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Simple Ways You Can Create Artful Place Settings


December 1, 2019 | Ivy Publications

When it comes to planning your wedding, it’s all in the details. And when your guests will be spending a good portion of their time at reception tables during dinner, a beautiful place setting can really elevate their experience. Here are a few popular and easy ways you can dress up your dinner plates/tablescape.

Menu Displays

These personalized menus are an easy way to convey the theme of your reception through intricate details. Gorgeous, hand-detailed stationery will stun your guests with delicate designs that can encapsulate your personal flair, from rustic romance to chic modern minimalism. Plus, guests will love being able to see all the delicious food they can look forward to! Have your menu sit on its own atop the dinner plate or tuck it into a napkin fold. Take your presentation to the next level by sliding the menus into personalized card sleeves.

Top Left: Photo & Styling by Rachel May Photography, Florals & Styling by Wild Green Yonder & Linens from La Tavola Fine Linen; Top Right: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography, Florals by Beehive Events, Planning & Design by Easton Events & Stationary by Cherry Berry Paper; Bottom Left: Photo by Luna de Mare Photography, Florals by Amy Osaba Design & Planning by Amore Events Planning & Design; Bottom Right: Photo by Eric Kelley, Planning by Kennon Ibbeken & Florals by Beehive Events

Patterned Plates

Dish out the details before you bring out the first course. Unique patterned plates are sure to catch the attention of your guests. Consider a plate with a full pattern or an intricate design around the rim. Not only can these plates add a fun pop of color and texture to your linens or tables (especially if you opt for a more subtle, solid colored tablecloth), but they can also complement the centerpieces and/or your theme.

Left: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography, Florals by Blue Ridge Floral Design & Rentals from MS Events; Right: Photo by Rachel May PhotographyRentals from MS Events & Florals by Southern Blooms

Artfully Folded Napkins

For such a small — but important — element to your place setting, there are a lot of ways to present a napkin. While many classic settings tend to utilize a rectangular fold, there are many other ways to gather, wrap and tie your linens so that they make a statement on the table. For a slightly less formal look, incorporate a napkin ring, or tie the napkin together with twine or string for a more rustic touch.

Top: Photo by Amy Nicole Photography, Florals by Bloom Floral Design, Styling by Alana Futcher of Chancey Charm, Calligraphy by Bluestocking Calligraphy, Rentals by Festive Fare Rentals & Linens by The Curated Line; Bottom Left: Photo by Rachel May Photography, Florals by Mallory Joyce Design, Coordination by Liz Brittle, Rentals by MS Events, Stationery by The Webers & Lighting by Blue Ridge Event Production; Bottom Right: Photo by Limefish Studio, Styling by Just A Little Ditty, Florals by Southern Blooms, Rentals by MS Events & Stonegate Event Rentals & Calligraphy by Calligraphy by Kalika

Lead Image by Limefish Studio, Styling by Just A Little Ditty, Florals by Southern Blooms, Rentals by MS Events & Stonegate Event Rentals & Calligraphy by Calligraphy by Kalika

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, and Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Rudy & Rebecca’s “Love is in the Air” Wedding


October 16, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Rudy and Rebecca’s love soared to new heights during their May 2017 wedding. The two pilots wanted to capture their love for flying and traveling on their big day, and with the help of their event planner and stylist Alyson Taylor, their vision took flight. Guests received pilot wings to wear on their lapels, and programs were made to look like passports and airline tickets. A custom watercolor map that detailed the places the couple has lived together was another personal touch.

Incorporating this theme throughout their day, the couple shared an intimate moment flying high above their guests in a multicolored hot air balloon from Blue Ridge Balloon Co. adorned with lush greenery. Additionally, to make their entrance into their reception all the more fun, the newlyweds—sporting aviator sunglasses—danced into the ballroom to the “Top Gun” theme song. We hope you enjoy the fun, personalized details of Rudy and Rebecca’s special day as much as we do!

Photography: Annamarie Akins Photography

Event Planner & Stylist: Alyson Taylor Events

Venue: University of Virginia Chapel & Boar’s Head Resort & Inn

Florals: The Proper Petal

Caterer & Cake: Boar’s Head Resort & Inn

Rental Companies: Party Tables, Mad Hatter Vintage, Blue Ridge Balloon Co. & Festive Fare Rentals

AV & Lighting: Blue Ridge Event Production

Videographer: Handspun Cinema

Stationery: English Tea Paperie

Bridal Dress: Anne Barge from Annalise Bridal Boutique

Beauty & Hair: Avenue 42 Style Studio

Transportation: Ambassador Limousine

Music: Affirmative Groove

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, and Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Beyond the Bouquet


September 13, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Traditionally, when we think of wedding florals, our first thoughts are often about the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. However, more and more couples are hiring floral designers to not only create these customary pieces but also transform their wedding venues with stunning one-of-a-kind arrangements and installments. We’ve compiled a few of the most popular floral trimmings and creations we are seeing couples add to their floral budgets to really take their celebrations to the next level.

