table movement here includes much more than wine—Jefferson was fond of making his own beer and cider, too. Enjoy one of our craft microbrews or local hard ciders before dinner, and then complement
your meal with the perfect wine pairing before finishing the evening with a toast of any of the growing number of locally distilled spirits. Within our lively foodie scene, you are sure to find the perfect chef caterer to create innovative menus for our food-loving community―brimming with local specialties such as asparagus, greens, meats, candies, pastries and more. You will find plenty of fresh, delicious and unique cuisines here. Whether yours is a refined gastro-perfect palate or if you are looking for the best Southern barbecue by classically trained chefs who have left the upscale world of gastronomy to create fabulous down-to-earth Southern fare, you’ll be more than pleased with the selection. For the modern couple, our historic university town makes the guest outings, rehearsal dinner and bachelor party every bit as hip as the wedding is beautiful. While
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visiting Charlottesville, invite your guests to stroll the brick walkways of the University of Virginia’s neoclassical Pavilion Gardens, or shop, dine and catch a local band in concert at Charlottesville’s chic downtown, where the Dave Matthews Band began. For a more traditional celebration, consider holding your ceremony at one of the charming local churches or chapels offering dramatic and stunning architecture. The University’s immensely popular chapel (seen to the bottom left) is one of the most sought-out spaces for such sweetly personal ceremonies set amongst rich history and heritage. The waitlist is long and is assigned via the lottery system, so plan ahead. For the little touches that make your event personal and intimate, place your trust in the abundant talent of our beloved wedding community. From vintage letterpress accents and decorated tablescapes to signature cocktails
and cake artistry, all the timeless beauty and intricate details of your dream wedding are within reach. For our artisans, helping create amazing, one-of-a-kind weddings is a passion that also gives them the opportunities for their craft to shine through. Choose from one of our incredibly talented local wedding photographers to capture all the love and details of your perfect day. With all of the insider knowledge of a local, our photographers, who are nationally published and recognized, are well practiced in the art of framing our sweeping landscapes as well as the intimate moments of true love. Just as Jefferson married here centuries ago on his “rich spot of earth,” today you can celebrate in and around Charlottesville—a town steeped in history and culture and a countryside filled with beauty—to create the perfect setting for the beginning of your very own love story.
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Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings is pleased to announce Drew & Giavona as the Wedding of the Year and winners of the popular vote. We were touched by their sweet story and know you will share in the joy of their marriage. Sometimes the greatest loves are the ones that take their time. For Drew & Giavona, distance was no obstacle. The moment Giavona met Drew, she knew she was going to marry him. The couple, both originally from New York, met through work in 2011. While they both worked for the same organization, they were separated by over 1,000 miles, with Giavona in Florida and Drew in New York. Acting on her intuition, Giavona moved to New York in 2013, and a year later the happy couple was sharing the news of their engagement. Soon after getting engaged, Giavona had asked her
father on a whim one bright afternoon to accompany her to casually peruse wedding gowns at Kleinfeld Bridal. Not expecting to find anything, much less buy her dress that day, Giavona was ecstatic when her father picked out the perfect A-lined Austin Scarlett dress complete with floral embellishments across the bodice. As soon as she slipped on the white silken ensemble, they knew it was the one. When it came to picking the venue, the couple knew what characteristics they wantedâ€”something special and picturesque. The timing couldnâ€™t have been more perfect. Giavona had just spent a year working on the renovations of Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery into a bed and breakfast, and through countless visits, the betrothed couple had fallen in love with Charlottesville and its breathtaking countryside. Albemarle House and its adjoining vineyard made the perfect choice for a venue
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along with local vendors to outfit the affair with romantic peach, ivory and gold décor. However, while planning the wedding, Giavona’s father, the man who had always been her rock, unexpectedly passed away. The couple decided to move forward with the scheduled wedding date, knowing her father would have wanted it no other way. In memory of her father, Giavona’s wedding details incorporated his personality. The menu, written in Italian
as a nod to his days as a chef in an Italian restaurant, featured all of his favorite dishes. The locket he gave his baby girl was wrapped tenderly around her bouquet as she walked down the aisle. The couple even had a sign with his favorite phrase, “Hakuna Matata,” put on a chair for him in the church. The wedding was truly a family affair, with the bride’s grandmother “Glam-ma” leading the bridal party as the matron of honor. All of her bridesmaids were outfitted
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in beautiful periwinkle dresses by Jenny Yoo, which were paired with sensational blush bouquets mirroring the wedding color palette and complementing the bride’s alabaster bouquet. The groom’s and groomsmen’s attire harmonized with the bridesmaids, as they dressed in suits of a rich navy blue, adorned with ivory boutonnieres. The watch that Drew wore was a gift Giavona had given her father years before. As a final celebratory toasting together, Giavona’s
brothers, sister, aunts and uncles opened and shared the wine the bride’s father received as a gift in 1975, kept for 40 years with the sole purpose of having his future daughter open it for her wedding. Drew and Giavona’s romantic and family-centric wedding was a perfect combination of beauty, style and personal touches. The heartfelt affair allowed the couple to celebrate their love, and the love of the people closest to them, in the magnificent countryside of Albemarle.
Photographer: Annamarie Akins Photography | Venue: Albemarle Estate & Trump Winery | Caterer & Food Suppliers: A Pimento Catering, Trump Winery and Carpe Donuts | Cake: Sweethaus | Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms | Rental Companies: MS Events | Stationery: Adela Qersaqi | Dress & Shoes: Austin Scarlett & BHLDN | Bridal Party Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Beauty & Hair Stylist: Elle Style Studio | Bridal Jewelry: Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry| Tuxedos: BlackTux.com Entertainment: Peter Richardson, Guitarist | Videographer: Mwendo | Transportation: Easy Rider Bus Company
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At their core, weddings follow specific traditions to remind us of the human connection and community at the heart of the event. But itâ€™s the personal elements that make your wedding day so special, and it also bears mentioning that these details can be the most fun to select. Decisions fall into two categories: the intimate moments and markers that are just for the bride and groom to share with each other, and then the public expressions of your personalities and relationship to the guests.
Just as the wedding did above, you can make light of a rainy day by decorating a fun colorful collection of rain boots with bouquets. This last-minute decision can spontaneously express the joy and sense of fun inherent in the day even as the sky above remains gray. To the right, the bridesmaid holds her bouquet wrapped in her own monogram. This particularly sweet and Southern touch can customize your bridal party. The most meaningful private touches are the
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handwritten love letters brides and grooms share with one another that are intended to be read privately before the ceremony and treasured forever after. For another private memento, you could have your significant other’s fingerprint imprinted on the inside of your wedding band and vice versa, or inscribe a special message to keep close always. At right, the blue heart in the bride’s dress was cut from her grandfather’s shirt and sewn into her dress to keep their hearts close during this special day. For other ways to share your personal touches with your family, try wrapping your bouquet with a sentimental heirloom just as the bride did at the upper right. The bottom right image, a monogrammed handkerchief, was an unexpected gift for the bride’s father—a surprise that should be used right away! Likewise, the bottom left photo shows the message a groom left for his bride on the blue-painted soles of her wedding shoes, “These shoes are going to lead you to your new husband, so take care of them. And don’t forget this shoe too! P.S. I love you!”
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From custom fortune cookies for your guests with heartfelt sentiments written from you and your betrothed to labeling tables with destinations you visited together, there are endless opportunities to add your own special touch throughout the course of the day. At top left, a bride and her groom imprinted their wedding day monogram onto the cornhole boards for guests to play during cocktail hour. A particularly unique and artistic affect can be achieved by having an artist paint your wedding scene as it is happening, creating a work of art to hang in a special place in your new home. At bottom left, a welcome basket filled with locally made favors can add a special touch to
anyone’s theme. And don’t forget to cherish the little ones who will enjoy a special treat, too, of bubbles or art kits. Planning a few kid-friendly activities and menu options, and perhaps even engaging someone to assist with watching after your younger guests will ensure all have an enjoyable evening. As seen above, Mollie and Evan had one of their favorite painters create this custom work of art for an artful seating chart. Plexiglass was cut to fit on top so a calligrapher could letter on the seating arrangements. So go ahead, be creative, and tell your story through your wedding vision with the countless accessories, designs, décor, favors and personal touches.
