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Cindy Schornberg
 
November 28, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Danielle & Tom's Masquerade Wedding

Now that the wedding season (and harvest!) are both finished, we have some time to go back and share some of this years' beautiful Keswick Vineyards weddings with you! We'll start off with Dani and Tom's super fun and unique celebration!  Getting married outdoors during the beautiful fall weekend in Charlottesville before Halloween, Dani and Tom never made any “bones” about their masquerade wedding.  Everyone was in costume to celebrate this union of families and friends, and what fun!  The bridal party carried old fashioned lanterns and the guests looked on in an array of colorful masks.  Dani was stunning in her white gown adorned with black trim and crystals, with her black long train coat and beehive hairstyle setting the tone for her procession to Tom, as Harry Potter’s Hedwig’s Theme played.  The ring bearer was the most unique of all as the remote dog from Doctor Who carried the rings on his tail to the bride and groom at the appropriate time.  From farmers to nuns to Little Red Riding Hood – what a celebration! Congratulations to Danielle & Tom, this was one unique wedding that we loved!!!  Special thanks to the following Charlottesville wedding vendors:  C&O Catering, photographer Dominique Attaway, Albemarle Baking Company, DJ TD Layman, officiant Bruce Watson, transportation by B2B and Skyline Tent Company. Check out some of the beautiful photographs by Dominique Attaway Photography below!
Time Posted: Nov 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
August 24, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Military Vineyard Wedding

The natural beauty of Keswick Vineyards and the Edgewood Estate has never been so happily matched as with the lovely, unassuming elegance of a Naval wedding, as was the happy occasion earlier this month. Carole and Brent, a giddily-in-love couple, had the privilege of being Keswick Vineyard's first military wedding, and the level of class, elegance, and attention to detail that they created throughout their entire event left everyone hoping it is not the last military wedding to occur on these grounds. Shindig Weddings & Events helped design and plan a lovely Southern wedding, complete with the elegant details of provided parasols for the guests (to shield from the evening sun) to peaches provided at each place setting {a nod to the origin of the bride's middle name}, to a jaw-dropping-beautifully sword-arch upon the couple's recessional. In homage to the bride's Japanese heritage, 1,001 origami paper cranes were lovingly crafted by the bride's friends and hung for display, and all of the menu and beverage choices were hand-selected from local sources. As Carole and Brent fell in love in Hawaii, several Hawaiian influences were incorporated, but none more resoundingly appreciated than the Kona coffee, served over ice, that was brought out as the dancing ensued! With a warm summer's night, Keswick Vineyard's staff helped make the evening comfortable for everyone, providing cool towels for the wedding party at the ceremony and throwing out iced towels onto the dance floor as the night kicked into high gear -- this was Southern hospitality at its finest! As the couple bid goodnight and exited into a lovely town car tied with dozens of raucously celebratory tin cans, hundreds of "Virginia is for Lovers" cookies waited for their guests upon their return. At the end of the night, a beautiful wedding had been celebrated, a fabulous party had been enjoyed, and a sweet young marriage had begun. Special thanks to the following vendors: Meghan Streit and her team from Sindig Weddings & Events, Beggars Banquet Catering, DJ Derek Tobler, wedding dress by Isis Bridal, John Cachero Photography, Citrus Ceremonies Videography, Cake by Pastry Love, Hair & make-up by Jeanne Cusick and venue & award winning wines by Keswick Vineyards.

Time Posted: Aug 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
August 1, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Kathryn & Philip's May wedding

Kathryn & Philip held their wedding reception at Keswick Vineyards on May 28th, 2012.  I found it funny how some of their guest that were from Jordan found our Virginia May weather chilly for them.  Apparently in Jordan it was 120 degrees so our upper 80's, low 90's, was a bit chilly for them.  I really like how Kathryn & Philip did a really long table for the wedding party.  It really looked stunning under the Sperry Tent as you can see with the pictures below.  Special thanks to the following vendors for their help in making their wedding day extra special:  C&O Catering, Rob Garland Photographer, Kirby Martin Videographer & Sugar Magnolias Florist.
Time Posted: Aug 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
July 5, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

One hot rehearsal and the magic umbrellas.....

