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A Christmas Wedding


December 19, 2016 | Ivy Publications

Dreaming of a Christmas Wedding? Dream away! More images of this beautiful Christmas affair will be featured in the 2017 issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings at the stunning Keswick Hall, but we couldn’t resist giving you a sneak peek with the magic of the Holidays upon us.

This stunning wedding is full of creative touches incorporating the Christmas season. From the hand-painted invitations and the “Mr. & Mrs.” signs adorning the backs of the bride and groom’s chairs to the bride’s adorable buffalo plaid print shoes, it symbolizes the couple’s flare.

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Dressed in her “perfect” wedding dress, the bride grabbed her capelet and gorgeous bouquet, and met her groom at the end of the aisle.

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Afterwards, gifts were shared and the festivities began. We cannot wait to share more with you in 2017!

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Concept & Execution: Ayvazyan & de Beauvoir

Photography: 3 Cats Photo

Wedding Gown: Ayvazyan & de Beauvoir

Hair: Top Knot Studio

Makeup: Gohar Makeup

Flowers: A New Leaf Florist

Croquembouche Wedding Cake: Granatus Desserts

Robe: Zatik Studio

Jewelry: Fink’s Jewelers

Model: Jennifer Linke

Calligrapher: Simply Handwritten by Anna

Venue: Keswick Hall

Farm Venue: Evergreen Hill Farm

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.

The Romance of Gold


December 5, 2016 | Ivy Publications

Celebrate your Engagement with a Glamorous Farm-to-Table Party

It is officially engagement season! Throw a chic and elegant engagement party this winter by incorporating seasonal décor. Beautiful and bold, rich gold is the perfect touch to add romance and a polished look to your celebration. Host your party at a beautiful country venue and add a rustic setting to contrast the gold. This bride-to-be chose one of Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard‘s beautiful manors to celebrate her engagement.

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Winter offers ample opportunities to create an atmosphere exuding trendy country glamour. Authentic natural elements like antlers give décor an amazing sculptural quality that can be incorporated from the stationary to the centerpieces. Surprise your guests with small gifts on their dinner placecards, like cuff links and earrings. The earrings pictured above are Gold Pave Venezia Stud earrings by Suz Somersall.

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In setting a particular table, begin with choosing gold pieces to feature such as the flecked goblets and gold-rimmed plates the hostess hand-selected. Tapered candles and delicate votives cast a glow on guests’ place settings, dancing gracefully over the glittering touches. Adding greenery plucked right from your garden adds homey accents. Arrange a variety of winter greens for the foundation of your floral display and add some berries, pine cones, late blooms and seed heads for variety and texture.

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Gilding your party décor with touches of romantic gold—bringing in the rustic charm of natural elements—is the perfect way to create an elegant tablescape for celebrating with your guests this season. Once your vision is set, you can enjoy the company of friends and family and toast to your new engagement.

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Photography: Rachel May

Creative Direction + Styling: Lolly Lux for Suz Somersall

Co-creative + Florist: Katarzyna Borek

Jewelry: Suz Somersall

Venue Coordinator: Millicent Lynch of Murcielago Farms

Venue: The Farms at Turkey Run

Hair & Makeup: Tinsley Onuegbu

Stationery & Calligraphy: If So Inklined

Hostess: Natalie Barkley

Champagne Sequin Gown: Aidan Mattox

Floral Brocade Strapless Gown: Carmen Marc Valvo

Host: Stefan Bozik

Suit: J. Crew

Argentinian Belt Accessories: La Matera

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.