David and Rebecca came to the Charlottesville area in search of the perfect place for their families to come together and celebrate their wedding. Rebecca, who is originally from the North, and David, who is originally from the South, said “I do” on an October afternoon at Belle Haven on the James.
The couple and their planner Marisa Vrooman of Orpha Events wanted to strike a balance between modern elegance and rustic beauty through using mixed china, farm tables, earth-toned linens, bright florals and gold finishes. They brought in crystal chandeliers and floral hanging adornments to mix both the natural and man-made for a classic elegance that also brightened the barn in a festive way.
The couple wed in the venue’s West Garden under a beautiful wooden arbor adorned with greenery. The bride wore a delicate lace wrap over her dress for the ceremony.
Following a cocktail hour in the Tidewater tent, dinner was held in the venue’s barn with long farm tables running the length of the space. Decorated with greenery and glowing lights, the reception had an intimate charm.
Aside from the bright fuchsia and cafe au lait dahlias that were prominently featured, the couple chose black and white as their colors, a nod to the modernity of New York City, where they both reside.
With the help of Vrooman, David and Rebecca showcased the black and white colors in several intentional elements throughout the affair. They created a modern black and white cake from Paradox Pastry, adorned with beautiful dahlias to soften the look. Another unique way the couple incorporated their colors was through black and white striped straws in champagne flutes as escort cards for the guests, which added a touch of formality to the occasion. They also incorporated white lounge area furniture with black striped throw pillows and black and white striped boxes filled with donuts for the guests’ parting snack.
After dinner, everyone returned to the Tidewater tent to dance the night away to live music. The elegant wedding, incorporating David’s southern roots and the couple’s love for the modern, turned out to be a beautiful celebration of their new life together as husband and wife.
Maddy & CJ’s beautiful summer wedding exuded joy and classic romance. The couple chose the stunning Christ Episcopal Church for their ceremony and said “I do” surrounded by friends and family.
Maddy prepared for her big day at the Oakhurst Inn. Her Sealed With a Kiss dress included lace details that perfectly matched her bouquet of wildflowers by Innisfree Herb Garden Flowers. Her bridesmaids’ attire, each dressed in a different soft pink dress, added a romantic touch to the affair.
The reception, held at The Barn at Edgewood Farm, had a whimsical seasonal feel. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed playing games and mingling outside. The elegant simplicity of this venue created an inviting space for guests to celebrate the newlyweds.
The lively bright flowers decorated the venue from the tables to the cake, contrasting the white decor. Guests enjoyed the delicious catering by Roadside Chive.
As the sun set, Maddy and CJ spent the rest of the evening celebrating their love and new marriage with family and friends.
Katie and Erik made the decision to say “I do” on the beautiful historic grounds of Keswick Vineyards, situated among the rolling hills of farmland and surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Bright and bold in every way possible, their wedding incorporated stunning elements from the vibrant florals and greenery to their eye-catching unfrosted cake. With the help of local vendors, Katie & Erik not only created a wedding to rival but also a day to remember for a lifetime.
Katie’s wedding look involved a large-lace pattern on the front and back of her dress with buttons leading down to her mermaid train. Her dazzling teardrop earrings complemented the look.
Katie and Erik made great use of this year’s floral trend using bright and bold color palettes. They used the seasonal element of citrus for the flowers and cake, which symbolizes the color and life the couple brings into each others’ lives.
Below, you can see the colors incorporated into the arbor florals and greenery reaching out in a gorgeous framing around the couple.
The officiant for the wedding, a beloved friend of the bride and groom, played a unique dual role in the wedding by also putting together the daring and delicious, unfrosted wedding cake, decorated in strawberries, limes, florals and mint.
The bride thought of the idea to hold the name cards in golden animal statuettes. After guests found their seats, Harvest Moon Catering provided the delectable dinner.
Katie & Erik’s wedding displays many ways to make a wedding personalized and special for you and your guests. Throughout every aspect of the day, the couple shared the brightness in their love.
We are so excited for the color and vibrance of the spring and summer weddings to come. Here is one summer wedding from this past year that took our breath away…
Meera and Nick held their beautiful wedding at CrossKeys Vineyards. Meera and her bridesmaids wore Saris as well as the traditional Mehndi on their hands and carried colorful bouquets by Rick’s Flowers.
The couple followed Indian traditions and wore flower garlands, a symbol of union, during their ceremony. Their wedding colors—pink, green and orange—were brightly incorporated into their celebration. From the rose petal lined aisle to the wedding arbor, lush with greenery and florals, it was a sight of beauty and love.
Their stunning 4-tier Peacock Henna wedding cake was designed by Passion Flower Cakes and admired throughout the evening.
Their colorful wedding was a true celebration of two cultures. Nick and Meera chose different ways to incorporate his Greek heritage and her Indian heritage into the food, traditions and decor, bringing together two diverse families to celebrate love and the start of Nick and Meera’s new journey as a married couple.
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 2here.
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.
Dressed in her “perfect” wedding dress, the bride grabbed her capelet and gorgeous bouquet, and met her groom at the end of the aisle.
