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.
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.
The natural beauty of area vineyards and mountain views draws couples to celebrate their weddings in Charlottesville. Breathtaking landscapes and endless greenery set the stage for a perfect romantic wedding reception.
The perfect wedding decor will allure, dazzle and welcome your wedding guests for a memorable evening. The blending of candles and graceful warm lights, overflowing flower arrangements, sparkling metals and flowing linens can transform your venue into a magical setting. (Photographer: Jen Fariello Photography; Venue: Keswick Hall; Florals: Southern Blooms; Design: Shindig Weddings)
When decorating, begin with the lighting to create an ambiance that will transform the atmosphere of your reception. Using antique chandeliers or tiny twinkling lights overhead can add instant elegance and warmth like the sculptural cascade of fairy lights at Castle Hill Cider below. (Photo by Rachel May Photography)
Lush florals will liven your tablesetting with color and texture. For a rustic touch, consider table runners, like the delicate lace runners below, to showcase a wooden farm table. Clustering votives into small groups in between your floral arrangements can add a warm glow to your table. (Photographer: Rachel May Photography; Venue: The Clifton Inn; Florals: Amanda Veronee)
Bamboo chairs circling wooden tables draped in light blue linens and decorated with softly lit votives is a trendy way to incorporate your color scheme. Tents for outdoor receptions provide an additional canvas, adding all-around elegance (Photo by Jen Fariello Photography).
Decorate the bride and groom’s chairs like those at Clifton Inn (shown below) with personalized calligraphy signs and greenery for a charming look. Numbered table cards can also embrace and display your style while helping your guests find their seats (Photo on left by Sarah Cramer Shields; Photo on right by Robert Radifera Photography).
Wherever your style falls—simple or elaborate—memorable décor will leave your guests inspired. (Rachel May Photography)
Small details in the wedding planning process can ensure that the groom’s personality will be just as evident as the bride’s on their wedding day. The modern groom has plenty of options to let his own style shine through as he marries his best friend. Gathering the right ensemble will leave him feeling cool and confident on his special day. Whether its a traditional black tux paired with a bow tie or a more modern linen suit adorned with a navy tie, like the polka-dot tie below, every groom is sure to find the perfect pieces to complete his style. (Left and top right photo by Rachel May Photography; Bottom right photo by Sarah Cramer Shields Photography)
While groomsmen traditionally wear the same colored suit and tie, additional accessories, such as fun, lively socks, not only look great, but also allow the wedding party to show their own flare. These unseen additions to the groomsmens’ attire are amusing links between the men and definitely toast-worthy. Customized cuff links are great accessories that also make for personalized gifts that can be worn and remembered long after the wedding. (Left photos by Rachel May Photography; right photo by Robert Radifera Photography)
Another growing wedding trend is the groom’s cake. Given as a gift from his bride, this delectable wedding feature is another fun way to showcase a groom’s personality or a special time in his life. This chocolate strawberry cake adorned with the UVA logo will make any alumnus proud.
Whether a groom’s personality shines through his attire, accessories or other facets of the ceremony and reception, he can surely find ways to incorporate intimate details for an unforgettable and meaningful day. (Top left and right photo by Rachel May Photography; Bottom left photo by Robert Radifera Photography)
Dressed to impress his bride, the groom can now turn his attention to what matters most—marrying his perfect match and celebrating the beginning of a new adventure. (Photo by Sarah Cramer Shields Photography)
Dreaming of a Christmas Wedding? Dream away! More images of this beautiful Christmas affair will be featured in the 2017 issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings at the stunning Keswick Hall, but we couldn’t resist giving you a sneak peek with the magic of the Holidays upon us.
This stunning wedding is full of creative touches incorporating the Christmas season. From the hand-painted invitations and the “Mr. & Mrs.” signs adorning the backs of the bride and groom’s chairs to the bride’s adorable buffalo plaid print shoes, it symbolizes the couple’s flare.
Dressed in her “perfect” wedding dress, the bride grabbed her capelet and gorgeous bouquet, and met her groom at the end of the aisle.
