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.
Congratulations to Maggie & Robert who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, May 3rd. Thank you Mother Nature for providing us such beautiful weather for this special Charlottesville wedding. Maggie's bouquet is what stands out the most for me from this wedding. Sandy, the owner of Verde Natural Florist, did an outstanding job with the flowers. The colors of the bouquet were simple magnificent! Maggie's mother had sewn wedding rings from other family marriages attached to her bouquet to represent the strength of marriages within that family. What a beautiful gesture. Maggie did most of the decorating herself including designing the arbor used for the ceremony. Thank you to all the vendors for doing such an awesome job: Catering by 20 South, DJ T.D. Layman of Sound Enforcement, Plum Blossom String Quartet, Photographer Cheryl Finnegan with Elisa B Photography, Hair & Make-up Artist Alison Harper & Co., Verde Natural Florist, Favorite Cakes, Officiant Brian Purcell, Rentals by Festive Fare, Carpe Donut, Albemarle Limousine and Real Southern Accents for making the arbor.
Jennifer and Dan had one fun Charlottesville vineyard wedding on Saturday, April 26th, at Keswick Vineyards. I've never seen such a fun, dancing group of guest as I have from this wedding. With Jennifer's family being from the Dominion Republic, guests danced the night away to Spanish music and brought that rhythm with them. The energy coming from that dance floor was amazing! I don't think I ever saw Jennifer not dancing. Did I mention how beautiful Jennifer looked? Breathtaking is all I can say. There was a moment when she was coming down the stairs heading out to the ceremony when the sunlight hit her just right to create one of those moments. Wish I would of gotten that one with my camera. Southern Inn Catering did a great job creating food stations for the reception. I love how they used shadow boxes to display the desserts for the evening. Jennifer's sister Newsy did an amazing job acting as her wedding coordinator. Newsy's daughter was one of the flower girls who wore the cutest dress. What a great job she did! Special thanks to all the Charlottesville wedding vendors for making this wedding an unforgettable night: Southern Inn Catering, DJ Ran Henry with Blue Mountain Weddings, Photographer April Bennett & Aaron, Videographer Ian Atkins, Flowers by Whimsical Floral Design, Cake by Paradox Pastry, Photo Booth of Charlottesville, Officiant Brian Purcell, UTS Charters for buses, Hair & Make-up by Moxie Lounge and Skyline Tent Company. Click here for a sneak peak at some photos by April Bennett. Click here to view video by Ian Atkins. Click here to see this wedding featured on Borrowed & Blue.
Congratulations to Helena & Scott who were married Monday, April 21st, at Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA. Once again Mother Nature blessed this wedding couple with a perfect day. Under the careful eye of Event Planner Cody Grannis of Amore Events, Helena and Scott were able to enjoy their day knowing that every detail would just be perfect and it was! Cody did an AMAZING job (as always) with the floral arrangements, including the bouquets! She created a warm, rustic feel to the Sperry tent. Guests enjoyed some delicious food catered by Hanks Barbecue and danced late into the evening with DJ Derek Tobler. Love the cowboy boots that the bridal party wore! Special thanks to the following vendors: Caterer Hanks BBQ, Amore Events, DJ Derek Tobler, Photographer Nicholas Paulos, Pastry Chef Pearls Bakery, Officiant Jake Stringer, Couture Design and rentals by MS Events.
