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Cindy Schornberg
 
April 18, 2013 | Cindy Schornberg

2nd Wedding of the Year!

Congratulations to Jessica & Niall who were married at Keswick Vineyards on April 13th.  It was great to have a couple  from our home towns; Michigan and Keswick, Virginia, getting married here.  What are the chances of that happening?  I definitely could relate to the speech given by the best man when he referenced Jessica's love for Christmas.  Everyone from Michigan knows how special of a place Bronner's Christmas Store is in Frankenmuth, Michigan and that is where Jessica is from.  Jessica even had ornaments that she and Niall made at each table setting at the wedding reception.  You will see from some of my photo's all the little details that made this wedding so special.  I really like how the centerpieces had birch wood wrapped around the arrangement and then it had their initials engraved on them.  The one thing I will remember most from this wedding is Jessica's contagious laugh.  It was great to see how much she enjoyed her wedding day and how loving Niall's family is towards her.  There were so many special moments I got to witness from this family throughout the evening which is what I love most about my job.  From Jessica's sister walking her down the aisle to Niall's cousin playing music at the outdoor ceremony.  The list goes on and on.  Thank you to the following vendors for doing an exceptional job:  Event Planner Barb Wired, Caterers C&O Restaurant, Officiant Pat Belisle, Musicians Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun, DJ Andy Wilfong, Cake by Jennifer Ratcliff, Photographer Tom Daly and assistant Mariette Barbier, A New Leaf florist, rentals by MS Events and Skyline Tents and buses by Camryn Limousine.  Click here to see some professional photos by Tom Daly.
Time Posted: Apr 18, 2013 at 8:47 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
April 8, 2013 | Cindy Schornberg

2013 Wedding Season Begins!!!

Well, the day finally came. Keswick Vineyards 2013 wedding season began on Saturday, April 6th, with the marriage of Bridget & Mike. I'm not sure who was more nervous the night before; me or Bridget? I am happy to report that our first wedding was perfect! Even Mother Nature did her part and provided a beautiful Spring day (was a little worried since 3 days earlier it was snowing). Bridget was a beautiful bride! Her lace wedding gown was breathtaking. I loved hearing later in the evening from Mike that it was so hard for him to keep it together when he first saw Bridget coming towards the alter. I LOVE the fact that Bridget made her bouquet. It wasn't made from flowers but from brooches including some from her Grandmother. How special is that? Another item I really thought was pretty was the ball of flowers that the flower girl carried. Adorable! And check out the photo of the neat pattern of flower petals that Bridget chose for the aisle. The success of their wedding couldn't of been possible without the help from the following vendors: BBQ Exchange did the catering with the guidance from Jaclyn, photographers Jason & Tammy Keefer (can't wait to see their photo's!), Officiant Gay Einstein, wedding cake by Chandlers, florist Elaine Webb, DJ Andy Wilfong, Anne Kibler of Charlottesville Makeup Artist, rentals from MS Events, Carpe Donut for supplying a late night snack and Albemarle Limousine providing the get away car.  Click here to read a blog from BBQ Exchange featuring photos from Jason & Tammy Keefer.
Time Posted: Apr 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
March 13, 2013 | Cindy Schornberg

Anna and Patrick's Romantic Vineyard Wedding

A breezy beautiful August day brought the union of Anna and Patrick to Keswick Vineyards. The soft shades of pink and flowing gowns mixed with bouquets of creamy hydrangeas and roses made for a perfect summer winery theme after their ceremony at the UVA Chapel. Signature cocktails were served in adorable mason jars, as the guests arrived at the Estate Home fountain entrance. As the guests entered the beautiful Sperry Tent from Skyline, they were served some Keswick’s best wines, the Viognier and Touriga. Catering was by Glorious Foods – and it was! The traditional wedding cake was displayed on a wine barrel in the gazebo adjacent to the tent and even the table numbers were made with wine corks. Of course dancing was in order with Sound Enforcement’s T.D. Layman as DJ who got them in “limbo” before the night was through. Congratulations to Patrick and Anna and we look forward to your first anniversary with us at Keswick Vineyards!

Time Posted: Mar 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
February 26, 2013 | Cindy Schornberg

Aaron & Allison's UVA Chapel and Keswick Vineyards Wedding

Allison has a smile that lights up a room and Aaron brings that smile on every minute they are together. We became best friends as we shared a year and a half of not only wedding planning, but this happy couple also bought a house and Aaron was taking the bar exam. Even with all of that busyness, he was a great planner and supported Allison every step of the way. The ceremony took place on a sunny August morning at the gorgeous University of Virginia Chapel, where Aaron was attending law school. Allison wore a beautiful satin gown as her Dad escorted her down the aisle to Aaron, the long awaiting groom. Friends and family celebrated with cocktails, dinner and dancing at Keswick Vineyards later that afternoon and into the evening. The Sperry Tent looked more special than ever with décor by Skyline Tent and Floral Images. 20 South and Cakes Unlimited kept the crowd happy with a beautiful display of stations for dinner and traditional wedding cake. The guests loved watching a video of photos of Allison and Aaron as they grew up with their families and friends and then fell in love. They all danced and had a great time to the tunes of DJ Derek Tobler before ending the night with a sparkler get-away. Aaron passed the bar – yay! We will see where their next adventures take them, but no matter what, they are always smiling. Enjoy these gorgeous pictures from JMK Photos- they're sure to make you smile!

