Caite Hamilton

Caite has been at C-VILLE since 2007, when she started as a part-time proofreader. Over the last 11 years, she's held the positions of Online Editor and Special Sections Editor. Currently the Special Publications Editor of C-VILLE, Caite oversees content in special issues and special publications (ABODE, Knife & Fork, C-VILLE Weddings, Unbound, C-BIZ, and Best of C-VILLE).

Photo: Jen Fariello

Serene romance: An easy, breezy summer wedding

Michelle Cheng & Yang Zeng | August 10, 2018, at The Market at Grelen Photography by Jen Fariello The happiest days comprise many little moments—some unexpected details and some planned. For Michelle Cheng, one of the best moments of her wedding day was an ATV ride with her photographer, planner, and new husband, to the top of a […]

Photo: Ashley Cox

A wild, magic mood: An at-home wedding and a forest full of love

Delilah Ohrstrom &  Alexander Harris | August 25, 2018, at home Photography by Ashley Cox While Delilah Ohrstrom and Alex Harris met in the fifth grade, they didn’t start dating until they were 19. But growing up in the same town meant that their families were already well-acquainted, so a wedding at Delilah’s parents’ Virginia home made sense, […]

Photo: Amy Jackson Smith

Natural and cheerful: Claudia and Jim at Sweet Greens Farm

Claudia Seixas & Jim Marzluff October 7, 2018, at Sweet Greens Farm | Photography by Amy Jackson Smith Perfect moments Among the couple’s favorite moments from the day? Planting a magnolia tree—to symbolize their growing love—during the ceremony (“We’ll always be able to remember that moment as we take care of our tree,” Claudia says) […]

Photo: Amanda Maglione

Love finds a way: Lindsay and Kristin at Lydia Mountain Lodge

Lindsay Schimpf & Kristin Beers May 12, 2018, at Lydia Mountain Lodge | Photography by Amanda Maglione Unexpected inspo When Lindsay Schimpf and Kristin Beers started dating, gay marriage wasn’t legal in many states, including Virginia. So neither bride had a vision for their dream wedding. Turns out, they got the perfect day anyway. “We had […]

Photo: Christy McKee

Easygoing elegance: Erin and Dominic at Gaie Lea

Erin Mahoney & Dominic Desmond August 25, 2018, at Gaie Lea in Staunton | Photography by Christy McKee Perfect pick With the help of Erin’s sisters and friends, the couple filled five five-gallon buckets with wildflowers from Pebble Hall Wildflowers in Weyers Cave. “Some more friends helped arrange them in Mason jars on the morning […]

Photo: Jen Maton

Finishing touch: A personalized topper takes the cake

You’ve chosen the escort card display and the fold of your napkins. But what about the cake topper? If So INKlined’s Jen Maton has that covered. After nearly two decades as a professional calligrapher, she started thinking about creating her own product line. “The light bulb went off and I realized that cake toppers would […]

Keevil & Keevil's beloved ham biscuit. Photo: Morgan Salyer

A taste of luck: Three ways to start the new year

New Year’s is more of a drinking-and-kissing holiday than one meant for feasting. But don’t let a good start-of-the-year meal go overlooked, especially if you might leave some luck on the table. We asked some local food folks to cook us up New Year’s Day nosh that was traditional (to capitalize on all that good […]

Tastes just like homemade (because it is): From sauces to sweet snacks, Charlottesville makers get cookin’

Tastes just like homemade (because it is): From sauces to sweet snacks, Charlottesville makers get cookin’

Maybe our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, but these five cooks, bakers, and concocters make an extra helping hard to resist. It’s all gravy No one knows the phrase “food is an international language” more than Yvonne Cunningham. The sauce-maker developed the recipe for her “Italian gravy” (so-called because it’s so thick) while living in […]

Oakhart Social's Tristan Wraight Photo: Amy Jackson Smith

Food stars—they’re just like us!

Around here, the folks cooking your favorite foods are as close to celebrities as some of us get (unless you’re lucky enough to corner Dave Matthews on the mall). So, for this year’s annual Food & Drink Issue, we decided to take a look behind the scenes—beyond your pork belly tacos and pain de campagne—at […]

The Clifton's pork belly. Photo: Tom McGovern

Brined, braised, and beautiful: Tuck into the Clifton’s pork belly

Matthew Bousquet hasn’t been in Charlottesville for very long—the Michelin-starred chef from San Francisco was hired to head up the kitchen at the newly reimagined Clifton hotel this summer—but he’s already discovered the city’s secret sauce: our abundance of fresh, local ingredients. This fall, Bousquet is particularly glad to use Autumn Olive Farms’ pork in […]

Amateur astronomers (and the couple’s photographers) Ryan and Rach found out the Milky Way would be directly over the reception on the wedding night. Once the stars were out, they pulled Patrick and Elliott to the hillside for a few pictures beneath a sparkly sky.  

All in: A community of love buoys a big day

Patrick McGettigan & Elliott Glass September 23, 2017, at Grace Estate Winery Photographs by Ryan & Rach Photography Throughout the night, Patrick and Elliott kept hearing from guests that the love and positivity in the tent was palpable. That was all the affirmation they needed. “From the very beginning,” Patrick says, “our focus had been on […]

Photo: Michael & Carina

Timeless love: Classic details let love shine

Floriza Hernandez & Jerome White September 9, 2017, at Trump Winery Photography by Michael & Carina Men in classic black-and-white tuxes, ladies in champagne. Gilded details, from the invitations to the cake topper. A reception area with high ceilings and extravagant chandeliers. Floriza and Jerome decided early on that they wanted their wedding to be elegant […]

Pure love: A morning yoga session takes the edge off

Pure love: A morning yoga session takes the edge off

It goes without saying that planning a wedding is stressful. And, on the day of the big day, the nerves are at an all-time high. Enter Liz Reynolds, who in 2014 started offering a yoga service to keep the jitters at a minimum. Reynolds had recently moved to town and, as a former professional dancer […]

Photo: Ashley Cox

Best tressed: Local hairstylist’s boutique fills a void

Having been in the bridal industry for half a decade as a hairstylist, Brianna Adams was used to getting asked the same questions: “Where can I find pretty hair accessories?” or “Which piece will look best with my hair?” In other words, it was an easy transition from styling to retail, when she launched Mood […]