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Chris & Kelli

February 21st, 2017|

As we near the end of 2016, we find ourselves looking back at past event photographs and becoming wrapped up in the moment. We can only imagine how Chris and Kelli, who tied the knot in April, feel when they look back at their wedding pictures photographed by The Mallory’s! They are too good to keep to ourselves, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do and we wish the happy couple years of bliss to come!

Event Planner: Courtney Hildebrand (Two Byrds Events)

Caterer: The Local

Officiant: Carol Ogburn

Lighting: MS Party Rentals and Event Lighting

Florist: Peggy Zunka

Photographer: The Mallory’s 

Entertainment: Congress Band

Transportation: Easy Rider Transportation

Hallie & Bradford

February 14th, 2017|

Hallie and Bradford were married at The Lodge on October 22, 2016 and their photographer, Paula Player Photography, captured the day perfectly! From the getting ready pictures, the emotional first look and the band that kept the party going reflected the love and joy that is shared between these two families. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did!

Venue: The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm

Event Planner: Beverly Wakefield (A Grand Affair)

Caterer for Wedding: The Local

Other Food: Carpe Donut

Officiant: Dr. Raymond Spence

Band: Horizon Band

Photographer: Paula Player Photography

Florist: Flowers by Cathy Lee

Hair/Makeup: Glam Squad

Transportation: Quicks Transportation and Mount Ida

Amore Events

January 27th, 2017|

Behind every fabulous wedding is a fabulous event planner crossing every “T” and dotting every “i”. We’ve known Cody Grannis from Amore Events for several years now and we know this full service planning team makes dreams and visions come to life! Cody was gracious enough to entertain our rapid-fire Q&A session where she shared a little bit about herself and the questions to ask event planners.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Amore Events came to be?
​A: My name is Cody Grannis, I am a mother of 4 and originally from Manassas, Virginia.
I worked at the University of Virginia as an event planner for 5 years, before I opened Amore Events. ​

Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: ​Love to sing!​

Q: One question bride and grooms should ask before hiring an event planner?
A: ​Is this someone I can spend an entire year with? Are they intimidating,? Will they hear me out? Will they incorporate our ideas?​

Q: Most unique place Amore Events has taken you?
​A: St. Thomas​

Q: Funniest wedding story to date?
A: ​Recently one of our brides caught her marriage license on fire, right after the wedding ceremony.
Instead of getting upset, she laughed & the courts sent her a new one!​

Q:Best part about your job is?
​A: Meeting new people, spending time and learning about our couples.​

Follow Cody on Instagram at @amoreeventco or visit her via website 

Jessica & Hunter

January 19th, 2017|

On October 29th, 2016 Jessica and Hunter said their “I Do’s” at our gazebo ceremony location.  It was a perfect Fall day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather! Jessica looked gorgeous in her wedding dress and her bouquet by Plantscapes gave her the perfect pop of color. She had three adorable flower girls holding signs that said “Last chance to run Uncle Hunter” and “I just came for the cake!” They were hilarious, but so cute! After Hunter kissed his bride, the couple along with their family and friends danced the night away in the Barn.  They shared their dances, cut their cake, and enjoyed the company of their loves ones.  At the end of the night they said farewell with a glow stick exit.  Congrats Jessica & Hunter!

Event Planner – Diane Otto

Caterer – Early Katering

Officiant – Pastor Dill

Lighting – MS Events

DJ –Eric Lee

Photographer – Summer Gibbs

Vidographer – White Tree Productions

Florist – Plantscapes

Hair/Makeup – Avenue 42

Cake – Pearls Cupcakes

Transportation – Easy Rider, Classic Carriage

Photo Booth – Slow Motion Booth

Ashley & Jesse

January 19th, 2017|

It’s hard not to smile when looking at Ashley and Jesse’s wedding photos. These two didn’t disappoint when it came to making sure they had a fun and energy filled wedding! Their wedding day unfolds beautifully through the artistic eye of Steven and Lily Photography. Here’s to the beginning of a lifetime!
Enjoy the images and check out the links from many of the vendors that helped pull this perfect wedding day together.

Alli & Drew

January 3rd, 2017|

Alli and Drew said their “I Do’s” at the beautiful UVA Chapel followed by a reception at The Lodge. The weather couldn’t have been better as these two celebrated with their family and closest friends. With pops of cobalt blue in their color wheel, the decor was set beautifully for a day of celebration. We wish these two the best of all life can bring as they start their journey as husband and wife!

Amy & Jeff

December 29th, 2016|

The weather couldn’t have been better for Amy and Jeff’s big day and we were honored to see these two say “I do” surrounded by family and friends. Amy looked every bit the part of a stunning bride in a gorgeous gown and Jeff the smitten groom. As amazing as these two are, the love and kindness between them are what shined the brightest. Take a trip with us and watch their day captured beautifully by Monarch Productions in the sneak peek video below!