Afterwards, gifts were shared and the festivities began. We cannot wait to share more with you in 2017!
Esther and Andrew took their vows on a beautiful September day amongst the verdant landscape of The Market at Grelen.
Inspired by the surrounding natural beauty, the wedding encompassed a simple elegance, flattered by the venue’s botanics. Stone and wooden elements from the area were incorporated in the décor, providing a rustic ambiance. Soft, organic florals from Mallory Joyce added just the right amount of romance to the breathtaking affair.
For the bridal party and groomsmen, Esther and Andrew chose the classic color scheme of rich navy and periwinkle. Emerald and cream boutonnieres alongside pink and jade bouquets seamlessly complemented the deep blue hues while matching the greenery ever present in the décor and setting.
The couple tied in elements of their heritage with some gorgeous personal touches. The mothers, aunts and grandmothers wore traditional Korean dresses, called “hanbok,” mixing both modern and traditional details for a unique celebration.
The affection Esther and Andrew showed towards each other was infectious, causing everyone to smile from beginning to end. The couple beamed with love, sharing laughs during even the most intimate moments.
After months of planning, the couple was overjoyed to see their special day come together, and were thankful for the opportunity to make memories they will cherish for a lifetime.
We are excited to announce Drew & Giavona as the winners of our Wedding of the Year contest, having been chosen by popular vote amongst an abundance of other gorgeous wedding submissions. Photographer Annamarie Akins did a beautiful job telling their love story through photography as seen in our print edition. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek on our blog, where you can see even more gorgeous photography.
Drew and Giavona’s romantic and family-centric wedding in the breathtaking countryside of Albemarle was a perfect combination of beauty, style, and personal touches.
It was a timeless celebration of love, as Drew and Giavona said “I Do” inside the quaint and lovely Trump Chapel.
During the planning of the wedding, Giavona’s father unexpectedly passed away. In memory of him, the couple had a chair set aside especially for him, where a sign stood with the words, “Hakuna Matata,” her father’s favorite saying.
The bride’s gorgeous A-lined Austin Scarlett dress, paired with a unique alabaster bouquet, was a sight inspiring future brides. The bridesmaids lovely Jenny Yoo periwinkle dresses were paired with blush bouquets from Hedge Fine Blooms (pictured above).
Sporting a watch that Giavona had given her father years before, Drew matched his groomsmen in a navy blue suit and ivory boutonniere, also perfectly complimentary of the periwinkle bridesmaids dresses.
The merging of the couple continued with a reception at the Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery, chosen by the couple for its significance and beauty. Drew and Giavona fell in love with the sweeping vineyard and countryside views during countless visits to the estate, while Giavona was working on its renovation.
At the reception, the menu was written in Italian as a nod to Giavona’s father’s days as an Italian chef and included all of his favorite dishes, which A Pimento Catering provided. The chosen color palette of peach, ivory and gold highlights truly brought out the beauty of the natural setting.
We are so excited to share Drew and Giavona’s love story with you. To read more of the 2016 Wedding of the Year, see the latest issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddingshere.
Among so many gorgeous weddings submitted for Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 1, we were excited to announce Ellen & Chris Sweet as the winners of our Wedding of the Year contest, having been chosen by the popular vote. This wedding wowed our selection committee for not only its beauty and grandeur but also for the choices Ellen and Chris made to make their ceremony a most memorable affair. We hope you enjoy this inside scoop with photos and details from the wedding and that it inspires you as it did us!
Ellen and Chris joined hands on the picturesque grounds of Castle Hill Cider to recite their vows and officially declare their lifelong dedication to one another. With its gilded cupola, wide barn doors, latticed windows and walls of knotty pine, the barn provided a fabulous backdrop for the celebration of their marriage. In this rustic setting, surrounded by a hanging row of glittering chandeliers they chose themselves, Ellen and Chris shared their first meal as husband and wife.
Every detail reminded them of the places that they loved, from the tiny chicken-and-waffle appetizers from The Catering Outfit, reminiscent of Chris’ deep Southern roots in Texas, to the gift boxes of See’s Candies, treasured by Ellen from her parents’ native California. But, no memories shined as bright as the times they spent together on weekend getaways as their romance budded in Virginia.
Ellen stood in a full-lace gown by Alvina Valenta with asymmetrical tiers and a cascade of buttons down the back. Southern Blooms prepared the florals for the wedding and put together Ellen’s stunning bouquet.
Ellen and Chris thought a lot about their ties to Virginia and knew they wanted to showcase local artisans and businesses from the Charlottesville area, including the delicate place settings and invitations designed and printed by Jen Maton of If So Inklined, featured below.
Prepared in a labor of love by Kathy Watkins of Favorite Cakes, the wedding featured this stunning, all-white fondant cake decorated with the four different patterns of the formal china.
When you fall in love in a particular place, you also fall in love with the place itself. Every detail brought Ellen and Chris back to those first early days soon after they started dating—when it seemed like the world around them was suddenly enchanted. There are memories we keep, and memories that grow with us. Ellen and Chris knew that there was no other place where they wanted to begin the memories of their marriage than here, in the majestic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
You can read more about the 2015 Wedding of the Year in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddingshere.
