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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 and Planning & 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 and Florals by Tourterelle Floral Design; Right: Photo by Sarah Cramer Shields, Planning by Just a Little Ditty and 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 and 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: Photo by Rachel May Photography, Florals by Blue Ridge Floral Design, Planning by White Birch Events and 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.

Inspiration for the Gents


September 20, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Every man wants to feel like a million bucks on his wedding day, and there are many ways grooms can personalize their attire. For the modern groom, this can include different colors schemes, shirt patterns, vests, ties, suit styles, shoes and more. The list of accessories groom’s can choose from to make a fashion statement goes on and on. Scroll down for a few ideas we’ve loved recently!

(Below, left photo by Jen Fariello Photography; Top right by 3 Cats Photo; Bottom right by Anagram Photo)

  • Military Dress Uniform. The groom’s ranking, the time of year and formality of your celebration will determine which formal military uniform the groom should wear. Note: No boutonnieres should be worn with ceremonial military uniforms.
  • Embroidered Tie or Bow Tie. Consider embroidering a tie with the wedding date or another special detail to turn an accessory into a wedding keepsake.
  • Custom Cufflinks. These are a great way to showcase the groom’s Alma mater and heritage, and can be another way to commemorate the wedding day.

(Below, top left photo by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography; Bottom left by Tom Daly Photography; Right by Sera Petras Photography)

  • New Dancing Shoes. The groomsmen can coordinate with more than just their tuxes, suits and socks. Consider a leather lace-up or a chic derby shoe to finish the look.
  • A Special Time Piece. A watch always makes for a special gift to the groom on the day of his wedding and is a great accessory for any look.
  • College Ring. A wedding is the perfect place for a groom to wear and showcase his college ring to honor his Alma mater.

(Below, photo by Sera Petras Photography)

No matter how a groom chooses to highlight his personal style and interests—with his clothing or accessories—there are many ways he can incorporates a true sense of self on his special day. Find more ideas in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings.

(Lead photo by Anagram Photo)

 

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.

Claire and Will’s Autumn Wedding


September 10, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Claire and Will celebrated their love with an October wedding at Trump Winery’s Grand Hall. The affair was full of personal touches, from the custom-made bridesmaids’ dresses designed by the bride’s sister, to the handwritten notes the couple left at each guests’ place setting. Claire and Will worked with their vendors to create a truly magical event for their guests. Scroll on to see more from this enchanting autumn affair.

Photographer: Jen Fariello

Planner: Shindig Weddings & Events

Florals: Southern Blooms

Venue: Grand Hall at Trump Winery

Catering:The Catering Outfit

Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals, Paisley & Jade, Festive Fare, Stonegate Event Rentals & Roxie Daisy

Lighting, Tenting, Draping, Flooring & Stage: Skyline Tent Company (with additional draping by The AV Company)

Cake: Maggie Austin Cake

Ceremony Music: The Encore String Quartet

Cocktail Music & Reception Entertainment: Sound House through Élan Artists

Silent Disco: Silent Events

Silent DJ: Reliquis Productions

Invitations & Wedding Papers: Rock Paper Scissors

Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher and Simply Handwritten by Anna

Officiant: Father of the groom

Makeup: Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry & Consulting

Hair: Lucas Shaffer

Bride & Groom Transportation: Albemarle Limousine & Travel Service, LLC

Guest Transportation: Camryn Limousine & Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Company

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom by Paige Kettering (New York City)

Groom’s Attire: Thom Sweeney

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Rings: Custom by Marraccini Designs

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.

How to Choose Your Ceremony Time


August 22, 2018 | Ivy Publications

There are many factors that go into planning a wedding day timeline. When you begin thinking about the schedule for your big day, one thing to consider is how long you have hired your photographer for and the lighting you want in your photos. Often, choosing your ceremony time first will help in laying out the rest of your timeline. We asked local photographer Amy Nicole to share some tips on how to choose the right time for your ceremony. Scroll on to learn the right questions to ask when planning!


When will the sun set on your wedding day?

First things first, look up what time the sun will set on your wedding day. That way, you know when all of the portraits will need to wrap up to get all the beautiful light! Once you know the time the sun sets, then you can work backward from there. The season in which your wedding will take place plays a huge part in this! Summer weddings have much more light available, whereas the sun sets much earlier in the fall (P.S. – the best light starts about 1.5–2 hours before sunset). Be sure to share your ideas with your photographer and get their input, too. They are the local experts and are likely familiar with your venue and its best opportunities for capturing images.

Will you have a first look?

Do you both want a first look or do you dream of the traditional “first look” down the aisle? If you choose to do a first look, you can get started earlier in the day, have more photos pre-ceremony and get to enjoy a bit more of your cocktail hour. However, a first look isn’t for everyone. If you dream of that epic moment walking down the aisle and it’s something that’s really important to you both, then don’t force a first look before the ceremony. You simply need to work in time after the ceremony for all those family portraits, full wedding party photos and of course, time for you two! Your photographer will be more than willing to help you figure out how much time you need so you can both create the photos you dream of.

Are your ceremony and reception venues the same?

Things are a bit more simple if you’re hosting the ceremony and reception at the same venue, as you don’t have to factor in transportation & travel time. If your ceremony and reception venues are different, you need to factor in travel time. If you aren’t doing a first look and your reception is at a different venue, make sure to consider how long it takes for photos along with sunset and travel. It seems like a lot to think about, but considering in advance will help make everything perfect. Of course, your planner can help you with all of this too.

How long will your ceremony be?

It may be hard to know this early on in the planning process, but be sure to talk with your officiant so you can plan for it in the timeline. Many ceremonies are about 30 minutes long, but some more traditional ceremonies (like Catholic ceremonies) can last closer to 1–1.5 hours. This, of course, will play into all of the questions above when picking your ceremony time.

Are you having a formal, semi-formal, or casual wedding?

Formal events typically occur later in the evening, so this is something else to think about when envisioning your dream wedding.

Will your ceremony be indoors or outdoors?

If outdoors, pay attention to the light on your ceremony spot. Is there even shade? Will there be even shade at certain points of the day? Depending on the setup of your ceremony, pay attention to whether you two will be facing the sun and/or if one of you would be blinded by the sun at certain points in the day. If indoors, try to plan around when the best light is falling into your church or venue. The more light, the better!


When you are thinking about these factors, keep in mind that your wedding vendors will always be willing to help answer questions you have about preparing for your wedding day. Everyone from your photographer and venue to your florist and planner can provide valuable insight into what you can expect for your special day. Be sure to also follow our blog for more wedding tips and insights from our talented local vendors! You can find more information about Amy Nicole Photography on her website and see more of her beautiful work in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings!

All blog photography by Amy Nicole 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.