We were so excited to celebrate the release of Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2 at The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard. The Lodge, a spacious and elegantly restored barn, mixes the character and warmth of an aged setting with the sophisticated and polished look of a brand new venue—reflecting the stunning countryside settings Charlottesville offers brides and grooms on their wedding day.
Paisley & Jade staged the evening’s event with vintage chic furniture that perfectly complemented the look and feel of The Lodge. Adding more color and vibrancy to the space, Hedge Fine Blooms provided breathtaking floral arrangements that helped pull the fall scene together.
While guests talked and mingled around the venue, Rafael Scarfullery, a classical guitarist, carried the tone for the evening with his soft familiar melodies. The Catering Outfit served assorted savory Hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, satisfying each guest’s palate with the light fare.
Favorite Cakes prepared an array of delectable desserts that included their famously delicious chocolate bourbon balls. Guests returned again and again for another one of these sweet treats.
Strolling through The Lodge and out onto the back deck, our local wedding professionals joined us for an event celebrating all our area has to offer brides and grooms, and their guests. The party was truly a celebration of the local talent that draws couples to choosing our unique area for their event.
All of the little details that go into a couple’s memorable and amazing wedding day—from photographers and event planners to rental companies, florists and more—can be seen in Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, Volume 2. It was a great pleasure having the opportunity to visit with everyone who came out to celebrate this new issue.
We are continually amazed by the plethora of talent in our wedding community and love being able to showcase so many wonderful vendors and professionals, whose talents are some of the top in the country. Let us toast to another great volume and to continued friendships in our many endeavors.
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.
“My work transforms space into a warmly illuminated atmosphere that has a comforting ambiance and resonates intimately the beauty in nature.”
Warm up your wedding venue this season with stunning hand-crafted light sculptures. Local artisan Rebekah Graves‘ luminous pendants, candle-filled bowls and paper-shelled table lights are sure to make any space breathtaking as these sculptures grace their surroundings with a warm tender glow.
As a student of environmental science and architecture at the University of Virginia, a bookmaking class led Graves to experiment with papermaking. “I fell in love with the way handmade paper warmed light and lent such supple texture,” she says. Combining her love of natural texture and light, Graves began to experiment with creating delicate light fixtures. Along her creative path, she found that a lighting piece “weighs ounces but holds such weight in beauty.”
Working from her studio, Graves sculpts in porcelain, fires the vessel, then casts it with handmade papers. The result is a light “soft and muted, in shapes pure and organic.” Graves’ lighting enchants its surroundings, indoors or out. “Part of what brings me joy in this work is seeing a person’s face when they enter an installation,” she says. “People are drawn to their warmth and natural form and the ethereal way they sway in a breeze.”