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Bailey & Dave: A Clifton Inn Spring Wedding in Charlottesville Virginia
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In Charlottesville, you truly cannot go wrong when it comes to weddings. This beautiful mountain town is well equip with everything you would ever need, including the perfect vendors and more than ideal scenery.

For Bailey and Dave, even though they both weren’t originally from the Charlottesville area, they knew it was the perfect place for them to host their wedding. After all, it’s where they met! For them, it all started byway of tennis. Dave is a tennis instructor and Bailey was taking lessons. Fast forward years later and the two grew their love well beyond the baseline.

Their wedding was fully inspired by spring. We incorporated bright pinks, peaches, whites, and creams into their design with lush greenery accents. Letting the beauty of Clifton Inn shine was important, so only personal touches and enhancements were really needed.

To incorporate their love story without making anything too “tennis themed” we included subtle details throughout their design that were interactive and contributed to their guests experience. For their guestbook, I was inspired by the Paris Lock Bridge. When scheming up their design I thought to myself (or…let’s be real, aloud to my cats) “Why can’t we take old school tennis rackets, tiny locks, and memo tags and make a personalized piece for them to remember their wedding for their home?” Newsflash: we can and we totally did!

With guest experience being such a priority for this couple, we decided to add a photo opp area into the mix! This was another way for us to incorporate their love for tennis. Vintage rackets were used to create a massive display for them and their guests to photograph with all night. Turns out…it was a huge hit!

All things tennis aside, we kept it clean and classy. Their tablescape was nothing but pure elegance to really allow for Clifton’s food to shine. Chic vellum menu and place cards gave the table more personalization while also allowing guests to naviagate to their seat and know what’s for dinner.

It’s weddings like this that I love the most. Taking the most simple of things and bringing them all together into one perfect masterpiece.

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Wedding Planner: Angelica & Co. Weddings

Photographer: Bethany Snyder Photography

Venue & Catering: The Clifton

Florals: Tourterelle Floral Design

DJ: Beats by Goodman

Desserts: Paradox Pastry

Hair: Top Knot Studio

Makeup: Rouge 9 Makeup Studio

Officiant: Jon Sarosiek

Rentals: MS Events

Tent & Lighting: Skyline Tent Company

Stationary: Minted and Etsy

Transportation: Easy Rider Bus Company

Justine & Jason| A King Family Vineyard Winter Wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia
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Justine and I met when I was first starting out on my new business venture. She found me on the preferred vendor’s list at King Family Vineyard and after some digging and research loved what she saw! A few email exchanges and one lunch date later we were well on our way to wedding planning bliss.

From the beginning, she was sure of a few things when it came down to her wedding. One: she wanted to create a warm and magical “winter wonderland” feel for her guests. Two: she wanted deep, jewel toned colors. (Dark green and eggplant/burgundy were her top choices! )

During our design phase, we incorporated shades of color and texture through all areas of her wedding to help create the warmth she was after. (After all, it was February!)

We had her bridesmaids dress in shades of green and grey and wrapped them in dark green shawls to keep cozy while outside during photos. The guys had ties with accents of the same color to match!

For their ceremony, we brought in beautiful over-sized trees and hung lanterns among the branches. Their ceremony took place right as the sun was setting, so this in combination with a fireplace full of candles and floral decor was the perfect backdrop and glow.

From there, it was all hands on deck as we worked to flip their ceremony space into their reception!

Pro-tip: When choosing a venue that requires you to re-purpose one room for multiple events throughout the night, make sure you have a really strong vendor team. Often times there’s only one hour to transform one space into another.

It takes a lot back-end logistics for proper planning, lots of swift labor, and a fine eye to finesse each detail before guests re-enter!

For their tablescape, it was all about layering for me. As a planner, one thing you’ll come to realize about me is that I love layers, shades, and texture! These three things really bring depth and dimension to your design in a way that is simple yet really pleasing to the eye. So for Justine and Jason, I did just that!

I centered their place settings around a few of their favorite pieces and added small details to enhance them on the table. Small touch items like their bronze napkin rings matched the charger they fell in love with in my original design. The amber water goblets added a fun splash of color and popped off of their wedding parties suits and dresses. And finally, mixing their reception layout with tables both round and rectangular really brought a neat visual aesthetic to the room.

