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Chris & Kelli

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

February 21st, 2017|

Sam Hill Entertainment

We love working with vendors (our friendors!) and meeting new ones along the way! Today, we are shining a spotlight on Sam Hill Entertainment through a series of rapid fire Q&A with booking agent, Andy Jaspen. Not only is he great at helping suggest specific bands for your style, he gives some great advice and questions to ask when booking your entertainment. Let us introduce you to Andy!

Q: Tell us a little bit about Sam Hill Entertainment and how you found yourself working there?

A: I met Hank Wells, the owner/founder of Sam Hill Entertainment, when he had just formed the company in the mid-90’s and he was booking bands for fraternity parties at UVA on the Rugby Road scene. I was one of his early clients, a social chair for my fraternity, and I booked a lot of our bands with him in the early days. We formed a quick friendship over music. I graduated in ’99, worked a “real desk job” for 2 years that I quit in 2001 and I went out to California where my girlfriend (now wife, Jenny) was living, and was figuring out my next move. That was just when Hank was expanding Sam Hill Entertainment in exciting ways, and he was looking for somebody to help him around the office and do a little bit of everything …but back in Charlottesville. There were only 2 people working there at the time – still a very “small business.” On a whim, I left California, moved back to C’ville, took a job that paid little but had the promise of big things. Here I am, 15 years later, as a partner in the company.

Q: Favorite part about your job?

A: My favorite part of my job is meeting people years after their wedding or special event, and they say “hey, I used Sam Hill Entertainment to book a great band years ago”. Alas, they’re often somebody I worked with over phone and email but never got a chance to meet in person, but I ultimately get to share a moment and memory with them of one of our bands showing their family and guests an amazing time. That always feels really good.

Q: Your hidden talent?

A: My hidden talent …and favorite party trick …. is being able to conjure in my brain what day of the week a certain date was years ago or will be a year or more in the future. Since our business revolves so heavily around Saturdays in the calendar, people are often amazed when a date is mentioned far in the future, and I can say, “hey, that’s going to be a Thursday.” The honest reason I know that so quickly is its basically my job, but it still never ceases to impress people who themselves can’t remember what day tomorrow is going to be.

Q: Why book a band or DJ through Sam Hill Entertainment?

A: Sam Hill Entertainment specializes in 100% “live” music. There are other entertainment companies that also represent DJ’s, or magicians, or jugglers or whatever. That’s not us. We’re all about live bands and bringing the live music experience to special events. Our bands are all curated to be more than just uniquely talented on stage, but also extraordinarily client-focused off-stage. Our bands “get it” and approach events with clients in mind, first and foremost.

Q: You can only watch one late night talk show for the rest of your life, do you choose Jimmy Fallon, James Corbin or Jimmy Kimmel?

A: Ha, that’s a tough one. I love late-night TV. Grew up idolizing Letterman. Of today’s talents, I think Fallon is amazingly funny and hip, and James Corbin impresses me as well. But of those three, I probably identify with the overall brand of humor of Kimmel, so I’ll go with him. But honestly, I think I might appreciate Conan O’Brien the most. But he’s on TBS, so it barely counts.

Q: What is one question that brides/grooms should ask before booking a DJ/Band?

A: I would recommend asking how the communication and interaction will go and making sure a band’s (or agency’s) communication style is going to be a good fit. A client will spend a lot more time thinking about their event in the months prior and working in advance with their vendors than they will at the actual event itself. In many ways, how the communication and preparation process goes is just as meaningful to the overall experience as how things unfold on the big night. Sam Hill Entertainment as a company and all our bands try to be responsive, helpful and trusted stewards of the responsibility for entertainment at an event. We know that it often starts on the phone or through email, and want to make sure our clients are comfortable with the experience throughout the entire process.

Sam Hill Entertainment

February 19th, 2017|

Hallie & Bradford

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

February 14th, 2017|

Foxtail Cottage Floral

Welcome back to our Meet our Friendors series! Today we would like to introduce you to Karen, owner of Foxtail Cottage Floral who has worked as a visual stylist and designer for over 20 years. She has the experience, the know how and the vision to make the ordinary great!  We might be a little obsessed with her website too, check it out here!


Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Foxtail Cottage came to be?  

Foxtail came to be out of a desire to make and offer a creative environment for artists to work and feel safe and appreciated.

Q: We are sure you get asked this question a lot, but we have to ask! The dog that appears on your website, does he/she have a name?  

Niblet is my sweet little Havanese.  She loves the camera and she is a natural born star!


Q: Panera Bread or Baker’s Crust?  

Baker’s Crust.

Q: Upcoming wedding trends that you are seeing?   

I hope to see more rich and saturated colors.

Q: Favorite part about your job is?  

The design aspect.  I see the petals of flowers like paints on a palette.

Q: If you could travel anywhere for one day, where would it be?  

Bellagio, Lombardy.

Q: What is one question bride’s should ask before booking a florist?

How important are flowers to your wedding. If flowers are done well, with high quality flowers, containers ,etc ., this may be an expensive ticket item. But, well worth it!

Q: Favorite color combinations to work with are?  

A beautiful mix of deep wine burgundy, hot pink, and curry golden yellows.


Thanks Karen for having fun with us on our rapid-fire Q&A session!


February 11th, 2017|

Amore Events

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 

January 27th, 2017|

Jessica & Hunter

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

January 19th, 2017|

Ashley & Jesse

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.

January 19th, 2017|

Alli & Drew

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!

January 3rd, 2017|

Amy & Jeff

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!



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

December 29th, 2016|

Courtney & Rob

Not a cloud in the sky and the sun shining bright, Courtney & Rob couldn’t have asked for a better day to get married. From the rich tones of their wedding colors, to the love between these two and their families, the day was perfectly simple, elegant and seamless. Just the way it’s supposed to be. It’s always hard to summarize a full day into a few words, so we will let the photographs by Chelsea Schaefer Photography do most of the talking!
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December 10th, 2016|