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Paisley & Jade

April 27th, 2017|

We are so excited to introduce you (if you haven’t been introduced before) to one of our friendors who we couldn’t live without! We would even go so far to say that it would be a travesty if we didn’t introduce you to Paisley & Jade, the prop and aesthetic extraordinaires!

Q: How did Paisley and Jade come into existence – we want to know the story!

A: Morgan and Perkins first met when working in off premise catering in Richmond, VA. Morgan managed and headed corporate sales while Perkins was brought on to start a wedding division. A large part of the job was creating visual displays for food and sub renting pieces from local companies for events.   The dynamic duo spent many long hours  brainstorming, designing and constructing their own props to get the achieved look for their catering clients.  Hours of creating, many lengthy discussions and few bottles of wine soon led to the concept of an eclectic rental prop shop that was useful to both vendors and clients.  Morgan’s background is in scenic design and the fact that Perkins literally grew up on an event venue – ended up creating just the right combination for P&J’s soon to be aesthetic!  Discussion soon turned into action and Paisley & Jade was born!
Both Morgan and Perkins took the plunge and began working on their small business full time to get that baby off the ground the RIGHT way. To do so, it was important to both of them to hire professionals who specialize in their fields.  With the help of a handful of wonderful local business owners, an accountant, and a thorough business plan, Paisley & Jade quickly became a thriving business. Without the support of local businesses and industry professionals in Richmond, P&J could have never had the start that it did!  We owe so much to so many kind “friendors!”  And now here we are, living the dream!
Paisley & Jade’s first location was a collection of  simple storage units. Sounds glamorous right?! The inventory quickly grew and we expanded to a 5,000 square-foot space in Scotts Addition. Before too long we outgrew that space and it was time to take the next step.  Our current location on the corner of Highpoint and Moore has been P&J’s home since early 2014 and we now encompass all 10,000 square feet of it!  We love the industrial and chic vibes of our building and how it is able to  provide space for office areas, a packed warehouse and stylish a showroom that we’re able to also rent for events!  On the delivery side we’re proud owners of an 18 ft. and 26 ft. box truck which you might see on the highways and byways of Virginia, DC, Maryland or North Carolina on any given weekend.  Our delivery crew rocks!  We’re also proud to currently have seven full time employees on staff and between 10-15 awesome part-timers! It’s been an exciting few years to say the least! We’re so thankful that our hard work and industry relationships have helped us get this far and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

Q: Most Unique Place Paisley & Jade has taken you?

A: From estate sales and auctions to family attics and barns we’ve definitely been to some interesting spots hunting for new #pandjpretties   But I think we can agree that our favorite spot for scouring vintage finds is the Brimfield Antique Flea Market in Morgan’s home state of Massachusetts!  It’s America’s oldest outdoor antique market and while it can be exhausting to explore, it sure is fun!  While visiting her family near Boston, Morgan has definitely made an impromptu trip or three to  Brimfield and returned to Virginia with a car packed to the brim! Pun intended 🙂
Q: It’s mentioned in your website bio that you dislike ice cream trucks that drive by without stopping – and we are right there with you! We have to ask, icecream cone or ice cream sandwich?  

A: While you can’t really go wrong with either choice, Team P&J seem to be split right down the middle on this one! We also had some “write-in” votes for Ninja Turtle Ice Cream Bars, Rocket Pops and Drum Sticks. We’re definitely a diverse crew especially when it comes to our love of sweet treats and Pandora office playlists.
Q: What is your favorite rental item in the shop?

A: Another tough one! Our inventory changes frequently and we’re always adding new finds which in turn leads to new “faves!” Right now we’re really loving a couple of our custom built pieces – the Button Tufted Bar and Hairpin Leg Farm Tables.  We’re also pretty excited about some new vintage finds including a Brass and Glass Bar Cart and canary yellow settee we’ve aptly named Rupert.
Q: What’s your hidden talent?

A: We weren’t kidding when we said Team P&J is a diverse bunch! We have all specialized in different things in our pasts that brought us to where we are today: television production, catering sales, sculpture, technical theatre…just to name a few.  So all that considered it’s no surprise that we’ve got quite a talented bunch working here at Highpoint and Moore!  Our most recent addition to the team is our Rental Coordinator, Erin who is putting one of her not-so-hidden talents to use almost daily for our clients.  Erin is an incredibly talented artist and also does amazing hand-lettering work!  Since she started with us back in August, Erin has created some gorgeous hand-lettered designs for our chalkboard bars, vintage frames and mirrors!  
Q: Favorite Part About Your Job?

