Who: Alisha & Matt

What: Wedding

Where: Mount Ida Farm

The Couple’s Love Story:

Alisha & Matt met in Virginia Beach during the 2011-2012 United Football League season. Matt was a punter and Alisha was a cheerleader for the Virginia Beach Destroyers.  Their wedding was outside at Mount Ida. Alisha was there a few years back for a birthday party and a psychic gave her a reading and said that Matt would be the guy she would marry.

Their favorite part of our day was when they saw each other for the first time at their first look, which overlooked a beautiful mountain view!

Another memorable moment was their choreographed first dance. They will always remember their loved ones and best of friends all under one roof together having fun, dancing, and sharing memories with one another.

They¬†entered their¬†reception to the Monday Night Football theme song. Black and pink pom-poms were used throughout the night. They¬†wanted their¬†reception to be a big party for their guests–similar to a tailgate or being at a raging football game..


After their wedding Alisha & Matt spent 10 days honeymooning in St. Lucia!
Words of wisdom from the couple:
Enjoy each other, take in every moment & EAT!!!:)


Venue: Mt. Ida Farm
Officiant: Brian Purcell
Wedding Coordinator: Courtney Hildebrand
DJ: Brian (Superlative Events)
Videographer: Zac Fabian
Catering: The Local
Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist: Charlottesville Makeup Artist
Dress: YWCA
Cake: Pearls Bake Shoppe
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography

Who: Karen & Scott

What: Wedding

Where: Castle Hill Cider

The Couple’s Love Story:

Karen & Scott met in school at the Darden School of Business – not exactly the most romantic of places – and quickly starting spending a lot of time together. A few weeks later they started dating and were soon inseparable. Two years later they moved to New York City together; three years later they were engaged; four years later they were married!!


Their most memorable part of the day was their first look. Amazing and emotional.  All the stress of the planning process melted away at that minute and the excitement really began.  Also walking down the aisle and seeing Scott waiting for me, past rows and rows of our closest family and friends. Exiting the ceremony and those first few moments of being married were some of the sweetest.

Scott’s family is from New York; Karen’s is from Tennessee, and most of their¬†family and friends had never been to Charlottesville. They¬†wanted them to experience our first home together, a place they¬†love dearly. Furthermore, they¬†wanted to do the ceremony and reception in a beautiful rustic setting that felt both elegant and laid back at the same time. You don’t find a more beautiful natural setting than Castle Hill Cider and the barn is perfect for a huge party! ¬†They brought in chandeliers, draping, and vintage china to give it a touch of elegance. In addition, they made sure the food was local (C&O catered) as was the wine.

After their wedding they¬†honeymooned for two weeks in Puerto Vallarta, which was wonderful. They’ll¬†be contemplating our next big life moves in a little bit, once they¬†catch their¬†breath.

Words of wisdom from the couple:

From the Groom: the bride is always right.

From the Bride: Do a first look! The first few moments together alone are very special and calming in an otherwise crazy day. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. Plus, you pretty much get to go straight to the cocktail hour!:)

Venue: Castle Hill Cider
Wedding Coordinator: Amore Events
Band: 12 South Band
Catering: C&O
Florist: Cody Grannis – Amore Events
Hair Stylist: Brianna Adams
Makeup Artist: Go Go Gorgeous
Dress: Kleinfeld NYC
Cake: Sweethaus
Lighting: Blue Ridge Lighting & AV
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography


Who: Kari & Jason

What: Wedding

Where: Mt. Ida Farm

The Couple’s Love Story:

Kari & Jason met on Wednesday Wine Night in the local bar Boars Nest at Old Dominion University. Jason was working behind the bar and Kari came in with one of her best friends. It was love at first drink :).

The most memorable moment of the day for Kari was seeing her Dad and Jason for the first time. Here is a look at Kari’s touching first look with her father. ¬†Jason’s most memorable moment was seeing Kari for the first time as she was walked down the staircase toward the gazebo where they were married – and throwing their hands in the air in celebration after the ceremony!

Kari & Jason were inspired to have an outdoor traditional southern ceremony that was more official with a laid back/ New York style cocktail hour for the reception. Mount Ida Farm offered the perfect venue and backdrop for their wedding! Jason put his amazing artistic abilities to work on many of the details. The DIY and handmade details offered personal touch to their wedding.


After their wedding Kari & Jason went on their honeymoon to Granada and had a blast- so now their main focus is remodeling their house together. Oh… and they want babies… but not quite yet.

Words of wisdom from the couple:

“DESTINATION WEDDING!!!!!!!!! Just kidding. Relax and enjoy the moment. It flies by— oh… and spend the extra money on a good photographer and videographer. You will want to look back on the memory!….we are so glad we did!”

Venue: Mount Ida Farm
Wedding Coordinator: Courtney Hildebrand – The Local
Officiant: Johnny Hawkins
DJ: DJ JayClue
Catering: The Local
Florist: Greenscapes of Madison
Hair Stylist: Sass Factory Salon
Makeup Artist: Nikki Benedikt РSass Factory Salon
Dress: Sealed with a Kiss, Charlottesville VA
Cake: Sweet Haus
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography
Photo Asst.: Cade Bowman

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