It’s small details that make the big picture!

Overall, this one was a home run. Not only did I love them as a couple, but I’m still doing a little Angelica happy dance over their details and design!

Justine and Jason— you all are gems! Thank you for bringing me along on the ride. xo

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Wedding Planner: Angelica & Co. Weddings

Photographer: Bethany Snyder Photography

Venue: King Family Vineyards

Catering: Harvest Moon Catering

Florals: Blue Ridge Floral

Ceremony Music: Terra Voce

Reception DJ: Derek Tobler

Cake: Maliha Creations

Beauty: Glo-Out [Glamour Bar]

Officiant: Monica Chernin

Transportation: Easy Rider Bus Company

First Looks: To Look? Or Not to Look?
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To look? Or not to look? I often find that being a big question for my couples.

With some, the choice is easy. “YES! Let’s do all of the looks!” While others are the “They’ll first see me when he/she walks down the aisle” type. Trust me, I get both sides (and will insert my opinion later…keep reading!)

When it comes down to it, first looks are a matter of one of two things to me: nerves/feelings or timing. Why? Let’s break it down.

Nerves/Feelings

If you’re anything like me, you’re a naturally anxious human being. Yes, I may be cool, calm and collected on the outside, but when it comes to anything formal or serious I actually start to build a nervous sweat. Even with weddings! No matter how many I have under my belt, the feeling is all the same— as wedding weekend approaches (as it all too quickly does) I start doing this excited, overly analytical, anxious little wiggle. (Everything’s gotta be perfect, right? Pressure’s on!)

The same can be said for couples, I’m sure!

Imagine this…you’ve been planning your wedding for the better part of a year. All the while, during the making of your biggest decisions, you’ve had your person to lean on. You’ve discussed, you’ve consulted together, and you’ve come to mutual agreements on (_________insert topic).; and just like that, the decision is made. Your fears are forgotten and your mind is at ease. You both are confident that you’ve done the right thing…together.

Now, what about on wedding day? It’s the biggest moment in your relationship to date. In the past, you’ve been through everything as a couple. You’ve made the hard decisions and you’ve worked through your anxieties as one. So, what now? Your nerves are getting the best of you, your sweat (if you’re me) is beginning to build and before the madness hits you’d rather find comfort in your person than in that last sip of champagne.

But, do you give in to your comforts and see your person then or wait until “the one moment” finally arrives? The struggle is real.

Timing

Depending on what season you get married, this may change you view on a first look as well.

Weddings in the warmer months have longer days; while weddings in the winter are out of luck when it comes to long hours in the sun. The longer you have those beautiful daylight hours, the more photo opts are at your disposal (both before and after ceremony). For winter weddings, unless your ceremony is is the early afternoon, you run the risk of it being completely dark after your ceremony for any outdoor photos you may have in mind.

My Thoughts?

I am a pro first look planner. The way I see it, first looks allow for you to spend more actual time together on your wedding day. Yes, you also get the added bonus of calming your nerves and taking more photos; but to me the quality time is what really matters the most.

The way I set up first looks as a planner is with the couple’s privacy fully in mind. I will be there to stage, setup and support you both, but after that it’s important for you to take the 30-45 minutes together solo (with photography silently shooting away).

This will be one of the only moments you’ll have privately together to just enjoy one another before the rush of guests and “congratulations, we love you so much!”’s start to flow!

But who am I? This is your wedding. Do it your way!

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Stephanie & Daniel| A Labor Day Weekend Wedding at Keswick Vineyards
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This September 1, 2018 wedding at Keswick Vineyards was the perfect beginning to my long September weddings stretch!

One of my favorite symbolic changes of summer into fall are the fading out of pastels and the bold leap into those beautiful jewel-tone colored gems. The magenta and navy Steph and Daniel highlighted into their day gave me all of the feels!

Surprisingly enough, it’s not too often you see so much color incorporated into couples wedding days. I get it. Color is scary! You want your wedding to be classic, romantic, and timeless. You may be afraid that having too much color won’t have you achieving that timeless beauty of a wedding you’ve always had your eyes on.