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calligrapher & illustrator
Jen Maton first fell in love with lettering at the age of 12, when her parents gifted her a Shaffer pen set and a pad of beautiful, colorful paper. Thus, it began— her lifelong pleasure of giving this gift to others. “I can pretty much write on anything. You name it, I’ve probably written on it: mirrors, jars, wood, plants, leaves, tabletops…even bodies.” As a child, Jen often spent time pretending she had her very own shop and gallery, just as little girls play dress up and put on faux weddings. So, it comes as no surprise that her company, If So INKlined Calligraphy, is specifically sought out by brides and clients. She pulled both of her passions together while studying at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she specialized in art and graphic design. For a short time, she also worked as a graphic designer for a publishing company. Jen’s focus at If So INKlined is copper-plate calligraphy, a style of calligraphic writing that uses a pointed still nib or quill to produce a style of lettering
characterized by both thick and delicate thin strokes. “You learn the basics, and over time you get better and better at it and add in new lettering styles. I was lucky enough to mix my backgrounds in calligraphy and graphic design.” Thousands and thousands of projects later, her career ranges from beautiful wedding invitations and strikingly unique company logos to traditional family crests. Her unique flair and eye for style has helped her in creating over 20 stunning fonts, which she uses for various designs, artwork and illustrations. Jen admits, “I love the brides I work with and their families. Everyone is always so kind. Wedding planners are great too with their fun, creative ideas.” When she isn’t busy decorating pages and items with her artistic scripts, she loves teaching calligraphy workshops—some all the way in North Carolina and Florida. “I just love the feedback I get back from people. It’s so wonderful to see my students start to learn the craft that’s so near and dear to me through my workshops.”
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A bride and groomâ€™s wedding day is the perfect opportunity to recognize those friends and family who have helped them on their journey. Many couples love to incorporate their beloved pets, whose unfaltering faithfulness and friendship have supported them in a special way. Some love stories would not be the same without a four-legged friend, whose approval of the union
is as important as that of parents and close friends. A canine companion may be the perfect solution to filling the role of ring bearer or flower girl when an appropriately aged family member is not available to perform such duties. Or, the newlyweds may just choose to have their pet at the ceremony or to take advantage of the sentimental photo-ops that present themselves
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throughout the day. Be sure to ask your photographer for his or her ideas on cute portraits. It will also allow them to keep an eye out for other keepsake moments. For a fun personal touch that injects a sense of levity into the day’s proceedings, include your furry family member in your wedding day celebrations with special accessories. A decorative leash, coordinated with the wedding colors, can not only help your pet’s handler manage your pooch but also charm guests as well. Classic bespoke leashes can be ordered at local Barrons-Hunter, which also does braces, belts and other accessories you may want to incorporate for the men. If your fur baby prefers the finer things, he or
she can don a bowtie, doggie tuxedo, or a tutu-style skirt for a black tie dress code. Your wedding stylist may suggest a floral wreath or special corsage of matching flowers and ribbons that can be clipped to a fancy collar. Just make sure that any floral pieces don’t include blooms that are poisonous. It’s also a good idea to do trial runs so your pet feels comfortable in their new ensemble. Your wedding planner is sure to have some fun ideas for your furry friend, too. Nothing sets a better example of true, unconditional love than man’s best friend, and weddings that incorporate a bride or groom’s original furry companion into their
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WORDS BY MANDY REYNOLDS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT RADIFERA
Scott and Nicole said “I do” on a beautiful summer afternoon. They basked in the light of each other’s love as they said their vows to the breathtaking backdrops at Blenheim Vineyards, owned by Dave Matthews. Nicole instantly fell in love with the vineyard’s views and knew it was the perfect place to marry her best friend. The couple met during their sophomore year at Dartmouth College while participating in a school tradition, where second years stay on campus for the summer as a bonding activity. It clearly worked! Stationery is one of the first opportunities a couple can employ to set the tone of their wedding. Scott and Nicole chose vibrant floral invitations, along with some stationery sharing their love for their four-legged friends—Moose the golden retriever and Cocoa the cat. Bridesmaids donned taffeta dresses a deep shade of coral while groomsmen sported sleek indigo suits and ties.
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Even Moose got into the spirit with a sharp orange bowtie, merging their wedding color spectrum of cheerful orange and rich navy blue. Nicole’s beautiful lace mermaid dress looked flawless throughout the special day and well into the starlit night. Classic low-knotted hair and exquisite makeup gave her a look of timeless beauty. Flowers tied the affair together with peach and ivory blooms. From the bouquets to boutonnieres, aisle adornments to tablescapes, the arrangements accessorized the day with beauty and class. The garland running the length of the head table was designed specifically to give
the reception tent a sense of nature. Every detail was accounted for in some way.Their classic three-tiered cake had a trendy ombre touch—fading from white to tangerine. The signature cocktails were another nod to the couple’s pets with the summery citrus flavor of lime in “Moose’s Mojito” and the peach coloring of “Cocoa’s Crush.” Self-admitted lovers of eating, the menu captured all of Scott and Nicole’s Southern fare favorites. As guests sipped on their drinks, they danced their way into the moonlight with the dulcet tones of local musicians. Under the awning of the beautiful spoked tent, family and friends celebrated the love of this dazzling couple.
Event Planning & Styling: Shindig Weddings & Events LLC | Photographer: Robert Radifera Photography | Venue: Blenheim Vineyards Caterer: C&O Restaurant Catering | Cake: Maliha Creations | Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Design | Officiate: Claire Goodman with Sacred Ground Ceremonies Rental Companies: Festive Fare & MS Events | Dress: Sealed With A Kiss | Beauty Stylist: Rouge 9 Makeup Studio | Hair Stylist: Top Knot Studio Entertainment: Peter Richardson, Guitarist, & Sam Hill Entertainment | Favors and Gifts: Detail Darling
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With their symbolic meanings, sweet scents and connotations of romance, todayâ€™s bridal bouquets are trending towards traditional flowers such as Edwardian roses arranged in a more modern style. In our area, perennially popular choices include peonies, roses, hydrangea and boldly colored mums, especially in the fall. When considering colorful or monochromatic color palettes, take into account your
intended tone as well as other non-flower elements, such as feathers, berries, herbs and succulents. The petite posy and nosegay style bouquets, and, of course, cascading, hand-tied and organic inspired bouquets are all exuberant and elegant choices for the farm-to-table wedding. Once muted hues were de rigueur, but now pops of bold colors and unusual touches amongst the greenery offer many creative opportunities for brides.
Lead Image: Nature Composed & Sarah Cramer Shields Photography | Top Left: Janie Medley & Jen Fariello Photography | Top Center: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design & Rachel May Photography | Top Right: Southern Blooms & Jen Fariello Photography | Bottom Left: Tourterelle Floral Design & Rachel May Photography | Bottom Center: Southern Blooms & Jen Fariello Photography | Bottom Right: Beehive Events & Jen Fariello Photography
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FOXIE MORGAN flower farmer
Carrying an armful of blooms, Foxie Morgan smiles cheerfully as she steps lightly down the gravel path between overflowing country-style flower beds. Each morning until early afternoon, this vibrant gardener and all her staff are dedicated to cutting an array of gorgeous blossoms and greenery in between planting, trimming and weeding. Though, as Foxie points out, some invasive plants like apple mint and so-called weeds can sometimes be wonderful surprises. Having grown up at Pharsalia, the family’s farm for five generations, which also sits on the national historic register, it is easy to imagine her toddling around the estate after her mother as she cared for the chickens and lush gardens. It was Foxie’s mother who planted the idea of gardening and entertaining, inspiring her to begin the flower farm and wedding business in 2006. Around each corner, you’ll find charming displays amongst the romantic flower beds—from collections of wooden gardening tools to antique birdhouses and mill wheels. Many of the items purchased by generations past are survived and cared for by Foxie’s husband, who also loves to go antiquing. In spring, the farm specializes in exuberant
double- and triple-blossomed peonies from the traditional whites and pinks to dramatic yellows and bi-color blooms. Foxie grows over 1,000 peonies, some planted by her mother, and is known for her sweet unusual touches—additions of fragrant mock orange branches or blueberry stems just before the little green buds burst into berries. Foxie prides herself on growing without pesticides; the sometimes-vulnerable ruffled roses with their delicate petals thrive alongside companion plantings like tansy, which makes a beautiful dried plant and also repels insects. “My favorite thing is seeing the little seed all the way through to being part of an arrangement,” Foxie shares. Pharsalia supplies florists with buckets of sweetly scented cut flowers and sets up a profusion of beauty at the Nelson County’s Farmers Market each Saturday. For weddings, Foxie often arranges the flowers herself or helps the bridal party make their own bouquets and boutonnieres. A true family endeavor, the farm’s many members contribute to the daily running of the estate, sharing the beauty and history of the property with the community.
