A Totally Classic Black-Tie Wedding in Charlottesville

This Virginia couple went formal for their fall wedding — with absolutely stunning results

Updated 12/27/16

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Amanda Blair and Landon Davis III knew they wanted to get married in Charlottesville. “I went to the University of Virginia for undergrad, and have so many great memories in Charlottesville,” says the bride. “Landon and I also live just over an hour from the city, and we thought it would be the perfect place for a destination wedding — without requiring too much travel for our guests!”

With a destination in mind, they set out to find the perfect place for their timeless celebration, and loved the natural beauty and intimacy of Keswick Hall. “I wanted to be able to look back at our wedding photos in 30 years and not think they were too trendy,” says the bride of the couple’s vision for their big day. A white, champagne, and blush color scheme emerged, ideal for the black tie celebration the pair wanted. On October 10, 2015, 150 guests joined Landon and Amanda for the formal fête, planned by Donovan-Groves Events and photographed by Elisa Bricker.

Take a peek, below!

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Amanda’s gorgeous round diamond engagement ring was complemented with two delicately curved diamond bands, while Landon opted for a classic, shining gold.

The invitations set the scene for a formal evening, full of classic calligraphy and gold accents.

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Every bride needs a pair of fabulous shoes, and Amanda had a full Cinderella moment, donning silver glitter Christian Louboutin pumps that were a gift from her groom.

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Though Amanda started dress shopping in search of an extravagant, glamorous gown, she was shocked when the dress she chose was the complete opposite. “I wore a silk satin Suzanne Neville ball gown with a portrait neckline, dramatic double pleats, and a v-back,” she says. “My dad came dress shopping with me, and he told me it reminded him of something Audrey Hepburn would wear. When I put on a veil and looked in the mirror, I burst into tears!”

She accented the gown’s simple silhouette with a textured bouquet of Vitality white garden roses, Salmanazar coral roses, white Majolika heirloom garden roses, white astilbe, dusty miller, lisianthus, silver dollar eucalyptus, and jasmine vine.

“When I started planning our wedding, I originally wanted my bridesmaids in champagne dresses. I had a hard time finding what I’d envisioned, and then saw these black tulle Amsale dresses, with sheer v-neck straps. They were elegant, formal and perfect for fall,” says the bride.

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Landon and Amanda didn’t have a first look, and instead saw one another for the first time as she headed down the aisle with her father. “That’s my favorite memory from the whole day,” Amanda says. The couple had a traditional Episcopalian ceremony, with two arrangements of double-blossom gladiolas on either side of the altar and white astilbe and jasmine vine on the pews.

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Landon complemented Amanda’s gown in a classic Tom James tuxedo. “He loves to fly fish, so my uncle tied flies to attach to the boutonnieres,” says Amanda. Keswick Hall’s manicured grounds were the perfect backdrop for the couple’s totally classic portraits.

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Photo by Elisa Bricker

Inside the ballroom, tables were dressed in ivory embroidered linens and topped with a variety of low and tall arrangements of Salmanazar coral garden roses, white Majolika heirloom garden roses, white astilbe, cream lisianthus, cream orchids, eucalyptus, and jasmine vines. Place settings included gold-rimmed chargers and personalized menus that served as place cards.

Seared Diver scallops with vegetable provençal, Chesapeake Bay striped bass with potato gratin and lump crab, and roasted beef tenderloin with black truffle and Madeira jus were all on the menu for the evening.

Photo by Elisa Bricker

For dessert, the newlyweds cut into a four-tiered cake topped with cascading roses and eucalyptus. Alternating layers featured carrot cake and white cake with key lime filling. “Landon also loves iced cookies from Mrs. Fields, so we had cookie sandwiches with icing centers as a surprise for him,” Amanda describes.

Photo by Elisa Bricker

The pair shared their first dance to “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice, performed by their band, Jukeboxx. “They played a wide variety of music to appeal to all ages and get everyone on the dance floor,” the bride remembers.

“I highly recommend getting a great wedding planner,” says Amanda. “That way you can really enjoy the planning process!”

Ceremony Venue: Grace Episcopal Church || Reception Venue & Catering: Keswick Hall || Wedding Planner: Donovan-Groves Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville, purchased at Traditions by Anna || Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Hair: Lucas Shaffer || Makeup: Molly Lowry || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Attire: Tom James || Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Engagement Ring: Jason of Beverly Hills || Wedding Bands: Rhudy's || Invitations: Betty Kelly's Gift Shop || Additional Paper Products: Heather Belle Ink || Music: East Coast Entertainment || Cake: Favorite Cakes || Photographer: Elisa Bricker

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