A: There are lots of things we enjoy about working in this crazy little world of specialty rentals!  But one thing we love is being part of a great group of industry professionals!  We’ve made it this far, in part, thanks to a magic combination of hard work and real relationships.  We love lifting up our fellow creatives and small business owners and it never ceases to amaze us how supportive they are of our team and the niche we’ve created here in the mid-atlantic region.  In an industry that can be competitive and stressful at times we really do rely on these relationships for advice, support, constructive criticism and encouragement.  “Community Over Competition” is a value we strive to put into action every day at Paisley & Jade.  “Friendors” rock!

Follow Paisley & Jade via Facebook or check out their inventory at paisleyandjade.com

Rain Plans for Your Wedding Day

April 25th, 2017|

I recently sat down with an engaged friend who was ready to start planning her wedding. Her dream was to get married  under the setting sun, with a gentle breeze and a skyline that money can’t buy.  There was one problem, she just couldn’t shake the idea that it might rain on her big day.

Most brides’ biggest fear is having a torrential downpour or having that steady mist on their wedding day. This is especially true if the ceremony and/or reception is outside. With all the spreadsheets, schedules, and minute by minute planning that goes into the big day, a stray rain cloud could send everyone running for shelter.

One of our favorite features at both of our locations is being able to provide those beautiful outdoor settings for ceremony but also  including a back-up plan. Our venues have a designated indoor area that ceremony can be held without your guest seeing the full reception. Even better, we allow you to make the weather call only three hours before ceremony!  We will join you in a“no rain dance” for your big day but it’s always a good idea to have that back-up plan just in case!

*Photo credits in order of photos*

1: Sarah Houston Photography

2-7: Audra Wrisley Photography

8: Sarah Houston Photography

Sweet Thing Caramels

April 24th, 2017|

What was the idea behind starting Sweet Thing Caramels?

Forty years ago, when my daughter was born, a dear friend of mine brought me some

homemade caramels packaged in a little, yellow margarine container as a

“Congratulations” gift. I fell in love with them and decided to learn how to make

caramels for myself. I made them for my family every holiday season for years until my

friends started asking me to make them for their kids’ weddings, engagement parties,

office parties, and the like. I found myself making them so often that I decided to just

start my own company and I haven’t looked back since!

 

So we know you are based in California. What are some of your favorite things to do on

the West Coast?

California has any outdoor activity you could dream of! If you enjoy camping, Yosemite

National Park is amazing. The view of Half Dome is breathtaking! If you prefer the

ocean, we have some of the coast’s most beautiful beaches in San Diego, Newport

Beach, Monterey, and Marin County. The Sutter Buttes is the Nation’s smallest

mountain range and it’s just an hour North of Sacramento. The hiking is incredible and

the views of the sunsets can’t be beat! And of course, if skiing is your hobby, we have

ample ski resorts just 3 hours North of San Francisco.

We also have the very best wine tasting the West Coast has to offer! Between Napa

Valley, Dry Creek in Sonoma and various excellent wineries in the Lodi area, we

produce some of the finest wines you can buy!

 

What types of occasions to people usually get your caramels for?

While we specialize in making wedding and event favors, we also sell our caramels in

bulk for dessert tables at weddings and corporate events. We’re always happy to send

Bride/Grooms-to-be some free samples if they are thinking of ordering for their wedding.

Just message us and ask!

We also recently started selling our caramels online for individual purchase which has

been a blast! One hint: If you are thinking about ordering Sweet Thing Caramels as

gifts for the holiday season, start watching for our sales in October and order early! You

can pick your shipment date ahead of time and have your shopping done before the

season starts! We make every batch of caramel fresh before shipping, so weddings

and pre-orders are our first priority.

 

What are all of the flavors available?

We always offer Classic Sea Salt, Creamy Vanilla, Rich Coffee, Coconut Cream,

Toasted Pecan/Marshmallow, and Chocolate Caramel.

Seasonally we offer Pumpkin Spice, Candy Apple, Chai Spice, Candy Cane Caramel,

and Dark Chocolate Covered Caramel with Toasted Almonds.

*Any of our seasonal flavors can be special requested any time throughout the year

with a 4 pound minimum order.

 

What is your favorite flavor?

That’s a hard one! Can we pick by season? 🙂

Winter: Rich Coffee …For enjoying with coffee and a warm fire.

Spring: Coconut Cream…Reminds us of warmer weather and brighter days.

Summer: Classic Sea Salt…Summer is meant for all things classic!

