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May 11, 2016 | Keswick Vineyards

How Harry Met Mandy

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.

 

Time Posted: May 11, 2016 at 9:21 PM
Keswick Vineyards
 
May 4, 2016 | Keswick Vineyards

Teammates for Life

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

Time Posted: May 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Keswick Vineyards
 
May 1, 2016 | Keswick Vineyards

For the Love of Wine

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.

 

Time Posted: May 1, 2016 at 7:03 PM
Keswick Vineyards
 
April 27, 2016 | Keswick Vineyards

Love Makes the World Go Round!

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.

Time Posted: Apr 27, 2016 at 6:47 PM
Keswick Vineyards
 
April 19, 2016 | Keswick Vineyards

Welcome to 2016!

Our 2016 wedding season has officially begun! We welcomed Robin and James to Keswick Vineyards to celebrate their love on Saturday, April 16th. With a beautiful 75 and not a cloud in sight, this couple relished in not only the good weather but the good vibes shared with their family and loved ones.

Having met while playing in a summer kickball league, the couple locked eyes on second base. From there, their love grew and they spent many years traveling around the globe together. With traveling and adventure being a key point in their relationship, they knew they wanted to incorporate it into their wedding day as well. The groomsmen’s boutonnières (while traditionally made out of flowers) were crafted out of comic-books. How neat! Robin’s bouquet had a special touch as well being made out of paper with a special map accent in a few of her flowers. 

Continuing along with the theme, each table was designated with wine bottles marked with the many places of their lives. Such a simple, yet personal touch! Every moment was perfectly captured by C. Tyler Corvin Studios. We even were able to sneak away for a private moment in our Tasting Room for the couple to take a picture with our 2016 Governors Gold Cup! Roadside Chive Catering had a huge role to fill with this foodie couple and they did not disappoint. Everything from their creative menus with multiple food stations, their individual bread and cheese boards at each guest table with infused olive oil, all the way down to the “vendor meal” table they treated all of the hardworking vendors of this wedding to were absolutely wonderful. A treat we could really get use to at Keswick Vineyards! 

To round out the evening, the couple and their guests enjoyed a delicious two tiered cake courtesy of Paradox Pastry followed by dancing and after dinner cigars. All in all…the first wedding of the season for 2016 was a major success!

Thank you to all of our incredible vendors who made this day come to life: Event planner, Ashley Kovach with Roadside Chive Catering. Caterer, Roadside Chive Catering. Pastry Chef, Paradox Pastry. DJ, Jamaal Botticelli. Photographer, C. Tyler Corvin Studios. Hair and Makeup, Jeanne Cusick. Officiant, David Norris.

Blog Photography courtesy of Cindy Schornberg.

Time Posted: Apr 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 18, 2015 | Cindy Schornberg

Last wedding for 2015 was a nail biter!

Saturday, November 7th, was the wedding day for Ginny & Brian at Keswick Vineyards located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia.  It would also be the final wedding for our 2015 wedding season that began in April.  To everyone’s dislike, Mother Nature was not being cooperative with the weather.  When all vendors arrived for the day we started to discuss the weather situation.  Almost all forecast where showing rain still at 4:00; the time the ceremony was to start.  Ginny was not embracing the weather and really wanted her ceremony outside and we all knew that and we were going to do everything possible to make that happen.  We prepared the Sperry tent for our rain plan ceremony location.  It was important to Ginny to have the vineyard in her back drop so her ceremony location under the tent was a little different then our recommended rain plan.  As you can see by my photos, the tent was looking beautiful to host their wedding ceremony.  In the mean time, everyone was on stand by to see if we would get a break in the weather and get lucky to keep the ceremony outside to fulfill Ginny & Brian’s wishes and guess what?  We did!!!!!!!!!  Ginny & Brian started to do photos outside while everyone else hustled to create their outdoor wedding ceremony within 10 minutes.  I can’t tell you how hard it is for the caterers to be that flexible since it is so time consuming setting up for a wedding.  Most caterers and wedding planners would not do what was done this day.  It required an amazing amount of flexibility, work and compromise from everyone to pull this off.  Hats off to Meghan Streit of Shindig Weddings and Events, LLC and Cristine from Harvest Moon Catering and the rest of the Keswick Vineyards team for working extra hard to make Ginny & Brian have their dream wedding outside.  I don’t think Ginny ever got to see what the tent looked like for the rain plan until now with these photos.  I’m sure she would have been happy with it but definitely was happier being outside and we are all about making our brides happy here at Keswick Vineyards!

