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Jennifer & Brian’s Keswick Vineyards Wedding


September 27, 2017 | Ivy Publications

On a lovely afternoon in late October at the historic Keswick Vineyards, Jennifer and Brian exchanged vows and celebrated the beginning of their journey as husband and wife. Their beautiful wedding, coordinated by Adam Donovan-Groves of Donovan-Groves Events, exuded timeless elegance with touches of playfulness.

While preparing for her wedding day at Keswick Hall & Golf Club, Jennifer choose sparkling sapphire Kate Spade heels and an elegant Vera Wang gown. Her bridesmaids wore blush-colored gowns in different complementary styles.

Brian wore a navy blue Joseph Abboud tuxedo, and he and his groomsmen sported baby blue polka-dotted bow ties and pastel boutonnieres.

Sacred Ground Ceremonies joined the couple in front of Keswick Vineyard’s grapevines. Jennifer’s gorgeous bouquet by Pat’s Floral Design of succulents, garden roses and pastel-colored florals perfectly complemented her gown’s lace details.

During cocktail hour, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed artisan drinks and hors d’oeuvres by Harvest Moon Catering. These drinks included The Virginia Gentlemen, a drink named after the University of Virginia’s A cappella group, who also performed live during the cocktail hour.

Cream candles and floral plates on gold-rimmed chargers in the reception tent added to the wedding’s elegant ambiance. Pale pink flowers and navy serviettes effortlessly incorporated the bride and groom’s color palette and menus, printed by Rock Paper Scissors, gave guests a sneak peak of the delicious meal to come.

Following dinner, the evening was filled with love as guests toasted the newlyweds and danced to music by JG EntertainmentCakes by Rachel’s stunning three-tier cake was the perfect addition to the decor.

Later, Brian and Jennifer ended the magical night with a sparkler-lined exit. Friends and family cheered on as the couple embraced, celebrating their new life together as husband and wife.

From the perfect October sunset to the a capella performance, the couple’s wedding was an enchanting celebration, sure to be remembered fondly by all.

Photographer:  Aaron Watson Photography

Venue: Keswick Vineyards

Getting Ready Venue: Keswick Hall & Golf Club

Wedding Coordinator: Adam Donovan-Groves with Donovan-Groves Events

Rentals: MS Events

Florist:  Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design

Hair & Makeup Artist:  Carolyn Thombs

Acapella: The Virginia Gentleman

DJ: JG Entertainment

Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering

Wedding Cake: Cakes by Rachel

Officiant:  Sacred Ground Ceremonies

Transportation:  Quicks Bus

Wedding Dress:  Vera Wang

Groom’s Wear: Joseph Abboud

Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

 

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Annie & Bill’s Castle Hill Cider Wedding


June 26, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Annie and Bill’s Castle Hill Cider classic wedding exuded a romantic ambiance. Golden accents throughout, bouquets lush with greenery, berries and deep burgundy florals exemplified the natural beauty of winter.

The Loft in Castle Hill Cider’s Cider Barn provided a gorgeous ceremonial space, bright with natural light, for the couple’s afternoon nuptials. The sweetly elegant atmosphere of the barn was completed with greenery draped along the back of the last row of chairs and an aisle covered with stunning white flower petals.

To add a fashionable touch of delicate lace to her dress, Annie slipped on an off-the-shoulder dress topper with sleeves.

The reception in the Cider Barn was styled beautifully, with draped lights, greenery and chic white table decor, creating an inviting yet intimate space. Gold accents were found in the chairs, the cake stand, candle holders and atop the cake, made by Morgan Phillips Cakes.

Annie and Bill were overcome with joy throughout the day as they celebrated their love and new journey as husband and wife surrounded by family and friends. Their wedding effortlessly captured the season and was a beautiful display of the talented wedding vendors in Charlottesville.

Photographer: Cramer Photo

Planner & Designer: Amore Events by Cody

Venue: Castle Hill Cider

Catering: Exchange Events & Catering

Rentals: MS Events

Florist: Amore Events by Cody

Hair & Makeup: First Look Artistry

Cakes & Desserts: Morgan Phillips Cakes

Invitations & Calligraphy: Jodi Macfarlan Calligraphy

Transportation: A & A Limousine

Bands & DJs: King Studios

Cinematographers: SJ Videography

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

North Meets South, an Elegant & Rustic Charlottesville Wedding


June 9, 2017 | Ivy Publications

David and Rebecca came to the Charlottesville area in search of the perfect place for their families to come together and celebrate their wedding. Rebecca, who is originally from the North, and David, who is originally from the South, said “I do” on an October afternoon at Belle Haven on the James.