It was a dark and stormy night… no really.  The night before Meg and Larry’s wedding we experienced one of the strangest storms ever, and I have seen a lot.  No one saw it coming but it uprooted trees and knocked out power throughout the state for days.  We knew we had a lot to do the next morning  to get ready for the celebration, but we found the help we needed and got the job done.   By the time the bride and bridesmaids arrived for hair styling and make-up at lunchtime, there was barely any visible signs of a storm.  We carried the entire event with generator power, never missing a beat.  Many of the guests never even knew the power was out that day. I asked Meg, who is a very unique kinda gal (Larry is a lucky guy!), is this bizarre activity happening because you are such a daring redhead?  She just laughed and said “Perhaps so!”  She was so lovely in her layered cream gown with a tan sash.  The heat of the day did not phase her beauty and Larry could not wait as she came down the aisle.  They both had a glow about them that made the day extra special and so very worth the extra efforts to make it perfect for them.   Their families were also glowing with pride for the union they had witnessed and the anticipation of the many years of happiness they will share. Guests were escorted to the East Lawn as an alternate ceremony location for extra shade, and also had lovely parasols and fans matching Meg’s summer colors to help beat the heat.  They feasted on tender beef and rockfish dishes served family-style by 20 South Catering, with an assortment of pies from Family Ties & Pies for dessert.  The extra special touch to this wedding was the wine served.  Meg & Larry had participated in Keswick Vineyards blending party and won!  They were able to serve the blending wine they came up with called Consensus which featured their picture on the label.  How’s that for bragging rights at your wedding?  Then came the first dance – hot!  Larry in his fedora and Meg had changed her tan sash for sassy black lace.  They surely got the crowd going for the rest of the night. We also refined the plan on Keswick’s “magic umbrellas”.  There was a chance of more storms in the forecast and Keswick Vineyards provides golf umbrellas, about 4 dozen of them, as needed.  These seem to keep the rain away for the events and sure enough, Meg and Larry never got wet. Congratulations to Meg and Larry and welcome to the Keswick Vineyards family, as our newest wedding couple and winemakers! Special thanks to the following vendors:  Barb Wired LLC Event Planners, 20 South Catering, DJ Derek Tobler, Blue Ridge Floral, Family Ties & Pies, Terra Voce, Ralph Alswang photographer, Virginia Glenn hair & make-up, Camryn Limo and Skyline Tent Company.

Time Posted: Jul 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 22, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Megan & Jay tie the knot!

On May 6th, Megan & Jay were united in marriage at Keswick Vineyards.  This was a destination wedding with guest coming from many different states.  It was funny running into the bride, her parents and bridesmaids  while I was out in Charlottesville myself getting some ice cream with my kids.  I had just met Megan's father earlier that day so it was unexpected to run into him again later that day.  It was nice to see them getting out to explore the beautiful city of Charlottesville. The weather was incredible this day.  With the early Spring we were experiencing this year, the vineyard was exploding with growth.  What a beautiful natural backdrop it made for the ceremony.  The aisle was lined with bouquets of flowers tied to the end chairs.  After the ceremony those flowers were then hung on the center poles inside the Sperry tent used for the reception.  What a nice touch that was.   While the wedding party was busy taking photo's, guest enjoyed themselves by playing corn hole games while enjoying cocktails & hors d'oeuvres.  Inside the gazebo was the wedding cake and desserts.  This area was kept off limits to the guest by draping sheers at the entrances.  Later in the evening the drapes were pulled back to unveil the delicious desserts for their guest to enjoy.  Special thanks to the following vendors who helped make this an amazing wedding day for Megan & Jay:  20 South Catering, Amber Karson Events, T.D. Layman as DJ, florals by Kelly Green, photographer Natalie Bell and Albemarle Limousine for safely transporting all the guest from their hotels in buses.
Time Posted: May 22, 2012 at 8:59 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 20, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Katy & Tony's Wedding Day

