Al Fresco Charlottesville Fall Wedding
March 18, 2016
Mid Atlantic
Al FrescoAcademic Venue SettingsOutdoor Weddings
This wedding is the perfect example of why Amore Events By Cody is so wonderful. Not only did she design this gorgeous day and all the stunning florals, but she went above and beyond, helping  the beautiful Bride book hotel blocks, arrange transportation, select a venue, come up with a theme, and, in the Bride's words "pull my discombobulated vision of what I thought I wanted my wedding to be into the event of a lifetime." See all the beauty from Gianny Campos Photography in The Vault!
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From The Bride...When I look back on my wedding, I’m filled with relief and joy. It was both one of the best days of my life, and it was one of the most stressful times ever. We had originally planned on a long engagement, which got shortened quite a bit (from over a year and a half to a little less than 9 months). I couldn’t have made it through without the support of my amazing wedding planner, Cody Grannis, of Amore Events by Cody. She was my rock throughout the entire process and helped me and my husband step through the entire wedding planning experience. She helped me book hotel blocks, arrange transportation, select a venue, come up with a theme, and pulled my discombobulated vision of what I thought I wanted my wedding to be like into the event of a lifetime.

Luckily enough, we live in beautiful Charlottesville. I’m an alumnus of the University of Virginia, so I couldn’t think of a better place to be wed than at Alumni Hall. I think we were one of the few couples getting married that weekend that were actually from the area! It was a good thing because we were right down the street from both our baker, Albemarle Baking Company, and our caterer, The Local.

Going into this process, I wanted our wedding to have a wow factor, an event that family would gush about for years after the fact. My husband imagined the day to be rich with subtle elegance and class. We both wanted our guests to have an amazing time. I chose the palette for the wedding: burgundy, gold, blush, champagne, and French grey. I wanted it to be a modern take on the colors for a traditional Chinese wedding, which are red and yellow gold, with complementary colors that emphasized Charlottesville’s beautiful fall colors.

When making the seating decisions, we decided to name the tables after our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. We had our first date at C&O, so we made that restaurant’s name, the name of our head table. Our cocktails were his Manhattan and my Merry Mimosa, which is Gran Marnier added to a traditional mimosa. I wanted real flowers for our wedding, but I couldn’t afford any budget busting blooms. Luckily, my wedding planner is also an amazing floral artist. She made the red berry boutonnieres for the groomsmen and attendants. For the bouquets that my bridesmaids and I would hold, I really wanted lush, vibrant flowers and kind of fell in love with how amaranthus drapes, so my bouquet had some and the other bridesmaids held red calla lilies, dahlias, roses, and many other flowers that I do not have the talent to identify.

Our day came out to be utter perfection. We had fantastic weather, a beautiful venue, and all of our loved ones came to join us in our little city. I got married on the stone terrace right outside of the ballroom where we held our reception. Since it was a gorgeous fall day, we held our cocktail hour right on the front patio of the building. The string quartet played in the corner as our guests mixed and mingled, with yard games available out front for the kids and whiskey tastings for the adults.

In order to better separate the space between the reception and the cocktail hour, I had all of the doors and entryways into the ballroom draped. This was a bit challenging because there is no real door that separates the ballroom from the annex. My wedding coordinator worked with MS Events, and we were able to partition the entry way with drapes and the hang bistro lights behind the curtains, so that as they were drawn back, the lights would get lost in the fabric and create an intimate, romantic atmosphere.

Our wedding party danced out to Hall and Oate’s You Make My Dreams, and then our guests were seated for a plated dinner. After toasts, we offered cake and gelato. We danced throughout the night and ended the event with a sparkler exit. We had an amazing day and shared wonderful moments with all of our guests.