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Celebrating al Fresco


April 4, 2016 | Ivy Publications

‘Tis the season of outdoor weddings, when all the luxuries of open-air spaces create a romantic and memorable scene. From the table setting and floral arrangements to picking the perfect dishes and drinks, your wedding reception can portray elegance and set the tone for all. No matter the location of your reception, personal touches can bring any space together in a cohesive manner. Just as Augusta and Brandon decorated the stunning veranda at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard, couples alike can create a simplistic décor, exuding elegance.

On the outdoor patio, a long table dressed in white filled the length of the space. Bamboo folding chairs added a unique touch to the overall style that blended well with the feel of the veranda. The overhead roof provided just enough shelter to its guests, bringing together the best of the indoor and outdoor experience. Local venues such as Pippin Hill are quintessentially located in the heart of Virginia wine country and are occasionally on vineyard properties as this one. With breathtaking panoramic views and accommodations for guest and hosts, these venues create perfect spaces for a celebration with friends and family.

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Augusta and Brandon let their personality shine through from beginning to end. Summer beverages awaited guests to help keep them cool, and belvoir fruit farm drinks were nestled in ice in concrete patio buckets, offering guests tastes of elderflower and rose. For another seasonal touch, little baskets of local treats were prepared for the guests to take home, filled with samplings of Caromont cheese, honeycomb and apricots.

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Throughout the course of the celebration, guests were spoiled with signature cocktails and wine. Grilled summer asparagus, complete with a sunny-side up quail egg and Virginia country ham, and delicious tempura green beans with a horasa aioli dip were favorites of the evening meal. The ingredients used by Chef Amalia Scatena were both sourced locally and also grown in the chef’s garden on the Pippin Hill property.

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Spring and summer offer ample opportunities to use natural elements in your wedding décor. The florals included pretty pastels and apricot, while the pale blue accents in the plates and votive candleholders added a subtle masculine flare. When choosing a pastel color palette, you can balance it with greenery, creating a fresh welcoming appeal. For the bar, add greenery mixed in with the delectable dish being served or scatter it around the space with the additional plants. Your guests will be delighted by the attention to detail as they celebrate al fresco and enjoy the scents from the nearby vines blowing in the breeze. For tabletop bouquets, stick with hues that are more natural, since the space flows seamlessly from indoors to outside.

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In setting a spectacular table, begin with the selected color scheme followed by the dining ware. Providing guests with a menu of what will be served is a creative way to add character to your setting. Tapered candles and delicate votives cast a glow on guests’ place settings when the sun sets on the horizon. Arranging the candles and desired floral elements throughout the space will be key to tying in seasonal aspects to the outdoor mood. It will also make it easier to choose just the right lighting pieces for your theme. In addition to the votive candles on the table, Augusta and Brandon used a variety of lighting, incorporating lanterns and torchieres around the veranda for some natural candlelight, and hanging lanterns and mini fogs to set the ambiance.

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Augusta and Brandon’s reception was a success—bringing together friends and family over a delicious meal in the summer air. This season, let nature inspire your décor when celebrating al fresco. Once you have finalized all the little details and your big day arrives, you will be able to enjoy the outdoor setting and the company of your guests.

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Photography: Eric Kelley

Venue & Catering: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Florist Design: Beehive Events

Stationaire: Valorie Cole (Augusta’s aunt)  

Hosts: Augusta & Brandon Davis

Event Planner: Easton Events

Beauty & Hair Stylist: Lora Kelley  

Rentals: Beehive Events and Festive Fare

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.

Mollie & Evan Celebrate with The Catering Outfit


December 22, 2015 | Ivy Publications

Mollie & Evan’s joyous wedding took place on August 8th, 2015. The festive affair was complete with fabulous food and delicious drinks by The Catering Outfit. The local foodie favorites give us a sneak peek into the couple’s gorgeous day.

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“For Mollie & Evan’s wedding weekend, their menu included nods to both of their upbringings and families,” relays the staff. “For the rehearsal dinner on Friday night, we added elements and items paying homage to the groom’s Greek heritage.”

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“Saturday, their lush and deeply southern-inspired menu had hints of peaches peeking out in multiple dishes for a quick ‘hello’ to Georgia, the bride’s home state,” says The Catering Outfit.

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“We had so much fun working with these two, their families and the incredible team of vendors that created such an unforgettable and stunning day.”

Venue: Castle Hill Cider

Stylist: Meghan Streit of Shindig Weddings & Events

Photographer: Sarah Cramer Shields of Cramer Photo

Caterer: The Catering Outfit

Cake Baker: Favorite Cakes

Florist: Southern Blooms

Rental Company: Festive Fare

Stationery: Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press

Beauty Stylist: Rouge 9 Make Up Studio

Hair Stylist: Lucas Shaffer Hair

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Encore Quartet

Reception Music: Jukeboxx

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.

Food Display & Decor


August 13, 2015 | Ivy Publications

Fabulous Food – Entertain in elegance by adding a unique touch to your table with foodie items like fruits, meats, cheeses and more! Create the mood for any occasion by creatively displaying your dishes or by using your foodie favorites to accent your decor. Balance your color palettes with the tasty treats or use them to add that burst of color to a non-traditional display. Your guests will ooh and aww well after the event is over.

 

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For a splash of color, try mixing some fresh mandarine oranges with homemade, jarred jams and jellies. The floral arrangements, decorative pillows and simplistic place mats will make the scene picture perfect.

 

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For a more simplistic and elegant event, use your foodie items in an eye-catching way. Decorate a handsomely folded napkin with a piece of rosemary from the garden, or prepare a spread of cheeses paired with locally made honeys and jams. The display will be irresistible…that is until they taste the homemade honey on a piece of delicious gorgonzola cheese.

Fine china sets stacked at each setting, supporting a freshly made puff-pastry or croissant will also do the trick. Guests’ mouths will be watering from the moment they sit down in front of this delectable treat.

 

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Direct all eyes to the elegant dishes of pork soaking in sweetness from fresh peaches and pineapples and of shrimp decorated with grilled radishes and vegetables. The sea-glass squared plates add an attractive, high-end appeal and play nicely with the bright whites and natural greens of the bouquets.

 

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For a more picturesque table setting in true farm-to-table style, pair silver-rimmed flutes, white fine china dishes and crystal glasses with a cascading center piece. The focus will never leave the arrangement of fruits, vegetables and homemade spreads. Top it off with a pear or gourd place-card at each setting.

 

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To make any buffet beautiful, customize each dish with a hosta leaf making the rich pinks of the beef pop. The scalloped-edged descriptor and tiny tea-lights create an appetizing mix. Make the guests feel special with a seasonal fruit compote in an etched crystal glass topped with a personalized tag. Compliment the treat with a unique pattern of a cloth napkin and fine-china plate.

 

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For a more nontraditional center-piece, combine fruits and greens (eggplant, radishes, rosemary and pears). Paired with the crystal dishes and wine glasses, all eyes and stomachs will hone in on the beautiful display.

Photographer: Jen Fariello

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.