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Everyday Wedding – Ian & Annalisa

It’s safe to say that I adore this wedding! The celebration of Ian and Annalisa was actually the first real wedding that I chose for our 2014 issue of clutch, the bride’s guide to have and to hold.

What set it apart? Well, there are so many unique elements. I love the groom’s attire (a kilt and his military jacket!), and this wedding also oozed with DIY touches and tradition… truly, that is what caught my attention the most. This event truly honored the heritage of both Annalisa and Ian, which combined Filipino traditions with Scottish kilts. Add a decked out pooch and adorable flower girls, and it’s just perfect!

“While almost everything was a DIY project, it truly was a monumental effort by so many friends and family that brought our vision to life for our wedding day. I’m a designer and Ian is an engineer so it was a lot of fun for us both to have these DIY projects,” offered Annalisa. Here are some of the DIY projects to keep an eye out for:

  • Annalisa made her own bridal bouquet, bridesmaid lanterns and flower girl hair wreaths for her bevy of nieces.
  • Vintage china, vases, books and candlesticks were collected over time to use for place settings, centerpieces and decor.
  • Ian and his groomsmen built the dance floor and hung the globe lights.
  • The flower arrangements were made by Annalisa’s aunts.

Enjoy this glimpse into their special day, which was photographed by April B Photography.

April B Photography Wedding Dress
April B Photography Wedding Ribbon Flowers
April B Photography Wedding Makeup
April B Photography Wedding Bridesmaids
April B Photography Wedding Getting Ready
April B Photography Wedding Veil
April B Photography Wedding Accessories
April B Photography Wedding Details
April B Wedding Welcome
April B Wedding Bow
April B Photography Wedding Kilt
April B Photography Wedding Flower Girls
April B Photography Wedding Ceremony
April B Photography Wedding Kneeling
April B Photography Wedding Tradition
April B Photography
April B Photography Wedding Couple
April B Photography Wedding Attendants
April B Photography Wedding
April B Photography Wedding Detail
April B Photography Wedding Table
April B Photography Wedding Invitation
April B Photography Wedding Reception
April B Wedding Decor
April B Wedding Table
April B Wedding Plate
April B Photography Wedding Cake
April B Photography Wedding Entertainment
April B Photography Wedding Dance
April B Photography Wedding Cake Cutting
April B Photography Wedding First Dance




  • Photographer – April B Photography
  • Rentals (chairs/linens) – Lynchburg True Value
  • Bride’s Gown – Designer Maggie Sottero
  • Bride’s shoes – Traffic
  • Bride’s Wedding Band – The Irish Walk
  • Cake – The Sweet Lobby
  • Caterer – First Run Catering
  • DJ – Barry Tosh
  • Flower Girl Skirts – Princess Doodlebeans on Etsy
  • Groomsmen Attire – Express
  • Hair Stylist – Jim of This and That Hair Studio
  • Invitations – Minted
  • Makeup Artist – Stephanie Humphries
  • Officiant – Rev. Lisa Noelle Abend
  • Venue – Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast, Nellysford

Culinary – Homemade Ricotta

When it comes to making things from scratch, I will have to admit that sometimes I am just plain intimidated! Brownie, corn muffin (hey, a 40 cent box of Jiffy really is hard to beat!) and cake mixes have followed me throughout my life. Yes, I have tried to make each and every one of them from scratch, yet the ease of having something quick on hand makes things simpler sometimes.

Well, the thought (yes, even the mere thought) of making something like my own cheese has never even crossed my radar screen. That is until I went on a trip to Pittsfield, Vermont to experience a lovely weekend of adventure, touring and mingling with other bloggers and professionals. One of the activities during our stay was learning how to make cheese, and I dare say that SO many of us were truly excited about learning.

Rebecca of Sweet Georgia P’s Farm (check them out here) was our instructor, and the process of making ricotta cheese at home really is much easier than I thought. And it is truly delicious. She let us taste it two ways… both savory (in a rustic pie with chunks of butternut squash) and sweet (with a drizzle of freshly made blueberry sauce). The fact that it blends with so many flavors is definitely a plus about ricotta. I hope that you enjoy this recipe from Rebecca accompanied by photos compliments of Mary Dougherty Photography.

Richard Ferretti’s Fresh Ricotta – from Gourmet 2006


  • 2 quarts whole milk (they used raw milk from their goats)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (again, from their goats)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice


  • To ready your area, line a large sieve with a layer of heavy duty (fine mesh) cheesecloth, and place it over a large bowl.
  • Slowly bring milk, cream and salt to a rolling boil in a 6 quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring constantly to avoid scorching.
  • Add lemon juice, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture curdles (about 2 minutes).
  • Pour the mixture into the lined sieve, and let it drain one hour.
  • After discarding the liquid, chill the ricotta, covered. It will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days.

I hope you enjoy Mary’s photos below. Just to clarify, Rebecca had some ricotta ready to show us before she started making some from scratch. You also get to meet some of the goats at the end who produce the milk. Fun!

Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Cheese Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Homemade Ricotta Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Mary Dougherty Sweet Georgia P

Special thanks to:

Amee Farm – their hospitality and kitchen for the class

Mary Dougherty Photography – photos

Sweet Georgia P’s Farm – recipe, cheese making class and tasting

March 23 Open Houses

I am so excited for Sunday, March 23rd, and you should be too! Whether you are a bride or just have the task of planning a reunion, party or corporate event, come and see both Sierra Vista and The Trivium Estate on Sunday, March 23rd from 2-5pm. Not only will you be able to tour both of these lovely venues, there will be vendors at each space that can help you with the planning of your event… photographers, planners, florists, caterers and so much more. It truly will be an exciting day!

The Trivium and Sierra Vista Open House

If you aren’t familiar with Sierra Vista, you are in for a treat! The views from their property are so vast and beautiful, and they are the perfect backdrop for your wedding or event. They also have a barn available that was specially built as an event space, which is truly unique and allows for the opportunity to have an indoor reception space to accompany your outdoor wedding. Take a peek into Sierra Vista‘s beauty…

Sierra Vista Megan Vaughan
Megan Vaughan Photography Sierra Vista
Sam Stroud Photography Sierra Vista
Sierra Vista by Jane Bradley Photography
Sierra Vista Megan Vaughan Photography

The Trivium Estate will also open their doors to the public, and the possibilities there truly are endless! They offer an outdoor ceremony space, an indoor ballroom, a lovely pond and an indoor space in their antebellum manor that is perfect for a bride getting ready or even to utilize as a corporate meeting space. See some of The Trivium Estate‘s lovliness…

The Trivium Megan Vaughan Photography
The Trivium by KD Burke Photography
The Trivium Ballroom
Trivium Wedding KD Burke Photography
KD Burke The Trivium

Again, be sure to save the date of Sunday, March 23rd from 2-5pm for a wonderful day of touring, mingling with vendors, sampling, and even some door prizes. We can’t wait! Oh, and be sure to say “hi” to Heidi of The Trivium and Marianne of Sierra Vista while you are visiting… both are super sweet (and knowledgeable!) owners of their respective venues. RSVP to (540)586-2323 so that they can get a head count. See you soon!

*thank you to Jane Bradley Photography, KD Burke Photography, Megan Vaughan Photography, and Sam Stroud Photography for the use of their lovely photos of these venues*

Everyday Love – Gary & Brittney

The wedding day can be such a whirlwind… the emotion, the culmination of months of planning, the family, the friends. It’s all such an exciting time, yet truly capturing photos of the bride and groom on the wedding day itself can be difficult (or even feel rushed if you do it between the wedding and reception).

If I were you, I would take a bit of a cue from this couple’s post wedding session by Crystal George Studios. Gary and Brittney’s session has a relaxed, yet sophisticated atmosphere about it. The bride and groom were also able to change things up a little bit post-wedding. Brittney let her hair go natural, and Gary’s dapper attire was a bit more casual then you found him on the day of his betrothal.

This couple also had a well thought out theme for their session. They loved the 20′s look, and that time period was also a culturally significant one for their heritage. Take a peek into this session which is filled with fun, style and love.

Crystal George Studios Rings
Crystal George Studios Bride
Crystal George Studios Groom
Crystal George Studios Confetti
Crystal George Studios Shoes
Crystal George Studios Couple
Crystal George Studios Hands
Crystal George Studios Love
Crystal George Studios Newlyweds
Crystal George Studios Hair
Crystal George Studios Couples Shoes
Crystal George Studios



  • Photographer – Crystal George Studios
  • Gown – Church Street Bridal
  • Hair/Jewelry – Bride with the help of Samantha Brown
  • Makeup – Murna Gado

Everyday Wedding – Blake & Katelyn

Today’s wedding just speaks of happiness. The sheer light and airy quality of it just breathes of fresh love and soft breezes. From the simplicity of getting ready to laughter with bridesmaids, this day unfolds beautifully. It even includes a sweet first look… what a special moment between the groom and his bride to be!

I adore the use of pallets and found boards for signage coupled with the barn style reception. There is so much beauty and comfort in each of the understated pieces of Blake and Katelyn’s wedding photographed by Zachary Taylor Photography. Enjoy this breath of fresh air today!

Zachary Taylor Photography Getting Ready
Zachary Taylor Photography Welcome
Zachary Taylor Photography Bride
Zachary Taylor Photography Attendants
Zachary Taylor Photography Flowers
Zachary Taylor Photography First Look
Zachary Taylor Photography Signage
Zachary Taylor Photography Wedding
Zachary Taylor Photography Wedding Kiss
Zachary Taylor Photography Wedding Reception
Zachary Taylor Photography Wedding Cake
Zachary Taylor Photography Wedding Dance
Zachary Taylor Photography Wedding Corn Hole
Zachary Taylor Photography Wedding Rings



  • Photography - Zachary Taylor Photography
  • Bride’s Dress – The Limited
  • Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Lilly Pulitzer
  • Cake – Cake by Jai
  • Caterer – Benjamin’s
  • Florist – Glo-Lyn Flowers