The couple’s outdoor wedding ceremony in April combined Kate’s traditional and romantic style, and John’s modern and minimalist taste.
Their wedding reception, held in the Granary, was catered by the talented Chef of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard and guests also enjoyed a delightful three-tiered cake, embellished with fresh blooms from Favorite Cakes.
We are so pleased to be able to share Katherine & John’s beautiful love story. To see more of our 2017 Wine & Country Wedding of the Year, and their especially enchanting “first look,” purchase a copy of the new Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 3.
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.
We are excited to announce Drew & Giavona as the winners of our Wedding of the Year contest, having been chosen by popular vote amongst an abundance of other gorgeous wedding submissions. Photographer Annamarie Akins did a beautiful job telling their love story through photography as seen in our print edition. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek on our blog, where you can see even more gorgeous photography.
Drew and Giavona’s romantic and family-centric wedding in the breathtaking countryside of Albemarle was a perfect combination of beauty, style, and personal touches.
It was a timeless celebration of love, as Drew and Giavona said “I Do” inside the quaint and lovely Trump Chapel.
During the planning of the wedding, Giavona’s father unexpectedly passed away. In memory of him, the couple had a chair set aside especially for him, where a sign stood with the words, “Hakuna Matata,” her father’s favorite saying.
The bride’s gorgeous A-lined Austin Scarlett dress, paired with a unique alabaster bouquet, was a sight inspiring future brides. The bridesmaids lovely Jenny Yoo periwinkle dresses were paired with blush bouquets from Hedge Fine Blooms (pictured above).
Sporting a watch that Giavona had given her father years before, Drew matched his groomsmen in a navy blue suit and ivory boutonniere, also perfectly complimentary of the periwinkle bridesmaids dresses.
The merging of the couple continued with a reception at the Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery, chosen by the couple for its significance and beauty. Drew and Giavona fell in love with the sweeping vineyard and countryside views during countless visits to the estate, while Giavona was working on its renovation.
At the reception, the menu was written in Italian as a nod to Giavona’s father’s days as an Italian chef and included all of his favorite dishes, which A Pimento Catering provided. The chosen color palette of peach, ivory and gold highlights truly brought out the beauty of the natural setting.
We are so excited to share Drew and Giavona’s love story with you. To read more of the 2016 Wedding of the Year, see the latest issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddingshere.
Among so many gorgeous weddings submitted for Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 1, we were excited to announce Ellen & Chris Sweet as the winners of our Wedding of the Year contest, having been chosen by the popular vote. This wedding wowed our selection committee for not only its beauty and grandeur but also for the choices Ellen and Chris made to make their ceremony a most memorable affair. We hope you enjoy this inside scoop with photos and details from the wedding and that it inspires you as it did us!
Ellen and Chris joined hands on the picturesque grounds of Castle Hill Cider to recite their vows and officially declare their lifelong dedication to one another. With its gilded cupola, wide barn doors, latticed windows and walls of knotty pine, the barn provided a fabulous backdrop for the celebration of their marriage. In this rustic setting, surrounded by a hanging row of glittering chandeliers they chose themselves, Ellen and Chris shared their first meal as husband and wife.
Every detail reminded them of the places that they loved, from the tiny chicken-and-waffle appetizers from The Catering Outfit, reminiscent of Chris’ deep Southern roots in Texas, to the gift boxes of See’s Candies, treasured by Ellen from her parents’ native California. But, no memories shined as bright as the times they spent together on weekend getaways as their romance budded in Virginia.
Ellen stood in a full-lace gown by Alvina Valenta with asymmetrical tiers and a cascade of buttons down the back. Southern Blooms prepared the florals for the wedding and put together Ellen’s stunning bouquet.
Ellen and Chris thought a lot about their ties to Virginia and knew they wanted to showcase local artisans and businesses from the Charlottesville area, including the delicate place settings and invitations designed and printed by Jen Maton of If So Inklined, featured below.
Prepared in a labor of love by Kathy Watkins of Favorite Cakes, the wedding featured this stunning, all-white fondant cake decorated with the four different patterns of the formal china.
When you fall in love in a particular place, you also fall in love with the place itself. Every detail brought Ellen and Chris back to those first early days soon after they started dating—when it seemed like the world around them was suddenly enchanted. There are memories we keep, and memories that grow with us. Ellen and Chris knew that there was no other place where they wanted to begin the memories of their marriage than here, in the majestic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
You can read more about the 2015 Wedding of the Year in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddingshere.
With the 2016 Wedding of the Year Application deadline drawing to a close, we’ve loved looking back at the stunning 2015 applicants! Danielle & Eamon Redmond held their beautiful wedding on a private residence in the beautiful Charlottesville countryside.
The affair was an elegant, classic wedding filled with attention to detail throughout the ceremony and reception.
The setting complemented the wedding colors of orange and blue, creating overall perfection!
For a special and sentimental personal touch, the mother of the bride grew most of the flowers for the wedding. Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events then added to and created the spectacular arrangements and bouquets.
The cocktail hour, reception and even cake all contributed to the wedding’s late-summery outdoor theme while adhering to the sunny color scheme.
Applications for the 2016 Wedding of the Year are still being accepted until March 3! Download an application here!
As we continue to receive 2016 Wedding of the Year applications, we’re reminiscing and admiring our 2015 applicants. William & Adair Barber sent us an inside look into their softly romantic June wedding.
Adair described the overarching feel behind the wedding, saying “From our first planning session, we wanted the wedding to be beautiful, elegant and simple. The whole wedding was full of joy and celebration, and was reflected in the cheerful decor! The soft pinks, bright greens and elegant decorations created a cohesive and classic ambiance.”
Every detail, down to the place cards, was planned with careful attention. Adair explained, “William proposed on the top of Carter Mountain Orchard at sunset, so we wanted to have a special way to celebrate that day.” Download your 2016 Wedding of the Year Application today!
As new submissions start to come in for Wedding of the Year, we reminisced on all of our stunning entries for 2015. One of our phenomenal applications was the wedding of Jim and Ann, photographed by the talented Melody Robbins. Pippin Hill was the perfect location for their dream wedding, as the couple wanted a relaxed and intimate venue in the Charlottesville area. The ceremony was held outside on a gorgeous afternoon over-looking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Afterwards, guests moved to a beautifully lit flower filled ballroom for the reception.
High school sweethearts who went their separate ways for college, the couple reunited later in life. Picking back up as if they had never lost a beat, theirs is a true love story. The wedding was attended by close family, friends and past classmates.
Jim and Ann chose to focus their ceremony around family and true love reunited. Following this theme, they included personal touches throughout the wedding, adding newspaper clippings from high school, along with yearbooks and other mementos from their early days as a couple. For details and to submit a Wedding of the Year 2016, download an application here!
Charlottesville weddings are the perfect place to find southern charm and rustic elegance. To continue with our submissions for “Wedding of the Year,” we would love to introduce Julie Mann and Andrew Plyler. With August just around the corner, Julie and Andrew showed us how to create the perfect color scheme for the dog days of summer. Combining rich purples and lush greens, the warmth of the color pallet exudes a radiance that matches that of the couple.
Fresh touches from local artisans, like the craft beers adorning the mahogany bar, created a homegrown feel. The two also share a love of basset hounds and found a unique way to weave their “must love dogs” mania into the reception through their signature bourbon-based drink, called “The Houndspit.”
Julie and Andrew stood outside amongst purple blooms along a flowerbox-lined bridge, enjoying the intimacy of the moment. The flowing water and the breeze through the branches of the willow made for a tranquil ambiance at the Boar’s Head Inn. The two came together amongst family and friends to celebrate their union, surrounded by the natural beauty of Jefferson’s Virginia.
Among the many joys of creating Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, one of the greatest was seeing the submissions for our “Wedding of the Year.” We invite you to discover the love and beauty of the couple that won Wedding of the Year by purchasing a copy of the elegant art book and discover the elegance of weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia.
We loved pouring through the gorgeous submissions that showcased local, gifted artisans and stunning venues. The applicants took our breath away and made us fall in love with love (and Charlottesville) all over again. Couples like Augusta and Brandon Davis inspired us so much we wanted to share the romance with you!
Augusta Cole and Brandon Davis married along the hilltops of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in a fresh bed of rose petals. The service exuded intimacy and a lovely, relaxed elegance—family and loved ones gathered around the two for a ceremony in the round to share in the joy of the moment when they said, “I do.”
The couple embraced all the wonders that Charlottesville offers from the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, which provided the backdrop of the wedding, to the local delicacies like the cake by Favorite Cakes. Nature’s simplistic, unadorned beauty perfectly captured in the cake (seen below) created a feel of summer freshness nestled amidst bouquets of untamed greenery and tender fruit.