The couple and their planner Marisa Vrooman of Orpha Events wanted to strike a balance between modern elegance and rustic beauty through using mixed china, farm tables, earth-toned linens, bright florals and gold finishes. They brought in crystal chandeliers and floral hanging adornments to mix both the natural and man-made for a classic elegance that also brightened the barn in a festive way.

The couple wed in the venue’s West Garden under a beautiful wooden arbor adorned with greenery. The bride wore a delicate lace wrap over her dress for the ceremony.

Following a cocktail hour in the Tidewater tent, dinner was held in the venue’s barn with long farm tables running the length of the space. Decorated with greenery and glowing lights, the reception had an intimate charm.

Aside from the bright fuchsia and cafe au lait dahlias that were prominently featured, the couple chose black and white as their colors, a nod to the modernity of New York City, where they both reside.

With the help of Vrooman, David and Rebecca showcased the black and white colors in several intentional elements throughout the affair. They created a modern black and white cake from Paradox Pastry, adorned with beautiful dahlias to soften the look. Another unique way the couple incorporated their colors was through black and white striped straws in champagne flutes as escort cards for the guests, which added a touch of formality to the occasion. They also incorporated white lounge area furniture with black striped throw pillows and black and white striped boxes filled with donuts for the guests’ parting snack.

After dinner, everyone returned to the Tidewater tent to dance the night away to live music. The elegant wedding, incorporating David’s southern roots and the couple’s love for the modern, turned out to be a beautiful celebration of their new life together as husband and wife.

Designer & Planner: Marisa of Orpha Events

Photographer: Sera Petras

Florist: Nature Composed

Caterer: A Pimento Catering

Venue: Belle Haven (Note: This venue is no longer accepting weddings)

Cakes: Paradox Pastry

Dress: Martina Liana

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Rentals: Festive Fare

Lighting: Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting

Chandelier & Specialty Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals

Tent: Virginia Tent Rental


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Maddy & CJ’s Edgewood Farm Wedding


May 24, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Maddy & CJ’s beautiful summer wedding exuded joy and classic romance. The couple chose the stunning Christ Episcopal Church for their ceremony and said “I do” surrounded by friends and family.

Maddy prepared for her big day at the Oakhurst Inn. Her Sealed With a Kiss dress included lace details that perfectly matched her bouquet of wildflowers by Innisfree Herb Garden Flowers. Her bridesmaids’ attire, each dressed in a different soft pink dress, added a romantic touch to the affair.

The reception, held at The Barn at Edgewood Farm, had a whimsical seasonal feel. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed playing games and mingling outside. The elegant simplicity of this venue created an inviting space for guests to celebrate the newlyweds.

The lively bright flowers decorated the venue from the tables to the cake, contrasting the white decor. Guests enjoyed the delicious catering by Roadside Chive.

As the sun set, Maddy and CJ spent the rest of the evening celebrating their love and new marriage with family and friends.

Photographer: Celestial Sights Photography

Getting ready venue: Oakhurst Inn

Ceremony Venue: Christ Episcopal Church

Reception Site: The Barn at Edgewood Farm

Florist: Catherine Boston of Innisfree Herb Garden Flowers

Caterer: Roadside Chive

Cake: Sweethaus

Dress: Sealed With a Kiss

Jewelry: Reines Jewelers (bride’s ring); Stella & Dot (bride’s earrings)

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

A Romantic Spring Wedding at Walden Hall


May 10, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Dreaming of a spring wedding? This Walden Hall wedding inspiration captures the season as it radiates an ambiance of enchantment and timeless beauty. From the incorporation of soft colors and natural elements to the stunning grounds of the venue, we think you will love this romantic wedding.

The addition of personal touches to the bride’s wedding look, notably her golden, crown-like headband and beaded necklace, allows her style to mirror the classic and romantic decor. The steel, vintage arch arbor in the property’s garden exudes the same sweet elegance with its simple and charming design.

The combination of small details merge together to create the wedding’s gorgeous romantic feel. The bride’s soft pink silk bow sewn onto the back of her dress matches the groom’s corsage of delicate, light pink flowers, a homage to the gentle loveliness of spring.

