It’s always been pretty impressive how couples hear about Keswick Vineyards. The responses I get from couples inquiring have been all over the board. We have our locals, we have our East coasters, we have our Texans…and now we have our Utah-ers.
Leslie and Jeff got married the Tuesday after Memorial Day and came in with their intimate group of friends and family to celebrate in Virginia at Keswick Vineyards. When I asked how she heard of us, she said one word “Google!” I laughed and smiled. I knew we’d get along great after that!
Though this was a small group of people, the couple truly treated everyone and made it a very grand affair. Black and white was the dress code. Greys were acceptable and red lipstick was encourage. Cindy and I had no problem following to code! Their black and white affair looked amazing underneath of our Sperry tent. They dressed the tent up with bistro lights and chandeliers which really made the night sparkle! Underneath of the tent was divided (a great idea for smaller weddings). They had dinner seating on one side, the bar setup in the center, and lounge furniture, cocktail tables, and a caricature artist on the other side. Guests love the feeling of “areas” they were allowed to explore all while being under one “roof”.
Jeff’s children were a big part of both their ceremony and reception. They had a sand ceremony to symbolize the blending of them all into one cohesive unit and the children designed special groom’s cakes (3 to be specific) just for their dad as a surprise! It was clear that family was of the most importance from the start and this brought it all full circle.
Blog Photographs by Cindy Schornberg
Thank you to the following vendors for your amazing work! Event Planner, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Catering, C&O Catering. Photography, Don Mears Photography. Rentals, MS Events and Paisley & Jade. Florist, Floral Images & Design. DJ, Derek Tobler. Desserts, Maliah Creations. Hair & Makeup, Studio FBJ. Caricature Artist, The-NOSE. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Officiant, Claire Goodman. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine.
Alison and Justin hold a special place in the hearts of the Schornberg’s. Not only are they one of our beloved Keswick Vineyards couples, but Alison also teaches at their daughter’s dance school! I knew Charlottesville was a small town, but it’s always a treat to witness that first hand.
That being said, Alison herself was also a dancer since the age of three. Dancing has always be an important part of her life. I don’t know about you, but when I think of dancing I think of a show. Dancing to me is bringing to life something visually. To me, Alison and Justin did just that on their wedding day. They put on a show!
They turned the tent into a 1920’s vintage dream. To start, they swapped out the dance floor. Of course! They switched our wooden dance floor to a black and white tile. They knew that would really bring their guests front and center. Alison and her family kick started the fun by starting the party off with a dance they used to do when she was a little girl. It was a huge hit and tugged at those heart strings while they all took a walk down memory lane. After that…it was a party!
To add to the fun, Alison and Justin had a local artist create a handmade paper moon which they then used as their photo booth. Guests “sat on the moon” and snapped photos of themselves for the couple to remember and look back on all the days of their lives.
Catering and Dessert, Pumpernickel Pickle. Wedding Planner, Events by Simplicity. Photographer, Joy Gaba Photo. Rentals, MS Events and BBJ Linen. Florist, Whimsical Floral Design. DJ, Derek Tobler. Hair & Makeup, Emily Artistry. Musicians, Hanna Pocock and Philip St. Ours. Transportation, UVA UTS Charter Services. Officiant, Rev. Bhavani Metro.
Katie and Erik (now Mr. and Mrs. Rogers) were our second couple celebrating their love with us over Memorial Day weekend. Having known one another since the third grade, their vows nearly brought tears to our eyes. “You were always right in front of me,” Katie said. It truly touched everyone’s hearts.
When I first met Katie, I could immediately tell how much life and brightness she had to her. Her wedding day was no exception! The couple had bright, bold, and glittery accents to their wedding day décor. Hot pink, tangerine, and lemon were the main colors…so citrus in sum! How fun! What I really loved the most were their centerpieces. White lanterns with colorful florals and greenery surrounding them. What’s even better were the twinkle lights intertwined around the floral wreath! During the day they were breathtaking, and even better once the sun went down. It was important to the couple that even on a cloudy day there would be color and life to such a memorable day in their lives. Even though there wasn’t a cloud in sight, it worked!
Katie was a crafty one and incorporated an element to her wedding we had never seen before. Do you remember those rubber toy animals you played with as a child? I do. Now, imagine them painted gold and holding your guest seating cards. Clever! We will definitely be sharing the idea with more of our couples to come.