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Rich foliage and an abundance of vibrant colors throughout our beautiful region have helped autumn become a more and more popular season to say “I do.” Choosing a palette of romantic wine-country inspired hues as your inspiration while tying in autumnal elements will help you design a heartfelt celebration that your guests will reminisce about for years to come. Charlottesville’s landscape of rolling hills, natural meadows and Blue Ridge views creates a stunning backdrop for your fall wedding vision. Warm burgundy,
deep browns, plums and burnt oranges are beautiful jewel-toned choices to complement the setting for a fall wedding, matching both the naturally changing outdoors and the warm celebratory feeling of the harvest season. Here, blue muffin viburnum set off with bright cypress greenery and golden mist fern combine with James Storie orchids, baby eucalyptus and a collection of red blooms to create a stunning autumnal centerpiece that, true to the trend, is rich in foliage. This memorable bouquet will draw all eyes to the bride with its loose-flowing style and bold
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red amaranths and astilbe. To add glamour to your celebration, weave in touches of gold like this vintage flatware that adds a pretty glimmer to the table setting. Carry it throughout from the invitation all the way to the sweet calligraphy on the apple place cards. Our area’s apple orchards have been widely known for hundreds of years, and some local orchards have been passed down for generations in the same family. The famous Albemarle Pippin is a great choice as it was Queen Victoria’s favorite. Farm-to-table options such as the kalette salad seen at bottom right, a collection of Virginia cheeses, candied pecans and locally cured meats can truly take advantage of the abundant harvest in our foodie community. Presenting them on locally crafted wooden boards accentuates the vibrant cuisine while tiny candy apples offer the perfect closing touch for an elegant seasonal dinner. The presentation here is all about texture, deliciously rich colors, glamorous touches, and elements that gently say, “autumn.” Completing an all-around fall vision, the bride’s attire, an ethereal tulle gown, flawlessly couples with the organic, rustic backdrop of the cascading countryside. Accompanying bridesmaid dresses in warm hues of dark purple, deep red or chocolate brown and neutral shades like a rich cream and gold will complement the bride’s dress effortlessly. And, the gorgeous natural foliage and temperate weather in Virginia will highlight the overall vision of a couple’s picture perfect wedding.
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Venue: The Market at Grelen | Photographer: Jen Fariello | Caterer: The Catering Outfit | Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe | Floral: Southern Blooms Rental Companies: Festive Fare, Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs and Private Collection | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Kalika | Bridal Dress: Elaya Vaughn | Plantings & Greenery: Grelen Nursery | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Jeweler: Suz Somersall | Hair Stylist: Top Knot Studio Beauty Stylist: Rouge 9 Makeup Studio | Styling and Coordination: Sarah Sargent | Female Model: Meg Killory | Male Model: Siniša Z Maričić
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Every man wants to look like a million bucks on his wedding day. For the modern groom, this can mean anything from a black tux to a linen suit. Colors, patterns, vests, styles, shoes―the list of accessories to make a fashion statement goes on and on. When choosing attire, don’t be constrained by tradition. Think most about what will help you feel cool and confident on the big day. There are essentially four choices to begin building the major ensemble: the morning suit, the tailcoat, the everyday suit or mixed separates. The morning suit is an all out formal, single-breasted suit with a large tail at the back. Jackets are traditionally worn with a top hat, striped trousers and a waistcoat.
Slightly less formal, the classic tailcoat has two long tails at the back, and should be worn with braces, a white shirt, waistcoat and cravat. You can also consider going glamorous with a black tie—a popular choice for an evening soiree—or pair with a bow tie for a timeless look. For a more relaxed event, consider the classic everyday style suit, which can be enhanced by a matching waistcoat and cravat. Or lastly, set yourself apart by opting for mixed separates. Start with the blazer and pair with contrasting pants. Checks or stripes in contrasting or complimentary colors work well. Whatever style you choose, definitely opt for custom tailoring for the best and most flattering fit. Once you’ve laid the foundation for attire, thoughtful
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details can be added. Hand-sewn monograms inside lapels or heirloom cuff links handed down through generations will make the outfit special to any gentleman. Incorporating traditional family garb like Scottish kilts, English top hats or Indian sherwanis are an embodiment of your heritage on the big day. Incorporating memories with family, such as toasting with the first bourbon you ever shared with your father, can really distinguish the affair. Involving the groomsmen in the dapperness of the day will add to the comradery and make for wedding photos to enjoy for years to come. Group ideas like matching suspenders or fun socks that may not be seen allow the groomsmen’s secret flare to be present. To make coordinating unique and easy, try using company which specializes in custom accessories that can be designed specifically for you and your wedding party. Boutonnieres are of course the most popular accessory but ties and pocket squares are also focal points for your attire. After planning attire, having a gent’s weekend can certainly have the men bring home the musketeer mindset. An outdoorsman’s paradise and a growing destination for craft breweries and distilleries, Charlottesville is a unique place for a bash with your groomsmen. Take a day in the glorious countryside enjoy golfing, hiking in the Shenandoah National Park, go fishing or take a trail ride. Indulging in a meal and tastings of local brews, wine or spirits is an easy way to have everyone swapping stories. Several local companies offer wine tours and brew hops. Our region is also known for its local music scene, and on any given night, you’ll find bands playing—from local groups to national touring acts. A growing wedding trend in recent years is the tasty addition of a groom’s cake. As a gift from the bride to her husband-to-be, it can reflect his personality or a special part of his life, such as a football stadium cake for a proud alumnus, like UVA’s Scott Stadium at left. Typically, these smaller cakes are later cut and put into boxes for guests to take home. According to legend, if an unmarried woman tucks her slice under her pillow that night, she'll dream of her future groom. However, we would recommend eating your slice since popular flavors are delectable chocolate, cheesecake or even liquor-soaked. No matter whether a groom chooses to express his personality and history through a tartan vest or a cake shaped like a baseball glove, there are many options for the modern groom to incorporate a sense of himself in his day.
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The groom’s boutonniere is not only a miniature work of art and an opportunity for the groom to make his own statement but also a way of upholding romantic tradition. Historically, wearing a lady’s token or color into a joust or battle was considered the height of chivalry—symbolizing his fight for her. This became the practice of selecting a flower from the bride’s bouquet to wear atop the groom’s heart, another way to show his undying commitment.
A grouping of smaller flowers, perhaps in different colors, or a touch of greenery through the use of herbs like sage, lavender or eucalyptus are other ways the groom can share his own style. No matter what style you are looking to create—country chic, boldly modern or traditional—the boutonniere’s wrappings, such as a rose wrapped in satin ribbon, should be coordinated with the wedding colors and match the special occasion.
Lead Image: Rachel May Photography | Top Left: Whimsical Floral Design | Top Center: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design| Top Right: Petals & Hedges Bottom Left: Blue Ridge Floral Design | Bottom Center: Southern Blooms | Bottom Right: Amore Event Co.
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CRAIG KOMPELIEN bowtie craftsman
A man’s best accessory speaks of style and savoirfaire while hinting at personality. Craig Kompelien, founder of Blue Ridge Bow Ties loves to create this quintessential statement piece. “I like being able to dress up but still show my quirky and fun side,” he says about wearing bowties. Quickly running out of choices from retailers around town and with encouragement from his wife, Craig started designing his own. And when his first son was born, he was inspired to begin making petite matching sizes for his mini-me. His son will now sit on his lap to help Dad by counting down until the sewing machine is started. As his personal passion for accessorizing with bowties continued to grow, he began handcrafting his own creations, some of which even include Craig’s original patterns on custom designed fabrics. “With a bowtie, you have to work backwards in order to see how to sew it together,” he says. “And you have to sew it inside out and then flip it to make the final touches.” Blue Ridge Bow Tie styles range from traditional and classic to innovative and original. Craig works to
capture the person with each bespoke bowtie, choosing fabrics carefully and incorporating appropriate sizing strips—buttons or Velcro—sure to make any groom’s day as easy as saying “I do.” “I talk with each client personally and treat every tie as if I would be the one wearing it,” he says. “I love making ones that don’t look like something you would see anywhere else, and I make a conscious effort to utilize as many local fabrics as possible.” No matter the material, whether simple ginghams and cottons, luxurious caddersaws, silky medallion, hounds tooth or another, Craig loves the challenge of creating a handsome bowtie that expresses personality and demonstrates fine craftsmanship. This attention to detail makes his work especially sought after by brides dressing up their betrothed and the entire wedding party for their special day. Craig appreciates the opportunities available in our area for budding artisans, and the sense of communal support. “It’s what makes the area so unique and so alluring,” he says. “And when I see someone wearing one of my bowties, I feel a sense of pride for both my work and the community.”
