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Angelica Laws
October 19, 2016 | Angelica Laws

Meet the McCarthys!

Over ten years ago, back in my hometown of Herndon, VA I met the bride. Her name is Tean. Tean was friends with my older sister and I was friends with her younger brother. We all went to high school together and have years worth of memories. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a decade later we’d all reconnect at the beautiful Keswick Vineyards where I’d then be helping her plan her wedding to the love of her life, Kevin!

Kevin and Tean were married on Friday, October 14th. With our close ties to one another they, of course, hired us to be their day of coordinators! Just as all of our couples know, they knew that we’d take care of them and help make their wedding dreams a reality.

Tean and Kevin have been together for 8 incredible years. During those eight years they’ve had time to make memories and develop a deep and forever bond. As part of their marriage ceremony they wanted a way to symbolize just that, their deep and forever bond. They decided that the perfect way to do so would be to incorporate a wine box ceremony into their wedding day.

During wine box ceremonies, each couple is tasked with hand-writing a letter to one another.  After exchanging their vows to one another, the couples seal away their letters into a box that contains one bottle of wine. You are to open that bottle of wine on your 1st, 5th or 10th anniversary and enjoy the wine while reading those letters.  But, if before that, you hit a rough patch in your marriage, you are to open that box, have some wine and read those letters to remind each other why you fell in love with each other. Reading the words that were written for you by the love of your life on your wedding day will get you through that hump and bring you back to one of the happiest days of your life.

You’ll then remember what is the most important. Each other. You’ll forget the silly little argument you two had and remember the reason why you vowed “for better or for worse”.

Tean and Kevin, we are so fortunate to have been able to share that day with you both. Best of luck to you both, many happy years, and (hopefully) decades until you feel the urge to crack open that sealed box of wine!


Day of coordinator, Keswick Vineyards. Caterer, Harvest Moon Catering. Photography, Jessica Smith Photography. Officiant, Claire Goodman with Sacred Ground Ceremonies. DJ, Chris Rice with Music Makes You Happy Entertainment. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Hair & Makeup, Ashley & Leah. Florist, Hedge Fine Blooms. Desserts, Ashley Soloman.

Time Posted: Oct 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Angelica Laws
October 8, 2016 | Angelica Laws

Hurricane Matthew

Anyone who turned on the news knew that Hurricane Matthew was approaching. For all of Charlottesville, wedding professionals were also playing storm watchers in anticipation of their weekend’s weddings. In preparation for our upcoming wedding on Saturday, October 8th, that is exactly what Keswick Vineyards was doing!

Despite the pending hurricane, you could not keep the smiles from Kari and Harrison's faces. This storm definitely did not damper their moods. They relished in the fact that they were finally getting married (after having booked with us over two years ago!) They had the right attitude and that is what's most important!

With the misty and unpredictable weather forecast, the couple decided to make the best of what they had to work with and divided the tent. In doing so, they created a warm and intimate environment on what could've been a very dreary day. Half of the tent was sectioned off for the ceremony. They were able to have full church style seating on one half of our Sperry tent with their guests facing towards the vineyard. How beautiful! The other half of the tent was designated for formal dinner seating. Dividing the tent in the way they did brought a cozy element to their wedding that I'm sure guests weren't expecting on such a temperamental weather weekend. Let's just say they proved them wrong! Their layout and perfectly fall decor definitely kept the chill away from the storm.

After the weather cleared, Kari and Harrison were able to go out into the vineyard and capture beautiful photos! Storms don't stay around long here with the mountain helping to break up those less than favorable weather patterns. With the weather cooperating so much, even one of our vineyard cats Indy decided to join the couple and their wedding party for some photo fun! The couple remembered one of our other vineyard cats, Scraps, from back when they first toured the property. Seeing Indy during their photos was a nice surprise to these cat lovers! They loved having both Indy and Scraps present on their wedding day.

