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Charlottesville Cider Farm Wedding

What happens when you take a rustic farm wedding and add a little Middle Eastern infusion? Sit tight m’dears, because you’re about to find out. Think Southern elegance with oh-so-sutble cultural nods woven in along the way. Beehive Events designed the florals, Jen Fariello snapped the pretty, and there’s even more to swoon sitting pretty right here.

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From the Bride… My husband, Ammar, and I were both medical interns, he in Oral and Facial surgery, and I in Obstetrics and Gynecology, in June of 2010 when we first met. We both worked intense hours in the hospital, and thought that it would be absolutely impossible to meet anyone special given those circumstances. However, one late Friday night we crossed paths while working in the Emergency Room. There was an immediate chemistry and after that, it was all history. The only major hurdle was that I was a blonde American, and Ammar was from a long line of Middle Eastern ancestors – would they accept me and my family, and would my family, in turn, accept Ammar and his family into their lives?

Amazingly, it all went swellingly well. We were engaged several months later in Charlottesville, Virginia at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Ammar proposed on the front lawn of Monticello after a fresh snowfall, and it was absolutely magical. We have a mutual love for the Charlottesville area as we both attended the University of Virginia as undergraduates, and we return frequently to enjoy hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains, touring cideries and wineries, and attending college football games with family. We drove back to nearby Richmond, Virginia, where we were now Chief Residents in our respective fields, and immediately started planning our Charlottesville wedding.

We love the outdoors and Virginia history, and wanted a wedding venue that would showcase both of these. We toured many of the area’s wineries and cideries and ultimately fell in love with the beautiful Castle Hill Cider, which is situated on the Castle Hill Plantation in Keswick, Virginia. We loved the rustic feel of the venue, and it’s simple and beautiful setting beneath the Blue Ridge mountains. Our wedding took place in July, and we wanted our colors, pewter, rose, and soft coral, to be subtle and beautiful, not taking away from the beauty of the natural surroundings and fitting well with our vintage, rustic/chic style.

It was very important for us to incorporate both of our cultures in the wedding. We had a traditional Arabic ceremony on Friday night, just before our rehearsal dinner where we sat at an Arabic sofrah table, adorned with items that represented wishes for a happy, healthy, loving marriage and life together. We feasted over a traditional Middle Eastern dinner while a musician played live music with an oud. After dinner, the women enjoyed a traditional henna ceremony. Our wedding at Castle Hill Cider was more classically American, though we wrote our own wedding ceremony and vows, incorporating readings from both the Bible and the Qur’an as well as poetry that was sentimental to both of us. We were married under the shade of the linden trees, where hanging vases of fresh flowers blew gently in the Summer breeze. The cocktail hour took place in the linden grove, and then the guests proceeded into the barn.

After dinner and some dancing, a belly dancer appeared and performed a sword dance as well as traditional dance. Wedding cake was served along side an assortment of Middle Eastern pastries. We gave guests traditional packages of Jordan almonds, packaged in parcels of seven pieces to represent good luck for the newly married couple. We finished off the evening with a traditional Arabic dabke dance and a sparkler exit – we drove off in white 1940 Packard limousine and had a beautiful ride through the Virginia countryside with the windows rolled down and the sweet smell of blooming honeysuckle blowing through our hair. The night would not have been complete without kissing Thomas Jefferson’s statue at the University of Virginia Rotunda.  

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Floral Design: Beehive Events | Videography: Kirby Martin | Hair: Lucas Shaffer | Catering: Sandy Motley | Event Planning: The Event Company | Invitations: Paper On The Avenue | Cake: Cakes By Rachel | Wedding Dress: Ines DiSanto | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lula Kate From Bella Bridesmaids | Headband + Bracelet: BHLDN

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Laid Back Glamour in Charlottesville, Virginia

Unexpected glamour is quickly becoming my new favorite design element. From a stunning glittering gown paired with a barn shindig to sequin chevron runners tucked inside a laid back beauty like this Charlottesville wedding. Designed by Amore Events By Cody along with too many pretty images to count by Laura Gordon Photography, this is a wedding that pairs glittering details with scrumptious donuts and we couldn’t love it more.

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From The Bride…Though we didn’t know it at the time, my husband and I spent our high school days living just two miles away from each other. After high school, William joined the Marine Corps and I went to college at the University of Virginia. I moved back to the area after graduating and it was that summer that we were introduced by two of our best friends. The sparks flew and we became inseparable. A few months into our relationship, we took a trip to Charlottesville so that William could experience my favorite place. He fell in love with all that Charlottesville has to offer, especially the delicious food!

