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Cindy Schornberg
 
May 20, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Katy & Tony's Wedding Day

Congratulations to Katy & Tony who were married at Keswick Vineyards on May 11th. I remember when Katy & Tony first came to view Keswick Vineyards as a venue for their wedding, we immediately hit it off when we realized we both had Yorkie dogs. They also liked the fact that we are very animal friendly and host "Yappy Hours" every Sunday in our tasting room where people can bring their animals inside our tasting room and animal shelters are here for those who want to adopt. When Katy & Tony heard that my Yorkie went missing and was finally found after being hit by a car, I was touched that they sent me a sympathy card. When they came back for a visit they also brought me this beautiful frame that had my dog's picture in it with a place for me to put his collar. How sweet was that? This was just another example to me on what beautiful couples get married here and how we really do make that personal connection with them. Katy & Tony couldn't have picked a more beautiful day to get married. The sun was out but we had a gentle breeze with no humidity so things couldn't have been better for an outdoor wedding. With our couples having 12 hours here, Tony & his groomsmen enjoyed relaxing while playing pool in the Carriage House and croquet out on the lawn while Katy & her bridesmaids got ready. Katy was given away by her father. What a breathtaking bride she was with her beautiful white wedding dress. Her bouquet had colors of blue and yellow which accented the aqua blue dresses the bridesmaids wore. After the ceremony performed by Officiant Buddy Marston, guests proceeded to the East Lawn for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. IK Catering provided the food for the evening which included some good old southern country cooking with such fixings as pulled BBQ, corn bread, cole slaw, mac & cheese and grits with shrimp & bacon. Yummy!!! Centerpieces were kept simple with yellow flowers & candles with pictures of them at different vacation spots to identify guest's tables. On their sweetheart table they had framed pictures of their two dogs. Guests danced the night away to music provided by DJ Pauly Madison. All these moments were captured by photographer Daniel McGarrity and videographer AJ Chavar.   To read photographer Daniel McGarrity's blog about this wedding and to see some of his photo's, please click here. To Katy & Tony; thank you so much for having your wedding here at Keswick Vineyards. It was a pleasure working with you and making your wedding day extra special. We look forward to you coming back, with your dogs, to celebrate your anniversaries here with us. May you enjoy a life time of happiness together.  Click here to view their video.
Time Posted: May 20, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 18, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

May 12th, Stephanie & Alastair Wed!

Every couple wants perfection for their wedding. When Stephanie and Alastair said they wanted to do it all over again from start to finish, we knew we had experienced the perfect day.  Stephanie of Hispanic descent and Al, being Scottish, made for great anticipation as we built on the varying themes and cultures.  With temperatures in the low 80’s and wonderful sunshine at Keswick Vineyards, guests strolled to the front of the Keswick Estate home for the ceremony overlooking the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The wedding party of five bridesmaids in lovely cornflower blue cocktail dresses and seven groomsmen in a mix of dark suits and traditional Scottish kilts, awaited the arrival of flower girl, Maya, ring bearer, Alistair, and finally, the bride.  While a guitarist played, Stephanie, in a unique ivory mermaid gown, walked down the aisle with her parents to meet Alastair, proudly dressed in his kilt.  The congregation cheered as they recessed to the glorious sound of bagpipes playing! The families chose Keswick Vineyards as the venue, not only for the beautiful estate setting and personal service, but also for the wine.  Their guests were traveling from all over the world; Scotland, France, Canada, Pennsylvania, Texas and more.   They knew the wine served would be an important part of the celebration and they were right.  Catering and service by The Event Co. was impeccable. The traditional wedding cake was adorned with a custom-made bride and groom that featured Stephanie’s exact hairstyle and Alistair’s kilt. Décor was as bright and beautiful as the day; in shades of blue, yellow, orange and white.  Centerpieces featured clear glass and terra cotta containers with succulents planted in dry pinto beans along with candles and more succulents accented with white and yellow flowers. Al and Stephanie most certainly win the first dance endurance prize!  They entertained the crowd for more than 5 minutes dancing to Gloria Estefan’s Ayer.   Al denies practicing ahead of time and gives all the credit to Stephanie for being a wonderful dancer and teacher.  You kept up pretty well there, Al!  Everyone danced the night away to the tunes of Andy Wilfong and Party Masters DJ. Congratulations to Stephanie and Alastair and their families!  We wish you many years of happiness and we look forward to seeing you often at Keswick Vineyards! Special thanks to the following vendors for making this wedding extra special:  Barb Wired LLC Event Planner, Catering by The Event Co., wedding cake by Cakes Unlimited, florals by Verde Naturals, hair & make-up by Moxie, DJ Andy Wilfong of Party Masters, Guitarist Mike D'Antoni, Bagpipes by Guy Blandon and Leah & Mark Photography from Atlanta. Click here to read the  blog written by their photographer Mark and watch his video and view some of his photo's from the evening.  Thank you Mark for sharing with us!
Time Posted: May 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 11, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Stephanie & Nick's Wedding

