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For the Gents


March 21, 2016 | Ivy Publications

The modern groom is a man who understands what it means to wear his father’s cuff links and his grandfather’s pocket watch on the day of his wedding. This blend of vintage charm with personal meaning will remind any groom of the men who helped shape him into someone worthy of marrying his bride.

With a fresh haircut, fitted tuxedo, crisp shirt and polished shoes, grooms will be ready to confidently wait for their soon-to-be wife as she comes down the aisle—a vision of loveliness.

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Personal touches, like custom-embroidered ties, will help make the day unforgettable for the couple. Matching cuff links are a classic way to add personality to an attire and are a tried-and-true gift for groomsmen. After all, a groom has shared a lot of adventures with his groomsmen, who are about to see him off on his biggest adventure yet. So, why not thank them with a little gift?

For other gift ideas, choose from a wide array of leather goods from Charlottesville artisans. Leather-tabbed braces, personalized belts and grosgrain key fobs to match the wedding palette or school colors are all great keepsakes. Or, consider something more traditional such as an elegant money clip similar to that pictured below from local jeweler Jason McLeod. It is both practical and classic.

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While getting ready for this new adventure, grooms remember the memories and moments that have led them to this very day. The woman of his dreams has agreed to spend the rest of her life with him, and everything is set and ready to go! “You may kiss your bride.”

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Photography: Jen Fariello Photography

Second Set of Photos, Right Image: Rachel May

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.

Simple Beauty


March 8, 2016 | Ivy Publications

The most highly anticipated moment of every wedding is the first glimpse of the bride at the end of the aisle—a moment full of meaning, importance and beauty.

For the celebration featured here, the inspired floral designers at Southern Blooms followed a modern romantic trend. Balancing both tradition and innovation, the bride not only carries fresh flowers but also incorporates them into her wedding day ensemble as eye-catching accessories.

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Look beyond wearing flowers in your hair and create captivating botanical jewelry or sashes for decidedly fashionable and feminine style. These wearable blooms are floral works of art, allowing the bride to move between several different versions of adornment throughout the celebration—switching between a floral crown to a necklace to a sashed garland.

A dramatic strand of petals graces this bride’s neckline, creating a cultural focal point even once she’s handed her bouquet over to her maid of honor. The choice of Coral Charm peonies in a palette of pinks with creamy hints of gold creates a cascading informal look that complements the beautiful surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The tiniest (and sweetest!) wedding attendants deliver genuine addition and joy to the occasion—and often spontaneous surprises, too! When dressing them for the day, think both in terms of style and comfort. Both flower girls’ simple gowns sweetly complement the bride’s romantically soft elegant Sarah Janks gown and natural styling.

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The breathtaking landscapes of the region provide plentiful inspiration for brides seeking to create a cohesive wedding palette. Let the beauty of the area inspire you! And have fun exploring different ways to wear floral elements as memorable artful accessories for touches of color and drama that blend your style with the natural wonder around you.

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Photography: Jen Fariello Photography

Bridal Styling: Jeannine Lalonde Smith of Be Loved PR

Venue: Mount Ida Farm

Florals: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs

Model: Catherine Hedrick

Creative Direction & Styling: Shindig Weddings & Events

Dress: Sarah Janks

Veil: Jorge Manuel Weddings

Rings: Norman Silverman Diamonds from Fink’s Jewelers

Hair: Erica Haskins-Crutchfield of Top Knot Studio

Makeup: Linda Livernois of Rouge 9 Make Up Studio

Original Story by: Meghan Streit

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.

Danielle & Eamon Redmond


March 1, 2016 | Ivy Publications

With the 2016 Wedding of the Year Application deadline drawing to a close, we’ve loved looking back at the stunning 2015 applicants! Danielle & Eamon Redmond held their beautiful wedding on a private residence in the beautiful Charlottesville countryside.

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The affair was an elegant, classic wedding filled with attention to detail throughout the ceremony and reception.

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The setting complemented the wedding colors of orange and blue, creating overall perfection!

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For a special and sentimental personal touch, the mother of the bride grew most of the flowers for the wedding. Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events then added to and created the spectacular arrangements and bouquets.

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The cocktail hour, reception and even cake all contributed to the wedding’s late-summery outdoor theme while adhering to the sunny color scheme.

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Applications for the 2016 Wedding of the Year are still being accepted until March 3! Download an application here!

Photographer: Meg Runion

Event Planner: Demi Meeker

Caterer: Occasions Caterers

Cake Baker: Paradox Pastry

Florist: Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events

Rental Company: Skyline Tent Company & Beehive Events

Bridal Dress: JCrew

Beauty Stylist: Tinsley Onuegbu of Bobbi Brown

Hair Stylist: Debboe Dawsom of HairFX

Music: Back to Zero

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.