Congratulations to Katy & Tony who were married at Keswick Vineyards on May 11th. I remember when Katy & Tony first came to view Keswick Vineyards as a venue for their wedding, we immediately hit it off when we realized we both had Yorkie dogs. They also liked the fact that we are very animal friendly and host "Yappy Hours" every Sunday in our tasting room where people can bring their animals inside our tasting room and animal shelters are here for those who want to adopt. When Katy & Tony heard that my Yorkie went missing and was finally found after being hit by a car, I was touched that they sent me a sympathy card. When they came back for a visit they also brought me this beautiful frame that had my dog's picture in it with a place for me to put his collar. How sweet was that? This was just another example to me on what beautiful couples get married here and how we really do make that personal connection with them. Katy & Tony couldn't have picked a more beautiful day to get married. The sun was out but we had a gentle breeze with no humidity so things couldn't have been better for an outdoor wedding. With our couples having 12 hours here, Tony & his groomsmen enjoyed relaxing while playing pool in the Carriage House and croquet out on the lawn while Katy & her bridesmaids got ready. Katy was given away by her father. What a breathtaking bride she was with her beautiful white wedding dress. Her bouquet had colors of blue and yellow which accented the aqua blue dresses the bridesmaids wore. After the ceremony performed by Officiant Buddy Marston, guests proceeded to the East Lawn for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. IK Catering provided the food for the evening which included some good old southern country cooking with such fixings as pulled BBQ, corn bread, cole slaw, mac & cheese and grits with shrimp & bacon. Yummy!!! Centerpieces were kept simple with yellow flowers & candles with pictures of them at different vacation spots to identify guest's tables. On their sweetheart table they had framed pictures of their two dogs. Guests danced the night away to music provided by DJ Pauly Madison. All these moments were captured by photographer Daniel McGarrity and videographer AJ Chavar.   To read photographer Daniel McGarrity's blog about this wedding and to see some of his photo's, please click here. To Katy & Tony; thank you so much for having your wedding here at Keswick Vineyards. It was a pleasure working with you and making your wedding day extra special. We look forward to you coming back, with your dogs, to celebrate your anniversaries here with us. May you enjoy a life time of happiness together.  Click here to view their video.
Time Posted: May 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 18, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

May 12th, Stephanie & Alastair Wed!

Every couple wants perfection for their wedding. When Stephanie and Alastair said they wanted to do it all over again from start to finish, we knew we had experienced the perfect day.  Stephanie of Hispanic descent and Al, being Scottish, made for great anticipation as we built on the varying themes and cultures.  With temperatures in the low 80’s and wonderful sunshine at Keswick Vineyards, guests strolled to the front of the Keswick Estate home for the ceremony overlooking the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The wedding party of five bridesmaids in lovely cornflower blue cocktail dresses and seven groomsmen in a mix of dark suits and traditional Scottish kilts, awaited the arrival of flower girl, Maya, ring bearer, Alistair, and finally, the bride.  While a guitarist played, Stephanie, in a unique ivory mermaid gown, walked down the aisle with her parents to meet Alastair, proudly dressed in his kilt.  The congregation cheered as they recessed to the glorious sound of bagpipes playing! The families chose Keswick Vineyards as the venue, not only for the beautiful estate setting and personal service, but also for the wine.  Their guests were traveling from all over the world; Scotland, France, Canada, Pennsylvania, Texas and more.   They knew the wine served would be an important part of the celebration and they were right.  Catering and service by The Event Co. was impeccable. The traditional wedding cake was adorned with a custom-made bride and groom that featured Stephanie’s exact hairstyle and Alistair’s kilt. Décor was as bright and beautiful as the day; in shades of blue, yellow, orange and white.  Centerpieces featured clear glass and terra cotta containers with succulents planted in dry pinto beans along with candles and more succulents accented with white and yellow flowers. Al and Stephanie most certainly win the first dance endurance prize!  They entertained the crowd for more than 5 minutes dancing to Gloria Estefan’s Ayer.   Al denies practicing ahead of time and gives all the credit to Stephanie for being a wonderful dancer and teacher.  You kept up pretty well there, Al!  Everyone danced the night away to the tunes of Andy Wilfong and Party Masters DJ. Congratulations to Stephanie and Alastair and their families!  We wish you many years of happiness and we look forward to seeing you often at Keswick Vineyards! Special thanks to the following vendors for making this wedding extra special:  Barb Wired LLC Event Planner, Catering by The Event Co., wedding cake by Cakes Unlimited, florals by Verde Naturals, hair & make-up by Moxie, DJ Andy Wilfong of Party Masters, Guitarist Mike D'Antoni, Bagpipes by Guy Blandon and Leah & Mark Photography from Atlanta. Click here to read the  blog written by their photographer Mark and watch his video and view some of his photo's from the evening.  Thank you Mark for sharing with us!
Time Posted: May 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 11, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Stephanie & Nick's Wedding

