Ruckersville-based Solid Ground Shelters marries outdoor charm and indoor comfort with luxury tents. Photo: Solid Ground Shelters

The great outdoors: Camping with a luxurious twist

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, luxury linens, and upscale furniture, all delivered to the locale of your choice. […]

Nestled along the Blue Ridge in North Garden, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard seems custom-made for wedding albums. Photo: Jen Fariello

The view from here

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 reception. Forch says they chose really serene green […]

A ring design that merges the past and present often has a deeper meaning for its wearer. "It actually tells their own story," said Charlottesville metalsmith Martha Keith. Photo: Natalie Bell Photography

This old ring: How to decide between vintage and custom

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 asked local metalsmith Martha […]