First Wedding of October

from Chris (with a special appearance by Elizabeth!)

Preparations have been underway all day for our first wedding of this first weekend of October. While it promises to be a busy few days, it was nice to enjoy the quiet before the storm with a stroll around the property to enjoy the wedding decorations as they came together. At the center of the decor are luscious full chrysanthemums in vibrant magenta, lemon, and rust. And, of course, there are pumpkins …




Pick Your Pumpkin

Bettina's Pumpkinsfrom Bettina

Autumn is, without a doubt, my most favorite time of the year. It’s not because my birthday is in the fall (well ok, maybe that has a little something to do with it) but fall just seems to bring a reboot of life. As F. Scott Fitzgerald says, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” There is just something about the cool crisp air, and crunch of leaves under your feet, to make …


Autumn’s Sweep South

Colorful Treesfrom Chris

During the week, I drive north from Fredericksburg to western New York, where I teach at a small university. Autumn hit its full peak there last week. Although I saw it coming for weeks, it still always seems to creep up too fast!

In Fredericksburg, though, autumn comes a full month later and can last well into November.

That means the hills of western New York are covered in a calico blanket even as central Virginia remains verdant …


Sangria with a Seasonal Twist

(Photo courtesy of Evermine Occasions)

(Photo courtesy of Evermine Occasions)

From Erin

Fall has fast approached—so what better way to slow down and enjoy it than with an Autumn Sangria!

According to Evermine Occasions, you can add some apple cider to red wine for the perfect fall flavor. Don’t forget to add real fruit to your glass, and top it off with a cinnamon spice sugar along the rim.

Pinot Noir & Apple Cider
1 Bottle Pinot Noir
2 Cups Apple Cider
1 …