A dear friend of the family officiated Katie and Erik’s wedding. She also was the mastermind behind their beautiful naked cake! It was dressed in, of course, more bright and beautiful citrus accents. Lemons, limes, and other fresh fruits and mint. Not only was it visually stunning, but tasty as well!
Thank you to the following vendors for contributing such talent to Katie and Erik’s day! Event planner, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Catering, Harvest Moon Catering. Photographer, Robert Radifera Photography. Florist, Blue Ridge Floral. Hair and Makeup, Studio FBJ. DJ, Andy Wilfong with VA Party Masters. Desserts and Officiant, Luci Kent. Transportation, Easy Rider Bus Company and Albemarle Limousine. Rentals, MS Events.
We had so much fun celebrating with Matt and Suparna for their Indian fusion wedding. Not only was it a great celebration of their love, but of their lives in general. Their family and friends came from all over the world…quite literally…to be there with them. East coast, West coast, India and more! It was beautiful to see the collaboration of family and friends for such a memorable occasion.
My favorite part of fusion weddings are the colors and the cultural attire. The couples wedding party delivered on both counts! The majority of the bridal party wore bright and vibrant saris. Check out those colors! Seeing them next to the men in their tuxedos was picture perfect.
After their ceremony, Matt and Suparna took a private moment alone in the Carriage House. This is something we encourage all of our couples to do. Take a moment, soak it in, and relax! It’s always nice when catering brings you a newlywed platter of appetizers and wine too.
By now you may be wondering…”what is floopy?” Great question. I don’t even think we really know! Suparna and her maid of honor have been friends for years. During her maid of honor speech, she made reference to how she knew her and Suparna would be friends for life. It all boiled down to a word both of them swear they invented, that being “floopy”. While one thinks it’s a term for happy the other thinks it’s a term for laziness. Put both of these girls in a room together and they’ll argue over the make-believe dictionary definition of the word. Clearly this friendship will last the test of time!
All others aside, wedding days couldn’t be completed without the help from our awesome vendors. That night we had fun with one of our favorite caterers C&O! They dished out a delicious plated meal and flambéed one of Cindy’s personal favorites, Banana Foster. Serve that with vanilla ice cream and you had some very happy guests!
A big round of applause to the following vendors: Event Planner, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Catering, C&O Catering. Photographer, Keith Cephus Photography. Desserts, Sweethaus. DJ, Sound Enforcement DJ Service. Hair and Makeup, A More Beautiful You. Transportation, UVA Transit. Officiant, Margot Conover. Rentals, MS Events.
We love seeing couples of all types come to the vineyard. The mixture and diversity we have throughout our wedding season always brings new light to the traditional wedding. But really, what is tradition? Everyone, of course, has traditions but tying them into wedding days are extra special for us!
Pear and Phuong celebrated their wedding incorporating Thai classics. During their ceremony they had a Thai water ceremony, which had their elders bless them joining into one. It was beautiful how they blended this element into their ceremony and it was apparent how special this was to their families and everyone watching as well.
A Pimento came to Keswick Vineyards for the first time ever and truly made their entrance with a bang! Their team absolutely flourished throughout the day and we thank them for their precise attention to detail. It became apparent that Pear and Phuong were all about precision. A Pimento took their cues and made them shine throughout their entire wedding day. We particularly loved their head table. It was a statement piece. Lush greenery lined the center of their head table with twinkling lights and gold rimmed plates were the perfect way to plate their meal. It's the little things!
Not only did A Pimento contribute to the amazing aesthetics and delicious food, they also made the cake! A naked one at that! Each flower was so delicately hand placed by Robert, the owner, himself! I loved watching his attention to detail knowing how awesome the end result would be. That’s what this industry is all about! In addition to wedding cake the couple opted for donuts...Duck Donuts to be specific, which have a more cake like texture to them. Guests loved them! (And so did we!)
Later in the evening the couple and their guests changed into tradition Vietnamese attire (called ao dai) and danced the night away. We loved seeing those bright colors that really showcased their culture!
A big round of applause to the following vendors: Catering, A Pimento Catering. Event Planner, Linda Ha Events & Design. Photographer, Mayline Yu Photography. Florist, Green Flamingo Flower Co. Rentals, Festive Fare. Hair and Makeup, First Look Artistry. Desserts, Duck Donuts. Transportation, Winn Transportation. Officiant, Hac Dang. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company.
