Kristen & Joe

Today we are featuring Kristen & Joe’s wedding day, October 21, 2017! They had a stunningly beautiful Fall day, it was perfect for their outdoor gazebo ceremony.  Their photographer, Jen Fairello, captured some truly breathtaking photos in front of Mount Ida Manor. Kristen & Joe had little additions that made their wedding just perfect, from the string quartet at the ceremony, to adding string lights to the reception space, to finishing the night with Carpe Donuts… what more could a guest ask for?! Enjoy these photos!

Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe
Kristen & Joe

2018-03-21T18:40:14+00:00 March 21st, 2018|

Eliza & Chris

Today we are featuring Eliza & Chris’ wedding day! The photos from Amy Jackson Photography are absolutely stunning. Everything from the first look on the one lane bridge, to the details of the reception space… everything was picture perfect about their Lodge wedding.

welcome sign
first look
bourbon burial
The lodge

2018-03-14T17:06:48+00:00 March 14th, 2018|

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day! To celebrate the fierce, strong, driven ladies in our life we wanted to share some of our favorite girl power photos. Enjoy!

“I chose to surround myself around phenomenal women who are confident and secure enough to know that there is enough room for all of us to make it to the finish line.”

Featured image by Ashley Cox Photography

2018-03-08T20:41:12+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

Aventador Manor

Turn your wedding day into your wedding weekend by taking advantage of the special overnight packages that Mount Ida Farm & Vineyard has to offer! Introducing Aventador Manor;  this 12,000 square foot home sits on 300 acres. This 17 room manor is perfect for hosting the VIPs from the wedding, whether it be family or the bridal party.  The guest cottage is included in the rental and is the perfect private space for the newlyweds.  The home includes a full workout room, a main floor wet bar, a full basement bar, a pool table, and a poker table.  Everything you would need for a private luxurious getaway! Another perk of renting Aventador Manor is your facility rental is waived for a rehearsal dinner up to 50 people! You have the choice between using the addition space at the Lodge, or the new private dining space at the Tasting Room & Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve (coming soon!) Ready to book your wedding weekend? Email us at to book a private tour!

Aventador Manor
Aventador Manor
Aventador Manor
Aventador Manor
Aventador Manor
Aventador Manor
Aventador Manor
Aventador Manor

2018-03-01T17:24:19+00:00 March 1st, 2018|

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is one of our FAVORITE holidays. Any day dedicated to celebrating love, spending quality time with your favorite people, and showing your appreciation to that special person in your life is a GOOD DAY in our book! We are so lucky to work in an industry that is based around love.  Weddings are undeniably one of the most important days in a couple’s relationship. Here are a few of our favorite wedding day photos that show how much our couples truly love each other.  Enjoy, and happy Valentine’s Day!

Featured image: Meredith Sledge Photography

Valentine's Logo
First Kiss
Ashlyn & Chris

Ashlyn & Chris

Ashley Cox Photography

Josh & Caroline

Josh & Caroline

Kathryn Ivy Photography

Akinyi & Romain

Akinyi & Romain

Ward Photography

Matt & Frankie

Matt & Frankie

Candice Lin Photography

2018-02-14T16:35:40+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

Meaghan + Craig

We are EXTREMELY excited to be featuring Meaghan & Craig’s Mount Ida Farm + Vineyard wedding on our blog today! This wedding was so beautiful that it was even featured on Style Me Pretty.  Click here to see the feature! 

Mountain Views
first look
cross ceremony

Photographer: Meredith Sledge Photography

Coordinator: Amore Events by Cody

Catering: C&O

Cake: Sweethaus

Band: AttractionSam Hill Entertainment

Floral: Southern blooms

Hair & Makeup: Avenue 42

Rentals: MS Events, Paisley & Jade, Something Vintage

Food Truck: Carpe Donuts

Stationary & Painting: Momental Designs

2018-02-06T18:05:32+00:00 February 6th, 2018|

Weddings at Mount Ida Farm + Vineyard

Mount Ida Farm + Vineyard is a gorgeous, secluded, 5,000 acre estate located just south of Charlottesville, Virginia. With mountain views, tree-line drives, historic homes available for rent, two on-property vineyards, clydesdales, and private lakes…Mount Ida Farm has everything to make your picture-perfect wedding day come true. We are now offering the choice between two venues; The Lodge and the Event Barn.

