Congratulations to Donna & Eric who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, July 11th. Donna & Eric met through a friend of Eric’s 2 years ago at a cycling event at The Miller School. Eric was instantly attracted to Donna. They both were serious cyclist and that love was very obvious at their wedding. So much so, that along with wedding rings they exchanged their I.D. bracelets that cyclists often wear incase they get injured.
I love all the cycling details that Donna & Eric had come up with. You will see in my photos just some of those. One of my favorites was the wedding cake that was made by a friend of theirs. He incorporated gears from a bike into the cake stand! Donna had bike wheels hanging as the back drop behind their wedding cake that were adorned with some flowers. Guests seating charts were also attached to bike wheels with cloth pins. And of course, my favorite, using a Tandem bicycle built for two as their get away car fully attached with cans dragging behind it as they rode off.
Thanks to the following vendors for their exceptional talents: DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Officiant Gay Lee Einstein, Caterer Groovin’ Gourmet, RMK Photography, Moxie Hair and Body Lounge for Hair & Make-up, Verde Natural Florals and Easy Rider Bus Company.
Congratulations to Hannah & Steve who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, June 27th. At their rehearsal the night before, Hannah had pretty much given in to the fact that it was going to rain on her wedding day. With the weather forecasting a 90% chance of rain, it was almost a sure thing. Hannah was determined to be married in front of Edgewood Estate by the vineyard so she put her rain plan into affect. She purchased some really cute rain boots for her and her bridesmaids to wear. She rented an additional tent to house her outdoor ceremony under. Everything was all set for her “rain” wedding day. So, Saturday comes and guess what? Yes, Hannah & Steve woke to rain that morning BUT by mid day, the rain went away! It was amazing to watch the radar as the storms seem to part and go around Keswick Vineyards. I’ve seen this many times and couldn’t of been more happy for Hannah & Steve. So, no cute rain boots were needed and instead of the tent being used to protect the guests from rain during the ceremony, it was used to shade them from the sun! Steve told me after the ceremony that he kept telling Hannah it wasn’t going to rain and boy was he right. Way to call it Steve! Special thanks to the following vendors for their superb service: C&O Catering, Barb Wired Event Planner, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Musicians Linden Trio, Desserts by Sweethaus, Officiant Phil Gates, Photographer Tyler & Rebecca Corvin of C. Tyler Studio, Videographer Zac Fabian, Photo Booth by Charlottesville Photo Booth, Hair & Make-up by Anne Kibler of Charlottesville Make-up, Blue Ridge Florist, Rentals by Paisley & Jade and MS Events and Transportation by Camryn Buses and Vanterra & A&A for limousine, and Skyline Tent Company.
There’s always a first for everything and Saturday was once of those days at Keswick Vineyards. Meaghan & Eric were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, June 20th. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Bill was an uninvited guests for them. Earlier in the week, Tropical Storm Bill came ashore in Texas and slowly made its way towards Virginia. At Friday nights rehearsal Meaghan had already accepted that it would be raining on her wedding day. She was hopeful that she would still be able to have her ceremony outside but if not, she was good with our rain plan.
Saturday came and the day started out just beautiful but we all new this was the calm before the storm. Knowing that we would be getting something that night we prepared the reception tent so it would be ready in case of a bad storm. We watched the radar closely and saw that we were going to be able to do the ceremony outside but then the bands of the storm would be hitting us. The ceremony was just beautiful in front of the fountain with the backdrop of the vineyard and mountains. We quickly headed out to get some photos down by the pond for it was a priority for Meaghan. Just as we were finishing the photos the rain started. We quickly road the golf cart back to the estate and joined the rest of the guests for cocktails under the tent to wait out the storm.
This storm had some muscles to it. With the rain pouring down and the wind blowing we quickly got the sides on the tent to keep everyone dry. I’ve never seen rain come down like that except when I was in Florida for another tropical storm. Guests enjoyed themselves as they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers. Even the DJ got into the spirit of the storm by playing songs like “Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head”. Once the storm blew threw we opened the sides of the tent an everyone went outside to see the double rainbow Mother Nature had giving us. I wasn’t able to get a photo of it but can’t wait to see what their photographer took. We got about a 30 minute break before another wave came threw but this time not as bad. Dinner was served just before that wave hit so guests were able to finish dinner while waiting that one out. After that wave we were good for the night so the sides came off the tent and everyone started to dance the rest of the night away. Late night snacks were provided along with a delicious dessert bar which included some chocolates from Michigan. Oh yah, did I forget to mention this couple was from Michigan??? I thought it was great that they made their entrance into the reception tent to the U of M fight song.
