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Angelica Laws
 
June 24, 2017 | Angelica Laws

Ben Wins!

June 24th was a significant day for many reasons. Our wine maker and our wedding coordinator celebrated their birthdays and we celebrated the marriage of Winston and Ben! Everyone rolled in that Saturday in high spirits and they continued on throughout the day and well into the night.

The vineyard was this couple’s ceremony location of choice and it was perfect for their sunny summer day. They shared their vows with one another and proclaimed their love with their families and friends present. After that, the adventure truly began!

Signage has been trending in the weddings world as of recent, and I think it’s safe to say Winston and Ben following right along with this one (and then some)! Take a look at their massive welcome sign. It was almost as tall as me! We had to take a picture of it next to me for the comparison.

Another massive part of their wedding was their wedding party. They believed the more the merrier when it came to their group! They had an impressive lineup, all of which helped bring “Benston” together for their happily ever after.

 

Thank you to the following vendors!

Wedding coordinator, Allison Mays. Catering, Harvest Moon Catering. Photography, J&D Photography. Florist, Hedge Fine Blooms. DJ, John Garland. Officiant, Alex Evans. Desserts, Cakes by Rachel. Transportation, A Goff Limo. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Rentals, MS Events.

 

Click Here to see the professional photos from J&D Photography!

Time Posted: Jun 24, 2017 at 11:33 AM
Angelica Laws
 
June 18, 2017 | Angelica Laws

Seven Years Strong

We shared our Father’s Day with Kailie and Daniel as they were married here at the vineyard. This couple were high school sweethearts and had been together an impressive 7 years! On the 18th of June we were there as the two became one with their marriage.

Kailie and Daniel had bright colors for their beautiful spring day. Their coral colored accents were perfect to brighten up their day. They kept the trend going throughout different areas of their wedding with their homemade décor. We love seeing our couples get crafty with their wedding day décor. It further personalizes their wedding day and make it beautifully unique to them!

After the couple symbolically blended their sand during their ceremony, the group was ready for cocktail hour around the corner on the East Lawn. Guests were encouraged to share their photos on Instagram with their cleverly crafted hashtag before they found their table and headed to the reception. Dinner was served, cake followed, and this bunch became another one of Keswick Vineyards happily married couples!

Congratulations to Kailie and Daniel and thank you to our vendors!

 

Event coordinator, Jessica Brady, Terri Rogers, and Kelly Caldwell. Catering, Pumpernickel Pickle. Photographer, Ray and Karina Perez. Videographer, Clarissa Auila. Hair and Makeup, Leah. Florist, DIY. DJ, Greg Tutwiler. Desserts, Sweethaus. Officiant, Josue Vazquez. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Rentals, MS Events.

 

 

Time Posted: Jun 18, 2017 at 10:46 PM
Angelica Laws
 
June 17, 2017 | Angelica Laws

A Divine Divide

What happens when you have a more intimate guest count? The answer is options!

Gelmi and Dave were married here on Saturday, June 17th with a more intimate guest count of just around seventy. It was the magical number that allowed for them to have some fun with the layout for their reception. With their smaller size they decided to have a little fun. The couple divided the Sperry tent and had one side be for formal dinner seating while the other had elegant Paisley & Jade couch sets that created conversational areas for everyone to enjoy.

Their dinner tables were beautiful! They preferred long “King’s” tables versus round tables for dinner seating. This gave the tent an even more royal and regal feel which, as you can see, was a wonderful compliment to the tent ceiling’s natural lining. Each table had rich ivory linens, lush garland, and (of course) plenty of candles! The comfortable seating allowed for guests to take some time off of their feet and relax even more while soaking in the amazing views Keswick Vineyards has to offer. They were enjoyed not only for their reception, but during their cocktail hour as well!

We love when our couples mix it up with us here and the vineyard, and Gelmi and Dave did just that!


Thank you to the following vendors for all of your help!

Wedding planner, Jazmin with Anyvent. Caterer, Travinia Italian Kitchen. Photographer, Allegra Studios. Hair, Amanda McCoy. Makeup, Makeup by Ravishing. Florist, Colonial Florist. Rentals, MS Events & Paisley & Jade. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. DJ, DJ Stroud. Musicians, Piedmont Chambers Players. Officiant, Father Jim. Desserts, Pearls.