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To ensure a sunny day on your wedding, indulge in a fun Southern tradition that has surged again in popularityâ€”burying a bottle of bourbon. Believed to have begun in either Virginia or Tennessee, this tradition is said to bring good weather to the wedding day. The tradition begins with selecting a full bottle of bourbon and burying it upside down at the site of your wedding exactly one month before your big day. It should be the same date and time of your ceremony. After the ceremony, the couple should dig up the bourbon together and share it with family and friends, toasting to a life full of love and good fortune. Along with this fun tradition, cocktail hour provides a wonderful opportunity for guests to socialize and enjoy themselves before reception festivities commence. And what better place to do so than in the beautiful wine country of Virginia with award-winning wines, such as the Chardonnay, Merlot and so many others. During this hour of mixing and mingling, friends and family can spend time catching up with one another and cooing over the beaming newlyweds, all while indulging in delicious locally sourced appetizers and refreshing libations created from local vineyards, breweries and distilleries. The presentation of your selected cocktails is a key component to this special hour. These favorites showcase ingredients that look delightful and taste divine. Some trendy cocktails can include a Moscow mule in a copper mug, an old-fashioned greyhound or a screwdriver. A glass of mint julip, a mint fizz or one of your favorite local wines in a gold-
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rimmed wine glass are other preferred choices. His and her favorites with creative names also help guests get to know you both a little more. Striped straws and stirrers, slivers of sugar cane as fruit skewers, cocktail samplers, and monogrammed napkins add flare. Escort cards paired with a glass of champagne allow your guests to sip as they make their way to their seats are a tasteful personal touches as well. Incorporating fresh-squeezed juices, seasonal herbs, fresh fruit and homemade syrups is a charming way to use vibrant, local ingredients. Go all the way and have your cocktails served on vintage silver or copper platters, adding extra sophistication to your celebration. Specialty bars featuring flavorsome microbrews, ciders or sparkling wines are another way to create an interactive cocktail hour. A special bottle of Virginian wine with a personalized label, or stemless wine glasses with the wedding date or initials of the new couple double as beautiful keepsakes for guests to take home. A childrenâ€™s version with soft drinks, lemonade and sweet tea in big glass dispensers is a fun way to include the younger guests.
Incorporating your wedding color scheme and vision are other details sure to leave a lasting impression. When choosing dĂŠcor for cocktail hour, clever personal touches such as strings of bistro lights, wide ribbons, colorful banners, linens and signs with personalized monograms or calligraphy create a welcoming and friendly environment. Sprinkling in small centerpieces, delicate votives and materials such as mirrors, lanterns and birdcages are lovely ways to include special, unique touches. An outdoor cocktail hour provides a great setting to introduce entertainment for your guests. Lawn games such as cornhole, bocce ball, croquet and badminton are fun ways to pass the timeâ€”especially for the younger guests. Other trendy and creative touches can be a photo booth with cute props, live musicians or a local band, and one or two local food trucks for nibbling while you're off taking your first photos as newlyweds. Guests will be entertained in your custom space, and you will not need to worry, because all in attendance will be having a fabulous time.
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For connoisseurs of local, Southern fare, there is no better place to get married than Charlottesville. Thanks to the inspiration of Mr. Jefferson and his love of farmto-table dining experiences, a bride and groom can select high-end cuisine that is both beautiful in presentation and sinfully good to the palate. From a casual barbeque affair with an acclaimed local
chef cooking right in front of the guests to a more formal, seated multi-course meal, all in attendance will be the beneficiaries of our amazing farm-to-table cuisine, and the chefs who love to work with the bounty of our local farms. Couples can expect the plate presentation to match the panache of the event itself. The end resultâ€”a stunning and savory meal.
Lead Image: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard & Jen Fariello Photography | Top Left: A Pimento Catering & Jen Fariello Photography | Top Center: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard & Jen Fariello Photography | Top Right: Southern Inn Restaurant & Rachel May Photography | Bottom Left: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard & Aaron Watson Photography | Bottom Center: The Catering Outfit & Sarah Cramer Shields Photography | Bottom Right: Keswick Hall & Jen Fariello Photography
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Under the guise of taking a photograph at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard on a day in late February, Adam bended knee and proposed to his other half, promising to love and take care of Janie until his last breath. After originally meeting in history class at the University of Virginia, the pair reconnected through work at The Discovery School of Virginia for boys. Both Adam and Janie recognized the importance of the time between their first introduction and their sparked romanceâ€”giving them time to become better versions of themselves and, in turn, better partners for each other. The couple recited their vows at Gwyn Arvon, a family property originally built as the showcase home for Buckingham Slate Co. in the 1800s. A year before the big day, family came together to landscape the aged property in preparation for the ceremony with consultation by master gardener Jan Glennie-Smith. The groom gathered pieces of fine-grained rock from a dilapidated roof on the property and gave the fragments new life as bar and dinner menus, table numbers and escort cards.
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One of the most distinctive features the couple chose to incorporate was a set of doors with flowing hydrangeas and peonies acting as a grand entrance to the couple’s celebration beneath a breathtaking tent. Games were played during cocktail hour, including Adam’s custom-designed cornhole boards, while signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed by family and friends. A historic fountain on the grounds, now dry, was converted into an ice-filled cooler filled with sodas. The younger guests were caught hanging out there throughout the evening. Customized food stations were another special detail, and they included the couple’s personal favorites. Offering an array of options, the stations served oysters, sea salt and black pepper beef tenderloin, purple kale salad and much more. Ending the night in a delicious fashion, guests were treated to late night “happy meals,” bags of pork belly sliders and tater tots. The divine day was one all are sure to remember for years to come. Being able to celebrate their marriage at a place where they fell in love and shared numerous happy memories was something they hoped resonated throughout their wedding—a goal that was no doubt achieved.
Event Planning & Styling: Shindig Weddings & Events LLC Photographer: Jen Fariello Photography | Venue: Gwyn Arvon Caterer: The Catering Outfit | Cake: Albemarle Baking Co. Florist: Southern Blooms | Rental Companies: Festive Fare Rentals, Paisley & Jade, Stonegate Event Rentals | Stationery: Sue Corral Ink | Calligraphy: Simply Handwritten by Anna Dress & Alterations: Bella Rosa Bridal & Fariba Alterations Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Suits: Jos A. Bank Beauty Stylist: Carolyn Thombs | Hair Stylist: Thairapy Salon Transportation: Albemarle Limousine | Entertainment: The Significant Others with Sam Hill Entertainment | Reception: Skyline Tent Company | Favors and Gifts: Detail Darling
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Lovingly positioned chargers on fresh linens, layers of gorgeous dishes and long-stemmed crystal glasses with artfully displayed flowers and glowing votives will accent each other perfectly for a memorable romantic meal. Try mixing prints, arranging mismatched goblets and silverware or using intricate multihued china as a jumpingoff point for your vintage charm. Put a contemporary spin on time-honored white-on-white settings by choosing an
accent color. Roseâ€”the Pantone color of the yearâ€”pairs beautifully with creams, or, newly trending, feel free to incorporate both gold and silver together at your tables. From beautifully hand-scripted place cards or table markers to a small herb sprig decorating each plate or one breathtakingly sweet peony in a china cup, welcome friends and family to the table while also expressing your style in a way that speaks elegance.
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The natural beauty of area vineyards and mountain views mixed with the dramatic historic architecture are what draw so many couples to celebrate in Charlottesville. Pairing breathtaking landscapes with endless greenery sets the stage for a perfect romantic wedding reception. When your guests enter the space, you want them to be charmed and feel warmly welcomed, mesmerized by the combination of candles and graceful lights illuminating the space, radiant, overflowing flower arrangements and the presentation of each artfully arranged table. Begin with lighting to create an ambiance that will transform the overall style and atmosphere of your reception. From dramatic oversized drum shades (as seen to the left) to sparkling crystal chandeliers and tiny twinkling lights dancing overhead, lighting is a key element of wedding décor. Antique chandeliers (as seen bottom right at Castle Hill Cider or at top left on the next page at The Lodge at Mount Ida) add instant elegance and can be one of the most transformative wedding additions. Decorating with a beautiful, sculptural cascade of fairy lights similar to Castle Hill Cider’s display (page 72, bottom right) or lining lights throughout
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your tent (to the left, top right at Keswick Vineyards) will make any setting a magical place for guests. After selecting and placing your centerpieces, you can use pin spotting to illuminate the pretty floral arrangements or add a final touch of warmth with candles for a romantic glow. Balance lighting throughout the space, just as Early Mountain Vineyards does so wonderfully, (to the left, bottom left) with floods of soft light to draw special attention to the décor. Clustering votives into small groups or even suspending candles from tall floral arrangements are all ways to create a magical, ethereal effect. Bamboo chairs lining a wooden farm table draped in luxurious linens, awash in ivories and gently lit with votives, (as seen above right at Keswick Vineyards), is a trendy way
to share your style with guests. Tents for outdoor receptions provide the perfect canvas for lavish floral elements to shine in unexpected places—just look up. Suspended hanging baskets and dramatic upturned greenery or flower beds (as seen at the top of 71 at Keswick Hall) will be the focal point of your floral arrangements and put a new spin on centerpieces. Luxurious swaths of gossamer draperies and rich green garlands to accent doorways, fireplaces and table runners will transform any space into an oasis. Decorate the bride and groom’s chairs like those at Clifton Inn (left above) with personalized calligraphy signs for extra whimsy. Wherever your wedding-day style falls—simple or elaborate—create memorable décor, and it will leave your guests inspired.
