November 23, 2011

McKinley’s ditty bags…

When McKinley Childress called me to ask if I’d make ditty bags for her and her bridesmaids my answer was, of course,  yes.  I asked about the details of her wedding — and asked her to take me through what colors she wanted to incorporate. She talked about the wanting her wedding decor loose and elegant, nothing too structured. She (like me) adores vintage fabrics because of their history.

She wanted natural colors and wanted each bag to be meaningful to the girls in her wedding. We decided to ask each bridesmaid to send me a piece of fabric that was special to them. Each ditty bag was designed with her friends in mind, and each bag was lined with a the chosen materials… we had everything from an Austin City Limits t-shirt to a loved anthropologie tunic to a bridesmaid dress that McKinley had worn in one of her bridesmaids’ wedding.

For McKinley I used scraps of lace from a vintage wedding dress and lined it with light blue fabric for her something blue. Inside I embroidered her wedding date just as a little reminder for the years to come.

Here are a few photos of the ditty bags…

Special thanks to Jen Fariello for this first photo… taken at Pippin Hill Farm.








November 17, 2011

cloverfield ditty bags…

Here are some more fun photos from our styled ditty bag shoot with Sasha & Tim and Stonegate Event Rentals!

{To buy a ditty bag, visit our etsy shop or email me for information about the Charlottesville Holiday Trunk Show this Sunday from 11-4. All are welcome!}







Special thanks to Mallory for being such a beautiful model…and for my brotherBen…who unknowingly let me drag him into my photo shoot!!! 

{Props by Stonegate Event Rentals

November 16, 2011

C’ville’s Free Wedding Project!

As part of Stonegate Event Rentals I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of the 2011 Free Wedding Project. You can read my earlier post here….

Without further ado… here are just a few of the photos from Briana & Ian’s wedding celebration.  {This lucky couple had 3 amazing photographers…more photos to follow from Jack Looney & Jen Fariello!                










Event photos by Cramer Photo

Ditty bag photo by Dickie Morris

November 15, 2011

Amanda & Gavin got hitched!






           beautiful photos by Cramer Photo

November 11, 2011

11.11.11: Happy Veterans Day America!

Congrats to our featured Warriors and everyone who supported NSPYR’s inspiring tribute Wounded Warriors’ Resilience that received the Audience Favorite Award for Best Documentary Short at the 2011 Virginia Film Festival last weekend.

And Thank You to the VA Film Festival, all the volunteers and those who attended our screening.  And a big congrats to Jay Lavender, the director and writer, for all his hard work and dedication to this tribute.

The biggest Thank You goes out to all the brave men and women who have served our country and those heroes who are out there serving today.


November 11, 2011

eleven eleven eleven


Today is a big day for a lot of people. It’s 11.11.11…and I can only imagine how many people are tying the knot today! {For one thing, it would be a hard anniversary to forget!}

Being a part of the Charlottesville Wedding community, I’m constantly amazed and inspired by the vendors that we have here. And today is no different. Today, over 20 vendors and 60 people will come together to pull of the Charlottesville Free Wedding Project, spearheaded by photographer Jack Looney. It’s an effort to give a wedding to a couple that stands out in the community.

After dating for the first year, Briana was diagnosed with lynphona cancer. Ian was there every step of the way — to provide the support that she needed as Briana under went chemo, found herself shaving her head and facing a serious cancer at age 27. She is now cancer-free and now volunteers as a coach with Team in Training that raises money for the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, which helped develop the treatments that saved her life. She and Ian live a happy and, thankfully, healthy life now together in Charottesville. And today — they’ll start a new chapter as they say their “I do’s” with the Charlottesville community behind them.

Thanks to these amazing vendors for donating their time and services. I’m proud to be a part of your effort. And can’t wait to see this big day unfold for Briana and Ian!