I’m sure Meaghan & Eric and their guests will always remember this wedding. The storm definitely added another element to the occasion. I will always remember what a great attitude they had towards the weather along with their guests. I’m not sure many couples would have such a carefree attitude and allow themselves to relax and enjoy their wedding day no matter what Mother Nature was throwing at them. I think with that attitude it made it a lot easier on all the vendors that worked so hard at doing everything possible to make this wedding be just as perfect with or without the storm. A special thank you for all the vendors for working so hard to pull off this wedding: Caterer Groovin’ Gourmets, Furniture Rentals by Paisley & Jade, DJ T.D. Layman of Sound Enforcement, Musicians Madison Trio during ceremony & cocktail hour, Photographer Don & Lindsey Mears of Don Mears Photography, Hair & Make-up by Lou Stevens Glam Squad, Verde Natural Florals, Albemarle Limousine, MS Rentals and Keswick Vineyards as Day Of Event Planner.
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Elaine & Ken were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, June 13th. Nothing could of made this couple more happier then to see the rain that was forecasted for the day never to appear! Once the radar was clear, high fives were given, and the all outdoor wedding was on! Special thanks to Jacqueline from Barbeque Exchange who seems to intimidate Mother Nature every time. LOVE that girl!
Elaine was just breath taking! Her hair and make-up were just flawless and those earrings! AMAZING!!! She looked like a model in that dress of hers with that long veil. Ken didn't look so bad either:) Elaine & Ken had chosen fuchsia and gold as their wedding colors. Boy did the reception tent look amazing! With fuchsia tableclothes with giant floral arrangements on top of tall glass vases and gold plates accented with bistro lighting through out the tent. I just loved the look. Be sure to chck out the cute grooms cake the bride had made from their dogs.
I knew when Elaine and Ken did their first dance together that this was a dancing couple. Most couples have a slow song for their first dance. Not these two. They "performed" for the crowd and everyone loved it! That dancing continued the entire night especially with Elaine and her father. Boy could they dance! I especially loved it when Elaines parents had a song dedicated to them that was their wedding song many, many years ago. When I heard it I couldn't believe it. It was the same song that I walked down the aisle to when I was married. This is not a common song that is normally played at wedding ceremonies. Since I was married in Hawaii it is more of a Hawaiin song so it was really weird to heard that being played as "their" song. Funny how things like that happen. Any ways, I just loved everything about this couple and their wedding and I want to send a special thank you for the exceptional vendors that gave it their all to make this wedding so special for them: Caterer Barbecue Exchange, Wedding Planner Jennifer Hamlin of Events with Panache, DJ Greg Tutwiler of National DJ Connection, Photographer Stephanie Messick Photography, Video by Red Heron Productions, Hair & Make-up by Eric Stickler of Main Street Station, Florist Mary Henry of Mary Henry Designer, Blue Ridge Transportation, Rentals by MS Events, Officiant Paul Ownes and Skyline Tent Company.
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Congratulations to Michelle and Ryan who were married on Friday, June 12th, at Keswick Vineyards. There are so many different locations to have your ceremony at Keswick Vineyards. There is an area in front of the vineyard, another area in front of the fountain, another area under a giant, 300+ year old oak tree, another area that has the Edgewood Estate, the fountain, vineyard and mountains all in the background, could there be more? Well, yes. Michelle and Ryan had chosen a new area for their ceremony. Michelle really liked this spruce tree with how the branches fell to the ground creating almost a cave effect. Hanging glass globe ornaments from those branches provided the perfect backdrop for their ceremony.