This beautiful wedding weaves a gold, white, light pink and sage color scheme throughout every aspect of the celebration. The gold-polished greenery (seen above) is a perfect example of this incorporation as it ties into the soft seasonal color palette.

This wedding inspiration wonderfully captures the lovely soft side of the season and paints an intimate affair. However you choose to embrace the season, you are sure to create an enchanting event when you allow nature to be your muse.

Photography: Lieb Photographic

Venue: Walden Hall

Design & Coordination: Main Street Weddings & Events

Florals: Wedding Muse

China: Beggars Banquet

Hair: Mane Street Hair Salon

Veil & Hair Accessories: Ann Leslie Designs

Bridal Dress: Saja Wedding

Jewelry (bride): Miscellaneous Artist

Stationery: KK’s Printing & Stationery

Cake: Heavenly Scent Cupcakes & Cakes

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Katie & Erik’s Keswick Vineyards Wedding


April 25, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Katie and Erik made the decision to say “I do” on the beautiful historic grounds of Keswick Vineyards, situated among the rolling hills of farmland and surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Bright and bold in every way possible, their wedding incorporated stunning elements from the vibrant florals and greenery to their eye-catching unfrosted cake. With the help of local vendors, Katie & Erik not only created a wedding to rival but also a day to remember for a lifetime.

Katie’s wedding look involved a large-lace pattern on the front and back of her dress with buttons leading down to her mermaid train. Her dazzling teardrop earrings complemented the look.

Katie and Erik made great use of this year’s floral trend using bright and bold color palettes. They used the seasonal element of citrus for the flowers and cake, which symbolizes the color and life the couple brings into each others’ lives.

Below, you can see the colors incorporated into the arbor florals and greenery reaching out in a gorgeous framing around the couple.

The officiant for the wedding, a beloved friend of the bride and groom, played a unique dual role in the wedding by also putting together the daring and delicious, unfrosted wedding cake, decorated in strawberries, limes, florals and mint.

The bride thought of the idea to hold the name cards in golden animal statuettes. After guests found their seats, Harvest Moon Catering provided the delectable dinner.

Katie & Erik’s wedding displays many ways to make a wedding personalized and special for you and your guests. Throughout every aspect of the day, the couple shared the brightness in their love.

Photography: Robert Radifera Photography

Venue: Keswick Vineyards

Catering: Harvest Moon Catering

Florals: Blue Ridge Floral Design

Event Planner: Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards

Officiant & Desserts: Luci Kent

Hair & Makeup: Studio FBJ

Rentals: MS Events

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

 

A Farewell to Winter


April 3, 2017 | Ivy Publications

As we spring into a new season, we wanted to give a final farewell to winter romance and all that we love about the beautiful winter weddings Charlottesville hosted. This delightful Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard winter photo shoot, designed by Two Byrds Events and Design, perfectly captures all the things we love about winter weddings.

From horse-drawn carriages through the snow to a cozy, intimate atmosphere, winter is an inspiring season for celebrating love. For this photo shoot, Classic Carriage provided horses and carriages—a heart-warming way to transport your guests from a parking area or a ceremony site to a reception.

Set in Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard’s Event Barn, the aisle was lined with glowing candles and greenery, as a warm fire flickered in the stone fireplace. The soft light from candles can create an intimate and unforgettable ambiance.

Just as The Local Restaurant and Catering provided a delicious and eye-catching spread of cheeses, grapes and other light fare, displaying your favorite finger foods in a colorful and creative arrangement will add a refreshingly tasteful touch to your cocktail hour. Ice Lab Ice Sculptures created a stunning horse-drawn carriage for the reception area, adding a visual element that spoke to the season and area.

The place settings—a chic wintry white with florals from Blue Ridge Floral Design—added natural color and life along the table. When it comes time for your own reception to begin, glowing candles will not only be elegant but also soothing and inviting.

For dessert, warm hot chocolate as well as delectable cupcakes, such as those seen below from SweetHaus, are great personal touches for all ages. These treats are also easy to enjoy as the evening progresses.

While we are sad to say goodbye to winter once again, we are excited to begin sharing bright spring weddings. The transition, though bold, will be as sweet as hot chocolate bars and cozy venues. So for now, we say “adieu.”

