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Food Display & Decor


August 13, 2015 | Ivy Publications

Fabulous Food – Entertain in elegance by adding a unique touch to your table with foodie items like fruits, meats, cheeses and more! Create the mood for any occasion by creatively displaying your dishes or by using your foodie favorites to accent your decor. Balance your color palettes with the tasty treats or use them to add that burst of color to a non-traditional display. Your guests will ooh and aww well after the event is over.

 

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For a splash of color, try mixing some fresh mandarine oranges with homemade, jarred jams and jellies. The floral arrangements, decorative pillows and simplistic place mats will make the scene picture perfect.

 

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For a more simplistic and elegant event, use your foodie items in an eye-catching way. Decorate a handsomely folded napkin with a piece of rosemary from the garden, or prepare a spread of cheeses paired with locally made honeys and jams. The display will be irresistible…that is until they taste the homemade honey on a piece of delicious gorgonzola cheese.

Fine china sets stacked at each setting, supporting a freshly made puff-pastry or croissant will also do the trick. Guests’ mouths will be watering from the moment they sit down in front of this delectable treat.

 

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Direct all eyes to the elegant dishes of pork soaking in sweetness from fresh peaches and pineapples and of shrimp decorated with grilled radishes and vegetables. The sea-glass squared plates add an attractive, high-end appeal and play nicely with the bright whites and natural greens of the bouquets.

 

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For a more picturesque table setting in true farm-to-table style, pair silver-rimmed flutes, white fine china dishes and crystal glasses with a cascading center piece. The focus will never leave the arrangement of fruits, vegetables and homemade spreads. Top it off with a pear or gourd place-card at each setting.

 

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To make any buffet beautiful, customize each dish with a hosta leaf making the rich pinks of the beef pop. The scalloped-edged descriptor and tiny tea-lights create an appetizing mix. Make the guests feel special with a seasonal fruit compote in an etched crystal glass topped with a personalized tag. Compliment the treat with a unique pattern of a cloth napkin and fine-china plate.

 

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For a more nontraditional center-piece, combine fruits and greens (eggplant, radishes, rosemary and pears). Paired with the crystal dishes and wine glasses, all eyes and stomachs will hone in on the beautiful display.

Photographer: Jen Fariello

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.

Julie & Andrew Plyler


August 5, 2015 | Ivy Publications

 

 

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Charlottesville weddings are the perfect place to find southern charm and rustic elegance. To continue with our submissions for “Wedding of the Year,” we would love to introduce Julie Mann and Andrew Plyler. With August just around the corner, Julie and Andrew showed us how to create the perfect color scheme for the dog days of summer. Combining rich purples and lush greens, the warmth of the color pallet exudes a radiance that matches that of the couple.

 

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Fresh touches from local artisans, like the craft beers adorning the mahogany bar, created a homegrown feel. The two also share a love of basset hounds and found a unique way to weave their “must love dogs” mania into the reception through their signature bourbon-based drink, called “The Houndspit.”

 

 

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Julie and Andrew stood outside amongst purple blooms along a flowerbox-lined bridge, enjoying the intimacy of the moment. The flowing water and the breeze through the branches of the willow made for a tranquil ambiance at the Boar’s Head Inn. The two came together amongst family and friends to celebrate their union, surrounded by the natural beauty of Jefferson’s Virginia.

Photographer: Melody Robbins

Venue & Catering: Boar’s Head Inn

Day of Coordinator: Make It Posh Events

Floral Design: Floral Images Design Studio

Beauty & Hair Stylist: Face Value Salon

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza

Music: Madison Trio

Stationery: Paper Niche

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.