11.24
2014

Did you know that the four most popular days for engagements are during the holidays? About one-third of engagements happen between November and February with Valentines Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve being the most popular days. With engagement season upon us, we thought we’d share the ring styles that are popular for 2014-2015.

1. Halo Settings and Diamond Bands

Halo settings are ones where small diamonds are set around a center stone or stones and diamond bands have small diamonds all or part of the band. These styles became more popular several years ago and interest doesn’t seem to be waning.

This halo and diamond band engagement ring in platinum is by Ritani, a band carried locally by Fink’s Jewelers.Charlottesville Wedding Blog advice halo eternity engagement rings

2. Emerald and Cushion Cut Diamonds

While round is still the most popular shape for round diamonds, emerald and cushion cuts are more sought after than ever. An emerald cut diamond can be anywhere from almost square to a thin rectangle and they have a secondary system of measurement beyond the well-known “4 Cs” (color, clarity, cut, and carat). Cushion cuts are somewhere between an emerald and a round diamond – their corners are rounded, but they have the general look of a rectangle.

This Tacori ring has three emerald cut diamonds with a halo setting. Tacori is sold locally by Christopher William Jewelers in Weyers Cave.

Charlottesville Wedding Blog advice emerald engagement ringsThis cushion cut diamond ring has a prong setting and a split-shank band. It is the Elege ring by Precision Set, available locally at Keller and George.

Charlottesville Wedding Blog advice cushion cut engagement rings3. A Return to Gold

Though platinum and white gold rings have dominated for years, many brides are looking at traditional gold rings again. We’ll see more jewelry designers offering several designs in gold this coming year!

These 18k yellow gold engagement and wedding rings with diamonds set into the bands are designed by Alex Sepkus, available locally through Angelo Jewelry.

Charlottesville Wedding Blog advice gold wedding rings

4. Sapphire Engagements Rings

Some point to Kate Middleton’s engagement ring as the one that started getting more brides to want non-diamond engagement rings. Sapphires, emeralds, and rubies haven’t be absent from the engagement ring world, but this coming year is predicted to be the year that sapphires go more mainstream. Only time will tell!

This cushion-cut sapphire has two, half moon diamond side-stones in an 18k white gold setting. It is from the in-house collection at Fink’s Jewelers.

Charlottesville Wedding Blog advice sapphire wedding ringsCharlottesville brides-to-be, what style of ring are you wearing?



11.21
2014

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a wedding? While a ceremony might not start until 3 or 4pm, wedding vendors are up and at it early– sometimes before dawn! For the Charlottesville Wedding Gift, dozens of local vendors joined forces at Trump Winery to create the most fantastic wedding celebration for winners Ed & Gary. Enjoy this sneak peek of the work that goes into a wedding day– and check out each vendor involved (links at the end of the post)! THANK YOU to each and every creative who dedicated their talents to this day!

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a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
a charlottesville wedding gift trump winery behind the scenes
Vendors:
Event planner: Dickie Morris & Maureen McKenna of Just a Little Ditty
Ceremony and reception venue: The Carriage Museum, Trump Winery
Officiant: Rev. Claire Goodman
Catering: Harvest Moon Catering
Flowers: Southern Blooms and Sugar Magnolias
Cakes: Maliha Creations
Desserts: Paradox Pastry, Cakes by Rachel, Favorite Cakes, Eye Candy, Carpe Donut
Music: Ceremony: Peter Richardson, Guitarist / Reception: DJ Derek Tobler
Suits: Custom suits from Rooklin’s–Edward’s family’s men’s shop (from Edward’s Dad)
Custom Ties: Me & Matilda
Shoes: Edward: Cole Haan; Gary: Aston Grey
Invitations: rock paper scissors
Calligraphy: If So Inklined.
Hair and makeup: Jeanne Cusick & Daphne Latham
Photography: Jack Looney, Jen Fariello, Sarah Cramer Shields, Andrea Hubbell
Furniture/Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals
Event Rentals / Linens: Festive Fare
Favors: byCary (Cary Oliva) and Gearharts Fine Chocolates
Transportation: Albemarle Limousine
Accommodations: Stay Charlottesville
Rings: taviametal
Additional Vendors: Hot Pots by J.W. Townsend Landscapes (all of the potted trees/indoor landscaping), Blue Ridge AV & Lighting



11.19
2014

If you’ve been a Charlottesville Wedding Blog reader for any period of time, you probably know about the Charlottesville Wedding Gift; each year, dozens of local vendors join forces to give away a free wedding to one lucky area couple! In 2013, Ed & Gary, a Charlottesville couple highly involved in the theater scene, were chosen as the Charlottesville Wedding Gift winners. Their November wedding was held at Trump Winery and, needless to say, it was unforgettable.

