Picture Perfect

If you’re in the mood to “virtually” attend a wildy romantic wedding, STOP, stay and read on…

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TSG Hunt Country’s own, Lucy Brown Armstrong recently photographed the wedding of Allessandra Brawn and Jon Neidich. So stunning was the affair (and accompanying photography), VOGUE is featuring the nuptuals in their October issue (in stores now). True to form, photographer Lucy Brown Armstrong brilliantly captures the essence of this picture perfect day.

The couple wanted their wedding in a romantic place far away. They settled on a friend’s historic Villa in Tuscany. Beautiful!

ce5f5e5d77ca7f1d4e6071b50010963a The dress. Peter Dundas, Creative Director, Emilio Puccci, was able to achieve every wish. Allessandra, tells VOGUE that while she does not consider herself to be “traditional” she wanted a traditional wedding dress silhouette. Sleeves and a long train where essential. So very STUNNING!

e5aa577f8d3f07a9b7301f71f09956a9 Because the mother of the groom is jewelry company, Sidney Garber the jewelry was another essential component. The understated, exquisite diamond pearl drop earrings (that her mother-in-law also wore on her wedding day) seemed the perfect choice.

b51d4a35b884c09b32fcb9caa253360f Jon and Allessandra took their vows before 400 guests at sunset under a giant stone pine next to the villa. Gorgeous!

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After the ceremony, guests were lead to a spectacularly staged reception. Two endless tables set in beautiful light and simple accent. Intimate, elegant and wonderfully romantic.

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104f9f12154dbf4ce6e9d98d620198d2 Our heart-felt congratulations to Allessandra and Jon! And, special thanks to Lucy Brown Armstrong for the stunning pictorial of the day’s events (and the front row seat it allowed this hopeless romantic).

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Pick up October’s VOGUE to see their full coverage of the day. And, see more of Lucy’s amazing portfolio at lucybrownarmstrong.com.

Happy Monday Everyone!

 

Lucy Brown Armstrong

Upperville, VA

540.592.3456

Oct
20
2014

October Loves

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1. Seasonal Planters:  Fall’s gorgeous colors and textures lend so many options this time of year. It’s the perfect time to celebrate nature’s bounty and get creative.

2. Layers: Other seasons have their perks but Fall has great style locked up. Gents get your layered look with Alex Cannon Sweaters and plaid shirt combos at Richard Allen Clothing, and a Bedale/Beaufort Barbor Jacket at Highcliffe Clothiers.

3. Hearty Soups: Nothing says comfort like a warm bowl of soup (loaded with fall flavor). Locke Store has Tomato Basil, Minestrone & Mexican Chicken Tortilla on their menu today. Turn this rain day into a cozy bowl of YUM!

4. Middleburg Film Festival – Middleburg will host the 2nd annual Middleburg Film Festival, October 30th – November 2nd. Last year’s featured films scored a combined 14 Oscar nominations, including “Nebraska’s” best picture nod. The 4-day affair hosts Q&A with legendary filmmakers, Panel Discussions, Master-Classes and of course the chance to see (before everyone else) some of this year’s “sure-to-be-most-talked-about” films! If you ever needed an excuse to spend 4 days in Middleburg, you have one now! Get your tickets and all the details at middleburgfilm.org

5. Pumpkin (EVERYTHING) –  If you’re as  pumpkin crazy as I am make your way to Middleburg Common Grounds.  Try MCG’s ”Taste of Fall” latte (with a dab of pumpkin spice) – DEVINE. Another must-taste is their featured local brew – “Fairgrounds Fall Ale” from Three Brothers, Harrisonburg, VA – too good!

6. Virginia Wine Month – October is dedicated to celebrating Virginia wine and Middleburg’s Boxwood Estate Winery is the perfect place to honor the vine! Truly delightful blends with bold, wonderful flavor! Add spectacular views and a staff dedicated to your best experience and you have a perfect Fall day in Virginia wine country!

7. DIY Costumes – You can always count on G. Whillikers in Warrenton for inspiration and loads of great props for your little trick or treaters! Enjoy & Happy Halloween!

Tell them SCOUT sent ya!

Oct
10
2014

Great Cause. Good Time. Show Stopping Style

Windy Hill Foundation Fashion Show

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The 13th annual Windy Hill Foundation Fashion Show is Friday, October 17th at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg.  A treasured tradition here in Hunt Country, the event promises a beautiful evening with friends, a 1st glimpse of some of this Fall’s most saught-after fashion – and (best of all) an opportunity to support one of our area’s most deserving causes.