Well, I knew it would eventually happen and it did. We had our first rained on wedding:(   The good news, our rain plan worked and everything was fine. Stephanie & Nick said "I do" on May 5th amongst their guest under Keswick Vineyards[gallery link="file" columns="2"] Sperry tent. Stephanie's father was a hands on father and made this beautiful pergola to be used for the ceremony. (He also made a table & benches to be used for a lounge area) Initially the pergola was set near the vineyard but Mother Nature wasn't going to give a break so we quickly moved the pergola under the tent and set chairs on the dance floor and created an aisle. With umbrellas in hand, Stephanie was escorted by her father to the tent. Parents were seated on the dance floor while the rest of the guest sat at their tables. I must say, this created a wonderful, relaxed feeling for the ceremony. Stephanie and the rest of the bridesmaids looked stunning with their hair being done by Moxie in Charlottesville. After the ceremony, guest mingled under the tent while enjoying food & drinks by 20 South Catering. I couldn't resist myself from sampling some chocolates that were made by the bride's Aunt on the chocolate table. If you want to order some delicious, homemade chocolates, go to www.ldcandy.com. Personally the chocolate covered carmel with salt on the outside was unbelievable along with the toffee. Right next to the chocolate table was a simple, yet elegant wedding cake by Cakes by Rachel.  The tables were adorned with beautiful flowers by Carla Yoder of Artistic Florist in Harrisonburg, VA.  Guest enjoyed dancing the night away to music being played by DJ Derek Tobler. The guest were treated when the brides great Uncle played the accordion for a traditional family wedding dance. The finale to the night was Carpe Donuts for some and brandy & cigars for others. Thanks to Albemarle Limousines for transporting everyone safely back to their hotels. The entire wedding was captured by Andrew Harnik Photography.
Time Posted: May 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
May 7, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg

Sarah & Joyee say "I do" twice!

Keswick Vineyards began its 2012 wedding season on April 28th with the marriage of Sarah & Joyee.  What a way to start off our wedding season.  Sarah & Joyee had 2 ceremonies; one American & one Hindu.  Sarah wore a beautiful lace wedding dress for their first ceremony.  Joyee and the groomsmen wore dark suits.  Guest enjoyed the backdrop of the Southwestern Mountains and the vineyard as they gathered on the front lawn of the estate.  Sarah was escorted down the flower lined aisle by her father.  After the first ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails & hors d'oeuvres while the wedding party changed to get ready for the Hindu ceremony.  Sarah was carried in like Cleopatra by four groomsmen.  She kept her face covered with 2 leaves as she circled 7 times around Joyee before revealing her face to him.  I was fascinated with this ceremony.  I have never seen a Hindu wedding and was just amazed by the beauty and culture.  Even though I couldn't understand a word of the ceremony, it was easy to understand by the hand gestures and props that were used throughout the ceremony.  The colors were just amazing with all the red and gold.  I'll never forget this ceremony;  simply breathtaking!  Once all the ceremonies were completed the guest were escorted  to the Sperry Tent for the reception.  After dinner the dancing began and again, what a treat that was with the Indian music and dances.  I can't say enough to how sweet of a couple Sarah & Joyee and their entire family were.  I really appreciate you choosing Keswick Vineyards for your wedding and wish you a lifetime (times 7) of love and happiness.  Congratulations!  

Special thanks to the following vendors for such a wonderful job:  C&O Catering, Jen Fariello Photgraphy, BeeHive Floral & Decor, DJ Pauly Madison, Barb Wired Wedding Planner, Albemarle Limousine.

 Click here to see this wedding featured in The Knot.

 

Time Posted: May 7, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 26, 2011 | Cindy Schornberg

