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 o’the pumpkin– between decorating your home with fresh pumpkins, carving jack-o-lanterns, and eating your fill of pumpkins, this sweet squash is center stage. Why not give it some love at your wedding?

A few fun ways to incorporate pumpkins into your wedding styling…

pumpkin wedding inspiration
Let pumpkin inspire your wedding color palette. Emulate the changing colors by mixing pumpkin orange with reds and yellows, but make sure to complement it with a cool color like blue or green! image by Southern Blooms

pumpkin pie dessert bar
Make it the centerpiece of your dessert bar. Nothing says “fall wedding” like the taste of pumpkin pie! image via Elizabeth Anne Designs

mini pumpkin escort cards
Use pumpkins as your escort cards or favors! Your guests will adore these mini beauties! image via Wedding Chicks

pumpkin centerpiece by green wedding shoes
Show them off in your floral design! Pumpkins are the perfect addition to any fall tablescape! Green Wedding Shoes has a nice little DIY project that features mini pumpkins.

pumpkin patch wedding venue
Get hitched in a pumpkin patch! Think about it: a gorgeous Sperry tent in the middle of a field, pumpkin flavors in your menu, a little pumpkin motif in your wedding papers… a pumpkin patch would make a darling wedding location! image via Style Me Pretty

What are your favorite ways to use pumpkin? What are your favorite fall features? Would you ever include any in your wedding day? 


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 of friends and family to help them celebrate this DIY affair. However, this one detail says a lot: the property where this wedding took place wasn’t a family home – it’s the home of a friend! What a wonderful wedding gift for this lovely couple! Wait until you see the beautiful backdrop they had for their ceremony…

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Photography: Karin Nicole Photography
Catering: The couple and their families
Rentals and Lighting: Central Virginia Inflatable Fun
Flowers: A Family Friend
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew


Long time followers of the Charlottesville Wedding Blog and its Facebook page probably noticed some changes in recent weeks and we thought it would be appropriate to make a formal introduction. We are Stephanie Marie and Jeannine Smith, the new editors of this blog and its related social media accounts. We’ve been reading this blog for years and were honored when Claire Goodman entrusted its future with us. We’ve both been involved in the wedding world for several years and are excited to usher the Charlottesville Wedding Blog into a new phase.

First, a little about us…

Stephanie Marie is a writer, editor, and professional athlete. Her tenure in the Charlottesville wedding community started as an assistant to a top wedding planner. Her love of the Charlottesville wedding world led to her taking the helm at the weddings issue for the [now defunct] weekly, The Hook. In addition to editing Hook Weddings and producing editorial shoots for the magazine, Stephanie founded The Fete Blog, a blog dedicated to weddings, events, and life after “I do.”

When she’s not writing or styling photo shoots, Stephanie runs professionally with Furman Elite and is sponsored by New Balance. She’s one of the top women in the country running the steeplechase event!


Jeannine Smith is an academic who was an early adopter of social media. She became involved in the wedding industry when some vendors asked her to teach social media best practices. She quickly fell in love with the positive and collaborative wedding community in Charlottesville. In addition to helping wedding professionals develop their presence online, Jeannine produces and styles photo shoots, and acts as a wedding assistant.

While her feet are still planted firming in academia, Jeannine loves a good do-it-yourself project related to home or weddings and has a boutique embroidery business called Beloved Thread.


We first met at a luncheon for Charlottesville wedding professionals, but our interaction was brief. Several months later, we met again at a photoshoot (a post-wedding shoot for Jeannine and her husband) and we are lucky enough to have Jen Fariello‘s photos to document when our friendship began.

We became a team because we share a love of weddings – large or small, elaborate or simple, we love them all. The diversity of the Charlottesville wedding community is something we value, which is why the Charlottesville Wedding Blog has always been a favorite of ours. This blog lets us delight in the details and the work of local vendors, but also recognizes that there is an overarching story of a couple that will continue after the cake is cut and the bouquet is tossed.

We can’t sign off without acknowledging the amazing work that Claire Goodman has done with this blog. She created the Charlottesville Wedding Blog (and the vendor guide One Sweet Wedding) to celebrate Charlottesville weddings and she will remain a contributor. This blog’s mission, to be Charlottesville-centric, will not change and Claire’s amazing work with the Community of Charlottesville Wedding and Event Professionals and Sacred Ground Ceremonies will continue.

For some Charlottesville couples, marriage long-awaited

by Stephanie MarieOctober 8, 2014

Monday was a historic day for same-sex couples in Virginia and the effects were felt immediately. Starting at 1pm, couples who spent years of their relationships being denied the ability to make their union legal were able to go to the courthouse, obtain a marriage license, and get hitched! The significance of this cannot be […]

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Virginia is for Lovers!

by Stephanie MarieOctober 6, 2014

It’s a historic day for weddings in Virginia! A wave of very special and long-awaited unions took place across the Commonwealth, as the Supreme Court declined to review cases on same sex marriage in Virginia (and Utah, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma). The stay for marriage equality was lifted and same sex weddings began at 1pm! […]

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Help a Member of the Charlottesville Wedding Community

by Jeannine SmithOctober 1, 2014

We’re lucky to live in a community where wedding professionals support each other and collaborate with one another with enthusiasm. Perhaps this is why our area is so popular with brides and grooms – we convey that we are eager to work together to accomplish a shared goal. In the last 48 hours, our community […]

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Sarah & Alex’s Romantic Clifton Inn Wedding by Sera Petras Photography

by Stephanie MarieSeptember 24, 2014

Take two traditional Virginians, add in one of the most romantic venues in Charlottesville, and throw in a whole lot of love– and you get this gorgeous Clifton Inn wedding! Sarah & Alex’s wedding day is chock full of charm, from the breathtaking Southern setting and lovely photography by Sera Petras to the floral design […]

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Tiffany and Andrew’s U.Va. Wedding by Meredith Sledge

by Jeannine SmithSeptember 17, 2014

We love weddings submissions that radiate joy and we think these wedding images from Meredith Sledge Photography convey joy from start to finish! From the sweet bridesmaid watching her friend transform into a bride to the guests celebrating on the dance floor, everyone at this wedding exuded joy. We especially love all the images of […]

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Meg & Landon’s Fall Charlottesville Wedding by Jen Fariello Photography

by Stephanie MarieSeptember 10, 2014

What happens when a local wedding photographer gets married? She thinks outside the box while celebrating the incredible talent and beauty of the area! Charlottesville photographer Meg Runion of Meg Runion Studios tied the knot at Fat Cat Farm in Scottsville with her friends Jen Fariello photographing, Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events providing florals and […]

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Sharon and David’s Family Wedding by April Bennett Photography

by Jeannine SmithSeptember 3, 2014

We are honored that April Bennett is sharing this wedding with us. The story behind the day is touching and beautiful. It reminds us that weddings aren’t just about the perfect dress and the pretty details. Weddings are about family. From April: This is a wedding that reflects the heart of small-town America. A backyard […]

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