The Chalkboard Writing Hack

From Elizabeth

Being a perfectionist comes with the territory as a wedding planner. I find myself apologizing to staff not to take it personally if I rearrange how they set up the tables or chairs. Some might call it OCD—which I’m sure I am a little—but it’s just making sure the day goes exactly how my brides envision it!

Chalkboards have been my ENEMY from the very beginning. It’s too easy to make a mistake or a slanted letter or …


A Wine-Tasting Experience with the SR Gang

Gabriele (center) holds court with the SR gang

Gabriele (center) holds court with the SR gang

from Elizabeth

A couple weeks ago, our wine rep invited us to go wine tasting with him in Charlottesville. The perks of this job are never ending! Surprisingly, I’ve never been wine tasting, so this was an especially nice treat.

First, we stopped at vineyard of Gabriele Rausse, who just recently opened a tasting room to the public. The tasting room was beautifully designed with large windows that were cracked open so …


“The Voice” Competitor Performs at the Ridge

Austin Ellis performed on Season 6 of "The Voice" (photo courtesy of NBC TV)

Austin Ellis performed on Season 6 of “The Voice” (photo courtesy of NBC TV)

from Elizabeth

Stevenson Ridge has had many musicians perform at weddings throughout the years, but we recently had a celebrity serenade for one of our couples—and appearance that was very exciting for followers of the hit TV show The Voice.

Austin Ellis, who’s from Maryland, was on Season 6 of The Voice and performed for one of our couples in August. Austin was on Team …


Celebrate VA Live’s 2015 Season Heads Into Home Stretch

CVLfrom Elizabeth

Celebrate VA Live is a great local place to spend some of your summer nights in Fredericksburg. First opening a couple years ago, CVL has brought to the area a concert series for all generations to enjoy. “Your backyard just got louder!” CVL proclaimed.

This season they had a great lineup with Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Heart, and Hank Williams, Jr., It finishes up with Chris Young tonight and Lee Brice on Sept. 30.

Past summers, CVL have also …