I just love it when couples with two different ethnic backgrounds get married at Keswick Vineyards. It is such an experience to see wedding ceremonies of another culture. For Mary Beth & Sameer, it was a combination of American and Indian traditions. The day started with the Hindu ceremony. MS Events did a beautiful job building a staged wrapped with fabric and garland with flowers by Verde Natural Florals. Mary Beth and Sameer looked beautiful in their traditional Indian attire. I find this ceremony so fascinating to watch with all the symbolism they use through out the ceremony. It starts with a cloth separating the couple from seeing one another. Once they have seen each other Sameer applies a red powder to Mary Beth's parting hair as a symbol of her married status. Sameer then adorns her with a sacred black beaded necklace symbolizing his love for her. A fire is then lit with prayers being offered. They then walk around the fire 4 times to symbolize the four goals of human existence. Towards the end, they both step on a stone and offer a prayer for their mutual love to be firm and steadfast like a stone. Finally, they take seven steps together which represents the Hindu belief that they will remain lifelong friends. Isn't that a beautiful ceremony??? After that ceremony, guests enjoyed some refreshments prepared by Harvest Moon Catering while the wedding party did a quick change for the American ceremony. Pastor Brian Purcell lead the American ceremony. I love how Mary Beth & Sameer wrote love letters to each other that were placed in a box, along with a bottle of Keswick Vineyards wine, that is locked until their 1st anniversary. Those letters will always remind them of the reasons why they love one another so much and why they chose to get married. After that ceremony guests enjoyed a few more refreshments while pictures were taken. I just love Photographer William Walker. He really gets into his work. He needed to show Mary Beth & Sameer a look he wanted for a photo so he quickly grabbed his wife who is also his second shooter, Jessica, to give a quick demo (see my photo below). So glad I was able to capture that fun moment. Dinner was then served buffet style by Harvest Moon Catering. Guests were then treated by one of those spectacular Virginia sunsets that are just amazing to witness. How special was that????? Once under the Sperry tent for the evening, DJ TD Layman kept the dance floor packed while guests danced the night away. Mary Beth & Sameer's entire day was flawless under the direction of Barbara Lundgren and her Barb Wired team.
None of this would be possible without the teamwork of the following vendors: Harvest Moon Catering, Barb Wired Event Planning, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Photographer William Walker and his wife Jessica, Verde Natural Florals, Favorite Cakes, MS Events, Pastor Brian Purcell, Hair & Make-up Artist Marci Corle with A More Beautiful You and UTS Buses.
Not sure the weather could get any better than it was for Katie & Will's vineyard wedding last Saturday. The sun was out which provided the warmth yet there was a slight breeze to keep you comfortable. Simply perfect! The beautiful Virginia weather matched the beauty of this wedding. Cody Grannis, Owner of Amore Events in Charlottesville, did an AMAZING job as the event planner. Her attention to every detail was obvious from the chandelier hanging from the oak tree for the ceremony to gold stripes on the macaroons to match the gold details throughout the Sperry tent for the reception. And what about the grooms cake! What an amazing job Katie's friend did in replicating Will's military uniform. Katie, Will and their entire family and friends were such a delight. What a great time everyone had dancing the night away. Their special day would not of been possible without the hard work from all of the following Charlottesville wedding vendors: Event Planner Amore Events, Caterer Beggar's Banquet, DJ Derek Tobler, Photographer Laura Gordon, Videographer Adam & Mandy of MPA Productions, Make-up Artist Anne Kibler from Charlottesville Make-up, Pastry Chef Sweethaus, Hair Artist Erica from Top Knot Studio, Officiant Phillip Gates, Charlottesville Photo booth, Musician Peter Richardson, late night treats from Carpe Donut and Buses by Easy Riders. Click here to view a short video by MPA Productions. Click here to read their story on Style Me Pretty with photos by Laura Gordon.
Saturday, April 5th, started Keswick Vineyards 2014 Charlottesville wedding season with the marriage of Brooke & Matt. It was hard to believe that just a week earlier we were still getting snow! Thankfully, Mother Nature welcomed this wedding day with a beautiful Virginia Spring day. Brooke and her family made sure the day was filled with plenty of personal DIY details that were just perfect for a winery wedding. Everyone loved Brooke's centerpieces; she glued together 3 wine bottles, wrapped some ribbons around them and put a card holder down the center to hold the table numbers. Verde Natural Florals added a few flowers into each wine bottle and that was it. She set them on top of a piece of wood just to add a little something extra to the look. Brooke & Matt also made a cork board to display the names for the seating at each table. Her father made several wood signs to put through out the property including one that showed how many different locations people traveled from to attend this wedding and how far away each one was. The wedding party looked so sharp with the bridesmaids being in a light pink color and the groomsmen in a charcoal grey suit. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour while listening to musician Peter Richardson play his guitar. Afterwards guests were seated under the Sperry tent to enjoy a buffet dinner prepared by Southern Inn Catering. Thanks to the following Charlottesville wedding vendors for doing such a great "opening day" wedding: Caterer Southern Inn Catering, DJ Mark Allen, Photographer Jamie Kay, Florist Verde Natural Florals, Pastry Chef Albemarle Baking Company, Officiant Ryan Thompson, Hair by Kimberly and Musician Peter Richardson. Click here to see photos by Charlottesville wedding photographer, Jamie Kay.