I can’t thank enough all the vendors that day for all their hard work.  It was so great to be part of an amazing team which included:  Meghan Streit of Shindig Weddings and Events LLC, Caterer Harvest Moon, Photographer Jen Fariello, DJ John Garland, Desserts by Pearl’s Bake Shoppe, Officiant Kyle Hoover, Flowers by Blue Ridge Floral, Transportation by Albemarle Limousine, Lighting by Skyline Tent Company and Hair & Make-up by Top Knot Studios.

Time Posted: Nov 18, 2015 at 3:33 PM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 4, 2015 | Cindy Schornberg

Laura & Kris’s Wedding Day

Congratulations Laura & Kris who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, October 31st.  What a beautiful fall day they had as the colors were at their peak providing a spectacular backdrop.  Speaking of spectacular, the Sperry tent.  I just couldn’t get enough pictures of the Sperry tent.  The tent had bistro lights hung throughout while incorporating farm tables with round tables.  Just loved the look and feel that creates.  Laura & Kris also had some wicker lounge furniture for guests to hang out in under the tent.  Make sure to take a look at those flowers also.  AMAZING!!!!  The style and colors for the ceremony location and the brides bouquet were right on with mixing into this fall day.  The antique car wasn’t too shabby either! 
Of course, with it being Halloween, Laura & Kris had a “treat” table consisting of cake, cupcakes and candies for guests to help themselves to.  Guests also had carmel apples to take with them.  Carpe Donuts came later in the evening so everyone could enjoy some warm donuts and hot apple cider!  A wood cut out in the shape of the state of Virginia was used for the guest book. 

Special thanks to the following vendors:  Wedding Planner Beverly Wakefield of A Grand Affair Events, Caterer 20 South, Officiant Virginia Moore, DJ Derek Tobler, Guitarist for ceremony Peter Richardson, Photographer Amy Jackson, Hair & Make-up by Moxie Salon, Southern Blooms Florist, Rentals by Festive Fare, Skyline Tent Company for lighting, Desserts by Sweethaus & Carpe Donuts, A&A Limo for buses and Albemarle Limousine for the antique car.

 

 

Time Posted: Nov 4, 2015 at 7:11 PM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 2, 2015 | Cindy Schornberg

Presentación de Los Padrinos

On Saturday, October 24th, Anna & Daniel were married twice!  Both being of Catholic faith, they wanted to have a church wedding yet also wanted a beautiful outdoor wedding so they did both.  Their day started in the afternoon with a traditional Catholic church wedding.  Afterwards, they came back to Keswick Vineyards and relaxed before starting their 2nd ceremony.  This ceremony would celebrate the traditions of a Mexican ceremony which was a first here at Keswick Vineyards.
It started with El Lazo (The Lasso) which is an oversize Rosary that is placed over Anna and Daniel and unifies the couple together in marriage with the figure eight representing infinity to their marriage.  Next came Los Arras (The Coins).  At this point the groom gives the bride coins reinforcing the love and admiration the groom has for his bride.  She accepts as her intent to support him.  After that came Biblio y Rosario (Bible and Rosary).  Daniel’s Grandparents presented the couple with their first family bible and rosary reminding the newlyweds of Gods eternal love.  Finally, Vela de la Unidad (The Unity Candle) in which Anna & Daniel lite individual candles and then together lite one candle representing two individual lives becoming one.  At the conclusion of this ceremony Anna & Daniel read together the Irish Wedding Prayer.
Now that the ceremonies were over guests retreated to cocktail hour and enjoyed appetizers while the couple, with Photographer Robert Radifera, left to take memorable photos.  I just loved the flowers done by Verde Natural Florals.  They had just enough “extras” added to them to give off that fall feel.  The beautiful wedding cake done by Sweethaus also had just a few of those flowers added to it.  Not only did the couple have a delicious wedding cake but also had a groom’s cake that definitely let guests know the groom was a golfer.  Guests danced the night away with DJ Daniel Sims before the guests left in their limo by Camryn Limousine.  Felicidades y buena suerte a los dos por una vida maravillosa juntos!