From the moment Khayman and Victoria laid eyes on Keswick they knew nothing else would ever compare. Likewise, from the moment they laid eyes on our over 300 year old oak tree, they also knew nothing else would ever compare. They quickly fell in love with both the property and the tree. So much so, in fact, that not only did they decide to get married underneath of that tree but it’s also the place Khayman proposed to Victoria. How sweet is that?
They celebrated their intimate wedding on Friday, May 13th with family and friends. It was very clear that family was important to this couple. Brothers and sisters composed the wedding party and all family (and their friends) helped pitch in to make Victoria and Khayman’s day truly one to never forget. To start, a lifelong family friend officiated their wedding. He remembers bouncing Khayman on his knee when he was a baby. A beautiful three tiered cake was created by another with gorgeous floral detail that accented the couple’s colors perfectly! Their mothers helped pick perfect linens and flowers that tied everything together with just the right touch. The bride’s sister was in charge of the bride’s hair and makeup and it all turned out fabulously.
Being a family run business ourselves, it was really great experiencing that during their wedding as well. It was all kept within the family!
A big thank you to the following vendors! Photography, Beck and Call Photography. Catering, Hanks Smokehouse. DJ, TD Layman, Sound Enforcement DJ Services. Florist, Blooms by the Box. Desserts, Jenn Vickers. Officiant, Kevin Beverly. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company.
We welcomed May with Amanda and Harry for our first wedding of the month! Amanda and Harry are a couple I will never forget. When Harry and his family walked into my office, my first though was, which one is the bride? The answer took me by surprise. Amanda was in Singapore for work at the time and she sent Harry to dive into wedding plans on their behalf. For all of you couples out there you can imagine how impressive (and stressful) that can be on a guy! But, low and behold, he handled it well and chose not only the perfect venue, but the perfect date as well!
Simplicity was key here, but all of their details were definitely done right! When you start with a beautiful location, not much else is needed to supplement the picturesque grounds you have to work with. The couple really paid attention to that and showcased Keswick Vineyards simply for what it is....breathtaking!
They had a unique ceremony location (a first here at the vineyard for us) which angled their guests with sweeping vineyard and mountain views. Playing softly in the background was Gallatin Canyon, a bluegrass acoustic ensemble. They continued beats with their banjo throughout cocktail hour as well. Truly a crowd pleaser!
Underneath of the Sperry tent, bistro lights swept the ceiling creating a more romantic and fairytale feel. When guests weren't enjoying the "starry night" atmosphere within the tent, dining on Harvest Moon's delicious food, or dancing the night away they snuck to our Gazebo for some photo booth fun! Those always are a huge hit and leave the couple and their guest with even more lasting memories.
Thank you to the following vendors for putting on another killer performance! Catering, Harvest Moon Catering. Wedding Planner, Margaret Bloom Weddings. Photography, Jamie Kay Photography. Florist, Phlour Designs. Desserts, Cakes by Rachel. DJ, John Garland. Musicians, Gallatin Canyon. Hair and Makeup, The Spot Beauty Shop. Photo Booth, Photo Booth of Charlottesville. Transportation, Quick's Bus Company. Officiant, Julie Trump. Sperry Tent Lighting, Skyline Tent Company.
You know you have a good thing going when you can maintain it for years. Even better, you know you have a really good thing going when you can maintain it for seven years...long distance. Stephanie and Blake did just that.
Their wedding day was long anticipated. Having been together for close to a decade and waiting two years after they booked their venue, April 30, 2016 was a day they would always remember. Not only for the sheer fact that they were getting married, however. Much like our last week's couple, their wedding date held a significant meaning to them. Stephanie and Blake loved sports and were both former college athletes. Stephanie played hockey and Blake lacrosse. For anyone who has played sports of any kind you know and understand the special meaning behind your jersey number. Stephanie was number 16. Blake was number 43. So on their wedding date of 4.30.16 they celebrating the joining of their college numbers with a ring. Cue the tears!
Navy and blush were the couples colors. They incorporated pops of both into their decor with really beautiful floral and decor both done by Kim Moody Design. A few things among many that we really enjoyed in their details was the fringe and Chinese lanterns in the Sperry tent, the gorgeous greenery so elegantly placed on their cocktail tables, and the perfect shade of blush to match the groom and his guys wedding attire. Well done!
