Monthly Archives: August 2012

Augusta’s party to celebrate her move from Easton Charlottesville to open Easton Charleston!

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Last night we celebrated Augusta’s big move to Charleston with a little party at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard. We are going to miss Augusta so much, but are excited to know she is just a short flight away!

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All images courtesy of Jen Fariello

Color Me Beautiful: Statement Jewelry

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Next to a stunning wedding gown, a bride’s chosen jewelry is one of our favorite details.  While diamond studs or a string of simple pearls are timeless and elegant, we do love a gorgeous statement necklace or a wrist full of bangles.  Just remember that statement jewelry is just that – a statement – and keep the rest of your look polished.

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Best of C’ville 2012

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Let’s raise a glass to Charlottesille… To Blue Ridge Mountain sunsets, vaulted barn ceilings, an aromatic glass of Cab Franc, and a garden-fresh heirloom tomato in the first course… Thank you to our fantastic vendors and venues, who make our big moments so fresh, inventive, and inspirational.

April Inspiration

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In the midst of the Fall season, we can’t help to think Spring! With greys, ivory, blush, and pops of boxwood green, we are excited to bring this board to life in April.

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Color Me Beautiful: Rose Gold

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Inspired by an amazing pair of Louboutin rose gold colored heels, we bring you today’s rose gold inspired post.  We’ve seen a rise in rose gold wedding rings, and no wonder – the metal is classic with a twist, romantic, feminine, unique.  Extended to decor and attire, this pinky golden hue is elegant and updated.

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The Perfect Cheese Plate

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A good cheese plate is the perfect party accessory! Here are some suggestions for building that perfect plate:

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A cheese plate should include a variety of tastes, textures, and types. Include a full range: mild to strong; soft to hard; cow, sheep, and goat. Many entertainers like to include one familiar cheese so that every guest will have something to love! Here are some delicious examples…

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The Cheeses

Aged: Aged Cheddar, Comte, Gouda

Soft: Brie, Constant Bliss, Camembert, Brillat-Savarin

Firm: Manchego, Mimolette, Farmhouse Cheddar, Gruyère

Blue: Gorgonzola Dolce, Valdeón, Stilton, Roquefort

Choose 3-5 cheeses, depending on the size of the party. Provide 1 oz of each cheese, per each guest.

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Pairings                                        

Choose plain, fresh bread and crackers. Flavored breads will often overwhelm the flavors in cheese. However, breads that include olives, walnut, or dried-fruit compliment cheese extremely well! A cheese plate is paired with savory foods when it is served before dinner. Olives, nuts, and cured meats (prosciutto, salami) are all good examples of savory foods. A cheese plate that is served as a dessert course is often paired with preserves, fresh fruit (pears, figs, apples), or dried fruit (apricots, figs, prunes). Condiments and vegetables are easy additions to a cheese plate: artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, caramelized onions, tart chutneys, and honey work well. As for the wine…A fatty cheese goes best with an acidic white wine. A cheese that is higher in protein pairs best with red wine. Beer compliments cheese just as well as wine. The yeasty, fruity, and earthy flavors in beer can also be found in cheese.

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Serving

The flavors in cheese come out best at room temperature. Remove your cheeses from refrigeration one hour before serving. Plate strong cheeses separately from milder cheeses. Each cheese should have its own knife. By keeping each cheese each on its own plate, you can alleviate party congestion! You may also want to pre-slice your cheese—if so, slice while the cheese is cold.

Storage

Store leftovers in parchment paper, or wax paper and plastic wrap. Blue cheeses should be wrapped in foil. Save to enjoy another time!

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Caroline and Winston’s Old World Charm

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    Caroline and Winston are truly kindred spirits with an appreciation for old-world charm. Their wedding vision was a perfect fit for Keswick Hall with its early 20th century architecture and allure. Together they wanted a wedding that felt “warm, personal, romantic, with a nod toward tradition”.

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Photography: Patricia Lyons // Venue: Keswick Hall //Catering: Keswick Hall //
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Color Me Beautiful: Pretty Peplum

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We are still loving the peplum trend that was popularized this past year, and it seems we’re not alone.  Peplum is showing up in so many 2013 wedding gown collections, and no wonder – the feminine ruffle at the waist is flattering on just about everyone.  Whether a simple lace overlay or a dramatic layered piece, peplum is everywhere!

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A Tea Party for Three

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A perfect tea party for three at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard. This styled shoot was filled with sweet and soft details sure to please any girly girl before their big wedding day!

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Event Production/Design: Easton Events// Photography: Eric Kelley// Styling and Make-up: Lora Elaine// Floral Design: Beehive Events// Venue: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard// Paper Suite: Rock Paper Scissors// Dresses: Samuelle Couture// Jewelry: Kira Kira Jewels// Rentals: Festive Fare // Tabletop Detail: Roxy Daisy// Shoes: Jimmy Choo

 

Color Me Beautiful: Parisian Stripes

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Oh, Paris, the city d’amour! There’s just something so classic and romantic about Parisian stripes.  Reminiscent of old black and white films, glamorous ladies, and the streets of France, black and white stripes can add elegance and edge to your wedding.  Since they do tend to make a bold statement, we recommend choosing just a few elements to incorporate this chic pattern into.

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