Congratulations to Aylin & Bert who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Sunday, August 31st. I just love how the Sperry tent looked for this wedding. They chose to add bistro lighting to be hung inside the tent. The look that lighting creates is just spectacular! Ayline & Bert also added 2 farm tables to be used as the head table for the wedding party and brought in some lounge furniture to create a sitting area near the bar. There is something about those farm tables that I just personally love. When you add the flowers and greenery it just has such a nice warm feeling to it. Can't wait to see their photos! Special thanks to the following vendors: Caterer C&O, DJ Daryl McLean, Musician Chris Wyton, Photographer Adam Barnes, Florist Petal Flower Company, Hair Stylist Bristles Salon, Cake by Albemarle Baking Company, Officiant Patrick Rainey, Easy Rider Bus, rentals by MS Events and Skyline Tent Company.
Amy & Michael were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, August 23rd. Mother Nature was playing with us on trying to decide if it was going to rain or not. The decision was made to move cocktail hour under the tent and to go forward with the ceremony outside. Thankfully we were able to get through the ceremony just before a light drizzle started that we couldn't even pick up on the radar. Nothing that heavy, more of a mist, which made the rest of the day/night much cooler and enjoyable. I really like how Amy & Michael had guests sign rocks with marriage advice for them to keep forever. I know when I lived in Florida I would have my guests sign a seashell which I still have in a chest. Amy Webb at Blue Ridge Florals did an amazing job with the flowers along with Pearl's Cupcake with a beautiful dessert table. Thanks to the following vendors for making this wedding a dream come true for Amy & Michael: Caterer Harvest Moon, Day of Coordinator Jennifer Terkel Taub, DJ Dennis Payne, Photographer Steven Inge of Steven & Lily Photography, Blue Ridge Florals, Pearl's Cupcakes, Makeup Artist Deanna Delgado with Bobbi Brown, Hair Stylist Molly Bush with Urban Chair Richmond, Officiant Brian Purcell, Skyline Tent Company and A&A Transportation. Click here to read Steven & Lily Photography blog.
On Saturday, August 16th, Kate & John were married at Keswick Vineyards located just outside Charlottesville, VA. These two hit the lotto when it came to the weather that day; simply perfect! What Kate & John did with their decor for their reception was one of the best I have seen. My favorite part was how they had 2 different tablecloth colors and on them they would have the contrasting napkin. Using a kiwi green color mixed with white created this soft and sophisticated look. They then added splashes of peach flowers and candlelight that just made everything pop. My pictures just don't do it justice. Love the use of farm tables for the long head table with tall candle operas to create a high and low affect with the flowers. They added just a few hints of rustic items, like the refreshment stand for the ceremony area, to give a little country feel. One other nice thing about this wedding was Kate having both her parents walk her down the aisle. I did the same thing at my wedding. Highly recommend! Thanks to the following vendors for making Kate & John's dream wedding come true: Event Planner Julianne Giuliano of Soiree, Catering by Harvest Moon, DJ T.D. Layman of Sound Enforcement, Classical Hillbillies musicians for ceremony & cocktail hour, Photogrpher Kimie James of IYQ Photography, Pat's Floral Designs, Wedding Cake by Hot Cakes, Make-up and Hair by Modern Bridal Studio, Officiant Reverend Claire Goodman, Rentals by Festive Fare, MS Events and Skyline Tent Company.
Chuoh & Benjamin were married at Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 9th. It is always a pleasure to have fellow Michiganders get married here. The skies were overcast this day which provided a very pleasant temperature for this outdoor wedding. The wedding party and guest arrived by trolleys and were immediately captivated by the lushness of the grounds. Many guest were from California and were blown away by the beauty of this vineyard in Virginia. Many wanted to return to do their wedding here! Benjamin looked so handsome in his white tuxedo. And Chuoh in her wedding dress….simply beautiful! I love how this couple chose to do the wine box to store a special bottle of wine with love letters to each other that will be opened on their 5th anniversary. BBQ Exchange provided some of the best Southern fried chicken I have ever tasted along with some hush puppies and other delicious foods. Guest were treated to a late night snack of fresh donuts while they danced the night away with DJ Stroud. Thanks to the following vendors for doing such an outstanding job: Caterer BBQ Exchange, DJ Stroud, Photographer Robert Radifera, Videographer Bradley Bennett from Shaking Hands Production, Verde Naturals Florist, Pastry Chef Sweet Fix, Officiant Reverend Bhavani Metro, Richmond Trolley, Carpe Donut Truck, MS Events, Photo booth of Charlottesville, Ambassador Limousine, Monticello Nannies, Hair & Make-up by Richelle Williams and Skyline Tent Company.
