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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!


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

Feeling Blue

Blue is a big color for the fall season…here are a few ways to use it in your wedding design…pretty, pretty!

Photography: Sergeant Photography; Nancy Ray Photography

Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings

Photography: Melanie Jade

Harvest Moon Catering

Harvest Moon is one of the premiere catering companies in Charlottesville. They have creative menus, solid service and are super easy to work with while planning the big day!  Today we are catching up with Barbara Shifflett to hear all about their style and yummy offerings!


How far in advance do you first meet with a couple that is interested in your catering services?  When do you usually schedule a tasting and who usually attends?

I meet with clients whenever they reach out to start the process and continue to meet as often as they like until the details are all covered and they feel the event reflects all their desires.  As soon as the client is pleased with their menu, we invite them to come for a tasting.  We are happy to have the parents and/or wedding planner attend as well.

Do you recommend that a couple request guests’ meal preferences in advance of the wedding on response cards?  How much does this affect the cost?  What about tableside entree selection?

We do recommend the host request entree choices at least 2 weeks out from the event but we suggest doing duet entrees to avoid the guest wishing they had gotten what the next guest had ordered.  There is no charge for offering entree choices.  We do not offer tableside entree selection.  This is difficult to carry off since all of our events are off site and usually with minimal kitchen facilities

When would you suggest having a buffet versus a plated dinner?

I love the application of both.  I think that the venue, budget and interest in style plays a big choice in making that decision.

Photo Credit: Dominique Attaway

Do you recommend pairing wine with each course?  How do you differentiate the menu of one wedding from another?

Once again, I think the bridal couple should be encouraged to make their event a true reflection of themselves….quirky, whimsical or anything that makes their celebration truly theirs

Photo Credit: Holland Photo Arts

Do you ever prepare food-related favors, such as dessert bars, etc.?

Yes… we do many food favors… gourmet candy, favorite cookies, candied apples, preserves… family recipes…

Photo Credit: Rothwell Photography

What trends are you seeing in wedding catering?

We are seeing more comfort food, less formal, and family style service.

DIY Dessert Buffet

Earlier this week, I shared the fabulous dessert buffets that EyeCandy is now offering to local brides.  However, if the DIY route if more up your ally or fits better within your budget, then here are a few tips and tricks to creating your own display.

First, I like to decide on the color palette.  Will it be a few strong complimentary colors that go with your wedding or party design?  Or, is it going to be all one shade that plays up the different textures?

Display by A. Dominick Events

Next, I start looking for candy and desserts that work within my theme.  Of course, it is important to pick candy that you love.  Candy Warehouse and Economy Candy are both fantastic online resources.

If you are not serving dessert aside from your cake, perhaps you want to have something heavier, like cookies or cupcakes to offer.  I love cookies and macaroons from Albemarle Baking Company and cupcakes from Charlottesville Cupcakes.

Credit: Amy Atlas

Next up, you want to select an array of containers to display the treats.  You can add height with cake stands and you can create depth with a variety of jar shapes.  Local craft stores, Pier 1, The Container Store and Bed, Bath and Beyond all have fabulous options.

Credit: Amy Atlas

To kick it up a notch, you might even want to line the jars with pretty papers and labels from Paper Source. Ask your caterer or rental company for scoops and tongs or purchase a few sets.

Finally, you have to think about how your guests will package their delicacies.  Will it be Chinese-inspired take out boxes?  Perhaps clear plastic self-sealing bags?  Or maybe wax paper baggies?

Has anyone created a fabulous display recently and has insight or tips to share?

Eye Candy

As I have mentioned before, I think dessert buffets are one of the prettiest, tastiest things around!  So, when one of my favorite cake designers, Anita Gupta, told me about her new venture, EyeCandy, I was immediately head over heels!

Together, Anita and Ami Smith have teamed up to offer Central Virginia brides their styling and baking talent. From a bridal shower to a wedding celebration, EyeCandy offers custom desserts for each event…hot chocolate pops to warm up the evening in the winter,  custom cookies for each guest at a shower, and finally to breakfast inspired cupcakes…think french toast cupcakes with maple buttercream and bacon!  YUM!

For more information, contact Anita at

Keswick Hall Wedding Expo

This weekend, Keswick Hall will host a fabulous wedding expo, where brides can check out and enjoy the latest table and décor ideas, creative floral displays, menus, mixology trends and more.

The property’s preferred vendors will be available to answer any questions and Keswick Hall’s dedicated team of wedding professionals will be on staff to provide insight about wedding planning at Keswick Hall.

Here is the scoop:

When: Sunday, July 17, 2011

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Keswick Hall

RSVP: Kindly reply to 434.923.4370 or


Flower girls and ring bearers certainly add a cuteness factor to your big day, but by nightfall, or even mid-afternoon, little ones can become tired and hard to handle. Hiring a babysitter for your reception is a great option to allow Moms and Dads to bring the kids, but have a chance to enjoy themselves too.

Babysitters can be a huge asset by helping occupy the kids at the kids table or even watching the wee ones in a separate room…and is a polite way to remind all the parents that you would prefer kids not attend your reception.

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings

Finding a sitter, however, can be a challenge when you don’t have a go-to person in the area. For Charlottesville brides, there are a couple of great resources for selecting a sitter.  My favorite is The University of Virginia School of Nursing list that is updated each semester, providing local, reliable students to take the kids off your hands and give you and your guests a chance to dance the night away during the reception. For more information, or to find a sitter for the wedding, call the School of Nursing at 434-924-0141.  Additionally, websites like and offer lists of sitters in the area. Does anyone else have a great C-ville resource out there?

Dancing Shoes

I love to set a basket of flip flops on the dance floor for wedding guests!

It looks cute, offers guests a comfy footwear alternative and protects their feet from any broken glassware on the dance floor. My favorite places to snag cheap flip flops are Old Navy and Cariris – with such low prices and fun colors, it is hard to resist!

Credit: Holland Photo Arts

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration

Happy Cinco de Mayo C’ville! Today brings a little Mexican, colorful inspiration…Margaritas anyone? Yes, please!

Credit: Sutherland Kovach Studio via Style Me Pretty

Credit: Elizabeth Lloyd Photographer via Elizabeth Anne Designs