VenueKing Family Vineyards • Catering Harvest Moon Catering•Desserts Carpe Donut • Favors Gearhart’s Chocolates • BeerStarr Hill Brewery • Day of Event Coordinator Easton Events • Floral Design Pat’s Floral Design & Floral Images • Paper Goods Rock Paper Scissors • Calligrapher If So Inklined • Attire West Main Bridal • Event Rentals Stonegate Event Rentals • Invitation Preparation/Mailing Virtual VP, LLC • Salon Services Face Value Studio & Salon • Event Photographers Sarah Cramer | Jen Fariello | Jack Looney • Engagement Photos Eric Kelley • Engagement Hair & Makeup Lora Elaine • Engagement Photo Styling Sparrow & Whistle • Music DJ Tobler • Officiant Reverend Claire Goodman  • Lighting Blue Ridge Light Forms • Transportation Albemarle Vintage Limousine • Special Event Monticello is providing a private tour for out-of-town guests • Wedding GiftsTwo one-hour long massages from New Life Therapeutic Massage

November 2, 2011

watch the day go by…


For a glimpse at their wedding day… click HERE to watch Maureen & Danny’s wedding slideshow!

{photos by Patricia Lyons}

November 2, 2011

Maureen & Danny

So much of planning an event is focusing on the large picture, securing the vendors, negotiating contracts, planning the beats of the wedding day, reviewing timelines with vendors, etc.

The good stuff, the really good stuff, are the little things.

I loved every bit of planning Maureen’s wedding with her. Once we had nailed down the big picture (which, don’t get me wrong, is every bit as important as the little picture!)…we had a blast working together to create a meaningful event, one that celebrated Maureen & Danny’s hometown, and the local artists within it….

Maureen’s wedding was brimming with little details… it all started with a photo she snapped with her iphone one morning at the Charlottesville’s Farmer’s Market. It was a photograph of local flowers clumped together in a plastic bucket. The colors were vibrant, the flowers had probably been picked just hours before.

From that photo Maureen worked with Cary Oliva to design her printed materials. Cary the actual photo of the flowers to create custom save the dates, invitations, ceremony programs and even handmade coasters (which we used for the guest place cards & favors). 

From the colors of the her invitation came the pop of pink for the bridesmaid’s dresses and the guy’s ties.

Maureen worked with Jenn Pineau of Sugar Magnolias to incorporate the same local zinnias and strawflowers throughout her wedding decor. Jenn used Maureen’s iphone photo for guidance and planted zinnias and strawflowers in her garden — that would later come together to create centerpieces and bouquets for her big day.

We selected blue for the table cloths and incorporated vintage blue ball jars to compliment the vibrant colors of the flowers.

Jewelry designer Erin McDermott, a Charlottesville favorite, designed and made earrings for each of girls— a mixture of pearls and rose quartz drops. Each pair was unique…

She didn’t stop there…Maureen asked each bridesmaid to send her a swatch of fabric that was meaningful to them. I custom designed ditty bags out of champagnes, pinks and ivories —and incorporated their fabrics into the inside of each bag. Each ditty bag was unique… 

To top it off we custom made a just married sign and ring pillow… just to keep it all local…

As you can imagine — their wedding day was stunning. And not just because it poured all morning, and the clouds parted just in time for Maureen to arrive at the farm and walk down the aisle. But because it was a day that was centered around the little things — that all added up to be one big celebration of their new life together, and the friends and family who showed up to witness and celebrate with them.

I’m so thankful to have been a part of their journey…

Congratulations to you guys! 












          {a special thanks to Patricia Lyons for these amazing photos!}

It takes a team…

Catering: Harvest Moon Catering  Ditty Bags: just a little ditty… Event Planning: Dickie Morris, just a little ditty… Flowers: Sugar Magnolias Jewelry: Erin McDermott Photography: Patricia Lyons Photography Printed Materials: byCary Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals& Festive Fare Rentals Venue: King Family Vineyards

November 1, 2011

fallin’ for ditty

Today was awesome. Simply awesome.

I teamed up with Sasha & Tim from Rothwell Photography for a fall shoot featuring some of my new ditty bags!

Thanks to Mallory for being such a stunning model and to Ben for all the great Stonegate props!

Stay tuned for more photos from the shoot… here are a few favorites from this afternoon!