 

Vendors

Event Planner: Christine Greenberg Wood Grain & Lace

Caterer: The Local

Catering Rentals: MS Events

Officiant: Brian Hannum (friend of bride and groom)

Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting

Band – In Full (Sam Hill Entertainment)

Photographer: Nick Kessler Photography

Vidographer: Monarch Productions

Florist: Amanda Burnette

Hair/Makeup: Bombshell Bridal

Cake: Pearls Bake Shop

Transportation: Wynn Transportation

Photo Booth: Elle Photo Booth

Grand Proposal

November 8th, 2016|

We had an exciting day here at Mount Ida helping Chris pull off a grand proposal that his soon to be wife won’t forget! Let Chris and Brette take you on a ride of their love story and the epic cover story of how he brought Brette to Mt. Ida!

Chris’s Account of Our Love Story and Choosing Mount Ida:

In late May of 2015, after my first year of law school, I walked into a room full of young, eager and mostly confused law students sitting for orientation at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. I was hot, sweaty and flustered from jogging to the meeting. This was the first of many times Brette would see my lack of punctuality in action. I was too focused on not drawing attention to myself as I slid into my seat to notice the girl eyeing me from across the room. That isn’t to be boastful, I’ve simply heard it from the source herself.

Brette and I ended up working together in the Richmond branch of Legal Aid for the rest of the summer. It was probably not by accident that we also ended up sitting next each other all summer long and that we partnered on more projects than was technically necessary. At the end of the program, I had not just a co-worker, but a true friend. And as school began that fall, that friendship grew.

Only, over time, I (and I would come to learn Brette) grew dissatisfied with friendship alone. After a series of would-be dates, and missed opportunities, I worked up the courage to call her and ask in no uncertain terms, “Will you go out on a date with me?” She said yes! … on the condition that we got back from dinner in time to watch her alma-mater, the University of Oklahoma, play a highly important football game. I knew I had a good one.

That fateful conversation happened about a year ago. And in the time since, I have learned so much about my heart’s capacity to love. I have seen the tangible difference that being loved well can have on my life and how it only encourages me to share that joy with those around me. The decision to ask Brette to be my wife was the easiest I’ve ever made. The only question was how I was going to make that moment as special as her.

I chose to propose in Charlottesville because it is where our love became what it is today. And because this Blue Ridge region in the fall is simply stunning. I knew that I wanted to do it at Mount Ida because of a beautiful wedding I attended at the Lodge there in June. What I could not have imagined is how gracious Mount Ida would be as a host. They rose above and beyond my expectations to help make October 27th one of the most special days of our lives. This entire process brought out the best in friends, family, and strangers alike. It was so beautiful to witness what love can inspire in others. Brette and I are only excited to see what that love can do going forward, as we graduate from our respective law schools this May, and begin our careers and lives together in D.C. next fall.

Brette’s Account of the Proposal Day:

Thursday morning started like any other day. I got up and got ready for class at UVA Law where I’m a third year law student. Chris is a third year law student at GW Law in DC, so I was not expecting to see him on a weekday. I went to class as normal and when class ended one of my best friends was waiting for me with a note in her hand. As soon as I opened it, I recognized Chris’s handwriting and knew it was about to be one of the best days of my life.

Chris had handwritten the note and beautifully inked, “I have found the one whom my soul loves,” (Song of Solomon, 3:4) on the outside. Inside, there was a sweet note and instructions. That was the pattern that each subsequent note was to follow: a meaningful quote, a lovely message from Chris, and then practical steps I needed to take throughout the day. Those first instructions told me to go outside and look for my chauffeur who had my second note. My next destination was my house, where the third card was waiting for me in my room. The note was propped up against a picnic laid out on my bed, complete with Rosé. The note said that I should dress as if I was going to a fancy restaurant and be ready in about an hour for my next card.

I had a glass of wine and got ready with one of my best friends and roommates. We reminisced about the beginning of my relationship with Chris. When I was ready, I went outside to get the fourth note from the driver. This time the quote was from the musical Hamilton, and told me to hug my friend Anna when I got to my next destination. That’s exactly what I did when I arrived at the nail salon, where Anna and I had a great time getting pedicures.

After the pampering, I was so ready to see Chris. Luckily, the next note was the final one. He included a quote from my favorite book, Anne of Green Gables, that said, “Today is the birthday of our happiness.” And it was.

Chris was waiting for me under the Gazebo at Mount Ida. When I arrived, he spoke straight to my soul and then asked me the most important question I’ve ever been asked, “Will you marry me?” To which I of course I said “yes!” The proposal story is full of thoughtful details, words of love, and close friends- exactly like our relationship. I am so excited to marry Chris. He is easily the best man I know, generous and selfless to his core. The care he took in planning our engagement is just one of countless ways he has shown that to me.

We wish them the best as they start their new adventure, hand in hand!