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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! ūüôā

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.

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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


Who: Anna & Miguel

What: Wedding

Where: Early Mountain Vineyards

The Couple’s Love Story:

Miguel and Anna independently moved to Charlottesville in 2010; Miguel to begin a new job and Anna to begin graduate school. Shortly thereafter, they met on and began dating. After making it through two deployments, moving in together, and adopting a puppy, Miguel proposed to Anna in 2013!

For their wedding, Anna and Miguel wanted to mingle their two cultures and represent their personalities. They wanted the atmosphere to feel intimate, fun, and comfortable for all of the guests who were in attendance. The decorations were classic with a casual, country flair and the food and music included both country and Hispanic influences. Anna and Miguel both felt that the most memorable moment of the wedding day was the ceremony. During the ceremony, Anna and Miguel said personal vows to each other and their mothers spoke about their wishes for the couple. All of the words spoken were honest, personal, and heartfelt.


After the wedding, Anna and Miguel took a two week honeymoon in Italy; touring Rome, Florence, Tuscany, and the Italian Riviera. Shortly after returning, Anna and Miguel moved to Morristown, NJ so that Anna could pursue her clinical internship in psychology.

Words of wisdom from the couple:

Try not to take the wedding day to seriously. Enjoy the moments you have with family and friends, appreciate the generosity of others, and remember why you are having a wedding. If at the end of the day you’re married to the person you love, everything went perfectly.

Venue: Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison, Virginia
Wedding Coordinator: Taylor Verell
Officiant: Carolyn Barkley
DJ: TD Layman via 20 South
Catering: Beggars Banquet
Florist: Verde Natural Florist
Hair Stylist: Brianna Adams
Dress: Sealed with a Kiss, Charlottesville VA
Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Photo Booth: Photo Booth of Charlottesville
Photographer: Ron Dressel Photography
Photo Asst.: JP Gallagher

I often get approached by women who are interested in doing boudoir shoots as gifts to their significant others. Marika¬†had wanted to do something like this for her’s for some time, but¬†had never gotten around to doing it. She had the idea to surprise her husband-to-be with something special he would remember for years to come… She surprised ¬†him on their wedding day with a boudoir album. She¬†always loved¬†pinup photos from the 40’s and 50’s, which is where she drew her inspiration for the shoot. He husband, who is a mechanic, dream¬†is to one day have a garage filled with 50’s decor, so the pictures would be a perfect addition! To make the shoot even more personal to him, she snuck one of his work shirts out the day of the shoot and incorporated it in some of the photos! Marika, does freelance work as a makeup artist so she is used to working around cameras, but she did admit she was nervous at first being in front of the camera. By time the shoot was over she was no longer nervous and had so much fun! Her favorite part was the picture reveal, where we sat down together and she viewed her photos for the first time. When she arrived she was very nervous with anticipation because she was not sure how the pictures would turn out. After she viewed her photos she was more excited and pleased than she ever expected to be! She told me several time that did not consider herself photogenic at all and that she could not believe some of them were even her and were easily some of the best photos anyone had ever taken of her! Needless to say her husband absolutely loved the album and photographs as well!

Hair & Makeup: Sarah HatchStudio 500
Photography: Ron Dressel Photography

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