Congratulations to Sonny & Megan who celebrated their Indian wedding at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, August 1st. With the threat of rain and such an elaborate Hindu ceremony, Sonny & Megan decided to play it safe by renting a tent to house their outdoor wedding ceremony under from Skyline Tent Company. At first I wasn't sure how that would look but once in place, it looked like it always belonged here. With the clear top tent accented with white drapery and a white stage, no one would of known that it was only there because of a rain plan. As the day went on, the skies cleared and the sun came out and no rain! The weather was perfect for this colorful, rich in culture, celebration. The event started with the Barat which is when the groom (Sonny) makes his entrance on a horse while guests parade with him dancing & shouting to the beat of a drum leading to the ceremony location. Megan then joins Sonny on the stage along with both sets of parents and the priest. Many Hindu rituals are done throughout the ceremony starting with Megan putting garland around Sonny's neck to signify that she accepts him as her husband. Towards the end Sonny puts a red powder in Megan's hair indicating that she is a married woman. After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails on the grounds of Edgewood Estate. Once under the Sperry reception tent, guests enjoyed a delicious Indian buffet dinner by Indaroma and danced the night away under the direction of DJ Yogi. Thank you to all the vendors for making this night unforgettable to all that attended: Day of Coordinator Trisha Cranor from Working Brides Wedding Planners, Caterer Indaroma, DJ Yogi, Photographer Scott Hopkins, Videographer Artistic Wedding Films, Partyland Florist, Officiant Satyanaraya, A&A Limo for buses, TDR Artistry for hair, Make-up by Daniela, Paisley & Jade for furniture rentals, MS Events & Festive Fare for rentals, VA Tent Rental for stage rental and Skyline Tent Company.
On Saturday, July 12th, Mary & Tyler were united in marriage at Keswick Vineyards located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia. I love the colors that the wedding party wore; hues of purple and charcoal grey. Everyone looked so beautiful! Tyler had made this bench that served as a guest sign in book. What a wonderful piece of furniture that they will always have to remind them of their wedding day. Mary & her sister & friends made lots of signs that were placed throughout the property. She also used an old window shutter to hold placement cards for the guests. Mary & Tyler chose to be married in front of Edgewood Estate with the fountain, vineyard and mountains as their back drop. Doesn't get much better than that. Mother Nature provided them with a beautiful, sunny day with some clouds to help provide some relief during the day. Favorite moment for me was when Tyler's brother played his guitar and sung for Mary & Tyler's first dance. Thanks to all of the following vendors for doing such a fantastic job: Catering by Beggars Banquet, Day-of-coordinator Jennifer Hamlin of Events with Panache, DJ John Garland, Photographer Jamie Kay, Hair Artist Rayna, Make-up Artist Robinette Johnson, Florist Hedge Fine Blooms, Pastry Chef Albemarle Baking Co., Charlottesville String Quartet, Officiant Rev. Dr. Thomas Murphy and Skyline Tent Company. Click here to view photos by Jamie Kay.
On Sunday, June 8th, Lucy & James were married at Keswick Vineyards. Let me start off by thanking James for his military service to this great country of ours. I was especially touched when during the ceremony recognition was given to some of his military friends that were no longer with us to celebrate this special day. Lucy and James also had a table set at the reception to pay respect to all of the fallen soldiers and POWs. I've never seen that done before and was very touched by the gesture. Witnessing things like that really tells you a lot about the couple and their priorities and values in life. Lucy and James chose to hold their wedding ceremony amongst the vineyard. I love how they attached a video camera to the pergola to capture their ceremony up close. My favorite thing from this wedding was what Lucy did with her Mother's veil. She draped it on the pergola which was the focal point for the ceremony. For me it was like her Mother wrapping herself around this couple and blessing them. What a great idea! It was especially special since the Mother's girlfriend who made the veil many years ago was also attending this wedding. Special thanks to the following vendors for doing such an incredible job: Catering by BBQ Exchange, DJ T.D. Layman of Sound Enforcement, Musicians Allodolla Quartet from Charlottesville High School Orchestra, Photographer Aaron Watson, Wedding cake by Sweethaus, Hair Stylist Brianna Adams, Make-up Artist Seema Khannam, flowers by Verde Natural Florist, Officiant Rev. Carolyn Barkley, Buses by UTS Charters and Skyline Tent Company. Click here to view Part I of photos by Aaron Watson. Click here to view Part II of photos by Aaron Watson. Click here to see this wedding featured in Rustic Wedding Chic.
