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Kelly & Serge Wed at First Colony Winery


November 25, 2015 | Ivy Publications

On a gorgeous day in May, there’s nothing sweeter than witnessing a couple in love say “I Do.” As the weather bounces between the scents of Spring and the full blooms of Summer, weddings are happening near and far, filling weekends and making memories. Planned by Sweet Peach Planning, Kelly and Serge’s wedding at the beautiful First Colony Winery is a day their family and friends will always remember.

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While the bridal party looked flawless and sweetly feminine in navy blue, knee-length dresses, the groomsmen stood out in their matching taupe suits accented with ties of the same shade of blue alongside the groom in his United States Navy Uniform. The bridesmaids held beautiful DIY bouquets of peonies and roses in shades of ivory and pink, achieving a light, spring color palette. Completing the harmonious party style, the bride and her party modeled complementary hair styles by Avenue 42, also portraying a simplistic elegance alongside the bride in her breathtaking strapless white gown.

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First Colony Winery provided delightful times for all with delicious wine selections for the wedding party and guests alike. The rustic wooden structure of the Winery with touches of stone provided great photo ambiance, coinciding with the beautiful green of the scenic outdoors, perfect for capturing by the talented Margo Reed.

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The celebration of Kelly & Serge’s union called for a day of revelry with family and friends and dancing well into the night to music by 20 South Productions. Guests joined together over food by Harvest Moon Catering and an exquisite cake provided by Gabilicious Cakes. The three-tiered white and navy cake, topped with flowers adding a pop of peach, was the perfect balance of color and style. At the end of the festivities, the couple departed for their honeymoon in style in an Albemarle Limousine.

Venue & Location: First Colony Winery

Photographer: Margo Reed Photography

Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering

Cake: Gabilicious Cakes

Wedding Planner: Sweet Peach Planning

Transportation: Albemarle Limousine

Hair & Beauty Stylist: Avenue 42

Music: 20 South Productions

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.

Favor Favorites


November 20, 2015 | Ivy Publications

Wedding party favors are a thoughtful touch that will enhance any reception theme and can be as minimalistic or extravagant as the bride and groom desire. From traditional ones, like bubbles and sachets, to modern ones, such as succulents and jars of olive oil, favors are a great way to show guests you appreciate them sharing your special day. And just like any other detail of a wedding, favors go through trends. Here are just a few cute trending party favor ideas from 2015.

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While edible favors have always been an option, traditionally that option was jordan almonds. Over the past few years, personalized iced cookies have become an overwhelming favorite, and for good reason. Perfectly sized treats, easy to personalize and fairly inexpensive, they go great with any decor. Order from your favorite local bakery, or even do-it-yourself, and guests can enjoy at their leisure either during the wedding or at home. This favor trend is enjoyed by attendees of all ages and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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The world of edible favors is not limited to cookies, however. Truffles or homemade chocolate wedding favors, candy conversation hearts and gourmet coffee or tea are also good favor ideas. Bite-sized treats are great because, let’s face it, people love to eat and you can always find a taker for leftovers! They require minimal effort and pack a lot of points with guests.

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One of the biggest trends in weddings overall is sourcing locally. So it comes as no surprise that small jam, honey and oil jars made with locally sourced produce have become wildly popular. Cute, delicate and useful, these favors are great year round. It’s as easy as going to the local farmer’s market and filling an array of jars with seasonal offerings. To customize for guests of themes, try adding different spices to oils, or for the really ambitious, make a large batch of jam with fresh berries and top with a personalized label. These gifts have a long shelf life, leaving your guests with a sweet reminder of your special day!

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With the development of photo-technology comes the growing and lasting trend of customizable picture favors. A few years ago, putting your face on M&Ms was a remarkable feat. Now, any betrothed couple can customize their day with labels printed at their own home! From wine bottles to honey jars, send your guests home with any image imaginable. Couples can now also create photo opportunities at the wedding, by either setting up a take-it-yourself photo area with silly hats, mustaches and glasses or by providing a photo booth where guests receive a printed favor. Providing a photo favor adds to the experience of the reception as well as creates lasting memories.

Photos by Jen Fariello Photography

Cookies by One Creative Cookie

Chocolates by Gearharts Fine Chocolates

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.

Scenic Ceremonies


November 9, 2015 | Ivy Publications

Located in the countryside of Central Virginia, Charlottesville is surrounded by rolling fields and statuesque trees all framed by arresting mountaintops. With all its stunning natural beauty, Jefferson’s Virginia is the perfect place to hold an outdoor wedding.

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With sweeping landscapes and a multitude of great venues available, there’s no better backdrop for wedding pictures. Whether bordering your photos with the undulating peaks of the Blue Ridge or the lush vines of a splendid vineyard, the stunning natural light and colors will make any couple glow.

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Outdoor weddings also provide an array of opportunities to incorporate new ideas, items and aesthetics that aren’t options at indoor weddings. The expansive open space makes it possible to play with seating arrangements, aisle configurations, decorations, musical entertainment and even allows for inviting special animal guests!

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Repurposed wine barrels make great table or seats for guests. Large arbors covered in flowers or incorporated straight from nature create a stunning spectacle to surround a couple as they take their vows of love and promise. Tree limbs become convenient canopies and hangers while leaves ingratiate flawlessly into color schemes.

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After the ceremony, guests will continue to be enamored with breathtaking views during the reception or cocktail hour. While casually conversing with friends or enjoying a fine wine, the open-air seating will extend guests’ experiences to enjoying artful surroundings and perhaps inspire discussion!

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As day turns to night and the sun fades into twilight, outdoor weddings provide a venue to utilize brilliant pyrotechnics. Sparkler send offs, mounds of patterned, criss-crossed fairy lights and fireworks create a magical evening experience all will be sure to remember.

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Ethereally lit tents provide shelter and ambience for guests worried about Mother Nature’s fickle personality, while also supplying an amazing venue for attendees to dance the night away. These tents further provide freedom to play with atmospheric lighting in a way that indoor receptions hinder. Having a wedding out of doors can provide ample opportunities to expand anyone’s wedding pallet while enjoying nature’s richness.

Images: Header Jack Looney Photography, Veritas Vineyard and Winery

1 Aaron Watson Photography, King Family Vineyards

2 Aaron Watson Photography, Keswick Vineyards

3 Leah Valentine Photography, Keswick Vineyards

4 Jack Looney Photography, King Family Vineyards

5 & 6 Jen Fariello Photography, Mount Ida Farm

7 RubySky Photography, Hedge Fine Blooms

8 Marta Locklear, Nature Composed

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10 Jen Fariello Photography, Grelen Nursery

11 William Walker Photography

12 Robert Radifera Photography

13 King Family Vineyards

14 Plan a Shindig

15 Jen Fariello PhotographyThe Jefferson Monticello

16 Blue Ridge AV and Lighting

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.