A special thank you to our vendors. As always, this could not have been done without you all! Wedding Planner, Kim Moody Design. Catering, Harvest Moon Catering. Photographer, Robert Radifera Photography. Flowers, Kim Moody Design. Cake, Buttercream Dreams, LLC. Sperry Tent Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Hair and Makeup, Laurie Nicole Salon. Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musician, Ford Combs. DJ, Dennis Payne with Playback DJ. Transportation, Ambassador Limousine & Easy Riders. Rentals, Harvest Moon Catering and Festive Fare. Officiant, Judy Worthington
There was no secret that for Arielle and Stephen’s wedding on Saturday, April 23rd that this couple loved wine! From their wine ceremony down to their wine décor it was clear that a vineyard wedding was a match made in heaven for them.
Wine ceremonies have become very popular. The couple will each take two different wines and simultaneously pour them into a wine glass and then drink from the combined wines. They symbolize the blending of two families into one, which is exactly what marriage is all about. For this wedding in particular, the ceremony was an extremely important and sentimental part of their day. In remembrance of her father, Arielle’s mother walked her down the aisle as a continuance of her support and guidance throughout all of the days of her life. It was a truly breathtaking moment as they soaked in an overwhelming sense of love with each step they took down the aisle towards Arielle’s soon to be husband.
Wine was highlighted in all other areas of their wedding as well! We loved seeing them incorporate Keswick Vineyards’ wine bottle table numbers, handmade wine cork letters, and wine colored floral accents. It was simplicity at its finest letting for the beauty of Keswick Vineyards and its scenic views to really be the focus.
Thank you to our vendors for another great wedding! Catering, Southern Inn Catering. Photography, Amanda Robbins Photography. Videographer, Brandon Mitchell. Wedding Planner, Karissa Coffey Wedding & Event Rentals. Florist, Hedge Fine Blooms. Hair, Brianna B. Adams. Makeup, Kara Waggoner. DJ, Bob Mednikov. Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musician, Mike Heuer. Officiant, Dave Glasgow. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine.
We welcomed Areizo and Thomas to Keswick Vineyards on Friday, April 22nd. A Friday wedding you say? Yes! The date held a big sentiment to the couple. Ever since they got engaged they knew “4/22” would be the one. Areizo and Thomas are both firefighters. Their station number is 422. Cute right?
Outside of their date, there were many, many details done right. You could tell this couple paid close attention to “the little things” as they were making their wedding day plans. Let’s start with the ceremony. The bride came in on a horse drawn carriage! The massive Clydesdale horses circled around our winding drive as they carried the bride and her father towards the front of the estate, past the fountain, and to the aisle. It truly was a beautiful moment.
Following ceremony, guests enjoyed signature mocktails and assorted cheeses and snacks provided by Harvest Moon Catering. Guests stayed entertained while the couple, family, and wedding party were off taking photos by diving into lawn games for fun! A handmade escort card board held keys for guests to find their way to their assigned tables and guests were encouraged to sign their “guest book” by writing notes to the couple on vintage post cards from around the world.
In lieu of a traditional photo booth, they decided to make their own! As a treat to the bride, the groom constructed a massive 10’x14’ photo frame station with gold picture frames which overlooked a glorious backdrop of our fountain. Clever!
To honor the bride’s culture, they offered a traditional array of Afghan cuisine. It was quite the spread! Guests had 10 different Afghan options to feast on, and they relished in every bit of it! But what’s dinner without something sweet? We all know its custom to have a cake…but this couple went all out and had a massive 8 tiered cake beautifully designed by Maliha Creations. It was such a beauty! In addition to cake, guests also enjoyed late night s’mores. You can’t go wrong with that!
A special thanks to our vendors who made this day possible: Catering, Afghan Restaurant & Harvest Moon Catering. Photographer: Jillian Michelle Photography. Videographer: With This Ring. Rentals, MS Events. Desserts, Maliah Creations. DJ, Rick Haggad. Hair & Makeup: Moxie Hair Salon. Florist: Lotus Productions. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine. Horse & Carriage, Classic Carriage. Officiant, Dan Stana. Wedding Planner, Becca Bee Events.
Blog Photography courtesy of Cindy Schornberg.