The 2016 Charlottesville Design House opened this past Saturday! For those of you who don’t know, the proceeds from the Design House benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE), a local non-profit whose mission is to end domestic violence in our community. Now in its 7th year, the Design House is fortunate to have so many area designers donate their time and talent to this important cause.

As for Robert and myself, our connection to SHE goes back more than 20 years, when I first became a volunteer and then a full-time employee from 1995 to 1999. During the years I worked at the Shelter, Robert and I rented a cottage in Afton, VA and lived next door to our landlords. Heidi, Stephen and their teenage daughters became like family to us, and although we lost touch after we moved closer to town and they moved out of state, we were thrilled several years later, when Robert was asked to photograph the wedding of their oldest daughter, Justine. It was so wonderful to reconnect at the wedding and to introduce them to our daughter, Eden, who was just two years old. Imagine our shock several months later, when we received a call that Justine had been killed in a hit and run accident. Our hearts were completely broken.

The investigation into Justine’s death soon became national headlines and the story appeared on television programs like Primetime and Dateline. Local journalist, Courteney Stuart spent years covering the story for The Hook. In time we learned that Justine was not killed in a random hit and run accident. She was murdered by her husband of 6 months and in 2012 he was sentenced to life in prison. There are no words to adequately describe the devastation Justine’s family feels daily over the loss of their daughter/sister. She was loved deeply by her family, friends, colleagues and her little kindergarten students to whom she was a devoted teacher. The ripple effect of her tragic death is immense. Those of us who knew her, are changed forever by the knowledge that domestic violence can happen to anyone, of any socioeconomic status, of any race, and gender. It does not discriminate.

Programs like Shelter for Help in Emergency provide vital services to our community. For Robert and myself, our commitment to supporting the work of SHE became personal in ways we never expected.

For more information about the Design House, please click here: http://cvilledesignhouse.com/

For more information about Shelter for Help in Emergency, please click here: http://www.shelterforhelpinemergency.org/

Now, please enjoy this little sneak peek of the house. Robert spent two days there last week, photographing the beautiful rooms. You will only find vignettes here as we don’t want to give too much away! You’ll have to go yourself to see all the rooms in their full glory.   ~Lauren and Robert Radifera

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This past Saturday, Robert had the honor of photographing Kelsey and Drew’s wedding at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, VA. Kelsey just happens to be the event director for The Catering Outfit and we’ve known each another for a while now. With a crew of superstar vendors, I do believe that Kelsey and Drew had the wedding they’d been dreaming about. Did I mention that she works for a catering company? I had to add one picture of the chicken and waffle hors d’oeuvres that made the rounds during the cocktail hour. I heard that folks were lining up to hijack a plate as they emerged from the kitchen:)

Congratulations again to Mr. and Mrs. Harrell! We love you guys!  ~ Lauren and RobertRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyThe Superstar Vendor Team:

The Catering Outfit

Shindig Events

Panorama Farms

Southern Blooms

Top Knot Studio

Rouge 9 Makeup Studio

King Studios DJs

Blue Ridge AV and Lighting

Festive Fare

Sweet Sandies

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Heather and Greg’s fall wedding at Panorama Farms has been featured on Borrowed & Blue! Not only did they serve a delicious vegetarian meal, they had their guests vote on their honeymoon location (Costa Rica, New Zealand or Indonesia)! I’m pretty sure New Zealand won!

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Megan and Drew were married last May at King Family Vineyards. Their big day has been featured on Borrowed & Blue, and it was recently featured on the national blog The Knot. This was the first wedding of 2015 and it couldn’t have been better. With the amazing vendor team of Amore Events by Cody, King Family Vineyards, Favorite Cakes and Harvest Moon Catering, this day was flawless. Even Mother Nature decided to cooperate…check out those blue skies. Not only was this day beautiful, it was jam packed with emotion. Megan and her dad had a sweet father-daughter first look that made me get a little teary eyed! Make sure to scroll to the very end for some fun Q&A with Megan, and some behind the scenes pictures! Enjoy! ~ Lauren and Robert

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A little Q&A with our bride Megan!

What special songs did you dance to? Drew and I danced to George Strait, one of our favorites! My dad and I danced to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. He picked the song and I thought it was perfect! He didn’t get to make many decisions during the planning process, so I was happy to let him make that one 🙂

What were your favorite parts of the wedding day? My favorite parts of the day were walking down the aisle and seeing Drew for the first time, getting married (obviously!), and spending time and dancing with family and friends. It was a great party!!!

Were there any big surprises? No, thank goodness! Everything went smoothly on the big day thanks to Cody and her team.

Honeymoon adventures? We honeymooned in Anguilla (the British West Indies). It was the most perfect, relaxing week filled with great weather, food, and drinks.

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The Harvest Moon Catering team and Cathy Watkins of Favorite Cakes working hard to make sure the reception room is absolutely perfect.

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And a well-timed photo bomb by the one and only Cody, of Amore Events. Not only did she do the event planning for this wedding, she did ALL of the florals!

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Megan and Drew’s All-Star Team

Venue: King Family Vineyards

Planner: Amore Events by Cody

Flowers: Cody, because she is crazy talented!

Cakes: Favorite Cakes

Catering: Harvest Moon Catering

Rentals: Festive Fare

Sound/Lighting: MS Events

DJ: King Studios

Hair/Make-up: Emerge Salon

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As a baby shower gift, this family received a gift certificate for a full family portrait session! Long time clients of Roberts, their friends knew that they would love a sweet and casual portrait session in the comfort of their home once the baby arrive. Baby C’s big brothers and big sister are so in love with the newest addition to their family. Just look at how much love is in these pictures! Enjoy!   ~LaurenRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera PhotographyRobert Radifera Photography

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