Sarah and Michael’s long awaited Virginia wedding took place at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, September 8th in front our iconic fountain. Sarah, Michael and their friends definitely have that type of relationship where they like to rib one another so I knew this wedding could have some surprises in hand. Well, I was right!
At the conclusion of the ceremony a small stool was hidden in the bushes. Just as their Pastor said they could kiss, Michael’s Best Man interrupted that moment and placed that stool down so Michael would be taller for their first kiss. As you can see, the entire wedding party got a good laugh out of that one.
This ribbing humor continued into their wedding reception with their first dance. The groomsmen had dared our couple that if they danced to this certain song (I won’t mention it but lets just say it isn’t one you would normally hear at a wedding let alone for a first dance), they would give them $300.00. Well, they did and they are now $300.00 richer!
So, when it came time for cake cutting I definitely knew some cake smashing was going to happen and it did. Thankfully, these two have that special humor type of relationship that adds that extra spark for this marriage to last forever.
As you can see by the photos, the men really enjoyed the cigars that the couple had for their guests to enjoy. Topping off the evening with a delicious buffet dinner and desserts made by a family member. Oh, did I mention my favorite part of this wedding???? Pockets! The brides dress had pockets! Gotta love that.
Special thanks to the following vendors: Event Planner, Keswick Vineyards; Pastor Mike Gianopulos; Caterer, Harvest Moon; Desserts made by family member, DJ Derek Tobler, Photographer Stephanie Fox, Hair & Make-up by Event Hair by Lauren, Bride did the flowers and decorations, Furniture Rentals by Paisley & Jade and Albemarle Limousine for their get away car.
On Sunday, September 3, 2017 Amanda & Bryan FINALLY made it official and were married at Keswick Vineyards on a beautiful, late summer afternoon. This wedding was extra special for Keswick Vineyards for Amanda was the dance teacher for their youngest daughter. With Amanda being a dancer herself, we knew we would be in for treat later that evening. But, to our surprise, our treat came with their first dance.
Amanda & Bryan started with the usual slow song for their first dance when all of a sudden, the music changed and they were off to a perfectly choreographed dance (geeze, I wonder who could of done that??????) We knew Amanda was a great dancer but who knew Bryan was? He was up there definitely holding his own with Amanda. Just shows you how great of a teacher she is. The crowd were all on their feet witnessing this very special, memorable moment. I’m just upset that I didn’t have my camera with me at that time☹
Two things that I just LOVED from this wedding besides the couple. First, they placed outdoor bistro lights near the gazebo. This provided a perfectly lit area for the evening for guests to enjoy cocktails and cigars. In this location, everyone would walk past it versus putting it in our usual East lawn cocktail hour location.
The second thing I loved was the late night snack of ice cream sandwiches provided by Wonderment Bakery. Guest had a choice of 3 different types. I, of course, had to sample one since this was a new vendor. DELICIOUS!!! The different flavors of ice cream were in between 2 homemade chocolate chip cookies that were so good! Would definitely recommend this for those hot, summer weddings.
Thanks to the following vendors for making Amanda and Bryan’s long awaited wedding worth it: Keswick Vineyards as Event Planner, Catering by Southern Inn, Desserts provided by Sweethaus and Wonderment Bakery, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Officiant Mike Taylor, Videographer Ian’s Creations, Hair & Make-up by Charlottesville Make-up Artistry, Flowers by Harmony Harvest Farm, Photo Booth of Charlottesville, Easy Rider Bus Company for transportation and Skyline Tent Company for the additional bistro lighting.
Melanie & Nick’s wedding at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, September 2, was such an elegant event. It started with a quartet playing music as guests arrived. With Melanie being a professional opera singer, she had one of her opera friends sing during their ceremony. What a treat that was for everyone in attendance. It is amazing the power an opera singer has with their voice. So, not only were guess captivated by the acoustics of all this music, but the classic beauty of a wedding party all dressed in black and white with the lushness of a green vineyard put everyone into sensory overload.
After the ceremony guess enjoyed cocktails under the Sperry tent. Once again, sensory overload by drinking Keswick Vineyards award winning wines and the delicious appetizers prepared by Roadside Chive Catering. Could the night get any better???? Of course, it was just getting started!