*Featured image by Meredith Sledge Photography*

The Lodge- Mount Ida Farm

*Aaron Watson Photography*


For a more elegant feel with still a touch of modern rustic decor, guests may opt for The Lodge.  This 100-year old cattle stable was renovated to the 12,000 square foot building that we now know and love as The Lodge. No shortcuts were taken when building this luxury venue.

Indoor ceremony space at The Lodge

The Lodge comes with two ceremony options, one indoor and one outdoor.  The indoor option has a beautiful backdrop of the outdoor fireplace through the glass doors.  There are windows all throughout the room, so guests still get to enjoy the gorgeous mountain views.

Outdoor ceremony location for The Lodge

*Aaron Watson Photography*

The outdoor ceremony option is Mountain Grove, which gives you a beautiful tree backdrop with a panoramic view of the mountains.  The view is truly breathtaking!

View of The Lodge
Fireplace at The Lodge


If you wanted a more classic rustic vibe, the Event Barn is for you! This is another cattle barn that was renovated to the 8,500 square wedding venue, complete with a 30-foot high stone fireplace!

Indoor Barn Ceremony

Lauren Rogers Photography

The Event Barn also comes with two ceremony options, one indoor and one outdoor.  The indoor option has a stunning backdrop of the indoor fireplace.  You are welcome to dress the fireplace and mantle up to go with your wedding’s aesthetic.

Gazebo- outdoor ceremony event barn

Ward Photography

The outdoor ceremony option is the Gazebo, perfect if you wanted a water feature for your wedding day.

View of Mount Ida Manor
Overnight accommodations


If you were looking for an excuse to turn your wedding day into an entire weekend-long celebration, look no further! We offer a plethora of historic homes available for day, nightly, and weekend-long accommodations. Get the real VIP experience for the weekend by staying overnight at Mount Ida Farm. Guests who rent out one of the large homes (Mount Ida Manor OR Aventador) also have the choice of either using the venue for their rehearsal dinner up to 50 people OR having the Mount Ida shuttles transport them and the other overnight guests to your offsite rehearsal dinner location.  

Tasting Room under construction


Eat, drink, and be married! Coming Spring 2018 to the farm: The Tasting Room & Tap House at Mount Ida Reserve.  The on-property tasting room will be serving wine AND beer, what more could you ask for?! The tasting room will be the perfect spot for your guests who want to come see the property a little early, or could be a fun activity if you decide to stay with us all weekend long. What better way to celebrate your marriage than with a glass (or bottle) of our Blanc de Blanc?!

2018-01-29T19:46:00+00:00 January 25th, 2018|

Akinyi + Romain

We are SO excited to share Akinyi & Romain’s June wedding with everyone today! As we try to make it through the freezing cold days, nothing warms us up more than looking through these warm summer wedding photos from Ward Photography. Enjoy!

Wedding Details; stationary & jewelry
Mount Ida Manor- Akinyi + Romain's Wedding Day
Gazebo- Wedding Ceremony
Akinyi- Beautiful bride at Mount Ida Farm + Vineyard
Akinyi + Romain's first look before their wedding ceremony
Akinyi + Romain recessing after gazebo ceremony
Akinyi + Romain in the vineyard
Bridal Party
Table Setting at the Event Barn
Akinyi + Romain
Wedding Reception

Photographer- Ward Photography

Caterer – The Local

Cake- Sweethaus

Coordinator- Two Byrds Events

DJ- Darren Solozan

Lighting- MS Events

2018-01-24T18:30:01+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Lucie & Nick

Trust us when we say that no detail was missed when Lucie & Nick planned their big day. Everything was designed and planned to a T. We are so thankful that we had Aaron from Aaron Watson Photography to capture their big day.  Aaron always does an amazing job of knowing where the best backdrops and mountain views are, just wait until you see these sunset shots! Lucie & Nick decided bury a bottle of bourbon, a southern superstitious tradition that is supposed to prevent rain on your wedding day.  Lucky for them, it worked! They had the most beautiful weather! Enjoy these photos from their big day, congrats Lucie & Nick!

Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography

Catering: Harvest Moon

Cake: Sweethaus

Coordinator: Soiree

Band: Attraction

Florist: Blue Ridge Floral

Makeup: Charlottesville Makeup Artistry

Officiant: Claire Goodman Sacred Grounds Ceremonies

Transportation: Quicks Bus, Albemarle Limousine, and Agoff Limo & Bus Co.

Videography: Mwendo

2018-01-22T15:57:20+00:00 January 10th, 2018|

Amy Moreno Live Event Painting

We had Amy Moreno, a live event painter, at a wedding back in November.  She recently sent us over a photo of the finished product and we knew she just HAD to be our next guest on Meet the Friendors!

How did you get into the live event painting business?
I studied commercial art and illustration in Boston over 30 years ago and have been a children’s illustrator for most of that time. I have created illustrations for clients, as well as pen and ink renderings for Bed and Breakfasts and Inns while staying home raising our three children. As they grew older, I began to miss the energy and excitement of painting from life in oil paint. I began to take classes at The Art League in Alexandria to build my skills in portrait painting and began looking into unique ways to paint live in oil paint, and make it a business. I had heard of live event painting and decided to break into it. I enjoy painting people and interacting with families as they celebrate. It’s a joy to celebrate with people at life events and capture the feeling as it is happening. I also paint as a registered copyist at the National Gallery of Art and am learning a great deal there and am honored and blessed to be there.
What are questions you ask your clients before the event?
I ask them what they are thinking and expecting the look and feeling of the painting to be like, for example is there a specific style they want, would they like it to have extra texture and be more abstract or smooth and more realistic.
What color scheme they may want. When they will need to finished product to be done. (I bring the painting home and use photos I have taken during the event and usually have it finished within one month from the event. Who they would like to have featured in the painting, and what sections of the room or scene. Also if they have an outdoor or corporate event, what part of the scene they would like to have featured in the background. If there is a specific location they would like me to paint from. What specific part of the celebration they would like to have me paint, such as the bride and groom’s first dance, or a ceremony, or a sporting event at the finish line etc. I ask them what style they would like, such as more realistic, or a sort of storybook style, fairytale, or more stylized. I also try to find out what the colors of the bridal party will be if it is a wedding.
If they would like anything added or removed from the actual scene. I usually try to go to the venue a few days ahead of time to take photos and sketch, and try to arrive as early as possible before the event on that day.
Aside from weddings, have you painted at any other types of events?
I have painted a baby shower and an elegant birthday party for a 70 year old woman.
I also painted live at a group setting for entertainers and entrepreneurs in Washington DC.
Aside from painting, do you dabble in any other types of art?
I enjoy knitting and singing.
Getting a painting done at your wedding is very unique.  Why do you think brides and grooms should get it done?
I believe a live event painting captures the feeling of a wedding differently than photography. There is an aspect of emotion, color and energy in a painting that will always be unique and is classic. It is a novel entertainment idea and people from all walks of life are fascinated by it. It doesn’t distract from the main event, but provides an unusual aspect to a celebration.
I think brides and grooms should have their wedding painted live because it allows them to have a unique entertainment provided during the wedding, which many guests appreciate and enjoy, as well as providing them with a piece of custom art from the day they were married. There are details that are captured in the painting that the couple usually appreciate in a deep way. In the painting I recently finished, the bride wanted her custom veil captured in detail, and the bouquet. I was able to do a more close-up view of these two items as a sort of border around the main painting of the couple during their first dance. I can also incorporate specific people into the painting even if they did not show up in the photos. This allows for editing, adding, removing things they would not want shown in a photo. I can also add details such as gold leaf, and texture that would not be possible in a photograph. Also, these paintings can be given as a gift by a loved one or group. It is a very unique aspect for any event.
And our most important questions….what is your favorite flavor for wedding cake?!
Carrot cake, which is what my husband and I had for our wedding cake almost 30 years ago!

Learn more about Amy Moreno Live Event Painting at her website here!

2018-01-03T17:11:31+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|

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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.