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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

How To Prepare For Rain On Your Wedding Day
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Let’s face it…no one wants for it to rain on their wedding day. But let’s also be real, weather is the one unpredictable variable when it comes to planning a wedding.

As a planner, I’m hard wired to prepare for all types of scenarios and situations. I can take one simple action and visualize the ripple effect of changes that will happen as a result. Rain is no exception!

Often times with the weddings I plan, there’s a portion of the evening that happens outdoors. Whether this be the couples ceremony, cocktail hour, or reception 9/10 times my couples love those open air vibes. So, naturally, during our planning, we’re envisioning the most perfect Plan A day! We have the sun shining, the breeze ever so slight, and the temperature mild and comfortable so that no one breaks a sweat.

Sounds great, right?

Of course it does! But in reality, my job as a planner is to set realistic expectations with my couples. So while we’re all aiming for a perfect Plan A day, it’s my job to walk them through how we’re going to handle Plan B…just in case.

For me, it all comes down to a few things: your mindset, your mood, and your full trust.

  1. Your Mindset
    It’s one thing for it to be raining on your wedding day. It’s another for it to be raining on your wedding day and you having no clue what to do next. This is where setting expectations comes in handy!

    With my couples, it all starts with a simple conversation. It’s important for me to gauge their priorities and figure out their different levels of comforts and discomforts when it comes down to it.


    Asking the right questions to help re-train their original way of thinking is my planner trick. It’s my job to make it seem like the rain isn’t so scary after all! It’s just a part of their story that we’re needing to figure out the ending to together.

    Once they feel comfortable that I have a clear understanding of their “do's” and “don’ts” they feel much more confident moving forward that no amount of rain will drown out their love come wedding day.

    After our discussion, we’ll create a whole new set of diagrams and logistics that match the plan we all feel confident with moving forward. This will be in our back pockets in case Mother Nature decides to play games with us. All of your vendors will have been briefed with Plan B and all that’s left to do is execute— just like in a perfect Plan A scenario!

  2. Your Mood
    As extra cheesy as it may sound…attitude really is everything!

    Now that we’ve shifted your mindset on rain into a more calm and comfortable one, there aren’t any surprises. Since you know and have approved of the plan, all that’s left to do is play storm watcher and wait until it’s “go time”.

    There’s always a tinge of disappointment when it comes to a rainy wedding day— and that’s completely normal. But remembering that the end goal remains the same should wipe away any negative feelings you may have about a little water in the skies.

    After all, you’re marrying your best friend! What could be better than that?

  3. Your Full Trust
    As a planner, I am a firm believe in decency, honesty, and trust. I will treat your wedding as if it were my own and, in turn, I will always tell my couples what I would do if I were in their shoes and allow them to make the best decision for them from there.

    At this point in our planning, my couples and I have gotten extremely close. I know what they eat for lunch of Tuesdays and I know what their go to drinks are after a hard day. It’s an absolutely beautiful thing.

    So, with that being said, their full trust is all I ask. I ask that they allow me to take on the burdens of their stress and let me work my planner magic knowing that I have the best intentions, their priorities, and their vision close to my heart.