A few years later, William proposed during a trip to New York City. As the planning began, we both had our hearts set on getting married in beautiful Charlottesville. We envisioned an outdoor spring wedding. When we toured Keswick Vineyards, we knew it was the one for us. From the panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the classic sperry tent, we quickly fell in love. We imagined a romantic, laid back- but still glamorous, celebration with good wine and delicious food- plus some treats! Family is very important to us – I come from a big family that we are very close to and we wanted to celebrate that. Five months before our wedding, William’s father passed away. It was extremely hard for us and the last thing we wanted to do was think about planning a wedding without him there. We took a few months off from planning. Knowing how excited Will’s dad was for our big day kept us going and we planned several special touches to celebrate him on our wedding day. We placed a single white rose on his chair and had a memory candle that burned throughout the ceremony and reception. I also tracked down Will’s dad’s cufflinks and surprised Will with them during our first look.

After the wedding, William and I both agreed that our favorite moment of the day was our first look. It was an amazing and emotional moment that I will never forget. We knew we wanted to share that time together before the ceremony and take in what the day really meant. It was absolutely perfect. The first look allowed us to get the majority of our tears out and by the time the ceremony began, we were just giddy and excited about becoming husband and wife. Surrounded by our loved ones, we said “I do” under the vineyard’s large oak tree, which we adorned with a chandelier.

We chose sequin chevron runners for our reception and I was completely blown away by the florals that our planner, Cody, designed. With the help of my mom and two sisters, we took on several DIY projects. We created the seating chart out of an old frame that we spray painted gold and added chalkboard to. My sister’s boyfriend designed the menu cards, and my sisters and I hand embossed all 140 menu cards and the place cards for the head table. My dad welcomed everyone with a beautiful prayer and dinner was served family style. We really wanted to share our love of treats with our guests. We had a simple white cake trio, gold leaf painted macaroons, a popcorn bar, and Charlottesville’s Carpe Donut truck show up. I surprised William with a groom’s cake that replicated his Marine Corps uniform, which was made by my insanely talented friend. After plenty of dancing, we had a sparkler exit and rode the party bus back with all of our family and friends. It was truly the day of our dreams. We are so grateful for our amazing vendors, especially our photographer, Laura Gordon, and our planner, Cody Grannis. They were more than our vendors, they became great friends. My biggest advice to brides would be to do a first look with your groom. There is nothing in the world like sharing that moment together.

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Southern Glam Charlottesville Wedding

Laura Gordon is one of those photographers who can do no wrong. She’s a rising star of the wedding world, and when she sent over these Charlottesville nuptials complete with gold sequin table runners and rich pops of pink…we couldn’t get it up here fast enough. Amore Events By Cody designed the whole southern glam shebang, and the images below are only the beginning.

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From Laura Gordon… Saguna and Dan’s wedding day started at the beautiful University of Virginia Chapel where they stood in front of their most beloved friends and family and devoted their lives to each other. From there, the whole party headed toward the mountains to King Family Vineyards, where they gathered to celebrate the beautiful couple.

The gold sequined chevron runners adorned all of the tables inspired Saguna and Dan’s entire day. Keeping the runners as the focal point, we accented the reception tables with beautiful gold-rimmed china accompanied by pale gold flatware, gold tulip candle holders, and overflowing lush floral arrangements. There were also personal elements sprinkled throughout that really made this day theirs. From the family pictures garnishing the hutch, to the hand-made cork escort card holders, the stunning traditional Thai dress, the scotch bar at the fire-pit, and a UVA Rotunda-shaped wedding cake to honor where they met, this wedding was tailored perfectly for them.

The entire wedding, from the beautiful chapel ceremony to the magical sparkler exit, was breathtakingly romantic. It really was a fairytale wedding to match a storybook romance.

Photography: Laura Gordon | Event Design: Amore Events By Cody | Floral Design: Amore Events By Cody | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Ceremony Venue: Chapel At The University Of Virginia | Reception Venue: King Family Vineyards | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Barbecue Exchange | Calligraphy: Joie De Vivre Calligraphy | Cake & Cupcakes: Sweethaus | Groom's Tuxedo: Bryn Keith | Rentals: MS Events

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