To all my future couples, I challenge you to mix up that mindset!

Color, when properly placed, adds the perfect amount of personalization and the “wow” factor that will have you (and everyone you love) looking at and remembering your wedding well beyond the day itself!

(Side note: Hiring a mariachi band to entertain guests and represent your Mexican culture during cocktail hour also helps!)

Planner: Angelica & Co. Weddings

Venue: Keswick Vineyards

Photography: Sarah Houston Photography

Videography: Double Take

Catering: Goodrich Gourmet Catering

Cake: Bijou Sweet Treats

Florist: Wedding Muse

Entertainment: Sound Enforcement DJ Service

Beauty: Hello Darling Beauty

Officiant: Luis Martinez

Transportation: Ambassador Limousine

Photo Booth: MoxBox

Natalie & Colin| An Albemarle CiderWorks Celebration
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Vendor referrals easily lead me to my favorite couples. Why? Because when I already love that vendor I know the clients they keep must be equally as wonderful as well!

In case you’re wondering…this was definitely the case for Natalie and Colin. (Thanks Harvest Moon Catering!) They were simple, loving, and carefree from the start. They had a few goals in mind and they never lost sight of them through the planning process.

Goal #1: Get Married. Goal #2: Enjoy the Party!

They left the creative freedom and fine details to me, allowing for them to do just that. They weren’t concerned with too much muss and fuss. The celebration of their love was enough.

Those are the couples I truly enjoy working with—the ones who remember why we’re here in the first place. Marriage! It’s the heart and bounty of this whole planning operation and we should never lose sight of the end goal.

Yes, the day should be magical, beautiful, and everything you’ve dreamed of in between! Enjoying the journey with your partner and focusing on fun is an absolute must along the way.

Planner: Angelica & Co.

Photography: The Kama Photography

Catering, Desserts, & Rentals: Harvest Moon Catering

Ceremony Venue: St. Paul’s Memorial Church

Reception Venue: Albemarle CiderWorks

Florist: Hedge Fine Blooms

Entertainment: 20 South Productions

Transportation: Albemarle Limousine

Rehearsal Dinner: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

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Mia & Hunter| A Summertime Soire at The Market at Grelen
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When couples find you and you realize you have so many layers of "in real life" connections...you know it's going to be good!

The mother of the bride (also their florist) was a vendor I worked with in my beginning planning days in Richmond, Virginia. Baby Angelica was a fresh 20 year old branching out into the world of weddings and her company, Flowerama, was one of the first florists I worked with as a wedding planning intern.

Fast forward eight years, 3 companies, 2 different cities, and countless friendships formed in between and we met again byway of her daughters wedding! For this, and our continually growing labyrinth of strange connections, Mia, Hunter, and I immediately got along.

A tented outdoor summer party was exactly what they wanted for their wedding. Their priorities were good food, a good time, and LOTS of dancing. (Still to date I’ve never seen a better dancing crowd!)

But with a summer wedding comes the chance of summer storms. Were were hit with one? Yes. Were we hit with two? Sure were. Did we have 1.5 hours to change locations, reset tables and chairs, and start the ceremony on time? YES!

You’d never be able to tell from these gorgeous Dele Rockson photos, but this was not their Plan A. But I have to say, when you’re properly prepared and ready for a Plan B…it sure does look good.

Their vendors rallied together at the final hour and showed up for Mia and Hunter to give them the wedding of their dreams like I knew they would.

June 24, 2018 was, and will always be, a day to remember. Mia and Hunter celebrated their wedding overlooking The Market at Grelen’s beautiful Berry Lawn and I celebrated my 28th year of life. We’ll share this day together forever and I couldn’t image a better couple to coexist with in June 24th bliss.

Planning: Angelica & Co. 

Venue: The Market at Grelen

Photography: Dele Rockson Media

Catering: Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ & Gourmet Catering

Florist: Flowerama

Hair: Top Knot Studio

Cake: Meg Dawson

Ceremony Music: Charlie Berry

Entertainment: DJ Ant Boogie

Rentals & Decor: Gibson Tent Rental

Officiant: Austin Royal

Transportation: Easy Riders Bus Company

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