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 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

June 6, 2011

then & now

If you can’t tell already, I love to re-purpose stuff. I always like taking something that has had a life before and give it a new one.  A couple of weeks ago, while killing some time on a Saturday morning in Middleburg before a wedding… I stumbled upon these old vintage grain sacks. I was drooling before I got to the counter to pay… And couldn’t wait to get them home and start snipping them into ditty bags.  


Before I go crazy though on ditty bags (don’t worry, they’ll be here soon enough!) I decided to use the pristine part of the sacks to recover some chairs for Stonegate Event Rentals {more on this boutique rental company coming soon!}. So hats off to my mom, who took this chair from looking like just any ol’ thing to something special. I think that grain sack may have come in handy…


                            {top photo by meredith mckee for just a little ditty…}

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