Susan Sorensen



Landscape architect Pete O'Shea is inspired by people and places that have a story. Photo: Robert Radifera

The long and winding road: Siteworks Studio’s Pete O’Shea opens up about how he got here

Landscape architect Pete O’Shea spent his youth playing in the fields, orchards, and woods of his Central Massachusetts neighborhood, where “we didn’t really know that what we were exploring daily was this incredibly dynamic landscape of glacial topography, dwindling agriculture, and second growth forests laced with old stone walls, boulders, ponds, and streams,” he said. […]

Photo: Jen Fariello

A horse, of course

Shortly after she learned to talk, Molly Streit announced that she wanted to take horseback riding lessons. “I made the rule that she couldn’t ride until she was 5,” her mother, Meghan, said. “The day after she turned 5, she took her first lesson.” Molly is now 7 years old, and has been riding her […]

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 […]