The most exciting thing about the Charlottesville wedding scene isn’t the plethora of gorgeous venues or the Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop or the creativity of the area’s event professionals– it’s the personalities of the brides and grooms who choose to get hitched in this beautiful town! Every wedding we see is completely unique because it’s a special celebration of two individuals who pour their love into a day– no two are ever alike!

Allison & Brad chose to tie the knot at Pippin Hill and transformed the venue into their own paradise. We love the sweet florals by Blue Ridge Floral Design, the paper suite by Rock Paper Scissors, the ceremony led by Claire of Sacred Ground Ceremonies, and, of course, the photography by Aaron Watson!


Wedding Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography
Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm
Officiant: Sacred Ground Ceremonies
Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Design
Band: Jangling Reinharts
Caterer: Pippin Hill Farm
Wedding Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Hair/Makeup Artist: Moxie
Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors
Bridal Gown: Jingles
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jingles
Groomswear: Vera Wang
Photobooth: Photobooth Charlottesville
Videographer: WhiteFlair Productions
Ceremony/Reception Music: Vernon Fischer
Lighting/Sound: The AV Company


Every now and then, a wedding has so many pretty portraits and charming details that we have a hard time picking just a few images to share on the blog. Allison and Beattie’s wedding at Keswick Vineyards. William Walker Photography shared so many beautiful photos that we had to make this feature just a little longer than the ones we usually post.

Keep an eye out for the mother of the bride’s reaction to the first dance. It’s one of our favorite images from this one!

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Photographer: William Walker Photography // Dress Store: Caryn’s // Floral Designer: Blue Ridge Florist // Hair Stylist: Bristles // DJ: Class Productions // Caterer: Harvest Moon Catering // Reception Venue: Keswick Vineyards LLC // Lighting: MS Events // Officiant: Sacred Ground Ceremonies


With so many couples meeting in college, it’s no surprise that brides and grooms often want to reference their alma maters on their wedding days. Whether you’re a Wahoo, Hokie, Duke, or Ram, you can pay tribute to your college in a variety of creative ways. Other options at UVa include the many gardens along the Lawn, the Colonnade Club, and the Alumni Association’s Alumni Hall.

1. The Campus (or Grounds) Wedding

The ultimate way to make your alma mater a major part of your day is to have your ceremony, reception, or portraits on the college campus. Our own UVa Chapel is so popular that couples have to put their names into the UVa Chapel reservation system a full year in advance of their weddings to secure their date.

2. Collegiate Sweets

Showing off your college through a spectacular grooms cake or beautifully decorated cookies is extremely popular these days. Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations created these incredible Rotunda and Scott Stadium groom’s cakes:

And Kelly Trout of One Creative Cookie has baked so many incredible cookies that reference colleges.

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3. The Surprise Guest

If you want to really see your guests surprised, have their beloved mascot, marching band, or a capella group show up at your reception. We’ve seen impromptu renditions of the school fight song break out at wedding receptions when guests realized the mascot had arrived. It’s a truly unexpected moment that will be remembered long after the bouquet has been tossed!


A Charlottesville Wedding Gift Sneak Peek!

by Stephanie MarieApril 30, 2015

One of the most incredible things about the Charlottesville wedding scene is the love, passion, and generosity of its vendors. Every professional in the wedding world loves giving back– and it’s the most evident in the annual Charlottesville Wedding Gift! One local couple wins the wedding of their dreams, planned, styled, and executed by a […]

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Inspired by Spring!

by Stephanie MarieApril 27, 2015

Yes, we’re already a month into spring– but we’re starting to see a flurry of real weddings at all our favorite venues here in Charlottesville, so we thought it was the perfect time to celebrate the season! Springtime weddings conjure up images of green gardens, soft blooms, and PINK… if you’re newly engaged and planning […]

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Crystal and John’s Firehouse Engagement Portraits

by Jeannine SmithApril 23, 2015

When a photographer is as enthusiastic as Kelli Brewer was when she submitted this engagement session with us, we knew we had to publish it. I often tell couples to bring along any props or special items that they may want to shoot with, but I never imagined those props would be a FIRETRUCK and […]

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Curvy Brides Coming to TLC!

by Jeannine SmithApril 20, 2015

Anyone who has shopped for a wedding gown knows that bridal salons stock dresses in sample sizes. Dresses are usually in a “bridal size” 8 or 10. Vanity sizing never hit the wedding gown industry, so these dresses usually correspond to smaller “street” sizes. If the sample is too large, you know you’ll be wearing […]

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3 Tips for Flawless Wedding Day Portraits

by Stephanie MarieApril 17, 2015

With the onslaught of wedding blogs, wedding magazines, Instagram hashtags… the chances that your wedding photos will be published or, at least, readily available for the world to see are high. Add that on top of the hope that your wedding portraits will be cherished images, treasured for eternity, and the fact that you probably […]

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Charlottesville Wedding Venues With On-Site Accommodations

by Jeannine SmithApril 6, 2015

Imagine dancing the night away at a wedding reception, enjoying a scrumptious cake and dessert table, waving good-buy to the newlyweds, and then falling into bed just steps away. When your wedding venue has on-site accommodations, that’s the experience your guests have. Our round up includes a farm with rustic cabins, a large resort, and […]

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Fall Trump Winery Wedding by Aaron Watson Photography

by Stephanie MarieApril 1, 2015

Take fall in Virginia, a slew of fantastic local vendors, and a beautiful setting like Trump Winery and you’ve got the makings of a magical Charlottesville wedding! Maria & Greg’s vineyard celebration is classic Charlottesville at its finest. We LOVE when couples use the chapel at Trump for portraits– it adds a touch of fairy […]

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