Fall: Pumpkin Spice or Toasted Pecan/Marshmallow…Nothing is better than our

Pumpkin Spice Caramels!

Stephanie & Zac

April 19th, 2017|

We are thrilled to show you Stephanie and Zac’s wedding photographs captured by the talented and lovely Sarah from Sarah Houston Photography! Sarah is such a pleasure to work with and her love for capturing special moments are seen throughout her work. We are sure the newlyweds will cherish these beautiful photographs for years to come!  

Ceremony Location: Mountain Grove at Mount Ida Farm

Reception Location: The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm

Event Planner: Amore Events

Caterer: The Local

Dessert: Carpe Donut

Officiant: Phillip Gates

Lighting/Rental: MS Events

DJ: Derek Tobler

Photographer: Sarah Houston Photography

Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Design

Rebecca & Thomas

March 21st, 2017|

Rebecca and Thomas celebrated their wedding reception on a beautiful Saturday evening at the barn. Embracing the rustic ambiance, they decorated the reception barn with lanterns, roses, mason jar vases and votives creating a warm atmosphere for their guests. We hope you enjoy the details of their reception just as much as we did!  

Event Planner: Courtney Hildebrand, Two Byrds Events

Caterer: The Local

DJ: Andy Wilfong

Photographer: Frank Murphy Photography

Food Truck: Carpe Donut

Cake: Chandler’s bakery

Transportation: Easy Rider

The Barn

March 17th, 2017|

Today we thought we’d show some of our favorite photos from weddings at the Mount Ida Barn. Believe it or not, the Mount Ida Barn was built in 2014 and was initially used as a cattle barn and cow sales! Today, all 8500 sq. ft. of this barn has been fully renovated with special features that make it the perfect location for your reception. From over seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains to being in the area that Thomas Jefferson grew up, this area is chock-full of history. We hope you enjoy the photos just as much as we do!

The Clydesdales of Mount Ida Farm

March 14th, 2017|


If you have been following us on social media, you may have seen pictures of our clients with some of our furry friends on property. We thought it would only be right to give them the spotlight today! There is no one who knows them better than our farm managers, Keith and Whitney, so we asked them to share all about our Clydesdales with you.
 

“Our Clydesdales, Sandy and Kopper, are full brothers who came to Mount Ida Farm in April of 2004. We traveled to the National Clydesdale sale in Springfield, Illinois looking for a pair of beautiful Clydesdales to add to the farm family. Their home prior to the sale was Pennsylvania.  

Sandy is the oldest brother, he was 8 years old when he came to the farm. He is still going strong at 21 years old. He has a stocky build, more laid back and is known to be silly. Sandy is happy to be Kopper’s leader. Sandy also lets Kopper do most of the work when hitched to pull the carriages. 

Kopper is the younger brother, he was 6 years old when we he came to the farm. He is a little taller and has a leaner frame than Sandy. Kopper is the cautious brother who is happy to follow quietly behind Sandy.   

These 2 have been in numerous photo shoots, pulled the carriage for weddings and are always willing to do what is asked of them. They both stand about 18 hand tall and are both registered. You will find them side by side in the pasture and if you see one of them, the other is close behind. Sandy and Kopper have been a joy to have on the farm and get plenty of attention from guests when they visit the venues.” 

So the next time you are visiting us, look for the two clydesdales! They just might come to you for a little attention!

Laurie Nicole Salon

March 9th, 2017|

We’d love to introduce you to Laurie Talbott from Laurie Nicole Salon right here in Charlottesville, VA. Many brides and bridesmaids have gone to her for all things beauty! We did a rapid fire Q&A session with her to find out all the details like when you should schedule your last hair appointment before the big day!  

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the salon industry.

A: I moved to to NYC for beauty school, right after high school and lived there 11 years, working and training at some of the top hair salons.  

Q: What hairstyle did you rock in Elementary School?

A: In Elementary School, I rocked a heavy bang- thanks to my mother and I hated it! 

Q: We’ve heard different answers in the past, can you set the record straight for us on when you should schedule your last haircut before the big wedding day?

A: Haircolor should be done 1-2 weeks prior to the big day. Haircut timeline can vary depending on the hairstyle or if the bride is using hair extensions for enhancement.  

Q: You can only watch one late-night talk show host for the rest of your life,Jimmy Fallon, James Corbin or Jimmy Kimmel. Who would it be?

A: Jimmy Fallon hands down! 

Q: Favorite wedding hair style to date?

