A Weekend in Charlottesville
My first post-college roommate and very good friend got married over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA and it was an amazing weekend. The celebration started and ended with wine tastings, was held at a gorgeous venue and was truly the perfect fall weekend.
I carpooled and roomed with the Maid of Honor, who had gone to UVA, which was great because she knew all the food places to hit and how to get around. The bride and groom both went to UVA, though the bride did start out at my Alma mater, JMU. We worked our way through the traffic on Route 66 and made it just in time for a quick lunch before the first wedding event. The MOH took me to Littlejohn’s for a sandwich that totally hit the spot. I had the Five Easy Pieces and man was it good.
After lunch we headed out for some wine tasting at Keswick Vineyards. The setting was beautiful and the wine hit the spot after our car ride.
We then headed over to the wedding venue for some cider tasting and to rehearse the ceremony. The wedding was taking place at Castle Hill Cider, which was one of the most beautiful venue’s I’ve ever seen. It was pure fall out there and the colors were magnificent.
I mean, hello gorgeous. I still can’t get over how awesome of a weekend it was weather-wise. Perfection. We rehearsed and tasted some delicious cider and then headed off to change for the rehearsal dinner which was held at a family-owned pizza shop called Cobb’s. Dinner was casual and delicious with a buffet of pizza, salad and endless wine. The groom is Italian and we all sang “That’s Amorie” together. It was very festive.
Saturday morning started off with the UVA marching band’s drumline greeting me…and then we were off to the venue for hair, make up, set up and all that bridal party fun. The bride was 100% hands on getting everything set up and she had made so many details for the wedding. Pinterest and Etsy are her friends! The details were amazing and I wish I had taken pictures of them to share. The center pieces were slabs of wood with their initials carved into them with a mason jar with a candle and another jar of flowers. Rustic elegance is what I’m calling it…or cider chic which was another phrase thrown around throughout the weekend 🙂
There were chalkboards for the dinner menu, welcoming everyone to sit where they want for the ceremony and as the table numbers. Each mini-chalkboard that served as the table setting had a year on it and on the back was a memory from that year. The bride and groom met in middle school so they have a lot of years of memories together already! The bride also made each place setting which was a fabric napkin with a leaf on it. They were amazing.
The ceremony was simple, touching and humorous and was performed by the groom’s brother. He actually read two notes that the bride and groom had written to one another in middle school and the crowd was cracking up. And he had all of us sing “Happy Birthday” because it was the bride’s 30th birthday!!! The bridesmaids all surprised her with cupcakes earlier while we were getting ready. You can’t have a birthday without cupcakes 🙂
The reception kicked off with cocktails hour and the guests munched on peanuts and popcorn. The specialty cocktail was Wild Turkey mixed with apple cider and man, it was good. I didn’t take any pictures inside the venue and I’m pretty annoyed with myself that I didn’t but I think that’s a sign that I was too busy having a good time. The tables were all together so it was an intimate setting. Their were light over the dance floor and pictures of the bride and groom hanging everywhere. Dinner was a buffet of delicious BBQ and I made sure to fill up my plate with goodness.
We danced and danced and danced the entire night and I couldn’t be happier for my two friends. Today they are off to Hawaii for their honeymoon. I can’t wait to hear all about it!
The weekend ended the same way it started, with some wine tasting at Blenheim Vineyards. Again, the weather could not have been any better and we chatted about the wedding while soaking up some sun and enjoying some wine and cheese.
Right before we hit the road, the MOH and I hit up two more essential Charlottesville spots – Bodo’s Bagels and Arch’s. We dined on delicious bagel sandwiches and then frozen yogurt mixed with all sorts of goodies. Great way to end the weekend and help a hangover 🙂
Congratulations Chris and Amanda! I was so happy to be a part of your big day and wish you a lifetime of happiness!