With a Greek heritage you knew we would be having some traditional Greek dancing which all guests enjoyed. DJ TD Layman continued to please the crowd by doing the “shoe” game. What is the “shoe” game you ask? Well, the couple is seated on the dance floor with their backs to each other. TD has them hold their shoe and a shoe of their spouse and they hold up the shoe of the person they think answers the question being asked. Such questions may be, “who said I love you first?” or “who has the craziest family?” etc. As you can see by the photo, guests just loved it!
And finally, the night ended with a delicious cake and a sparkler departure to send these two love birds off on their honeymoon.
Special thanks to the following vendors: Event Planner Keswick Vineyards, Caterer Roadside Chive, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Photographer Sarah Goodwin, Florist Foxtail Cottage, Officiant Claire Frances, Transportation by Easy Rider, Quartet Plum Blossom, Nanny Service by Nanny Network and Skyline Tent Company for additional bistro lighting under the tent.
Congratulations to Vicki & Josh who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, August 26th. What a beautiful day Mother Nature provided them with plenty of sunshine with just the right mixture of a breeze. With that breeze, Vicki’s light chiffon fabric dress had an air about it as she made her way to the alter. At the back of the aisle this couple chose to have 2 wine barrels with flower wreaths and a lantern in the middle to spruce up their ceremony site in front of the vineyard.
After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the East Lawn at Edgewood Estate while sampling a variety of cheeses and meats prepared by Roadside Chive. Once guests made their way under the Sperry Tent they not only enjoyed a delicious dinner but enjoyed taking silly photos in the photo booth. Photo booths are a great way to get photos of all your guests. Photo Booth of Charlottesville keeps a copy of each photo taken and creates a memory book to be given to the couple at the end of the night. What a great keepsake that almost doubles as a guest book.
I must say that for this wedding that the favorite thing for guests had to be the 3 different types of cake. The one that was flavored like Tiramisu went the quickest. I think everyone had been eyeing that one all night long and were not disappointed.
Special thanks to the following vendors: Keswick Vineyards as Event Planner, Roadside Chive as Caterer, Cakes by Rachel, DJ Greg Tutwiler of National DJ Connection, Musician Mike D’Antoni, Photo Booth of Charlottesville, Officiant Dave Norris, Flowers done by Lacy’s Florist, Rentals provided by MS Events, Hair & Make-up by The Spot Beauty Shop and Albemarle Limousine for transportation.
Bethann & Graham were not going to chance any bad weather on their wedding day. They did the old Southern tradition of burying a bottle of bourbon, upside down, exactly a month before their wedding day and it worked! On Saturday, August 19th, the weather was just perfect for an all outdoor ceremony/wedding at Keswick Vineyards located just outside Charlottesville, VA.
Bethann LOVES flowers and you could definitely tell that when you saw her florals. Hanging over their head table was a ladder that was just covered with greenery and flowers. What a statement it made for their reception. She was so excited when she saw her bouquet. It’s so nice to witness the reaction when a bride sees her bouquet for the first time; priceless!
I know flowers were most important to Bethann but my favorite feature from her wedding was the sign they had made that was displayed at the cocktail bar describing their signature drinks. Sometimes it’s those little details that can make all the difference.
The other detail that I loved was the party favors for guest to take. They had a bucket full of iced, shortbread cookies in a variety of designs like a wine bottle, the State of Virginia, saying thank you. Again, those little details stand out.
And finally, the food! C&O prepared food that was nothing less than delicious! Food was served in a buffet line but to add just a little detail to that, they had a server dishing out portions to the guests as they made their way through the buffet line. Another nice little touch.
Keswick Vineyards is always thankful for the perfection our vendors give our couples. Thank you to: Event Planning by Keswick Vineyards, C&O Catering, Cakes by Rachel, Dennis Payne of Playback DJ, Encore String Quartet, Rachel May Photography, Southern Blooms Florals, Reverend Claire Frances, Hair & Make-up by Avenue 42, Rentals by MS Events, Lighting by Skyline Tent Company and transportation provided by Easy Rider Bus Company and Albemarle Limousine.