What I loved the most about this couple was their sense of humor. It was very evident in their ceremony. When it came time for the rings the groomsmen all acted like they didn't know who had the rings. It was a cute surprise for the groom when they did that. It was only appropriate then for the best man, which also was Ryan's father, to drop the ring when he finally got it. No one could help but to chuckle.
Michelle's Mother worked very hard organizing all the details for this wedding. She even made all the floral arrangements including the bouquets. What an undertaking for her since she lives in Florida and had to bring all that stuff with her in a trailer. Hats off to Glenda & Don for putting on such a wonderful event.
Special thanks to the following vendors: Officiant Brandon Samuel, Caterer Groovin' Gourmets, DJ Dustin Spears, Photographer Nick Kessler, Easy Rider Bus Company and Richard Photo & Video Booth.
Congratulations to Heather & Drew who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, June 6th. I know the week leading up to this day had everyone a little nervous about the weather. The forecast was calling for rain. At one point it was at 90%! That morning the skies were just sunny and beautiful yet the forecast was still saying 40% chance of rain. Well, to everyones delight, we had no rain!!! The weather actually was perfect because we had a very nice breeze to keep everyone comfortable with the sun out. Thank you Mother Nature!
Some times I wonder how couples choose Keswick Vineyards. I found out that when Heather & Drew were touring our property Drew just happened to look inside the main house and noticed that my husband was watching a Detroit Lions football game. With Drew being from Michigan and hearing that we were originally from Michigan, the deal was done! I'm so happy they chose our venue because it is so nice to have other fellow Michiganders come for a visit to reminence about our home town. I love all the little sutle touches that let everyone know this was a union of a couple from Michigan and Virginia. Notice the corn hole games each had a state represented on it and the cake topper was just so cute!
I think the biggest hit from this wedding was the whiskey/cigar bar in the gazebo. Both males and females were enjoying that treat. For Heather & Drew, I think one of their favorite keepsake will be an old school polaroid picture taken by their photographer Cade Bowman. Can't believe Cade still has any film that would work in that type of camera. Special thanks to the following vendors for making this wedding just picture perfect: Caterer Harvest Moon, Officiant Brian Purcell of Two Become One Ministry, Wedding Cake by Sweethaus, DJ Andy Wilfong of Party Masters, Cade Bowman Photography, Floral Designs by Jacquelyn Collums, Hair & Make-up by Bella Boutique and Transportation by Richard's Bus Line.
Rounding out another 3 wedding week end at Keswick Vineyards was the marriage of Cassidy & Frank. Have you ever wondered where people that live in Las Vegas get married? Well, now you know. They come to Keswick Vineyards! It has been such a pleasure working with Cassidy and her mother-in-law over the past year as they would make frequent visits through out their year of planning. All that planning really showed with a picture perfect wedding day. Cassidy was a very hands on bride that made most of the decorations and trinkets herself. Each guests got a personalized wine charm to put on their Keswick Vineyards wine glass that they each got to take home as a souvenir. She made out of burlap holders for the silverware that was at each place setting.
I have so many favorite moments from this wedding. From Cassidy's first look with her father to a surprised son/Mother dance that rocked the crowd. This wedding was so intimate and so full of love that everyone could feel it. Cassidy's uncle performed the heart felt ceremony, Cassidy's cousin was the photographer and her Aunt & niece were the wedding planners. A slide show was shown on the Sperry tent mid way through the reception showcasing the lives of Cassidy and Frank. One other surprise that was done for the couple by Franks Mother was she printed some photos from the ceremony and framed them and had them waiting for the couple on their sweetheart table. I love their reaction when they finally saw them. Special thanks to all the wonderful vendors that work so hard to make these weddings just perfect for our couples: Caterer Southern Inn, DJ Mark Allen, Photo Booth by Focus & Fabulous, Photographer Charlie Colleton, Hair & Make-up by Judy Hayward, Colonial Florist, Officiant Patrick Propster and Aunt Wanda & Sabrina as the wedding planners. PS Is it just me or does Cassidy look like Celine Dion?
