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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.

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Videography: MPA Weddings | Wedding Gown: Marisa | Cake: Sweethaus | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Beggar's Banquet | Donut Truck: Carpe Donut | Event Planning, Styling & Florals: Amore Events By Cody | Gilded Mr. & Mrs. Signs: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Hair : Top Knot Studio | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup : Charlottesville Makeup Artist | Wedding Venue: Keswick Vineyards

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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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Summer Harvest Feast

A late Summer Harvest Feast. I’m pretty sure those are the best five words on the planet. Complete with friends, wine and good good food. And of course, styled as beautifully as this celebration held by Lynn of Easton Events at her gorgeous winery. While we’ve included some pretty spectacular pics from Tec Pateja, make sure to spend some time in the gallery for so much more.

From Lynn of Easton EventsWhen Tec Petaja came to Charlottesville to shoot a wedding for us at Easton we decided that having Tec in town was the perfect opportunity to gather some of the East Coast’s best and brightest photographers to join us for a late summer feast on the verandah at Pippin Hill. This was our way of thanking our photographers for all of their hard work throughout the year and always making us look so good.

We were thrilled to have not only Tec Petaja, Belathee, Landon Jacob, Trent Bailey, Kate Headley, Patricia Lyons join us ….but also our favorite locals such as Eric Kelley, Elisa Bricker, Jen Fariello just to name a few. We asked everyone one to bring a guest so it was a lively group that settled in together for a lovely dinner on the Verandah.

We worked with Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events to come up with a fresh late summer table scape that was inspired by our setting on the verandah and the lovely blue hues of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

From Shawn of Beehive Events...The long wood tables, hand crafted and finished with a natural Nordic white wax are set with Tuscan cross back chairs. The tables are dressed in a navy blue linen runner. The arrangements and botanical elements are crafted in Turkish copper urns and white ceramic vases and vessels – the arrangements are created with a simple hand with no more than 3 botanical elements in a single container and only one gorgeous garden rose “sunset” used throughout – a somewhat spontaneous, effortless look, combining scented geranium, rosemary, olive, basil, porcelain vine, china berry, persimmons, cotoneaster and orchard picked pears.

Antlers are a reminder of the wildlife that inhabits the area. We also incorporated an abundance of candlelight from etched glass hurricanes with a wonderful bee motif, to old world glass votives as well as serene gray blue honeycomb candleholders. The place setting consist of an organic shaped wood charger with a navy blue and natural flax ticking linen napkin that is ornamented with a rosemary rosehip bouquet garnis tied with an attached birch veneer place card with names hand stamped by the Easton team.

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