Monthly Archives: April 2012

Color Me Beautiful: Orchard Inspiration

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A beautiful (and sweet!) alternative to flowers, fruit can act as a colorful addition to a wedding bouquet, boutonniere, or tablescape.  In-season citrus and peaches in the summer or apples and pears in autumn and winter bring a fresh, natural vibe to an event.  And who doesn’t love a few juicy berries atop a beautiful wedding cake or in sweet, personalized containers for a delicious send-off at the end of the night?

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Forget Me Not Friday: All About Tents Part I

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Tenting 101!!

So you need a tent….

Whether you are having your reception entirely under a tent or adding onto a building to create some extra space – tents come in a ton shapes and sizes.

Let’s start with the 4 main types of tents that are used to create event spaces.

Pole Tents: A traditional pole tent is constructed using center poles to push up the canopy portion of the tent. The tent is stabilized with guylines, which are ropes or cables that are used to restrain the motion of the tent, at each of the side poles.  Pole tents are usually installed on grass or soil since they are staked into the ground. They need about 8’ extra feet of clearance around the perimeter to accommodate the length of the guylines. We tell our clients that a pole tent has that circus feeling with swooping high ceiling.

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Sperry Tents: Sperry Tents are constructed out of sailcloth canopies that have geometric support patches and sweeping seams.  These handmade tents have support poles within the tent that are built out of solid wood. The peaks of a Sperry Tent can also be topped with pennant flags! When you light the ceiling of a Sperry they have an amazing glow.

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Frame Tents:  A frame tent is a versatile and free standing structure that can be installed on about any surface! These tents are constructed with a heavy aluminum framework and are anchored down with weights. Since they are freestanding structures frame tents can be installed against an existing building to create an extension of an indoor space. Frame tents do not have center poles allowing for a clear interior space. They are not very beautiful as the ceilings are quite low. If you can afford to do some draping to disguise the poles and beams that is ideal.

Navitrac Tents: Navitrac Tents and Frame tents are very similar in terms of appearance. However, the structural elements of Navitrac Tents are a bit different. Navitrac Tents are designed with thicker beams, thus eliminating the number of metal poles within the tent. Frame and Navitrac Tents come come in two forms: white top and clear top. The Navitrac is sturdier  than the frame so if weather conditions are not optimal the Navitrac is the best bet

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Image 1 courtesy of Lucy O, Image 2,3,4, and 8 courtesy of Lynne Brubaker, Image 5,6,7, 10 and 11 courtesy of Patrica Lyons, Image 9 courtesy of Jen Fariello.

A Bright Affair at Keswick Hall

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Despite a rainy wedding day this lovely couple was greeted with a large rainbow and a ballroom filled with hot pink florals and turquoise linens.  The bride and groom threw the ultimate Charlottesville wedding with a ceremony at The University of Virginia’s chapel and a reception at Keswick Hall. The couple even shared their first look on the steps of the Rotunda.

The wedding dinner was cheerful and bright. Mirrors were designed to fit the table top, and along with large floral arrangements candles flooded the tables and created a warm glow within the ballroom. A candle wall was designed to separate the dining space from the dance floor and before the cutting of the cake, the drapes were pulled and the band began!

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Photographer: Lynne Brubaker// Venue: Keswick Hall// Ceremony Location: University of Virginia Chapel// Lighting: Blue Ridge Light Forms//

Color Me Beautiful: For the Love of Lavender

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As spring begins to bloom, we can’t help but be inspired by one of nature’s prettiest gifts: lavender.  Soft and delicate, lavender is both aromatically enticing and aesthetically pleasing.  We love seeing this color incorporated into spring tabletops and flowy gowns.

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Forget Me Not Friday: Late Night Snacks

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There is nothing more fun than ending your wedding with a late night snack for all of your guests! Whether you choose sweet or salty  snacks your friends will love the bite to eat before they head home.

