06.12
2015

Have you visited The Market at Grelen? It’s the most interesting, new wedding and event venue we’ve seen in the area recently. The expansive property has such a variety of locations and decor options that no two Grelen weddings will be alike. There are two major additions to the property this year.

Spotswood Lodge

Grelen couples have the option of renting Spotswood Lodge, an eight-bedroom property with a main house and a cottage that can comfortably sleep up to 20 people. How fun would it be to have your bridal party or close friends and family all together for the night before the wedding? Or, how great would it be to have out-of-town family housed close to your venue so they don’t have to worry about navigating an unfamiliar area to get to the wedding? We have a feeling Spotswood is going to be wildly popular with Grelen couples and anyone getting married in Orange.

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The Orchard Overlook Tent

One of the most striking things about Grelen is the amazing view that guests have from the different locations on the property. What better way to let guests enjoy the views than using a clear tent! The Market at Grelen installed a 4500 square foot tent for all of their couples to use. They also created a beautiful, stone patio on the tent pad. The patio extends beyond the tent to allow for cocktail hour or dancing under the stars.

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Spotswood Lodge images by Jenn Finazzio Photography.

Orchard Overlook images by Corrine Kensington Photography.



06.8
2015

Just a few minutes away from Charlottesville is an incredible estate built in the early 1900s by a wealthy Richmond resident named James H. Dooley as a summer retreat. Known as Swannanoa Palace, the Dooley family only lived in it for a few years. Today, Swannanoa is open to the public for a few days each month. Chrystal Reyns‘s luck bride Krissy was able to schedule her bridal portrait session on the property. We had a hard time narrowing the images down for this one with all the amazing rooms and locations at the palace.

If you’re interested in visiting the Swannanoa Palace, scroll the bottom to see the rest of the 2015 Open House dates.

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Swannanoa Palace 2015 Open House Dates
June 6, 7, 27, and 28
July 4, 5, 18, and 19
August 8, 9, 22, and 23
September 5, 6, 19, 20, 26, and 27
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25
November 7 and 8



06.3
2015

Is there anything more covetable in photography than that magic “golden hour”? You know, when the sun is on the verge of setting and everything is hued with an ethereal light that makes objects in front of a camera lens otherworldly… there might not be anything more beautiful than a portrait session during the Golden Hour! But while this engagement shoot by Limefish Studio perfectly captures that magical light, the real romance comes from this sweet couple and the incredible setting of Boar’s Head Inn. Take one part light, two parts love, and a Charlottesville setting, and you have perfection!

Ashley & Nick met online in 2012 and went on a 3 hour date that set the tone for the rest of their relationship. According to the couple, “They were inseparable until Ashley’s deployment in December, and she says,

I could not have asked for a more supportive and loving partner through the 5 months I was gone. I knew after making it through that, there was no chance I was ever letting Nick go!” During a July vacation together, Nick put his proposal plans into action.

He arranged for her to have a pedicure and massage during the day (so sweet!), and then had a surprise dinner planned. Actually, he’d rented out the Rear Range Lighthouse in downtown Newburyport, MA for their private candlelit dinner! Later, from the top of the lighthouse, they enjoyed the sunset before Nick dropped to his knee and asked Ashley to be his wife! She admits, “in true girl style, became hysterical and said yes between sobs.”

Thanks Limefish Studio for sharing this session with us!
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Ashley and Will’s Montfair Resort Wedding from Priscilla Thomas Photography

by Jeannine SmithMay 27, 2015

I love it when a Charlottesville wedding embraces our beautiful location and shows off what is so special about our area. Ashley and Will’s wedding does just that. Their had a laid-back vow renewal at Montfair Resort the day after their intimate, Catholic ceremony is so full of charm that you’ll find yourself wishing you […]

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Allison & Brad’s Fall Pippin Hill Wedding by Aaron Watson Photography

by Stephanie MarieMay 22, 2015

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 […]

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Allison and Beattie’s Keswick Vineyards Wedding

by Jeannine SmithMay 7, 2015

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 […]

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Incorporating Alma Mater into your Wedding Day

by Jeannine SmithMay 5, 2015

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 […]

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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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