A: My favorite wedding hairstyle is an elegant yet slightly messy updo for the ceremony, unpinned to fall easily into a half-updo for the reception.  

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give clients before they book hair/makeup artists?

A: Before booking hair and makeup, I recommend that a client finalizes their dress because that will dictate a lot. I also recommend bringing pictures of a couple DIFFERENT styles to try, keeping in mind they won’t always like what they’re expecting to! 

Follow Nicole on Facebook or Instagram or visit her website by clicking here.

 

Kimberly & Chris

March 6th, 2017|

It may have been a little rainy for Kimberly & Chris’ wedding day, but everyone was calm and excited for the ceremony! That’s one plus of having an indoor ceremony option at Mount Ida Farm…whatever the weather decides to do, we are getting MARRIED! Kimberly walked down the aisle to marry her best friend who was patiently waiting in front of the grand fireplace.  Luckily, the rain lightened up and they still got to take some gorgeous photos outside.  They even were able to give some love to our beloved Clydesdales, Sandy & Kopper! (They REALLY love attention!) The Mount Ida team flipped their ceremony space into a warm and welcoming lounge area for their guests. One thing you will notice in these pictures is the love between Kimberly and Chris, and the importance of friends and family.  If you love any of their wedding ideas, don’t forget to pin them for your own wedding inspiration!

Vendors:

Planner: Maureen Mckenna

Caterer: Occassions Caterers

Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals & Paisley & Jade

Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting

Band: Attraction / Sam Hill Entertainment

Photographer: Rachel May Photography

Videographer: Jeff Butler

Floral: Floral Images

Hair & Makeup: Jeannie Cusick

Harvest Moon Catering

February 22nd, 2017|

Picking a caterer is a daunting task because there are so many logistics, service styles and personal tastes to consider, which is why we would like to introduce you to one of our favorite caterers here in Charlottesville, Harvest Moon Catering! Get to know them, how they started and what interesting places catering has taken them with our Q&A with the team!

 

Q: How did Harvest Moon come to be?

A: A little over 21 years ago, UVA graduates Mark Hahn and Robert Gustafson saw the opportunity to cater for the University community, thus, Harvest Moon Catering was born.  With this initial success, HMC added weddings and private events to the mix.  As the company grew over time, they layered in quite a bit of philanthropic partnering with good works organizations to better serve the community in which we all live.  As Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville grew wildly in its popularity as a wedding destination town, so did Harvest Moon Catering’s success.

 

Q: Favorite part about your job?

A: I love getting to know my clients and their stories.  I love that regardless of how transient our world is, we continue to gather socially and share our important moments.  I love helping to coordinate these gatherings and shared moments.

 

Q: We know it takes a team of people to make dinner service work effectively and efficiently. What are some of the challenges and solutions to making sure everyone stays happy?

A: Challenges:

Dinner service challenges change depending on the style of service.  

  • With plated service, a couple of challenges are when we receive incorrect information regarding a guest’s order, and when guests change their order “in real time.”  
  • Cold weather can be a challenge for buffet dinner service.  
  • Having enough surface space on a table can be a challenge for Family style service.  
  • Making sure the Bride and Groom get to eat.

Solutions:

  • To resolve the issues of changing entree orders for plated service, we bring overage to ensure that we can accommodate a guest’s request.  We also designate one person, our “fixer”, to handle these changes in real time, so that our service teams can continue to serve tables, while a guest who wants something different isn’t left to wait.
  • Creating smart menus for buffet service can often prevent against weather issues negatively affecting the integrity of our food.  For example, trout and flank steak don’t hold their heat very well, but salmon and strip steak do.  
  • We ask our clients to limit the number of guests at each table to ensure we have enough surface space for family style platters.  We also provide guidance for smart table top plate choices, as well as other table top decor to ensure
  • We train servers who are then assigned to the bride and groom for the night.  This server ensures that the bride and groom are taken care of from post ceremony drinks, to post pictures appetizers, to dinner service, to a to go bag with snacks, sweets, and drinks for later that night.  

 

Q: What is your hidden talent?

A: I would say my hidden talent is seeing the logistical flow of an event under a variety of scenarios so that I can guide a client towards smart decisions.

 

Q: What is the one (of many!) Harvest Moon appetizers that no event is complete without?

A: Tuna tartar taco with wasabi creme fraiche and pickled radish or grilled shrimp and chorizo skewer with red onion jam.

 

Q: Most unique place Harvest Moon has taken you?

A: Carnegie Institute of Science in Washington DC

Harvest Moon Catering