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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Scott and Nicole said “I do” on a beautiful summer afternoon at the breathtaking Blenheim Vineyards. With the help of Charlottesville’s skilled wedding professionals, their wedding shined with elegance and class. Here are some of the creative details that went into creating their dream day.
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 that shared their love for their four-legged friends—Moose their golden retriever and Cocoa their cat—which made for a sweet personal touch.
Nicole’s beautiful, lace mermaid dress looked flawless throughout the special day and well into the starlit night. A classic low-knotted hairstyle and exquisite makeup gave her a look of timeless beauty.
From the bouquet and boutonnieres to aisle adornments and tablescapes, the arrangements accessorized the day with beauty and class.
As guests sipped on their drinks, they danced their way into the moonlit evening to the dulcet tones of local musicians. Under the awning of the beautiful, spoked tent, family and friends celebrated the love of this dazzling couple.
To see more of Scott & Nicole’s wedding, view it in the print edition of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2here.
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)