Happy One Year Anniversary Ed & Gary! Charlottesville loved being part of your special day.

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charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery
charlottesville wedding gift 2013 at trump winery

Vendors:
Event planner: Dickie Morris & Maureen McKenna of Just a Little Ditty
Ceremony and reception venue: The Carriage Museum, Trump Winery
Officiant: Rev. Claire Goodman
Catering: Harvest Moon Catering
Flowers: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral and Sugar Magnolias
Cakes: Maliha Creations
Desserts: Paradox Pastry, Cakes by Rachel, Favorite Cakes, Eye Candy, Carpe Donut
Music: Ceremony: Peter Richardson, Guitarist / Reception: DJ Derek Tobler
Suits: Custom suits from Rooklin’s–Edward’s family’s men’s shop (from Edward’s Dad)
Custom Ties: Me & Matilda
Shoes: Edward: Cole Hahn; Gary: Aston Grey
Invitations: rock paper scissors
Calligraphy: If So Inklined.
Hair and makeup: Jeanne Cusick & Daphne Latham
Photography: Jack Looney, Jen Fariello, Sarah Cramer Shields, Andrea Hubbell
Furniture/Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals
Linens: Festive Fare
Favors: byCary (Cary Oliva) and Gearharts Fine Chocolates
Transportation: Albemarle Limousine
Accommodations: Stay Charlottesville
Rings: taviametal
Additional Vendors:
Hot Pots by J.W. Townsend Landscapes (all of the potted trees/indoor landscaping),
Blue Ridge AV & Lighting



Charlottesville Wedding Industry in the News

by Jeannine SmithNovember 11, 2014

Some wedding professionals are used to seeing their names on blogs or in print, but those mentions are usually in wedding-related sites and publications. When traditional, non-wedding media covers our industry, we take notice. Moments after the local Fox affiliate aired this segment we saw the links flying around social media. So much has changed […]

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Kathleen & Cole’s King Family Vineyard Wedding by Jack Looney Photography

by Stephanie MarieNovember 5, 2014

If we were to list some of our favorite things, in no particular order, our list would include items such as pink, summertime, frolicking in fields, vineyards, and weddings. What a joy that this sweet King Family Vineyards wedding by Jack Looney includes all those good things and more! Kathleen & Cole’s August celebration is […]

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Three Ways to Incorporate the Fall into Your Wedding

by Jeannine SmithOctober 31, 2014

Over the last few weeks, I’ve run into so many wedding professionals who have said that fall is both their favorite time of year in Charlottesville and their busiest season for weddings. It’s no surprise that Charlottesville areas couples would be attracted to having a wedding at this time of year! Many area venues have […]

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Sarah and Randolph’s Fall Wedding by Sarah Bradshaw

by Jeannine SmithOctober 29, 2014

It seems fitting that we are featuring Sarah and Randolph’s charming wedding today because they incorporated the beautiful colors of fall in their florals and decor. Our thanks to Sarah Bradshaw Photography for sharing her thoughts about the King Family Vineyard wedding: From the first moment I met Randolph & Sarah, I knew their love […]

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Annie & Josh’s Rustic Restoration Hall Wedding by Robert Radifera Photography

by Stephanie MarieOctober 22, 2014

A wedding that combines gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views, rustic decor details, AND a beautiful bride and groom? Sign us up! This Crozet wedding included a reception at the darling Restoration Hall in Old Trail, a fairly new venue (it only opened in 2013!) that adds a traditional, Jeffersonian flair to the classic country club […]

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5 ways to use pumpkin in your wedding

by Stephanie MarieOctober 20, 2014

We’re right in the thick of fall– and the changing colors, ripening fruits, and crisp aesthetic of autumn is inspiring us! We love when a wedding includes a nod to the season; what better way to embrace your wedding date? When we think of fall, we think of one thing: pumpkins! October is the month […]

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Jessica and Mark’s Mountain Wedding by Karin Nicole Photography

by Jeannine SmithOctober 15, 2014

People in the wedding world use the term “Private Residence” when a couple gets married at a home instead of at a wedding venue. So, our feature gets that tag, but we feel like this wedding’s venue deserves the friendly, comfortable label: home. Karin Nicole Photography‘s images clearly show that they had a fabulous group […]

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