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Personal UVA Touches


October 10, 2016 | Ivy Publications

Those precious Wahoo moments spent at our beloved University of Virginia (UVA) are what make college life so memorable. Alumni alike have added personal UVA touches to their occasions, and our local artisan community offers plenty of original ideas for adding tasteful Cavalier spirit to your wedding.

We’ve given you some ideas for pairing something blue with some cheerful orange with these fun accessories. As seen below, couples could include striped suspenders made locally by Barrons-Hunter for the groomsmen and cute flats with a feminine blue bow for the bridesmaids. The adorable cloth jewelry bag, handmade in nearby Stuarts Draft, makes for a perfect bridesmaids gift and is available at The Virginia Shop.

uva-personal-touches-1Sweet in flavor and design, handmade treats by Kelly Trout of One Creative Cookie is a unique and creative extra that can be added to your celebration. These fabulous cookies can be decorated in a variety of designs to mirror your UVA spirit, including your own personal photo of choice! Serve the cookies as a dessert or use them as a favor for you guests!

Personalize your cocktail tables with coasters from the The Virginia Shop sporting an image of the University’s Grounds, like the historic Rotunda. These coasters could also be used as gifts for fellow UVA alumni in your wedding party.

Inviting your favorite furry family member to the wedding? Consider the striped dog leash below, also by Barrons-Hunter and available at Caspari. This leash will not only help showcase your family’s school spirit at your wedding, but is great to have for future tailgating and visits to the University. 

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Decorate your reception tables with some orange and blue whimsy! Mix in some eco-sensitive paper straws handmade by Beve in Charlottesville, and add chic napkins from Caspari, which has shops in both Charlottesville and Paris. This tasteful incorporation of UVA love will definitely be worthy of a “Wahoowa.”

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Photos by: Rachel May 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.