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No single edible aspect says “wedding” quite like the traditional cutting of the cake. Create a truly one-of-akind vision with intricate monograms, natural flowers and colorful hues of ribbon. Vibrant or metallic fondant creates a sophisticated, structured appearance, while textured butter cream in ruffles, lace or decorated with hand-painted illustrations allow for a more hand-crafted masterpiece. For a
more rustic fall theme, try incorporating a “naked” cake. If you are looking for a more playful, relaxed feeling, try choosing an assortment of small cakes of different flavors. Or perhaps opt for a fashionable favorite—all-black or all gold cake—for a twist to the traditional tall all-white wedding cake. It’s a delicious beginning to your married life, and a fittingly sweet marker of your wedding reception.
Lead Image: George Cakes & Rachel May Photography | Top Left: Paradox Pastry & Rachel May Photography | Top Center: Maliha Creations & Rachel May Photography | Top Right: Favorite Cakes & Jose Villa Photography | Bottom Left: Maliha Creations & Jen Fariello Photography | Bottom Center: Paradox Pastry & Rachel May Photography | Bottom Right: Maliha Creations & Jen Fariello Photography
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As the day draws to a close, the final festivities should exude the love and friendship that helped guide the couple to this day. You can make this day your own with dancing under the stars, roasting marshmallows in fire pits, relaxing and socializing in lounge seating areas, and enjoying a final toast with your favorite sparkling Virginia wine. For your guests, consider serving late-night snacks or offering make-your-own stations with sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres. More popular ideas include providing goodie bags filled with treats like gourmet popcorn and homemade chocolates or sending guests off with handcut fries and gourmet sliders that they can grab on their way out. As the last song is played and your guests send you off with sparklers or spectacular fireworks, take a moment to reflect and celebrate all that has gotten you to this point—family and friends, the months of planning and the years of dreaming. Everything that has gone into this day has led you to this moment—the beginning of your married life.
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The epÄątome of elegance, the comfort of home.
In the heart of Virginia hunt country just five miles from Charlottesville
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to Jefferson’s backyard and ask you to join us, taking a step back in time to a place where you can connect with the natural beauty around you and celebrate life’s most important moments with those you love most. The Lodge at Mount Ida Reserve is our newest edition to Virginia’s premiere historic barn venue, Mount I da FarM. List of amenities: Overnight Accommodations for 50 guests in grand manor homes and cozy cottages throughout our 6,000-acre estate. Guests can enjoy fly fishing, skeet shooting and guided trail riding throughout the property, with private bourbon and wine tastings for your weekend or weekday stay.
The Catering Outfit was founded in 1999 by Walter T.X. Slawski. Extensive travel in Europe, Australia, Africa and Central America ignited a passion not only for exquisite culinary experience but a desire to resurrect the impossible magnificence of colonial entertaining. After matriculating from The University, Walter embarked on a different sort of travel: creation of a unique outfit specializing in craft cuisine and production. Seasonally available, locally sourced and visually stunning ingredients are only part of what we do. We believe in the old adage â€œit takes a village to throw a wedding,â€? and we have carefully chosen our village. Working with the finest local industry talent and venues, we travel the path from engaged to forver with our clients, creating an exciting planning experience worthy of the final production. Almost exclusively serving only one wedding client a day or even weekend remains the bedrock of our philosophy. Our culinary offerings prepared in collaboration with our clients and planners consider overall vision and are designed to make sense. We refuse to dilute our talents. We maintain impeccable service standards and bring a la carte quality cuisine to the catered platform. Our events are featured regularly in regional and national publications as a direct result of our desire to accept the challenge of your unique wedding.
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Since the 1850s, families have been entertaining graciously in the finest Virginia tradition, celebrating important milestones and building lasting memories at Blue Ridge Farm. Now it could be your turn. We are nestled on the Eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 14,000-acre Greenwood Rural Historic District with long views to the west toward Rockfish Gap and to the east toward Stillhouse Mountain. We are honored by our selection as a Virginia Landmark and for our listing on the National Register of Historic places. We believe in the preservation of open spaces and are pleased to have this land in conservation easement. We take pride in our verdant lawns, our specimen trees and in our gardens designed almost 100 years ago by Charles Gillette, Virginiaâ€™s most noted landscape architect. More importantly, we are excited to share our special place with you. Each season, we open the property for a limited number of curated events, ensuring that we can partner with you to make your celebration unique and memorableâ€Śand perfect.
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â€œWe are as passionate about our beautiful flowers as we are about providing exceptional service to our clients. It is our goal to create a unique floral signature for each and every client, creating a memorable event that reflects their distinct personalities and then turns their dreams into reality.â€?
Southern Blooms is a nationally acclaimed floral boutique that has been specializing in weddings and events since 1986. Led by the charming mother-daughter duo Pat Roberts and Sherry Spencer, this fabulous design team is widely recognized as a leader and trendsetter in the wedding industry. Southern Blooms constantly innovates, inspires, and develops designs specifically tailored for each client. With an abundance of creativity, decades of experience, and a penchant for all that is lovely, Southern Blooms is certain to provide floral and design dĂŠcor that captivates all! s o u t h e r n - b l o o m s. c o m | 5 4 0 . 9 4 8 . 5 6 1 1
Our vineyard is situated to grow the regionâ€™s best grapes, just as our venue was designed to host the Southeastâ€™s finest events. From weddings in the Granary to bridal showers and post-wedding day brunches in the Reserve Room, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is an all-season, flexible, full-service venue, and we look forward to hosting you. www.pippinhillfarm.com
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Located in Keswickâ€™s horse country just miles from Charlottesville. Castle Hill Ciderâ€™s many indoor and outdoor sites offer endless possibilities from the intimate to the incredible. The Cidery Barn shares the crest of a verdant knoll with a linden tree grove. Artfully arranged below are apple orchards, a two-acre lake and custom-designed pergolas framing beautifully terraced lawns perfectly suited for lawn games during cocktail hour.
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Begin your fashionable escape with a trip to Barracks Road Shopping Center. ALBEMARLE ANGLER, BEECROFT & BULL, GREENBERRY’S COFFEE CO., J. MCLAUGHLIN, KATE SPADE NEW YORK, VANNESA LUGGAGE & LEATHER AND MORE THAN 80 OTHER PLACES TO DISCOVER, SHOP AND DINE.
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Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the heart of Central Virginia’s horse & wine country, The Inn at Willow Grove provides a beautiful landscape for a destination wedding of your dreams. We offer several event and ceremony spaces to choose from, including the lush Boxwood Gardens, the Hall for an intimate gathering, and the elegant Barn and Ruins for a larger celebration. Our overnight accommodations allow for every element of your wedding to take place in one location, from the rehearsal dinner, to bridal and grooms’ luncheons and the farewell brunch – you’ll never have to leave our estate. At The Inn at Willow Grove, we give thought to each and every detail, our award-winning events team is committed to making your day absolutely perfect. 540.317.1206 | innatwillowgrove.com
Visualize memories in vivid color, set amongst breathtaking landscapes. Imagine your story told through a beautifully designed wedding album, treasured for generations. Envision a wedding portrait as framed artwork in your home. Aaron Watson Photography is a full-service studio where quality, craftsmanship, and experience are paramount.
At hedge fine blooms we listen very carefully to our client’s thoughts and inspirations. every event, regardless of size, is custom matched to their inclination and direction. We then translate these dreams into unique and captivating floral designs. hedge has been designing gorgeous weddings since 2007. founding floral artist Karen Walker explains, “Matching design to a bride’s vision is what really makes exciting floral surroundings. Exceeding our client’s expectations fuels my passion for this business.” “We are fun to work with,” Karen adds. “Our team has a blast together. Often clients stop by just to join in the camaraderie.” Come have fun with us at Hedge Fine Blooms!
King Family Vineyards is where our family lives and works. By deciding to open the farm to events, we are inviting you into our home. Our hope is that the farm will be the perfect place for you, a warm, inviting venue to get together with old friends, celebrate your success, make new friends or start your own family journey. The event spaces that we offer are consistent with our familyâ€™s view of this unique country place. A place to enjoy the gifts of special times in comfortable, relaxed surroundings.
