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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.

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.

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

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.

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)

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.

A Look Back on the Year’s Floral Trends


November 7, 2016 | Ivy Publications

Each year, styles, colors and patterns arise as favorites among florists and floral designers. The drive to create more innovative arrangements that incorporate unique greenery and natural elements has led to a stunning and creative year for florals. The recent trend toward larger arrangements left floral designers with plenty of room to play and amaze wedding parties and guests each season.

The intricately detailed arrangement has become a staple in a couple’s wedding décor. With brides being more selective when choosing their floral designers, they are drawing in the photographer’s attention to capture their stunning arrangements. From the bouquets held by the bride and her bridesmaids as they walk down the aisle to the centerpieces decorating the middle of the reception tables, flowers have the ability to enhance the mood of any wedding.

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Adding non-floral elements to a bouquet or display adds both texture and dimension that may not be available in the traditional floral trends. Distinct additions to a bridal bouquet, such as feathers, berries and herbs, can also subtly speak to the bride’s personality while flattering and complementing her dress and jewelry.

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Gone are the days of traditionally round and vertical-shaped flower arrangements. Bountiful overflowing bouquets thrived in this year’s floral trends. Many brides opted for horizontal bouquets filled with different blooms and greenery, allowing brides to make a statement without hiding her breathtaking dress. Often, brides combined the trend of extra foliage with this horizontal layout to create an even more unique natural appearance like those above.

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As overflowing floral trends graced the wedding world this year, some brides are still choosing a traditional look. Incorporating the longstanding tradition of a rounder, more tailored bouquet, brides chose arrangements with a mixture of similar or complementing toned flowers and other greenery. Using different flowers of similar color adds a unique modern twist to a well-known style—embracing the year’s “wild” and natural trends.

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Floral trends have started to seep into every aspect of a couple’s wedding, from flower headbands and jewelry to adorning the bride and groom’s chairs at the head table. Brides and flower girls alike walk down the aisles with flower crowns weaved into their hairstyles. These bohemian inspired floral accessories fit well with the natural and wild floral trends.

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This past year, 2016, was a leading example of how adding unique touches to a wedding can transform it into something strikingly unforgettable. The growing trends toward larger arrangements and floral accessories have allowed floral designers more room to display their creative skills, and the results—amazing.

Photography:

3 Cats Photo (lead image)

Robert Radifera Photography (Second, Seventh & Eighth Image)

Rachel May Photography (Third and Fourth Image)

Isaac Alongi (Fifth Image)

Michael & Carina Photographers (Sixth Image)

Jenelle Kappe (Ninth Image)

Alisandra Photography (Tenth Image)

Florals:

Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs (Fifth Image)

Mallory Joyce Design (Sixth Image)

Tourterelle Floral Design (Ninth & Tenth Image)

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.

Simple Beauty


March 8, 2016 | Ivy Publications

The most highly anticipated moment of every wedding is the first glimpse of the bride at the end of the aisle—a moment full of meaning, importance and beauty.

For the celebration featured here, the inspired floral designers at Southern Blooms followed a modern romantic trend. Balancing both tradition and innovation, the bride not only carries fresh flowers but also incorporates them into her wedding day ensemble as eye-catching accessories.

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Look beyond wearing flowers in your hair and create captivating botanical jewelry or sashes for decidedly fashionable and feminine style. These wearable blooms are floral works of art, allowing the bride to move between several different versions of adornment throughout the celebration—switching between a floral crown to a necklace to a sashed garland.

A dramatic strand of petals graces this bride’s neckline, creating a cultural focal point even once she’s handed her bouquet over to her maid of honor. The choice of Coral Charm peonies in a palette of pinks with creamy hints of gold creates a cascading informal look that complements the beautiful surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The tiniest (and sweetest!) wedding attendants deliver genuine addition and joy to the occasion—and often spontaneous surprises, too! When dressing them for the day, think both in terms of style and comfort. Both flower girls’ simple gowns sweetly complement the bride’s romantically soft elegant Sarah Janks gown and natural styling.

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The breathtaking landscapes of the region provide plentiful inspiration for brides seeking to create a cohesive wedding palette. Let the beauty of the area inspire you! And have fun exploring different ways to wear floral elements as memorable artful accessories for touches of color and drama that blend your style with the natural wonder around you.

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Photography: Jen Fariello Photography

Bridal Styling: Jeannine Lalonde Smith of Be Loved PR

Venue: Mount Ida Farm

Florals: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs

Model: Catherine Hedrick

Creative Direction & Styling: Shindig Weddings & Events

Dress: Sarah Janks

Veil: Jorge Manuel Weddings

Rings: Norman Silverman Diamonds from Fink’s Jewelers

Hair: Erica Haskins-Crutchfield of Top Knot Studio

Makeup: Linda Livernois of Rouge 9 Make Up Studio

Original Story by: Meghan Streit

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.

Natural Bouquets


October 23, 2015 | Ivy Publications

Trends will come and go in any industry including wedding flowers. Over the years, there seems to be a general shift in popularity towards loose and varied bouquets and away from the traditional neat monochrome arrangements. The easy availability of images and ideas to brides and florists through shared social spaces, such as blogs and Pinterest, has fashioned a culture which bolsters the creativity of flower designs.  Evolving from a tidy display of a few select flowers, bouquets have grown not only in size and color options, but also the variety of floral elements included in each composition. From bold rich colors to unconventional greens, brides have a plethora of options to choose from to create the perfect one for their special day.

White Bouquets

While florists have been creating arrangements that are more vibrant and colorful than ever before, brides choosing to remain in a traditional color palette spice up their bouquets with touches of subtle hues. From nosegay bouquets to boutonnieres, pastels and delicate pops of color compliment a white dress or outdoor wedding with a more naturalistic approach to greenery.

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Many brides opt for cascading floral arrangements. Gracefully flowing flowers mirror the movement of a gown’s train while abundant ivy gives the display a free-spirited air. Tumbles of flowers and greenery evoke a whimsical atmosphere that amplifies the magic of anyone’s special day.

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It is easy to pinpoint the substantial changes to modern bouquets in not only color and size, but also in the actual composition of the arrangements themselves. Different species of flowers are being used in a single assemblage. Instead of roses and baby’s breath, couples are choosing thistles and berries, instead of calla lilies and hydrangeas, water lilies and hyacinths. The manner in which the flowers are combined together have become bold and adventurous, with different textures and feelings. The expansion of floral arrangements options and ideas presented to a modern bride provides ample opportunities for her to create the perfect bouquet to complete her dream day.

Flowers by: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs (Images 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & Header Image)

Hedge Fine Blooms (Image 3)

Photography by:  Jose Villa Photography (Header & Image 2)

Jen Fariello Photography (Images 1 & 4)

Sarah Jane Winter (Image 3)

Eric Kelley (Image 5)

Jenn Finazzo Photography (Image 6)

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.