Candice Cloos said she met Patrick Haney the old-fashioned way: “in a dive bar.” Truth be told, she was trying to disentangle herself from a conversation with another man, when she noticed Patrick and shouted, “There you are!” “Without missing a beat, he played along that we knew each other,
Although they didn’t know it at the time, Katie Castillo and William Deibler spent their high school years in houses just a few miles away from each other. But it wasn’t until Katie had graduated from the University of Virginia and moved back home that mutual friends introduced her to William.
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When they thought about how they wanted to get married, Heather Welch and Greg Arbogast knew one thing: Their wedding should feel like a weekend retreat. The couple sought a “location where our friends and family could enjoy exclusive use of the property and unwind for the weekend, sort of like
Three wedding photos sit on a small side-table in my parents’ home. The one of my mother, circa late 1960s, has held my wonder and awe since I was a child. Nearby are pictures of my sisters—just as beautiful and radiant as my mother. While mine isn’t there (because it doesn’t yet exist), my
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
Nobody can resist the iconic image of a bride and groom, surrounded by family and friends, ceremoniously feeding each other that first piece of wedding cake as a newly married couple. What makes the picture even sweeter is if the cake tastes as good as it looks, which is certainly true of the
“I do.” Those words have a special meaning for Dave Norris because when he hears them, his workday is coming to an end. Which is a very good thing, but not for the reason you’d guess: The former mayor of Charlottesville is a freelance wedding officiant, specially chosen to be the person who has
Weddings and camping go together like…Actually, weddings and camping haven’t traditionally gone together at all. Until now, that is. Welcome to the luxurious, wonderful world of glamorous camping, otherwise known as “glamping.” Think outdoorsy with all the trimmings: heated tents, comfy beds,
Pippin Hill’s mountain vista is picture-perfect “It’s a blank canvas.” That is the first message Meg Forch, event sales and marketing manager, conveys about Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards as a wedding venue. Just how versatile is it? One couple brought in magnolia trees for their wedding
When it comes to your wedding band, when you know, you know. Unless you’re still stuck at the first step: deciding on a “look.” Assuming you’re searching for bands with a bit more personality than you might find at a chain retailer, there are, essentially, two options: vintage or custom. We
Once she’s got a ring on it, one of the first calls a bride makes is to a florist because be it altars, centerpieces, boutonnieres, or the all-important bouquet, flowers are everywhere, making anyone’s big day even brighter and more beautiful. There was, however, a time when those ubiquitous
Simple, natural, and handmade. Those were the words that came to mind when Julie Wallerstedt thought about flowers for her October 5, 2013 wedding to Will McGettigan. “My dress was made of raw silk and devoid of any bling,” she said. “And I wanted my flowers to match.” The dress, a custom-made
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
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
As Beggars Banquet’s Currey Fountain put it, “Hors d’oeuvres are the first area where we can really highlight what is unique to any couple or family.” But that doesn’t mean your caterer can’t get a little creative on their own. We asked three local caterers to choose their top passed offerings:
While not everyone wants to get hitched in an octagonal barn built in 1908, plenty of couples are choosing the rustic American Frontier Culture Museum for their big day. According to Cookie Toms, the Staunton location has grown in popularity over the past few years—in part, because outdoor
Take a cue from these brides to inject even more personality into your big day. Ring passing ceremony: One couple passed their rings around to each guest and asked for a blessing. What a lovely sentiment. Personalized present: One bride had custom handkerchiefs made for her parents. Sheet music
A rehearsal dinner at The Local and a Bodo’s brunch on The Lawn bookended Courtney and Shaun’s Charlottesville-centric nuptials. And the rest? Well that was focused locally, too. “We wanted the wedding to highlight everything we love about Charlottesville, and that guided nearly every decision
Some of the greatest love stories take place on the stage. Or, like with Edward Warwick and Gary White, just beside it. The couple met at the first read-through for The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical at Live Arts in which they’d both been cast. “There was an open seat next to Gary,” Edward said.