The moral of the story is this...with the right attitude greatness is achieved! Congratulations again to Kari and Harrison!


Catering, Roadside Chive Catering. Photography, William Walker Photography. Videographer, Hoopla Media Studios. Rentals, MS Events. Florist, Whimsical Floral Design. Hair & Makeup, Avenue 42 Salon. DJ, Andy Wilfong. Desserts, Favorite Cakes. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Officiant, Robb Jacobson. Transportation, A Goff Limousine & Bus Company.


Time Posted: Oct 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM
Angelica Laws
October 7, 2016 | Angelica Laws

Let's Get This Party Started!

This wedding weekend we started off with the marriage of Liz and Scott on Friday, October 7th.  Often times with our couples, Friday weddings can seem tough and not feasible with family and friends traveling from all corners of the world.   In retrospect, it can be quite the opposite!  One of the best part about getting married on a Friday is that you and your guests have the rest of the entire weekend to enjoy the surrounding beauty of Charlottesville.  There are so many iconic sights and scenes to explore that your guests will thank you for it in the end.

Liz and Scott’s Friday wedding at Keswick Vineyards brought along quite the crowd. They had an impressive guest count of 150, which shows that no matter what day of the week you land at a beautiful location the ones you love will attend!

As with all marriages, you can’t go on without a little support. For their ceremony the couple asked their guests to join them in a prayer circle. The prayer circle was asking their guests to pray together for the happiness and success of their marriage. It was the perfect way for them to soak in the reason why they were together that day and to have them enter married life with the strength and support of their loved ones backing them up.

After that…it was party time! During cocktail hour they had one of their friends sing and play guitar. We all really enjoyed the energy and life he brought to that hour! We can’t wait to have him come back to the vineyard again. He sent guests off to the reception with the ever-famous “Hey Jude” and then it was time to eat!

Once their bellies were full of good food and great wine, the party really started. Liz and Scott hit the dance floor with gigantic cut outs of their faces encouraging guests to follow them. They were a gift from the best man and everyone took turns using them as props on the dance floor. They were definitely a dancing crowd and the dance floor stayed full all night!

Some dessert and a sparkler send off later and that’s a wrap! Congratulations to you both! You hosted a great wedding worthy of remembering!


Day of Coordinator, Olivia Nguyen. Catering, Hanks Smokehouse. Photography, Christian Agha Photo. Florist, Amy Watson. Rentals, MS Events. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Hair & Makeup, First Look Artistry. Musician, Bennett Wales. DJ, Black Tie Entertainment. Transportation, City of Charlottesville and Camryn Limousine. Officiant, Sharon Erb.


Time Posted: Oct 7, 2016 at 8:02 AM
Angelica Laws
October 1, 2016 | Angelica Laws

Hillary & Peter

"A parade without a march leader is a mob; an orchestra without a director is noise and a circus without a ring leader is random chaos!" These words came from one of the many amazing vendors who helped to make Peter and Hillary's wedding day one of the best we've had this season.  For this wedding, Meghan Streit  was all of the above. She was the leader, the director, and the ring leader who beautifully crafted and coordinated one heck of a shindig!

On Saturday, October 1st all of the hard work, planning, and coordination that took place for the past year for Hillary and Peter went live. All of details that had been schemed, hammered out, and conceptualized were brought to life and together they helped to make this day one of the absolute best days in Hillary and Peter's lives.

It's hard to even know where to begin when you have so many glorious and gorgeous details. For simplicity, I say we start from the beginning! Meghan and her team got to work early with help from The Catering Outfit and set up a brunch buffet for the girls in the bridal suite. The spread was complete with Keswick Vineyard's newest sparkling wine as the perfect pop to start them off and an arrangement of fresh juices, fruits, and cheeses to send these bridesmaids into hair and makeup bliss. The guys weren't forgotten either. Hillary wanted to make sure that her guy and his guys had the perfect day as well. She planned a beer tasting for them in our man’s cave, which included beer and snack pairings of some of Peter's favorite beers. The guys loved the surprise and relished in both the beer and the snacks!

