Autumn is a spectacular season to experience in Charlottesville. The vibrant colors provide a romantic backdrop for any seasonal wedding. Changing leaves provide florists and planners the opportunity to capture and showcase the burgundy, plum, maroon and brown hues that are so evocative this time of the year. Incorporating the natural elements will only enhance an already intimate experience. We hope you enjoy one of our favorite fall-inspired photo shoots.
Dreaming of a spring wedding? This Walden Hall wedding inspiration captures the season as it radiates an ambiance of enchantment and timeless beauty. From the incorporation of soft colors and natural elements to the stunning grounds of the venue, we think you will love this romantic wedding.
The addition of personal touches to the bride’s wedding look, notably her golden, crown-like headband and beaded necklace, allows her style to mirror the classic and romantic decor. The steel, vintage arch arbor in the property’s garden exudes the same sweet elegance with its simple and charming design.
The combination of small details merge together to create the wedding’s gorgeous romantic feel. The bride’s soft pink silk bow sewn onto the back of her dress matches the groom’s corsage of delicate, light pink flowers, a homage to the gentle loveliness of spring.
This beautiful wedding weaves a gold, white, light pink and sage color scheme throughout every aspect of the celebration. The gold-polished greenery (seen above) is a perfect example of this incorporation as it ties into the soft seasonal color palette.
This wedding inspiration wonderfully captures the lovely soft side of the season and paints an intimate affair. However you choose to embrace the season, you are sure to create an enchanting event when you allow nature to be your muse.
As we spring into a new season, we wanted to give a final farewell to winter romance and all that we love about the beautiful winter weddings Charlottesville hosted. This delightful Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard winter photo shoot, designed by Two Byrds Events and Design, perfectly captures all the things we love about winter weddings.
From horse-drawn carriages through the snow to a cozy, intimate atmosphere, winter is an inspiring season for celebrating love. For this photo shoot, Classic Carriage provided horses and carriages—a heart-warming way to transport your guests from a parking area or a ceremony site to a reception.
Set in Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard’s Event Barn, the aisle was lined with glowing candles and greenery, as a warm fire flickered in the stone fireplace. The soft light from candles can create an intimate and unforgettable ambiance.
Just as The Local Restaurant and Catering provided a delicious and eye-catching spread of cheeses, grapes and other light fare, displaying your favorite finger foods in a colorful and creative arrangement will add a refreshingly tasteful touch to your cocktail hour. Ice Lab Ice Sculptures created a stunning horse-drawn carriage for the reception area, adding a visual element that spoke to the season and area.
The place settings—a chic wintry white with florals from Blue Ridge Floral Design—added natural color and life along the table. When it comes time for your own reception to begin, glowing candles will not only be elegant but also soothing and inviting.
For dessert, warm hot chocolate as well as delectable cupcakes, such as those seen below from SweetHaus, are great personal touches for all ages. These treats are also easy to enjoy as the evening progresses.
While we are sad to say goodbye to winter once again, we are excited to begin sharing bright spring weddings. The transition, though bold, will be as sweet as hot chocolate bars and cozy venues. So for now, we say “adieu.”
Celebrate your Engagement with a Glamorous Farm-to-Table Party
It is officially engagement season! Throw a chic and elegant engagement party this winter by incorporating seasonal décor. Beautiful and bold, rich gold is the perfect touch to add romance and a polished look to your celebration. Host your party at a beautiful country venue and add a rustic setting to contrast the gold. This bride-to-be chose one of Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard‘s beautiful manors to celebrate her engagement.
Winter offers ample opportunities to create an atmosphere exuding trendy country glamour. Authentic natural elements like antlers give décor an amazing sculptural quality that can be incorporated from the stationary to the centerpieces. Surprise your guests with small gifts on their dinner placecards, like cuff links and earrings. The earrings pictured above are Gold Pave Venezia Stud earrings by Suz Somersall.
In setting a particular table, begin with choosing gold pieces to feature such as the flecked goblets and gold-rimmed plates the hostess hand-selected. Tapered candles and delicate votives cast a glow on guests’ place settings, dancing gracefully over the glittering touches. Adding greenery plucked right from your garden adds homey accents. Arrange a variety of winter greens for the foundation of your floral display and add some berries, pine cones, late blooms and seed heads for variety and texture.
Gilding your party décor with touches of romantic gold—bringing in the rustic charm of natural elements—is the perfect way to create an elegant tablescape for celebrating with your guests this season. Once your vision is set, you can enjoy the company of friends and family and toast to your new engagement.
Esther and Andrew took their vows on a beautiful September day amongst the verdant landscape of The Market at Grelen.
Inspired by the surrounding natural beauty, the wedding encompassed a simple elegance, flattered by the venue’s botanics. Stone and wooden elements from the area were incorporated in the décor, providing a rustic ambiance. Soft, organic florals from Mallory Joyce added just the right amount of romance to the breathtaking affair.
For the bridal party and groomsmen, Esther and Andrew chose the classic color scheme of rich navy and periwinkle. Emerald and cream boutonnieres alongside pink and jade bouquets seamlessly complemented the deep blue hues while matching the greenery ever present in the décor and setting.
The couple tied in elements of their heritage with some gorgeous personal touches. The mothers, aunts and grandmothers wore traditional Korean dresses, called “hanbok,” mixing both modern and traditional details for a unique celebration.
The affection Esther and Andrew showed towards each other was infectious, causing everyone to smile from beginning to end. The couple beamed with love, sharing laughs during even the most intimate moments.
After months of planning, the couple was overjoyed to see their special day come together, and were thankful for the opportunity to make memories they will cherish for a lifetime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Like the legendary SoHo, jet-setters discover CHO-ho has a unique and creative style of its own. Here, we shout out some of our favorite items from local stores that exude Charlottesville’s uniquely chic country style. Each of these items would make for the perfect wedding accessory or gift!
Create the perfect summer wedding look with these fun and eye-catching items. On the left is Pink Palm‘s Harlow Bib Necklace in magenta, which provides a nice pop of color for a bold statement. Or, try stepping out in one of Charlottesville’s favorite shoes—the Napa Valley flat sandals by designer Jack Rogers, which are made with cork and gold stitching. And for the gents, you can’t go wrong with a classic bow-tie! This navy and gold striped design from Natty Beau will complement any dressed-up look. These would also make for perfect items to put on your wedding registry!
Another place to look for stylish wedding apparel would be Barrons-Hunter. Founded by UVA graduates, Barrons-Hunter offers the highest quality and best-looking men’s accessories available in Charlottesville. Check out these UVA-inspired braces that the groomsmen can wear!
Looking for a gift to give your husband-to-be? This round watch with calfskin band from Brooks Brothers makes for a precious memento to give your special someone on your wedding day.
You can find more of our favorite Charlottesville finds in the latest issue of Wine & Country Livinghere.
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.