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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

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?


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

Beer Inspiration

It is Friday and I am looking forward to relaxing later…which may or may not include a beer or two!

Charlottesville is certainly known for it’s fabulous local vineyards but there are also some great hops options, too!  I am a huge fan of both Blue Mountain Brewery and Starr Hill – whether you serve this at your wedding or visit for your bachelorette or bachelor weekend, both breweries offer an awesome local element.  Cheers!

A. Dominick Events Wedding Planning Giveaway

A few weeks ago, our team at A. Dominick Events and the lovely Hitched Salon launched this wedding planning giveaway!  To enter, you can find the details here…For other great planning tips, check out here, here and here.

The contest only runs for a few more days – so hop to it!

Stay Charlottesville

Last week I mentioned how challenging it can be to find accommodations in Charlottesville during busy football season…and the same for the weekends of C-ville festivals, graduation, etc.

Well, today I am super excited to share a fabulous solution with you – Stay Charlottesville. The recently launched local company provides a high end hotel experience at private residential properties.  Genius!

Whether you want to stay at a downtown loft home or a country estate cottage, Stay Charlottesville has a variety of fabulous options.

For more information, call 434-977-0442 or check them out online.

2011 UVa Football Schedule

Earlier this week, the much awaited 2011 UVa football schedule was published.  In Charlottesville, football weekends affect everyone but they especially impact wedding weekends. From hotel blocks to traffic to vendor pricing, all of these are influenced by what is going on in Scott Stadium.

Photo Credits: Geoff White; Peacock Wedding; Giga Web; The Wedding Ideas Blog; Black Eiffel; Joel and Jordan PhotographyGeoff White; Finn Rose Photography; Black Eiffel

This board that we made reminds me of football season…so close yet so far….Go Hoos!

Will you be my Bridesmaid?

When you get married, your bridesmaids stand by your side, and whether a sister, friend or family member, each brings special memories and emotion to your big day.

Here are few ways to bring a creative twist when comes time for you to pop the question…

Photo: Whitebox Weddings

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