After a relaxing morning and early afternoon of pre-wedding fun, the couple was ready for their ceremony. They incorporated a wine blending into their ceremony, which is always a vineyard wedding favorite. Hillary and Peter shared their “I do’s” and then sent their guests off to enjoy cocktails and appetizers around Keswick’s big oak tree. It was important to them that they kept their guests happy and entertained while they snuck off to take photos, so they made a little scavenger hunt out of their guest’s table assignments! Each guest had their own copper Moscow Mule mug (their signature cocktail) with their names tied in ribbon and suspended from the trees. In order to find out what table they were at for the reception they had to go on a hunt to find the mug with their name on it. Guests loved it!

As if the moments leading up to the reception weren’t enough, even more attention was put into the reception. Take a look for yourself! There was not a corner of the tent left untouched when it came to designing the most picture perfect reception for Hillary and Peter. Everything from the farm tables to the florals were nothing short of breathtaking. Focus on the florals. Take a look, and then look some more. Southern Blooms went wildly above expectations and arranged some of the most beautiful florals we have ever seen! One of the focal pieces for their floral design was suspended above the head table. An old wooden ladder was decorated and adorned with stunning rich fall florals and stretched almost the entire length of their head table. Personally, I had never seen anything quite like it before but I certainly hope this won’t be the last time something that majestic makes its way underneath of our Sperry tent!

With the energy and the ambiance just right, we were all well off to a great start! The night continued with dinner, dancing, and late night donuts. (You can’t go wrong with donuts!)

For us, this was an incredible wedding for many reasons. It was amazing to watch the transformation and progression throughout the day, but it was even more rewarding to see the reactions and the faces of pure joy and happiness from all guests and…..most of all…the couple!  

Congratulations to you both, Hillary and Peter. Marriage has started out for you nothing short of first class and we hope it continues that way for all of your years to come!


Wedding planner, Shindig Weddings & Events. Catering, The Catering Outfit. Photographer, Jen Fariello Photography. Rentals, Festive Fare. Florist, Southern Blooms. Hair & Makeup, Rouge 9 and Top Knot Studio. Desserts, Albemarle Baking Co. and Carpe Donut. DJ, John Garland. Musicians, Encore String Quartet. Transportation, Camryn Limousine and Albemarle Limousine. Stationary, Sue Corral Ink. Officiant, Phil Gates. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company.


Time Posted: Oct 1, 2016 at 6:45 AM
Angelica Laws
September 30, 2016 | Angelica Laws

Where there's a will there's a way

We loved the energy that Lauren and Brian brought every time they came to visit in preparation for their wedding. You could tell during each visit how excited and happy they were to be getting married at their dream wedding venue! When the big day was coming around the corner and the forecast was acting less than predictable, the positive energy never left them. They knew that no matter what, rain or shine, their wedding day would be picture perfect…and it was!

We planned for all scenarios and were ready to make moves for all weather conditions. When you have a great venue and vendor team to have your back, all situations are stress-free and beautiful! Just take a look at Lauren and Brian’s faces for proof. You couldn’t wipe the smiles from their faces and nothing was going to put a damper on their day.

During her planning process, the bride had a very specific vision for her reception. One word. Wreaths! I remember her bouncing this idea on me several months before her wedding trying to hammer out the logistical aspects of hanging them. Through much deliberation, back and forth, and coordination a plan was developed and the wreaths went up on wedding day! Their wedding planner, Kelsey, did an excellent job in aiding her through this process. We loved working with her for a first time at Keswick Vineyards and we can’t wait to have her back!

Southern Inn Catering served an always scrumptious meal for dinner and delicious Moscow Mules and Old Fashioned’s as the couple’s signature cocktails. Signature cocktails are a great way to add variety to your bar menu in addition to our ever-famous and award winning wines.