No matter your wedding dreams, you are sure to find the perfect venue amongst Charlottesville’s many splendid choices. The combination of romantic countryside, elegance, vineyards, history and the creative people who are drawn to live here, has made Charlottesville one of the East Coast’s most popular wedding destinations—rivaling events held in cities from New York to Los Angeles. Just as Thomas Jefferson wed here centuries ago, couples, today, find Charlottesville to be the perfect setting for beginning their love story. We have highlighted some of Charlottesville’s unique and enchanting venues to help you envision your perfect wedding day.
King Family Vineyards, a family-owned farm and vineyard in Crozet, Virginia, offers a unique setting and venue with stunning views and suitable event spaces for bringing families and friends together on your special day. In comfortable, relaxed surroundings, it is a place to enjoy such a special and monumental moment of a couple’s journey.
Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery in Afton, Virginia is an elegant and timeless destination for a Virginia countryside celebration. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its charming 19th-century farmhouse venue is the perfect setting to celebrate a magnificent send-off for newlyweds.
Castle Hill Cider, located in Keswick’s horse country just miles from Charlottesville, offers many indoor and outdoor sites that allow for endless possibilities from the intimate to the incredible. The Cider Barn shares the crest of a verdant knoll with a linden tree grove. Artfully arranged below are apple orchards, a two-acre lake and custom-designed pergolas framing beautifully terraced lawns ideal for lawn games during cocktail hour.
Adventure Farm is a vintage family-owned farm providing a range of idyllic settings for a wedding. The farm offers spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views, rolling pastures, lakes, woods and rows of grape vines marching up and over the hills. Your guests will be captivated by the ambiance of a traditional working farm, the charming tasting room, meadow and pond sites.
Situated among the sprawling Charlottesville hills on 100 acres of pristine gardens, a private lake and majestic views, the historic Clifton Inn—a relais & châteaux property—creates a stunning scene for the fairy-tale wedding of your dreams. Walk up the lavender pathway and through the wisteria arbor to the court, the Clifton Inn’s premier event space. The elegant sperry tent with hardwood floors provides the perfect backdrop while dining and dancing beneath the star-filled Virginia sky.
First Colony Winery boasts breathtaking sunsets, charming Old World gardens, meticulously manicured vineyards, newly renovated facilities and an elegant atmosphere. The winery offers several venue choices, from the Tasting Room or Chanticleer Loft with its lovely cafe lighting to the Terrace Gardens or, for the most intimate setting, in the vineyard.
Keswick Hall, a 600-acre expansive property located outside the city of Charlottesville in wine country, features a grand Italianate villa among gently rolling hills. The splendid foliage with an impeccable golf course provides an impressive backdrop, suggesting an event that is secluded yet dramatic.
Set on Grelen Nursery’s gorgeous 600-acre tree nursery in Somerset, Virginia, The Market at Grelen Wedding & Event Venue boasts spectacular 360-degree views of the famous Blue Ridge Mountains. The facility’s event spaces include an expansive Stone Terrace, a Greenhouse filled with seasonal plants and succulents and a gorgeous expansive Berry Field, complete with a furnished 4,500-square-foot tent. From an intimate small rehearsal dinner or ceremony to a large wedding celebration, the variety of choices and spaces give couples the flexibility to host all aspects of a wedding.
Our third President’s historic grounds, owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation since 1923 with a mission of education and preservation, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello offers a variety of inspired settings that provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience Jefferson’s Virginia. At Montalto, overlooking Monticello, 350-degree panoramic vistas of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains change with the sunlight and the seasons. Repose, the gracious 11,000- square-foot country home perched atop Jefferson’s “high mountain,” offers a variety of event possibilities and is one of the most distinctive, elegant spaces in Virginia.
Mount Ida Farm is a unique wedding venue located south of Charlottesville on a secluded, 6,000-acre sanctuary. Spectacular scenic vistas, historic homes, horse-drawn carriages, tree-lined drives, historic plantation accommodations and cocktail parties, lake or stable-side, all combine to create the venue of any couple’s dreams.
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is a distinctive winery and event space just outside of Charlottesville. Designed and co-owned by nationally recognized event planner and stylist, Lynn Easton of Easton Events, Pippin Hill blends rustic charm and modern elegance with well known wine and world-class cuisine. This dream venue brought to life reflects a signature timeless aesthetic and a high-touch approach to hospitality.
Veritas Vineyard & Winery features a variety of inviting indoor and outdoor spaces and has garnered praise as one of Virginia’s most sought-after venues. Whether you prefer an intimate sit-down dinner at the Farmhouse or an all-out celebration in Saddleback Hall, Veritas stands ready to make a couple’s dream event a reality. This beautiful setting awaits your personal touch for a truly unique and memorable event.
Photography by Daane Studios
A space with sweeping mountain views and intimate, secret gardens—from the reflecting pool and the grove of pines by the pond to the meandering stream and the rose and butterfly gardens, Waterperry Farm is a living work of art, always evolving in bloom and in light, so no matter where you turn, the magic is waiting to happen.