Susan Sorensen



"We wanted everything to be elegant, but not fussy, almost like a casual but stylish garden party," Rachel Stinson said. Photo: April Bennett

Vintage day: Two wine families come together for one marriage

Ask Rachel Stinson about the early days of her courtship with Nathan Vrooman, and she says, “We were covered in sticky grape juice for the first three months of our relationship.” Not surprising, considering the pair had moved to Charlottesville to help their parents start vineyards and wineries (her: Stinson, him: Ankida Ridge), and met […]

Ian Redshaw surprised Allie McGrath by stoping the Dreams Come True Parade At Walt Disney World to ask her, "Will you make all my dreams come true and marry me?"

Making marry: The happiest day on earth

Tavola cook Ian Redshaw fell in love with Allie McGrath when they were both students at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. The pair dated for six years, and last spring Ian decided it was time to propose. When asked why, he said simply, “She’s my everything.” And to make that […]

For a Mount Ida Farms rehearsal dinner, The Catering Outfit's menu reflected both the season and local fare, with bacon-wrapped quail with Virginia highland malt-pepper jelly glaze, creamed leek and mascarpone Byrd Mill stone ground grits, tri-colored fingerlings with baby bell pepper and mint gremolata, haricot vert, and baby carrot sauté. Photo: Jen Fariello

Food for thought

When it comes to feeding hungry wedding guests, few are better at it than the folks at APimento and The Catering Outfit. Feast your eyes on some of their recent hits. The bride was from Mexico, her husband Austrian, and together they returned to Charlottesville to marry and celebrate their meeting in the mountains. APimento’s […]

Nothing beats walking down the aisle in a dress worn by both your mother and your grandmother. Photo: Jack Looney

Everything old is new—or borrowed and blue

The custom of incorporating something old, new, borrowed, and blue into your wedding day ensemble is (literally) straight out of an Old English rhyme. But there’s nothing antiquated about its meaning: something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; and something blue stands for purity, love, and […]

Urinetown, “where people have to use public bathrooms to take care of their private business,” opens Friday. Image: Chris Pecoraro

Monticello High opens doors of opportunity with Urinetown

Madeline Michel doesn’t care for musicals. “I hate them,” she laughed. “They’re boring, and I can almost never sit through the second act.” Which begs the obvious question: Why in the name of Stephen Sondheim does the Monticello theater director devote countless hours every spring to putting together a high school musical? “It’s all about […]

C-VILLE Kids! Book deal: Must-reads for 6- to 9-year-olds

C-VILLE Kids! Book deal: Must-reads for 6- to 9-year-olds

(File photo) I spent most of the summer between fourth and fifth grades in the Long Lake public library. It was hot in Minnesota that year, and the library was one of the few air-conditioned buildings I got to visit. The librarian, who played bridge with my mother, was quite good at suggesting books I’d […]

Graduates head to colleges thanks to the I Have A Dream Foundation

Graduates head to colleges thanks to the I Have A Dream Foundation

National Honor Society member Joey Wright will study electrical engineering at Old Dominion University in the fall. (Photo by Nick Strocchia) If you saw Joey Wright on the Downtown Mall, you probably wouldn’t give him a second look. Just shy of 6′-tall, brown-haired, and wearing the ubiquitous teenage uniform of jeans and a North Face […]

Greg Thomas wins hearts, trophies at Albemarle High School

Greg Thomas wins hearts, trophies at Albemarle High School

From where he stands on the Albemarle High School football stadium bleachers, band director Greg Thomas has a good view of about 80 teenage musicians. Gathered in a haphazard semicircle on the track below, the Marching Patriots have just completed their final run-through of “Pursuing Red,” a show they first clumsily attempted at the beginning […]

November 2010: Inside out

November 2010: Inside out

Blame it on the empty room. That’s what designer Kelly Witt does when she recalls the momentary panic she felt the day she hung “a wire and crystal atom-shaped chandelier, lit from within by large holiday lights” in the furniture-less dining room of the brick colonial she and her artist husband, Clay, have spent the […]

An offer they can’t refuse

An offer they can’t refuse

You’re no dummy. You peruse the local newspapers and pore over real estate websites. Then there’s the TV news, always rife with reports about a bleak real estate market. And it’s hard to miss the plethora of For Sale signs—very few of which have the words “Under Contract” tacked onto the front.   So you figured […]

How You Can Succeed in the Housing Market

How You Can Succeed in the Housing Market

For the past couple of months, Gini Carl’s mornings have consisted of seemingly endless rounds of bed-making, dishwashing, vacuuming and trailing after her 11-year-old daughter “to pick up everything she drops.” No, Carl’s not some Type A, neat freak Martha Stewart wannabe. She has, however, been playing one since early April. That’s when she and […]

Book ’em

I like to get stuff done. Most mornings, before my feet even hit the floor, I’ve composed a mental to-do list for that day. Mail the taxes, buy some milk, write a book review, bathe our dog, read to my daughter’s first-grade class, pick up a fifth of vodka. You get the picture. Some days […]

How you can succeed in the housing market

How you can succeed in the housing market

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Sign on for an adjustable rate mortgage and get more house for less of a monthly payment. Heck, you weren’t planning on staying in the place for long anyway. By the time the initial 4.25 percent loan hit 6.25 percent, you’d be history.  Seems you forgot […]