The night cruised along with help of DJ Derek Tobler keeping the party alive and guests quickly hit the dance floor underneath of beautiful bistro lights. The couple and their guests were here for a celebration….and it was a celebration they got!

Wedding planner, Kelsey Ann Events. Caterer, Southern Inn Catering. Photographer, Betty Clicker Photography. Videographer, Rachael Curry Films. Rentals, Mad Hatter Vintage & Waterford Event Rentals. Desserts, Jennie Case. Florist, The Proper Petal. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine. DJ, Derek Tobler. Ceremony musician, Keith Askey. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Ceremony tent, Gibson Tent Company. Hair & Makeup, Pretty Weird Beauty. Officiant, Stephen Poore.

Time Posted: Sep 30, 2016 at 8:25 AM
Angelica Laws
September 27, 2016 | Angelica Laws

A Family Affair

Kathy and Brian had started their family years back. This past weekend, on September 24th they further solidified their family in front of all of the people who have helped shape their lives. 

The couple and their guests came from afar, most of them traveling to Charlottesville from Philly and New Jersey. Why they chose Keswick Vineyards with them being from out of the state? It’s simple. It’s gorgeous! So gorgeous to them that they booked with us site unseen. It took little convincing after seeing our portfolio of online photos and our abundance of five star reviews. With the combination of the two, they acted quickly and stole our last Saturday date of September just in time!

Though they may have not seen their wedding venue in person, they certainly made up for it with their multiple visits after booking! We loved meeting them for the first time and enjoyed their reaction to the grounds as they saw it for the first time. To say they were overjoyed would be an understatement!

As one of the first ways to solidify the beginnings of their family, the bride walked down the aisle with their son in her father’s arms. To make matters even sweeter, their daughter (also their flower girl) joined them at the top of the asile for a prayer. It was the first time I had seen anything like that, but I certainly hope it won’t be the last.

The rest of the night went swimmingly. The couple brought in vintage details that they tied together beautifully. Most couples choose to rent their dinnerware through catering for convenience and ease. Not this bride! She hand selected each of her dinner plates, all which varied in pattern. The end result was elegant and beautiful! Similar touches were brought into their escort cards. Antique gold frames were used to hang their handmade calligraphy nametags. Guests loved the cute display!

All of these details need to be captured! For Kathy and Brian, they were with the help of their great vendors. Cindy captured some great behind the scenes photos of their photographer and videographer working their magic! Take a close look at the photos. You’ll see the videographers drone! We can’t wait to see the footage.


Thank you to another great team! Ceremony coordinator, Keswick Vineyards. Catering & Rentals, Harvest Moon Catering, Photography, Alex Schon Photography. Videographer, CY Media Productions. Desserts, Carpe Donut & H.F. Hornberger’s Bakery. Florist, Global Rose. DJ, Mark Allen with Class Productions DJ Service. Hair & Makeup, The Spot Beauty Shop. Transportation, City of Charlottesville. Officiant, Father Jim with Contemporary Catholics. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company.


Time Posted: Sep 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM
Angelica Laws
September 18, 2016 | Angelica Laws

Out of the Box

Jeremy and Kate are the newest addition to our Keswick Vineyards married couples this season. They got married here on Sunday, September 18th on a gorgeous September day which was a great way to end our summer wedding season.

Things were done a little differently for this couples wedding and we appreciated their creativity and unique vision that they brought to their wedding day. Keswick Vineyards offers our couples a wide variety of ways that each couple can make their wedding day personalized and special to them. Of course, there are suggestions we provide along the way so that the “box” isn’t completely left up to interpretation. There’s a lot of room to make with the property what you’d like. One of the many things that adds immense value to our couples is that there is no “cookie cutter” wedding here.

