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.
Dreaming of a spring wedding? This Walden Hall wedding inspiration captures the season as it radiates an ambiance of enchantment and timeless beauty. From the incorporation of soft colors and natural elements to the stunning grounds of the venue, we think you will love this romantic wedding.
The addition of personal touches to the bride’s wedding look, notably her golden, crown-like headband and beaded necklace, allows her style to mirror the classic and romantic decor. The steel, vintage arch arbor in the property’s garden exudes the same sweet elegance with its simple and charming design.
The combination of small details merge together to create the wedding’s gorgeous romantic feel. The bride’s soft pink silk bow sewn onto the back of her dress matches the groom’s corsage of delicate, light pink flowers, a homage to the gentle loveliness of spring.
This beautiful wedding weaves a gold, white, light pink and sage color scheme throughout every aspect of the celebration. The gold-polished greenery (seen above) is a perfect example of this incorporation as it ties into the soft seasonal color palette.
This wedding inspiration wonderfully captures the lovely soft side of the season and paints an intimate affair. However you choose to embrace the season, you are sure to create an enchanting event when you allow nature to be your muse.
As we spring into a new season, we wanted to give a final farewell to winter romance and all that we love about the beautiful winter weddings Charlottesville hosted. This delightful Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard winter photo shoot, designed by Two Byrds Events and Design, perfectly captures all the things we love about winter weddings.
From horse-drawn carriages through the snow to a cozy, intimate atmosphere, winter is an inspiring season for celebrating love. For this photo shoot, Classic Carriage provided horses and carriages—a heart-warming way to transport your guests from a parking area or a ceremony site to a reception.
Set in Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard’s Event Barn, the aisle was lined with glowing candles and greenery, as a warm fire flickered in the stone fireplace. The soft light from candles can create an intimate and unforgettable ambiance.
Just as The Local Restaurant and Catering provided a delicious and eye-catching spread of cheeses, grapes and other light fare, displaying your favorite finger foods in a colorful and creative arrangement will add a refreshingly tasteful touch to your cocktail hour. Ice Lab Ice Sculptures created a stunning horse-drawn carriage for the reception area, adding a visual element that spoke to the season and area.
The place settings—a chic wintry white with florals from Blue Ridge Floral Design—added natural color and life along the table. When it comes time for your own reception to begin, glowing candles will not only be elegant but also soothing and inviting.
For dessert, warm hot chocolate as well as delectable cupcakes, such as those seen below from SweetHaus, are great personal touches for all ages. These treats are also easy to enjoy as the evening progresses.
While we are sad to say goodbye to winter once again, we are excited to begin sharing bright spring weddings. The transition, though bold, will be as sweet as hot chocolate bars and cozy venues. So for now, we say “adieu.”
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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).
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).
Wherever your style falls—simple or elaborate—memorable décor will leave your guests inspired. (Rachel May Photography)
Celebrate your Engagement with a Glamorous Farm-to-Table Party
It is officially engagement season! Throw a chic and elegant engagement party this winter by incorporating seasonal décor. Beautiful and bold, rich gold is the perfect touch to add romance and a polished look to your celebration. Host your party at a beautiful country venue and add a rustic setting to contrast the gold. This bride-to-be chose one of Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard‘s beautiful manors to celebrate her engagement.
Winter offers ample opportunities to create an atmosphere exuding trendy country glamour. Authentic natural elements like antlers give décor an amazing sculptural quality that can be incorporated from the stationary to the centerpieces. Surprise your guests with small gifts on their dinner placecards, like cuff links and earrings. The earrings pictured above are Gold Pave Venezia Stud earrings by Suz Somersall.
In setting a particular table, begin with choosing gold pieces to feature such as the flecked goblets and gold-rimmed plates the hostess hand-selected. Tapered candles and delicate votives cast a glow on guests’ place settings, dancing gracefully over the glittering touches. Adding greenery plucked right from your garden adds homey accents. Arrange a variety of winter greens for the foundation of your floral display and add some berries, pine cones, late blooms and seed heads for variety and texture.
Gilding your party décor with touches of romantic gold—bringing in the rustic charm of natural elements—is the perfect way to create an elegant tablescape for celebrating with your guests this season. Once your vision is set, you can enjoy the company of friends and family and toast to your new engagement.
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 were so excited to celebrate the release of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2 at The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard. The Lodge, a spacious and elegantly restored barn, mixes the character and warmth of an aged setting with the sophisticated and polished look of a brand new venue—reflecting the stunning countryside settings Charlottesville offers brides and grooms on their wedding day.
Paisley & Jade staged the evening’s event with vintage chic furniture that perfectly complemented the look and feel of The Lodge. Adding more color and vibrancy to the space, Hedge Fine Blooms provided breathtaking floral arrangements that helped pull the fall scene together.
While guests talked and mingled around the venue, Rafael Scarfullery, a classical guitarist, carried the tone for the evening with his soft familiar melodies. The Catering Outfit served assorted savory Hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, satisfying each guest’s palate with the light fare.
Favorite Cakes prepared an array of delectable desserts that included their famously delicious chocolate bourbon balls. Guests returned again and again for another one of these sweet treats.
Strolling through The Lodge and out onto the back deck, our local wedding professionals joined us for an event celebrating all our area has to offer brides and grooms, and their guests. The party was truly a celebration of the local talent that draws couples to choosing our unique area for their event.
All of the little details that go into a couple’s memorable and amazing wedding day—from photographers and event planners to rental companies, florists and more—can be seen in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2. It was a great pleasure having the opportunity to visit with everyone who came out to celebrate this new issue.
We are continually amazed by the plethora of talent in our wedding community and love being able to showcase so many wonderful vendors and professionals, whose talents are some of the top in the country. Let us toast to another great volume and to continued friendships in our many endeavors.