A Lavish, Sophisticated Wedding at a Private Residence near Charlottesville, Virginia
Melanie Wilson (34, director of operations for a non-profit) and Jerry Bias (45, senior partner at a hedge fund) met while working in New York City. They had been dating for two years when Jerry proposed to Melanie at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Although Jerry ruined his suit when he knelt down in a pile of bird droppings, it was a small price to pay for Melanie's hand in marriage. The couple had already decided to buy a historic Georgian house on a 60 acre farm in Charlottesville, Virginia, and when the time came to decide on a location for their wedding, they decided it was the perfect place. "It was important to us to highlight the natural beauty of Virginia in the fall and maintain an understated elegance throughout the wedding," says Melanie. As a result, Melanie and Jerry's intimate wedding was lavish and sophisticated.The rain prevented them from having an outdoor ceremony, but they were still able to have a beautiful program in their tented courtyard. The breathtaking reception was held in the same courtyard, with wreaths hanging from the transparent canopy, greenery in every corner, verdant tall centerpieces and bell jar flower arrangements. Stationery at this Charlottesville wedding included the wine red invitation suite printed on rice paper, matching escort cards displayed on a fichus tree and scrolls as menus. The couple dressed stylishly on their wedding day, with Melanie in a stunning fit & flare Amsale wedding gown and Jerry in a white Zegna tuxedo with a red calla lily boutonniere. Their wedding was fun and memorable thanks to their impeccable taste and attention to detail.