What a beautiful day Katherine & Evan had to exchange their wedding vows at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, May 30th. Katherine looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress! Evan didn't look so bad either:) Both being UVA graduates, they chose to have orange and blue as their accent colors. I love how their corn hole boards were decorated with the UVA emblem and they also hung banners under the tent. The guys wore charcoal grey suits with orange boutonnieres. Special thanks to the following vendors for providing such a wonderful experience for our couple: Caterer Harvest Moon, Photographer Tyler Corvin & Rebecca, Dessert provided by Cakes by Rachael, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Musicians for ceremony provided by Linden Trio, Hair & Make-up by Moxie Hair Salon & Lounge, Flowers by Natalie, Transportation by EZ Rider, Photo Booth provided by Photo Booth of Charlottesville, Albemarle Limousine for vintage get away car and Officiant Virginia Moore.
Well, as the saying goes, there's a first for everything, right? Well, this was a first for me and this is my 5th year doing weddings at Keswick Vineyards. We have been fortunate over the years to have the mountains in front of us for protection when scattered storms are out there. I can't tell you how many times I have watched the radar and have seen storms split and go around us until yesterday. Katelyn and Mike were married at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, May 29th. Thankfully, Katelyn and Mike had the correct attitude when Mother Nature throws you a curve ball. The scattered storms were coming from a different directions this time; from our back side. We knew the rain was coming so as guess arrived we had them go under the Sperry tent while we would wait out this rain cell. I thought this cell would pass in about 15 minutes and that would be no big deal to delay everything. What I didn't know was that those "protective" mountains of ours would work the opposite for us this time. Instead of the cell passing over us it stalled! I've never seen anything like this before. Those mountains were now holding that cell and that cell was breaking down before going any further. So, what do you do? Well, you switch things up a little. With the guests already under the tent we opened the bars and started cocktail hour. Hors d'oeuves were being passed around and guests enjoyed themselves as we waiting out the storm. In the mean time, Katelyn and Mike and the rest of the wedding party and family gathered to have photos done in a covered area. Once the storm had finally cleared, chairs were wiped down and we were a go for their wedding ceremony. The success of this wedding would not of been possible without the flexibility of so many people. Special thank you to the following vendors for being so flexible to allow Katelyn & Mike to have the wedding of their dreams: Caterer C&O, Wedding Planner Barb Wired, Officiant David Norris, DJ Derek Tobler, Photographer Mike Topham & Nancy, Verde Natural Florals, Hair & Make-up Artist Brianna Adams, Desserts by Pearls Cupcakes, Rentals by MS Events and buses by Blue Ridge Tours (Camryn & Vanterra).
No need to fear, Teresa & Jason's super hero wedding is here! Closing out our three Memorial week end weddings was Teresa & Jason being married on Sunday, May 24th. Once again the weather was picture perfect! Everyone in their wedding party was a super hero. All the girls had a garter that was a super hero and all the guys wore a super hero t-shirt under their suits. Even a superman figure made its way onto their wedding cake that was topped with the words, "To Infinity and Beyond". Teresa & Jason brought a little bit of their Chinese heritage into their wedding by having hand fans for guests to use during the ceremony and then each table setting had a little red satin bag with treats inside. Instead of guests signing a guest book, they had painted on a piece of wood a tree with leaves that each guests would sign. What a beautiful keepsake they will be able to hang in their home. Guests were treated to an amazing dinner which featured a whole roasted pig! A delicious dessert table was on hand also to complete the feasting. What I loved the most from this wedding was how the guests applauded all during the ceremony. When the parents were seated, they would clap. When the groom and the groomsmen came out, they clapped. When they saw the bride, they stood and clapped. As the couple left, they clapped. Even when the parents left, they clapped. I wish more wedding would do that. It was just so nice to see how they appreciated every moment of that ceremony. Not sure if that is a Chinese thing or just how these guests were but I LOVED it! Special thanks to the following vendors for doing a great job: Events by Elizabeth Palmer as their event planner, Caterer BBQ Exchange, Desserts by Amanda Robinson of Sweet Fix RVA, DJ Andy Wolfing of Party Masters Entertainment, Photographer Tyler Corvin, Hair & Make-up by Jennifer Saunders MUA, Black Creek Flowers & Sweets, Albemarle Limousine for buses and get away car, Photo Booth by Andrew Yanz of Yanz Events, Rentals by MS Events and Officiant Richard Galarza.