Afterwards, gifts were shared and the festivities began. We cannot wait to share more with you in 2017!
Celebrate your Engagement with a Glamorous Farm-to-Table Party
It is officially engagement season! Throw a chic and elegant engagement party this winter by incorporating seasonal décor. Beautiful and bold, rich gold is the perfect touch to add romance and a polished look to your celebration. Host your party at a beautiful country venue and add a rustic setting to contrast the gold. This bride-to-be chose one of Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard‘s beautiful manors to celebrate her engagement.
Winter offers ample opportunities to create an atmosphere exuding trendy country glamour. Authentic natural elements like antlers give décor an amazing sculptural quality that can be incorporated from the stationary to the centerpieces. Surprise your guests with small gifts on their dinner placecards, like cuff links and earrings. The earrings pictured above are Gold Pave Venezia Stud earrings by Suz Somersall.
In setting a particular table, begin with choosing gold pieces to feature such as the flecked goblets and gold-rimmed plates the hostess hand-selected. Tapered candles and delicate votives cast a glow on guests’ place settings, dancing gracefully over the glittering touches. Adding greenery plucked right from your garden adds homey accents. Arrange a variety of winter greens for the foundation of your floral display and add some berries, pine cones, late blooms and seed heads for variety and texture.
Gilding your party décor with touches of romantic gold—bringing in the rustic charm of natural elements—is the perfect way to create an elegant tablescape for celebrating with your guests this season. Once your vision is set, you can enjoy the company of friends and family and toast to your new engagement.
Esther and Andrew took their vows on a beautiful September day amongst the verdant landscape of The Market at Grelen.
Inspired by the surrounding natural beauty, the wedding encompassed a simple elegance, flattered by the venue’s botanics. Stone and wooden elements from the area were incorporated in the décor, providing a rustic ambiance. Soft, organic florals from Mallory Joyce added just the right amount of romance to the breathtaking affair.
For the bridal party and groomsmen, Esther and Andrew chose the classic color scheme of rich navy and periwinkle. Emerald and cream boutonnieres alongside pink and jade bouquets seamlessly complemented the deep blue hues while matching the greenery ever present in the décor and setting.
The couple tied in elements of their heritage with some gorgeous personal touches. The mothers, aunts and grandmothers wore traditional Korean dresses, called “hanbok,” mixing both modern and traditional details for a unique celebration.
The affection Esther and Andrew showed towards each other was infectious, causing everyone to smile from beginning to end. The couple beamed with love, sharing laughs during even the most intimate moments.
After months of planning, the couple was overjoyed to see their special day come together, and were thankful for the opportunity to make memories they will cherish for a lifetime.
Each year, styles, colors and patterns arise as favorites among florists and floral designers. The drive to create more innovative arrangements that incorporate unique greenery and natural elements has led to a stunning and creative year for florals. The recent trend toward larger arrangements left floral designers with plenty of room to play and amaze wedding parties and guests each season.
The intricately detailed arrangement has become a staple in a couple’s wedding décor. With brides being more selective when choosing their floral designers, they are drawing in the photographer’s attention to capture their stunning arrangements. From the bouquets held by the bride and her bridesmaids as they walk down the aisle to the centerpieces decorating the middle of the reception tables, flowers have the ability to enhance the mood of any wedding.
Adding non-floral elements to a bouquet or display adds both texture and dimension that may not be available in the traditional floral trends. Distinct additions to a bridal bouquet, such as feathers, berries and herbs, can also subtly speak to the bride’s personality while flattering and complementing her dress and jewelry.
Gone are the days of traditionally round and vertical-shaped flower arrangements. Bountiful overflowing bouquets thrived in this year’s floral trends. Many brides opted for horizontal bouquets filled with different blooms and greenery, allowing brides to make a statement without hiding her breathtaking dress. Often, brides combined the trend of extra foliage with this horizontal layout to create an even more unique natural appearance like those above.