 

Time Posted: Jun 17, 2017 at 1:04 PM
Angelica Laws
 
June 11, 2017 | Angelica Laws

Newlywed Ninja

We married a celebrity here at Keswick Vineyards! Our Ninja Warrior contestant, Mike, married his dream girl, Lauren, on June 11th.

Being all the way from California, they knew they wanted to incorporate many unique ideas to their vineyard wedding so that their friends and family were attending a one of a kind event. Having spent time in France, the couple decided to give a nod to the Pont des Arts (Paris’s Lock Bridge). At the lock bridge, couples write their names on locks, seal them on the bridge as a commitment to love, and then throw away the keys in the river below. Lauren and Mike featured a mini version of it at their wedding!

After a successfully sunny ceremony, guests were ready for the reception and Lauren and Mike were ready to make their grand entrance as husband and wife. Instead of doing a traditional first dance, this singing couple decided on a “first song”. They took to the dance floor and sang their first song together in front of the ones they loved the most. Later on in the night, Mike surprised Lauren with a special song he’d written just for her!

The Cozy Caravan Club made an appearance for their first time ever at Keswick Vineyards and whipped up homemade cotton candy as a late night treat. Guests loved their creative flavors and we were able to capture some cute photos of Mike and Lauren enjoying their first taste!

Big congratulations to our newlyweds. Enjoy your honeymoon in Switzerland!

 

Wedding coordinator, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Catering, Pumpernickel Pickle. Photographer, Caressa Rodgers Photography. Videographer, Simon Cook Films. Hair & Makeup, Georgetown Bride. Florist, Southern Blooms. DJ, The Dapper DJ’s. Desserts, Cozy Caravan Club. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Rentals, MS Events. Photo Booth, Photo Booth of Charlottesville. Officiant, Terry Swenson. Desserts, Sweet Fix RVA.

Time Posted: Jun 11, 2017 at 9:38 PM
Angelica Laws
 
June 9, 2017 | Angelica Laws

Keep It Simple Silly

Nicole and Andy are the pair that make you re-believe in love if you’ve forgotten about it recently! These two have a long history together and we were able to share their day with them celebrating on June 9th.

During our planning meetings prior to the big day, one thing quickly became the theme: a garden wedding. They wanted to showcase the beautiful scenery we have here at Keswick Vineyards and accentuate it with lush florals. Keeping it simple was easy and created a very elegant look!

We especially loved their handmade cross that became the focal point of their ceremony. The bride’s father beautifully constructed this 8ft structure and it was beautifully dressed with flowers by Lacy’s Florist.

Guests wandered around the property after Nicole and Andy’s ceremony and enjoyed the views with drinks in hand. Keswick Vineyard’s wine was, of course, the show stopper but their signature cocktail also became a huge hit! The groom, being Austrian, had a special Austrian jugo (meaning juice) to share with their guests during cocktail hour. It was a refreshing treat for a June day.

The night continued, dancing and photo booth fun was had and at the end guests were sent off with full bellies and a sweet treat made by Cakes by Rachel! Overall, the day was one huge success!


Event coordinator, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Caterer, Roadside Chive. Photography, KNH Photo. Photo booth, SillyShotz PhotoBooth Company. Florist, Lacy’s Florist. DJ, T.D. Layman. Desserts, Cakes by Rachel. Officiant, John Bates. Rentals, MS Events. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company

Time Posted: Jun 9, 2017 at 7:56 PM
Angelica Laws
 
June 3, 2017 | Angelica Laws

A Dapper Duo

What happens when you combine the beautiful Keswick Vineyards and a stylish couple? The answer is Lauren and Derek’s wedding! On Saturday, June 3rd we welcomed the extremely dapper Derek and his lovely fiancé Lauren as they married here on a very perfect June day.

Being the owner of a tailored suit company in Charlottesville called Tailored Quest, we knew that the details of their affair would be ones to be remembered. We were in awe of the groom having a wardrobe change mid wedding, but that was just one surprise! The groom assembled a handmade pergola for their ceremony with a beautiful crystal chandelier suspended above them both as they said their “I do’s”. The structure was massive and helped frame their vineyard ceremony beautifully.

Lauren and Derek are both military. With that being said, they’re world travelers as well! For their guestbook they had their guests sign a globe for them to display in their home together. To continue along with their travel theme, guests found their seats by searching for the state they traveled from on the U.S. map. Once they found their home state, they’d find their name and which table to go to for reception. Clever!

