Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor weddings’

While red is associated with fiery heat, orange is associated with the benign warmth of the sun. A dynamic color to be sure, orange offers a more thoughtful control than explosive red. Curiosity is a driving characteristic of orange, and with it comes exploration of new things.



Put some orange in your life when you want to spice things up when you feel time is dragging; to become more involved in something; to increase creativity; relief from things becoming too serious.



Though orange is vibrant, it has a bit less intensity or aggression than red, calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow. Pumpkin, gold, flame, copper, brass, apricot, peach, citrus, tangerine  and vermilion are all terms used to describe different shades of orange.


How to mix match orange with other colors

While orange and black are traditional Halloween colors, orange really pops with a medium blue. Red, yellow and orange can be a fiery hot combination or a fresh, fruity experience in softer shades. Make orange tropical with green.


Use caution mixing orange and pink, unless you want to recreate a vibrating 60’s psychedelic look. Try a dash of orange with deep purple or a dash of purple with a bit of orange, tempered by lots of mellow yellow or white for an eye-catching look that’s not overpowering.


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In need of a sweet inspiration? Then, check out these uniquely crafted wedding cakes. I hope it inspires you to create the perfect cake fit for your wedding. It will be one your guests won’t ever forget!


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The Inn at Willow Grove is a critically acclaimed property, now enjoying outstanding reviews from The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Departures Magazine, DC Magazine, and Washingtonian Magazine, among others.


With an expansive range of venues, including the Hall, the Barn and Ruins, the Inn at Willow Grove is the perfect place for weddings of every style and size, from chic to rustic and from 20 to 200 guests.

The Inn only hosts one wedding per weekend, guaranteeing that your event will be top priority!


The Hall: A brand new space with coffered ceilings, a stone clad gas fireplace and 360 views through French doors that overlook the surrounding countryside and manicured gardens. The Hall offers everything you need for elegant intimate parties for up to 50 guests, including zinc and glass tables, leather dining chairs, and Fortessa china.



The Barn & Ruins: The big red barn is our modern, elegant version of a rustic fantasy. The brand new space offers vaulted wood beam ceilings, a stone clad gas fireplace, automated temperature controls, dedicated restrooms and a warming kitchen.


The Ruins are an added outdoor bonus, they are the enchanting stone foundation of antique bank barn that remain tented through the Spring, Summer and Fall.


Together these spaces can accommodate up to 250 guests.

The Boxwood Gardens: The perfect ceremony space, the gardens are shaded by giant trees, surrounded by blooming shrubs and edged with 100-year-old boxwood. With fountains tucked away and brick pathways leading to the custom pergola, the gardens are a magical setting for celebrations of any size and can accommodate up to 180 guests.


In the restaurant, Vintage, guests will find fine wines and culinary masterpieces infused with the same contemporary flair found in The Inn.


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Let the history and romance of James and Dolley Madison’s gracious 2,650-acre estate home provide a uniquely beautiful backdrop for your dream wedding. Begin your life together where they began theirs, gazing with hope and happiness at the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, only 2 hours away from Washington D.C.



Your wedding at Montpelier will include the use of the  property venue for one out of three wedding packages of your choice:

The Montpelier Wedding

Exchange vows at the symbol of Montpelier, the Madison Temple, which was designed and built by James Madison. Then stroll across the picturesque home’s front yard by candlelight to the William DuPont Gallery for a festive reception. There you will enjoy cocktails in the Gallery and the famous reinstalled Red Room among the treasures of a bygone era. Retire to the Grand Salon for a sit-down repast beneath the DuPont’s gold-leafed chandelier.



The Garden Wedding

Begin your new life together with the lush elegance of The Garden Wedding.  Here, in Annie DuPont’s Formal Garden, you will be surrounded by colorful peonies, Japanese irises and fragrant herbs as you make your entrance on the stately brick walkway through the filigree wrought-iron gates. It is a short walk from the Garden to the William DuPont Gallery where you and your guests can enjoy cocktails in the fabled Red Room and Gallery and then dine and dance the night away in the beautiful Grand Salon.



The Temple Wedding

Take your vows beside the romantic canopy of the Madison Temple nestled among the trees of the north lawn beside James and Dolley’s mansion. Then, entertain your guests with a tented reception just behind the Temple for a truly outdoor wedding with a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Montpelier estate, and the famed Steeplechase Racetrack.



