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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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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

Boar’s Head Inn Wedding

I have fond memories of the Boar’s Head from childhood and think that it is equal parts romantic and wonderful. This wedding shot by Meg Runion fits both of these adjectives…so happy…enjoy!

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I hope that everyone had a happy July 4th weekend!  I am back after working a wildly fun wedding and am excited to dig into some wedding details this week!

With all of the offerings in central Virginia, it is easy to create a menu that incorporates local vendors.

Photo Credit: Meghan McSweeney

For cheese, your caterer will often source fabulous artisan options from farms like Caromont Farm, Meadow Creek Dairy or Everona Dairy.  Yum!  I could definitely have a meal of just cheese!

Does anyone have any local favorites?

Montfair Resorts Wedding

With today’s 80 degree sunny weather, this Montfair Resorts wedding felt just right to share — the vibrant day  uniting Kateri and Seth was captured by Dominique Attaway Photography – so fun!

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A Royal Wedding Viewing Party

Hooray! Tomorrow is finally the big day! What we all have been waiting for — Kate and William’s wedding! I am super excited to watch it all live but if you are not quite as eager as me (understandable!), then I recommend you DVR it and host a fabulous watch party…here are a few fun ideas –

– Ask the ladies to wear fabulous “fascinators” in their hair — when else do you get to rock feathers and frill like Kate?!

– Offer a traditional English fruit cake – despite its reputation, it really is actually very yummy!

Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings; Brides

– Serve English tea and use this motif in your decor.

– Arrange simple flower one-type-of-flower arrangements in tea tins – pretty!

Credit: both by Martha Stewart Weddings

– Offer the a specialty cocktail like a Pimm’s Cup.

– Dine on hearty meat pie – to keep everyone in check after those Pimm’s Cup cocktails!

Does anyone have special plans? Other fun ideas?

Royal Wedding Week!

Hello and Happy Royal Wedding Week!! Yes, the wedding of William and Kate is finally here — this once in a lifetime event — and I couldn’t be more excited!

I will be back later this week with tips on how to create the perfect viewing party…stay tuned!

Credits: LibertyLiberty; Brides; Anthropologie; BridesAnthropologie; Brides

Welcome Bag Ideas

When hosting guests from out of town, it is a nice idea to leave a little gift for them in their hotel rooms.  Some hotels will arrange for the “welcome gift” to be delivered in advance of the guest’s arrival, others will have it brought to the room after the guest has checked in.  There is usually a small fee (around $3 per gift) for these services.  Another alternative is to leave the gifts at the front desk to be handed to the guest upon check-in.  This is one of the advantages of blocking off a group of rooms at a selected hotel — by asking for the “rooming list” a week before the wedding, you will know in advance who is staying where and how many gifts to leave at each property.

Since Charlottesville. is such a popular (and fun!) place to visit, I’m sure your guests will be looking forward to traveling from near and far to be with you on your big day.  While there are tons of possibilities for welcome gifts, here are a few that caught my eye…

Colonial Kettle Corn

Kettle corn was introduced to colonial palates in the 1700s. It is referenced in the diaries of Dutch Settlers circa 1776 and was a special treat often consumed at fairs or other festive occasions. Virginia’s own Colonial Kettle Corn has recreated this legendary snack using the same recipe as the American Colonists.

Route 11 Potato Chips

U.S. Route 11 runs north-side through the western part of Virginia, from one end of the state to the other. Route 11 Potato Chips sprouted 12 years ago in an old feed store in Middleton, Virginia and is now famous for its delicious, old-style, kettle-cooked potato chips.

Hubs Peanuts

Many years ago, in the small Virginia crossroads village of Sedley, Dot Hubbard developed a unique way to cook the Virginia peanuts grown on her father’s farm. She diligently used only the finest peanuts from the local harvest. Today, Dot’s recipe for using only the best remains unchanged. Still cooked in Sedley, the Hubbard family continues the tradition of using all natural ingredients and peanuts from the top one percent of the crop.

Altoids Mints

Altoids, the Original Celebrated Curiously Strong Mints, were first produced in England at the turn of the 19th century during the reign of King George III. Smith & Co. (est. 1780), the small London firm that developed the original “curiously strong” recipe, later became part of Callard & Bowser, a prestigious English confectioner founded in 1837. This item has nothing to do with Virginia, Switzerland, or anything really. We just thought that you (and others around you) might benefit from them being in ample supply.


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Virginia is For Lovers

All kinds of goodies can be found here!

Does anyone else have great ideas to share?

April Showers…

This beautiful little arrangement reminds me of the May flowers that are just around the corner…

Photo by Jay Premack