Last wedding for this season

On Sunday, November 20th, Keswick Vineyards hosted its last wedding for the year with the marriage of Laya & Stephen.  When Laya & Stephen booked their wedding I wondered who would do an outdoor wedding in Virginia towards the end of November?  Who would imagine that on their wedding day the weather was warmer then it had been for the past few week ends.  Laya and Stephen were so blessed to have such a beautiful, fall weather day.  There was an overcast of clouds which the photographers love since you don't have to worry about harsh shadows on anyones face.  Laya and Stephen had a traditional Christian ceremony.  Stephen's father, who is a pastor, officiated the ceremony along with their church pastor.  Beautiful hymns were sung by Stephen's sister while  musicians played.  You really could tell that religion was a very important part for this wedding.  Laya's family is Persian and I found out that her grandfather had a winery in Iran and that is why getting married at a vineyard was very important to them.  Keeping with some Persian customs, Laya & Stephen did this photo of them looking into a mirror and you take the picture of them looking into the mirror.  You will see below my attempt at capturing this tradition.  It was beautiful to see Laya and her parents do some Persian dancing as the evening went on.  I can't think of a more wonderful wedding to end our season this year.  Thank you to the following vendors which help make this wedding a success:  Catering by Anderson Carriage House, Festive Fare for party rentals, Pastry Chef Lisa Sheih, guitarist Andrew Walker and cello player Judah Goverman, Pastor Steve Aaron Sr., photographer Brian Tropiano, videographer Jillian Video Productions.  Enjoy some of my photo's below and stay tuned for April when our 2012 wedding season will begin!
Time Posted: Nov 26, 2011 at 9:03 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 16, 2011 | Cindy Schornberg

Samantha & Jake say "I DO"

On Saturday, November 12th, Samantha & Jake were married at Keswick Vineyards.  Thankfully the weather was about 10 degrees warmer then the day before and what a difference that made outside.  Samantha, Jake and their entire wedding party are performers so this wedding was very animated.  It was a challenge to get some traditional wedding photo's from this group.  Guest had a wonderful evening enjoying cigars by a fire pit they brought.  It was a beautiful evening still lit by the full moon.  Guest got an extra treat that evening with a singing/dance performance from the guest who are the "Celtic 5" that perform at Busch Gardens.  They were incredible and the crowd loved it!  All of us at Keswick Vineyards wish Samantha & Jake all the best and a special thank you to the following vendors who participated in their special day:  Photographer Ashley Whitlow, DJ Gregory Vinson Jr., The Early Katering Company, flowers by Hedge Fine Blooms, officiant Danni Burnette and wedding cake by Buttercream Dreams.

Time Posted: Nov 16, 2011 at 9:05 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 11, 2011 | Cindy Schornberg

A beautiful fall wedding

Kristi's favorite color is orange so she must of been in heaven on her wedding day when the fall foliage was at its peak.  On Saturday, November 5th, Kristi married Darren on the grounds of Keswick Vineyards located just outside of Charlottesville, VA.  It was a brisk fall day with the sun shining which provided warmth for the guest as they witnessed the ceremony amongst the vines in the vineyard.  With the backdrop of Edgewood Estate surrounded by mountain and vineyard views accented with a burst of fall colors on the trees, could it get any better?  Kristi had her bridesmaids wearing beautiful dresses in a salmon orange color.  The bouquets in fall colors really popped against Kristi's beautiful white wedding dress.  I couldn't take enough photo's capturing this beautiful fall wedding day.  The natural fall colors everywhere made it a photographers dream.  See below some of my photo's from their wedding day. Click here to read the blog from Ward Photography and to view some of their professional photograph.  Kristi and Darren's wedding day could not of been a success without the help of the following vendors:  Catering by The Event Company; Ward Photography, Pat's Floral Designs, Favorite Cakes, DJ Rick Ripley, guitarist Travis Elliott, Minister Jay Carey, Barb Wired Event Planner and hair/make-up by Jeanne Cusick.
Time Posted: Nov 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
November 11, 2011 | Cindy Schornberg

11-11-11 Such a popular day to get married!

Congratulations to Leah & David who were married at Keswick Vineyards on one of the most popular wedding days for this year.  This wedding was extra special to Keswick Vineyards since Leah's parents, Debbie & Gregg, have been part of the "Keswick family" for several years.  They are both wine club members and barrel owners.  Debbie & Gregg purchased their wine barrel as a gift to each other for their 30th wedding anniversary.  Gregg made sure that his love for Keswick Vineyards was obvious to all the guest by having their barrel with plaque under the reception tent and then wearing a tuxedo shirt that appeared to be just that until he took off his jacket to reveal this wine theme tuxedo shirt.  (see photo's below) I have to get one of these for my husband Al!  It was an honor to be chosen as the venue to host their daughters wedding and we sincerely thank them for that.  Now, onto Leah & David.  What a delightful couple they are.  David & Leah were such good sports, along with their photographers, to brave the chill in the air and ride around in the golf cart to capture all the different backdrops for photo's.  I think they will see that it was well worth it.  Leah & David chose to do a "1st look" before their ceremony which I think is a great idea.  It allows the photographer more time to take all those wonderful portrait photo's of the couple before the ceremony which allows them more time with their guests.  Leah & David got married at 4:15 pm.  It struck me kind of strange that they would choose that time versus 4:00 or 4:30 but then Leah's father explained to me the significants of that time.  Apparently on April 15th (4-15) Leah & David realized that they had found their soul mate and knew they would be getting married so they used that date as their ceremony time.  How sweet is that?  This entire wedding was full of special meanings.  Every time I walked around I would notice something cute that I hadn't seen earlier.  Leah and some of her family and friends had made Monster Cookies and Pumpkin Bread from old family recipes.  Her Grandmother in California couldn't make the trip so her presence was felt by having these goodies for everyone to take home with them.  I got to sample both and they were delicious!  Guest enjoyed themselves by dancing the night away under a full moon.  Thanks to the following vendors who made Leah & David's wedding so special for them:  catering by 20 South, Katie Jett Walls of Red Turtle Photography, musicians The Madison Trio, Pastor Renee Teague, make-up artist Karen Lanquette, DJ Mark Allen of Class Productions DJ Services and Pastry Chef Porter's.  Below are some of my photo's capturing the beauty of their wedding. Click here to view the professional photo's by Katie Jett Walls.