When guests finally made their way to the reception, they were not disappointed. Lauren and Derek decked the tent out with bistro lights, draping, and (yes) another chandelier! It was a show stopper for sure. They ate, drank, and were merry and then it was time for toasts. Lauren and Derek brought Prosecco from their recent trip to Italy together and took part in their first Prosecco Tower pour as husband and wife. I must say…they nailed it!

Thank you to our vendors for helping send these travelers off to their honeymoon right!

 

Event coordinator, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Wedding planner, KEH Designs. Catering, Harvest Moon Catering. Photography, Celestial Sights. Florist, Floral Images Design Studio. Rentals, Paisley & Jade. Lighting and Drape, Skyline Tent Company. Desserts, Maliha Creations. Hair & Makeup, The Spot Beauty Shop. Transportation, A&A Limousine. DJ, DJ Fit. Officiant, Gay Lee Einstein.

Time Posted: Jun 3, 2017 at 1:03 PM
Angelica Laws
 
May 28, 2017 | Angelica Laws

For the Love of Chocolate

It all started with a shared piece of chocolate cake for Amber and Felipe (Lady and the Tramp style). They met on a Euro-trip with friends and after hour six of them meeting for the first time the rest was history!

On Sunday, May 28th we were able to take part in their special day. We learned about their love for chocolate, their passion for mac and cheese, and got a little back story on how this couple got to where they are today. While in Europe, everyone from the trip bought a bottle of wine in Italy and vowed to save it until the group was able to get together again. Well, the groom kept this promise. It was 5 years ago that they took their trip and Felipe brought with him the bottle of wine he’s been saving until the group was able to come back together. “There was something special about this girl,” he said. With a little speech to their guests about the significance of the wine, they then all toasted to Amber and Felipe’s love with the beautifully aged red he saved for this very moment.

Wine aside, there were many other special touches that made this day so wonderful. They had a beautifully decorated “Beauty and the Beast” inspired chandelier hung above the dance floor, elegant farm tables to create their head table, a wide assortment of spectacular desserts, and the forever-famous antique car that swept them away at the end of the night!

Well done gang! Another one in the books.

 

Event coordinator, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Catering, Roadside Chive. Photographer, C.Tyler Corvin Studio. Florist, Hedge Fine Blooms. Rentals, MS Events. Lighting & Chandelier, Skyline Tent Company. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine. Hair & Makeup, Avenue 42. Desserts, Sweet Fix RVA. DJ, Dennis Payne. Musician, Virginia Schweninger. Officiant, Allen Slifer.

Time Posted: May 28, 2017 at 5:51 PM
Angelica Laws
 
May 27, 2017 | Angelica Laws

#FerissaForever

9 years together and a year and a half of planning lead us to Larissa and Fern’s wedding on Saturday, May 27th. This couple was full of life, full of joy, and most importantly full of love. Throughout the planning process the couple and Keswick continued to develop a closer relationship. They’re the type of people whose energy is contagious, so it’s hard not to fall in love with them! They radiated even more of this energy on their wedding day and we were so thankful to have celebrated with them!

Celebration was certainly the right word for them. This group was ready from the moment they stepped onto the property and the fun continued well into the night! The vineyard was the focus of their ceremony and it could not have been any more perfect. In true “Fern fashion” he decided to set the tone off right and lead him and his groomsmen down the aisle for a grand entrance! The music was changed, the guys were signaled, and they strut down that aisle and made quite the impression!

There were more surprises throughout the night. This group was full of them. After a beautiful cocktail hour, they were ready for reception. Dinner was served. Guests ate and were merry. But, what’s a party without an opening act? When the couple was ready for their first dance they took their places on the dance floor. They started with their traditional slow first dance song and midway switched into what quickly became the theme song of the night……Despecito! Fern and Larissa surprised the crowd with a choreographed dance to everyone’s favorite song. They ended with Fern spinning her around for one final twirl and then they invited everyone on the dance floor to continue the fun!

Sweet Frog made an appearance at the end of the night with their soft serve frozen yogurt truck and left our #ferissaforever party on the sweetest note.

 

Thank you to our amazing team who helped pull off yet another spectacular event!