The Foundation

In 1981 a very determined Middleburg citizen, Rene Llewellyn noticed a section of town that needed her attention. The hard-working residents of Windy Hill Road were living in poverty, lacking even the most basic modern amenities.  Mrs. Llewellyn set out to build her Windy Hill neighbors a safe and decent place to call home. Llewellyn raised $1 million dollars to purchase and rebuild 9 properties and the Windy Hill Foundation was on its way.

Today the Foundation has 67 safe, decent and affordable housing units in Middleburg and The Plains and (going far further than most programs of its kind), Windy Hill also offers its 140 some residents a full range of family services to ensure their continued success, including better healthcare, better education, and even inventive programs designed to offer Windy Hill’s children positive and motivating life-experience (like the sustainable garden project we got to photograph a few of those children tending to in our TSG Hunt Country Vol. #3).

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The Fashion Show

The annual Windy Hill Fashion Show is the foundation’s single most successful fundraising endeavor. Over the last 12 years the event has raised more that $600,000 for the foundation – and this year organizers hope to increase that total by another $150,000. The night will begin with cocktails as guest’s preview items up for bid in the silent auction. Next up, a formal, farm-to-table dinner orchestrated by Salamander Chef, Todd Gray, quickly followed be a LIVE auction (that always proves to be a wild ride). Finally, as dessert is served the main event begins – The fashion show is certain to delight, inspire and entertain all in attendance.

More than a dozen Middleburg Boutiques are participating in the show, including TSG Hunt Country’s own, Duchessa of Middleburg, Richard Allen Clothing, Highcliffe Clothiers, Tully Rector and TriCounty). On the runway – a “local who’s who.” (here’s a few pics from 2013 event, recognize anyone)?

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Don’t have your ticket yet?! There are a few seats left. You can order your tickets today online via windyhillfoundation.org.  Or, if you can’t make the October 17th event and want to help, the Foundation welcomes your donations, time and talent all year long.

Windy Hill Foundation

windyhillfoundation.org

540.687.3997

Oct
8
2014

Scouted: Inspiration

Lilla Ohrstrom, Youngblood Art Studio

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I’ve been fortunate to know Lilla Ohrstrom for some time and with every encounter I am further amazed by her talent, contagious curiosity and generous spirit. I sat down with this favorite local artisan and philanthropist to learn what’s inspired her journey and and what the future has in store…

The Artist & Her Work

1. What inspired you to become an artists and who has been your greatest influence. 

“I was asked to make a pinch pot in kindergarten and have loved sculpture ever since. There is something about touching and working with the Earth that is very powerful. Many artists have had an impact on my approach: Segal, Jackson Pollock to name a few, but my father Charles Matheson is my greatest influence. He has always encouraged us to pursue the arts or whatever fueled our creativity and curiosity.”

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 ”Many artists have Had an impact on my approach…but my father, Charles Matheson is my greatest influence. He has always encouraged us to pursue the arts or whatever fueled our creativity and curiosity.”

2. Can you take us through the process, from idea to art? 

” A piece will begin from feeling: sadness, loneliness, excitement, joy. I start at that place and see what evolves. I am never certain what will develop until it is finished. But, I also have work that is more intentional. For example, right now I am working on a series of ski sculpture. Depiction of feeling is still at the core. I am trying to capture not only movement of the skier but the rush, exhilaration of the experience. There is not a lot of sculpture available related to the sport, and it is so beautiful and emotive.”

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I am trying to capture not only the movement of the skier but the rush, exhilaration of the experience. There is not a lot of sculpture available related to the sport, and it is so beautiful and emotive.” 

 

The Philanthropist & Her Calling

It was clearly evident during our time together that Lilla’s most treasured pieces in her studio were those made by her students from A Place To Be - an inspirational “place” with one mission: to help people face, navigate and overcome life’s challenges using therapeutic arts.

3. You support many charitable causes, but I know A Place To Be in Middleburg has particular importance for you. Can you tell us about APTB and how you have been supporting their effort? 

“My son actually introduced me to A Place To Be, he had volunteered there and his enthusiasm was wonderful – I quickly understood and shared it.  APTB Director, Tom Sweitzer and his amazing staff work with children and adults to help them capitalize on their strengths. There is no talk of disability – it is all about focusing on ABILITY and these kids and adults have plenty of it. APTB produces musicals, plays, and I have been working with their art therapy program. It has been an amazing experience and I cannot say enough about how important and effective this organization is for so many.” 

 

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What’s Next…

Youngblood Studio will host Contemplating Peace this October. The show will not only feature Lilla’s work but also the wood work of Michael Heufelder and the introspective photography of Gomer Pyles. The artists will be at the show’s opening, Sunday, October 12 from 5-8pm to discuss their work and illuminate the topic. Certain to be an interesting and profound experience. Bonus: a percentage of proceeds will benefit the important work of A Place To Be.

