The natural beauty of area vineyards and mountain views draws couples to celebrate their weddings in Charlottesville. Breathtaking landscapes and endless greenery set the stage for a perfect romantic wedding reception.
The perfect wedding decor will allure, dazzle and welcome your wedding guests for a memorable evening. The blending of candles and graceful warm lights, overflowing flower arrangements, sparkling metals and flowing linens can transform your venue into a magical setting. (Photographer: Jen Fariello Photography; Venue: Keswick Hall; Florals: Southern Blooms; Design: Shindig Weddings)
When decorating, begin with the lighting to create an ambiance that will transform the atmosphere of your reception. Using antique chandeliers or tiny twinkling lights overhead can add instant elegance and warmth like the sculptural cascade of fairy lights at Castle Hill Cider below. (Photo by Rachel May Photography)
Lush florals will liven your tablesetting with color and texture. For a rustic touch, consider table runners, like the delicate lace runners below, to showcase a wooden farm table. Clustering votives into small groups in between your floral arrangements can add a warm glow to your table. (Photographer: Rachel May Photography; Venue: The Clifton Inn; Florals: Amanda Veronee)
Bamboo chairs circling wooden tables draped in light blue linens and decorated with softly lit votives is a trendy way to incorporate your color scheme. Tents for outdoor receptions provide an additional canvas, adding all-around elegance (Photo by Jen Fariello Photography).
Decorate the bride and groom’s chairs like those at Clifton Inn (shown below) with personalized calligraphy signs and greenery for a charming look. Numbered table cards can also embrace and display your style while helping your guests find their seats (Photo on left by Sarah Cramer Shields; Photo on right by Robert Radifera Photography).
Wherever your style falls—simple or elaborate—memorable décor will leave your guests inspired. (Rachel May Photography)
Small details in the wedding planning process can ensure that the groom’s personality will be just as evident as the bride’s on their wedding day. The modern groom has plenty of options to let his own style shine through as he marries his best friend. Gathering the right ensemble will leave him feeling cool and confident on his special day. Whether its a traditional black tux paired with a bow tie or a more modern linen suit adorned with a navy tie, like the polka-dot tie below, every groom is sure to find the perfect pieces to complete his style. (Left and top right photo by Rachel May Photography; Bottom right photo by Sarah Cramer Shields Photography)
While groomsmen traditionally wear the same colored suit and tie, additional accessories, such as fun, lively socks, not only look great, but also allow the wedding party to show their own flare. These unseen additions to the groomsmens’ attire are amusing links between the men and definitely toast-worthy. Customized cuff links are great accessories that also make for personalized gifts that can be worn and remembered long after the wedding. (Left photos by Rachel May Photography; right photo by Robert Radifera Photography)
Another growing wedding trend is the groom’s cake. Given as a gift from his bride, this delectable wedding feature is another fun way to showcase a groom’s personality or a special time in his life. This chocolate strawberry cake adorned with the UVA logo will make any alumnus proud.
Whether a groom’s personality shines through his attire, accessories or other facets of the ceremony and reception, he can surely find ways to incorporate intimate details for an unforgettable and meaningful day. (Top left and right photo by Rachel May Photography; Bottom left photo by Robert Radifera Photography)
Dressed to impress his bride, the groom can now turn his attention to what matters most—marrying his perfect match and celebrating the beginning of a new adventure. (Photo by Sarah Cramer Shields Photography)