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Delectable Cakes: Three Delicious Trends You Are Sure to Love


February 20, 2017 | Ivy Publications

While there is a rise in serving unique non-cake desserts at weddings, the traditional wedding cake is still a reception staple, even if couples choose to only have a small cake for themselves. We have seen trends move away from the 8-tier cake that could serve all wedding guests to the 3-tier or smaller version—the perfect size for newlyweds to cut into at their reception and still have a layer to save for their first anniversary. Here are three trends we love that you can consider in your big day preparations!

The modern-take on the traditional, elegant white cake incorporates greenery and florals, allowing couples to showcase their theme or color while adding the organic, lively touch that only greenery can bring. (Cake at left by Favorite Cakes, photographed by Robert Radifera Photography; Cake photo at right by Rachel May Photography.)

The use of gold has been popular as well. Perfect for the elegant wedding, gold can add dimension and a chic touch to your wedding cake. Whether you choose to contrast the white of your cake, like the one below at left by Paradox Pastry, or make your cake entirely gold, such as the one on the right by Maliha Creations, it is sure to catch the eye of your guests. (Photos by Rachel May Photography.)

Expected to be a huge trend this year, the naked or translucent style, not fully iced, allows the cake to pop beneath the frosting. This adds more color than the traditional cake and allows guests to see what flavor may be underneath the frosting. (Cake at left by Paradox Pastry, photographed by Rachel May Photography; Cake at right by Favorite Cakes, photographed by David Abel Photography.)

Whether you prefer your cake to be more traditional, like the white cakes, or want something that stands out at your wedding, like the chic gold cakes, there are so many talented bakeries in Charlottesville that you are sure to find your dream dessert.

Lead cake image by Sweethaus, photographed by Jen Fariello Photography.

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.

Scott & Nicole’s Blenheim Wedding


February 6, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Scott and Nicole said “I do” on a beautiful summer afternoon at the breathtaking Blenheim Vineyards. With the help of Charlottesville’s skilled wedding professionals, their wedding shined with elegance and class. Here are some of the creative details that went into creating their dream day.

Stationery is one of the first opportunities a couple can employ to set the tone of their wedding. Scott and Nicole chose vibrant floral invitations, along with some stationery that shared their love for their four-legged friends—Moose their golden retriever and Cocoa their cat—which made for a sweet personal touch.

Nicole’s beautiful, lace mermaid dress looked flawless throughout the special day and well into the starlit night. A classic low-knotted hairstyle and exquisite makeup gave her a look of timeless beauty.

From the bouquet and boutonnieres to aisle adornments and tablescapes, the arrangements accessorized the day with beauty and class.

As guests sipped on their drinks, they danced their way into the moonlit evening to the dulcet tones of local musicians. Under the awning of the beautiful, spoked tent, family and friends celebrated the love of this dazzling couple.

To see more of Scott & Nicole’s wedding, view it in the print edition of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2 here.

Event Planning & Styling: Shindig Weddings & Events LLC

Photographer: Robert Radifera Photography

Venue: Blenheim Vineyards

Caterer: C&O Restaurant Catering

Cake: Maliha Creations

Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Design

Officiant: Claire Goodman with Sacred Ground Ceremonies

Rental Companies: Festive Fare & MS Events

Dress: Sealed with a Kiss

Beauty Stylist: Rouge 9 Makeup Studio

Hair Stylist: Top Knot Studio

Entertainment: Peter Richardson, Guitarist, & Sam Hill Entertainment

Favors & Gifts: The Detail Darling

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.