Time Posted: Nov 11, 2011 at 9:06 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
October 31, 2011 | Cindy Schornberg

Marnie & Jim say "I DO!"

Congratulations to Marnie & Jim who were married on Saturday, October 29th, at the beautiful Keswick Vineyards located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia.  Despite the unseasonable cold weather that day (it actually snowed in some nearby areas), Marnie and Jim were all smiles.  They were just so happy that it wasn't raining and that the sun came out for their ceremony and photo's afterwards.  There was a chill in the air that evening but with two heaters in the beautiful sailcloth Sperry tent everyone stayed warm.  Marnie reminded me so much of Jessica Simpson in looks and personality.  She was one of those carefree brides that just wanted to have a good time.  They chose to have some real Southern comfort food including mac & cheese that you could add all sorts of ingredients to it like bacon, broccoli, onions, etc., corn bread pudding, pulled BBQ and coleslaw.  Marnie surprised Jim was a "fry truck" later in the evening where guest could get onion rings or french fries with toppings like cheese or chili.  I guess Jim LOVES cheese so there was plenty of it.  Guest enjoy the rest of the evening dancing to music by DJ Greg Tutwiler.  I look forward to seeing photo's from their photographer Stephanie Yonce but until then, a couple of mine to share below.  Thanks again to the following vendors for making Marnie & Jim's wedding so special:  Stephanie Yonce Photography, National DJ Connection, Event Planner FeteStudio, flowers by Green Flamingo, catering by Groovin Gourmet out of Richmond, The LunchboxVA fry truck and Brian Purcell as officiant.  Here is the link, click here, to see the professional photo's by Stephanie Yonce.
Time Posted: Oct 31, 2011 at 9:09 AM
Cindy Schornberg
 
October 26, 2011 | Cindy Schornberg

Sarah & Matt's beautiful fall wedding

On Saturday, October 22nd, Sarah and Matt were married at Keswick Vineyards by the Reverend Deborah Lewis.  Their outdoor ceremony in front of the Estate with the back drop of the vineyard looked amazing with the burst of fall colors.  Sarah looked stunning in her wedding dress and she was escorted down the aisle by her father while the Piedmont Chamber Players played their strings.  I was so happy to see her bridemaids in full length gowns along with the Mothers.  Sarah & Matt wanted their wedding to have three components:  timeless, sophisticated/elegant and simple.  They definitely achieve their goal.  The colors used were very soft with light, dusting pink and light grey tones.  Baby breath was used to decorated the arch for the ceremony and for centerpieces they had very tall candle operas with baby breath arrangements on top.  They up lighted the Sperry tent with a yellow filter to cast a beautiful glow through out.  The simplicity was truly timeless and sophisticated.  I can't wait to see the photo's taken by Jen Fariello and the video taken by Kirby Martin.  I got a brief look at some of the footage and was speechless.  I hope to be able to share that with everyone at a later date.  Sarah and Matt really paid attention to every last detail including renting a 1946 classic car from Albemarle Vintage Limousine in grey to match their color scheme.  Gotta love a couple like this!  Their guest, a lot from California, enjoy tasting some of Virginia's finest wines from Keswick Vineyards.  I would say their favorite was the Cabernet Franc & Viognier.  Thanks to all the vendors that helped make Sarah & Matt's wedding a dream come true for them including:  20 South Catering, Pat's Floral Designs, Kirby Martin Cinematography, Jen Fariello photography, Reverand Deborah Lewis, wedding director Dianne Garcia, Albemarle Vintage Limousine, Festive Fare, Skyline Tent, pastry chef Kathy Watkins from Favorite Cakes, Piedmont Chamber Players (string trio) and DJ T.D. Layman of Sound Enforcement.  Please enjoy some snapshots taken that day.  Better yet, click here to view the professional video taken by Kirby Martin Cinematography.  Click here to read the blog written for Charlottesville Wedding Blog by photographer Jen Fariello.
Time Posted: Oct 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM