wine & wreath

When my friends Luke and Julia were planning their wedding last year, I met them at Rassawek Vineyard a few months before to help determine the ceremony location and event flow. Because the property is so extensive, and every building is SO COOL, we had a lot of tough choices to make. For proof, check out both of these links – their wedding photographs are insanely gorgeous, and I’m currently geeking out over the history of the property and buildings. Neither of those even tell you about the tiny one-bed cabins scattered around the water and the treehouse/fort/lookout with a ladder built into the tree trunk.

So when Julia asked if I wanted to join her at Rassawek for a wine tasting and wreath making workshop last December, it was a no-brainer.

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Everything was provided – wreath frames, greenery, embellishments, wine and snacks. Everyone was having fun and helping each other! It was one of my favorite holiday events, sweetened because I went out to the property early to take some product shots of my quilts.

I’m unable to attend this year, but there are still a few tickets left for the December 6th event. If you go, let me know! I’d love to see what you make.

Bernina Express

I decided to take a series of trains from Rome to London, mainly so I could travel through the Swiss Alps. (Last time I was in France, I found myself staring off into the distance at mountains, wanting to BE THERE.) It seems I’m not the only person with this instinct, because I found a train that follows a route so beautiful it’s been named a World Heritage Site.

I mutter under my breath every time I see these images, partly because I can’t believe ANYTHING is this awesome, and partly because the pictures don’t do it justice.

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I know, right?

Now let’s all return to our normal lives, and dream of a time when we’ll be the hikers in those photos.

Pause for scenery.

Because it’s been a while, and because there are so many self-portraits up in here lately, and because I spent a day at Ash Lawn assisting a wedding photographer, here are some Spring in Virginia outtakes.

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Wasn’t that lovely? Don’t you feel better? I know I do.

Best Decision of 2013: Charlottesville SOUP

First Edition: Monday, January 14th at The Bridge

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Second Edition: Monday, May 27th at the Charlottesville Day School

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Third Edition: Tuesday, November 12th at Meade Hall

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All of this happened in 2013? Wow.

Agreeing to photograph the year of SOUP was definitely one of my best decisions of 2013. I don’t even know what to say about it, which is okay since other people are more eloquent or more informative.

I have been consistently blown away by how well-organized, well-supported (by local businesses), well-staffed (all volunteers), and well-curated (all decor made by local artists and volunteers) this event has been. And let’s not overlook how well-fed the attendees were! But what I love most is that this is such a simple, accessible way for a community to come together, share a goal, and support an artist’s vision. The original SOUP (Detroit) website shares tips for creating a SOUP event to fit your own community.

If you’re in the Charlottesville area, you should go to the Charlottesville Soup website and join their mailing list right now.

There’s no snow on the ground.

Despite predictions, we did not get much snow last night. Instead, it’s bright and sunny and the ground is dry!

Let’s take a mental vacation to December 2010, when there WAS lots of snow on the ground!

My parents and I decided to drive to Colonial Williamsburg and walk around, in the wind and snow, without paying to enter any of the houses. Somehow we thought that was a good idea. (In the end, we were all very cold and grumpy. But it was still very beautiful outside.)

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