All you need is love. Charmaine & Aly are definitely an example of that and was much needed on this particular Saturday, August 12th. On a day that started with Charlottesville being on the national news for a white supremacy gathering that turned tragic, it was reassuring to see how diversity can be so beautiful. With Charmaine arriving from China just 5 days before her wedding day, and Aly arriving about 8 days from Dubai for his wedding day, these two were ready to show the world how love is blind and can conquer any boundaries.
Charmaine & Aly began their wedding day like they did on their first date with a pool game. I was told that Charmaine won the last time they had played which was many years ago and Aly always wanted a rematch so today was the day. I won’t say who won but I think another game is in order to break a tie.
With a lot of the guest being from Dubai and Pakistan, the brief rain storm we had was such a treat for them. To them, the rain was like the first snow fall for us. They just don’t get rain in the desert and relished in it. To top it off they were treated to a double rainbow! They definitely hit the pot of gold at Keswick Vineyards!
Charmaine had a beautiful, white lace wedding dress with a veil to cover her face. She was simply beautiful! After some photos, she would change into her “comfy” dress that was adorned with jewels on the front bodice. Even better, it had pockets!!!
Guests enjoyed a delicious 3 course plated dinner prepared by Harvest Moon followed by a 3-tier cake by Passionflower Cakes. It was one of the best cakes I have tasted! Guests enjoyed the rest of the evening dancing the night away and enjoying a little late-night rain, yet not enough to spoil the couple’s sparkler departure.
Thank you to the following vendors for making this international wedding a huge success despite the distractions that were going on in Charlottesville: Keswick Vineyards as their Day of Coordinator, Harvest Moon Catering, Tourterelle Floral, DJ Derek Tobler, Ayesha Photography and Passionflower Cakes
On Saturday, August 5th, Katie and John were married at Keswick Vineyards. For an early August vineyard wedding you couldn’t of asked for a more perfect day with the weather. They really hit the Jack Pot with no humidity and a breeze to top it off.
They chose to be married in front of the fountain at Edgewood Estate. This is a very popular location for ceremonies under 140 in size. With the back drop of the vineyard and the mountain views you can see why this location is so popular. With a barrel with a unity candle in the middle and a couple of floral arrangements on each side, they were all set.
Katie and John had so many cute ideas for their wedding as you can see by my photos. I really like the photo of them with balloons that guests would sign versus the traditional guest book. They also had a bible that guests highlighted their favorite verse and then signed it. I think that makes a great guest book also for those that are religious and know their bible versus. A beautiful memory barrel was also under the reception tent and I just loved the little saying displayed with the photos and angel statue.
Guests enjoyed a family style dinner prepared by Travinia Italian Kitchen. Topping off that dinner was a wedding cake, cupcakes and cannoli’s! No one left unsatisfied that evening.
What better way to end the evening then to have a sparkler send off with one of Albemarle Limousine antique cars to drive you away in.
Thanks to the following vendors for making this dream wedding reality for Katie & John: Wedding Planner, Keswick Vineyards; Caterer, Travinia Italian Kitchen; Desserts by Sweethaus; DJ Andy Wilfong of Party Masters; Musicians Terra Voce; Photographer & Photobooth, Ward Photography; Videographer, Partytrap Studios; Hair & Make-up by Charlottesville Makeup Artist; Florist, Lacy’s Florist; Skyline Tent Company for tent lighting; Officiant Father Jason Lody; Transportation by Ambassador Limousine (buses) and Albemarle Limousine for vintage get away car.
Congratulations to Thays & Clinton who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, July 22nd. With most of the guests being from Miami, this wedding definitely had some “heat” to it. Thays looked exceptionally beautiful in her wedding dress. I just love the look she gave her father as they made their way to the alter. When Clinton laid his eyes on her you could see his eyes swell with tears as he was captivated by her beauty at that moment.
Speaking of moments, we all know how cute flower girls can be. I’ve seen those little ones walk on their own, be pulled in a wagon, have their parents carry them or I’ve even seen them run the opposite direction! What made this flower girl different was you had to add about another 90 years to the normal age of a flower girl. Yes, Thay’s 94 year old Grandma was her flower girl and was just thrilled with that role. All the guests were amused as she threw rose petals into the crowd versus onto the aisle.
