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Foxie Flowers


March 8, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Pharsalia has been in Foxie Morgan’s family for five generations, and she continues to carry on traditions established by those who came before her. Inspired by her mother’s love for gardening and entertaining, Foxie began the flower farm and wedding business in 2006.

In addition to its fresh blooms, Pharsalia also contains hidden gems around each corner— from collections of wooden gardening tools to antique birdhouses and windmills.

As springtime emerges, so do the exuberant double- and triple-blossomed peonies. Blooming in traditional whites and pinks, as well as dramatic yellows and bi-color blooms, some of these florals were even planted by her mother.

Learn more about the fresh florals at Pharsalia and some of the special touches Foxie contributes to her displays in the latest issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings.

Photography 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.

Dazzling Decor


January 31, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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)

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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)

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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)

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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).

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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).

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Wherever your style falls—simple or elaborate—memorable décor will leave your guests inspired. (Rachel May Photography)

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(Lead photo by Jen Fariello Photography at Keswick Hall and Golf Club; Florals by Southern Blooms)

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.

A Look Back on the Year’s Floral Trends


November 7, 2016 | Ivy Publications

Each year, styles, colors and patterns arise as favorites among florists and floral designers. The drive to create more innovative arrangements that incorporate unique greenery and natural elements has led to a stunning and creative year for florals. The recent trend toward larger arrangements left floral designers with plenty of room to play and amaze wedding parties and guests each season.

The intricately detailed arrangement has become a staple in a couple’s wedding décor. With brides being more selective when choosing their floral designers, they are drawing in the photographer’s attention to capture their stunning arrangements. From the bouquets held by the bride and her bridesmaids as they walk down the aisle to the centerpieces decorating the middle of the reception tables, flowers have the ability to enhance the mood of any wedding.

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Adding non-floral elements to a bouquet or display adds both texture and dimension that may not be available in the traditional floral trends. Distinct additions to a bridal bouquet, such as feathers, berries and herbs, can also subtly speak to the bride’s personality while flattering and complementing her dress and jewelry.

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Gone are the days of traditionally round and vertical-shaped flower arrangements. Bountiful overflowing bouquets thrived in this year’s floral trends. Many brides opted for horizontal bouquets filled with different blooms and greenery, allowing brides to make a statement without hiding her breathtaking dress. Often, brides combined the trend of extra foliage with this horizontal layout to create an even more unique natural appearance like those above.

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As overflowing floral trends graced the wedding world this year, some brides are still choosing a traditional look. Incorporating the longstanding tradition of a rounder, more tailored bouquet, brides chose arrangements with a mixture of similar or complementing toned flowers and other greenery. Using different flowers of similar color adds a unique modern twist to a well-known style—embracing the year’s “wild” and natural trends.

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Floral trends have started to seep into every aspect of a couple’s wedding, from flower headbands and jewelry to adorning the bride and groom’s chairs at the head table. Brides and flower girls alike walk down the aisles with flower crowns weaved into their hairstyles. These bohemian inspired floral accessories fit well with the natural and wild floral trends.

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This past year, 2016, was a leading example of how adding unique touches to a wedding can transform it into something strikingly unforgettable. The growing trends toward larger arrangements and floral accessories have allowed floral designers more room to display their creative skills, and the results—amazing.

Photography:

3 Cats Photo (lead image)

Robert Radifera Photography (Second, Seventh & Eighth Image)

Rachel May Photography (Third and Fourth Image)

Isaac Alongi (Fifth Image)

Michael & Carina Photographers (Sixth Image)

Jenelle Kappe (Ninth Image)

Alisandra Photography (Tenth Image)

Florals:

Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs (Fifth Image)

Mallory Joyce Design (Sixth Image)

Tourterelle Floral Design (Ninth & Tenth Image)

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.

Simple Beauty


March 8, 2016 | Ivy Publications

The most highly anticipated moment of every wedding is the first glimpse of the bride at the end of the aisle—a moment full of meaning, importance and beauty.

For the celebration featured here, the inspired floral designers at Southern Blooms followed a modern romantic trend. Balancing both tradition and innovation, the bride not only carries fresh flowers but also incorporates them into her wedding day ensemble as eye-catching accessories.

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Look beyond wearing flowers in your hair and create captivating botanical jewelry or sashes for decidedly fashionable and feminine style. These wearable blooms are floral works of art, allowing the bride to move between several different versions of adornment throughout the celebration—switching between a floral crown to a necklace to a sashed garland.

A dramatic strand of petals graces this bride’s neckline, creating a cultural focal point even once she’s handed her bouquet over to her maid of honor. The choice of Coral Charm peonies in a palette of pinks with creamy hints of gold creates a cascading informal look that complements the beautiful surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The tiniest (and sweetest!) wedding attendants deliver genuine addition and joy to the occasion—and often spontaneous surprises, too! When dressing them for the day, think both in terms of style and comfort. Both flower girls’ simple gowns sweetly complement the bride’s romantically soft elegant Sarah Janks gown and natural styling.

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The breathtaking landscapes of the region provide plentiful inspiration for brides seeking to create a cohesive wedding palette. Let the beauty of the area inspire you! And have fun exploring different ways to wear floral elements as memorable artful accessories for touches of color and drama that blend your style with the natural wonder around you.

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Photography: Jen Fariello Photography

Bridal Styling: Jeannine Lalonde Smith of Be Loved PR

Venue: Mount Ida Farm

Florals: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs

Model: Catherine Hedrick

Creative Direction & Styling: Shindig Weddings & Events

Dress: Sarah Janks

Veil: Jorge Manuel Weddings

Rings: Norman Silverman Diamonds from Fink’s Jewelers

Hair: Erica Haskins-Crutchfield of Top Knot Studio

Makeup: Linda Livernois of Rouge 9 Make Up Studio

Original Story by: Meghan Streit

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.

Natural Bouquets


October 23, 2015 | Ivy Publications

Trends will come and go in any industry including wedding flowers. Over the years, there seems to be a general shift in popularity towards loose and varied bouquets and away from the traditional neat monochrome arrangements. The easy availability of images and ideas to brides and florists through shared social spaces, such as blogs and Pinterest, has fashioned a culture which bolsters the creativity of flower designs.  Evolving from a tidy display of a few select flowers, bouquets have grown not only in size and color options, but also the variety of floral elements included in each composition. From bold rich colors to unconventional greens, brides have a plethora of options to choose from to create the perfect one for their special day.

White Bouquets

While florists have been creating arrangements that are more vibrant and colorful than ever before, brides choosing to remain in a traditional color palette spice up their bouquets with touches of subtle hues. From nosegay bouquets to boutonnieres, pastels and delicate pops of color compliment a white dress or outdoor wedding with a more naturalistic approach to greenery.

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Many brides opt for cascading floral arrangements. Gracefully flowing flowers mirror the movement of a gown’s train while abundant ivy gives the display a free-spirited air. Tumbles of flowers and greenery evoke a whimsical atmosphere that amplifies the magic of anyone’s special day.

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It is easy to pinpoint the substantial changes to modern bouquets in not only color and size, but also in the actual composition of the arrangements themselves. Different species of flowers are being used in a single assemblage. Instead of roses and baby’s breath, couples are choosing thistles and berries, instead of calla lilies and hydrangeas, water lilies and hyacinths. The manner in which the flowers are combined together have become bold and adventurous, with different textures and feelings. The expansion of floral arrangements options and ideas presented to a modern bride provides ample opportunities for her to create the perfect bouquet to complete her dream day.

Flowers by: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs (Images 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & Header Image)

Hedge Fine Blooms (Image 3)

Photography by:  Jose Villa Photography (Header & Image 2)

Jen Fariello Photography (Images 1 & 4)

Sarah Jane Winter (Image 3)

Eric Kelley (Image 5)

Jenn Finazzo Photography (Image 6)

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.