Time Posted: Feb 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
February 1, 2013 | Cindy Schornberg

Erin and Andrew's July Wedding

Okay, so it was a little warm this July day, but we all made the best of what was a wonderful new marriage and celebration of family and friends. Erin and Andrew melted for each other anyway! Derek Tobler carried the music for the entire day with first the processional of the groom Andrew escorting his Mother Chris, then Kevin, the bride’s brother escorting mother Bonnie to the ceremony location nestled against the vineyard with the blue ridge mountains in the background. Andrew’s Father Skip honored them as the officiant of marriage – how special is that? As Erin’s Father Brian took her gently and lovingly down the aisle, there was not a dry eye. Short and sweet in the heat and on to cocktails while the bride and groom took their golf cart “Limo” ride to the Keswick pond for some cool breeze photos by Jamie of JMK Photos. 20 South Catering had cold beverages for the guests as they enjoyed misting fans on the lawn during lawn games. Dinner was family style and so very beautiful and comfy under Skyline’s Sperry Tent. When everyone was ready to dance, we had a blast with icy washcloths tossed to the dance floor. Sparklers at the end of the night was the best send-off ever as Erin and Andrew rode away in the Albemarle Antique Limousine. Many happy years together Andrew and Erin!!!!
Time Posted: Feb 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 28, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Danielle & Tom's Masquerade Wedding

Now that the wedding season (and harvest!) are both finished, we have some time to go back and share some of this years' beautiful Keswick Vineyards weddings with you! We'll start off with Dani and Tom's super fun and unique celebration!  Getting married outdoors during the beautiful fall weekend in Charlottesville before Halloween, Dani and Tom never made any “bones” about their masquerade wedding.  Everyone was in costume to celebrate this union of families and friends, and what fun!  The bridal party carried old fashioned lanterns and the guests looked on in an array of colorful masks.  Dani was stunning in her white gown adorned with black trim and crystals, with her black long train coat and beehive hairstyle setting the tone for her procession to Tom, as Harry Potter’s Hedwig’s Theme played.  The ring bearer was the most unique of all as the remote dog from Doctor Who carried the rings on his tail to the bride and groom at the appropriate time.  From farmers to nuns to Little Red Riding Hood – what a celebration! Congratulations to Danielle & Tom, this was one unique wedding that we loved!!!  Special thanks to the following Charlottesville wedding vendors:  C&O Catering, photographer Dominique Attaway, Albemarle Baking Company, DJ TD Layman, officiant Bruce Watson, transportation by B2B and Skyline Tent Company. Check out some of the beautiful photographs by Dominique Attaway Photography below!
Time Posted: Nov 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
August 24, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Military Vineyard Wedding

The natural beauty of Keswick Vineyards and the Edgewood Estate has never been so happily matched as with the lovely, unassuming elegance of a Naval wedding, as was the happy occasion earlier this month. Carole and Brent, a giddily-in-love couple, had the privilege of being Keswick Vineyard's first military wedding, and the level of class, elegance, and attention to detail that they created throughout their entire event left everyone hoping it is not the last military wedding to occur on these grounds. Shindig Weddings & Events helped design and plan a lovely Southern wedding, complete with the elegant details of provided parasols for the guests (to shield from the evening sun) to peaches provided at each place setting {a nod to the origin of the bride's middle name}, to a jaw-dropping-beautifully sword-arch upon the couple's recessional. In homage to the bride's Japanese heritage, 1,001 origami paper cranes were lovingly crafted by the bride's friends and hung for display, and all of the menu and beverage choices were hand-selected from local sources. As Carole and Brent fell in love in Hawaii, several Hawaiian influences were incorporated, but none more resoundingly appreciated than the Kona coffee, served over ice, that was brought out as the dancing ensued! With a warm summer's night, Keswick Vineyard's staff helped make the evening comfortable for everyone, providing cool towels for the wedding party at the ceremony and throwing out iced towels onto the dance floor as the night kicked into high gear -- this was Southern hospitality at its finest! As the couple bid goodnight and exited into a lovely town car tied with dozens of raucously celebratory tin cans, hundreds of "Virginia is for Lovers" cookies waited for their guests upon their return. At the end of the night, a beautiful wedding had been celebrated, a fabulous party had been enjoyed, and a sweet young marriage had begun. Special thanks to the following vendors: Meghan Streit and her team from Sindig Weddings & Events, Beggars Banquet Catering, DJ Derek Tobler, wedding dress by Isis Bridal, John Cachero Photography, Citrus Ceremonies Videography, Cake by Pastry Love, Hair & make-up by Jeanne Cusick and venue & award winning wines by Keswick Vineyards.