As overflowing floral trends graced the wedding world this year, some brides are still choosing a traditional look. Incorporating the longstanding tradition of a rounder, more tailored bouquet, brides chose arrangements with a mixture of similar or complementing toned flowers and other greenery. Using different flowers of similar color adds a unique modern twist to a well-known style—embracing the year’s “wild” and natural trends.
Floral trends have started to seep into every aspect of a couple’s wedding, from flower headbands and jewelry to adorning the bride and groom’s chairs at the head table. Brides and flower girls alike walk down the aisles with flower crowns weaved into their hairstyles. These bohemian inspired floral accessories fit well with the natural and wild floral trends.
This past year, 2016, was a leading example of how adding unique touches to a wedding can transform it into something strikingly unforgettable. The growing trends toward larger arrangements and floral accessories have allowed floral designers more room to display their creative skills, and the results—amazing.
Those precious Wahoo moments spent at our beloved University of Virginia (UVA) are what make college life so memorable. Alumni alike have added personal UVA touches to their occasions, and our local artisan community offers plenty of original ideas for adding tasteful Cavalier spirit to your wedding.
We’ve given you some ideas for pairing something blue with some cheerful orange with these fun accessories. As seen below, couples could include striped suspenders made locally by Barrons-Hunter for the groomsmen and cute flats with a feminine blue bow for the bridesmaids. The adorable cloth jewelry bag, handmade in nearby Stuarts Draft, makes for a perfect bridesmaids gift and is available at The Virginia Shop.
Sweet in flavor and design, handmade treats by Kelly Trout of One Creative Cookie is a unique and creative extra that can be added to your celebration. These fabulous cookies can be decorated in a variety of designs to mirror your UVA spirit, including your own personal photo of choice! Serve the cookies as a dessert or use them as a favor for you guests!
Personalize your cocktail tables with coasters from the The Virginia Shop sporting an image of the University’s Grounds, like the historic Rotunda. These coasters could also be used as gifts for fellow UVA alumni in your wedding party.
Inviting your favorite furry family member to the wedding? Consider the striped dog leash below, also by Barrons-Hunter and available at Caspari. This leash will not only help showcase your family’s school spirit at your wedding, but is great to have for future tailgating and visits to the University.
Decorate your reception tables with some orange and blue whimsy! Mix in some eco-sensitive paper straws handmade by Beve in Charlottesville, and add chic napkins from Caspari, which has shops in both Charlottesville and Paris. This tasteful incorporation of UVA love will definitely be worthy of a “Wahoowa.”
We were so excited to celebrate the release of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2 at The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard. The Lodge, a spacious and elegantly restored barn, mixes the character and warmth of an aged setting with the sophisticated and polished look of a brand new venue—reflecting the stunning countryside settings Charlottesville offers brides and grooms on their wedding day.
Paisley & Jade staged the evening’s event with vintage chic furniture that perfectly complemented the look and feel of The Lodge. Adding more color and vibrancy to the space, Hedge Fine Blooms provided breathtaking floral arrangements that helped pull the fall scene together.
While guests talked and mingled around the venue, Rafael Scarfullery, a classical guitarist, carried the tone for the evening with his soft familiar melodies. The Catering Outfit served assorted savory Hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, satisfying each guest’s palate with the light fare.
Favorite Cakes prepared an array of delectable desserts that included their famously delicious chocolate bourbon balls. Guests returned again and again for another one of these sweet treats.
Strolling through The Lodge and out onto the back deck, our local wedding professionals joined us for an event celebrating all our area has to offer brides and grooms, and their guests. The party was truly a celebration of the local talent that draws couples to choosing our unique area for their event.
All of the little details that go into a couple’s memorable and amazing wedding day—from photographers and event planners to rental companies, florists and more—can be seen in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2. It was a great pleasure having the opportunity to visit with everyone who came out to celebrate this new issue.
We are continually amazed by the plethora of talent in our wedding community and love being able to showcase so many wonderful vendors and professionals, whose talents are some of the top in the country. Let us toast to another great volume and to continued friendships in our many endeavors.