A Charlottesville Wedding Gift

About A Charlottesville Free Wedding Gift

Falling in love is cheap. Making it official, however, is anything but. That is why a group of our area’s most prominent wedding professionals have joined forces again for the fourth “A Charlottesville Wedding Gift” - a unique local charitable venture that will celebrate one lucky couple’s unique love story by giving them the wedding of their dreams at Early Mountain Vineyards on March 14, 2015.

Those interested in nominating themselves or another couple are being asked to submit a “love story” detailing why they deserve this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to launch their lives together courtesy of the best in the Charlottesville wedding business. Entries must be received by May 1st, 2014. All entries will be considered by a specially-selected panel of local judges and winners will be notified at the end of the May.


A Charlottesville Wedding Gift was the brainchild of local photographer Jack Looney. Prior to 2010’s wedding: “I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for some time,” Looney said. “And given these difficult times we find ourselves in, it has been on my mind more and more. I just thought, ‘What better time than now to give back than by helping a special couple enjoy the wedding they’ve always dreamed of?”

When Looney began floating the ideas to his colleagues in the wedding business, he was overwhelmed by all those who were looking to “pay it forward” in the same way, led by Lynn Easton of Easton Events, and Mark Hahn of Harvest Moon Catering. Together, they began assembling what has become an all-star roster of some of the premier wedding professionals in the region and ensuring that the winning couple need bring little more than their love to the table.

Previous donated weddings were at Mountfair Winery (2010), King Family Vineyards (2011) and Trump Winery (2013).

Judges & Previous Winners

Rev Claire Goodman | Sacred Ground Ceremonies
Stephanie Marie | The Fête Blog
Jeannine Lalonde Smith | Be Loved PR
Mark Hahn | Harvest Moon Catering
Ed & Gary | 2013 winning couple)
Briana & Ian | 2011 winning couple)
Myra Watkins | The Knot
Jaclyn Piermarini | Charlottesville Newsplex
Dani Antol | Rock Paper Scissors
Lisa McCade | McCade Design


You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
Dr. Seuss