The Knot – Fall/Winter 2016 issue

Up until a few days before our wedding I was writing local content for the The Knot’s fall/winter Mid-Atlantic issue. So, as you can imagine, I’m very excited to see this baby in print. Inside you’ll find inspiring D.C., Maryland, and Virginia real weddings, along with the latest and greatest vendors and venues. Go out and grab a copy off newsstands now. In the meantime, you can read up on some real wedding blog posts I’ve been writing for The Knot’s site. xo, Marissa

Recent stories + projects

Virginia Living March:April 2016 Cover

I’m a little way behind on updating my blog and posting about my stories. I’ve been busy with work, getting married, and traveling. And now, I’m finally finding the time to sit down and update my portfolio. [dramatic sigh]

I spent a good chunk of January writing and researching a large feature story for Virginia Living on the women who own/run the James River plantations. Several trips to Charles City, tours of their homes, and me pestering them while on vacation, etc., ended up as “The Tie That Binds” in Virginia Living’s March/April issue. It’s a comprehensive look at these gorgeous, historic properties, and all the hard work the families who own them put into restoring them. I found myself admiring these women — their dedication to history and their selflessness. Instead of keeping these plantations under lock and key, they are opening them up so all can learn from the past.

RHome Magazine March:April 2016 cover

Simultaneously, I was working on a story for R•Home Magazine on artist Nancy Mauck’s home in the Westham Ridge neighborhood. The story “Creative Expression” explores how she uses her aesthetic eye in the home. Here’s a little snippet that sums up the piece: “Much like her expressive paintings, artist Nancy Mauck’s home is dynamic. Thoughtfully blending styles and layering unexpected colors and materials, she has created a home that is a sophisticated work of art.”

Discover Richmond Spring 2016 cover

I had a blast writing about Virginia wine for the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s quarterly mag, Discover Richmond. I paired six excellent wineries across the state with unique area offerings. Think historic homes and outdoor adventures. Read the story here, and then grab all your friends and plan a fun weekend outing in Virginia’s wine country.

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Photo by Alex Tenser

Personally and professionally my mind has been lost in the wedding world. As I entered the final stretch of wedding planning for my own wedding, I started a new gig as a correspondent for The Knot, writing love stories for print and online. I’ve been writing a series of blog posts on real weddings for their website, and am currently writing stories for the fall/winter publication. Writing about love has allowed me to embrace my sentimental side. I’m a total sap and romantic at heart.

Here are a few other online pieces I’ve worked on recently:

For The Knot’s website:

A Romantic Winery Wedding at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia
A Fairy Tale-Inspired Wedding at a Private Residence in Waterford, Virginia
An Elegant Wedding at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C.
A Rustic Vineyard Wedding at Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia
An Elegant Pink Wedding at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

For Wedding Paper Divas’ website:

6 Unique Marriage Proposal Ideas
15 Ideas For Your Bohemian Wedding
Elopement Ideas For the Modern Couple

For Wine Country’s websites:

Shenandoah Valley Wineries: A Tasting Itinerary
Visiting The Shenandoah Valley: A Traveler’s Guide
A Perfect 2 Days Exploring Wineries near American Canyon
How To Have A Romantic Getaway in Sonoma County
A Zinfandel Lover’s Guide to Lodi

I have some fun travel story ideas brewing, so stay tuned! xo, marissa

New writing gig with The Knot

The Knot magazinesI’m excited as I start a new writing endeavor — working as The Knot’s DC/MD/VA correspondent. How coincidental and serendipitous is it that after immersing myself in the wedding industry for my wedding that I am blessed with this new gig? I’ll be writing real wedding content weekly for their website, along with stories for their biannual (spring/summer + fall/winter) print publication. I’m excited to be working with such a creative and brilliant team of women. Here’s to new chapters!
xo, marissa

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The Scout Guide: Lifestyle Stories

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For the past year and a half I have been copy editing THE SCOUT GUIDE‘s 60-some city publications. I love editing their issues, because it’s so much fun to see what is happening in my favorite cities — from my hometown of Naples, Fla., to my beloved Colorado mountain towns.

Recently I started writing lifestyle stories for The Scout Guide’s website. Here are a few fun pieces I’ve had the opportunity to work on.

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When planning a weekend in Washington, D.C., there are few people better to turn to for tips than The Scout Guide’s very own D.C. editor, Shelby Samperton. A third-generation Washingtonian, Shelby was born and raised, and even attended college, in the Capitol.

“I love D.C., and its always changing—especially now. There’s a resurgence in the city with new neighborhoods popping up,” she says. “There’s a new vibe, and I feel like even though I’ve lived here forever, there is always something new happening—I can barely keep up!”