For ceremony locations, we have a handful of equally beautiful options! You can choose to get married right next to the vines for our vineyard view location. The fountain makes for a scenic and classic backdrop for wedding ceremonies. Similarly, our “fall” location is another favorite ceremony location couples choose for its all-encompassing views. With this view you get views of the estate, our iconic fountain, the vineyard, and prominent mountains. Jeremy and Kate loved this option and decided the fall location would be the perfect way to start off their marriage.

Their creativeness didn’t stop there. Jeremy and Kate had an intimate group of guests attending their wedding and, because of this, they wanted everyone to feel that intimacy during their reception. Instead of having all guest spread out equally underneath of the Sperry tent they decided to divide the tent into sections. Their dinner tables were on one half of the tent with their head table closest to the vineyard. It was a beautiful touch! Guests all had stunning clear views of the vineyard while they enjoyed a delectable meal from Harvest Moon Catering. The other half of the tent was “the after party”. This side had cocktail tables and their bar so that after dinner and in-between dancing their couples could enjoy a more bar-like atmosphere. Both their guests and we appreciated the change of pace!


Day of coordinator, Keswick Vineyards. Catering & Desserts, Harvest Moon Catering. Photography, Celestial Sights Photography. Rentals, MS Events. DJ, John Garland with Garland Studios, LLC. Florist, Hedge Fine Blooms. Hair & Makeup, Cool Looks Salon Studio. Transportation, James River Transportation. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Officiant, Claire Goodwin

Time Posted: Sep 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM
Angelica Laws
September 17, 2016 | Angelica Laws

Owl Drink to That

Kathryn and Oliver easily won over our hearts when they first came to Keswick Vineyards. Their love had such a presence that it was hard not to be overwhelmed with joy just as they were together. Their friends and family felt much the same as they came together to celebrate just that…the love.

Love, as is true with all weddings, is one of the many reasons a marriage takes place. With this family in particular, a resounding theme for them was “what’s love got to do with it?” (In the famous words of Tina Turner). The answer? Everything.

Kathryn and Oliver had been together for the better part of a decade (so we found out). When you’re with someone for such a substantial portion of your life, your lives then intertwine. Friend groups are meshed and families are joined. It’s a beautiful thing. Both were very evident on September 17th as we celebrated the love of Kathryn and Oliver.

To make their wedding day just as special as their relationship, it was really important to Kathryn and Oliver to incorporate personal touches into their wedding. They wanted for some of the key people in their lives who have benefitted their relationship to be included. The bride’s mother, for example, sang an opera song to the couple and their guests during their ceremony. The groom’s mother handmade their champagne cork escort cards. The bride’s sister and her friend sang a beautiful a cappella song to them during their cake cutting.  It was these moments combined that truly made their wedding unique and special, not just to them but also to everyone who was there to witness.

One of the many elements we all fell in love with was their owl ice sculpture. The couple loved owls! They had a wedding owl ice sculpture made to be displayed next to their reception bar which read “Owl Drink to That”. What a hoot!

Best of luck, laughter, and love as you continue forward as husband and wife.

We couldn’t have done it without you: Day of Coordination, Keswick Vineyards. Catering & Desserts, Harvest Moon Catering. Photography, Sam Hurd Photography. Rentals, MS Events. Videographer, E-Motion Pictures Wedding Films. Hair & Makeup, Avenue 42. Florist, Verde Natural Florals. Musicians, Plum Blossom Quartet. DJ, T.D. Layman with Sound Enforcement DJ Service. Transportation, Easy Rider Bus Company. Ice sculpture, USA Ice. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Officiant, Claire Goodwin.

Time Posted: Sep 17, 2016 at 7:17 AM
Angelica Laws
September 14, 2016 | Angelica Laws

Another Wedding Wired!

It was one of those days where everything seemed to seamlessly fall into place. It was one of those days where everything just seemed to be going right (though that’s common for a Keswick Vineyards wedding). When you have the right combination of family, friends, vendors, and venue very little is bound to go wrong!

