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Amina & Mike’s CrossKeys Wedding


December 5, 2017 | Ivy Publications

For Amina and Mike, CrossKeys Vineyards was the perfect backdrop for a late-summer wedding. Lush greenery, beautiful vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains were at every turn, creating a picturesque venue and making for beautiful photos. The radiant pink, purple and blue floral arrangements pull together the bridesmaid’s light pink dresses and the groomsmen’s navy blue attire. It was a magical affair, one that ended with guests cheering and circling Amina and Mike with sparklers as they sent off the newlyweds to a honeymoon in Costa Rica. We hope you enjoy their beautiful day!

Photographer: Virginia Ashley

Venue: CrossKeys Vineyards

Planner: Ariel Watters at CrossKeys Vineyards

Florist:The Faded Poppy

Catering: Chef Dexter at CrossKeys Vineyards

Cake: Unique Bakery

DJ: King Studios

Dress: BHLDN

Dress Designer: The Rosalind by Willowby Watters

Hair & Makeup: The Studio Hair Salon and Day Spa

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: The Tie Bar at Men’s Wearhouse

Videographer: Caamon Brunk

Second Shooter: Rachel Loehr 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.

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Annie & Bill’s Castle Hill Cider Wedding


June 26, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Annie and Bill’s Castle Hill Cider classic wedding exuded a romantic ambiance. Golden accents throughout, bouquets lush with greenery, berries and deep burgundy florals exemplified the natural beauty of winter.

The Loft in Castle Hill Cider’s Cider Barn provided a gorgeous ceremonial space, bright with natural light, for the couple’s afternoon nuptials. The sweetly elegant atmosphere of the barn was completed with greenery draped along the back of the last row of chairs and an aisle covered with stunning white flower petals.

To add a fashionable touch of delicate lace to her dress, Annie slipped on an off-the-shoulder dress topper with sleeves.

The reception in the Cider Barn was styled beautifully, with draped lights, greenery and chic white table decor, creating an inviting yet intimate space. Gold accents were found in the chairs, the cake stand, candle holders and atop the cake, made by Morgan Phillips Cakes.

Annie and Bill were overcome with joy throughout the day as they celebrated their love and new journey as husband and wife surrounded by family and friends. Their wedding effortlessly captured the season and was a beautiful display of the talented wedding vendors in Charlottesville.

Photographer: Cramer Photo

Planner & Designer: Amore Events by Cody

Venue: Castle Hill Cider

Catering: Exchange Events & Catering

Rentals: MS Events

Florist: Amore Events by Cody

Hair & Makeup: First Look Artistry

Cakes & Desserts: Morgan Phillips Cakes

Invitations & Calligraphy: Jodi Macfarlan Calligraphy

Transportation: A & A Limousine

Bands & DJs: King Studios

Cinematographers: SJ Videography

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.

Maddy & CJ’s Edgewood Farm Wedding


May 24, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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.

Photographer: Celestial Sights Photography

Getting ready venue: Oakhurst Inn

Ceremony Venue: Christ Episcopal Church

Reception Site: The Barn at Edgewood Farm

Florist: Catherine Boston of Innisfree Herb Garden Flowers

Caterer: Roadside Chive

Cake: Sweethaus

Dress: Sealed With a Kiss

Jewelry: Reines Jewelers (bride’s ring); Stella & Dot (bride’s earrings)

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 Romantic Spring Wedding at Walden Hall


May 10, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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.

Photography: Lieb Photographic

Venue: Walden Hall

Design & Coordination: Main Street Weddings & Events

Florals: Wedding Muse

China: Beggars Banquet

Hair: Mane Street Hair Salon

Veil & Hair Accessories: Ann Leslie Designs

Bridal Dress: Saja Wedding

Jewelry (bride): Miscellaneous Artist

Stationery: KK’s Printing & Stationery

Cake: Heavenly Scent Cupcakes & Cakes

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 Farewell to Winter


April 3, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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.”

Photography: Don Mears Photography

Venue: Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard

Coordination and Design: Two Byrds Events and Design

Furniture & Decor: Paisley and Jade

Rentals: MS Events

Lighting & Draping: Mosaic Catering & Events

Flowers: Blue Ridge Floral Design

Cocktails & Food Styling: The Local Restaurant and Catering

Cupcakes: Sweethaus

Carriages and Horses: Classic Carriage and Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard

Hair & Makeup: The Spot Beauty Shop

Dress, Earrings, Veil & Headpiece: Sealed with a Kiss

Female Model: Austin Walker

Male Model: Yannick Fayolle

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.

Meera & Nick: A CrossKeys Wedding


March 24, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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.

Photography: Meredith Sledge Photography

Venue and Coordination: CrossKeys Vineyards

Florals: Rick’s Flowers

Hair/Make-Up: Meg Miller of The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa

Cake: Passion Flower Cakes

DJ: Max Powers

Videographer: Andrew Gehman

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.

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.

Scott & Nicole’s Blenheim Wedding


February 6, 2017 | Ivy Publications

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 2 here.

Event Planning & Styling: Shindig Weddings & Events LLC

Photographer: Robert Radifera Photography

Venue: Blenheim Vineyards

Caterer: C&O Restaurant Catering

Cake: Maliha Creations

Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Design

Officiant: Claire Goodman with Sacred Ground Ceremonies

Rental Companies: Festive Fare & MS Events

Dress: Sealed with a Kiss

Beauty Stylist: Rouge 9 Makeup Studio

Hair Stylist: Top Knot Studio

Entertainment: Peter Richardson, Guitarist, & Sam Hill Entertainment

Favors & Gifts: The Detail Darling

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.

The Romance of Gold


December 5, 2016 | Ivy Publications

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photography: Rachel May

Creative Direction + Styling: Lolly Lux for Suz Somersall

Co-creative + Florist: Katarzyna Borek

Jewelry: Suz Somersall

Venue Coordinator: Millicent Lynch of Murcielago Farms

Venue: The Farms at Turkey Run

Hair & Makeup: Tinsley Onuegbu

Stationery & Calligraphy: If So Inklined

Hostess: Natalie Barkley

Champagne Sequin Gown: Aidan Mattox

Floral Brocade Strapless Gown: Carmen Marc Valvo

Host: Stefan Bozik

Suit: J. Crew

Argentinian Belt Accessories: La Matera

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.