EveWatters Music has been my North Star since childhood. I am self-taught and perform on several instruments, but I know harp brings special enchantment. Its rich versatility shines in every genre, gracing each occasion, speaking directly to the heart, to spark the senses and soothe the spirit. A touring artist for two decades, I have shared this amazing alchemy with thousands of audiences, from the Australian Bush to hospital bedsides to the National Cathedral for over 750 weddings. I am still learning, and it is still a joy to see the magic unfold each time. Visit my website for more information at evewatters.com.
Hosting joyous occasions since 2002.
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Each special event only happens once.
You have one chance to get it right and to impress everyone â€“ yourself, your family, your loved ones and your guests. To make the right choice, your first choice should be Blue Ridge AV & Lighting.
Blue Ridge AV & lighting
S ince purchasing the company in 2008, Joe Kalkstein has assembled a team of skillful professionals with a singular common goal â€“ to
produce premium quality events at the highest level of elegance and aesthetics. Unsurpassed customer service and attention to detail help us create an end product that exceeds client expectations. In addition to beautiful event lighting, our services now also include premium quality audio/visual services, staging, power distribution and creative draping and fabric dĂŠcor. Small or large, every event is managed by a designer with the help of an event team. We assist you every step of the way. From initial discussions, through the preparation of a proposal, and then on through planning, design, logistics, installation, on-site event management and finally, to strike and removal. We pride ourselves on being adaptable, making adjustments as desired, sometimes even while the event is in progress. This is your special day and having a responsive event team at your service will allow you to be worry free so that you can concentrate on enjoying your role and your guests.
Elegance, Sophistication, Precision, Superior Reputation Learn more at bLueridgeavandLighting.com
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When I think about what I want my life to stand forâ€“ the story my children will go on to tellâ€“it all stems from a desire to live a life full of intentionality and authenticity, to love people deeply, and to show an appreciation for the everyday small things that I cherish most. My approach each time I pick up the camera is to serve my clients with a joy-filled heart. Celebrating each and every moment with them as if it were my own. Carefully balancing a heart for the authentic moments and an eye for a beautiful aesthetic. My deepest desire is to deliver a document that tells the true story of their love, the ones they love, the laughter shared, and promise made. r aChel-May.CoM
at Camryn Limousine, we can help you check off several boxes on your wedding preparation list. We want to help lessen your worry. ✓ Barbara and Cheri at Camryn will help manage all your wedding transportation needs, even those you haven’t considered yet. ✓ our professional chauffeurs always arrive early, and patiently wait, to meet your needs as they happen. ✓ Camryn can meet your guests at the airports or their homes. ✓ We provide safe transport for bachelor and bachelorette parties. ✓ We’ll make sure everyone arrives on time to the rehearsal dinner and the wedding ceremony. ✓ afterwards, we can transport your guests safely back to their airports or homes. ✓ if any guests want to extend their stay in beautiful central Virginia, remember that Camryn Wine tours are a special treat. We provide luxury sedans, stretch limousines, well-appointed vans (with enough headroom to stand), and roomy coaches for larger gatherings.
Camryn is the “2016 Limousine operator of the year” for aLL of north ameriCa. We earned this award because we care about what we do. Let Camryn help lessen your worries, so you can enjoy the celebration.
camryn-limo.com | 434.990.9070 | email@example.com
Built in 1814 as a wedding gift, the historic Pharsalia home is situated on a picturesque mountain slope in Nelson County, Virginia, and continues the traditions of true southern hospitality today. Surrounded by family owned orchards and vineyards, the garden venue offers an experience that is beyond expectations. The possibilities are endless as we host weddings, corporate events, workshops and locally sourced dinners. Exceptional event spaces and our fresh-cut flower farm ensure that Pharsalia will provide you with a day to remember. pharsaliaevents.com | info@ pharsaliaevents.com
he Downtown Grille, located on Charlottesville’s historic downtown mall, serves only the finest in Midwestern corn-fed beef and fresh seafood. The restaurant has an extensive wine list, which has been honored by The Wine Spectator with the Award of Excellence every year since opening in 1999. In addition to offering a la carte service, we have a private space, dedicated to larger groups. Being right on the Downtown Mall, we are in an ideal location for rehearsal dinners. Let us help you customize a wonderful event with your closest family and friends the night before your wedding. We offer a wide variety of customized menu’s tailored to the needs of your group. The night of the event, you’ll have a chef dedicated only to your group, along with a private professional waitstaff.
downtowngrille.com | 434.817.7080 on the Downtown Mall
Marisa has flawless taste and great relationships with the best vendors in Charlottesville. But her real value to us throughout the planning process was her support in helping us to remember what the day, the event, was all about. She took special care to provide moments in the day to ensure that we could focus on us and to live in the moment. It was the best gift we could have received! â€” Marian & Dave, Bride & Groom
Authentically You OrphaEvents.com 434.960.0155
After decades spent in Manhattan art directing national food magazines, Food & Wine and Eating Well, Iâ€™ve returned to my native Virginia and refocused my design expertise and passion for food on creating exceptional, artfully tailored gift baskets.
Walden Hall Reva, Virginia
waldenhallweddings.com | 540-509-1440
“Live the life you’ve dreamed.”
Walden Hall works with each couple to bring their unique vision for their special day to life. Several ceremony locations are highlighted by glorious sunsets reflected in our 2-acre pond. Imagine a charming cocktail hour in the garden or on our wraparound porch followed by a reception under the chandeliers in the Banquet Barn. Our pool patio is an inviting setting for rehearsal dinners, wedding brunches and more. From destination weddings to elopements, Walden Hall is the ideal location for a peaceful, modern country event.
The concept of the meal has always fascinated me – not just the food and flavors, but the community and intimacy of sharing a meal with family and friends. I have always found joy in planning every detail of a meaningful meal – from the seasonings to the silverware. Twenty-six years as an owner/manager in the restaurant and catering business has taught me the importance of service; I’ve worked in the front-of-house and in the kitchen. I understand the value of attention to detail and personalized customer service, the guiding principle of every business I have owned and run. Beggars Banquet will help you dress your table for any event – from simple and rustic to elegant and refined – from the linens to the china, glassware and flatware. Planning an event is a very personal matter and demands personalized attention. It is the personal relationships I build, while helping people with these choices, that give me the greatest reward. Plan a visit to our showroom to see all of our options personally. We will gladly dress a table for you a dozen ways, to bring your vision to life. With a nod to Mick Jagger: “Pleased to meet you and pleased to dress your table!” —Marty Van Santvoord, Owner
beggarsbanquetrentals.com | 540.661.0121 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Barn at Edgewood is the perfect place to celebrate your love. the main hall boasts gorgeous rough-cut beams, each with handsome sconces that provide romantic lighting. We also have a stunning rock fireplace in the main hall that is even more
glorious with a roaring fire. two grand entrances on either end of the barn give you a beautiful connection to the outdoors. our breath-taking estate offers many beautiful sites for your celebrations. say your â€œI Dosâ€? in the lush green meadows or at the nearby waterfront. the veranda is a perfect spot for your guests to enjoy cocktail hour while you and your new spouse have your portraits taken throughout the property. Your photographer will be able to capture so many amazing shots of you, your new spouse, your family, and your friends. We are so excited to begin the process of having your wedding on edgewood Farm.
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Your guests will be steps away from the finest dining, entertainment and shopping that Charlottesville has to offer. The Residence Inn Downtown is our city’s newest hotel, offering the best in modern amenities, including spacious studios and suites with fully equipped kitchens. Gather at our elegant bar or in the courtyard around a glowing fire pit. We offer many complimentary amenities, and a favorite is our hot breakfast buffet in the West Main Café each morning, consisting of a variety of healthy and indulgent options. The experience at the Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown is both rich and warm—the perfect place to stay when visiting Charlottesville.
315 West Main Street, Charlottesville | 434.220.0075 marriott.com/chowr
The Greencroft Club is a private club renowned for fine dining and gracious hospitality. The clubhouse, built in the early 1900s, has the ambiance and charm of a country manor house and can accommodate groups ranging from 10 to 225 people. With ample parking, adjacent gardens and manicured lawns, Greencroft is situated on 14 lush acres nestled in the scenic countryside of Ivy, Virginia. The Club is located just off Route 250, approximately six miles west of historic downtown Charlottesville, near the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Greencroft is the perfect setting, with extensive catering facilities and experienced, knowledgeable, and caring staff to make your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or any event a special and memorable occasion. The Club and its event staff will work closely with you to host smaller events such as birthday and anniversary parties, showers, business and retirement dinners, among others.
let the greencroft club and its staff help you make your next entertainment event the enjoyable and unforgettable affair that you and your guests will always cherish.