Well, I knew it would eventually happen and it did. We had our first rained on wedding:(   The good news, our rain plan worked and everything was fine. Stephanie & Nick said "I do" on May 5th amongst their guest under Keswick Vineyards[gallery link="file" columns="2"] Sperry tent. Stephanie's father was a hands on father and made this beautiful pergola to be used for the ceremony. (He also made a table & benches to be used for a lounge area) Initially the pergola was set near the vineyard but Mother Nature wasn't going to give a break so we quickly moved the pergola under the tent and set chairs on the dance floor and created an aisle. With umbrellas in hand, Stephanie was escorted by her father to the tent. Parents were seated on the dance floor while the rest of the guest sat at their tables. I must say, this created a wonderful, relaxed feeling for the ceremony. Stephanie and the rest of the bridesmaids looked stunning with their hair being done by Moxie in Charlottesville. After the ceremony, guest mingled under the tent while enjoying food & drinks by 20 South Catering. I couldn't resist myself from sampling some chocolates that were made by the bride's Aunt on the chocolate table. If you want to order some delicious, homemade chocolates, go to www.ldcandy.com. Personally the chocolate covered carmel with salt on the outside was unbelievable along with the toffee. Right next to the chocolate table was a simple, yet elegant wedding cake by Cakes by Rachel.  The tables were adorned with beautiful flowers by Carla Yoder of Artistic Florist in Harrisonburg, VA.  Guest enjoyed dancing the night away to music being played by DJ Derek Tobler. The guest were treated when the brides great Uncle played the accordion for a traditional family wedding dance. The finale to the night was Carpe Donuts for some and brandy & cigars for others. Thanks to Albemarle Limousines for transporting everyone safely back to their hotels. The entire wedding was captured by Andrew Harnik Photography.
Time Posted: May 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 7, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Sarah & Joyee say "I do" twice!

Keswick Vineyards began its 2012 wedding season on April 28th with the marriage of Sarah & Joyee.  What a way to start off our wedding season.  Sarah & Joyee had 2 ceremonies; one American & one Hindu.  Sarah wore a beautiful lace wedding dress for their first ceremony.  Joyee and the groomsmen wore dark suits.  Guest enjoyed the backdrop of the Southwestern Mountains and the vineyard as they gathered on the front lawn of the estate.  Sarah was escorted down the flower lined aisle by her father.  After the first ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails & hors d'oeuvres while the wedding party changed to get ready for the Hindu ceremony.  Sarah was carried in like Cleopatra by four groomsmen.  She kept her face covered with 2 leaves as she circled 7 times around Joyee before revealing her face to him.  I was fascinated with this ceremony.  I have never seen a Hindu wedding and was just amazed by the beauty and culture.  Even though I couldn't understand a word of the ceremony, it was easy to understand by the hand gestures and props that were used throughout the ceremony.  The colors were just amazing with all the red and gold.  I'll never forget this ceremony;  simply breathtaking!  Once all the ceremonies were completed the guest were escorted  to the Sperry Tent for the reception.  After dinner the dancing began and again, what a treat that was with the Indian music and dances.  I can't say enough to how sweet of a couple Sarah & Joyee and their entire family were.  I really appreciate you choosing Keswick Vineyards for your wedding and wish you a lifetime (times 7) of love and happiness.  Congratulations!  

Special thanks to the following vendors for such a wonderful job:  C&O Catering, Jen Fariello Photgraphy, BeeHive Floral & Decor, DJ Pauly Madison, Barb Wired Wedding Planner, Albemarle Limousine.

 Click here to see this wedding featured in The Knot.

 

Time Posted: May 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 26, 2011 | Cindy Schornberg

Last wedding for this season

On Sunday, November 20th, Keswick Vineyards hosted its last wedding for the year with the marriage of Laya & Stephen.  When Laya & Stephen booked their wedding I wondered who would do an outdoor wedding in Virginia towards the end of November?  Who would imagine that on their wedding day the weather was warmer then it had been for the past few week ends.  Laya and Stephen were so blessed to have such a beautiful, fall weather day.  There was an overcast of clouds which the photographers love since you don't have to worry about harsh shadows on anyones face.  Laya and Stephen had a traditional Christian ceremony.  Stephen's father, who is a pastor, officiated the ceremony along with their church pastor.  Beautiful hymns were sung by Stephen's sister while  musicians played.  You really could tell that religion was a very important part for this wedding.  Laya's family is Persian and I found out that her grandfather had a winery in Iran and that is why getting married at a vineyard was very important to them.  Keeping with some Persian customs, Laya & Stephen did this photo of them looking into a mirror and you take the picture of them looking into the mirror.  You will see below my attempt at capturing this tradition.  It was beautiful to see Laya and her parents do some Persian dancing as the evening went on.  I can't think of a more wonderful wedding to end our season this year.  Thank you to the following vendors which help make this wedding a success:  Catering by Anderson Carriage House, Festive Fare for party rentals, Pastry Chef Lisa Sheih, guitarist Andrew Walker and cello player Judah Goverman, Pastor Steve Aaron Sr., photographer Brian Tropiano, videographer Jillian Video Productions.  Enjoy some of my photo's below and stay tuned for April when our 2012 wedding season will begin!
Time Posted: Nov 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM