Vendor Spotlight: Cramer Photo

Are you the bride who is full of fun and the life of the party?  Then be sure to visit the Cramer Photo Booth at the Bridal Expo.  Sarah Cramer gives your guests the opportunity to express themselves in pictures at your wedding, showing their own fun side!  A unique feature of Cramer Photography, your guests have access to a camera where they take their own portraits as a visual guest book of the night.  Sarah will have her photobooth set up at the Sweely Estate Bridal Showcase and allow you to check it out yourself!  Visuals of the photobooth will be posted on Sarah’s blog after the event and also on this site.

Sarah’s documentary/story-telling photography is a perfect way to capture your wedding day.  Please contact her to document your wedding, engagement or bridal portrait.
Quote from a recent client: “When I look at Sarah’s photographs of my wedding, it’s like I’m reliving the day all over again.  She did such an amazing job capturing the things not seen in the whirlwind–the smiles, the laughter, the tears.  There is such a sweetness and a joy to her photography that matches the emotions I was feeling.  Thank you for a perfect record of a beautiful day.”  – Shana

Photos of Sarah with the fun loving bride Stephanie at her October 11 wedding.



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Vendor Spotlight: Jen Fariello Photography


Are you engaged? If so, listen up! As an engaged couple I’m sure you’ve begun to think about photography for your wedding day but don’t forget the all important engagement session. Did you know that your engagement photos are ideal for newspaper announcements, save the date cards, your wedding website, not to mention custom holiday cards? With so many possibilities, there is a lot riding on these pics. During your search for the perfect wedding photographer, I’m sure you’ve seen shots by the supremely talented Jen Fariello. Her eye for detail and capturing “magical moments” has made her the most popular photographer in our area. With all that popularity comes a busy schedule which makes the couples who get the opportunity to work with her fortunate indeed. Well, my soon to be married friends, November cky day!! At the Sweely Estate Winery Bridal Showcase, Jen will be photographing engagement portraits for 8 lucky couples! Proofs from the 15 minute shoot will be available online after the show and best of all you will receive a free (yes, you read correctly!) 5 x 7 print! Remember this is reserved for the first 8 couples to sign up so don’t wait – sign up now! Visit the website here for details and to register. Bonne chance and we’ll see you on November 1st!  Call 434.973.7185 to make your reservation now!

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Vendor Spotlight: Sam Hill Entertainment


SAM HILL ENTERTAINMENT ( is a full-service live music and band booking agency based in Charlottesville, VA. Founded in 1995, Sam Hill Entertainment books over 250 different live musicians and bands for all types of special events, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate parties, college concerts and community events. Thousands of happy brides and grooms have booked the music for their weddings with Sam Hill Entertainment all over Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic and throughout the Southeast. From Oldies to Contemporary, Rock’n’roll to Jazz, Soul to R&B, Bluegrass, Beach, Motown and more, Sam Hill Entertainment has the perfect music choice for any style or budget.

Sam Hill Entertainment will feature music by the following artists on Sunday, November 1st at Sweely Estate Vineyard:

Vernon Fischer –
Terra Vocce –
Matty Matcalfe (of the Skylark Jazz Combo) –

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Vendor Spotlight: Kimberla’s Bridal


Bridal fashion show and trunk sale….come see the beautiful fashions available at Kimberla’s Bridal and potentially take home the gown of your dreams!  All gowns featured at the show will be available for purchase at 35% off the regular retail price.  Come enjoy the show and take advantage of the savings…..






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Announcing the First Annual Sweely Estate Winery Bridal Showcase

Sweely Estate Winery to host its first annual bridal showcase on November 1, 2009 at Sweely Estate Winery


Madison, Virginia September 23, 2009 – Sweely Estate Winery announces that it will host the First Annual Sweely Estate Winery Bridal Showcase on November 1, 2009 at Sweely Estate Winery in Madison, Virginia.

The bridal showcase will host premier vendors in the Charlottesville Wedding industry.  The event is open to vendors by invitation only which allows the showcase to have only the best vendors and limit the number of vendors in each category.

Open to the public, the event will take place on November 1, 2009 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Sweely Estate Winery in Madison, VA.  Advance tickets are available for $10.00 per person and $12.00 per person at the door.  Early registrants have the opportunity to schedule a hair and makeup consultation with Face Value Studio and to have a complimentary engagement shoot by Jen Fariello on-site.  Early registration can be made by phone with Events with Panache at 434.973.7185.

Vendors at the bridal showcase will include photographers, wedding design, florists, lighting companies, entertainment companies, invitation design and event planners to name a few.  Prizes to be given throughout the event.  Kimberla’s Bridal Boutique will showcase a trunk show at this event, allowing attendees to actually view dresses and work with consultants on site.

Sponsors of the event are Sweely Estate Winery, Pat’s Floral Designs, Blue Ridge Light Forms, Jen Fariello Photography, Festive Fare, Charlottesville Radio Group and Events with Panache.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Jennifer Hamlin or visit

About Sweely Estate Winery:

Sweely Estate Winery sits at the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in Madison County, Virginia.  Breathtaking vistas, a reception hall that can be made to reflect their style, whether it be traditionally elegant, or more casual. And of course, world-class wine with a classic, old-world style of understated boldness and complexity, to complement food that is delicious and beautifully presented. Look no further!!   Sweely Estate Winery’s sweeping views of Virginia Wine Country and the elegance of The Vintners Room will provide the perfect setting for wine country weddings, rehearsal dinners, and any type of social event.

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Sweely Estate Winery Bridal Showcase

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Taking place at the beautiful Sweely Estate Winery, enjoy food, prizes, and the premier vendors in Charlottesville, VA.  This bridal showcase is by invitation only to vendors, which guarentees only seasoned wedding proffesionals and unique exhibitors at this show.  Take the opportunity to register early and secure a limited space for a complimentary bridal hair and makeup consultation.

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