What’s Real – the cowlick that won’t lie flat, a shared smile over an inside joke, the wellies keeping a bride’s feet dry on a rainy day. I love the in-between moments, when a bit of your inner self is revealed. I seek an honest reflection of you, the people you love, and the moment you’re in.
Our extensive collection of rental items will magically transform any room, barn, or tent and create a memorable ambience you and your guests will treasure. From delicate glassware and linens to chiavari chairs, cushions and farm tables, you are sure to find the perfect items.
festi v efarerentals.com | 434.296.5496
“We are Zaynah & Forrest. We met when we were 14 years old and have been inseparable ever since. Relationships take teamwork and honesty, and this understanding has led us to work together as Citrus Ceremonies creating art house wedding film. We began with hope, dedication, and love – ideas which have led you to this important moment in your lives. Let us help you tell the story of your wedding day and your relationship.”
804.971.8573 | citrus-ceremonies.com
The ceremony is the heart of your day. Make it your own.
our wedding ceremony can be a true reflection of who you are and what is most meaningful to you, both individually and together, and it can create an experience of inspiration and joy for all of your guests. As an Interfaith Minister and Wedding Officiant in Virginia, I and my wonderful colleagues draw inspiration from near and far, familiar and unfamiliar, traditional and contemporary, to create a wedding ceremony that will express your love for each other and respect the beautiful diversity that you and your families represent.
Interfaith Minister Rev. Claire Frances Goodman & Associates | sacredgroundceremonies.com | 434.296.9885
Imagining and constructing personalized wedding details with some of Virginiaâ€™s most creative brides and wedding vendors is the heart and soul of this business. Southern hospitality runs deep in my veins, so creating custom pieces that welcome your guests and make them feel right at home on your wedding day only makes sense to me. There is a reason Charlottesville draws brides from all over the world, but allow me to help you take it a step beyond the natural beauty and scenic vistas. Together, letâ€™s make your Charlottesville wedding reflect you as a couple and leave lasting memories for your friends & family. Wedding welcome bags are our specialty (and first love), but we will tackle just about any creative project from koozies and cocktail napkins to corn hole boards, crafty escort card displays, and beyond. Let the dreaming begin!
Edloe Glades is a stunning antebellum estate with formal boxwood gardens, broad lawns, and a peaceful, picturesque lake â€“ a unique and secluded venue with multiple settings for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. We work with carefully selected vendors who will ensure your event is perfect, or you can select providers whom you know and trust. We have overnight accommodations for up to 20 friends and family. This property has been in our family for generations, and we look forward to sharing our love of it with you.
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Every great party needs a little sparkle! For three years Click! Flash! Photo Booth has been bringing the sparkle to the Charlottesville area. Silly groomsmen, lifelong friends and special family members will not be able to resist the draw of our free-standing, fully automated, semi-private photo booth. Fluffy boas, glittery top hats and goofy glasses add just enough whimsy to create a lasting memory to be shared and treasured for years to come.
Tonya was wonderful to work with! Her packages are VERY reasonable. My daughter-in-law and I had seen a few photo booth companies set up at wedding shows that were far more expensive and didnâ€™t have nearly the props, nor did they create a scrapbook. Tonya is bubbly and fun to work with! I would highly recommend Tonya and Click! Flash! for your upcoming event! â€”Della Nobles, Montpelier, VA. Our friendly service, reasonable prices and attention to detail guarantees that you and your guests will feel cared for and important from the moment of inquiry to the last printed photo strip.
clickflashcville.com | 804.218.5505 facebook.com/clickflashcville | instagram.com/clickflash_photobooth
When Tim GearharT sTarTed GearharTs Fine ChoColaTes in 2001, arTisan ChoColaTe Was a rariTy in The UniTed sTaTes. he brought a global vision of fine chocolate making, gleaned from years of experience in professional kitchens, to his Charlottesville shop. after serving as a cook in the marine Corps, Tim formally trained in pastry at The Culinary institute of america. he then externed at Charlottesville’s famed Keswick hall before helping with the launch of hamiltons’ at First & main as the pastry chef. his culinary career then took him to places as far-flung as a dude ranch in Wyoming and a castle in southern england, with stops in fine-dining restaurants along the way. he finally returned to Charlottesville to open Gearharts Fine Chocolates, where he and his team have been crafting distinctive artisan chocolates enjoyed by customers near and far. Gearharts has been featured in The New York Times, The Today Show, USA Today, Southern Living… and as a memorable part of tasteful weddings nationwide.
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Hunter & Company is an event planning and design team with offices in Lake Tahoe, California, and Charlottesville, Virginia. Our philosophy is simple: to execute professional, creative and calm event experiences. With backgrounds in hospitality, the Hunter & Company team is rooted in geniality – we are your partners, not your planners. We want you to participate in your dream wedding and realize your perfect vision by letting us take over the stressful planning process and focus on the details and logistics for you. A native Virginian, Hunter’s event planning career and company began in California and has finally come back home. A west coast vibe combined with east coast tradition, Hunter & Company provides a unique element of rustic elegance in design, giving your wedding a one-of-a-kind feel. From gorgeous floral arrangements to timeless décor, our half-a-decade of experience means we’re prepared for anything and excited about everything!
When planning your perfect dayâ€Ś think Local! Charlottesville boasts an abundant supply of small farmers, artisan cheese makers, breweries, distilleries and vineyards that we work with closely to provide exceptional farm-to-table meals. Our chef and full service planning team can cater at a venue of your choice or you could hold your event in our award-winning restaurant filled with work by local craftsmen and artists.
Beth Seliga began as a sports photographer, with her stunning shots appearing in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Pro Cycling, among other publications. After marriage and kids, she switched from the breathless sprint of sports to the quieter and more subtle passion of capturing the look of love and the inner beauty each one of us possesses.
The magic of your imagination lives here Our vineyard spreads 150 acres on a mountainside in historic Gordonsville, Virginia. With a permanent 3,600-square-foot sail tent, romantic gazebo and flower-lined paths, we set the stage for what your dreams can create. We provide guest services and packages for any budget.
Brandy Hopwood: 540.406.1313 | email@example.com
As a boutique-style rental company and prop house located in the heart of Virginia, we maintain an inventory of gorgeous furniture and décor pieces that can be used to create one-of-a-kind visual displays. From soirées to styled shoots, our collection contains the details that assist our clients in executing their vision. We have sourced up & down the east coast, dug through barns and even pulled items from our own grandmothers’ attics to curate our extensive collection of treasures. With an unrivaled selection of upholstered pieces, plus a warehouse full of furniture and smalls that would make any thrift store junkie jealous, we are truly a destination for engaged couples, event designers, and stylists.
paisleyandjade.com | 804.381.4625
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Just when we think we are set to go one way, the journey often directs us someplace completely unexpected. As an Economics major, I spent a year abroad in Paris where I took a photography class and realized I had a passion for being behind the lens. I have never looked back and am grateful that I have been able to develop this passion into a career. Over 20 years later, I still find joy in every close of the shutter. It is my honor to capture the purest and most sincere moments in peoples’ lives. Not only do I take pride in providing my clients with stunning images, I do so in a way that is always professional and engaging. Weddings don’t always go exactly as planned. Sometimes there is bad weather, poor lighting, or the timeline just gets derailed. It happens! My clients know that they never need to worry. Dealing with surprises is second nature to me, and my career as a seasoned photographer allows me to never skip a beat. Your precious memories will always be captured beautifully. My photography style is timeless and classic. My clients tell me that my laid-back personality helps to put everyone at ease and allows the story of the day to unfold naturally and with joy. It is an honor and a privilege that I don’t take lightly.
*clink* “For 30 years, we've used our expertise to help friends and customers select the right wine & beer for their wedding. And delivered it. From tight budget to high dollar, all local to Tuscan themed, all beer to all sparkling, let us help you select the right ones for your celebration.” – Rober t Harllee, Owner & Wine Exper t
UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTESVILLE
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Celestial Sights Photography sees every wedding as a unique and beautiful event, producing authentic, vibrant and lovely images of your special day. As a wife and mom, Celeste understands the value of the legacy held in each wedding day. Blessings on your life in the making!
The inspiration for ACFJ’s designs arises from Ana’s cultural background and traveling experiences. The pieces are modern interpretations of details found in centuries old monuments and buildings that are transposed to smaller objects of wearable art. For ACFJ, the process of jewelry making is a meticulous one, where special details are embedded in the piece to tell the wearer their personal, intimate story.