Floral Arches

While those Blue Ridge Mountains already provide a stunning natural backdrop, having a custom floral arch under which to say “I do” can really help create a magical ceremony site. Choose bright blooms that match your accent colors or simple white florals with lush greenery for a more classic look. Some couples have even opted to incorporate this trend into their reception areas, allowing their guests to enjoy the grand creation all evening.

Top Left: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography & Florals by Southern Blooms; Top Right: Photo by M. Harris Studios, Florals by Holly Heider Chapple Gathered & Styled & Planning by Bella Giornata Events & Design; Bottom Left: Photo by Rachel May Photography, Florals by Mallory Joyce Design & Coordination by Liz Brittle; Bottom Right: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography, Florals by Southern Blooms & Planning by Donovan-Groves Events

Cake Decoration

Adding flowers to your wedding cake is another popular way to decorate or add color to a more simple yet elegant cake design, and it can make the confection feel more in harmony with a vineyard setting. Choose big blossoms for a romantic look, or add a texture with unique trimmings, such as lavender.

Left: Photo by Luna de Mare Photography, Cake by Sweethaus, Florals by Amy Osaba Design & Planning by Amore Events Planning & Design; Right: Photo by Rachel May Photography

Sweetheart Chairs

Another trend couples at every venue type are embracing is the concept of “sweetheart chairs.” Make your reception chairs feel more special by adding garland or special arrangements on their backs. Whether you choose simple wooden chairs or a bench, or a cushy loveseat for your first meal as a married couple, the right floral addition can leave your seats feeling like thrones.

Top Left: Photo by Annamarie Akins Photography, Florals by The Proper Petal & Planning by Alyson Taylor Events; Top Right: Photo by Rachel May Photography & Florals by Southern Blooms; Bottom: Photo by Anagram Photo, Florals by Tourterelle Floral Design & Planning by Kennon Ibbeken

Hanging Installations

The sky is the limit when it comes to this new must-have wedding detail. Perfect for both a tented or indoor reception, these knock-out arrangements are sure to wow guests throughout the entire evening, and your options are limitless. Elevate your head table by adding a gorgeous installment above, or transform your entire reception area by bringing the outdoors in with hanging and draped vines, greenery and florals.

Top Left: Photo by Rachel May Photography & Florals by Southern Blooms; Top Right: Photo by Rachel May Photography & Florals by Mallory Joyce Design; Bottom Left: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography, Florals by Blue Ridge Floral Design & Planning by Donovan-Groves Events; Bottom Right: Photo by Luna de Mare Photography, Florals by Amy Osaba Design & Planning by Amore Events Planning & Design

Lead Image by Annamarie Akins Photography, Florals by The Proper Petal & Planning by Alyson Taylor Events

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, and Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

4 Adorable Ways to Style Your Furbaby for Your Wedding


August 21, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Are you planning to include your four-legged family member in your wedding celebrations? We have seen couples style their beloved pets in so many unique and adorable ways depending on their roles in the bridal party. Here are a few of our favorites!

Dressed Fur the Occasion

Perfect for a formal affair, a tuxedo or suit will allow your pup to playfully coordinate with the dress code!

Photo by The Mallorys & Planning and Design by Amore Events

Who’s a Good Flower Girl?

Floral collars add an elegant touch and are a great way to tie in your wedding colors. Best of all, they can easily be created DIY style if you prefer to make something yourself. You can even add a matching leash to complete the look.

Left: Photo by Ashley Cox Photography & Florals by Tourterelle Floral Design; Right: Photo by Sarah Cramer Shields, Planning by Just a Little Ditty & Florals by Tourterelle Floral Design

Part of the Bridal Brigade

Take your fur baby’s look to the next level with a custom outfit to match the of rest of the bridesmaids or groomsmen.

Photo by Tom Daly Photography

Elevated Everyday Wear

If your little one isn’t keen on wearing an entire outfit, consider replacing their collar with a bow tie or getting a bow that can be added to their collar. This is an easy way to elevate their look, and they won’t even know the difference!