Time Posted: Aug 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
August 1, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Kathryn & Philip's May wedding

Kathryn & Philip held their wedding reception at Keswick Vineyards on May 28th, 2012.  I found it funny how some of their guest that were from Jordan found our Virginia May weather chilly for them.  Apparently in Jordan it was 120 degrees so our upper 80's, low 90's, was a bit chilly for them.  I really like how Kathryn & Philip did a really long table for the wedding party.  It really looked stunning under the Sperry Tent as you can see with the pictures below.  Special thanks to the following vendors for their help in making their wedding day extra special:  C&O Catering, Rob Garland Photographer, Kirby Martin Videographer & Sugar Magnolias Florist.
Time Posted: Aug 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
July 5, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

One hot rehearsal and the magic umbrellas.....

It was a dark and stormy night… no really.  The night before Meg and Larry’s wedding we experienced one of the strangest storms ever, and I have seen a lot.  No one saw it coming but it uprooted trees and knocked out power throughout the state for days.  We knew we had a lot to do the next morning  to get ready for the celebration, but we found the help we needed and got the job done.   By the time the bride and bridesmaids arrived for hair styling and make-up at lunchtime, there was barely any visible signs of a storm.  We carried the entire event with generator power, never missing a beat.  Many of the guests never even knew the power was out that day. I asked Meg, who is a very unique kinda gal (Larry is a lucky guy!), is this bizarre activity happening because you are such a daring redhead?  She just laughed and said “Perhaps so!”  She was so lovely in her layered cream gown with a tan sash.  The heat of the day did not phase her beauty and Larry could not wait as she came down the aisle.  They both had a glow about them that made the day extra special and so very worth the extra efforts to make it perfect for them.   Their families were also glowing with pride for the union they had witnessed and the anticipation of the many years of happiness they will share. Guests were escorted to the East Lawn as an alternate ceremony location for extra shade, and also had lovely parasols and fans matching Meg’s summer colors to help beat the heat.  They feasted on tender beef and rockfish dishes served family-style by 20 South Catering, with an assortment of pies from Family Ties & Pies for dessert.  The extra special touch to this wedding was the wine served.  Meg & Larry had participated in Keswick Vineyards blending party and won!  They were able to serve the blending wine they came up with called Consensus which featured their picture on the label.  How’s that for bragging rights at your wedding?  Then came the first dance – hot!  Larry in his fedora and Meg had changed her tan sash for sassy black lace.  They surely got the crowd going for the rest of the night. We also refined the plan on Keswick’s “magic umbrellas”.  There was a chance of more storms in the forecast and Keswick Vineyards provides golf umbrellas, about 4 dozen of them, as needed.  These seem to keep the rain away for the events and sure enough, Meg and Larry never got wet. Congratulations to Meg and Larry and welcome to the Keswick Vineyards family, as our newest wedding couple and winemakers! Special thanks to the following vendors:  Barb Wired LLC Event Planners, 20 South Catering, DJ Derek Tobler, Blue Ridge Floral, Family Ties & Pies, Terra Voce, Ralph Alswang photographer, Virginia Glenn hair & make-up, Camryn Limo and Skyline Tent Company.

Time Posted: Jul 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 22, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Megan & Jay tie the knot!

On May 6th, Megan & Jay were united in marriage at Keswick Vineyards.  This was a destination wedding with guest coming from many different states.  It was funny running into the bride, her parents and bridesmaids  while I was out in Charlottesville myself getting some ice cream with my kids.  I had just met Megan's father earlier that day so it was unexpected to run into him again later that day.  It was nice to see them getting out to explore the beautiful city of Charlottesville. The weather was incredible this day.  With the early Spring we were experiencing this year, the vineyard was exploding with growth.  What a beautiful natural backdrop it made for the ceremony.  The aisle was lined with bouquets of flowers tied to the end chairs.  After the ceremony those flowers were then hung on the center poles inside the Sperry tent used for the reception.  What a nice touch that was.   While the wedding party was busy taking photo's, guest enjoyed themselves by playing corn hole games while enjoying cocktails & hors d'oeuvres.  Inside the gazebo was the wedding cake and desserts.  This area was kept off limits to the guest by draping sheers at the entrances.  Later in the evening the drapes were pulled back to unveil the delicious desserts for their guest to enjoy.  Special thanks to the following vendors who helped make this an amazing wedding day for Megan & Jay:  20 South Catering, Amber Karson Events, T.D. Layman as DJ, florals by Kelly Green, photographer Natalie Bell and Albemarle Limousine for safely transporting all the guest from their hotels in buses.
Time Posted: May 22, 2012 at 8:59 AM