Charlottesville Weddings

Update

Hi All! I am now permanently over at our sister site District Weddings – please visit me there and keep in touch with any C-ville questions or updates! xo

Holiday Cards at Rock Paper Scissors

Now that Thanksgiving is officially behind us (although I think that I am still full!), we can get pumped for the holiday season ahead – my favorite time of year!  Rock Paper Scissors has an awesome selection of seasonal cards, both custom and pre-designed.

Pippin Hill

As a Charlottesville native, when I think of Central Virginia, I think of those sweeping mountain views!  It is that vision that truly says “home” to me!  If you are looking to include this show-stopping scenery on your wedding day, then look no further than Pippin Hill!
Photo Credit: Jen Fariello
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Wedding Shoes!

As a planner, I love, love, love to think about personal details for the brides that I am working with on their big day!  I get all kinds of questions that range from addressing etiquette to dress fitting schedules to what shoes will look best for the ‘maids.

Well, if you are looking for total personal style, then you must consider supporting the local company SweetU. Check out their adorable footwear —

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Albemarle Limousine

It seems as if now-a-day, I rarely plan a wedding that does not have some sort of special transportation. From a horse-drawn carriage to a pedi-cab to a classic antique car, it is fun to see brides ride in style on their big day!

Albemarle Limousine’s fleet not only offers luxurious and beautiful cars, the company is always reliable – which is so super important on the big day!

This past weekend, at a wedding, the chauffeur even helped me deck out their 1940 Packard with ribbon and a cute Etsy sign for the send-off!

For more information, contact Andrea Saathoff. Happy riding!

 

Castle Hill

Castle Hill, a newer venue in Charlottesville, is just breathtaking!  The views are classic central Virginia visions with rolling hills, lovely historic trees and an expansive pond. The Barn captures the essence of the area with agricultural and equestrian interest.

I caught up with events coordinator Evelyn Keyes to ask her more about weddings at Castle Hill

What spaces do you have for a wedding ceremony or reception?

We have many spaces for wedding ceremonies, starting with the Tasting Room Lawn, which is on the Blue Ridge Mountain side of the barn. Secondly, we have the Linden Tree Grove, which is stunningly breathtaking.

We also have the Front Lawn, which is surrounded by boxwoods and magnolia trees.

The Back Lawn boasts two rows of gorgeous cherry trees and the landscape of water and trees beyond that.  All of the areas mentioned may be used for receptions as well.

We can fit as many as 500 seated using both levels inside the barn!

Do you have any in-house “rental” items?  

We are working on purchasing “in-house” rentals such as tables and chairs and hope to have them for 2012.

In the meantime, we are probably the only venue in the state of Virginia that can offer a 500 seated dinner and wedding reception along with the outdoor ceremony on the same property.  More importantly, we have the ability to move the wedding ceremony inside in case of a rain date!  That in itself is priceless!

Tell me about your cider. How do you recommend serving and incorporating it in weddings at Castle Hill?

We recommend that our wedding couples purchase at least two cases for the wedding guests.  We love our guests to use the cider as either a wedding toast and or simply serve to guests during the wedding!!!

We have 4 kinds of cider and they are Levity, Cerrestial, Terrestial and Gravity!  The first three are sparkling and the last one is a still cider.  All of them make lovely compliments to a full bar during a pre-reception or wedding reception!

Do you have any preferred vendors that you work with on site?  

We welcome all vendors and do have a preferred list on our website.  We like our wedding couples to be able to choose who they would prefer to hire for their event!

 

Hometown King Family Vineyards Wedding

I hope that you all are enjoying the beautiful fall weather in Central Virginia!  The trees in Charlottesville are just stunning, with such a lovely array of oranges, reds, and yellows – happy, happy!

This week, I am back with a darling King Family Vineyards wedding from Sweet Tea Imagery.  I love that the bride and photographer are both C-ville natives!


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Washable Bow Ties and Cummerbunds

I recently got word about High Cotton Ties and absolutely think that this company is a life-changer!  High Cotton is creating custom, affordable, bow ties and cummerbunds, perfect for a groomsmen gift and wedding day attire.

Not only are the designs super cute, the fabric is 100% cotton — read: machine washable! Genius! I have even seen one groom monogram the cummerbunds which was adorable.

Oh, and need help tying that bow-tie? Here you go!

Stonegate Event Rentals

As a wedding planner, I know that the big day is not complete without unique, darling details.  I love to spend hours brainstorming thoughtful touches and custom designs that are sure to create a beautiful day.

Well, lucky for me, Stonegate Event Rentals just made my job about 100% easier with the launch of their new company that offers one-of-a-kind event decor pieces.

Brother and sister team, Ben and Dickie Morris, are the visionaries behind Stonegate — hooray for C-ville natives!  Check out their oh-so-fabulous inventory here!

Photo Credits: Jack Looney; Event Design by just a little ditty

Bella Umbrella

The weather forecast looks a little scary this weekend and Irene certainly did not RSVP to the wedding that I am planning but at least there are cute umbrella options out there to rent…check out Bella Umbrella!