Our wonderful team of vendors, Keswick Vineyard’s stunning wedding venue, and Meghan and Paul’s friends were amazing on their own. What may have been even more impressive was how large their family was. The groom had a lot of siblings. He was one of ELEVEN. Yes, eleven. Cindy was able to take a photo that really captured just how many siblings eleven is. You’d think they were a wedding party on their own! This past weekend, with Meghan as their newest addition, their family grew even larger.

With that big of a family, you know there were even more guests. Someone had to keep them well fed and entertained! HotCakes catering brought all of the couples favorite comfort foods, including their (now) famous fried chicken and T.D. Layman with Sound Enforcement DJ Service kept the night alive with the latest hits. He’s always a crowd pleaser and his dance floor is ALWAYS full!

Under the expert eyes and hands of Barb Wired, Meghan and Paul could relax and enjoy all the wonderful elements they added to make their wedding super special.  Some of those items were lawn games like corn hole, jumbo jenga and Spikeball, a cozy outdoor living room where guests could enjoy looking at old photo albums, a dessert bar to include three different types of pies, wedding cake and Duck Donuts. They took no short cuts and it truly paid off.

In typical Keswick Vineyards fashion, as guests danced off their full bellies we snuck our couple out to catch photos in front of yet another glorious sunset. It’s something we will never get tired of seeing. In fact, this one in particular was so good, we had to take an extended photo session and bring them down by the pond! After all, it is one of our iconic spots. We couldn’t resist!


Event planner, Barb Wired LLC. Catering, HotCakes. Rentals, MS Events, Photographer, Bethany Snyder Photography. Hair & Makeup, Briana B. Adams LLC and Rouge 9. Florist, Foxtail Cottage Floral. Desserts, HotCakes and Duck Donuts. DJ, T.D. Layman with Sound Enforcement DJ Service. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine. Officiant, Dave Norris. Photo Booth, Photo Booth of Charlottesville.

Time Posted: Sep 14, 2016 at 3:50 AM
Angelica Laws
September 12, 2016 | Angelica Laws

A Touch of Elegance

The ceremony site typically used for our fall location was brought to life this weekend for Wade and Sarah’s wedding. They chose to modify our usual spot and make it their own with a view that was more angled towards the vineyard so that they could enjoy more of our sweeping mountain views. Though temperatures during the day were a bit steamy, the clouds came just in time and provided a great shade for their ceremony. Not to mention overcast skies are a photographers dream!

The bridesmaids were dressed in gorgeous, flowy plum gowns and the guys all looked very dapper in their tuxedos. The luxurious feel of it all was carried throughout the details of their wedding and we loved it! The bride’s mother and her best friend helped to make sure that the couples wedding day was perfect and just the way they envisioned it. One of the details that was important to them were the chairs. They wanted to personalize and distinguish their wedding party’s chairs for reception time. To do so, they wrapped each of their chiavari chairs in bronze satin bows. It looked beautiful! Similarly, for Wade and Sarah’s sweetheart table they jazzed up their chairs in white tulle. It brought them the perfect amount of elegance!

The night was off to a great start and after the ceremony and cocktail hour guests enjoyed a beautifully plated dinner by Roadside Chive. We love when Roadside Chive comes to cater! Not only because they do a great job and make our lives easy, but also because they treat the vendors to a special vineyard view dinner while guests are dining underneath of the Sperry tent. It’s nice to be spoiled a bit and, of course, to eat with such an amazing team of wedding professionals. Something we could definitely get use to!


Great job to everyone who made Sarah and Wade’s day so great! Catering, Roadside Chive Catering. Photographer, Robert Radifera Photography. Day of coordinator, Andrea Clay. Hair & Makeup, Cville Makeup. Florist, Barnswallow Blooms. Desserts, Mon Cheri Cakes. DJ, Bob Mednikov. Musicians, Scarfullery Music. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Officiant, Caroline Winters Hazelton. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine. Rentals, MS Events

Time Posted: Sep 12, 2016 at 7:56 AM