Contact Danah Artis at 757. 647.1300 to plan your dream destination wedding at the James Madison Montpelier now!

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 On February 18, 2012, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine published the winners of their annual Best of Readers Choice Awards. Keswick Vineyards won several of their awards including Best Winery in Central Virginia, Best White Wine, and Best Dessert Wine to name a few.


Keswick Vineyards of Keswick, Virginia sits on a 400-acre Edgewood Estate within a valley of rolling farmland surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. After 100 years, the owners have allowed the property to be used for special events with up to a 200 guest maximum.


You will have access to the entire estate since there is only one event held at a time. Whether on the lawn, by the pool, or under a tent, the pristine grounds lend itself as the perfect backdrop for your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception or corporate event.


Conveniently located a short distance from Charlottesville, your guests will have access to numerous hotel options, restaurants and historical locations such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland and the University of Virginia. 


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The Norfolk Waterside Marriott is located in the historic district of downtown Norfolk. It is conveniently connected to the Waterside Convention Center, and is one of the finest and most popular in the Hampton Roads area. With its stunning views of the Elizabeth River waterfront, marble accents, classic wood styling, eclectic artwork, and renown cuisine, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott defines class.


The Norfolk Marriott Waterside


The City of Norfolk and the Elizabeth River

The Marriott has a 60,000 square footage of total meeting space. Its largest meeting room is called the Norfolk Ballroom and has a maximum meeting space of 14,400 square feet and maximum seating capacity of 2,400. Of its 24 floors, Marriott can accommodate guests one of their 397 rooms, 8 suites,  and 3 concierge levels.

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Grand Staircase

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Private Dining Room

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Lightening and Canopy shown in the Ballroom

An intimate outdoor gathering on the sixth-floor Riverview Terrace or execute grand galas in over 60,000 square feet of premier Norfolk hotel event space. For unrivaled lodging on the vibrant waterfront, look no further than Norfolk Waterside Marriott.

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Outdoor Terrance

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Main street in front of the hotel

Nearby attractions include Children’s Museum of Virginia, Naval Station Norfolk, or the Virginia Zoo.

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This white manor house of Central Virginia sits on 100 acres of rolling lawns outside of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The land was originally given to Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Martha, upon her marriage to Thomas Mann Randolph, a former Virginia governor. The current owner now utilizes the space as a country inn and restaurant which has often been referred to as the best of both worlds because of its intimacy in size, exquisite comfort, and luxury of world-class.



Charlottesville, Virginia has consistently been ranked as one of America’s favorite small city destinations. As Thomas Jefferson discovered more than two centuries ago, Charlottesville offers history, culture, and natural beauty which is all within a small radius from the Clifton Inn. The Clifton has the best fine dining on the red-hot Charlottesville restaurant scene. With new and traditional American cuisine for both formal and casual settings, Clifton’s staff may accommodate your guests’ dietary needs such as gluten-free, kosher, lactose free, no pork, organic, vegan, and vegetarian. Tastings are also available for potential customers.



The Clifton Inn accommodates a capacity up to 200 guests with linens and china included at no additional charge. The location has 17  individually designed rooms as unique, and uniquely appointed as you’ll find at any Charlottesville hotel. With its Mascioni linens, freshly cut flowers, waterworks bath fixtures, Molton Brown soaps and lotions, and plush terry cloth robes, no two rooms, or two Clifton Inn experiences, are alike. My Wedding Bag will work attentively with you and the Clifton to assure a wedding made to perfection.



Blow your guests away as they experience the land by strolling or sitting dockside by the private lake, diving into the waterfall infinity pool, or enjoying a game of tennis or having a cocktail on the expansive back deck or picturesque gazebo.From your perch at Clifton Inn, countless Charlottesville attractions are right within your grasp. You can be touring Jefferson’s Monticello in a matter of minutes, sipping from the cream of the state’s internationally acclaimed wine crops within a few more, strolling the bricks of the Downtown Mall shopping and dining area, or heading off into the truly great outdoors for any combination of hikes, walks, runs, games and fun.



“Amazing food, excellent service, wonderful, wonderful venue! Highly recommended.”

– Michelle and King



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