Time Posted: Nov 2, 2015 at 4:31 PM
Cindy Schornberg
 
October 29, 2015 | Cindy Schornberg

Matt got Marie’d!

On Saturday, October 18th, we celebrated the journey of love with Matt and Marie, a couple who has been together for an impressive eight years. Matt, being an active duty Marine pilot, was forced to spend countless amounts of time away from his love. All the way across the country in fact. The two finally now are able to join together, on the same coast, for one of the first times in their eight years of dating. It was worth the wait since now they’re husband and wife!

Marie definitely knew how to make Matt and the other groomsmen happy.  Waiting in the “man’s cave” was a tower of beers displayed on an end table.  The men had to practice the “sword” ending to this military ceremony.  Unfortunately, I had to miss the ceremony and was only able to photograph the rehearsal. 

The couple started their day with a traditional Marine Corps sword ceremony. Six of the couple’s friends showcased their duty by welcoming Marie into their marine family. They continued to celebrate the joining of THREE families as they danced the night away under a bistro lit Sperry tent. DJ Bob Mednikov kept the crowd alive and happy. It was hard to get people OFF of the dance floor! Besides the bistro lighting under the tent they also hung some over the cocktail area on the East lawn.  At night this provided such a lovely lit area to hang out under while enjoying a nice glass of wine or a cigar.

One thing certainly grabbed everyone’s attention towards the end of the night; the cutting of the cake! Of course, no cake knife or server was needed. A sword would do!

Congratulations to Matt and Marie! We wish you a safe travel out to California as you start your new life together!

Special thanks to our vendors for making this day so great: Angelica with Keswick Vineyards, Day of Coordination. Catering, Southern Inn Catering. Desserts, Southern Inn & Albemarle Baking Company. Ceremony Music, Linden Trio. DJ, Bob Mednikov with AAA Disc Jockeys. Photographer, Don Mears Photography. Videographer, Michael Eller with Monachetti Weddings. Hair and Makeup, Studio FBJ. Florist, Southern Blooms. Transportation, A Goff Limousine & Bus Company.  Tent lighting, Skyline Tent Company.

Time Posted: Oct 29, 2015 at 4:12 PM
Cindy Schornberg
 
October 22, 2015 | Cindy Schornberg

A Cats Wedding?????

It was such a pleasure to host Jordan & Chris’s wedding at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, October 16th.  Jordan is a cat lover.  That is probably an understatement.  Her love for cats was everywhere except for the ceremony location but that was only because Scraps, Keswick Vineyards cat, wouldn’t cooperate.  Nothing would have made Jordan happier then to have Scraps crash her wedding.  Unfortunately, Scraps just watched from the distance.  Perhaps it was the cat theme wedding cake or all the cat pictures that adorned each guest table that kept Scraps away?  Regardless, Scraps acted like a normal cat and did what she wanted.  Thankfully, Reverend Claire Goodman was able to incorporate cats into the ceremony.  Who knew that October 16th was National Feral Cat Day?  Jordan did, that’s who! 
One of the best things from this wedding was definitely the 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan antique car Jordan road in to make her entrance to the ceremony site.  What was so special about this car?  Well, it was the exact same car that her father drove her home from the hospital in when she was born!  How incredible is that?  Can you imagine what it had to feel like for her father as he drove her up the long, winding drive way to give her away?  So special!
Jordan & Chris chose a new location for their ceremony.  They actually had their guests face Edgewood Estate.  This allowed for her grand entrance coming up the drive way in that antique car.  Not a bad backdrop as you can see. 
Special thanks to the following vendors:  Wedding Planner Erin Spencer of Spectacular Events by Erin, Officiant Rev. Claire Goodman, Caterer Travinia Italian Kitchen, Cakes by Cathy Stewart, DJ Nathan King of King Studios, Photographer Robert Radifera (love the photo I got of him in action!), Florist Shelby Alexander of The Flower Girl and Quicks Bus for transportation.

Time Posted: Oct 22, 2015 at 12:53 PM