Thank you for all of the love and support this little corner of the internet has received over the past several years. As friends and family members were getting married, their weddings fueled the inspiration for this blog. But as seasons of life change, my focus, along with those nearest and dearest, shifted away from the wedding planning stage and I began to neglect this blog.

I have decided to indefinitely retire Calligraphy by Shannon in an effort to pour my attention into my lifestyle blog The Scribble Pad where I will be merging past and future inspiration boards and parties. You will still be able to place orders for calligraphy, custom invitations, and hand stamped items through my etsy shop. And as always, you can stay in touch with me under my moniker, The Scribble Pad on my blog, etsy shop, facebook, and even twitter! I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.

2nd Anniversary - Part 3

I never imagines that posting about my 2nd Anniversary Celebration would be relevant, but the Home of James Monroe threw me a curve ball so here we are! (You can read about the rest of my anniversary weekend here!)

After a wonderful day spent at Tomas Jefferson's home on Monticello, "little mountain," Mark and I drove down the road to complete our day at the home of Jefferson's good friend, James Monroe - Ash-Lawn Highland. Now when you talk about modest living, this home was tiny! It served as a testament to how small Mrs. Monroe was (some say as short as 4'8") The grounds were beautiful! Here are a few of the photos we were able to capture despite of the rain:

Yes, that top right picture is the aisle of a wedding! Ash-Lawn Highlands is a beautiful property and they host weddings in an effort to raise money to preserve the history of this site! You can find out more about getting married at Ash-Lawn Highlands here. What amazed me was how many beautiful spots on this property could accommodate a ceremony. There is a large flat grassy area under a canopy of trees that would be perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour and lawn games. If you love history and are looking to get married in the Richmond/Charlottesville area of Virginia, I would highly recommend this beautiful site! Between outdoor areas, a pavilion, a barn and the flexibility to rent a tent, you can plan a day to suite your taste and wedding size with little trouble. I was amazed at how great this place would be for a wedding! It would certainly leave your guests with plenty to do and exlplore.

Mark and I had so much fun looking around this property. Though the house was small, we spend well over 2 hours just hanging out and enjoying the beautiful grounds and gardens.

Our evening was capped off by a wonderful dinner at Basic Necessities in nearby Nellysford, VA. this restraunt has partnered with local farms to ensure that they can provide meals made from local, seasonal, and pesticide-free fresh foods. They also have s how which provides a wide range of wines and cheeses. Mark and I couldn't have had more fun enjoying our meal and parusing the shop! We just wish we could have picked it up and moved it back to DC with us. We loved it! If you are ever near Nellysford, you should definitely plan a visit, or better, a meal.
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