Left: Photo by Tammy Keefer; Right: Photo by Rachel May Photography, Florals by Blue Ridge Floral Design, Planning by White Birch Events & Hair by Brianna B. Adams

No matter how you choose to style your pup on your wedding day, having them at your celebration will be a memory you are sure to cherish forever. If you are looking for more wedding pup inspiration, check out our magazine!

Lead Image by Rachel May Photography, Florals by Blue Ridge Floral Design, Planning by White Birch Events & Hair by Brianna B. Adams

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, and Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Samantha and Ted Say I Do at Pippin Hill


July 17, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Samantha and Ted exchanged vows on a late summer day at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. While the couple wanted to create a romantic and elegant event, they also included whimsical touches in their decor. They worked with their event planner, Adam Donovan-Groves, and florist, Blue Ridge Floral Design, to transform The Granary at Pippin Hill so that guests felt like they had stepped into a floral fairytale. Orchids filled the room, with grand table arrangements and even a stunning floral instillation over the head table. The space was completed with live trees bedecked with tiny lanterns.

Along with weaving their fairytale theme throughout the affair, Samantha and Ted incorporated many unique personal touches, including Pippin Hill wine bottles for guests to sign and Samantha and Ted to open on future anniversaries. We hope you enjoy seeing some of their special day!

Photography by Jen Fariello Photography

Planning by Adam Donovan-Groves of Donovan-Groves Events

Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Florals by Blue Ridge Floral Design

Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: MS Events

AV and Lighting: Blue Ridge Event Production

Cake Baker: Cakes by Rachel

Videographer: Stan Pe of Stan Pe Films

Officiant: Rabbi Jake Rubin

Stationery: Minted, Wedding Paper Divas, Zazzle, Rock Paper Scissors

Bridal Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfelds Bridal

Jewelry: Meg Jewelry from Kleinfelds Bridal

Beauty and Hair: Carolyn Thombs Artistry

Transportation: Quick’s Bus Company

Ceremony Music: Terra Voce

Reception Music: The New Royals

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, and Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

3 Bouquet Color Trends That Complement Any Wine and Country Wedding


June 14, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Traditional all-white florals:

Perfect for an elegant celebration, this classic look pairs well with any season. Whether you want to accent the florals with greenery or choose to have flowers that stand out on their own, this look is timeless.

Left: Photo by Luna de Mare Photography & Florals by Amy Osaba Design; Right: Photo by Robert Radifera Photography & Florals by Kim Moody Design

Graceful blush and white florals:

While we often associate this look with Spring celebrations, this soft color palette can easily work with varying colors of bridesmaid dresses and wedding colors in any season. Blush and white florals have become a staple neutral option for tasteful celebrations in our wine country.

Top Left: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography & Florals by Blue Ridge Floral Deisgn, Bottom Left: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography & Florals by Tourterelle Floral Design, Right: Photo by Tara Liebeck Photography & Florals by Amore Events by Cody

Rich and vibrant florals:

While a bolder option, these florals can really take your event’s aesthetic to the next level. Colorful blooms are a great way to incorporate the look and feel of a season or an overall theme into your wedding decor, and are sure to stand out at your celebration.

Left: Photo by Jen Fariello Photography & Florals by Katarzyna Borek, Top Right: Photo by M Harris Studios & Florals by Holly Heider Chapple, Bottom Right: Photo by Limefish Studio & Florals by Southern Blooms

No matter which color scheme you choose for your wedding flowers, they are sure to add a special touch to your decor and overall ambiance. Bouquets, greenery and decorative arrangements of blooms are a fun way for couples to express their personal style and tastes, so don’t be afraid to choose the look that speaks to you! You can find more floral inspiration and local floral designers in the latest issue of our magazine.

Lead Image by Sera Petras

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, and Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Lucy & Nick’s Mount Ida Wedding


May 12, 2019 | Ivy Publications

On a gorgeous day in September, Lucy and Nick celebrated their love before family and friends at Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard. The couple made it their own by weaving in beautiful personal and local touches, including naming their signature cocktail after their golden retriever, Finn, and adding Carpe Donuts into their guests’ welcome bags. We hope you enjoy seeing a few of the touching moments from Lucy and Nick’s special day below!