Event coordinator, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Catering, Harvest Moon Catering. Photographer, Nikki Santerre Photography. Videographer, Ian’s Creations. Hair & Makeup, The Spot Beauty Shop and Top Knot Studio. Photo Booth, MoxBox. Florist, Hedge Fine Blooms. Officiant, Francisco DeJesus. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Rentals, MS Events. DJ, Ryan Keresy. Desserts, Sweet Frog

Time Posted: May 27, 2017 at 6:26 PM
Angelica Laws
 
May 20, 2017 | Angelica Laws

It's all in the Details

When you focus on the details, you can turn something seemingly ordinary extraordinary. Dana and Curt were married here over UVA’s graduation weekend at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, May 20th. Their wedding was full of well thought out and carefully crafted details that heightened their wedding elements into ones that were exceptionally editorial.

From start to finish their wedding was a show-stopper. For their ceremony, they chose Keswick’s classic panorama location, which gives guests a taste of everything that Keswick has to offer. While guests are seated for ceremony they have sweeping views of the Estate, our fountain, our Viognier growing in the vineyard, and the mountains.  It’s a view that truly never gets old!

After Dana and Curt's ceremony completed, guests were ushered to cocktail hour where they were greeted with A Pimento’s catering staff offering a variety of classic cocktails and Keswick’s refreshing white and red Virginia wines. This couple decided to have their bar be a statement piece for their cocktail hour. We loved the rented wooden bars from MS Events. Three separate bars were grouped together to make one gigantic bar for this wedding. They were displayed beautifully underneath of our nearly 315 year old oak tree!

Once cocktail hour was over, everyone was lead underneath of the reception tent and the "oo's" and "ah's" came flooding! They decided to mix in some rented square tables with our regular inventory and swap out our fruitwood chiviari chairs for their rented cross back chairs, which looked stunning! Combining different shapes of tables helped make the reception space more intimate and cozy for their family style meal.

We want to wish Dana and Curt a very big congratulations from the Keswick team! Our vendors were phenomenal in making their wedding day so memorable!

 

Event coordinator, Windy Jennings with LK Events & Design. Catering, A Pimento Catering. Photographer, Shannon Moffit Photography. Florist, Foxtail Cottage Floral. DJ, Derek Tobler. Rentals, MS Events. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Videographer, Amanda Finn Videography. Transportation, Camryn Limousine and A Goff Limousine. Officiant, Mala Cunningham. Desserts, Maliha Creations and The Pie Chest.

Time Posted: May 20, 2017 at 6:49 PM
Angelica Laws
 
May 13, 2017 | Angelica Laws

Go Dukes!

With a couple like Jamee and Tripp who have been together for nearly 10 years, there are bound to be a countless amount of memories made. On Saturday, May 13th we helped them make even more!

We celebrated both their marriage and Keswick’s new German Shepherd puppy that day! The couple couldn’t wait to take a photo with him. It was such a cute moment. The bride knew she had to get her puppy hugs right after she walked down the aisle!

It was clear that this group was well loved, with close to 200 guests and a bridal party of twenty we had a full house. As it turns out, a great deal of them went to college together at JMU (go Dukes!) We quickly found this out early on in the day when the group took great action shots with purple and yellow streamers in the back of the house. Later on in the night, we found out that’s where Tripp and Jamee’s love story originally began.

During cocktail hour and reception Keswick’s award winning wines were featured beautifully at the bar in a way we’ve never seen before. Take a look at the awesome light up display done by Blue Ridge Catering! We’ll definitely be remembering that for future recommendations for our weddings to come.

After an amazing “home” cooked meal by Blue Ridge Catering they were ready to get the party started. With a group this size, you know there had to be some characters hiding in the crowd. Toasts were said and formal dances were had and then….the music changed! The groomsmen joined Tripp and his mother after their mother/son dance and surprised everyone with a choreographed routine! From there, the bridesmaids followed in tow and the rest of the guests quickly made their way onto the dance floor as well. It was the perfect way to get the dancing started and let the good times roll!

 

We couldn’t have done it without our great team. Thank you to the following:

Event coordinator, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Caterer, Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering Co. Photographer, Kristen Garten Photography. Desserts, Buttercream Dreams. DJ, T.D. Layman with Sound Enforcement DJ Service. Florist, The Flower Center. Musicians, Perfect Harmony String Ensemble. Officiant, Laura Dascher. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Transportation, Blue Ridge Tours. Rentals, MS Events. Hair & Makeup, Cadie Eye with The Hairstyling Shop.

Time Posted: May 13, 2017 at 10:55 PM