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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

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

Meaghan + Craig

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

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
bridesmaids
first look
kisses
ceremony
ceremony
cross ceremony
watercolor
Reception
reception
Cake

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

Weddings at Mount Ida Farm + Vineyard

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

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*

THE LODGE

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

THE EVENT BARN

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

OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATIONS

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

TASTING ROOM

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?!

Akinyi + Romain

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

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

Rebecca & Thomas

2017-04-02T15:01:22+00:00March 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

2017-04-02T15:18:40+00:00March 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

2017-04-12T15:53:26+00:00March 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

2017-04-02T15:20:47+00:00March 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

2017-03-09T17:09:48+00:00March 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

2017-02-22T20:49:31+00:00February 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

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