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Plan to attend the exhibition this october and keep this talented artist and her cause on your radar. We will certainly continue to follow their work and look forward to endless inspiration to come!

 

Youngblood Studio

6490 Main Street, The Plains, VA 20198

540.253.5667

 

Oct
2
2014

Scouted Event: Locke Store Celebration

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Gas up the car and head to Millwood this weekend – it’s your chance to experience all the LOCAL goodness our favorite modern, country store has to offer: famously, delicious housemade foods; local goods; craft beers and superior wines.

A particular Locke Store favorite for this busy mom of 3 – Chicken Pot Pie! Farm-to-table goodness and sustainability is important, but we don’t always have the time to bring our best intentions to the table. The Locke’s Chicken Pot Pie is  a “clean-the-plate” favorite for everyone in my house (after you try a bite, it will be a “go-to” for your weekly dinner plan too).

Taste, fall in love, and find your inner Locavore at Locke Store THIS WEEKEND!

 

Locke Store

2049 Millwood Road

Millwood, Va 22646

540.837.1275

 

Sep
25
2014

SCOUT SPOTLIGHT: Tri-County

Not your ordinary Feed Store

TriCounty_HuntCountry2014_OFA8 I will never forget my first visit to Tri-County. It was love at first sight! I left that day with my 1st pair of Dubarry boots (an addiction that continues to this day), the TOMS my 11 year old had been craving for months, and a cozy bed for my 4-legged baby (a spoiled Rottweiler, named Razzie). Everything, carefully loaded in recyclable shopping bags! I was TRI-COUNTY-hooked!

The truth is, the feed store has been expanding its product offerings for years all in an effort to serve we locals better. I sat down with owners Bill & Jeri Jackson to get the full scoop on our favorite…”so-much-more-than-a feed store.”

1. Walk us through the early days. What was Tri-County like when it first opened in 1978?

“In the beginning, Bill said, I only sold livestock bedding. I would visit farms in the morning, and deliver what they needed at night. Soon my customer’s asked if I could deliver feed. So, I did. That is how every new product expansion has come to be at Tri-County. We listen to our customers and strive to meet their needs. It started with a desire to help people take care of their animals. We are still very dedicated to that principle today. After all, if you can find everything you need in one place – you have more time to spend with your horse – or do the things that you love.” 

(Here’s Bill in front of the 1st Tri-County with two satisfied customers. circa 1978).

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 ”It started with a desire to help people take care of their animals. We are still very dedicated to that principle today. After all, if you can find everything you need in one place – you have more time to spend with your horse…”                                       Bill Jackson, Owner, Tri-County 

2. How did Tri-County grow to be the 12,000 square foot experience it is today?

Bill’s reply, “We ran out of space! Our customers were loyal and coming back regularly to buy their fed, hay, bedding and supplements at our old location on Frost Street. But, they had to go elsewhere for equestrian apparel, footwear, tack and other things. We wanted to have everything they needed – and offer it in a place that was easy, comfortable and fun.” 

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AND OH WHAT FUN IT IS! Pics above are just a few of my favorite things spotted today…this adorable Patagonia shift, vest from Goody Rider, and his and her wool sweaters. LOVE!

3. The new store just celebrated its 7th anniversary. What will Tri-County look like seven years from now?

Jeri tell us, “We are always thinking of ways to enhance our “shop local” experience. On the feed side, we will continue to improve efficiency and variety of offerings. On the retail side, we’ll continue to bring on new lines we know our customers want. We just recently added Purdey and Beretta to great reviews and we will be adding Barbour and Filson in 2015. (and, for those traveling a bit to get to us…there may be a Tri-County Cafe’ in our future).”

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“We are always thinking of ways to enhance our “shop local” experience.”                                                       Jeri Jackson, Owner, Tricounty

4. What is the one thing in your shop every two-legged customer should own? And, what’s the must-have for those of the four-legged variety?

“Four-legged varieties, Jeri says they ALL deserve high quality nutrition, tasty treats, and a warm blanket or coat. For our two-legged customers we’ll always have quality apparel and footwear, original gifts for their loved ones, and chocolate!”

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5. When you are not at Tri-County, where are you?

Jeri said, “Our favorite past time is a quiet walk through Rectortown – there’s nothing like home. We also love to travel and often find ourselves researching new product lines for the store from abroad. We love bringing great finds from our travels home to hunt country.”

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So many reasons to love this local treasure! If you have never visited Tri-County, plan a trip soon. Be prepared…you too will be leaving with several (environmentally-friendly, recyclable shopping bags) – all loaded with great finds from the Feed Store!

Be sure to tell them…SCOUT sent you.

 

TRI-COUNTY: Feeds. Fashions. Finds.

7408 John Marshall Highway

Marshall, Virginia

540.364.1891

 

Sep
23
2014