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Drink in the Creativity


On Thursday, August 20th, PB Mares, a regional accounting and business consulting firm, held a retreat for its administrative staff. In the morning they had a conference and after lunch, they decided to do a Wine & Design event. This is the first one we have held here at Gari Melchers Home & Studio, but hopefully not the last! If you’ve never heard of Wine & Design, it’s a popular new party idea. “Our wine and paint parties are designed to offer you a chance to peek into your creative side during a fun night out on the town. We provide almost everything you’ll need: paint, canvases, brushes, corkscrews and cups. All you have to bring is an open mind and your favorite beverage.”

New LocationWine and Design On Wheels can bring the party to any private venues such as houses, corporate offices, event centers, and more. They can also host the party at restaurants, bars, and wineries! They offer private parties and public parties where anyone can sign up! In a few weeks we will actually be neighbors with their new studio! Michelle Flynn, the owner of Wine & Design Fredericksburg is opening a studio on Washington Street (down the street from us) where you can hold your party or sign up for one of theirs!

I have been seeing my friends posting pictures of themselves at different restaurants with wine glasses and their surprisingly, very good, painted canvases of sunsets, crabs, umbrellas, and flowers. Now, I’m not saying that my friends aren’t capable of painting these subjects, but attending an all-women’s college, we all dabbled in arts and crafts quite a bit, and I know some of those ladies can’t paint THAT well. This is why I was so excited when the women of PB Mares told us they wanted to host a Wine & Design party here! I wanted to see how this was all done and how my not so artsy friends, were somehow now painting like Gari Melchers 🙂

PaintMichelle, the instructor Jayme, and her helper, Timmy all arrived at Belmont with 21 canvases, brushes, and paint. The canvases already had sunflowers sketched on them with a pencil, so that the party goers had an outline to follow. Timmy came around and squirted paint on everyone’s plates. The paint bottles looked like water bottles which make it really simple and mess free! Whenever someone needed more paint or a different color, she would just raise her paint brush and Timmy would go over and squirt some more paint on her plate!

collageJayme had a finished sunflower painting on an easel for the women to look at, as well as painting one with them! She would talk them through the painting, explaining what strokes to make with the paint brush and what color to use, step by step. If anyone had any questions or needed any help, Jayme and Timmy were right there! I noticed that they didn’t squirt all the colors onto the plates at the start of the lesson; they waited until they are actually needed. I’m guessing this helps ensure that the paint doesn’t dry on the plate and it helps eager artists to not get too far ahead without instructions from the teacher.

Group Shot

The whole party took about 2 hours, which Timmy said is about the average time depending on the size of the group and the difficulty of the painting. When the PB Mares women were all finished, they went outside and took a group photo. Look how beautiful their sunflowers are. Everyone kept remarking on how much fun they had and how easy Wine & Design makes it. If you’re looking to have a team building retreat or a fun girl’s night, Wine & Design is a great option. And we can hold it for you right here at Gari Melchers Home & Studio, call (540) 654-1848 for more details about renting our pavilion!

Photo Booth

Johnna & Scott Tie the Knot

Saturday, June 13th was unusually hot for an early summer wedding but that didn’t keep the Lees from having a gorgeous outside ceremony. Their ceremony began at 5:30 p.m. and was short and sweet! When the newlyweds were announced, they joyfully walked down the aisle to I Feel Good by James Brown, which definitely gave guests the hint to put on their dancing shoes for the reception inside the pavilion.

The couple had the galleries open during the cocktail hour. The guests casually strolled through the studio from 5:45-6:45 as the wedding party took photos. At 6:45 the bride and groom were announced and the celebrating began.

floral decorationsJan Williams provided the floral arrangements which were absolutely stunning. The centerpieces weren’t identical which gave the room a nice variety and allowed the sparkly table numbers to really pop. R&R from Springfield, catered the reception and set up a lovely buffet which included Petite Tenderloin Medallions, Chicken Piccata, Roasted Vegetable Tortellini, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, and Green Beans.

I always like to see how the bride and groom make the wedding unique to them and Johnna and Scott had some really cute ideas! As the guests walked into the lobby they were greeted by the gift table which had their new mailbox, painted on it “The Lees, EST: June 13, 2015” and people placed their cards inside of it. The couple decided to have a canvas for guests to sign instead of a mailboxguestbook. Painted on the canvas was a brown haired man and a blonde haired lady who just so happened to look a lot like Johnna and Scott (oh and their dog too) holding a bunch of pink and blue balloons for their guests to sign inside of. I thought this was a great idea because Johnna and Scott can hang this in their home and always be reminded of who was there to help them celebrate on their special day! Their creativity didn’t stop there though; the party favors were decks of cards with their new monogram printed on the front. What a fun gift for all ages!

My favorite thing about the wedding was the photo booth. We don’t see this a whole lot here at Gari Melchers Home & Studio but it’s becoming a popular feature to have at weddings and parties and this proved to be true at Johnna and Scott’s, it was a huge hit! Photobam, based in Woodbridge, provided the photo booth and hilarious props such as hats, sunglasses, boas, signs, and even a Duck Dynasty beard! I of course had to jump in and give it a try, and I give it two thumbs up! Now I mustache you a question… will you be booking Photobam for your next event at Belmont?
Photo Booth
They even provided a memory album with a copy of each guest’s photo booth pictures along with a written message. What an awesome thing to have and be able to look at years down the road.

Thank you Johnna and Scott for having your special day here at Belmont and we wish you the best!

To book your wedding or next event call (540) 654-1848 or visit our website for more details.

bridal shower collage

Tulips, Mimosas, & the Bride-to-Be

bridal shower collageThe coral, white, and gold themed bridal shower held recently in the pavilion reminded everyone that spring is officially here! The florist (also the maid of honor) laid tulips on each guest’s table setting to go along with the spring theme. The bride-to-be, Ashley, had the event catered by Dori Farrell who provided interactive pasta and mimosa bars. Shower attendees were able to walk up to the mimosa bar throughout the three-hour shower and choose between orange or very berry juice and a colorful array of fresh berries.

Lunch included a custom pasta station with toppings such as mushrooms, tomatoes, chicken, strawberry salad, and rolls. I was lucky enough to sneak some leftovers and was amazed by the delicious fare. For dessert guests indulged in cupcakes, strawberry cake from The Icing, and cookies.

Ashley opening gifts.Ashley rented a white couch to sit on while she opened presents. It really tied the whole room together with the white and gold chiavari chairs from Memorable Moments. The entire shower was beautiful and we wish Ashley and her fiancé the best! Thanks for letting us share this special event with you.

For more information on Belmont’s Studio Pavilion and the awesome events we hold there, please visit our rentals website or watch our wedding video.