Photography: Don Mears Photography

Venue: Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard

Coordination and Design: Two Byrds Events and Design

Furniture & Decor: Paisley and Jade

Rentals: MS Events

Lighting & Draping: Mosaic Catering & Events

Flowers: Blue Ridge Floral Design

Cocktails & Food Styling: The Local Restaurant and Catering

Cupcakes: Sweethaus

Carriages and Horses: Classic Carriage and Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard

Hair & Makeup: The Spot Beauty Shop

Dress, Earrings, Veil & Headpiece: Sealed with a Kiss

Female Model: Austin Walker

Male Model: Yannick Fayolle

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Meera & Nick: A CrossKeys Wedding


March 24, 2017 | Ivy Publications

We are so excited for the color and vibrance of the spring and summer weddings to come. Here is one summer wedding from this past year that took our breath away…

Meera and Nick held their beautiful wedding at CrossKeys Vineyards. Meera and her bridesmaids wore Saris as well as the traditional Mehndi on their hands and carried colorful bouquets by Rick’s Flowers.

The couple followed Indian traditions and wore flower garlands, a symbol of union, during their ceremony. Their wedding colors—pink, green and orange—were brightly incorporated into their celebration. From the rose petal lined aisle to the wedding arbor, lush with greenery and florals, it was a sight of beauty and love.

Their stunning 4-tier Peacock Henna wedding cake was designed by Passion Flower Cakes and admired throughout the evening.

Their colorful wedding was a true celebration of two cultures. Nick and Meera chose different ways to incorporate his Greek heritage and her Indian heritage into the food, traditions and decor, bringing together two diverse families to celebrate love and the start of Nick and Meera’s new journey as a married couple.

Photography: Meredith Sledge Photography

Venue and Coordination: CrossKeys Vineyards

Florals: Rick’s Flowers

Hair/Make-Up: Meg Miller of The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa

Cake: Passion Flower Cakes

DJ: Max Powers

Videographer: Andrew Gehman

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Foxie Flowers


March 8, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Pharsalia has been in Foxie Morgan’s family for five generations, and she continues to carry on traditions established by those who came before her. Inspired by her mother’s love for gardening and entertaining, Foxie began the flower farm and wedding business in 2006.

In addition to its fresh blooms, Pharsalia also contains hidden gems around each corner— from collections of wooden gardening tools to antique birdhouses and windmills.

As springtime emerges, so do the exuberant double- and triple-blossomed peonies. Blooming in traditional whites and pinks, as well as dramatic yellows and bi-color blooms, some of these florals were even planted by her mother.

Learn more about the fresh florals at Pharsalia and some of the special touches Foxie contributes to her displays in the latest issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings.

Photography by Jen Fariello Photography

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Delectable Cakes: Three Delicious Trends You Are Sure to Love


February 20, 2017 | Ivy Publications

While there is a rise in serving unique non-cake desserts at weddings, the traditional wedding cake is still a reception staple, even if couples choose to only have a small cake for themselves. We have seen trends move away from the 8-tier cake that could serve all wedding guests to the 3-tier or smaller version—the perfect size for newlyweds to cut into at their reception and still have a layer to save for their first anniversary. Here are three trends we love that you can consider in your big day preparations!

The modern-take on the traditional, elegant white cake incorporates greenery and florals, allowing couples to showcase their theme or color while adding the organic, lively touch that only greenery can bring. (Cake at left by Favorite Cakes, photographed by Robert Radifera Photography; Cake photo at right by Rachel May Photography.)

The use of gold has been popular as well. Perfect for the elegant wedding, gold can add dimension and a chic touch to your wedding cake. Whether you choose to contrast the white of your cake, like the one below at left by Paradox Pastry, or make your cake entirely gold, such as the one on the right by Maliha Creations, it is sure to catch the eye of your guests. (Photos by Rachel May Photography.)

Expected to be a huge trend this year, the naked or translucent style, not fully iced, allows the cake to pop beneath the frosting. This adds more color than the traditional cake and allows guests to see what flavor may be underneath the frosting. (Cake at left by Paradox Pastry, photographed by Rachel May Photography; Cake at right by Favorite Cakes, photographed by David Abel Photography.)

Whether you prefer your cake to be more traditional, like the white cakes, or want something that stands out at your wedding, like the chic gold cakes, there are so many talented bakeries in Charlottesville that you are sure to find your dream dessert.

Lead cake image by Sweethaus, photographed by Jen Fariello Photography.

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at weddings@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.