We are loving the “wedding weekend” trend, with couples making the most out of their celebration destinations with fun itineraries, curated events, detailed rehearsal dinners, fabulous brunches and more. Incorporating other fetes alongside the wedding day is a great way to alleviate the pressure to see all family and friends in one day, and allows couples to be creative with different themes and activities.

Jessica and Ted embraced this trend and planned an exquisite September rehearsal dinner with Kate Phillips Events and Tourterelle Floral Design before their nuptials at a different beautiful Charlottesville venue the next day. Their Mediterranean-inspired theme paired beautifully with dining al fresco in Jefferson’s Virginia.

Photography by: Sarah Cramer Shields

Planning by: Kate Phillips Events

Florals by: Tourterelle Floral Design

Venue: Keswick Hall


Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant Virginia weddings, are complemented by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Sister publications under the publishers of Ivy Life & Style Media include the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a bi-annual publication guiding visitors and newcomers on all of the happenings and businesses in the region, and CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom magazine, a bi-monthly parenting publication.

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