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.
Congratulations to Sarah and Han who had their Charlottesville, Virginia wedding at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, May 24th. They chose a new location for their ceremony in front of the Edgewood Estate near the vineyard but in the middle of the main drive-way. I understand the reason for that selection was because life is a winding road and the winding drive-way represented that. Clever huh? As you can see by the photos, it is a beautiful vineyard wedding location. Han's is in the film industry so he found a way to incorporate that into their wedding. He made two helmet cams that guests wore throughout the day/evening recording every moment for them. I hope I get a chance to see the film he makes from that. Leo, their dog, was also part of their big day. This wedding had one guest that is extra special to us, the previous owners of Edgewood Estate! How neat is that to have the people you bought your home from come back 14 years later for a friends wedding? Pretty neat! Guest enjoyed an amazing dinner prepared by C&O Catering including chicken, fish, beef and many other dishes that were so flavorful. To finish off the evening after dancing, the couple drove away in our golf cart that was decorated for them. Thank you to the following Charlottesville wedding vendors to an amazing night of food & music: Catering by C&O, Wedding Coordinator Jennifer Hamlin from Events With Panache, DJ John Garland, Musicians Plum Blossom Trio, Photographer Koury Angelo, Hair & Make-up by Bristles, Florist Ted's Last Stand, Wedding Cake by Paradox Pastry, Officiant Randy Golliday and transportation by Albemarle Transportation.
OK, what a start to our triple wedding Memorial Day weekend. First off, thank you Mother Nature for providing us such a beautiful day for this Virginia wedding. Lauren & Joshua were married at Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA on Friday, May 23rd. The love shared between these two and their families could be felt by everyone attending. Let me start with Lauren's entrance. The entire wedding party and guests were waiting for the usual entrance of a bride coming from the back but not Lauren. Her and her father were driven up the vineyard drive way in a vintage 1940's Packard car! Such a classy entrance. I think everyone was taken by this. What a site to see the car slowly making its way to the wedding ceremony location, having the driver open her door, then having her father help her out to walking down the aisle. Doesn't get much better than that! Joshua's parents performed the wedding ceremony. Obviously, it doesn't get more personal and emotional than that! As Lauren and Joshua read there vows to each other, the tears were flowing. Such a touching moment to see Joshua' s father extend his hand on Joshua's shoulder to show support and then to see his Mother, her sister and even Lauren supporting each other through this very emotional moment. Was one of the moments that gives you goose bumps by witnessing such love and support. Another beautiful moment was including communion for all during the ceremony with both sets of parents and the couple serving it. This wedding was just one of those that you just couldn't help but feel the love by all. I've never seen both sets of parents being so connected to one another and so happy to be one family now. Thank you for allowing us at Keswick Vineyards to witness such a beautiful wedding and thank you to the following Charlottesville wedding vendors for their hard work: Catering by The Local, Event Coordinator Jennifer Hamlin of Events With Panache, DJ T.D. Layman of Sound Enforcement, Musician Joe Terranova, Photographer Tracey Sanders Photography, Make-up and Hair by Judy Hayward from On Location Bridal, Florist Kathy Forrest of Forrest/Sasser Floral Design, Albemarle Baking Company, Albemarle Limousine for the vintage car and MS Events for rentals. Click here to view photos by Tracey Sanders Photography. Click here to watch their video by Jeremy Michell's videos.
Well, it was a LONG day coming but it finally happened. Rachael & Tucker were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, May 17th. The weather was just perfect with sunny, blue skies with big, puffy clouds. Rachael & her Mother spent a great deal of time planning this wedding and all their hard work definitely showed. I think the one who was most amazed by all their work was Rachael's father. I could feel his excitement through out the day as time for the ceremony got closer and closer. He hadn't seen his daughter yet and you could just tell how excited he was for that moment to see her. Realizing his excitement as he waited for Rachael to make her appearance, I decided to create a "first look" moment for the two of them. Just before walking her down the aisle, I had her father turn away while Rachael came from behind and tapped him on his shoulder. When he turned to see her, well, lets just say he had that moment every Father dreams about. Moments like that make my job so rewarding. That was definitely my most memorable moment from this wedding. Special thanks to the following vendors for making Rachael & Tucker's long awaited Charlottesville wedding day so special: Cater 2 Events Catering, DJ Rob Jefferson, Musicians Luke Saunders, Photographer Sarah Saunders, Makeup Artist Liz Allums, Pearls Bakery, Officiant Joe Marks and MS Events for rentals.
What a beautiful Charlottesville winery wedding Elaine & Jonathan had at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, May 10th. The day started off not so great with rain. It definitely looked like we were going to have to use our rain plan for this day and we did. Fortunately, with Keswick Vineyards on-site Sperry Tent, the rain just provided more opportunities for a beautiful ceremony under the tent as you can see from the photos below. Guest either sat on the dance floor or at their tables and witnessed this beautiful union. The rain did stop just before the ceremony which allowed for beautiful photos afterwards. Elaine is Korean and Jonathan is Chinese so the blend of these two cultures was so lovely to see. I really enjoyed some of Elaine's family that had flown in from Korea and wore their Korean gowns. It was such a treat to see these ladies perform a Korean folklore song and dance later in the evening. The most memorable moment for me from this wedding had to be when Jonathan and his sister performed for everyone on their violin and cello. You could have heard a pin drop while they played. Not everyday you get to witness such talent. Oh, did I mention how much dancing went on???? These guests just couldn't stop dancing and boy did they have the moves! So many incredible, memorable moments from this wedding so thank you so much for allowing Keswick Vineyards to be part of your special day. Special thanks to the following Charlottesville wedding vendors: Caterer Harvest Moon, Event Planner Jane Maples from Amore Events, Photographer Ken Pak & his assistant John, Anthomanic florist, Albemarle Baking Company, DJ Pauly Madison, Officiant Rev. Bhagavan Metro, Photobooth of Charlottesville, Make-up and hair by Moxie Salon, Agoff Limousine for buses, MS events and Skyline Tent Company. Click here to read the blog from Anthomanic Florist.