Cocktails were held under Keswick’s 300+ year old oak tree. I just love the bar that they rented from Paisley & Jade. After a delicious dinner prepared by Goodrich Gourmet Catering, it was time to hit the dance floor. Thay and her father stole the show with their dance. I was told Thays was dancing disco even before she knew how to walk and it showed. The two of them did a father/daughter dance that just had everyone cheering. Definitely one of the best I’ve seen.
Lastly, guests enjoyed desserts with homemade pies, cake and donuts. The donuts were displayed on a pegged door so guests could just pull off the donut of their choice. And for those that wanted a different type of dessert, cigars and brandy were also on hand!
Thanks to the following vendors for doing such an exceptional job: Event Coordinator, Keswick Vineyards; Catering, Goodrich Gourmet Catering; rentals, Paisley & Jade and MS Events; Officiant, Moretta Henderson; Desserts, Sweethaus; DJ, Ty Russel; Harpest, Eve Watters, Photographer, Leah Hewitt Photography; Hair & Make-up, Carolyn Thombs & Malia Rafaie; Florist, Amy Dittmer; Video, Joseph Kim; and tent lighting, Skyline Tent Company.
Congratulations to Sarah and Sean who after being together for six years tied the knot at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, July 14, 2017. Being a July wedding in Virginia, it can be hot. I remember when they toured the property pointing out to them a good shady area in front of the fountain that would be greatly appreciated by their guests if they ended up having one of those hot, July days. Well, they did have a beautiful, hot & sunny wedding day and remembered that spot and used it! I was so happy to see that and I’m sure their guests really were the happiest. This was a first for any of our couples to use this location. From the photos, I think you all would agree that it is just as beautiful as any ceremony location at Keswick Vineyards.
Sarah is a twin and had her sister walked her down the aisle. Another first for us at Keswick Vineyards. What a special moment for those two to share.
The evening sunset provided a beautiful backdrop as guest enjoyed a buffet dinner prepared by Blue Ridge Catering. I must say, the grilled chicken with pesto sauce was delicious! And speaking of delicious, those cupcakes from Paris Cake Company. I’m so happy the family let me keep the extras! After dinner and dessert, it was onto the dance floor for guests to dance the night away. Adding to the festivities the couple had glow sticks for their guests to grab and use while dancing and instead of a sparkler departure the couple was showered with bubbles as they drove away to their happily ever after!
Special thanks to the following vendors who make each of our weddings so special: Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering, Dessert: Paris Cake Company, DJ: DJ Ricky of Prime Time Sound, Phtographer: Megan Garrison, Officiant: Jay Ford with his wife Denise acting as wedding planner, Hair & Make-up: Judy Hayward of On Location Bridal.
What a beautiful day for a wedding! Saturday, July 8th was one of those perfect weather days in Virginia. To eccentuate the beautiful weather Aimee and Antonio chose our “fall location” to say their I do’s. What a view this location has. There just isn’t a bad view. Between Edgewood Estate, the fountain, the vineyard and then the mountains, how do you decide how to angle your aisle?
As guests arrive they were instructed to use a polaroid camera to take a photo. They then would tape that photo to the guest book and write a message. That certainly personalized that guest book for the couple.
During the ceremony, their officiant had them pause for a moment to take a look at their guests and to just say hi to everyone. It was just one of those prompt moments that just made everyone feel included in the ceremony. When the ceremony was completed guest waved wands that were made that had ribbons and bells on them.
As the couple left to do photos guests enjoyed beverages and appetizers prepared by Harvest Moon. Once the couple returned, guests went under our Sperry Tent for a delicious dinner including salmon as one of their entrees.
To finish the evening guests enjoyed cake and danced the night away under a disco ball!
Thanks to the following vendors for making Aimee and Antonio’s wedding a picture pefect evening they will never forget: Keswick Vineyards as their Day of Coordinator, Harvest Moon Catering, Officiant Claire Frances, Cake from Cakes by Rachel and One Creative Cookie, DJ Andy Wilfong of Party Masters, Musicians Classical Hillbillies, Meredith Coe Photography, Hair & Make-up by Avenue 42,Florals from Flowers by Zoie, Transportation by Albemarle Limousine and the Disco Ball from Skyline Tent Company.