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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?
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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.

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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.

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Announcing Winter/Spring Events

Wedding SamplerA Wedding Sampler
Sunday, January 18, 1-4 pm. $10 includes Studio admission

Meet the area’s most respected and popular caterers, photographers, and wedding specialists for a fun and informative afternoon. Pre-registration suggested: 540/654-1848 or blabar@umw.edu.

Sweetheart Wine Pairing Dinner
Saturday, February 14, 5:30 pm. Members $75/non-members $95

Celebrate this special day with a four-course dinner catered by Dori Farrell, featuring wines chosen for each course by Ingleside Winery. Reservations required by February 7: 540/654-1848 or blabar@umw.edu.

Rappahannock River‘Rappahannock’ Film Screening
Sunday, February 15, 2 pm. Free

Belmont is partnering with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) for a showing of FOR’s new film, ‘Rappahannock.’ This historic and cultural film about the Rappahannock River is produced by Oscar-nominated Bailey Silleck. John Odenkirk of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will give a short presentation about the river’s health in our area and the impact of the Embrey Dam removal; a Q&A will follow. This is a family-friendly, free event.

Crimson RamblerSpotlight Exhibition: Melchers’ The Crimson Rambler
February 28-June 7. Included with museum admission

Gari Melchers built a reputation painting the human figure, but in the second half of his career he sometimes ventured into landscape painting. The Crimson Rambler, on loan from a private collection, exemplifies how the garden as subject matter was ideally suited to Melchers’ adoption of impressionistic painting.

Director’s Tour for Members
Sunday, March 1, 2 pm. Free

Behind-the-scenes tour led by Director David Berreth. Open to Friends of Belmont and guests. Space limited. Reservations required: 540/654-1840 or dberreth@umw.edu.

Use 1Beeping Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 29, 2-4 pm. Free

Belmont’s fourth annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired or blind children and their families. For information contact Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby at 540/654-1851.

Spring Open House
Sunday, April 12, 10 am-5 pm. Free

Enjoy the restored gardens in bloom, the art of Gari Melchers and the history of Belmont. The Spring Open House is a great opportunity to share Belmont with family and friends.

Belmont ExteriorThe Colonial Revival Movement
Sunday, April 26, 2 pm. Free

Belmont Site Preservation Manager Beate Jensen traces the Colonial Revival from its emergence in the 1870s. The movement profoundly influenced American architecture and decorative arts as well as landscape and garden design. The illustrated presentation focuses on the influence the Colonial Revival had on Gari and Corinne Melchers and how it is expressed in Belmont’s house and gardens.

The Painted Garden: A Favorite Motif in American Impressionism
Sunday, May 3, 2 pm. Free

An illustrated presentation by Belmont Curator Joanna Catron shows how early 20th century American impressionist painters demonstrated a preference for gardens as subjects, as well as an appreciation for the art of gardening itself. The talk will survey the many talented artists, including Gari Melchers, who left us an enduring legacy of American Garden craft.

2014 Wedding Sampler

Held earlier this year, Belmont’s sixth annual Wedding Sampler was another successful bridal show.  We had twenty-three participating vendors and all who attended gave positive feedback.  It was a perfect gathering of vendors with samples and information on their products and services.  The guests received valuable information on planning their special day.

2014 Wedding Sampler Vendors:

Anytime Limousines, Cakes in Art, Caroline Street Catering, Charlotte Parish Photography, Classical Expressions Trio, David Weadon Photography, Eric Herod Entertainment, Fredericksburg Ayres Flute Quartet, Formal Envy, Hartwood Photography, Jane Guerin, K Pearlman Photography, Party Services by Dori,  R&R Catering, Richard Green Entertainment, Simply Sweet, Sodexo, The Icing Baking Co., TJs Catering, VA Wedding Belles, Weddings by Ginny, White House Catering, and Wolfcrest Photography.

Many thanks to all who made this another successful year! Some of the best caterers, photographers, cake specialists, DJs and florists participate in this annual event.

We are working hard to get ready for the January 18, 2015, Wedding Sampler.  The event will be held from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  General admission is $10, University of Mary Washington Students only have to pay $5!

When East Meets West

Saturday, March 30, Belmont was the site of a beautiful Indian-themed reception!  The engagement celebration was decorated with Indian table settings and photos of the happy couple.  Jenna is from the Fredericksburg area and teaches in India where she met her future husband.  (Read The Free Lance-Star article on Jenna and her experiences teaching in India.)  The June wedding take place in India.

The stateside celebration was exciting and well attended.  Guests had a great time and were happy to congratulate the couple and their families.  The evening included a ring ceremony.  The Mother of the Groom spoke to the guests and explained the symbolism of the ceremony.  The giving of rings marks the beginning of the wedding covenant.  The placement of a veil on the bride-to-be represents her acceptance into the family and was given by the groom’s mother.  The bride-to-be also wore jewelry given to her by the groom’s mother.  All the guests were invited to greet the couple and take photos with them before dinner.

Caroline Street Catering prepared delicious hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and a popular Indian dessert called Gulab Jamun.  The super sweet desserts were wonderful!  For Caroline Street Catering owner and chef,  Shane Sheaffer, it was his first time making the dessert.  He knew the Gulab Jamun was prepared well when the groom told him how good it was.

Sweet Reasons provided amazing cupcakes for the evening.  The flavors offered were cookies and cream, chocolate caramel, red velvet and lemon chiffon.  Classical/jazz/world guitarist Peter Fields entertained the guests after dinner. We wish this special couple a happy and healthy life together in India.