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May 28, 2017 | Keswick Vineyards

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
Keswick Vineyards
 
May 27, 2017 | Keswick Vineyards

#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
Keswick Vineyards
 
May 20, 2017 | Keswick Vineyards

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
Keswick Vineyards
 
May 13, 2017 | Keswick Vineyards

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
Keswick Vineyards
 
May 6, 2017 | Keswick Vineyards

Fun and Games

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, we welcomed a new couple into our collection of recently married lovers here at Keswick Vineyards. It had a been a long time coming for Natasha and Brian; and it was a journey well worth the wait!

This couple was all about just having a good time. They operated under the mentality of life being a gift and their main goal was for all of their guests to have a relaxing and great time. That being said, they partied! It was easy for them to let loose and relish in the good vibes of their wedding day with the amazing team of vendors they had lined up by their side. Not a detail was missed as they made their journey throughout the planning process and the efforts certainly showed on wedding day!

Everything from Natasha and Brian's picture perfect ceremony onto the fun and games they played during their reception were perfectly them and we loved it! As a part of their wedding day fun the couple recruited the help of the Photo Booth of Charlottesville.  Guests snapped silly photos of themselves and left them for Natasha and Brian to enjoy in lieu of a traditional guest book. They also played "The Shoe Game", which was a first for me. T.D. Layman MC'd  a series of questions that helped us gage how well this couple really knew one another. In a light hearted fashion he asked the couple questions like "who laid eyes on who first" and "who wears the pants in this relationship". To respond, the bride and groom would raise the shoe of the person  they thought to be the correct answer! It was an absolute hoot and a great intermission in between all of the fun!

 

To all of our vendors...we couldn't have done it without you.

Day of coordinator, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Caterer, Harvest Moon Catering. Photographer, Jack Looney Photography. DJ, T.D. Layman with Sound Enforcement DJ Service. Florist, Lacy's Florist. Hair & Makeup, Nicole Laughlin Bridal Makeup. Desserts, Carpe Donut. Transportation, Camryn Limousine. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Rentals, MS Events. Officiant, Deborah Hudson.

Time Posted: May 6, 2017 at 5:44 PM