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wild Wolf Brewing Company is the premier location to say “I do.” Our elegant event center features vintage chandeliers, hardwood floors, rustic accents, vaulted ceilings, and seating for 140 of your friends and family. The quaint village of Nellysford, Virginia, is a beautiful backdrop for your outdoor happily-ever-after. Our beautiful outdoor space includes a rustic water wheel, koi pond, gazebo, and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your wedding will be a picturesque moment to cherish forever.
Showcase Your Wedding, Your Food, Your Way. Since 1986, HotCakes has given brides and their families weddings to treasure for a lifetime. We’ll help you create the most memorable experience possible, from the rehearsal dinner to the morning-after brunch, and everything in-between.
I feel so fortunate to have helped create special events in this community for over 25 years. When it’s time for yours, I hope you’ll give me a call. — Lisa McEwan, Owner For a personal consultation, contact Lisa at 434.295.6037 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: hotcakes.biz.
Our yummy donuts are homemade, handmade, and custom to your event. Our cart provides a unique and celebratory look, our apple cider donuts are made hot and fresh on-site, and our company is local, employee-owned, and one-of-a-kind.
CARPE DONUT carpedonut.org
Our Charlottesville and Paris shops are a curated collection of fascinating items that we have found on our travels near and far to illustrate the taste and style of Caspari. The shops combine the Caspari Collection with our many finds to give a complete entertaining experience for your wedding and the events surrounding it.
Personalized invitations, napkins and gifts, internationally sourced with care. 100 W. Main St., Charlottesville | casparionline.com
Local Nanny Network provides premier on-site childcare for special events and weddings – at the venue, hotels or wherever needed. Their services ultimately provide peace of mind for parents, brides and grooms, and event planners. LNN nannies arrive with activities to entertain the children, are CPR certified, personally interviewed, and thoroughly screened. www.localnannynetwork.com
Be your true self at your wedding with a gown that fits your personal style
With over 20 years of fashion design experience, we specialize in unique, couture styles. We help brides wow their guests by dressing them in exquisite dresses crafted with love. Sealed With A Kiss: where brides slip into the gown of their dreams.
Roxie Daisy, located just off Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall, is eclectic and welcoming – a lifestyle store with beautifully curated home furnishings, accents, gifts, and a collection of antiques. Whether you find us by wandering past the store or browsing from the comfort of your couch, we know you’ll find treasures perfect for the places and people that you love.
101 East water St. • roxiedaisy.com Rock Paper Scissors is a locally owned stationery store offering custom wedding invitations. Browse from their carefully curated wedding invitation designers, such as Arzberger, Designer’s Fine Press, and Page Stationery, or design your own from scratch! Co-owners Dani Antol and Heather Haynie love to make the process fun, incorporating details that capture who you are and reflect the style of your event. The RPS team will help you navigate the etiquette waters, and the walls are brimming with inspiration. Don’t forget about “day of” materials, like programs, menus, escort cards, place cards, custom napkins, rehearsal dinner invitations and more! Call or email to set up your appointment.
434.979.6366 | email@example.com | thinkrockpaperscissors.com For over 30 years, EastCoast Entertainment has provided unforgettable entertainment for thousands of Central Virginia brides and grooms with their expansive roster of bands, DJs, and specialty musicians. EastCoast Entertainment absolutely loves working hand-in-hand with couples to customize the music for their special day. They delight in helping brides and grooms make their unique wedding visions come to life. eastcoastentertainment.com | 800.277.6874
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Festive Fare festivefarerentals.com 434.296.5496 Photos: #1, 2 by Andrew Harnik at Connor Studios; #3 by Jen Fariello; #4 by Jeff Greenough
Aaron Watson Photography aaronwatsonphoto.com 434.202.8031
Celestial Sights Photography celestial-sights.com 434.466.2241
Gearharts Fine Chocolates gearhartschocolates.com 434.972.9100 Photos: by Jen Fariello
Ana Cavalheiro anacavalheiro.com 434.244.0975
Citrus Ceremonies citrus-ceremonies.com 804.971.8573
Barn at Edgewood Farm barnva.com 434.202.3961 Photos: #1, 3 by Rachel May; #2, 4 by Celestial Sights
Click! Flash! Photo Booth clickflashcville.com 804.218.5505
Beggars Banquet Rentals beggarsbanquetrentals.com 540.661.0121 Photos: #1 by April Bennett; #2 by Mary Dougherty; #3 by Jen Fariello Blue Ridge AV & Lighting blueridgeavandlighting.com 434.975.3540 Blue Ridge Farm blueridgefarmva.com firstname.lastname@example.org Photos: #1, 2 by Jen Fariello; #3 by Kim Cory Camryn Executive Transportation & Limousine camryn-limo.com 434.990.9070 Photos: #1 by Sarah Cramer Shields; #2, 3 by Camryn Executive Transportation Carpe Donut carpedonut.org 434.465.9561 Photo: by Jen Fariello Caspari casparionline.com 434.817.7880 Photo: by R. L. Johnson Castle Hill Cider castlehillcider.com 434.964.7629 Photo: by William Mahone
CrossKeys Vineyards crosskeysvineyards.com 540.234.0505 Photos: #1, 2, 5 by Mike Miriello; #3, 4 by Mirage Devils Backbone Brewing Company dbbrewingcompany.com 434.361.1001 Downtown Grille downtowngrille.com 434.817.7080 Photos: by R. L. Johnson East Coast Entertainment eastcoastentertainment.com 800.277.6874 Photo: by Ira Lippke Studios Edloe Glades edloeglades.com 434.941.4614 Photos: by Melissa Batman
Greencroft Club greencroftclub.net 434.296.5597 Photos: by Shallen Wallace Hedge Fine Blooms hedgefineblooms.com Downtown: 434.293.8825 Main Street Market: 434.817.9950 Photos: #1 by Annamarie Akins; #2 by Clary Pfeiffer; #3 by Tom Daly; #4 by Cat Thrasher Honah Lee Vineyard honahleevineyard.com 540.406.1313 Photos: by R. L. Johnson Hot Cakes hotcakes.biz 434.295.6037 Photo: by Jen Fariello Hunter & Company hunterandcompanyevents.com 434.270.2668 Photos: #1 by Hunter & Company; #2, 4 by Tara Hobgood; #3 by Shannon Rosan; #5 by Melina Wallisch
Elizabeth Woodson Gift Baskets elizabethwoodson.com 434.589.2484
Inn at Willow Grove innatwillowgrove.com 540.317.1206 Photos: #1 by Amanda Beside Eric; #2 by Katelyn James; #3 by Aaron Watson
Eve Watters, Harpist evewatters.com 434.823.8600
Jen Fariello Photography jenfariello.com 434.963.7976
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Keswick Hall Club and Estate keswick.com 434.979.3440 Photo: by Aaron Watson
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King Family Vineyards kingfamilyvineyards.com 434.823.7800 Photo: by Robert Radifera
Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville Downtown marriott.com/chowr 434.220.0075 Photos: by Ira Wexler
Local Nanny Network localnannynetwork.com 434.996.7797 Photo: by Aaron Watson
Robert Radifera Photography radifera.com 434.245.8547
Mallory Joyce Design malloryjoyce.com 757.439.4827 Photo: by Joey Kennedy
Rock Paper Scissors thinkrockpaperscissors.com 434.979.6366 Photo: by Sarah Cramer Shields
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Roxie Daisy roxiedaisy.com 434.202.8133 Photo: by Andrea Hubbell
Mount Ida Farm mountidafarm.com 434.566.5562 Photos: #1, 3 by Jen Jar; #2 by Aaron Watson; #4 by Rothwell Photography; #5 by The Mallorys
Sacred Ground Ceremonies sacredgroundceremonies.com 434.296.9885 Photos: #1, 2 by Jack Looney; #3 by Dominique Attaway
Orpha Events orphaevents.com 434.960.0155 Photo: by Sera Petras
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Paisley and Jade paisleyandjade.com 804.381.4625 Photos: #1 by Shandi Wallace; #2 by Kristen Lynne; #3 by Katelyn James; #4 by Nikki Santerre; #5 by Meagan Abell; #6 by Jillian Michelle
Sealed with a Kiss Bridal sealedwithakissbridal.com 434.979.5683 Photo: by Lindsay Fauver Shindig Weddings and Events shindigweddings.com 434.987.9581 Photos: by Jen Fariello
Pharsalia pharsaliaevents.com 434.942.3532 Photos: #1 by Ward Photography; #2 by Kathryn Ivy; #3, 4, 5 by Dominique Attaway
Southern Blooms southern-blooms.com 540.948.5611 Photo: by Laura Gordon
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards pippinhillfarm.com 434.202.8063 Photo: by JosĂŠ Villa
The Detail Darling thedetaildarling.com email@example.com Photo: by Sarah Cramer Shields
Rachel May Photography rachel-may.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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