New Proposal Ideas – Love Signs

by Georgia McGuire on August 10th, 2016

Once positive that your partner is the one, all that is left to do is pop the question. Some may feel pressured to propose in a creative and meaningful way. If this is the case, there is no need to look farther than a classic Virginia proposal, as this state is “for lovers”.

In 1969, this slogan first appeared in the July issue of Modern Bride magazine as the idea of lovers was an uprising trend among young adults at this time. The Vice President of Marketing at the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Diane Bechamps, said, “People just think it’s a fun and cool way of reminding people that vacationing is about the emotional bond that’s forged.” Diane later claims, “Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.”

If this message speaks to you, than perhaps it’s time to give one of the Charlottesville limo companies a call, buy a bottle of champagne, and road trip to a few of the LOVE signs artists have constructed across the state. Once arrived, one can enjoy a packed picnic lunch. At the moment there are 33 “LOVEworks” in the commonwealth of Virginia although the ultimate goal is to post 100.

As Richard Lewis of the Virginia Tourism Corporation once said, “It’s not just about doing the things you love, or going to the place you love, but sharing those experience with the people you love.”


Sign constructed using entwined vines. Located at Montfair Vineyards, Crozet VA

The original white LOVE signs were about six-foot tall and commissioned in 2011 but recently artists have become more creative. Wine barrels are used at the Cardinal Point Winery in Afton, Humpback Bridge in Covington uses a tree and a wagon wheel, and some may even see LOVE signs spelled out by hay bails in the country side. Two LOVEworks signs are in Verulam’s very own back yard as Afton is 30-45 minutes from the farm and the Lockn music festival in Arlington, VA, proudly displayed a sign in the fall of 2015 and has chosen to do so this coming year.

New After Party Wedding Trend – Silent Discos

by Georgia McGuire on September 1st, 2015


Photo Credit to Jen Fariello

Thanks to advancements in technology, Silent Discos have been on the rise kicking previous noise restraints out the door while allowing the after party to never end. Within a silent disco, the audience is asked to wear wireless headphones as an outlet for the music being performed on stage by a DJ.


Photo Credit to Jen Fariello

This creates a silent environment that is instantly brought to life as the DJ and audience slide on their ear buds and see the room in a different light. Originally created for music festivals, as they allow dancing to continue past noise curfews, these discos have proven to be convenient and fun in more ways than one – especially at a wedding party. This way of enjoying music encourages conversation and provides the freedom of personal choice. Not every guest at your wedding may appreciate fighting to get a word in over loud speakers, but with silent discos, one simply removes their headphones to enjoy conversing with loved ones without losing their voice. Although the original purpose of Silent Discos was for the audience to enjoy the same music, companies have begun to provide switches on the side of each device allowing the audience to choose from three or more channels. These channels are identified by color as the light on the side of the headphones change to match the station playing. With the help of silent discos, lovers of all genres are able to coexist on the same dance floor.  0043

Photo Credit to Jen Fariello

Silent Discos give each audience member the power to control volume, play music of their liking, and maintain steady sound quality despite one’s distance from the stage. Not only is this advancement in technology fun, but it says goodbye to noise restrictions and hello to a memorable event.

The Beginning

by Kennon Ibbeken on May 7th, 2014

Kennon Ibbeken

Verulam Farm

The Beginning

Hi. My name is Kennon Ibbeken and I am the Director of Special Events at Verulam Farm.  I am excited to join the blogging world and tell the story of Verulam; our weddings and events, the property, the horses, some tips to help plan your next event and so much more.  It is an exciting journey to enter into and I am glad you are coming along for the ride.

We began opening up the barn to private events when we held a charity event with The Subdues in 2010.  We filled the barn with party goers and raised money for a great cause.  The next year we did the same event with Delbert McClinton.  Soon after these events, we began getting inquiries for weddings, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners and the like.  We hosted our first wedding in June of 2012 and the rest is going down in the history books as we speak.

Our calendar of events is on the website listed under “Events”.  We keep a current schedule on the website so you, the client, can have up to date access at any hour of the day.

I encourage you to keep checking back on the blog as I will be updating information each week.

Please schedule an appointment to come by and visit the farm if you are interested in hosting an event.

We look forward to making many memories at Verulam!