Well, it was a long year in waiting for me, but Saturday, June 7th was finally here which meant the beautiful outdoor wedding for Natalie and Dan and... Bananas Foster! When Natalie & Dan first came to tour at Keswick Vineyards for their Charlottesville wedding venue, we immediately hit it off. When they told me all about their vision for their wedding day, I got so excited. Natalie and Dan have done a lot of traveling and are foodies and they wanted to incorporate that into their wedding day. They wanted to make sure that their guests got to experience some of their favorite brandies and foods from the South including Bananas Foster (my favorite dessert!). They also created a New Orleans feel from the parasols to the musicians. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed some good old New Orleans style of music performed by Millstreet Ramblers while enjoying some mint juleps. Some guests took a little time out to watch the Triple Crown with their drinks. Guests also got to enjoy a wine tasting of Keswick Vineyards Virginia wines during cocktail hour. Skyline Tent did a beautiful job hanging lanterns from the Sperry tent. Special thanks to Natalie's parents (and dog) for being such a delight to get to know and work with over the past year. I hope your daughter's wedding was all and even more than you ever imagined. Please come back to visit! Special thanks to the following vendors for doing an exceptional job: Catering by C&O (thanks for the dessert!), Event Planner Cinda Hoege of White Birch Events, DJ Derek Tobler, Musicians Millstreet Ramblers, Photographer Sarah Jane Winter, Videographer Ian's Creations, LLC., Hair & Make-up by Bristles Hair Design & Day Spa, Flowers were all done by Zoya (Mother of the bride), Officiant Van Sowerby, Transportation by A&A Limousine, LLC. and Skyline Tent Company. Click here to watch their video by Ian's Creations, LLC.
Congratulations to Terri & Drew who were married on Saturday, May 31st, at Keswick Vineyards. Once again Mother Nature provided us with perfect Virginia weather for this all outdoor event. Terri is a very detailed person and she had every detail of their Charlottesville wedding day specified. Her and Drew had heard a band perform at a street festival and knew they wanted them to perform for their wedding here. The Turpentiners, from Pittsburg, performed for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Terri & Drew had also hired a new caterer, L'etoile, that did an outstanding job. Their service was definitely the most memorable moment of this wedding for me. Terri & Drew decided on a plated dinner for their guests. L'etoile staff would come out circling the tent to arrive at the designated table, wait until all staff members were ready behind each guests and on cue, would present the plate to the females first and then wait a moment and present the 2nd plate to the gentlemen. The staff then would pause and then circle back out of the tent. What presentation that everyone their couldn't help but to stop and take notice of. Hats off to Vickie and the rest of the L'etoile staff for giving everyone that "WOW" moment. Terri & Drew had also brought in a cigar roller who prepared cigars on site as guests enjoyed them throughout the evening. And what better way to depart your wedding then to leave in a vintage convertible car! I think Terri & Drew thought of everything and more. Special thanks to all the vendors for doing such an awesome job: Event Coordinator Cinda Hoege of White Birch Events, Caterers L'etoile, DJ John Garland, Photographer Joe Brier from Happy Couple Wedding Photography, Musicians The Turpentiners, Hair & Make-up by Moxie Hair Salon, Florist Blue Ridge Floral, Pastry Chef Anita Gupta at Maliha Creations, Reverend Douglas Forrester, USA Bus Charter and Festive Fare for rentals.
Nicole & Steve finally had their vineyard wedding at Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA on Sunday, May 25th in front of family and friends. After an eleven year courtship, the day had finally come! Nicole is one of those brides that is into every detail. All her hard, creative work paid off for everything looked beautiful for this Virginia winery wedding. She chose Tiffany's blue to be her accent color mixed with purple. Instead of the traditional buffet dinner, Nicole and Steve had food stations for their guests. I love this idea for it prevents one long line and it gets your guests up and out of their seats and moving around and mingling with others while choosing the food station that is best for them. Groovin' Gourmet did a great job providing this service and included a delicious pastry table at the end of the night. One thing I saw at this wedding that I haven't seen done this way was Nicole created a book that had pages with envelopes glued to them. She then had cards that guest would fill out with suggestions on what makes a successful marriage. They would insert those cards into the envelopes and now Nicole and Steve had a book filled with great advice. Thanks to all the Charlottesville wedding vendors that night for doing such a great job and having fun while doing it: Groovin' Gourmet Catering, Barb Wired Event Planning, Photographer Ken Pak, DJ Stroud, Verde Natural Florist, Officiant Brian Purcell, Make-up Artist Anne Kibler of Charlottesville Makeup Artist, Pastry Chef Favorite Cakes, rentals by Festive Fare and Camryn Limousine.