Take it from them: Five Charlottesville wedding ideas we love

Photo: The Pinwheel Collective Photo: The Pinwheel Collective

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then we’d like to flatter the heck out of these couples, whose special wedding-day touches provide bushels of inspiration this season.

Living jewelry (above)

After bookmarking a few photos online showcasing flower garlands on animals, bride Karen Ryder discovered that one of the garlands in the images had been created by her florist, Amanda Veronee.

“She took the idea and ran with it,” Ryder says, “crafting eight similar but unique floral necklaces for my bridesmaids.”

Photo: Katelyn James
Photo: Katelyn James

Fun and games

As a way of including a bit of her dad—who collected matchbooks but passed away a few years ago—bride Caitlin Pugh and her husband, Ray, invited guests to participate in a matchbook game. “It’s something that my dad had done for many years at our St. Patrick’s Day parties going back about 30 years,” Caitlin says.

Guests wrote down their guesses as to how many were in the lantern and the bride’s sister sorted through the best (and worst) ones. The winner (with a guess of 711, just five shy of the total) got a bottle of Jack Daniels; the loser got a dunce cap.

Photo: Ron Dressel
Photo: Ron Dressel

Under the little top

For this outdoor September wedding, the bride’s mom suggested a photo-worthy way to shade guests: custom parasols. Found on Etsy, they added an extra pop of color to the bridal party pics.

“They were a great addition to the wedding—both functional and a fun prop,” says the bride.

Photo: Amy Jackson
Photo: Amy Jackson

Color your eats

An oft-overlooked opportunity to include more of your wedding colors? The food! These macarons got the royal treatment.

Photo: The Pinwheel Collective
Photo: The Pinwheel Collective

Tiny topper

This couple went to the Museum of Arts and Design in New York to have their cake topper—a miniature 3-D printout of themselves—created.

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