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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
Well, it was obvious when I finally saw all the work that Ashley and her Mother Carla had been doing over the past year that this was going to be one spectacular wedding! You definitely could tell that Carla was in the event business and brought in her “A team” to make her daughters fairy tale wedding come true. Everything from this wedding looked like a staged photo shoot. Let’s start with the flowers. OMG! Isha Foss was her florist from Virginia Beach. The richness of the color palette used for the flowers along with ribbons hanging from each bouquet were so elegant. Isha draped the entrances of the Sperry tent with greenery also just to add more loveliness to the tent. The centerpieces were highlighted with spot lighting. At night the tent just looked so beautiful with those centerpieces popping under the glow of the tent. My pictures just don’t do it justice.
Now, how about the bride, groom and wedding party? Breathtaking! Ashley’s handmade dress from Italy had that whimsical fairy tale feel to it. I just wanted to see her running through the vineyard. The guys were so handsome in their black tuxedos. The bridesmaids, in their gold tone gowns with those gorgeous bouquets, just spectacular. Like I said earlier, photo shoot material all the way!
Lets not forget about the food. Harvest Moon Catering did an awesome job by providing a variety of food stations for guests to explore through out the tent. One of my favorites that tortured me for hours smelling was chicken in waffles with a honey mustard sauce. I forgot how wonderful waffles cooking smell. Another delicious dish was shrimp and grits. Yummy!
But probably the best thing from this wedding was the wedding cake and desserts. Why? Well, Ashley’s Mom, Carla, owns a bakery in Virginia Beach and she personally made the wedding cake plus the 120 miniature cakes for the guests. How special is that for both Ashley and Carla? Just as good as the wedding cake was the macaroons made by Hummingbird Bakery.
Finally, the guests got to enjoy a brandy bar and cigars while dancing the night away with DJ Roger Cruz from Virginia Beach also. I can’t wait to see Photographer Rachael May’s photos from this wedding. I’m sure we will be seeing them in magazines!
One finally thing, I’ve never seen this before at any of our weddings, at the end of the evening guests were told to leave the tent for a sparkler departure. Once the tent was empty, Ashley & Jim shared a private moment together under the spotlight on the dance floor for one last dance, just the two of them. Isn’t that great? What a wonderful way to end your wedding day.
Special thanks to the following vendors for making this wedding dream come true: Wedding Planner Lindsey Hocker of Simply Perfect Events (out of Virginia Beach) and assistant Lauren Dunn, Harvest Moon Catering, DJ Roger Cruz of Astro Entertainment, Photographer Rachael May, Video by Caleb from East West Production, Florist Isha Foss, Transportation by Ambassador Limousine, Musician for ceremony & cocktail hour Plum Blossom Quartet, Hair & Make-up by Ave 42, Desserts by Just Cupcakes.
Congratulations to Elissa & Nathan who tied the knot of Saturday, October 10th, at Keswick Vineyards. What a perfect day for a wedding! The sun was out to keep you warm yet there was a coolness also to make it just right. Elissa & Nathan chose our “fall” location for their ceremony. This location is to the east side of Edgewood Estate and takes advantage of a spectacular panorama view of the Estate, the fountain, the vineyard and the mountains all starting to glow with fall colors. An amazing view! Reverend Sam Ferguson from Falls Church did a beautiful ceremony. My favorite part was after Elissa & Nathan were pronounced husband & wife, their first act together as a married couple was to kneel and pray together. First time for me to see this here and I thought it was a lovely touch.
After the ceremony guests enjoyed some delicious hors d’oeuvres while listening to a violinist & harpist play along with some recorded music. Highly recommend these musicians. Escort cards were displayed pinned on strings secured to a frame. Once the couple was done with photos everyone went under the heated Sperry tent to enjoy a plated dinner prepared by Roadside Chive. After dinner desserts of a wedding cake and District Donuts were available.
To work off some of those calories guests danced the night away with DJ TD Layman at the controls. It was so much fun with all the dancing. There actually was this “fun” dance off between one of the groomsmen and a younger guest. I must say, they both had the moves but that young boy, look out!
Special thanks to all the vendors that night for working so hard to make Elissa & Nathan’s dream wedding come true: Caterer Roadside Chive, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement Studios, Wedding Cake by Maliah Creations, Officiant Reverend Sam Ferguson, Musician for ceremony & cocktail hour Shelley Green of Harmony of Virginia, Photographer Sarah Goodwin, Hair & Make-up by Cindy Elliott-Semrau, Flowers by Hedge Fine Blooms, Transportation by Platinum Tours & Camryn Limo and Keswick Vineyards acting as their Day Of Coordinator.
Jessica & Joshua’s relationship reads like one of those storybook fairy tales. Joshua knew after spending 4 hours in a park on a see saw talking to Jess about their favorite books that she was the one for him. Their love for literature was the theme for their wedding held at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, September 26th. For centerpieces they used some of their favorite leather bond books stacked three high with a candle on top and a floral arrangement to adore each table. They also had book ends with numbers to use as their table numbers. Instead of a guest sign in book they had a framed black & white print of stacked books that each guest would sign. They also had a display of books as party favors for their guests to take with personalized book marks that Jess had made.
Jessica & Joshua are one of those couples that you just love being around. Their smiles and laughter is infectious to all. Even when we were down by the pond for some photos I swear I heard our swans copying the laughter they could hear from these two. Even though Mother Nature didn’t provide the best of weather these two didn’t mind. We went with our rain plan and held the ceremony under the Sperry tent. You will see from my photos that it is just beautiful. Harvest Moon was the caterer and served a plated dinner for all the guest and had made some miniature desserts that were so yummy! Special thanks to all the vendors for making this fairy tale wedding come true for these two: Caterer Harvest Moon, Day of Coordinator Keswick Vineyards, Officiant Reverend Gay Lee Einstein, Wedding Cake by Rachel, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Photographer Tyler Corvin, Musicians for Ceremony Charlottesville String Quartet, Hair & Make-up by Studio FBJ, Florist Flowers by Natalie and Albemarle Limousine for transportation.
Congratulations to Erika and Jordan who were married by Claire Goodman amongst the vines at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, September 19th. With over 200 weddings performed so far at Keswick Vineyards, I would have to say that the vows written by Jordan were some of the best I have heard from a groom. Not only were his words so personal, emotional, humorous at times, just so touching but I loved even more how he was always reaching out to hold Erika’s hand. My favorite part was when Erika was done saying her vows that were also so beautiful and touching that Jordan was moved so much that he had to give her a hug and then wanted to give her a kiss. The crowd quickly let him know that a kiss was not allowed yet so Jordan quickly took his hands off of her. The guests really got a good chuckle out of that.
A favorite item from this wedding was a large monogram stand Erika’s father had made out of corks. I also like the framed table assignments that were displayed on a table before guests entered the Sperry tent. Each table number match a framed photo of the bride and groom at that age. Table 8 had a picture of Erika and Jordan at age 8 and so on. Very cute!
Guests dance the night away with DJ Stroud at the controls and enjoyed a late night snack of breakfast burritos and hash browns prepared by Harvest Moon.
Thank you to the following vendors for making another dream wedding come true: Wedding Planner Julie Cooney, Caterer Harvest Moon, Officiant Claire Goodman, Cakes by Rachel, DJ Stroud, Photographer Raiza Vega, Flowers by Cathy Coyle, Transportation by Easy Rider, Hair & Make-up by Faces by Joy.