Looking for that perfect “something new,” or perhaps a gift for your bridesmaids? Local jewelers have unique customizable designs to help you find a timeless accessory. Meet local jewelers Ana Cavalheiro, Erin McDermott, Tricia Humphreys and Suz Somersall—each uniquely inspired and creating amazing jewelry.
“Jewelry making is personal,” says Ana Cavalheiro. A native of Lisbon, Portugal, Cavalheiro worked in Paris where she discovered her love of jewelry making. Now, she revels in making custom pieces for clients and always insists on conversations in her initial consultations so that the pieces have emotional value, get worn and eventually become family heirlooms. Cavalheiro finds inspiration in the castles of her native Portugal, as well as in geometrics. This is reflected in the names of her collections, including “Castles and Queens,” “Arabian” and “Pearls.” Cavalheiro’s intent is to create items for special events—such as weddings.
Erin McDermott first fell in love with jewelry making at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City after taking a jewelry design class. Now excelling at creating modern and unique jewelry, McDermott is able to inspire others. At the bottom of every page of her website, the phrase “I aspire to design jewelry that will inspire you” is visible in large, unapologetic letters. According to McDermott, her passion is “to design and handcraft jewelry that makes you feel beautiful, ‘put together’ and confident.” She is inspired everyday by the world around her, and her pieces are a fresh and modern spin on the classics. They are easy to wear all day and will express each woman’s personality at all times.
Owner of GotRocks Jewelry Design, Tricia Humphreys first began designing and making jewelry when she and her sister, Cha Roberts, discovered a bead shop on a rainy day at the beach. Humphreys began crafting necklaces with the beads and, along the way, she was inspired to re-purpose the antique jewelry pieces she’d been collecting for years while tying in her beading hobby. Since she first started GotRocks, she has been blending the old with the new. By disassembling the outdated accessories and then re-purposing them, “older pieces get new life,” says Humphreys. Thanks to her creativity and vision, the sweet gestures of yesterday can be given new homes.
Suz Somersall’s love of jewelry began at an early age. Surrounded by the extravagance of her hometown of New Orleans, Somersall was never without inspiration. Filled with French and Spanish influences, New Orleans was the perfect muse. As an undergraduate at Brown University, Somersall was inspired when she studied silhouetted works. But, her passion for design really began to flourish during her travels in Japan. Throughout the years, Somersall has discovered many different locations with varying cultures, landscapes and histories that continue to inspire her work. Her amazing life experiences have found their way into her work, producing equally amazing jewelry.
‘Tis the season of outdoor weddings, when all the luxuries of open-air spaces create a romantic and memorable scene. From the table setting and floral arrangements to picking the perfect dishes and drinks, your wedding reception can portray elegance and set the tone for all. No matter the location of your reception, personal touches can bring any space together in a cohesive manner. Just as Augusta and Brandon decorated the stunning veranda at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard, couples alike can create a simplistic décor, exuding elegance.
On the outdoor patio, a long table dressed in white filled the length of the space. Bamboo folding chairs added a unique touch to the overall style that blended well with the feel of the veranda. The overhead roof provided just enough shelter to its guests, bringing together the best of the indoor and outdoor experience. Local venues such as Pippin Hill are quintessentially located in the heart of Virginia wine country and are occasionally on vineyard properties as this one. With breathtaking panoramic views and accommodations for guest and hosts, these venues create perfect spaces for a celebration with friends and family.
Augusta and Brandon let their personality shine through from beginning to end. Summer beverages awaited guests to help keep them cool, and belvoir fruit farm drinks were nestled in ice in concrete patio buckets, offering guests tastes of elderflower and rose. For another seasonal touch, little baskets of local treats were prepared for the guests to take home, filled with samplings of Caromont cheese, honeycomb and apricots.
Throughout the course of the celebration, guests were spoiled with signature cocktails and wine. Grilled summer asparagus, complete with a sunny-side up quail egg and Virginia country ham, and delicious tempura green beans with a horasa aioli dip were favorites of the evening meal. The ingredients used by Chef Amalia Scatena were both sourced locally and also grown in the chef’s garden on the Pippin Hill property.
Spring and summer offer ample opportunities to use natural elements in your wedding décor. The florals included pretty pastels and apricot, while the pale blue accents in the plates and votive candleholders added a subtle masculine flare. When choosing a pastel color palette, you can balance it with greenery, creating a fresh welcoming appeal. For the bar, add greenery mixed in with the delectable dish being served or scatter it around the space with the additional plants. Your guests will be delighted by the attention to detail as they celebrate al fresco and enjoy the scents from the nearby vines blowing in the breeze. For tabletop bouquets, stick with hues that are more natural, since the space flows seamlessly from indoors to outside.
In setting a spectacular table, begin with the selected color scheme followed by the dining ware. Providing guests with a menu of what will be served is a creative way to add character to your setting. Tapered candles and delicate votives cast a glow on guests’ place settings when the sun sets on the horizon. Arranging the candles and desired floral elements throughout the space will be key to tying in seasonal aspects to the outdoor mood. It will also make it easier to choose just the right lighting pieces for your theme. In addition to the votive candles on the table, Augusta and Brandon used a variety of lighting, incorporating lanterns and torchieres around the veranda for some natural candlelight, and hanging lanterns and mini fogs to set the ambiance.
Augusta and Brandon’s reception was a success—bringing together friends and family over a delicious meal in the summer air. This season, let nature inspire your décor when celebrating al fresco. Once you have finalized all the little details and your big day arrives, you will be able to enjoy the outdoor setting and the company of your guests.