From historic monuments to contemporary art galleries, fashion-forward boutiques to hot new restaurants, here are Shelby’s recommendations for where to go and what to do in D.C. now. READ MORE

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After moving to Philadelphia six years ago, THE SCOUT GUIDE PHILADELPHIA & THE MAIN LINE editor Angie J. Perry spent her time exploring the city while pushing her youngest child around town in a stroller.

“We shopped, we ate, we visited museums, we went to the farmers’ market,” she says, reminiscing on her first few months in her new home. “My family and I moved here in the fall, so for me the sounds of the leaves falling, the smells, the chill in the air—all remind me of my first adventures here. It’s my most favorite time of year!”

From the energizing hustle and bustle of downtown to the high-end shopping and dining in the suburbs along The Main Line, Philly makes for a lovely fall getaway. To send us on a weekend journey exploring the best restaurants, shops, and sights in the area, Angie put us in touch with mother-and-daughter duo Jackie Stephans and Avery McMahon, co-owners of THE VELVET SHOESTRING, a home furnishings consignment boutique in Wayne, Pennsylvania. READ MORE

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With her creative, inspiring touch, PAM HEAVNER has the power to bring spaces to life. Whether she’s restoring a historic home, designing a custom fabric, or fashioning a lush TERRARIUM out of an antique candy dish, Heavner has the power to make a space alive and exciting. READ MORE

Photos from The Scout Guide. Painting of Capitol available from Swatchroom via The Scout Guide Washington, D.C.

Story on the organic industry in Delicious Living

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I get to write a lot of fun stories about food and drinks and travel, which makes me happy. But lately I’ve been working to push myself out of my comfort zone with writing, and get back to reporting and research. I wrote a feature story about the organics industry for Delicious Living‘s September issue. It addresses the attacks on the organic industry, health benefits of organics, our ecosystem, and the future of organics (accessibility + affordability). I’m really proud of this one, friends! Read the story herecheers, marissa

Story in Plate Magazine’s July/August Issue

I wrote a very small story in Plate Magazine’s July/August issue, which focuses on how traditions shape America’s regional cuisine and how restaurants incorporate those traditions. I did a brief write-up for the food mag’s front-of-book section (aptly named Small Plates) on Maine cuisine, interviewing Chef David Levi of Portland’s Vinland.

Levi is truly talented, pushing culinary boundaries by sourcing everything within the state. He doesn’t use cane sugar, black pepper, lemons, or any ingredients from outside of Maine, and instead, uses his imagination and culinary prowess to craft some pretty amazing dishes. Think yogurt’s lactic acid instead of citrus, and parsnips for custards and breads. Levi is forging a new food frontier and redefining the farm-to-table philosophy. cheers, marissa

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RVA Fan story in Southern Living’s August issue 

I had the pleasure of writing a story on The Fan for Southern Living’s August issue. Three years ago, we came to Richmond and moved into a rambling and “charming” apartment in The Fan. What a perfect neighborhood to introduce us to Richmond, and convince us that this is the place to put down roots.

The story covers where to shop and grab a bite to eat in The Fan. Grab a copy of the mag. It’s on newsstands now! cheers, marissa

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Recent Richmond Restaurant Reviews

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Here’s a roundup of Richmond restaurant reviews from the past few months. From killer tamales at The Cultured Swine to doughnut burgers at Jack Brown’s and stellar wine at Enoteca Sogno, there are some awesome culinary happenings as of late.

The Cultured Swine — 3 stars — Jackson Ward

Sang Jun Thai — 3 stars — Downtown

GWARbar — 2 stars — Jackson Ward

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint — 3 stars — Libbie & Grove

Boka Grill & Growlers — 3 stars — Stratford Hills

Greenbriar Cafe & Coffeehouse — 3 stars — Fan

Estilo — 4 stars — Henrico

Buddy’s Place — 2.5 stars — Museum District

Enoteca Sogno — 4 stars — Bellevue

McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill — 2.5 stars — Henrico

Lulabelle’s Cafe — 3 stars — Near West End

To read more Richmond restaurant reviews, click here.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia travel story in Southern Living’s July Issue

southern living july 2015 coverGrab a copy of the July issue of Southern Living to read my little travel piece on where to shop and eat in Fredericksburg, Virginia. xo, marissa

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Charred cocktail stories in Plate Magazine

Plate_Burnt_CoverI wrote two stories about charred cocktails in Plate magazine‘s May/June issue. The stories feature Richmond’s The Roosevelt, Washington D.C.’s Del Campo, and Toronto’s Salt Wine Bar.

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