Photographer:  Aaron Watson Photography

Venue: Mount Ida Farm

Wedding Coordinator: Soiree – Julianne Giuliano

Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Design 

Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering – Cristina Webster

Rentals: Festive Fare

Lighting: Blue Ridge Event Production

Hair & Makeup Artist: Charlottesville Makeup Artist

Videographer: Mwendo – Mwita Chacha

Wedding Cake: Sweethaus

Invitations: The Dandelion Patch

Ceremony Musician: Madison Trio

Band: Attraction

Officiant: Sacred Ground Ceremonies – Claire Goodman

Transportation: Blue Ridge Tours and AGoff

Wedding Dress Designer: Lazaro

Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom

Groom’s Wear: Hugo Boss

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, and Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

A Mediterranean-Inspired Rehearsal Dinner


April 24, 2019 | Ivy Publications

We are loving the “wedding weekend” trend, with couples making the most out of their celebration destinations with fun itineraries, curated events, detailed rehearsal dinners, fabulous brunches and more. Incorporating other fetes alongside the wedding day is a great way to alleviate the pressure to see all family and friends in one day, and allows couples to be creative with different themes and activities.

Jessica and Ted embraced this trend and planned an exquisite September rehearsal dinner with Kate Phillips Events and Tourterelle Floral Design before their nuptials at a different beautiful Charlottesville venue the next day. Their Mediterranean-inspired theme paired beautifully with dining al fresco in Jefferson’s Virginia.

Photography by: Sarah Cramer Shields

Planning by: Kate Phillips Events

Florals by: Tourterelle Floral Design

Venue: Keswick Hall


Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, and Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Inspired Lettering


February 22, 2019 | Ivy Publications

From signs and name cards, to bespoke save the dates and wedding invitations, calligraphy is an enduring wedding trend that continues to captivate brides and grooms and their guests. And luckily, Charlottesville is home to some gifted calligraphers, like Jen Maton of local If So Inklined. So, if you are interested in a wedding DIY project, or perhaps want to learn how to add an extra touch to your thank you notes, check out these tips from Maton for getting started in the beautiful craft:


  1. Take a deep breathe and relax. A glass of wine helps with that!
  2. Remember that when you press down on the pen, you will create thick lines and when you lift up you will create thin lines. Another way to put it is: the upstroke = thin and the downstroke = thick.
  3. Use only high quality tools and materials. A little extra money spent, goes a lot further. Cheap pens will result in frustration. The upcoming class teaches what different tools you can use to achieve modern brush lettering and where to buy them.
  4. Practice makes perfect! Practice sheets are the key to success.
  5. Have fun! The upcoming class is structured to teach you brush lettering in a low key ( stress free way ).

If you are interested in learning more about this beautiful art form, Maton is teaching a Modern Brush Pen Calligraphy class at local wedding venue Early Mountain Vineyards, this Sunday, February 24, from 1–3pm. Tickets can be purchased for the event here. You can also see Maton featured in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2.

Photos by Rachel May Photography


Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia, and Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia, are accompanied by the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made foods, award-winning Monticello AVA wines as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Introducing the Wine and Country Welcome Bag Collection


October 9, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Welcoming guests with a gorgeous gift bag is a gesture that will start your destination wedding weekend beautifully. Charlottesville artisans offer an array of wonderful local products to delight your guests and wedding party, and we have curated a unique selection for our new Wine & Country Welcome & Favor Bag Collection.

This collection includes a thoughtfully hand-picked assemblage of handsome bags ready to fill with an assortment of the finest local artisan-made gifts our area has to offer. Each bag we offer was carefully selected for its enduring beauty and practicality, ensuring your gift recipients can continue to enjoy the bags for a long time to come—whether for trips to the market or vineyard outings. From cinched pouches and burlap totes to classic French market baskets, our line offers many beautiful options.

(Below: “Thank You For Being My Bridesmaid” gift set in the Petite French Market Basket)

When choosing the contents for your gift bags, you may select one of our themed luxury gift collections, or you can assemble your own bag from our selection of goods and wares. Click here to learn more about some of the artisans and products we carry. We also carry award-winning wines from our region’s finest boutique wineries, which can make a thoughtful addition to your gift. Once your product selection is completed, we will help you personalize your gift with a luxurious French ribbon bow and a Wine & Country card, made by a local artist exclusively for our shop.

(Below: Sample assortment of items in the Petite Linen Gift Bag)

To browse the full Wine & Country Welcome Bag Collection, visit the new Wine & Country Shop, opening October 10 at 4416 Ivy Commons in Charlottesville. Visit during shop hours (10am–6pm, Wednesday–Saturday) or email Shop@CharlottesvilleWineandCountry.com to make an appointment.

(Below: Sample assortment of items in the Charlottesville Loves Tote)

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia, and Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia, are accompanied by the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made foods, award-winning Monticello AVA wines as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.