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A Montalto Rehearsal Dinner

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The Easton girls loved celebrating with the Hornberger/Fryer family the night before their wedding day! Graced with a beautiful sunset and idyllic Charlottesville mountain view, Monticello’s Montalto was the perfect venue for this group of UVA graduates! The colors of  the Blue Ridge Mountains were reflected inside the building with tones of blues incorporated with the chivari chairs and table linens.  Pat’s Floral Design created simple floral arrangements that complimented the beautiful surrounding landscape. Chef Dean Maupin crafted a masterpiece of summer specialties using local flavors for a seated dinner of 50 people, including one of our seasonal favorites…gazpacho!

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Venue: Monticello’s Montalto// Photographer: Eric Kelley// Catering: Keswick Hall// Florals: Pat’s Floral Design.

 

Color Me Beautiful: Fringe

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Fringe: what was hippie-chic in the ’70’s has a bold new look.  We love how fringe is so versatile.  From the high fashion of the Oscar de la Renta runway to the DIY-inspired Martha Stewart escort cards, fringe provides flirtatious movement and fresh texture.  What do you think – would you dare try this modernized retro trend?

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Forget Me Not Friday: The Father/Daughter Dance

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Wedding traditions are constantly in flux in the modern world, but few brides can dispute the enduring charm and significance of the father-daughter dance. This dance is frequently one of the most emotional parts of a wedding. It is a tender moment when the relationship between father and daughter is honored as Dad acknowledges the transition in his little girl’s life.

The song choice for the dance is certainly a very personal decision, but there are some wonderful standards: “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole; “Isn’t She Lovely,” written by Stevie Wonder for his daughter; My Wish by Rascall Flatts or (perhaps the most loved), “The Way You Look Tonight”.  The chosen song generally reflects the unique tone of the bride’s relationship with her father but the song can be one that the father and daughter have just loved and shared over the years. (Some other songs you might want to consider are: “Yesterday” by The Beatles,  “Daughters” by John Mayer, or “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong —something joyful, but sentimental at the same time!

Of course in today’s world a bride’s often has a father and a stepfather. The general practice is to switch between the two during the father-daughter song, starting, typically with the father. Some brides choose to have two different (shortened) songs, one for each Dad. Modern etiquette in this part of the wedding may not be quite established, but thoughtfulness is always in style.

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Image 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 courtesy of Patricia Lyons, Image 2 courtesy of Dominique Attaway, Image 5 courtesy of Scott Evans.

A French Bistro Inspired Shoot at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard

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This French-bistro inspired shoot at Pippin Hill was the definition of warm and simple bistro style. In it’s most basic definition, the name bistro means an eating-place where wine is served. More broadly, the “French Bistro” is known as a relatively cheap neighborhood eatery and a bustling bastion of French Street life. Likewise, the Pippin table is dressed in stripped down comfort: a bare wooden table, wine bottle tapers, and a modest assortment of flowers—as though just cut from a backyard jardin in the Loire Valley.

Staying true to the bistro culture, the real centerpiece was the food: unadorned local peaches, fried green tomatoes, grilled breads, a grilled peach arugula salad, and local greens garnished with chevre (a indisputable staple in French cheeses). Here, simple and fresh flavors are the thing, and every place is set with the requisite pain quotidien. The place cards were simple off-white tags, tied with twine to each personal-sized French baguette. Subtle French emblems are visible throughout, with a red rooster, or Gallic coq, a national symbol of France, printed on the table number cards. The place card is stamped with a tiny fleur de lis and a lit blackboard shouts energetically: “Bon Appétit!”

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Venue: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard// Photography: Jen Fariello// Printed Materials: Rock Paper Scissors// Florals: Pat’s Floral Design// Rentals: Festive Fare.

Color Me Beautiful: Art Deco

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Linear prints, geometric shapes, and clean design are all emphasized in the art deco style that we so love for 2012. Originating around the time of the flapper, art deco has come to symbolize modern sculptural design as seen in the Chrysler Building from the late 1920’s to the Etro runway in 2012.  Art deco continues to influence the event and wedding worlds in embellished gowns, t-strap heels, and styled tablescapes.  What’s not to love?

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